We were at the Saladero Eco Lodge for about 5 days at the end of December 2013 and had the best time. We went with our youngest son, age 15, and with another family who we vacation with each year. We have had some great trips together so we have pretty high standards. From the first moment, Harvey and Susan were perfect. They are both founts of information about the area from sociological, environmental, ecological and political perspectives, as well as the flora and fauna. They are a gracious couple who made us feel welcome and cared for, as well as a couple who are clearly quite sweet on each other. That warmth can make such a difference in the tone of a lodge, which has to be emotionally comfortable. They also helped our two families blend in with another family who was "in residence" when we arrived. It enhanced our time. Our boys fished right at the beach and everything caught was turned into each afternoon's delicious ceviche. The food was healthy and tasty, with much of what we ate coming from the property. Kayaking in mangrove forests was probably my most amazing time. Harvey and Susan led all 7 of us in and out of channels and taught us about the importance of such forests for the ecology of the area and the environment. We all learned about truly living off the grid, how to sit quietly but then how to follow the sounds of monkeys and toucans to find them in the forests. It was such a magical time. I recommend Saladero Eco Lodge, without reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All inclusive beachfront eco lodge with 450 acres of primary rainforest. Four 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. Our 6 new "glamping cabins" sleep two persons each, have a view of the Golfo Dulce and are in the gardens. The room prices Include boat pickup and return to Golfito or Pto Jimenez, 3 meals a day (much of our food is grown organically at Saladero ), 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 you can fish from the beach of the property or by kayak. Many optional tours available including the river mangroves by kayak, mangroves by boat, canopy tour, snorkeling coral reefs, botanical gardens and chocolate farm tour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saladero Eco Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito