8-Day Golfo Dulce Signature Trip

Kayaking the Tropical Fjord & Lodging at 3 Locations

This is our signature trip, including all lodging and transportation services in Costa Rica for worry free travel. It starts & ends in San Jose, and covers the best parts of the Gulf, paddling along the rich coast, stopping at tiny islands, and visiting the Piedras Blancas National Park.

During this trip we’ll stay at 1 lovely hotel near the airport, and at 2 unique Eco lodges on the Gulf, each with its own charms, characteristics, natural experiences, and gastronomy.


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Day 1. Arrival & transfer-in @La Rosa de America Hotel
Day 2. Trip briefing & paddling intro @El Chontal Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 3. Paddling mangroves & hiking @El Chontal Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 4. Gulf paddling & dolphin spotting @Saladero Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 5. Hiking, snorkeling & paddling @Saladero Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 6. Coastal & Islands paddling @El Chontal Ecolodge (BLD)
Day 7. Flight to San Jose. R&R @La Rosa de America Hotel (B)
Day 8. Transfer out to airport. End of trip (B)
(B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

Full Package Transformation | $749 p.p.
This trip already includes Add-On #1

Apart from the kayaking trip, this addition takes care of everything else from your arrival right up to your departure. No headaches about what to do, and where to stay when getting to Costa Rica & how to get to the Golfo Dulce.  For worry free travel, we highly recommend add-on #1, which includes:

  • First & Last Night in San Jose
  • Extra Night & Meals at El Chontal Ecolodge
  • All Ground Transfers
  • Round Trip Domestic Flights San Jose-Golfo Dulce

5-DAY Corcovado National Park Experience | $999 p.p.

This guided hiking adventure perfectly suits and complements the sea kayaking trip as it enhances the nature & wildlife experience even more. If you are a nature hiker enthusiast, we highly recommend to opt for this add-on #2, including:

  • 2 nights at La Leona Ecolodge including meals
  • 2 nights at Sirena Ranger Station including meals
  • 3-day pass to Corcovado National Park
  • Naturalist Guide (Corcovado Park Licensed)
  • All ground transportation

This itinerary for 7 nights/8 days is US$ 1849 per person

Included in Your Trip Cost:

  • Skilled, professional adventure guide service
  • 7 nights lodge accommodation
  • Most meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation as outlined in the itinerary
  • Round trip domestic flights SJO-PJM
  • All activities and equipment as outlined in the itinerary

8-Day Itinerary Description

Today has been designated as your arrival day! A Tropical Sea Kayaking (TSK) representative will greet you at the International Airport of San Jose (SJO) and take you to a very conveniently located hotel (15 min. drive) with lush gardens, pool, comfortable rooms, and an in-house restaurant with a-la-carte menu focusing on Italian and Typical Costa Rican dishes.

Here you’ll have the chance to relax and unwind from your International travels.

Overnight Stay: La Rosa de America Hotel
Meals Included Today: n/a

Enjoy waking up to the bird sounds and enjoy the local breakfast served outside (and inside). After breakfast we’ll pick you up for your drive back to the airport for your domestic flight to the Osa Peninsula from where you will be taken to El Contal Ecolodge, peacefully located right on the banks of the Golfo Dulce. Your guide will welcome you to the start of your Tropical Sea Kayaking trip!

After your first tasteful home-made lunch we head out to the water for our kayaking introduction where after we’ll hop into our sturdy enclosed kayaks for coastal paddling.

Late afternoon you can rest and relax and enjoy the property’s spacious palapa; a great place to enjoy the surroundings, read, and relax in a hammock. Dinner’s served after we’ve witnessed a colorful sunset!  

Overnight Stay: El Chontal Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning after breakfast we’ll get into our kayaks to paddle along the coast and into the estuary of the Rincón River which provides a full on mangrove forest experience.

After lunch we’ll be hiking the secondary forest trails in search of the 4 types of endemic Golfo Dulce poisonous dart frogs. In the late afternoon you have the option to go out on the lake for a sunset paddle session.

After dinner we suggest to hit the hay at a reasonable time since the day of tomorrow dictates an early rise.

Overnight Stay: El Chontal Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’re in for an early start to cover the 18 km (11 miles) long stretch to Saladero Ecolodge. We’ll paddle along the coast with good opportunities to spot dolphins!

Once we get to Saladero, lunch awaits us where after we’ll take the afternoon off to relax at this beautiful place. At 4 o’clock tortilla chips with salsa is offered in the lounge area where you can order your drink of choice. Dinner’s served after we’ve witnessed a colorful sunset.

“Glamping”: Your very comfortable Glamping tents await for a well-deserved night rest. Glamping (which stands for glamorous camping) is really the best way to experience the Golfo Dulce Jungle by night. Huge sturdy tents on elevated platforms and real beds and real mattresses allow you to enjoy the sounds of the nocturnal animals at nights, and wake up to the songs of the tropical birds.

Overnight Stay: Saladero Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’ll start with a delicious breakfast at an amazing location offering awesome views. Once you’re up for it we can pick one of the following activities…..or, do ‘em all!

  • Kayaking – We are in the most protected area of the Golfo Dulce and the waters are very calm.
  • Snorkeling – There is a coral reef only 15 minutes away by kayak with a beautiful shaded beach.
  • Birdwatching – We are surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, the least visited park in Costa Rica, and adjacent to the Rio Esquinas so we have the birds that normally inhabit primary rainforest, secondary rainforest, sea shore and mangrove/rivers.
  • Exploring the Rio Esqinas Manrove Estuary – Home of the largest red mangroves in the world, explore many of the small channels leading into the mangroves.
  • Swimming – The Golfo Dulce “Sweet Gulf” is salt water but with a large influence from the fresh water rivers. 83 degrees (28 Celcius), calm and crystal clear in the dry season.

Somewhere in between these marvelous nature tours we’ll have to squeeze in some time for lunch, snacks and tropical drinks at 4, and dinner after yet another beautiful sunset. Pretty sure we’ll manage; this is tropical paradise!

Overnight Stay: Saladero Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today after an early breakfast we’ll say ‘hasta la vista’ to our wonderful hosts at Saladero Ecolodge, and start paddling to the Mogos Islands. From there we’ll be crossing the Gulf to spot dolphins and other marine life until we reach our take out location in Punta Rincón, at the familiar El Chontal Ecolodge.

After today’s amazing last paddling session we’ll take a rest and enjoy the last home-made lunch of the trip. Together with your guide you will look back at a wonderful Tropical Sea Kayaking trip in the Sweet Gulf!

The evening is all yours to enjoy your last night in the tropics of the Golfo Dulce. Dinner is served at a to-be-determined hour.

Overnight Stay: El Chontal Ecolodge
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning after breakfast the lodge’s family will wave goodbye as you will leave for the airstrip in Puerto Jimenez by taxi. Your domestic flight will take you back to the Airport of San Jose where another driver will await you to take you to the familiar La Rosa de America Hotel. A great place to enjoy your last night in Costa Rica.

Suggestion: To mix things up, you might want to consider having dinner at the little local eatery just a minute walk from your hotel. They serve all sorts of foods at very reasonable prices.

If you don’t feel like leaving the hotel’s premises, you will surely be very welcome to enjoy a great meal on location.

Overnight Stay: La Rosa De America Hotel
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy your last Costa Rican breakfast of this trip, and perhaps some downtime at the pool. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the airport in time to catch your flight out.

Departure: End of Trip
Meals Included Today: Breakfast

Full Itinerary

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