friendly hotels and OTHER links we recommend.

Places to Stay

We are always looking for small, comfortable and friendly hotels to be able to recommend to our guests when staying in San Jose, Golfito or Pto Jimenez for a layover night. Here are a few that we know personally:


Pura Vida Hotel - A wonderful hotel located in Alajuela and only 10 minutes from the airport. Owners and hosts Bernie and Nhi serve first class meals, provide lots of information about Costa Rica and offer very comfortable cabins and beds.

Casa Bella Rita - The #1 rated B&B located in San Jose. Friendly owners, big rooms, ac, wifi and super comfy beds along with a great breakfast. They will pay for a taxi when coming from the airport and arrange transport when you leave.

Hotel MiTierra - A small hotel 5 minutes from the airport. Located near the center of Alajuela and many restaurants.

Very reasonable price and includes breakfast. From the airport it is a $6 or $7 taxi ride. WiFi in the lobby.

Hotel Brilla Sol - A small costa rican hotel 10 minutes from the airport They have a shuttle, restaurant and include breakfast. They are in a quiet residential area. WiFi in the lobby

Adventure Inn - More of an "american" style hotel with pool, restaurant and air conditioning.

You will need to take a taxi from the airport 10 minutes. Includes breakfast. WiFi in the room


Hotel Mar y Luna – Bay view, bar/restaurant and comfortable accommodations. We pick up at their dock. Rooms $50 - $100 for 2 persons including breakfast. If you are driving and coming to Saladero there is no charge for leaving a car if you rent a room. Wifi in all rooms. email [email protected]

Hostal del Mar - Bay front, artistic and economically priced with lots of public areas to relax. Email [email protected]

Finca Bellavista - Unique tree house community located 20 minutes from Golfito with treehouse rentals in the canopy.  


Villas De Oros  -  DRIVING? If you are driving and don't want to stay in Golfito, Ojochal is on the way from San Jose. Just a short drive from Uvita and about 1 1/2 hours from Golfito, it is a very nice small hotel located right on the highway. Rooms are spacious with a small kitchen and cooking area. Don't want to cook? Several good restaurants close by.


Cabinas Jimenez – Nice rooms on the water. AC, tv. Short walk to the center of town and restaurants. WiFi in the room.

Inn Jimenez - A really nice boutique 3 bedroom bed and breakfast in the center of town owned by Lookout Inn. If you are going to Lookout they will make all of the arrangements for you.

Cacao Monkeys Rustic Lodge - Rustic cabins located a short walk from downtown Pto Jimenez. I a quiet area, comfortable beds with fans and a gourmet vegetarian restaurant on site. (Meats dishes as well). Parking, breakfast included and wifi. email [email protected]


Located directly across from Saladero Ecolodge on the Osa Penninsula, this is the closest distance by water to us. If driving, you can leave your car at LAPAMAR lodge while at Saladero.

LapaMar Lodge - Small rustic cabins located directly on the beach with restaurant. They have kayaks for rent and a calm beach. [email protected]

                                           Tour Companies we Like

Changing Tide Tours Out of Pto Jimenez and with spacious boats, they are the premier boat tour company and offer the best tours of the Golfo Dulce for Dolphin and Whale watching, snorkeling, mangrove estuary and botanical gardens. 

They work with Saladero Eco Lodge on a great combination tour of Dolphin and Whale watching, mangroves, snorkeling, primary forest hiking on our 3 trails, and a tasty tropical lunch. – Alpha Mike Sportfishing in Pto Jimenez offers the avid fisherman world class inshore and offshore sport fishing year around. - Mélida will organize your group trips anywhere in Costa Rica professionally and off the beaten path. - Burnham Guides organize group kayaking trips in Virginia, South Florida and in Costa Rica.– - Birding with Tropical Feathers a Costa Rica bird watching owner operated company offering personalized, professionally guided birdwatching tours all over Costa Rica. - The best source for local tours in Pto Jimenez, Matapalo and Corcovado National Park -  White water rafting with the most experienced company in Arenal at it's best as well as organized kayaking trips in the Golfo Dulce customized to your needs.

Proyecto Aventura - Canyoning, also known as Canyoneering, Abseiling, Kloofing, or Waterfall Rappelling, is the most exciting new adventure sport in the Osa Peninsula. Canyoning Costa Rica offers travelers the opportunity to explore some of Costa Rica’s most fantastic waterfalls. With canyoneering certified and bilingual guides on hand, you will rappel down several gushing falls— An experience that you will never forget!

Here are two companies that offer multi day kayaking trips in the pristine Golfo Dulce. Both companies will customize the trips to fit your needs.

Tropical Sea Kayaking

Multi-Day Kayaking in the calm Golfo Dulce. 

Hike Corcovado National Park, paddle up the Mangrove Rivers, and watch Dolphins and Turtles (and the occasional Humpback Whale) swim next to your kayak. You’ll experience the best of super-natural Costa Rica on this tropical adventure, and taste the natural flavors of the Costa Rican cuisine; all while staying at 3 beautiful and comfortable eco-lodges.

Have lunch at a remote island and coral reef, explore the primary rainforest of the Piedras Blancas National Park where jaguars still roam, snorkle in the warm waters of the Golfo Dulce, watch scarlet macaws and tucans or relax in a hammock.  Offers  several options for multi day trips to suit your budget.


Burnham Guides

Three unique adventures created by Burnham Guides are centered around the virtually undiscovered Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula on the South Pacific Coast, one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Spend a week or more with us kayaking, rainforest hiking, practicing yoga, bird, dolphin and whale watching. Lodging is in comfortable eco-lodges with all meals provided. We've created three unique itineraries:
-Hiking in Corcovado National Park
-Golf Dulce Circumnavigation by Sea Kayak (advanced)
-Multi-adventure eco-lodge trip for all abilities
The itineraries are structured so that hiking in Corcovado can be added as a pre or post trip to either of the Golf Dulce paddling trips. Space is limited, soRead More or E-mail for details.

                                                                                             Other  Links

Adventure Hotels of Costa Rica - Saladero Eco Lodge is a member of a select group of boutique, small hotels located on the beach, in the mountains, near National Parks, and all offering nearby adventure activities.  -- Dog and Cat Rescue based in Pto Jimenez needs help in placing homeless dogs and cats. Kind hearted and selfless people with a passion for animals. Contributions can be made at this link.
– - Resources on birding in Costa Rica - We have listed some of our friends and competitors in the Golfo Dulce so you can better choose the type of vacation you are looking for. - Great descriptions of eco lodges in all parts of Costa Rica. - Very informative website with lots of information on where to go, what to do and where to stay.