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Saladero Eco Lodge
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Reviewed 25 April 2009

A group of 5 travellers( primarily teachers) booked a spring break trip at the Saladero after reading about it on Trip Advisor. Wow, what a find! If you want a wonderful vacation away from the beaten path with local flavor in a tropical paradise, you just found the place. I booked the trip for the group and I felt very responsible for how the vacation might turn out if the Saladero wasn't what it professed to be on the website. Our expectations were more than fulfilled. We were greatly impressed with everything about the Saladero.
When we arrived in the little village of Golfito, there was our host, Harvey, waiting for us to take us in a taxi to his boat for the 30 minute ride to his remote location on the Gulf of Dolce. From the moment we arrived, until we left, we were treated like extraordinary guests with our every wishes met. Harvey took us on a nature walk and botanical tour of his native plants and fruit trees. We were fed 3 delicious meals a day, cooked by a wonderful local woman, Paulina. We snorkled, kayaked, fished, played croquet and soccer...(all of the gear was supplied by Harvey).
The beach house was very comfortable, with great beds and very adequate space for the 5 of us. The food was a combination of local cusine and Harvey's own favorites. The breakfasts were a choice of eggs, pancakes, rice and beans, and cereal. All of them were served with a wide selection of fresh juices from fruit grown on the property. YUM! They went well with the the evening cocktails, too.
As it indicates on the website, Harvey can set-up special tours during your stay, but for our group we only went on a half day canopy zipline tour because we didn't ever want to leave the place. The zipline was great ... nice staff, safe, and ecologically minded.
There were so many other bonuses, like the pet turkey buzzard, (Chippy, that followed us everywhere), Howler Monkeys, Toucans, Parrots, very warm sea water, and average temperatures in the 80's.
Not a bad place to thaw out for five frozen Montanans. If any of this sounds good to you, try the Saladero, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2009

This is without exception the finest vacation that my family has ever taken. As you can gather from other reviewers, one can only describe our stay with superlatives. Harvey was attentive 24/7. his local Tico staff including Paulina the cook and Frank the boatman were both gems. The scenery :dolphins and Jacks gamboling in the Golfo Dulce out the front and the cacaphony of birds and Howler monkeys and rainforest behind us was surreal. With adequate screens, hot water, showers and electricity (powered by off the grid hydroelectric and solar) we were up close and personal with all that Mother Nature had to offer but without the creepy crawlies to contend with at night.
The food was the highlight local dishes plenty of fabulous fruits and juices, fresh fish- the cerviche( fish barracuda marinated in lime and cilantro) is to die for. Snorkeing, swimming, kayaking, mangrove river tour, hiking in rainforest...nirvana.
This should be on everyone's bucket list!!
well done Harvey, we will be back
the MacDonald family

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

After a very long trip from Europe I finally arrived at Finca Saldero. I was met at the airport by Harvey, my host for the two week stay and from that moment I began to relax. Harvey is charming, kind and informative about his adopted home in this pristine paradise. The moment I arrived by boat at Saladero I felt all stress begin to melt away - it takes very little time for the rythm of the place to embrace and calm a soul.
I was settled in the Beach House, a large comfortable place with amazing views in all directions.The Beach House is open to the breezes but screened in to protect from insects in the evenings. Its beautifully constructed with native woods and rattan furniture - I was very comfortable there and would highly recommend it.
My day usually started quite early - the birds and the Howlers are natures introduction to the new morning. The sea is usually very calm early in the morning and was the best time to view wildlife breaking the surface of the water. This is certainly not the place for sleeping in late - there is so much to experience. I saw some amazing sights just a short distance from the beach - two large turtles playing, dolphins swimming and a very large rooster fish breaking the surface at incredible speeds while chasing smaller fish.
I chose the full meal plan and was not disappointed, Paulina and Harvey made sure the meals were delicious and varied. I loved that we ate fish caught in front of the property, juices made from fruits trees on the property, eggs from the pampered chickens and healthy meals prepared with herbs out of the garden. Coconuts are everywhere and you havn't lived until eating one of Paulina's coconut heladeras.
The tours are well worth taking and I would recommend taking the River Tour and the Botanical Gardens. Both are close by and give one a much richer experience of the region.

Harvey has done a beautiful job establishing Saladero as a sustainable lodge sensitive to the environment and providing much needed work for the local people. There is a lot to learn here about living a simpler life.

This was the very best vacation I have ever taken and I would recommend it highly.
Well done Harvey !!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 February 2009

In traveling you want to get a feel of the land, it's people, the culture. We got just that. From foods prepared by Paulina and our host Harvey- picked fresh from the amazing property which borders a park on one side and Golfo Dulce on the other. To waters clear enough to see 150 feet down-and gardens to take your breath away. It is almost sensory overload. We would recommend this lodge not only for the obvious but for all the surprises we found on our own. We stayed in the treehouse, although there is a full two bedroom beach house available. Our host is kind gentle and respectful. He treds softly on the land and has an appreciation of Costa Rica which is contagious.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2009

We stayed at Saladero for 6 nights at the end of December 2008 and had a lovely time. As have been said by others, the owner Harvey is friendly and speaks both English and Spanish. The staff are helpful and we enjoyed getting to know them (especially Paulina the cook and all around go-to-person). We stayed in the Beach House and didn't take any of the tours that Harvey offered. Instead we used their Kayaks, ran and hiked through his property and lounged around with their two dogs and pet pava (costa rican turkey) named Chippy (who we fell in love with). The property is focused on rustic and sustainable tourism - this is not a place to go if you are high maintenance and want everything done for you. Some +/-s...

+ upsides
-We saw dolphins right out front and my fiance took out the kayak and was able to chill with them as they played around him in a circle.
-we loved the wildlife and the pets...
-the place was very remote - often times we only saw the other two couples who were staying at the property. You can kayak for hours and see no tourists.
-the staff were terrific
-the view from the lawn and the beach house is amazing - quite untouched by man.
-great kayaking
-we were able to cook for ourselves (we are vegan) by bringing in food from Jimenez.
-Harvey was willing to switch us to the meal plan when we ran out of food.
-cold drinks available for a charge.

- downsides
-the beach house is directly above the open air kitchen/dining area and in the mornings it was really loud. We could hear everything that was being said down below. We would have liked to sleep in a bit longer on our vacation but that is difficult to do.
-it is buggy. On our 3 week vacation I was bitten more here than anywhere else. I brought a mossie net for over the bed which helped but I think its just part of being down in the Gulfo Dulce...you will get bitten. There was a bat in our room one night which kind of freaked me out but it didnt bother us- you need to be ready to deal with big bugs and flying things :-)
-This lodge is solar powered, be prepared with head lamps and don't leave lights on when you are not using them (good practice anyway - not really a downside just something to be aware of).
-Once you arrive here there is nowhere to go by foot. There are some trails but after a day we had explored them all. Kayaking is the best way to get around and look at other parts of the gulf.
-when we arrived Harvey was away and so we didnt get the grand tour of the place.

Overall, our time a Saladero was worth it and I would definitely recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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