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Camino a los Planes, Drake Bay, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Finca Maresia is just beautiful. The rooms are spotless, beautifully designed, and really well equipped. The food was great (I am a vegetarian and sometimes that causes problems in Costa Rica) and Miguel creates a very friendly environment to meet with other guests at dinner. Miguel himself could not have been more obliging or helpful with information, advice and transportation.
Excellent value for what is provided too.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Finca Maresia is almost there as a top lodge, but fell short on a few details.

But first, the good:
The lodge is located in a quiet, secluded area, on a beautiful piece of property. There is dense rainforest all around, and many birds and howler monkeys can be heard or seen.
The bungalows are comfortable, and nicely decorated. The bathroom is modern and well-designed. Beds are comfortable. And each bunglow has a private deck with hammocks. Wifi is available in the dining area, and may be sometimes accessible from your cabin.
The dining area has expansive views over the property. We spent some time watching toucans from the deck there. Meals are good, with an honor system for purchasing drinks and food. Dinners are set menus (with a vegetarian option), at a set time, around a communal dining table. For those who want more privacy, you're out of luck.

There were lots of small negatives that detracted from the overall experience. But however, that said, we would definitely stay here again. During our stay, the owner/manager was very short-staffed and trying to take care of everything himself. We felt sorry for him, but this meant that there wasn't an ease of service as he was always harried through his day. There are so many tours available from here, but nothing is in writing.... and you can't pay for your tours here, you have to pay at the various vendors. We weren't informed of this in advance, so many people were short of funds at the end of their tours. This also isn't the normal practice of other lodges/hotels here.
The location is fairly remote from town, and beaches. You can only get a ride in with the manager, if he happens to be going into town. Otherwise, it is a longish walk.
While our room was nice, our patio was overlooked by every other cabin, and had limited views of the jungle. Some other cabins seemed better designed. Hot water is solar-powered, and can be very difficult to get adjusted to a constant temperature for the shower. But, we heard from various other tourists in much more expensive places, that they couldn't even get hot water!
Be cautious about storing any food in your suite, as all cabins seemed to be plagued by small, biting ants. These generally stay outside, but you don't want to entice them in.
Whle the hammocks are nice, it sure would be nice to have a chair.
Make sure you bring enough cash, no credit cards are accepted. We don't know if there are any banking facilities in Drake Bay.
This is a great place for exploring Corcovado Park, and there are numerous other tours available -- including scuba-diving, Night Insect tour (highly recommended), and mangrove tour.
Dinners here are at a set time too. So, you have to be at the dining area on time, and they are quite strict about this. Given it's a set menu with limited kitchen staff, this is quite understandable.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Nothing ritzy, nothing posh. Finca Maresia has only the basics: wooden bungalows, ample gardens, an open air terrace-reception-communal area. But Drake Bay is such an otherworldly beautiful place that not much can be done to upstage Nature anyway. But, oh, the service. Miguel, the owner and jack-of-all-trades will pick you up at the beach, after you arrive by boat and jump into the surf like a modern Conquistador. Then, he will recommend and arrange for you all the attractions available in the area, including visiting the National Park, snorkeling in Isla del Caño or quad riding to virgin, white-sanded beaches. Lunch is not served in the hotel, but breakfast and dinner are outstanding, both hearty and healthy. Every night, the guests meet for dinner, conversation and a night cap in the open terrace, surrounded by the noises of the jungle. The rest of the staff is polite and quiet, and always helpful. By far, one of the best hotels in this category in Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I'm from Costa Rica, but never thought that a beautiful and pacific place could be so far and so close from San Jose downtown. I explain, so far because is a 7 hours trip (which is a long trip for costarricans), and so close because is in the most beautiful road to see, The Costanera, with the beautiful pacific beaches (dominical, bahia ballena, uvita), after that, in Sierpe take the little boat (lancha), and Ignacio was waiting for me and my wife on Drake, with his car to take us to the hotel.

The place is awesome, I think because of the creativity of the owners, how to make a confortable rooms, out of mosquitoes, clean and pure water, with a lot of activities to do, every one is programing the day before, according with your expectations and recomendations of the owner.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Menlo Park, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My friend and I stayed in a private room with shared bath. The shared bath is clean. The breakfast and dinner are delicious. Note that you have to wait for everyone before dinner is served.
The location is out in the wilderness but it was a good getaway and I loved it! We did not rent a car but they helped us arranged transportation. They also helped us arranged our tours. The staff are friendly. Overall, it was a great 3 nights stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Loved our 3 nights at the Finca. We stayed in one of the bungalows with an open view of the jungle right from our shower. Barbara was running it and was helpful and super easy to deal with. They arranged all of our tours for us with top notch guides. We ate dinner there twice and it was a 4 course meal perfect porstions both times.

The dinner table is communal and the patio it is on is perfect for reading at night or during a quick rain storm. Miguel the owner (I believe that's his name) was super accomodating. We even ran out of cash because there are no atm machines in Drake bay he offered to give us his wiring info and we can just wire him money when we get back into a city.

This place is not right on the beach but only a 20 minute walk accompanied by LULA the hotel dog. The amount you have to pay for one of the spots right on the water can be better invested on activites in and around the lovely OSA area. Thanks for a great time!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

but the hospitality, food, and accommodations were so wonderful that I'm taking the time now to write a review. While we visited, Juan was in charge and did a great job of making us welcome. He helped arrange our excursions and always pointed us in the right direction.

A couple of things that might not be obvious from the web, etc:

1. The opportunity to have breakfast and dinner at the hotel is really a godsend in some respects. There aren't many other places to eat in Drake Bay, especially if you'd like to keep the price reasonable. It wasn't until I was leaving Costa Rica and was able to reflect on the few meals that I had in San Juan and essentially getting to and from Drake Bay that I realized there seems to be remarkably little variation in Costa Rican cuisine. I think I would have gone mad from boredom (culinarily speaking) if I hadn't been so well fed by Juan and the staff.

2. The hotel is a bit of a walk from the waterfront so bring good Tevas or something like that to get to and from the hotel. We were there in May and it rained every afternoon for a bit which ensured that it was always a muddy walk.

The accommodations are simple in their clean lines, clean, and luxurious. Our cabin was a quiet haven to retreat to after a long day of hiking or other activity. And the open air shower was a great touch.

Without a doubt, I would stay here again. I hope the next adventure I have lands me in such nice surroundings. Thanks Juan!

PS Ignore the January 2012 indicator - I actually stayed May 2011

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Camino a los Planes, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Finca Maresia Hotel Drake Bay
Finca Maresia Costa Rica/Drake Bay

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