Río Colorado Lodge

Lodge in Barra del Colorado

Owned by a retired Mississippi lawyer, this 18-room lodge is housed in a rambling tropical-style building with breezy rooms connected by covered walkways; there's also a pool table and a deck with satellite TV. Its bar, within walking distance of the landing strip, attracts a local crowd, and regular afternoon happy hours have reinforced its reputation as a party lodge.

Eat breakfast on the veranda overlooking the river, and enjoy hearty American and Tico food for dinner – from pork chops and roast beef to Southern fried chicken and fresh fruit and vegetables. Fishing packages include lodging, meals, an eight-hour fishing trip and happy hour.