We spent one week at Tranquilo Lodge in July and had the best time ever! My husband and I stayed in Room 8, which is a separate bungalow with AMAZING views of the ocean and sunsets (and macaws, iguanas and parrots). My 18 year old twins stayed in a basic room in the lodge that was very adequate. I'd have to say the best part about staying at Tranquilo is the people. We had a couple nights when we were the only family at the lodge, and we had a fabulous time visiting with Mary, the manager. She's a lovely person! Mary's son, Joseph, gave us a tour of the beach and went swimming with us too - what a great kid! When swimming, my daughter got stung by a jellyfish and Joseph rushed her back to the lodge and performed first aid. He was so professional, and did I mention he's 8 or 9 years old?! Also, one day Emilio drove us into town to get some things at the local market. Joseph came and translated, so I was able to get everything I needed. Rafa, Emilio ,and Marisa worked at the lodge and they were wonderful people too! Mary took my husband and I on a tour of the additions that were being built above the lodge. Talk about extraordinary & first class! When those villas are done, we'd love to come back and stay in one! While we were there we enjoyed tours with Carlos Pacheco. We loved him! He's native to the area and knew every little spot in the jungle to find monkeys, tapirs etc. He even mimicked their sounds and we were able to see so many animals (all three types of monkeys, peccaries, tapirs, an anteater, & so many birds)! He was also incredibly knowledgeable about animals and plants. We went river floating, hiking in Corcovado, and snorkeling with Carlos and learned so much! One night my son was ill, and Carlos came by and asked our chef, Rafa to make a tea out of some plants that Carlos had brought from the jungle.- How thoughtful is that! Also, during that time, we had gone on another day trip with Carlos, and my son stayed back at the lodge. Mary took great care of him - bringing him drinks and meals and making sure he was comfortable. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the people at Tranquilo are just genuinely caring, loving people! I was sorry we didn't have a chance to meet Herb, the owner, as so many other reviews spoke so highly of him. One last note, we loved the dogs! Blackie lives at Tranquilo - he's a cute little sausage! And Rescue and Sasha came by to visit - they even walked into town with us one day. These dogs are so loveable! Mary, Joseph, Rafa, Emilio and Marisa thanks for the best time ever! We were so sad to leave, we miss you guys!
- Also Known As:
- Tranquilo Lodge Costa Rica/Drake Bay