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Crocodile Bay Resort
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Puerto Jimenez
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 1, 2012

We have returned from our stay w Crocodile Bay and struggle returning to work. The staff did a remarkable job. Todd Staley ran the fishing services superbly. Boat captains and deck hands were hard working and commited to ensuring our enjoyment. Our requests were promptly attended too. Captain Edwin and deck hand Saul met all of our expectations. The fishing wasn't particularly strong for the week fleet wide. Eco guides Dennis, Diego, Mateo were very knowledgeable and accomodating. Wait staff of Ronny, Floribeth, Helen and Marie were outstanding and we so enjoyed their personalities. Our driver to and from the PJ airport was so helpful. I'm struggling with sharing how wonderful CB is for one of the greatest charm is the remoteness and under developness of the Osa Penn. We will be back. Thanks to all for giving us a perfect vacation. Greetings to all and Pura Vida. Barry Broman

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

First and foremost, the staff was phenomenal! Olimpia, Diego, Helen, Mateo, Carlos, & the entire staff outstanding!!! Beautiful scenery, perfect weather, although we did not have a plentiful fishing experience, the others who accompanied us did! The incects and spiders were a bit overwhelming especially in our room. Was not comfortable due to
the large spiders sharing my room. The Eco tours were amazing!!! Can't say enough!!!!! Was a truly unforgettable experience!!!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

My girlfriend and I went to Crocodile Bay for a 5-night getaway in mid-January. What a great experience!

The reservation specialist who helped me was very professional and responsive. He made sure both of our travel itineraries was in order and we felt secure in knowing a resort representative would be there to help us through our travels.

Upon arrival at the resort we were warmly greeted and any questions we had were answered. The accommodation we had was spacious and well maintained. Room service did a nice job on a daily basis. Air conditioningf worked great.

We fished for 4 days straight and were not disappointed once. Fishing was better on some days then others, but hey, that's fishing! We caught our share of fish including roosters, yellowtail snapper and a nice sailfish that put on quite a show! The captain and mate worked hard all day to make sure we had our share of opportunities. We also saw a humpback whale fully breech out of the water a few times!

Meals and their accompanied service were first class. The staff was so friendly and eager to help. The pool on property was lovely and the swim-up bar a nice touch. Wifi was great in the lobby, restaurant and bar and they had 2 computers for guests with high-speed Internet.

On our 4th day I went out fishing while my girlfriend took in a spa day. She said the spa technicians were first-rate and the services were just what the doctor ordered after 3 days of fishing hard and soaking up the sun.

Upon departure we wished we had a few more days, but that's why we'll be back! Thank you again Crocodile Bay for memories that will last a lifetime!!!

Room Tip: All the rooms seemed to be well equiped. No TV's or wifi in rooms (no big deal), but bring a fe...
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

I was absurdly fortunate to have been one of the first guests through the door when Crocodile Bay Resort opened. I have returned time and again since because the resort does everything right, from fresh cuisine, spacious accommodations and gorgeous grounds to great service, superior boats, amazing eco tours and terrific captains and mates who can find fish no matter what.

Resort owner and founder Robin Williams demonstrated a level of considerable genius when he hired the legendary Capt. Todd Staley to be the lodge's fishing director. Todd has been in Costa Rica forever and is the very, very best at what he does. Marlin, sailfish, tuna, roosterfish, snapper, grouper, amberjack, snook, trevally, dorado and many other species are swarming inshore and off. Tackle is provided and is top shelf gear.

Rooms are large and inviting, with patios and decks adorned with custom-made rocking chairs. Sitting on your deck at night after dinner with a cold drink in your hand, listening to the jungle and enjoying a Cuban cigar (like a Partagas Serie P No. 2) is mighty fine. The bathrooms are good and the beds put you to sleep.

The food? Come on. They grill the fish you caught that day, as you like it. There are also steaks, chops, loads of salads and side dishes, all kinds of fresh fruit, and delicious deserts. For breakfast, make sure you have the beans and rice.

