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TravelPod Member ReviewsTranquilo Lodge Drake Bay
What can I say about this incredible spot? From the first email correspondence, I could tell that this was going to be a great place to stay - the manager Mary, was always quick to respond to my many enquiries, whether they were about the lodge, Drake Bay, or Costa Rica, in general. Upon arrival at the airstrip, we were picked up the owner Herb, and Kimmie, who made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped off the plane, telling us that lunch was awaiting us back at the lodge, but would we first like to stop in town to pick up some drinks for later?
The food was excellent here, simply prepared but very well done - salads, pasta, stew, brilliantly-prepared red snapper that was caught only hours before, pineapple upside-down cake, cheesecake ... we are still dreaming of the food here! The lodge's infinity pool was the perfect place to relax after yet another early morning tour to Corcovado or Cano Island, and share stories with other travelers. A bonus of hanging around there was that snacks magically appeared - one day some pina coladas, and another day freshly-made delicious ceviche, made from a red snapper caught by a fellow guest earlier that day. We didn't want to leave but alas, the rest of Costa Rica was beckoning ...
Tip: We stayed in the more budget-friendly standard rooms overlooking the road, but still got to enjoy the same great food and views from the infinity pool that guests staying in the more luxurious private cabins did. The cabins looked to be a nice place for a splurge, if you are so inclined.
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... two fisherman who excitedly told us there were two perezosos (Spanish for lazy) after the bridge. Jenn misheard what they said, thinking they said something about pajaros (birds) but Paul instantly recognised the Spanish word for sloth and shot off down the trail as fast as his legs would move. We crossed the suspension bridge (where we had seen a crocodile the day before) and spotted a three-toed sloth slowly making his way through the trees. A few minutes ...
... checks, she was completely focused on patting the sand down on top of her nest! It was really cool to get up so close to the turtle and observe her nesting behaviour. We continued our patrol along the beach to see if we could find any more tracks, but as it is coming to the end of the Olive Ridley season and the Green season is yet to properly start we didn't see any. We had to wait for the turtle to get back down to the sea before we ...
... at Parrot Bay and then moved back to Cabinas Jimenez for the last part of the vacation and did more kayaking and enjoying the wonderful trips into the manglar!
The trip ended on a pleasant note and we were able to get ourselves safely back home in time to start refitting ourselves for the trip to Africa and Europe less than six weeks away!
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Back to the room and Robert decides to get his hair cut. Asks Ronny where a good place was and thee is a place less than a block away. Came back and said I should get mine cut as well. A little leery but girl at desk wrote out what we wanted...thin it out and cut off about an inch on the sides and a little more on top. Well.....................there are some translation problems. My hair ended up thinned ...
... like a 30 year, 30-a-day smoker with emphysema! Nevertheless the self-administered toxic cocktail seemed to do the trick. Lots of water and no food – lovely job! At one stage Nito said we’d missed the tide so we could take it easy then, when we got onto the beach he changed his mind so what followed was a series of timed runs on and around rocks trying to avoid the waves and keep ourselves dry. We all got past the first cliff ok but then it went wrong for ...