Cabinas Tropicales and Captain Mark Corn

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2013

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Cabinas Tropicales Puerto Jimenez
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Captain Mark Corn is too nice to be listed among the  Pirates of the Caribbean, and besides, he plys the beautiful waters of the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean instead.

We had met Captain Mark Corn at a La Palma   on our first trip to Puerto Jimenez 2010.
We were researching places to stay for our most recent trip and were impressed by the reveiws we had found about his new place.

Cabinas Tropicales is a hybrid between a  budget guesthouse for his Sport Fishing clients, and place that backpackers can appreciate for the kitchen available for guest use .

We spent a number of nights in his nice new accomodations near Puerto Jimenez's bush airport.
We enjoyed his tales and meeting his repeat sport fishing clients who told a few and were once again  going 60 miles out into the ocean on a fishing trip led by the Captain. 

The rancho kitchen and dining area was also and interesting place to meet backpackers from around the world who were fresh back from epic hikes in the Osa Corcovado National Park.
Here is our review now pending on TripAdvisor
“Walking distance to waterfront dining, kayaking, airport, shops, tour desk, guest kitchen, A/C”Pending review5 of 5 stars

This was our third trip to Puerto Jimenez in the last four years, and we looked forward to trying out Captain Mark Corn's new inn.

Though this place is not on the water it is in a fenced tropical garden and that was a bonus because of the beautiful colorful plants and birdlife that guests may enjoy.

White stucco rooms with teak accents and nice baths both en suite or shared, this place is a welcome addition to the budget places to stay in Puerto Jimenez.

Captain Mark, apparently a well known expat sport fishing guide, has created a very nice neighborhood oasis for his sport fishing clients and other travelers.

One could sit for hours and watch the beautifully colored birds come in and feed on the papaya feeder by the hammock, sip cold drinks purchased in the town's supermarkets or next door in the convenient shop, cook one's own meals in the amazingly well appointed rancho kitichen, and marvel at the beautiful blooming plants depending on time of year.

At night we enjoyed the luxury of air conditioning but like most places we stay at in Puerto Jimenez there are no mosquito nets so take precautions accordingly. Dengue Fever is a serious threat that is spreading worldwide because travelers fail to apply repellant, get bit and show symptoms one to two weeks later which are often not identified as Dengue, and take it back to their home country where local mosquitos can spread it. See CDC on the web for more info.

Don't let this scare you away from the tropics but please do your part to halt the spread.

We hate mosquito nets anyway, so after being urged to do so by several locals (including our local Tico Dentist) we kept on mosquito repellant 24/7 as a precaution and were fine.

Others were not so fortunate....

Mark can arrange guided tours of the Osa Corcorvado National Park, the Golfo Dulce/Pacific Ocean, or kayaking the mangroves of the local area, and of he is course is a fishing expert of some reknown himself.

Walking distance to airport, waterfront, Golfito Ferry, Bus Station, and central Puerto Jimenez shops and sodas.

What do travelers do around Puerto Jimenez?

 Rent bikes and ride to secret beaches,

 rent kayaks and explore the mangroves,

photograph the amazing sunrises and sunsets,

take day trips to the remote end of the earth Matapalo area,

wildlife watching,

boat tours,




fishing tours

 and more.

 For the third trip in a row to Costa Rica we got Dental work done while in Puerto Jimenez at the highly recommended dental offices of Dra. Melissa Morales.

At the time of our visit Singles began at $35 pp

Doubles $40 pp and up.

One can email or call ahead for current rates and availability.

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