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“Saladero Lodge May 2012”
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Saladero Eco Lodge
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

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

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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Away from the hubbub of humanity, immersed in the ribbit of nature.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Wow, what an awesome place! My 12-yr old son Zander is already talking about going back as soon as possible! Harvey and Susan are wonderful, and were really attentive, making our stay very enjoyable. Great food, and great companionship with Harvey, Susan, and the other guests. Kayaking and snorkeling were great, and had a great morning of fishing with Harvey. Two of the cabinas have indoor showers. There is also an outdoor shower (totally private) which was great, but bring some shower shoes or flip flops if you have tender feet like me (gravel floor). Learned how to properly shuck a coconut, which came in handy when we kayaked to the lagoon with the coral reef. Amazing juices and coffee! The 4 days we spent at Saladero were the highlight of our 10 day trip.

Room Tip: The tree house is very private, but make sure you have strong legs for the climb!
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

It's not every trip that you arrive as guests and leave as friends. Owners Harvey and Susan Woodard made our experience at Saladero truly memorable -- one we're already looking forward to repeating next year. Their location is wonderfully remote and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas National Park, which we enjoyed exploring by kayak, boat, and hiking. The family style meals were delicious, perfect for our family's gluten free needs, and a pleasure to share with Harvey, Susan, and Paulina each day. This is an amazing place with incredibly gracious hosts and is a perfect option for the adventurous traveler who wants to stay off the beaten path. All of the positive reviews here are accurate -- it's hard to say enough about this place!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

We have stayed at Saladerro twice, for one week last year and two weeks this year. For people that love nature and outdoor activities this place is outstanding. Add in the friendly hosts, Susan and Harvey and you quickly realize this place is as special as all the rave reviews say. We find the location is perfect for wildlife viewing with lots of howler and capuchin monkeys and occasional squirrel monkeys. The birds are amazing, with regular sightings of Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, Frigates, Hawks, Terns, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Ibis, Gulls, Owls and many more plus a wide array of songbirds that supply a constant jungle surround sound. They have put together a excellent choice of activities to keep you as busy as you want, and in the heat of the day the hammocks can be a welcome respite. I would highly recommend the kayak river /mangrove tour, the botanical garden, horseback and the wonderful chocolate tour, which is very well done. With the free use of kayaks you can get in some good snorkeling to view a wide variety of tropical fish once you find the hot-spots. You never know what is going to appear in the rich Golfo Dulce waters and we were pleasantly surprised, when we least expected it, to encounter dolphins and sea turtles.

Room Tip: The beach house is the most comfortable. The tree house is very secluded, but those steps mean you...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank kayakdover
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Soladero is a welcome respite from impersonal travel. Harvey and Susan are bright, friendly,
intuitutve hosts who welcome you and help you fine tune your stay so you get the exact blend of activity and tranquility while in paradise, They give you space, guidance or company, depending on your desire.
The property is only available after a 30 minute motor boat ride. Harvey picks you up from the one of the 2 airport towns on the Golfo Dulce, and brings you across the turquoise waters, often accompanied by dolphins to a piece of paradise. They have a wide beach on the shores of the 83 degree waters of the Golfo Dulce. There are lovely grounds with lawns, hammocks and palm trees. At any moment you might see maccaws in pairs flying by or a toucan noisily feeding in the tree top. The howler monkeys begin their roar as they pass by at dawn. Behind the gardens is the rain forest which Harvey will take you through the paths he keeps open with his machete. The birding is great and Harvey and Susan have alot of knowledge to share about the flora and fauna.
Soladero lets you use the kayaks and snorkel gear for no charge and the Golfo Dulce waters are amazingly calm and pristine. Pelicans patrol the surf and the occasional sting ray jumps out of the waters to puntuate the beauty. There are a few coral heads, average snorkeling but it great to be in the water.
Don't miss a kayak trip up the Isquinas River where Susan and Harvey will lead you through small tributaries in the maze of mangrove side waters. Really unique! There are 3 rooms and also grounds for camping. Only interesting people end up at this place.
Meals are home cooked and delicious, lots of fresh fruit, fish often caught that day.. served family style. Arrive a tourist, leave as a friend. Tranquil hospitality with a dash of activities make this a perfect retreat.

Room Tip: The Tree house is secluded and romantic. The Mariposa Cabina is near the jungle so you hear the mo...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Maria D
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

We've travelled around Costa Rica and stayed in lots of places, but Saladero is a special, unique place. Here you are in the heart of the jungle and experience a real bit of nature close up. At Saladero you are miles away from anywhere; but it's still very easy to get to. We left our car at the Samoa del Sur hotel and locked up our bags at reception and Harvey picked us up and boated us across the gulf to the lodge. We stayed in the treehouse which means you have forest all around you and is a fantatstic feeling. Food's fantastic, sunsets are amazing and Susan and Harvey look after you perfectly.

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Address: Rio Esquinas | Golfito, Costa Rica, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
Region: 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 Speciality Lodging in Golfito
Price Range: £157 - £158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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