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Rio Tico Safari Lodge
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Dalton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“Well earned top rating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2012

Rio Tico has earned its place as the best rated in the region. We stayed for a week using the lodge as a stepping off point for various day trips and adventures. That said, the lodge is a destination of itself with the river and incredible falls, walking trials, hikes, birds and other forest creatures, all from the doorstep.

Our hosts/owners are are fun, energetic and ready to help organize your day or solve any issue. Breakfast is excellent as are the surprising choices of places to eat within a few kilometers.

The tents are an engineering marvel. They keep out bugs, stay cool for sleeping, are roomy, comfortable, and water tight (and that aspect was well tested during our week stay). And, immaculately cleaned by the staff. We highly recommend it!

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2012

We stayed at Rio Tio Safari Lodge because a traveler we met the day before highly recommended it. She told us it was "paradise on Earth".
It turned out she was quite right.

The tent you sleep in is next to a beautiful river and waterfall.
There are beautiful flowers and butterflies everywhere.

The hosts are charming and very helpful.
In fact, they give you a flashlight so you can walk around at night, a reusable bottle of water and tell you where are the best restaurants and beaches in the area.

At this place, you experience both the comfort of a classy hotel and Costa Rica's wildlife thanks to its setting.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pasadena, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

What an awesome experience! The safari tents were amazing, I was a little skeptical at first but seeing is believing. I slept like a baby every night, can't even do that at home. The tents (I have a hard time saying tents because they are cleaner and nicer than most hotel rooms) put you right in touch with nature. I loved drinking my coffee on the balcony and watching the exotic birds. We never had a problem with any bugs. We used bug spray one time to go hiking the trails. The trails are super cool! We got to see cappuchin and howler monkeys. Also, cawatis and all kinds of neat stuff. We went to the beach alot, I reccommend leonor beach club. The food is delicious and the owners are super accomidating. The beach is very secluded and beautiful. I really enjoyed myself on this trip and cannot wait to come back to Rio Tico Safari Lodge!

Room Tip: We were in bungalow #4. It has a view of the river. We really loved it.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

This is not just sleeping in tents, but "glamping" in luxurious safari tents. Beautifull setting. Kind and lovely hosts, nothing is to much for them. Great home made breakfast. Good swimming at Pavon waterfalls. We will never forget our stay in Rio Tico Lodge.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on "the first row" facing the river.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

Very friendly owners/staff. Very helpful. The tents were so luxurious you didn't feel like you were "camping". The jungle at night lulls you to sleep and drowns out any other noises around! Quite a bumpy road to get there but worth it. Would recommend and would go back. The homemade breakfast each day is delish. Limited cellphone coverage of course, hey, you are in the jungle!

Room Tip: Scout out a few restaurant options before it gets dark at night. The owners are very helpful in this...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

We booked here as our first choice up the coast had no availability. So glad the universe presented us this option. The host and his family were so kind and welcoming. The tent cabins were awesome. You feel like you are in the midst of the jungle. Oh, that's right, you are. Well worth the 10 minute drive off the main highway. And the river is quite a treat.

  • Stayed March 2012
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bklynyoga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

We stayed here in Feb. 2012 with our three little kids. We felt that Osa was too rugged and far and that this place - near Uvvita had everything that we were looking for. This place was really wonderful and amazing. The owners Cees and Miranda went OUT of their way again and again to make sure that we were happy- they drew maps of places to visit in the are, recommend beaches, restaurants, made food that the kids would eat, it goes on and on. They are very well informed, generous and kind people. The hotel is also incredible- clean, beautiful, spacious and set in the most spectacular place with a great river, waterfalls, the jungle, and beautiful, quiet beaches right near by. We were very sad to leave here and the next place that we arrived at- Manuel Antonio was nowhere near as amazing as this place. I would have been happy to stay here another week easily.

Room Tip: We were a family of 5 and stayed in the family room- it was great. 2 bedrooms with an adjoining bath...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Rio Tico Safari Lodge
Address: Vergel de Punta Mala | Canton de Osa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 111 Speciality Lodging in Osa Peninsula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rio Tico Safari Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica lies the Costa Ballena and our unique hotel, The Rio Tico Safari Lodge. Our ninge Safari Tents offer a direct experience with a Costa Rican tropical rainforest and will unite you with the natural bounty of Costa Rica. Here in the virgin rainforest, you will awaken every morning to the sounds of birds and howler monkeys. ... more   less 
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