We had a wonderful camping experience at Saladero last week! We live in very southern Costa Rica, so we boated (with a motor on our ocean kayak) up Golfo Dulce four hours to Saladero Eco Lodge. We didn't stay in the cabinas but I have heard they're very nice, including the tree house. We didn't bring a tent as we knew that Saladero had one available. The campsites are right by the shore, though there is a beach wall protecting the camping area. Also provided is a picnic table and a covered food preparation area which includes a sink/running water. There is also a (cold water, but it's the tropics, so it's not really cold) shower nearby, discreetly shielded by some bushes and rocks. There is also a toilet and showers on the other side of the lodge/restaurant building, just a minute or two from the campsite. Those showers are so great (even hot water!), set in stones, quite unique. The restaurant/bar is open-air, and the food is great. We prepared most of our own meals, but did have a delicious dinner our last night there. There was plenty of food and home-made bread. And try the desserts! The coconut cookies are heavenly! Harv and Susan are perfect hosts, and their cook, Paulina, obviously is a good cook...she and Susan actually work together preparing the meals. But apparently Paulina is the master dessert maker there. Oh...we had engine problems with the boat's motor, so Harv towed us to Golfito, about an hour or 90 minutes away, and then would not accept payment for his trouble. So, would we recommend Saladero? Of course. Just keep in mind that it's rustic...it's not a five star luxury hotel...it's for those who want to be out of the way, and not see a lot of people. There's plenty of wildlife around the area, and the water is perfect for a swim (and perhaps plan a kayak trip with Harv up the mangroves nearby), and often you'll see pods of dolphin swimming offshore. Enjoy your stay!
- 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