We spent 4 days in early March at the Jungle Tarpon Lodge as part of a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We traveled with another couple and went here so that the guys could tarpon fish. We flew into San Jose, stayed overnight at a city hotel and then were picked up in the early morning and driven in a comfortable van, east to the Caribbean coast, where staff from the lodge were waiting to take us up river to the lodge. One of the nicest features of the lodge are the staff who work there. All were very friendly and tried hard to be helpful in every way they could. Only a few speak English however, which from my perspective was great and makes for a much more authentic cultural experience, but some may find it a drawback. Angelo, the manager lived in Canada for a number of years as a teen and speaks English as well as I, and the other fishing/eco tour guide, Eugene, also has very good English ability, so communication was never a problem. The rooms at the lodge are very large, with two queen size beds but very little in the way of clothes hanging space. We found the beds to be very comfortable. There are large screened windows to allow a breeze and both a standing fan and a ceiling fan helped keep us comfortable. The bathroom was reasonably sized too and hotter water for showers than I expected there might be. It is definitely a fishing lodge, nothing fancy, but everything was clean and comfortable. There were also rocking chairs to sit on the veranda outside of our rooms. Another of the great aspects of the lodge was the meals. The two women who run the kitchen are great chefs and we ate really well. There was always more food than necessary and enough variety at every meal so that even my husband who mostly doesn't eat meat, had plenty to choose from. There is always bottled water, soda and beer for whenever you wanted. I also liked how the fishing was scheduled here - they go out in the am and in the afternoon, returning after each trip for a meal which meant I could go fishing for half of a day and stay behind with my book for the other half. Sadly, the ocean did not cooperate while we were there - it was never smooth enough to get out there and fish for tarpon, but that's not something the lodge can control. At least once, the ladies went out in a separate boat for an eco tour, or an animal safari on water and were delighted and amazed at how easily Eugene could spot animals that were amazingly well camouflaged. The biggest drawback to the lodge for the ladies was that there was no where you could go on foot from the lodge. No beach to walk, no safe place to hike etc. so you have to be prepared to entertain yourself if you're not going fishing. It was no problem for us. Thanks Jungle Tarpon for a nice intro to Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jungle Tarpon Lodge is located near the entrance of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica's most famous jungle wilderness and home to an incredible array of birds, animals and nesting Turtles. The lodge caters only to small and intimate groups of Tarpon fishermen and wilderness adventurers. Three to seven day packages provide Caribbean offshore and jungle river angling, all surrounded by the beauty of Costa Rica's most famous National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jungle Tarpon Lodge Costa Rica/Tortuguero