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800 Meters South of Sabalo School on the Right, 60503 Costa Rica
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#39 of 154 Specialty 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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Boating
Kids stay free
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Wifi
Lazy river
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Fishing
Walking tours
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Shuttle bus service
Massage
Open-air bath
Baggage storage
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
First aid kit
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Private balcony
Seating area
Private bathrooms
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Mountain view
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Non-smoking 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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Palmur Sur Airport20 kmSee all flights
Puerto Jimenez Airport32 kmSee all flights
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Theworldwithkids wrote a review Feb. 2022
California78 contributions52 helpful votes
Wow! What a fantastic place!! A beautiful lodge lost in the middle of the rainforest on an amazing property! We spent 4 nights at Sabalo Lodge and loved every minute of it. We did a great mangrove tour (we saw so many birds, monkeys, crocodiles…) as well as a couple of guided hikes in the jungle to beautiful waterfalls. The owner, Andre, is super friendly and accommodating, and very easy to talk with. He will do everything he can to make your stay fun and enjoyable. The food provided at the lodge is excellent and varied. The property is beautiful with tropical plants, a natural pool and many birds and animals. We saw many toucans and capuchin monkeys. The cabins are scattered around the large propriety, so lots of privacy. We love our cabin! It was clean, comfortable and large enough for our family of 4. No air conditioning but this was not a problem at all; the cabin was well ventilated with mesh windows (fans are available in each room, but we never had to use them). Cold water shower, which was so nice and refreshing (who needs hot water in the tropics?!). The wifi was strong and reliable. The road to get to Sabalo Lodge is an adventure, including a river crossing! You can drive there (4x4 required!) but we caught the bus to Palmar Norte and Andre nicely picked us up at the bus station. He then dropped us at a river dock to catch the taxi boat to Drake Bay. If you want to have a true adventure in the rainforest, we highly recommend Sabalo Lodge! You need more than one night to truly enjoy this beautiful place. We had an amazing 5 days and our time at Sabalo Lodge was one of the highlights of our 5 weeks trip in Costa Rica !!!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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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 Rica28 contributions5 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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kelynak wrote a review Apr. 2011
Camborne, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed with my son for unique catch up time during his 'cycle round the world' - Sabolo provided excellent opportunity to chill out and also to explore a hidden corner of the country. Dan and Holly were excellent hosts - interested and interesting, providing not just superb meals, but an amazing ambience in which to share them. Accommodation very comfortable and well maintained - fantastic grounds and access to the wild (especially enjoyed the kayaks!).
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Date of stay: December 2010
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mcw327 wrote a review Apr. 2011
Piedmont, California1 contribution
Sabalo lodge grounds are exquisitly maintained and a wonderful place to arrive at. The room was simple and elegant - no frills, just a beautiful, clean, natural place to stay. It was perfect for us - a way to get away from the other 'normal' for a while. Monkeys visited each day and Macaws were often frolicking in the trees. A couple of them were lobbing half-eaten Pecans(I think?) at our roof one morning. We loved going to sleep with the sounds of the animal nightlife in full swing. The food was delicious and healthy - the best we ate during our time in Costa Rica and it was great not having to figure that out for ourselves! A treat, especially for people with kids. There's a great swimming hole that you share with the Jesus lizards and little fish. It's small but the stream comes into the hole with some current - perfect for 'swimming on the spot' (but watch those little kids). We enjoyed our excursions to the local waterfalls. Sabalo Lodge was the high pont of our vacation.
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Date of stay: March 2011
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KarenC327 wrote a review Feb. 2011
Lake City, Minnesota67 contributions47 helpful votes
If you are adventuresome and want to get away from it all, then look no further than this awesome spot! It is 6-8 hours from San Jose by car, then another hour by boat down the Sierpe River. Dan and Holly are great hosts and make your visit with them very personal and memorable. We exchanged many emails before our arrival, so we felt as though we were visiting old friends by the time we actually met them in person. Dan's cooking is out of this world...especially his chocolate mousse! The cabins are airy, well appointed and quite comfortable, even without hot water or electric fans. It was a bit "sticky" at night due to the heat and humidity, but well worth a little loss of sleep to experience the hike to the waterfall, a visit to Holly's horses and a visit to the flower gardens at the home of one of the staff. We enjoyed relaxing in the hammocks and lazing in the cooling waters of the waterway that runs through the property. We are animal lovers and also enjoyed the company of dogs, Daisy and Lassie and the five cats and not to be left out, "Buddy the Boa". Just so you know, he stays well away from the guests, although we walked out to visit him on his palm pile each day! Dan and his groundskeeper keep the beautiful lodge grounds immaculate and there just could not be a more exotic and special place to hang out, relax and unwind for a few days. We were really sorry to leave, but had other Costa Rican adventures ahead.
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Date of stay: January 2011
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Joe58395 wrote a review Feb. 2011
Chelan, Washington1 contribution
From the time we left the dock at Sierpe the adventure began. The 40 minute boat trip was exciting and breathtaking, All along the banks of the Sierpe River were photo opportunities of the birds, monkeys and other interesting wildlife. As we manuvered through the twists and turns of the mangrove forest and arrived at the Sabalo Lodge, we were delivered into a tropical paridise. The grounds at Sabalo Lodge are absolutely impeccably maintained, with palms, rainbow tree, vanilla plants and many other exotic varieties of jungle plantlife, The birds, butterflies and monkeys were also evident in the vicinity. The proprietors met us at the bridge that welcomes you into the eco lodge. They were the most hospitable hosts we could imagine, The experience far exceeded our expectations in terms of the lodging, food and natural environment.
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Date of stay: January 2011
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US$59 - US$71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa Peninsula
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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, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Sabalo Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Sabalo Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, 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.
Does Sabalo Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Sabalo Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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.