About Us

Welcome to a little piece of heaven. "Archie Fields built the Rio Colorado Lodge in 1972 after discovering one of the finest unexploited fishing areas in the world, at the mouth of Costa Rica's Rio Colorado. Our Tarpon and Snook fishing is by far the best in the world, and we treat our guests as we like to be treated at a fishing lodge.

The peaceful, away-from-it-all atmosphere of the lodge and the surrounding rivers and lagoons offers visitors a respite from the world outside. Our greatest testimony is the fact that the vast majority of anglers who visit us, come back - again and again"

Rio Colorado Lodge


The Rio Colorado Lodge is built on the banks of the Colorado River, right at its mouth where it empties into the sea and where fishing is frequently the best. The whole complex is built on stilts, elevating it above the ground and is under cover, shielding it from the rain. Rooms are double roofed, providing a cooling, insulating effect for your comfort. Even the walkways and dock are roofed for your convenience. We were the first lodge in the area with air-conditioned rooms and the only with handicap accessibility. All 18 guest rooms have private baths, hot showers, electric fans and daily maid service (we can also take care of your laundry). Meals are served family style, all you care to eat, and the cuisine at the Rio Colorado Lodge has earned high praise from ardent fishermen from around the world with supper time being the highlight of the evening. Consider it home-cookin’ with a touch of sophistication. There is a comfortable recreation room with game tables, and you'll find a new video room with satellite TV, telefax equipment, a very well stocked tackle shop and ample outdoor lounging areas, and a very interesting zoo with monkeys, macaws, and other beautiful indigenous animals.

We have internet access. GSM cell telephone service. Fax and standard phone. We also have a massage therapist and manicures and pedicures available for guests


Located in one of the world's most beautiful and primitive tropical rain forests, temperatures average about 80 degrees year-round, seldom going above the mid 80's. Showers may occur any time of the year, with the heavy rains from late May through December. Don't forget to bring plenty of film or memory for your camera, a sun hat, tennis shoes, warm weather clothing, a poncho or other rain gear for the frequent showers, extra protection sunscreen and a long sleeved shirt and light trousers if you're sensitive to the sun.


Rio Colorado, in Costa Rica is a tributary of the San Juan River which flows 96 km towards the Caribbean in the northern parts of Heredia and Limon Provinces. The surrounding habitats are protected as part of the second largest rain forest preserve in the country, the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge.

The river is a well known tourist destination, particularly for fishing for tarpon and snook.

Public air service between the lodge and San Jose is included in our package prices daily. Charter aircraft are available for extra fees.

Travel to or from the lodge can be arranged on our Jungle adventure tour for additional fees.

Public bus and boat transportation is available to Barra about $20 each way seven hard hours of travel from San Jose (cancels some days when river is low) check for more information if you are interested in this option.


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