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“Jungle Bliss”
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Sabalo Lodge
Reviewed 6 April 2010

Sabalo Lodge was a fabulous weekend for my husband and I. Dan and Holly are warm and wonderful hosts who looked after our every need and comfort and the food was delicious! The grounds are beautiful and full of life. We loved watching the monkeys, butterflies and birds as we enjoyed the sun, the sound of the stream beside us and the colorful flowers that were everywhere. I don't want to lead anyone astray - Sabalo is not a high end resort. But if you're looking for peace, quiet and nature at it's most pure and beautiful - then Sabalo is the right place for you.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2010

My husband and I visited Sabalo lodge in hopes of getting away from civilization for a while and seeing some great wildlife and we weren't disappointed. The lodge is beautiful and the monkeys, exotic birds, iguanas and other creatures can be seen without even leaving the grounds. The rooms are simple open-air cabins with no frills, but they were clean and comfortable. It's not an easy trip from San Jose (it requires a tiny plane and a motor boat to get there), but the payoff is that you wind up somewhere truly remote. Dan and Holly were also terrific about accommodating our request for a vegan diet and setting up scuba excursions for us. We definitely hope to go back!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2010

If you're looking for adventure, look no further--from the point of leaving your transport behind at "Las Vegas Restaurant" on the Sierpe and boarding the boat that takes you to Sabalo, you will be in for a treat. Having been to Costa Rica several times, I had never yet been "in the jungle" and my friend and I wanted this experience. Our hosts, Dan and Holly, were very gracious and invited us to share their environment with them, teaching us about the surroundings, the wildlife; feeding us delicious meals and letting us just relax on the beautiful grounds. The lodging, though simple, is clean, and all the necessities/amenities needed are provided (organic shampoos, etc). The stream at the back makes for a delightful swimming hole to cool down whether you've spent the day relaxing on the hammock or taking a local tour of the rivers. The grounds are gorgeous with all sorts of vegetation; be sure to check out their garden in the back. We were also delighted to be "serenaded" by the lightning bugs at dusk who provided our light to help us get back to our cabin. Great retreat on the Osa Peninsula!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 April 2010

We loved Sabalo Lodge. Dan and Holly were incredibly hospitable (even went out of their way to make me a birthday cake), and their food was ASTOUNDING! The bungalows are adorable and incredibly clean. The property is isolated but breathtaking: we saw monkeys and all kinds of tropical birds just wandering around on it. A great place for a total change of pace!
We especially recommend buying the package that gives you two days on the beach at the end. We feel like we got a really great taste of Costa Rica--both jungle and beach!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2010

My wife and i enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon here the owners are wonderful people and great cooks as well. The grounds are great for viewing monkeys and all types of birds not to mention some of the flowers are a site to be seen. We enjoyed every minute we had there and hated to leave but we will be back soon.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

We enjoyed every moment of our 6 night stay at Sabalo Lodge over New Years. This secluded lodge with its beautiful grounds were a perfect get-away. We took advantage of all the local activities - horseback riding, kayaking, bird watching, the charming town of Sabalo, and the beach. Dan, Holly and their gracious crew took wonderful care of us.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Reviewed 7 December 2009

Our stay in the sabalo lodge was realy unexpected but turned out to be our most fun stay during our trip in CR. There is much wildlife in the garden of the lodge(every morning monkeys eating in the trees), scarlet macaws, toucans ... The rooms are very nice and the food is realy good. We loved the swimming hole and had a good time with the owners of the lodge.

Only way to go there is by a boadride in the mangroves, this is a realy beautifull trip. Do this early in the morning or almost at dawn(like we :p) and you'll see much birds there...

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tim30d
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Additional Information about Sabalo Lodge

Address: | 800 Meters South of Sabalo School on the Right, 60503, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #70 of 109 Speciality Lodging in Osa Peninsula
Price Range: £62 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled at the heart of the Costa Rican jungle lies a secluded paradise called the Sabalo Lodge. It is home to monkeys, toucans, frogs and morpho butterflies living alongside human residents of a nearby village and travelers in search of a unique experience. Clustered in the mangroves, the Eco-Lodge sits next to the winding Sierpe River, which makes its way through the Osa Peninsula and joins the Pacific Ocean rimmed by a gleaming sandy beach. Like no other hotel of its kind, Sabalo Lodge has committed to providing a sustainable recreational experience, offering guests an outstanding array of activities which tread lightly on the local ecosystem. ... more   less 
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