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“"Welcome to Paradise"” 5 of 5 stars
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Aguila de Osa Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Drake Bay, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
Brooklyn, NY
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“"Welcome to Paradise"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

When you step off the small boat that takes you from your taxi that takes you from the small plane into Drake Bay from San Jose, someone greets you and says, "Welcome to paradise" and if you are like us, New York skeptics, you say to yourself, "We'll be the judge of that."

So here it is - it is paradise.

The siting of this inn could not be more beautiful. Each room has a vista, each vista embraces sky and water and trees and animals. You cannot ask for a more pristine place - with comfortable beds, delicious food (thank you Dixon!) and decks with chairs and hammocks upon which you can relax in amazing ways.

Be prepared for kayaking on a smooth river while howler and capuchin monkeys let themselves be known. Take a hike into the Corcovado jungle with a most knowledgeable guide and see a Fer de Lance coiled up, coatamundis, sloths, birds galore and amazing trees that you can now identify (kind of!). Stop for a waterfall adventure (water so refreshing that even those of us who normally do not 'do ' this type of thing had a great dip. Go snorkeling and be amazed at the variety and colors of the fish, schools of fish, even a shark, and feel so well cared for that there is no fear. Go into the mangroves and see birds you have only seen in nature documentaries.

And most of all, be grateful for a most welcoming, genuine and caring staff. To a person the staff has been chosen because they are professional and thoughtful and responsive and caring. There is an authenticity to the way in which the various staff members take care of each guest. Nothing servile, simply wonderful hospitality - I want to give a specific shout out to Carlos for his knowledge, to Dennis for his boating skills, to Gabrielle and Olman for their administrative abilities, to Luis and Claudio for their attentiveness to our food (Dixon for his cooking!) and to Gabriella for helping me personally overcome 60+ years of fear of putting my face under water and not being able to stand - I snorkled with her help and overcame my panic with her heart and her help -- amazing! Tony for his guiding abilities. I could go on. Brad has chosen each of these people and treats them so that they treat you in turn with care and smiles.

I have rarely chosen to be in a place where I would be eating with folks at a table three times a day, where there is nothing to distract you from activities and nature, where there is no TV (tho we did stream the super bowl!) and I had some concerns. The people who choose to be here at the edge of the world, where 80% of the biodiversity of the country can be found, where every day you choose to be up and out on an adventure at 6:30 or 7 AM and then to bed by 9 -- well these are people who are interesting and interested, social in a good way and fun to meet and talk with.

If you can figure out how to visit Aguila de Osa, you too will find yourself in a little bit of Paradise!

Room Tip: The rooms are up many steps. If you get room 1 or 2 you have the least number of steps with grand vi...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful week in a beautiful, well maintained resort. Everything was first class--the facilities, the tours, the food--BUT especially the staff. You may find equivalent places to stay, but I doubt you will find any better!! AW

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We're traveling throughout Costa Rica for five weeks and spent our first five days at Aguila de Osa, a gorgeous property under the outstanding helmsmanship of Bradd Johnson, or as we like to call him," the Commodore". We stayed in the beautiful honeymoon cabin, which is more like the most luxurious treehouse you can imagine, looking out over the property's wild rain forest landscape. The woodwork of the gleaming polished floors and beams is astonishing.This truly feels like the middle of nowhere, and for us that's always a good thing! Every detail has been considered in making this hotel blend into the surrounding environment, and Bradd and his staff's commitment to sustainability is very impressive --- indeed, he pretty much wrote the book on environmentally conscientious hospitality in this part of the world.

We can't say enough about the calibre of service of the entire staff, who nonetheless keep it real with a warm and easy-going vibe. No stuffy or pretentious "boutique-ness" here! Two especially noteworthy residents are Chef Dixon, who went the extra mile to whip up delicious gluten-free dishes for me (Thank you, chef!! Still dreaming of those banana pancakes ...) and the undisputed divine hostess of Aguila de Osa, Coco, whose warmth and constant attentiveness added immeasurably to our delight during our stay.

