Full Board aka the American Plan means that breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your room rate. This also includes a basic range of drinks, like tea, juices and coffee throughout the day as well as natural snack in the main lodge.
Along with meals, our guests can choose from one of the following activities per day:
- Rainforest guided walk
- Morning birdwatching expedition
- Guided tide pool walk
- Visit to local town of Punta Banco
- Guided tour through the orchard (Available June-Sept.)
Tiskita serves family style meals featuring authentic and healthy Costa Rican fare as well as western dishes. Our food is locally sourced whenever possible and our staff resides in the town of Punta Banco.
Please advise of any special dietary requirements before your arrival so we can ensure your needs are met.
Jams, dressings and juices are all homemade using locally grown fruit. Tortillas and the chips are always freshly made on site. Freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee and locally sourced juices are always available throughout the day.
Snacks are available anytime in between at the main lodge.
Alcohol is NOT included in the Full Board packages here at Tiskita. Our bar works on an honor system.
Special diets are easily accommodated here at Tiskita. Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and/or food allergies and we will happily accommodate you. Our menu selections have been created by a professional chef using fresh, locally sourced vegetables and meats. Our food and beverage team consists of community members who have a talent for and enjoy cooking.
Tiskita offers a range of activities.
Scheduling is best done directly at the lodge. That way you can factor in the weather and how you actually feel at any particular time; you might just want to lay in your hammock and read a book!
Payment for extracurricular activities can be done directly at the lodge with cash or credit card.
There are several ways to pay for your stay and transport at Tiskita. If you are in the USA, Canada or Europe; you can easily pay using PayPal. You DO NOT have to have a PayPal account to use your Credit Card via their service. It is also possible to do a wire transfer to our bank account in Costa Rica but the transaction fees tend to be very high.
For activities at the lodge you can pay directly at the lodge with cash or credit card.
Have no doubts, we are in the jungle! However, we at Tiskita have never had any issues with malaria, yellow fever, or dengue. There are relatively few mosquitoes and bugs around (something about being on a bluff with plenty of breeze) but by all means pack insect repellent if you feel you need it just to be safe.
Disclaimer: There is always a first time for everything so talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
We have summarized all the transport options the best way possible, BY LAND, BY AIR, BY SEA. Please ask us to explain anything that is unclear. Tiskita is farther away than most places but having a private airstrip and newer/better roads make it much more accessible than it used to be! Most transport options are flexible and can be customized depending on where you are coming from, where you are going to, and your budget.
There are two main routes to get to Tiskita.
Personally, we prefer the coastal highway, better roads and easier driving.
- From San Jose you take the new highway 37 down to the coast, then join the coastal highway which is new to Palmar Norte.
- Here it continues as the Pan-American highway, paved and in good condition until Rio Claro de Golfito.
- From here its a gravel road which during the dry season is ok and during the rainy season can get bad, down to the coast and Tiskita.
In total the trip takes around seven to eight hours.
Let us know if you are driving as we have maps and directions available, as well, most rentals now come with GPS which can locate us.
Take a look at the logistics page to see some travel options.
Email our travel concierge so we can help you make the necessary arrangements and answer all of your questions.
This question gets asked pretty often and we're happy to say that Tiskita takes animal welfare very seriously. As our horses age, they 'retire' and spend the rest of their days playing freely in our pasture.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All ages welcome.
Sorry, no pets.
Smoking in permitted areas only.
Accepted Payment Methods
Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.
Check In & Check Out Times
Earliest check in is 8.00am. Latest check in is 6.00pm. We kindly ask that you check out by 11.00am.
*Please check out our different room categories.
The child rates apply to children between five to twelve years old. Children under five years old stay for free.
Reservation & Cancellation Policies
The high season rates do not include transportation, but we can assist with travel arrangements within Costa Rica.
Peak season (from December 20, 2019 to January 3, 2020)
- Full payment is required 60 days before check in date for all reservations without exception.
High Season (from January 4 to April 30, 2020 and from July 1 to August 31, 2020)
- Full payment is required 21 days before check in date.
Low Season (from May 1 to June 30, 2020 and from September 1 to December 19, 2020)
- Full payment is required 15 days before check in date.
Southwest Costa Rica is characterized by a lowland tropical rainforest, which means a warm and humid climate, the ideal conditions for the high levels of biodiversity that we have here.
A tropical rainforest climate has little to no seasonal variation. At Tiskita, temperatures average around 28 °C (82 °F) in the day and 20 °C (68 °F) at night. Humidity is high year-round. We receive an average of 3000 to 4000 millimeters (108 inches to 156 inches) of rain per year.
In the southwest of the country, the dry season is from December to April, when it is mostly dry and hot.
In Costa Rica, the wet months are referred to as the green season. In the southwest of the country, the green season starts in May with a rise in late afternoon rain showers.
June and July typically experience a relatively dry interval.
We ♥ LOVE here at Tiskita. We enjoy designing personal packages for our guests who are looking to celebrate the love with their partners here in tropical rainforest. Honeymoons, ceremony or special events we can accommodate your needs. Please contact us to discuss what Tiskita can do for you.
Tiskita is remote, so it is best to come prepared. Punta Banco has a mini-supermarket, but it is very basic. In Pavones you can find a larger supermarket and a surf shop. The nearest bank is a two hour drive away.
Recommended items to pack when visiting Tiskita are:
- Camera and binoculars
- Flashlight(s) and batteries
- Hiking shoes/boots and sandals
- Waterproof bags for gear
- Small daypack for hikes
- Reusable water bottle
- Lightweight clothing and rain gear
- Sunscreen with high SPF
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Bathing suit
- Rash guard for ocean activities
- Water shoes for ocean activities
- Insect repellent and after bite (just in case)
- Travel insurance, personal medication
- Earplugs (e.g. in case of Howler Monkeys at night)
- Cash (colones or dollars) for drinks, souvenirs etc.
Tiskita has an abundance of wonderful mammals & birds (not to mention reptiles and amphibians) which are easy to watch from your cabin deck or hiking along on one of our many trails.
Tiskita’s location in the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica is characterized by being in between a tropical wet and a pre-wet tropical rainforest, and an annual rainfall of 3-5 meters per year. Tiskita’s extensive trail system allows guests to enjoy several distinct areas: rainforest, fruit orchard, reforestation and stream trail.
Although sometimes the best place to spot wildlife is while relaxing on your hammock from your cabin porch.
The most common fauna seen on our trail system include: squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, coatis, cgoutis, tyras, sloths, and possibly white-collared peccaries, anteaters and porcupines.
Common birds include toucans, parrots, trogons, woodpeckers, manakins, wood creepers, scarlet macaws, crested guans and birds of prey. Did you know our name, Tiskita, is the indigenous word for the osprey?
For our guests whom of which many are serious birders, we’ve compiled a checklist for your convenience.
We do our best to keep ourselves and guests ‘off-grid’ as much as possible but due to some requests, we do have an internet hotspot in the main lodge for our guests' convenience.
The cabins DO NOT have Wi-Fi or televisions to distract you from what's important.
Most guests come to commune with nature and truly 'get away from it all'!