The bar is where lots of fun happens, with many spirits, red and white wine, and cold, cold beer, like Costa Rica's own Imperial cerveza. Appetizers frequently include sushi and sashimi, fried chicken legs, and so on.

The pool has a waterfall and swim-up palapa bar with all the poolside accoutrements.

Flying from San Jose down to the lodge is as good as it gets when it comes to scenery; it takes about 45 minutes. Don't be scared when you see the tiny runway; the pilots know what they are doing.

Crocodile Bay offers eco tours that you will never forget as you traipse about the Osa Peninsula, go for a zip-line ride, rappel down a waterfall, pet a friendly sloth, etc.

Do take the 10-minute walk into town and interact with the very friendly locals.

Well, get going.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

My mother and I accompanied my father and brother to Crocodile Bay in January 2012 for a fishing trip, and were very pleasantly surprised by the level of service, the beauty of the property, and the variety and quality of the eco tour offerings (I will give the caveat that this review is NOT for the fishing, which neither of us did and which was not very good for my father and brother, who did not have great luck). We sometimes end up as an afterthought on fishing excursions, but this was decidedly not the case at Crocodile Bay.

The staff: Wonderful, friendly staff, really a highlight of our stay! We felt very much at home by the time we left six days after our arrival. The front desk is helpful and accommodating. The guides are knowledgeable and fun to be around, especially Dennis, who is from the area and took us on memorable horseback riding and zipline excursions. The spa gave some of the best massages I have ever had (and I have had many around the world). I cannot finish without mentioning Olimpia, who took great care of us through two birthdays and was just all around helpful, insightful, and a joy to be around.

The property: The grounds got more beautiful the longer we were there. While our trip to the botanical gardens was nice due to the informative cooking garden, the flowers on the Crocodile Bay property itself were even better. Orchids, hibiscus, heliconias, and palms all around, with small butterflies flitting from one plant to the next (we even saw a blue morpho come through once!). The hot tub is raised up above the pool and ended up being my favorite spot, with the hammocks a close second. There is not a beach (a long pier sticks out into the bay) but there is a free shuttle to nearby Playa Preciosa beach, or you can ride a bicycle there. The rooms are not what you would find at a fancy 5 star chain resort, but they are comfortable, spacious, and air conditioned. I saw an older review from someone who came here for a honeymoon (did he look at their website first?!) and this is not that kind of place- Crocodile Bay is a remote eco lodge where you can both relax in natural surroundings and pursue a variety of eco adventures.

Food: a good variety of healthy, delicious food. Sometimes menu and sometimes buffet, depending on occupancy at the resort. Freshly caught fish (mostly mahi but depends on what is caught), beans, rice, fresh fruit, avocados, steak, chicken and more (we especially loved the traditional Costa Rican casado at lunch). Olimpia and the staff show that healthy does not have to be boring.

The spa: The Swedish massage was so good that I went back twice. The people who work there are knowledgeable, professional, and do a very good job. The Swedish massage I received from Johana was one of the best spa treatments I had ever received. The reflexology was quite good, too, as was the coffee body polish and the mini facial that was included with the scrub. My mom also liked her two treatments, and he is not a spa person at all.

Eco Tours: A good variety are offered. You choose at dinner the night before, but if you really want to do something specific we found it helpful to give plenty of advance notice and make it very apparent if there is limited time in which to do it. If you have your heart set on something don't be shy and follow up.

Animal Sanctuary: We almost did not get to go because of a scheduling mishap, but this was corrected and when we did we were very glad we went. The woman who runs it, Carol, is quite a character and you get to see many of the rainforest animals up close (some have to be caged because of injuries, but others are free roaming on the property or hang around after being released). Very worthwhile, and Sweetie the spider monkey was a real highlight!

