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“Great weekend at Marenco Lodge!” 5 of 5 stars
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Punta San Jose, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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“Great weekend at Marenco Lodge!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2005

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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  • Stayed February 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Asheville NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2004

Beautiful location, clean, large rooms, friendly staff.
Loved the world of guests when we were the only from the US. Great dinner conversation with people from Europe, Israel, even honeymooners from Costa Rica.
Great walks from the lodge, excellent tours with local guide to Corcovado.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2004

What a fabulous place! If you want to experience hikes through awesome dense rainforest with fantastic guides, it doesn't get much better than this. The grounds and staff are wonderful. Even the river boat trip to get to the lodge is fun -- we saw spider monkeys romping in the mangroves along the way.

I will never forget the hikes (with birds galore) and snorkeling trip to Cano Island (where you see the ancient mysterious spheres left by the indiginous people).

As for amenities, remember that there's no hot water (who needs it?) and no electricity after 10pm (who needs that either)? But the rooms are spacious, the beds are good, and the open-air restaurant sits high on the coastline with fabulous views. The food is generally very good (and I'm picky) and plentiful. Nice bar too.

If you're into nature, this is an unforgettable experience.

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Address: Punta San Jose, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Corcovado National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Marenco Beach & Rainforest Hotel Corcovado National Park
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