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Saladero Eco Lodge
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Reviewed 4 December 2008

This was our fifth trip to CR and we wanted to visit the Golfito area so we looked for a remote lodge and ended up at Saladero.
We knew in advance that the Golfito area is very tropical with lots of rain forest. What made the experience fun was the attitude of the owner and his staff. The owner Harvey, was very knowledgeable about the area and was a great host offering just the right amount of advice and encouagement. The screened in beachouse was roomy, well built with utilities ,and a perfect location. The staff were very friendly and the food was authentic home cooked Costa Rican cuisine. Paulina the cook was a gem and actually made deserts for us at her home after work. The kayaks enabled us to visit the mangroves and coastline and we did some kayak fishing and were not disappointed. With hiking trails on the property in primary rainforests and a great horseback riding trip nearby to a waterfall we found all the adventure we sought without ever feeling like a tourist. If you've
ever dreamed of having your own lodge in a tropical area then you owe it to yourself to visit Saladero for the experience as it might open your eyes as to what it takes. I highly recommend
Saladero for couples and adventurers who want a taste of the tropical side of CR. The animals,birds,and butterflies are truly amazing. Be sure and opt for the meal plan as the fresh fruit with every meal, the banana and walnut pancakes for breakfast, and the pinto gallo with each meal was fabulous. Don't forget to ask for Paulina's fish stew made with home grown yucca,beets, and fish.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2008

july 2 2008 i had stayed the last 3 years at a tent camp next to the corcovado park. the costa rican south pacific is the best place in costa rica because of its remotness. i was searching the golfo dulce and piedras blancas area on google earth. google earth has enhanced software that lets you go down to 300ft. around the rio esquinas i saw a google panoramio blue bulb and i clicked on it. a photo of the saladero lodge came up. it was very close to the rio esquinas. i checked it out on google and tripadvisor and i said why not. i contacted the owners and booked for a week in may. it turned out to be the best place i have stayed at in costa rica. harvey woodard and his wife barbara have a very well maintained property (400 plus acrea nestled right up to primary rainforest) it is very remote. the only way in is by boat. the food was great and they have 2 kayaks for guest use. they also have snorkle and fishing gear. i spent most of my time on the golfo dulce and rio esquinas. something i could not do over on the osa pacific side as the ocean was too rough for non surfing activities. i will definitlely be back next may

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 February 2008

Staying at Saladero Lodge gave us a rare experience to live in a thriving rainforest on an uninhabited beach while staying in a beautifully spacious, clean and comfortable home.

On our first day at Saladero, we were greeted by a baby whale swimming with dolphins in the Golfo Dulce in our front yard and scarlett macaws choosing to nest in a tree in the jungle in the back yard. Though we never saw the whale calf again during our week long stay, the sightings of the dolphins, monkeys, toucans and scarlett macaws right on the property became a daily attraction.

Kayaks and snorkels provided by the owners, Harvey and Barb, gave us the opportunity to enjoy other private and secluded beaches along the coastline. The Golfo Dulce is so tranquil and clear in the morning, that you can hop on the air mattress and view fish......no equipment needed. Hiking on the jungle rainforest trail gave us a different view of the contrasting environment surrounding us in this special place.

Harvey and Barb were very hospitable hosts and quickly became good friends. They shared their organic lemons, limes, grapefruits, bananas, oranges with us........basically anything that was ripe at the moment. The local Ticos provided us with fresh fish. Barb's pet chickens provided us with fresh eggs for our breakfast each day. We miss our happy hour get togethers with them (Harvey and Barb....not the chickens!) while watching the beautiful sunsets over the Oso Pennisula.

If you love the great outdoors, this place is for you. One of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. We'll definately be back next year!

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2008

We were one of the first couples to stay at the newly refurbished lodge at Saladero in December. It was better than we expected. We had been to several lodges in Costa Rica in the past, but this place was special. The living quarters are very tropical with new furnishings and very clean. We were able to actually rent the beach house for the week and the owners provided us with a fully equipped kitchen to cook our own meals and use many of the fruits and spices grown on the property. We had farm fresh organic eggs daily and we were able to purchase fresh chickens and fish from the locals. Kayaks were available free of charge and we snorkeled almost every day. The owners went out of their way to make us feel at home. The only thing we disliked was that we were the only guests there and the only interaction we had during our week stay was with the owners and the workers.

  • Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed 5 April 2007

This place is like no other. We just got back from our trip and we can't stop daydreaming about our stay at Saladero. As soon as we got there we completely forget about the crazy busy world we came from and let the relaxing vibes completely inundate us.
You can't even begin to imagine what it's like to stay in an environment this alive. The animals, the gardens, tasty fresh fruits and clear blue ocean - there is so much to see, it was a welcome break from the dreary winter we left behind and then came back to......

The food was great - fresh and local in a relaxed atmosphere just steps from the beach. The ceviche is highly recommended.

The rooms are rustic - the place is a ecolodge so don't expect the Waldorf Astoria - but exactly what we wanted as environmetalists. The owners, Barbara and Harvey, and their staff of local "Ticos" and "Ticas" were as friendly as they come in Costa Rica. We've been to CR several times and each time we are so impressed by how nice the people are everywhere you go.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Saladero Eco Lodge

Address: Rio Esquinas | Golfito, Costa Rica, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Golfito
Price Range: ₹ 13,667 - ₹ 13,992 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All inclusive beachfront eco lodge with 450 acres of primary rainforest. Three 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. The room prices Include boat pickup and return to Golfito or Pto Jimenez, 3 meals a day (much of our food is grown here organically), 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 fish right in front of the property. Many optional tours available including the river mangroves by kayak, river mangroves by boat, canopy tour, snorkeling coral reefs, horseback riding, botanical gardens and chocolate farm tour. ... more   less 
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