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800 Meters South of Sabalo School on the Right, 60503 Costa Rica
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#53 of 143 Speciality lodging in Osa Peninsula
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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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Diving
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Fishing
Shuttle bus service
Massage
Open-air bath
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Private beach
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Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish

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800 Meters South of Sabalo School on the Right, 60503 Costa Rica
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport153 kmSee all flights
Palmur Sur Airport20 kmSee all flights
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Jennie A wrote a review Jan. 2019
9 contributions5 helpful votes
We loved our short stay at Sabalo lodge. The staff here were exceptionally helpful, keen to ensure you had the best stay. Philip was great in communicating before and during our trip and even dropped us off to catch a bus. It is very remote so if that’s what you’re after then this place is perfect.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mel C wrote a review Sep. 2016
Guácima, Costa Rica27 contributions4 helpful votes
this is a very remote place and you need to have a 4 x 4 to get there, so be prepared. The place is rustic, lovely and very well kept. The staff is amazing and helpful, to us they were the highlight of the place. the area is absolutely beautiful, and perfect location if you want to go to Isla del Caño, the food that's served at the hotel's restaurant is made with love and really good. there's a river that runs across the property perfect for refreshing after a long day out. I really recommend this and can't wait to go back one day!
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dieke H wrote a review Jul. 2015
Leiden, The Netherlands1 contribution5 helpful votes
We booked this lodge way in advance, I got a confirmation by email and payed in advance by PayPal (200 dollars) for Casa Aracari (21/06/2015 - 23/06/2015). This place is quite remote and reachable by 4WD if you cross Sierpe river by ferry. At Sierpe we were warned that there had been a storm and the tourist information tried to call the logde for information about road conditions. There was no answer, so we decided to just see if the road was OK. When we got to Sabalo lodge, ther was only a +/- 15 year old girl that did not speak any English, and our Spanish is not that good, but what we understood is that her father, who speaks English, was not there, she did not know what time he would be back and she could not call him. We showed her the reservation, but then we found out ther there WAS NO casa Aracari, we could not find it either when we walked around the property. Ther is a "restaurant" but the girl could not give us anything to eat or drink, she was not allowed to interfere with the tourists. We waited for more than 2.5 hours in the pooring rain when we decided to try to find another place to sleep, as they probably did not expect us, or have any food for us in this remote place. Since then we tried to call the phone number on the site numerous times and tried to email the adress on the site and the one where I got the confirmation form. It is all not answerd (delivery failed), so there is no possibility to get our money back.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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valhikes wrote a review Apr. 2015
Olympia, Washington19 contributions5 helpful votes
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We had the pleasure of staying four wonderful nights at Sabalo Lodge March 20-24, 2015. This magical place is located in a very remote location, next to the tiny village of Sabalo, about halfway between Drake Bay and Sierpe on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. It is managed by two amazing people: Charlotte and Melvin, who met us as the boat dock when the water taxi from Drake Bay dropped us off. Amazingly, we were the only guests for all four nights! The lodge consists of a few cabins of varying size and a common dining area. The surrounding jungle is full of birds, including Scarlet Macaws, Black-mandibled Toucans, and the Fiery-billed Aracari, as well as mischievous Capuchin monkeys. Charlotte and Melvin were very kind and accommodating, providing helpful information, guided tours and cooking delicious food. We admire and appreciate their hard work and dedication to maintaining this special place. The cabin we stayed in was very private, set away from the dining area and other cabins. It had solar powered electricity available for lighting and a fan when needed. Downside was that the water in the cabins is not potable, and we used our Steripen to treat it because we did not want to buy plastic bottles. Hopefully, in the future, they will provide UV filters or another environmentally friendly way to provide potable water in the rooms. Other than that, we felt like we had won the lottery, having the opportunity to have this magical place all to ourselves and private tours with Melvin (night tour in the mangroves, and a day mangrove tour). One of us also took a day trip to nearby Corcovado National Park. Evening strolls down the road provided great views of the surrounding area and opportunities to visit the small village of Sabalo. A great place for nature lovers! Oh! And Jesus Christ Lizards are numerous here! Running on the water! Really!
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Date of stay: March 2015
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Room Tip: Aracari cabin seems best, most private. There is no potable or hot water in cabins. Wifi is...
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Edouard A wrote a review Mar. 2012
Montreal, Canada6 contributions7 helpful votes
The sabalo lodge is an amazing place, competely lost in the mangrove. Few bungalows around the central house occupied by Melvin and his family. There are plenty of animals crossing through the garden like toucans, monkeys, macaws etc. and there is a river where you can swim if you want. Melvin is very nice and he knows everything about the environment. He took a lot of his time to show us the mangrove, to take us to the best beach aroud or to guide us through the forest to spectacular waterfalls. we used his boat to move around, and we could share all the family life, it was very great! The bungalow where we were installed was brand new, just aside the river. Very clean and with electrical light. If you want to taste real Costa Rica and to know what it's like to live in the jungle, this is the place to go! Excellent food provided by Melvin's wife, who also offered a massage to my girlfriend! The Sabalo is definitly a gem in the middle of the forest, very close to the Osa Peninsula but far from being as crowded as Drake bay, and maybe a little bit more authentic.
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: the last constructed bungalow is by far the best one, close to the river and brand new!
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PRICE RANGE
US$83 - US$103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa Peninsula
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sabalo Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Sabalo Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Sabalo Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sabalo Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sabalo Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Sabalo Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sabalo Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Is Sabalo Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.