Gulf Caribbean Tours
Always a Unique Experience in Adventure Travel
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Hi, my name is Vincent Phillips and I have worked in the outdoor industry for the last 30 years. My first industry-related job was in the late 70’s as a corporate representative for professional bass fishing tournaments and from that point on, I was hooked. In the 80’s, I formed a television production company and produced/distributed all manner of hunting and fishing TV programming. Our location production work took my crew from the Florida Keys to the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. Over the years, I developed strong working relationships with some of the finest lodges, marinas and resorts in the country.

In the early 90’s as a natural outgrowth of those relationships, I formed a travel company named “International Outdoor Travel, Inc.” I spent years establishing ties with select properties. I was not only looking for the best operators, but unique activities that were off the beaten path. I wanted to make sure that I offered trips that were intriguing to our clients.

The Rain Goddess on the Rio Indio

It was during this time that I met Dr. Alfredo Lopez of San Jose, Costa Rica. Dr. Lopez is a medical doctor who became involved in providing healthcare to the people of the remote southeast Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Dr. Lopez had a houseboat built and located it at the mouth of the San Juan River as a base of operations. He is also an avid sport fisherman and the lakes, rivers and offshore waters were teeming with fish. The houseboat already had a full time staff and there were a couple of extra cabins. The majority of the area is protected and access is very limited, so only a few lucky anglers at a time were allowed to fish. It was just the type of location that I knew my clients would love. Over the years, the fishing trips were great and many of my clients returned several times. The experience was just that good.

Dr. Lopez has always been a man of great vision and integrity. He had a dream of one day building a first class lodge in the area. He knew the local Rama Indians could be trained to be lodge staff and with their detailed knowledge of the local jungle, they would be the perfect guides. After 15 years of planning, he managed to make his dream come true. He named it “The Rio Indio Lodge” after a local pristine jungle river that flows into the lagoon in front of the property.


Vince Phillips, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Starting this year, with the opening of the brand new San Juan Airport, the lodge is available to the adventure traveler year round. I am very pleased that Dr. Lopez has offered my clients packages that are exclusive to Gulf Caribbean Tours. We have custom designed the itineraries for each package. They afford our clients touring through some of the most scenic parts of Costa Rica/Nicaragua and an all-inclusive stay at the first class Rio Indio Lodge. It is undoubtedly one of the best values being offered in the Central American market today. Please take a look at the itineraries and I feel sure you will agree. Now all you need is a week of free time and I can assure you a great travel experience. 

San Juan Airport


Gulf Caribbean LLC, J. Vincent Phillips, Owner/Manager
Contact: 601-954-2287 or gulfcaribbean@gmail.com
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