This massive riverside resort mainly attracts tarpon fishing expeditions but the 120-manzana property also boasts 60 manzanas of primary forest with 300-plus cathedral ceibu and almendra trees, hiking trails, free kayaks, a coffee plantation and a cacao grove. The rooms are not fancy but are clean, comfortable and perfect for families. Go for one right on the river bank.

There are also budget rooms (US$45) available for independent travelers. A full day boat hire for snook and tarpon expeditions or touring the region cost around US$300 per day.

Non-fishing guests should note that the location is remote and on the far side of the Río San Juan, so any trip into town requires a boat shuttle.