The Miramar zipline is the higher and faster of the two offered and definitely lived up to expectations (we have been on several zip lines, some of which barely got off the ground). There are probably around eight zip lines of varying heights which pass through the primary forest, and the family that runs it uses double clips for extra safety so you are never unattached high above the ground, which made us feel a little better when the platforms and trees were swaying! While we would not have been disappointed with the zipline itself, we also saw a small troop of howler monkeys in the trees near the highest platform.

Horseback riding: A good way to see the secondary forest from a different level. We did the half day (which was definitely sufficient) and saw a bit of the countryside, a view of the sea, and a variety of birds and butterflies. Dennis has a uncanny knack for finding the birds in the forest and pointing them out, even showing me better camera settings to capture pictures of them inside the canopy.

Monkey Tour: We saw three of the four types of monkeys that live in Costa Rica. Secondary forest instead of primary but still beautiful scenery, especially the beach. Road there was extremely bumpy, but in my opinion worth it to see the wildlife (this tour is your best bet to see monkeys in the wild).

Botanical gardens: A nice expedition, but not our top. Possibly because of the time of the year, there were not many (or variety) of orchids, and the Crocodile Bay property itself had as many beautiful flowers. The cooking garden was the highlight, as it was interesting to see turmeric, ginger, and a variety of other edibles in their growing state. I am very into plants, so this was worth it, but if plants are not your area of interest another tour might be more worthwhile.

A note about Corcovado National Park: While this tour is offered, it is actually somewhat difficult to get there from the Puerto Jimenez area where Crocodile Bay is located. You can either take an $800 flight (which I think you might be able to split among a group if there are a few of you) or drive to the edge of the national park via a very bumpy road, walk along the beach for several miles, and then hike into the forest itself. While technically possible, it seemed to make more sense to visit the primary forest closer to Crocodile Bay, which had plenty to see and do nearby. Personally, if Corcovado National Park was my main goal, I would dedicate several days to the Park itself instead of taking a day trip from Puerto Jimenez.

In sum, my mother and I had a great time at Crocodile Bay. I was sorry to leave and would love to go back! Wish the fishing had been better the week we were there, but amazing experience for our group in every other area.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

just returned from 6 days at crocodile bay. took my son and a buddy for fishing, my wife and duaghter for R&R and ecotours.the whole operation is well organized and runs smoothly.nice hotel in San Jose,transfers to and from the resort were good.the resort grounds were clean and attractive.the rooms were large and comfortable, in fact could easily have four people to a single suite.nice kitchen, beatiful bar, consistently good food.the staff was friendly and the service was great.my wife and daughter especially enjoyed the spa and the daily ecotours. so what was the problem? No Fish!This is what we caught:day 1 (offshore) no fish:day 2(offshore) 1 sailfish; day 3 (inshore) 12 mostly small roosterfish 1 small snapper; day 4 (inshore) 1 pompano; day 5 (inshore) 3 roosters, 2 makeral and a jack.the captains seemed knowledgable,the boats and tackle were nice, but they could not put us on fish. So...five star operation, one star fishing, makes for three stars overall.

Room Tip: upstairs suites best
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

We are sitting at the airport trying to plan our next trip. We had such a great time. The staff was excellent. Oldemar and Mauricimo were are fishing captain and mate. They made our fishing great, over two days we caught 8 sail fish and 1 marlin. Alberto was a great guide on the jungle tour and the zip linning. All of the ladies in the resturant and bar were wonderful. The rooms were good, food great, weather wonderful. We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor. We had kids above us and it made for loud evenings.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Airport Road, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
#3 Family Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
Price Range: $340 - $675 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Crocodile Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All-inclusive packages for World-class Billfishing offshore or Roosterfish, Snapper, & Dorado inshore. Kids love our 24 exclusive Ecotours - Corcovado Rainforest, Zipline, Mangrove Kayaking, & Moms love our luxurious state-of-the-art Spa with a full complement of 30+ Spa massages, facials and full body treatments. Set on 44 lush tropical acres in the bio-diverse Osa Peninsula. ... more   less 
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