Location : N of Golfito on the Golfo Dulce.
Rates : at Rainbow Adventures include round-trip transfer from Golfito, meals, snacks, snorkeling gear, jungle tour, nonalcoholic drinks, beer at meals and taxes.
Information / Reservations : reserve via US number if possible : (800) 565-0722, (503) 690-7750. The Costa Rican number is in Golfito, faxed checked on trips in : telephone/fax (506)775-0220.
Travelers take a 45-minute boat ride north of Golfito along shores where steep forest meets the sea, past small unpopulated beaches, to find two small lodges with loads of character and a private reserve of 800 acres (324 ha).
See honeycreeper moving through tree branches next to your room. Witnesse stubborn battles between red-lored parrots and a yellow-naped woodpeckers over a holes in a nearby tree trunk, the brilliance of the scarlet-rumped tanager in the landscaped gardens around the lodge and two cabins. See chestnut-mandibled toucans during the free introductory jungle walk. A growing bird list is now at 260 species. The resident scarlet macaw who is in our logo met his demise in an unexpected encounter with an ocelot.
Pleasant surprises are more often the order of the day at the Rainbow Adventures. Would you expect to find stained-glass windows and turn-of-the-century antiques in the main lodge ? The first floor of the wooden structure has a lounge and dining room open to gardens, plus an air-conditioned library with more than 3,000 books related to natural history. The second has three double rooms that open onto a large veranda. The third, the penthouse, is open on three sides, with stained-glass panels suspended between the waist-high wall and the roof. All have solar-heated or on-demand propane hot water and bidets. Antiques throughout were collected by owner Michael Medill of Oregon. Two secluded cabins have open living areas (with hand-woven silk rugs) and two bedrooms. Furnishings are hand-made by resident craftspeople. You’ll find a tropical flower on your pillow when you arrive. A swimming pool lies between the lodge and the palm-lined beach.
Meals with herbs and vegetables from the organic garden are generally served buffet-style. Staff provide nice touches : when a drink made of guanábana is served, they have a guanábana fruit on hand to show guests. The garden provides produce such as pineapples, papayas, bananas, plantains, water apples, avocados, star fruit, anona, mammon chino, chestnuts, and edible hibiscus. Guests, me included, rave about the food.
By bus : San José-to-Golfito bus.
By air : flights to Golfito via SANSA, Travelair or charter.
Other : rates include round-trip boat transfer from Golfito.
Source: Costa Rica Adventures in Nature by Ree Strange Sheck, John Muir Publications, Santa Fee, New Mexico.