Margaret and I ended a 21-day trip to Costa Rica in May 2012 with a week stay at Saladero Lodge. It was our first time to Costa Rica so we went to Arenal, Monte Verde, Manuel Antonio and then South to Saladero near Golfito. Next time it will be Saladero and maybe Corcovado across the Golfo Dolce from Saladero. Saladero is remote and accessed only by boat. There are no roads and the property has ½ mile of beach and acres of untouched forest/jungle. It has an extensive variety of plants which (along with chicken, pork and eggs from local families and fish from the gulf) provide the majority of the food. Extensive information relating to Saladero can be found at http://www.saladerolodge.com/ and http://ecoclub.com/ecotourism/rating/saladero.
Staying at Saladero was like visiting family. Harvey, Susan and Paulina (who did most of the cooking) are great people. Harvey and Susan shared their extensive knowledge of Costa Rica and other countries where they have lived. Paulina is a likeable, friendly person but our lack of Spanish limited discussions with her. For five of the seven days, we were the only guests. Meals were family-style and the food was great. Each morning was greeted by the sounds of howler monkeys. You knew you were at the edge of a true forest/jungle.
We stayed in the beach house, which is constructed out of local hardwoods is large and comfortable, and is fully screened (as opposed to netting over the beds). We kayaked; swam; snorkeled; toured the local mangrove river (crocodile included); fished from kayaks and from shore; watched the birds (macaws, toucans etc); listened to the howler monkeys (these are in a primary forest and don’t come around people as they do in populated resort areas); saw dolphins, sea turtles, locals paddling canoes to work; were given a tour of the developed part of the property by Harvey and Susan; and relaxed.
There were few, if any, mosquitoes (important from the potential diseases they can carry). Jungles do come with bugs and biting bugs were represented by ants, black flies, and no-see-ums, but not in great numbers. Afternoon rains and lightning storms provided cooling and entertainment.
We will definitely include Saladero in future visits to Costa Rica. It was much like having a remote island resort all to yourselves.
Ron Williams and Margaret Charzan
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Saladero Eco Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito