Montecristo River Eco Lodge

Lodge in Boca de Sábalos

This riverside reserve attracts tarpon fishing expeditions but the 120-manzana (block) property also boasts 60 manzanas of primary forest with 300-plus cathedral ceiba and almond trees, hiking trails, free kayaks, a coffee plantation and a cacao grove. The rooms are rather run-down and the place feels a bit neglected, sadly, but if you're here for fishing it's a top choice.

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.