Rio Parismina Lodge

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The premier tarpon lodge in Costa Rica is found in one of the most remote regions of the country on the banks of the Parismina River. Located on the northeast Caribbean Coast, the small town of Parismina is home to just a few hundred people but has produced some of Costa Rica’s top fishing captains and tarpon guides. Five fresh water rivers, instant access to the Caribbean, and great service & guides make the Rio Parismina Lodge the best choice for anyone serious about fishing for tarpon and snook.

Property Info

Opened in August of 1990, the Rio P has quietly become the premier tarpon lodge in Costa Rica under the guidance and leadership of Judy Heidt, the original and current owner of Rio P. Built on 50 acres of lush rain forest, the Rio P provides you with comfortable lodging, great food, and access to phenomenal freshwater and saltwater fishing just minutes from the lodge. Twelve guest rooms feature two twin beds, ceiling fan, oscillating fans, in-room safe, and a private bathroom with hot water shower. Your stay here includes three delicious meals a day, all served family style so you can share stories with old and new friends. Rio P also features an open bar, so during your lunch break from the afternoon heat or at the end of a long day battling the silver king you can make yourself your favorite drink and unwind. Aiding you in your quest for relaxation and comfort is a large freshwater pool and Jacuzzi, and in-room spa services can be arranged. Near the river bank you’ll find their hammock garden, a great place to take a nap after you’ve eaten too much of their delicious food!

The Rio P features the Caribbean’s best and newest fleet of boats. They feature custom built 21’ deep-V hull boats with T-tops, fighting chair, and Evenrude 150 hp outboards. These boats are designed specifically to handle the rigors of tarpon fishing in Costa Rica and they are quick enough to take you offshore to fish a virgin reef that is home to snapper, grouper, mackerel, jacks, wahoo and more. The Rio P also feature a small fleet of 10’ john boats, perfect for exploring the endless maze of fresh water rivers and canals that house large Machaca, rainbow bass, mojarra and different kinds of snook. Be careful though, you never know when the bite on the end of your line is going to be an 80 lb tarpon looking for his next meal!

If there are any non-anglers in your group or you simply want to take a day to see what else this part of the country has to offer the Rio P has plenty of nature tours available as well. You can take a river cruise to spot amazing wildlife, visit the Tortuguero National Park and the small town, sea turtle nesting (seasonal), and everyone’s favorite – the nighttime crocodile tour!

  • 12 spacious guest rooms
  • Each room is equipped with ceiling fans, two double beds, in-room safe, and private bathroom with hot water shower
  • 3 delicious meals included daily
  • Open bar included
  • Daily laundry service included
  • Complimentary wifi in main lodge
  • Fresh water swimming pool & jacuzzi
  • In-room spa services available
  • Fly anglers welcome!  Freshwater and salt water fishing available.

Day Trips available from the Rio Parismina Lodge: Bird Watching, kayaking, zip-line, horseback riding, nature tours, turtle viewing, banana plantation tour.

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