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#2 of 4 Specialty lodging in Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge
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World famous tarpon and snook fishing lodge in business 49 years. ICT (Costa Rican tourism license number 17) located on the northern caribean coast of Costa Rica. We are walking distance from village of Barra del Colorado and public airport. Eighteen rooms. Fifteen charter boats for tarpon and Snook fishing in the rivers, canals, lagoons and caribean sea. Standard and Deluxe all inclusive fishing packages and lodging. Non fishing guests welcome Handicap accesible, airconditioned. Internet access, dish tv. Transportation here by air or on our jungle adventure tour by bus boat down the Tortuguero Canal. All you can eat family style meals. Amazing food, Free daily laundry service. Our packages include all transportation in country and San Jose hotels. We have no fuel surcharges on fishing prices at the lodge. We have a full service business office and travel agency in San Jose in the Crowne Plaza hotel where our guest stay in San Jose. We use our own transport drivers. We give you door to door service from your airport arrival to your flight departure from the country. NEW DAY FISHING CHARTERS NOW AVAILABLE FROM SAN JOSE AS OF 2016
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Highchairs available
Full body massage
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
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24-hour check-in
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Blackout curtains
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Interconnected rooms available
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Bruce I wrote a review Mar 2022
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Don't expect the Hilton when you come to stay at the Rio Colorado Lodge. This is a fishing lodge in the Costa Rica Jungle. Think rustic. What you can expect is great hospitality from Dan and his staff. The food is delicious, the rooms are comfortable and the conversations will keep you entertained. What is fantastic about the lodge is the fishing. Probably one of the best places to fish for large trapon in the world. Our Captain, Wendell, was the best. He got us on the fish and gave great instructions. You can tell he enjoys what he does. When you push off from the lodge you're 10 minutes from fishing! My brother and I will be coming back!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from dan wise, Other at Rio Colorado Lodge
Responded Mar 18, 2022
Bruce we had such a great time hosting you guys and we will be looking forward to seeing you again soon. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we will be working hard to shine. We are glad you were comfortable with us during your stay and appreciate your taking the time to write this review. We will be busy putting our best foot foward this year. We are so thankful that our fishermen are starting to travel again. As you saw, our big tarpon are hungry and plentyful since they have not had many folks chasing them around and disturbing them. Being 10 minutes from the fishery and your bed and food is a nice thing and gives much more fishing time than long boat rides to and from the fishery. Tight lines to you both... You beat the other guys that week both of your groups fought 29 tarpon during your stay but it took them 4 days to do what you did in only Three days.. Congratulations on the hot hand you had with Capt. Windel
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Bev wrote a review Dec 2018
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We went to Rio Colorado Lodge to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday. He had dreamed since childhood of catching a tarpon in Costa Rica...happily his dream was fulfilled! Our fishing guide Wendell was outstanding and so knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as well as fishing. Every day was not only a fishing expedition but a guided tour as well. We absolutely loved our experience at the lodge. We were very well treated by the owner and the staff who bent over backwards to take good care of us and meet our needs. The food was prepared by local cooks and was absolutely delicious! Service was very individualized and outstanding. We experienced flight issues causing a missed connection and a delayed arrival but even though it was long after business hours when our flight delay occurred, the owner and staff were quick to respond to our dilemma and arrange alternate transportation to the lodge. While in Costa Rica we traveled to the other popular areas and stayed in some rather exclusive hotels. However, even though the lodge facility is rather rustic, it was actually our favorite place we stayed in Costa Rica. The experience at the lodge was unique and unforgettable. And from the deck on the Rio Colorado River we viewed some of the best sunsets in Costa Rica. It was the perfect beginning to a trip of a lifetime. And Yes! We would love to go back and maybe try Snook fishing the next time!
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Date of stay: November 2018
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115wanderlust wrote a review Nov 2018
Durban, South Africa16 contributions
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Rio Colorado Lodge isn't the Ritz but if you're a passionate fisherman and want a lodge that puts you in pole position to the incredible fishery that is Rio Colorado and catching monster Tarpon is your main concern, then this may be the place for you. Sure it's dated, even dilapidated, but if it's the quality of the fishing experience that you're after, this is the spot. Dan is a superb host and a downright fascinating human being and will keep you entertained for hours. Rosa will challenge your mama's cooking and keep you well nourished while Marva will see to it that you have a cold beverage and sustenance in front of you at all times. My guide was Wendel and his local knowledge and fish lore was incredible. He never failed to put me on the fish (even when I couldn't follow up with the catching on my part). Rio Colorado is an amazing biosphere and truly a memorable experience.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from dan wise, Other at Rio Colorado Lodge
Responded Jul 18, 2022
Time for a return vist the fish are rested and ready for another battle with you. Thanks for the great review. South Africa is on my bucket list give me a call ....
