I stayed at Dolphin Quest for 5 nights in late December and had a terrific vacation, very true to the description given on the DQ website. It is very natural, very environmentally in tune and very family-oriented. If this suits your desire, then definitely go to DQ. When you go there, I hope you experience the same gratitude I feel toward Rey and his family for sharing their jungle-beach home with us.
Our group of two families (4 adults and 3 boys between the ages 10-15) stayed very comfortably in Casa Verde. This is a ruggedly beautiful cabin a very short walk away from a "main house" with eating and lounging area. The Casa provided a getaway and the other house a more communal place with a view of the ocean and birdwatching galore. Nature to be enjoyed included hummingbirds, morphose butterflies, toucans, scarlet macaws, iguanas, snakes, horses, fish, monkeys, mango, papaya, coconut, the beach, and a freshwater creek flowing right by the Casa and down to the beach. The sounds of the jungle were Live, and we felt very integrated.
My worries abut bugs and heat were not realized - the mosquito nets on the beds & bug spray were enough protection and the shade and occasional rain took care of the heat. DQ is not a resort, you will enjoy being responsible for yourself and following the instructions given on the website to prepare for your trip is a good thing. We did use our basic first aid kit, as we expected. We were in the jungle. In tune means you let the environment dictate, and go with it.
The family who run DQ strike a good balance between providing ideas and guidance on activities for the family, but never being overly involved or judgmental. They suggested awesome fun things that they knew our boys would love and made it clear which treats were not to be missed. We went fishing, hiking, horseback riding, visit to botanical garden and to an eye-opening animal rehab center, snorkeling, kayaking and still had plenty of time to hang out.
The food was delicious and nutritious and I could tell that Rey was always keeping the kids in mind. Rey has raised two incredible boys and has a super sense about children - that great balance of discipline and respect that shows the kids that he knows what great people they are. I want my son to be like Reymar and Jahza as he grows up!
We will return to Costa Rica based on this experience and have already recommended friends and family to stay on Dolphin Quest. All the best, Pura Vida...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dolphin Quest is over 750 acres of mountainous rain-forest on a mile-long beach. Teaming jungles with waterfalls and mountain streams meet lawns and blossoming gardens. This haven in the southwestern corner of Costa Rica is accessible only by boat. The warm aqua waters, always between 80 and 85°, are home to rich variety of marine life including dolphins, who share this place with us. The beach lies hundred meters from your cabin. You can snorkel, scuba dive, boat, kayak, a walk along the beach. Whether you're new at something Or have done it for years, were available to assist you in enjoying your adventure to the fullest extent. Adventures can last an afternoon or for several days according to participants interests. We can arrange kayak tours, diving trips and fishing adventures. On land, join us on horseback for a gallop along the beach or follow hours of hiking trails deep into the jungle. In the evening you can relax in your hammock, engulfed in the sounds and scents of the jungle. Enjoy tropical fruit from hundreds of trees which surround your cabin and fresh-caught fish from our ocean front yard. In our outdoor kitchen we serve three delicious home-cooked meals a day with many organic and locally-grown foods. There is also the option of just using the kitchen to cook your own meals. Life here is personal, adventuresome, and shaped by each person and group who comes. We offer a vigorous adventure for the hands-on traveler or a long overdue vacation of tranquil relaxation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Quest Costa Rica/Golfito