We just returned from a long weekend at Marenco outside the Corocovado National Park in Drake's Bay - the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The staff was great, the meals were sufficient, and the bungalow was breathtaking. In 3 days, we saw monkeys and macaws, went hiking and diving, and met people from all over the world.
I have read reviews for almost every lodge and camp in this area. Please realize that comments like "there was a lizard in our room," or "not a great selection of food," etc. are people who missed the entire point of this region. They run on solar power and gernerators, you are in the middle of the jungle, and everything you eat has to come by a boat. There are vacations that I take where I enjoy living in luxury, but a trip to the heart of a Central American rainforest isn't one of them. In conversations with tourist from other lodges, they all have their pro's and con's - you may find one with a hot shower, but learn upon arrival that you share a bathroom, etc. Find one that matches your personality and enjoy the time of your life.
Marenco's pros: bungalows with lots of privacy, private bathrooms, great views, deserted beaches, good food, small bar, great staff, good selection of tours, fans in most of the rooms, power until midnight (many only offer until 10 pm).
Marenco's cons: you have to hike up quite a hill to get to the lodge (or back to the beach or tours), they don't have hot water.
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- Also Known As:
- Marenco Beach & Rainforest Hotel Corcovado National Park
- Marenco Beach And Rainforest Lodge