Parrot Bay Village | Ed Waleryszak | February
All made it back home safely. Ice storm
in the DC area yesterday and a traffic nightmare. Nothing
like Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica. Again, we all enjoyed
the trip, the hospitality of both you and Chad and the
entire PB staff. The Captains and mates were
terrific and were only outdone this
trip by the quality of food and service. I
will forward some of our pictures soon. Again thanks,
regards, and much success in the future. If value can
be placed on enthusiasm, dedication and commitment I
trust you both will be successful in this endeavor.
Best Regards, Ed Waleryszak
A good place to stay in Costa
Rica, Parrot Bay Village
Being from The Great State of Texas I’ve always
have a lot to say, not always the nicest, but usually
the truth. I’ve been com’in to Costa
Rica since the late 1980’s. Anyhow I
usually have a couple people with me, weather friends
or not at times I’m undecided, but I make my own
way around the country stay’in at places I’ve
found over the years that I like.
Five years ago I drove all the way
down to the end of the longest road in Costa Rica to
Puerto Ham-enez gett’in after dark. Now, I don’t
drive anymore because after ya done it and ya find out
ya could have flew it in 45 minutes well that all ya
really gotta know trust me. When I got into Puerto Ham-enez
that late day, I made two good finds,
one was the ice cold beer in town at Carolina’s
Restaurant and the other was follow’in the signs
down to Parrot Bay Village, flickin distance out of
I met Captain Darren
with his very young son, Thomas and
his wife Katie pronounced Ku-tay who
really runs the show and Capt D just takes everyone
fish’in and fixes things. I don’t know how
he gets anythin done, usually’s got a beer in
one hand and Thomas hang’in on his shirt-tails.
Their from New Jersey which is too bad but I don’t
hold it agianst’em any more.
Anyhow, we caught a blue marlin
the first time I fished with’em and we
always release some good eat’in fish into the
cooler then gettum’ cooked up at the restaurant.
I bring my people down and watch em’ catch
their first big fish and we always have a lot of laughs,
the cabinas are good’n’ clean and the air
conditioning turns down right cold. The fishin’
and wild life er great but the hospitality that Ka’tay
and the staff lend to the place have kept me com’in
back ten times er’so.
Dennis, South Texas
We arrived in San Jose , Costa Rica in the late evening
and were met by the driver arranged by PBV at the International
Airport . We were a bit concerned about our
connection but he was holding a sign with our name on
it and we felt well taken care off. He helped us with
our luggage and quickly drove us to our Hotel where
we spent a restful night.
We were scheduled for a 8:00 am Nature Air flight
so the driver picked us up at 7AM to get to the Pavas
airport in time for our flight. It was a spectacular
flight over the mountains and the Katie and
we saw the many waterfalls,
palm heart plantations and forests below. We flew over
the Golfo Dulce with views of the Osa Peninsula for
a perfect landing at the Puerto Jiménez airstrip.
It was just about an hour's flight. We were greeted
by the staff from Parrot Bay Village who brought
us to the resort. After our check in we enjoyed breakfast
at the outdoor restaurant in view of the gulf
and beach surrounded by a tropical garden.
We had planned a jungle
tour to get a feel for the jungle and the
wildlife that we had heard so much about.
We left PBV and travelled to Matapalo by 4x4 taxi open
to the elements with lovely views of the forests and
coastline. We were lucky enough to see monkeys,
toucans, scarlet macaws, a tree sloth, poison dart frogs
and a parrot snake, there were also coatis
so we had a grand slam day in the jungle.
Not to mention the hike to the King Louis waterfall
where we relaxed at the pool at the base of this beautiful
We checked into our fantastic cabina
and we were into our bathing suits and on the beach
and soaking in the warm waters of the Golfo Dulce in
no time. The kids grabbed the kayaks
and paddled the calm waters and saw dolphins
in the distance and a turtle surfaced close to shore.
Some of our family decided to take the more exciting
option of tree
climbing the braided roots of the "Cathedral,
a massive ficus over 200' tall. The hike is a bit steep
and you climb up and through to reach a bell at the
top and then you free repel down.
Looking Forward to a return trip.
The Hanlend Family
Totally thrilling and such a challenge.
We returned to PBV to relax and re-group before heading out again to enjoy
guided kayak trip. Our guides from Escondido
Trex gave us a 20-minute tour of their gardens and plant
life. We paddled our kayaks into the Golfo Dulce and
were lucky enough to see dolphins and sea turtles.
We rested on the beach with snacks of fresh fruit and
a swim. We paddled the kayaks out once more to watch
the sunset. Another wonderful experience was paddling
back to the beach and watching the waters light
up with bioluminescence.
We were so pleased with the entire day and it was pure
heaven to return to Parrot Bay for our gourmet meal
and dessert of ice cream covered chocolate brownie.
The perfect end to a perfect day.
After a well-deserved nights sleep we woke up to coffee
on the deck of the restaurant and another wonderful
breakfast. Our adventure today was a fishing
charter. We were ushered to the pier at
7AM and boarded our boat.
Fish for Sailfish, Dorado, Marlin and Tuna.
Circle Matapalo rock for Roosterfish and
snapper. All beverages, lunch and snacks included. Return
Parrot Bay Village at 3:30 after an amazing day of offshore
fishing. We had the best Pina Colada and margarita at
the Bar and relaxed in our cabina (listening to the
rain fall) until dinner.
On our last day at PBV we decided to take a guided
horseback tour through the rainforest and
along the beach. Our guide led us through the rainforest
and then through the mangroves
where we saw a variety of birds that inhabit the shoreline.
We returned to PBV for another fantastic lunch and relaxed
before our flight to San Jose.
To the staff at Parrot Bay Village: Thanks for great
Marsha & Jerry, Virginia