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Saladero Eco Lodge
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Morrison, Colorado
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“Instant Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

This is our 4th trip to the Saladero Lodge. We love it! Instant relaxation. Take an easy shuttle flight into Puerto Jiménez or Golfito, and Harvey & Susan are very friendly and take care of the rest for your entire stay. They pick you up at the dock for a beautiful voyage along the coast to the secluded and safe Saladero Lodge. They have everything available to make your incredible adventure. You make your own adventure - ocean, river or jungle. This is true Costa Rica. Take the meal plan - their cooking is incredible! I enjoy the freedom of the kayak ventures on the peaceful Gulfo Dolce. No additional charge to use the kayaks and total freedom to use whenever you desire! Fishing is a great adventure - trigger fish, bonita, mackerel, pargo, giant rooster fish and jack crevalle. Lots of dolphins all around to enjoy. Lots of monkey and bird sounds everywhere. Accommodations are excellent, very comfortable and the beach house is incredibly spacious! The finished hardwoods are unbelievably beautiful throughout the rooms and dining area. Everything is well maintained and eco-friendly. The new outdoor secluded hot and cold shower is beautiful and lots of fun.
People ask, why go back to the same place 4 times? Experience the beauty and wonder at Saladero and the hospitality of Harvey and Susan and you will have no question in your minds. We have never had any problems on any of our trips. Find it on Google Earth and you will see how far away it is from all the roads and busy city life. Enjoy the peace and unspoiled natural beauty of the Saladero Lodge!

Room Tip: All rooms are great! The beach house is most convenient and very large and our favorite. The new Mar...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

we camped for 3 nights in december. harvey and susan were great, so friendly! the food was fantastic, the coconut fresh and the hammock incredibly relaxing. we also made use of the kayaks to explore the mangroves and took long walks on the beach.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

Well, what can we add to the other rave reviews about Saladero? It's all true: this place is absolutely wonderful, the location is stunning, the food superb (try the guacamole!) and Harvey and Susan are wonderful hosts who really made us feel at home at Saladero. We stayed at the Beach House for 4 nights in december 2011 and very much enjoyed it. Saladero offers lots of possibilities for kayaking, snorkeling, birdwatching or just enjoy the beautiful view over the Golfo Dulce. The boat/kayak trip up the Esquinas river was also very beautiful with impressive mangrove forest.

For birdwatchers: although Saladero doesn't have an extensive trail system like some other Costa Rican forest lodges, the short forest trail was quite productive and we saw some excellent birds here like great tinamou, marbled wood-quail, ruddy quail-dove, golden-crowned spadebill, several antbird species etc. The garden is visited by fiery-billed aracari and of course the scarlet macaws. There was also a Tayra walking around that showed itself very well on a few occasions - absolutely amazing!

All in all, a wonderful place and very highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

The highlight of our 3 weeks family trip around Costa Rica were the 4 days at Saladero Lodge. We were happy to stay close to the phantastic nature, between the rainforest and the ocean with dolphins playing in front of us during lunch. We were lazy in the hammock and active by canoeing, snorkeling, fishing, hiking etc. We appreciated very much to recharge energies after all this activities thanks to the tasty meals with local flavors prepared by Paulina, Susan and Harvey and consumed together with them and the other guests. The beach house is furnished with much taste, very spacious and airy over the ocean.The sunsets there are overwhelming.

Saladero Lodge is very well equipped in all details and offers sustainable comfort adeguate to the remote site and offers even some luxury like cold beer and ice. Harvey and Susan are open minded friendly hosts and have created together with the family of Paulina a really unique place.

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Rotonda West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

I stayed with my wife for 4 nights in the treehouse and had a fantasic time. It felt like being part of the rainforest listening to the birdcalls and watching troops of whitefaced monkeys pass by within 40 feet of the porch and pose for photos. Margit got good photos of the scarlet macaws perched on the porch railing. The grounds are beautiful to stroll with the sounds of howler monkeys not far off. The food was fantsticwith greatvariety prepared by Harvey, Susan and Pauline. My only regret was that we were not able to stay longer.

Room Tip: The treehouse is great for couples with great privacy but be aware it is a steep set of stairs to ge...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

This was exactly what my wife and I needed. Very relaxing but with plenty of activities available after you have recharged the batteries.We stayed in the treehouse. It was fantastic! We saw lots of monkeys and scarlet macaws. The fishing was excellent and Harvey gave me some great pointers. We had our catch for dinner ;) All the food was local and fantastic. I would love to stop and see Harvey and Susan again and highly recommend Saladero Lodge to anyone heading to or passing near Golfito.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rockwood, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2011

Our stay at the unique Saladero Lodge was one of the high-points of our trip to Costa Rica. The hosts Harvey and Susan pampered us with gourmet food and with insightful and interesting conversations. It was inspirational to witness the ingenious green energy capture that powered all electrical utilities, from fridge to hot shower. During our stay we enjoyed snorkling, kayaking, discovering the mangrove. This is a 'pearl' along the Golfo Dulce, between undisturbed tropical rain forest and beach. It is a dream come true for adventurous and 'green' travellers.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Saladero Eco Lodge
Address: Rio Esquinas | Golfito, Costa Rica, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Golfito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All inclusive beachfront eco lodge with 450 acres of primary rainforest. Three tropical screened cabins. The second floor of the Beach house sleeps 6, the Tree cabin sleeps 4, the new bungalow sleeps 2 and the Mariposa sleeps 4. The room prices Include boat pickup and return to Golfito or Pto Jimenez, 3 meals a day (much of our food is grown here organically), afternoon snack, natural juices, unlimited use of nature trails, snorkel equipment, fishing equipment and kayaks. Two coral reefs and the Rio Esquinas mangrove estuary close by. 1/2 Mile of beach front, 30 acres of tropical gardens, 450 acres of primary rain forest. Birding is outstanding and fish right in front of the property. Many optional tours available including the river mangroves by kayak, river mangroves by boat, canopy tour, snorkeling coral reefs, horseback riding, botanical gardens and chocolate farm tour. ... more   less 
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