This was hands down our favorite place in Costa Rica. Drake bay is beautiful, we had an awesome view, the food was great, and the family atmosphere was really endearing. We paid for the room and included all meals. On one occasion I missed a meal, and went into town to find something. To put it bluntly, the options are terrible. This place, however, does great traditional Costa Rican food. We had some of the best meals on our trip here (the fish with mandarin lime is great).
This place is situated downhill from the main drag, and the reception/dining area is right on the beach. Most of the rooms are uphill, but a lot of them have great views. You will be staring at the beach the whole time you are here, and listening to the waves.
It seems like the rooms have evolved with the place. It has been there for at least 15 years, and the older rooms are definitely not as nice as the newer ones, so don't be shy about checking your room out first. Our room was one of the older ones, and it was pretty small, with three single beds, and no hot water. Also, I would not advise using the tap water here, as there seems to be a lot of particulate. So you will have to buy a ton of water in town. STAY HYDRATED, it is hot and humid here.
The manager, Roger is great, very helpful in booking tours, and helping you figure things out. He is also a nice guy. The whole family is pretty nice. Mario is wonderful. We were there over New Years, and they invited us the their party on the beach, which was great. I don't speak much spanish, but everyone was very friendly.
Over all, I really liked this place. I would give it a five for the people, and the setting, and the food. But without hot or potable water, and the funky construction hold it back. I would go back in a heartbeat, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Rancho Corcovado a familiar and personalized hotel set in a private nature reserve in Drake Bay meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's notion of paradise. It is the ideal site to combine both relaxing and adventure in a pure and natural setting hosted by a Costa Rican Family native to the area, who take special care to show visitors the beauty of plant, animal and marine life of the region which is a gift of God. Hotel Rancho Corcovado is located on the OSA Peninsula in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rancho Corcovado Costa Rica/Drake Bay