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“Our Costa Rica Highlight!” 5 of 5 stars
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200 meters south of the Agujitas's School | Up the hill in the backyard of Drake Bay's school, Drake Bay 00506, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 13 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
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Amersham, England, United Kingdom
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“Our Costa Rica Highlight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My girlfriend and I just returned from a two week trip to Costa Rica. We stayed at Casa Horizontes for our first five days and we absolutely loved it!

We were warmly welcomed on the evening we arrived were we stayed in the 'Romantic Room'. It was quite small, but in the best way and it sits right next to a palm tree where it seems the local capuchin troupe like to eat breakfast and hang out. Be warned: some of these guys are total rascals.

The food was exceptional. As much I love casodo (a typical Costa Rican dish), it was great to have lots of variety and vegetables. We ate most evenings with a really nice couple from San Jose (see Ericka's review below) and our highlight was watching the birds and monkeys during awesome breakfast fare.

The location is perfect, if you are the type who likes off the beaten bath. The supermarkets are 10 minutes away and the beach is just down the path. We booked a tour through Yami to the National Park that was excellent, apart from the brutal boat ride, but the that was due to the awful weather. Anyway, the return ride made up for it when we saw 3 humpback whales!

Our only regret was doing this first as everything afterwards (Arenal, Cano Negro, Monteverde) paled in comparison!

Nick

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Rooms
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San Jose
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

It was our first time at Drake Bay, Yamilet and Pedro were very nice helping us to organize the tours. The food was great and the home made bread was something unexpected and delicious. They have an open area for breakfast and we were able to see monkeys and birds around while eating.

Room Tip: Tucan room has private bathroom
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

My wife and I just returned home from our Costa Rican vacation and our stay at Casa Horizontes was the highlight of our whole trip. Pedro and Yami build a beautiful home which stands in the middle of paradise. You wake up to coffee and an incredible breakfast prepared by Yami, and while you sit, enjoying your coffee, you can observe toucans, macaws, and white faced monkeys right off the porch! On top of that, their property was extremely convenient in it's location to the beach, the town, and anything else you'd want to do in Drake Bay.

Yami and Pedro made us feel so welcome, like we were family. Yami made incredible meals while Pedro was so helpful with our luggage. When our taxi failed to show up to take us to the airport, Pedro made sure to drive us there in the nick of time, to be sure we didn't miss our flight. They really bend over backwards for their guests and I would recommend Casa Horizontes to anyone visiting Drake Bay.

We definitely hope to return back to Drake Bay, and if we do, we would be sure to stay with Yami and Pedro again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Casa Horizontes for three nights in July. Yami and Pedro were attentive to whatever we needed to make our stay pleasant. They helped us book tours to Corcovado National Park and point out areas of interest. We enjoyed the stories that Yami shared with us and also the delicious dinners that she prepared each night. Pedro has constructed a beautiful addition to his home that houses the extra rooms where guests stay, giving a feeling of privacy in a peaceful setting. There is a lovely porch that gives you a view of the wildlife and a bit of the ocean. We appreciated all that they did to make us feel welcome.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We were 4 friends (ages 27-32) visiting Drake Bay in April. We drove down from SJO, and spent 3 nights at Casa Horizontes. We had a fantastic time. Our host was very helpful in organizing our day-trip to Corcovado. Breakfasts were delicious. The monkeys right out our window in the morning were definitely one of the highlights! (I actually think I saw more monkeys out the window than at Corcovado!). The beach is 1 minute away.

Room Tip: The room on the top floor was perfect if you like to see the white-face monkeys in the morning!!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Yami and Pedro were exceptional hosts! They did everything to make our stay in Drake Bay the best-from providing fresh fruit at all times of the day to getting us the best guides for excursions, they really went out of their way. It was interesting to hear Yami's stories about her grandfather settling into the area way back when-brought a history to the place we wouldn't have otherwise known about. The guest home itself is gorgeous with beautiful woodwork by Pedro. The room we stayed in was breezy, the bed comfy and everything was always clean. The location was great-just a short walk down the hill to reach the beach where most excursions leave from.
I already miss waking up every morning to the incredible bird sounds surrounding the Casa and the beautiful look-out over Drake Bay from their porch. Yami is also a great cook-her lasagna and salads were particularly memorable and we always had loads of fresh veggies, fruit and juices. When planning our trip there were quite a lot of places in Drake Bay to choose from but we are very happy to have chosen Casa Horizontes. We would recommend it to anyone and look forward to staying there again some day. Yami and Pedro are truly generous people and hosts-you really get a sense from the locals that they are Drake Bay royalty as everyone talks about them with great respect.

Room Tip: Initially we had requested the room on the top floor as it has windows on all sides but we quickly r...
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  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

The property is located just north of Corcovado and there is lots of wildlife easily viewable through the windows. The Romantic Room upstairs has the best views if you want to see birds or Monkeys. A troop of white face monkeys dined on palm fruits right out the window. From the patio where breakfast is served, there were birds flying around in the trees of their front yard. For those who are birders, here's my bird list from one evening on their deck: short-billed pigeon, white-necked Jacobin hummingbird, rufous-tailed hummingbird, golden-tailed hummingbird, lineated woodpecker, slate-headed tody-flycatcher, great kiskadee, bananaquit, cherrie's tanager, golden-headed tanager, blue-gray tanager, blue dacnis pair, black-stripped sparrow, and probably a few others. Yami, the owner, along with Pedro, had several local connections if you want to fish or scuba dive, or snorkel. The property is close enough to the little town of Drake, that you can walk there for food, bars, and a store in the area. The place has a small kitchen, and the owner, Yami prepares great food as well. She cooked a Sierra Mackerel that we caught in the bay. Yami's sister, Elia, is a terrific jungle guide if you are looking to hire a guide for Corcovado. Her English is exceptional, and she knows most of the birds by their songs. If it weren't for her, I don't think I would have seen 75% of the animals that I did see, while there.

  • Stayed May 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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Address: 200 meters south of the Agujitas's School | Up the hill in the backyard of Drake Bay's school, Drake Bay 00506, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The house is a wooded building, with a ocean view balcony, located away from the main town, but just 200 meters from the beach, it also got a tropical garden with a lot of forest in the backyard, a lot of wildlife is spotted from the balcony. Yamileth and Pedro Caravaca offer rooms with a ceiling fun, and shared hot water shower, breakfast, laundry service, tours and transportation info. ... more   less 
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Casa Horizontes Guest House Costa Rica/Drake Bay

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