I visited Bahía Rica together with two friends during 12 days in November 2013. Our hope was having a relaxing holiday combined with exciting fishing for tropical species. We had booked 8 days of fishing + 4 days of relaxing at the lodge and the nearby area. The lodge is nicely located by itself out in the jungle/forest by the sea, a bit away from traffic or other kinds of noise. Most of the sounds we heard were made by jungle animals, f.inst. monkeys and birds. The lobby/common area is close to the sea, whereas our bungalows are located on top of a hill, about 256 steps to climb from the common area, which is good exercise.
The bungalows are really nice and clean, so is the bathroom/shower area. The bungalows have several hammocks (+ a library) which are great for relaxing. A real "jungle setting":)
The hosts Thomas and Vigdis are really friendly and nice people. They gave excellent service throughout our whole stay. In a way it feels like you are staying with a little family. We had all meals included during our stay and the food was absolutely fantastic. Everything was home-made, always with fresh vegetables and fruit. They adjusted without any problem to our food allergies or if there was something that some of us didn't eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, all were delicious. I already miss the food at Bahía Rica..
We had 8 days of fishing with Thomas as our guide, and a young guy, Jo Fredrik, was his assistant. They both did their best to ensure we would succeed with the fishing. We had some really nice days on the water, but a few days we were unlucky with the weather. Bad weather forced us to return from our offshore fishing both times we were out there, which was a disappointment. However there's not much to do about that. Despite variable weather and a bit slow fishing during our stay, we had some nice catches. Some of them are: 18 kg Roosterfish, 14 kg Jack Crevalle (and many more of good size), two 10 kg dorados (Mahi Mahi), Sierra Mackerel, Needlefish (a great fun fighter on light gear), Barracuda and many other species. We also lost a big shark while fishing for Roosterfish.
On our days off we enjoyed long mornings at the lodge and in the hammocks, reading books or sunbathing. One day we went to Curú, a wildlife refuge not too far away. We walked on the forest paths there and saw many tropical animals including lizards, parrots, birds, monkeys, spiders, bats, armadillos and many more. An interesting day.
Another day we wanted to go kayaking from the lodge. The hosts prepared kayaks for each of us and we had a nice day on the water exploring the nearby area. The kayaks are of good quality and easy to use. On our last day off Vigdis took us on a boat ride to the beautiful Isla Tortuga. We enjoyed our day at the beach there and also went snorkeling. As always we had a delicious lunch before returning to the lodge.
I would like to thank Thomas and Vigdis for giving us such good experiences at Bahía Rica. We had a relaxing and fun holiday away from snowy and stormy Norway. The only bad thing was we had to return to the Arctic and couldn't stay any longer.
I have already recommended Bahía Rica to several of my friends, and some of them will travel to Bahía Rica during 2014.
As they say, Pura Vida! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Bahia Rica you will be staying in big comfortable rooms in a real jungle setting. The place is perfect for relaxing in a hammock and enjoying the jungle sounds, or you can get some exercise by taking a kayak tour or walking up along the jungle paths. A relaxed atmosphere is surrounding Bahia Rica, with common areas for eating and socializing. Bahia Rica is at Punta Cuchillo on Costa Rica’s west coast. The place is perfect for people who enjoy a calm atmosphere away from the main tourist trails. We offer sport fishing, kayak and boat tours to several beautiful destinations in the Nicoya gulf. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bahia Rica Fishing And Kayak Lodge Costa Rica/Paquera