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Steven H wrote a review Sep 2017
Greenwich, Connecticut167 contributions69 helpful votes
Tarpon fished for 4 days . The fishing was great. We had multiple hookups and most days boated a few fish. The average size Tarpon was around #120 . The tackle could use upgrading and some of our fish were lost due to tackle failure. If we return I would consider bringing my own tackle . Our captain for the 4 days was "Plastico" and he was excellent The staff was very accommodating .The lodge manager is Diana and she if very helpful. The owner Mr Wise is a never ending source of stories about the history of this area and the lodge . The rooms need upgrading . Adequate hot water and the beds were comfortable after a long day of fishing. No Wifi in the rooms and there was no television. Laundry service is available daily and is a real plus. All food was included and was very good . The drinks were not included at the lodge or on the boat. In the end we went to fish and as the fishing is very good.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Room Tip: rustic jungle location with great fishing
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Ronald O wrote a review Jun 2017
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My May 17,2017 Tarpon fishing trip was perhaps one of the best in the 18 years, twice annually, that I have come to Rio Colorado. I had 29 Tarpon hooked and multiple misses. They ranged from 130-195 pounds. In 18 years I have never seen one under 100 pounds. My guide was always prompt and worked very hard as always. I can't adequately describe the delicious food, including the fantastic desserts. Once again I gained five plus pounds. I have become good friends with the staff and feel like part of their family. The rooms are cleaned every morning and any laundry you need done is completed and placed in your room before lunch. Once you catch these Tarpon you won't want to catch any other species of fish. I can't wait for my next trip in September. Sincerely, Ron Oswald. Minnesota.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Response from DonDan, Guest Relations Manager at Rio Colorado Lodge
Responded Jun 8, 2017
Thanks for your kind words Ron. It was great to see you again. We look forward to your return in September. Edwin your guide said you guys had a triple hookup this trip, that must have been a wild moment. We are still picking up coconuts from the Hurricane but making good progress sweeping up....
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Carl S wrote a review Jun 2017
Land O Lakes, Florida45 contributions6 helpful votes
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I love this place. I think it is one of the few classic fish camps still in operation today. Many of the newer fish camps are nice but they are so modern they are like staying at a Holiday Inn. I really appreciate the classic charm of this place. It reminds me of the fish camps my grandfather took me when I was a young boy. This is my 3rd trip here and the fishing was great again. I fought Tarpon from 60lbs to 100lbs and 2 more in between. My buddy caught one close to 200lbs on another boat. I saw him boat the fish from a distance. That fish had a mouth the size of a 5 gallon bucket. Dan Wise is one of the most colorful characters in the business. His stories at the diner table are so interesting and entertaining. If your looking for a classic adventures fishing trip in the jungle you will love this place also. I took a couple of pictures of the pictures on the wall in the dining room. The one with the Tarpon at the boat is me.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Patrick H wrote a review Sep 2016
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Fished five day this September, boated 1 had FOURTEEN in the air all on fly tackle. The Lodge is just as good as I remembered the showers are hot the beer is cold and the food is scrumptious, the rooms are clean and the guides and boats are good and experienced. You feel safe. Dan Wise is a host par excellence you will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Dwise100 wrote a review May 2016
Hattiesburg, Mississippi717 contributions56 helpful votes
I spent a lot of time at Rio Colorado lodge in my day. The fishing is better than ever and now is a great time to visit! Rainy season rates are always lower. If you have never experienced this part of Costa Rica, I highly recommend checking it out.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Bryan P wrote a review Oct 2015
Fort Collins, Colorado227 contributions75 helpful votes
This is a great fishing camp! The lodge is great and the staff is wonderful. I've fished for tarpon in the Florida Keys, Homassa, Belize and numerous other destinations and this rivals them all. It's a different type of fly fishing, but the results are spectacular. A lot of fish, and nice size tarpon. Fishing with the amazing wildlife surrounding you is a totally different experience. Fishing in the jungle for huge tarpon is something I totally recommend!
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Date of stay: November 2014
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JimAandLynnE wrote a review Apr 2015
Hesperus, Colorado4 contributions1 helpful vote
Rio Colorado Lodge is a hard-core fishing camp. They are there to help you catch fish, and work hard until the last 2 hours of the last fishing day (when I caught TWO (2) tarpon!). They are hard-working guides. We arrived with Lawyer Dan who took charge when he saw my infected finger, taking me personally across the river and to a village clinic (which loaded me up with antibiotic shot and capsules, as well as pain meds - for no charge!), and back to the camp. Every member of the staff is there to please, and provide excellent service, too much tasty food and desserts to die for, a well-stocked bar and friendly bartender. We fished hard, and relaxed hard. We highly recommend the Rio Colorado Lodge! As to whether this is a "quaint" hotel - not. It's a rustic, in-the-middle-of-the-jungle, right-on-the-river, fishing camp.
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Date of stay: March 2015
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Response from dan wise, Other at Rio Colorado Lodge
Responded Mar 18, 2022
We loved having you there and are glad the village doctor was in that day to fix up your finger... Hope to see you soon
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What are some of the property amenities at Rio Colorado Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at Rio Colorado Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Rio Colorado Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Rio Colorado Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rio Colorado Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Is Rio Colorado Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.