Needless to say, there was an abundance of wildlife on site every day --- scarlet macaws, monkeys, toucans, giant grasshopper, lizards, frogs, a cayman, two and three-toed sloths, giant morpho butterflies --- and in the water, white tip sharks, giant schools of brilliantly colored fish, moray eels, puffer fish, dolphins, turtles, and many, many others. All dive trips and hikes were perfectly organized and conducted by very enthusiastic and well-trained naturalists (special thanks to our two wonderful dive mistresses, Gabriela and Sandra!).

We were happy to meet The Commodore, so muchas gracias, Bradd, Coco, and the oustanding staff at Aguila de Osa for an unforgettable stay --- we'll be back! Pura vida!

Room Tip: Cabin 11, the honeymoon suite, is heavenly and very private.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 January 25, 2013

What paradise! My new husband and I were the first guests when Aguila re-opened after the green season. We were greeted by a friendly and attentive team, Coco (the owner's dog), and the most delicious passionfruit daquiris. The room was awesome with a beautiful view of the bay, iguanas, macaws, monkeys, and two rainbows! I loved birdwatching from the shower!

Things NOT to miss in Drake Bay....The Night Tour with Tracie and Gian, Sirena station (or really anywhere in Corcovado), horseback riding on the beach, snorkeling at Cano Island.

A few shout outs....Hats off to the chef who managed to make us mmm and ahhh at every meal. A special thanks to Claudio for "party rockin" with us! And of course to Bradd, who we loved getting to know and can't wait to see again. Thanks for running an amazing hotel and ending our honeymoon on the highest note possible!

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great place all was good, food service,room,transfers to site was flawless. located at Drakes Bay, Costa Rica, rooms are up overlooking the bay and it is short climb.The room was beautiful with a great view of bay, monkeys in the trees for entertainment.The food was prepared by Dixon a trained chef did great job and all meals were very enjoyable.Bradd the owner is very helpful and fun to interact with,Claudio makes great gin and tonics to enjoy at cocktail hour.The tours sre fun and we enjoyed a nice beach that was a 20min walk.The service is top notch and the staff is friendly and helpfully.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The tours were wonderful, including snorkeling, hiking through the rain forest (Corcovado) to a waterfall and seeing monkeys, crocodiles, sloths; then of course there was the zip line tour. All of those are planned seamlessly. The best part is the remoteness and feeling of adventure getting to and being in the area. We flew in on a small plane, were met by a van and driven on a dirt road to the river. They loaded our bags onto a small boat. We went ten miles or so down the river to the ocean and then drove directly to Aguila in Drake bay. The rooms are large, airy and open, no glass anywhere but screens on the windows in the room. It was the most spectacular feeling when it rained at night and we could hear it all around but stayed perfectly dry. When it didn't rain you could hear (and see) the ocean from the rooms. We also had a hammock from on our deck from which we could span the bay and the forest around us. The food was excellent. We had fresh fish every night some of which my boyfriend caught himself. The staff was always very friendly but not overbearing. Claudio made the best gin and tonics! Homemade chocolate chip cookies were always available in the dining area, not to mention the homemade breads and desserts. What more could anyone want.

Room Tip: All of the rooms were excellent. There are only 14 of them. They all have a view of the ocean amid...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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 January 23, 2013

In Costa Rica if wildlife excursions are your thing then this is where you want to be! Three full days minimum!!! Drake Bay is exceptionally beautiful and rich with wildlife!! You wake to the sounds of Howler monkeys in the rainforest and macaws flying overhead. Do not miss the mangrove tour!! If you enjoy deep sea fishing charter a boat for the day as the area waters are the best in the world for catch and release sail-fishing. If you like creepy crawlies take the guided nighttime bug tour!! Ask the manager about other tour options best suited to you including guided rainforest hikes. If you are an experienced scuba diver or snorkeler you may be disappointed in the visibility and lack of colorful corals, although there pelagic species in the area.
The rooms are comfortable in their simplicity, open and airy..no phones, no TV, no AC trust me you won't miss them! Dining is communal which may seem odd until you start discussing your days adventures with you new friends. The staff are friendly, tour guides professional and knowledgable and the service is fantastic!!! The food is great and freshly prepared to order. If you go fishing you, and the other guests, will likely be eating something you caught!
This is NOT the Ritz so if you want a sterilized vacation experience don't stay here! You need to be moderately fit as you will be active and it does get hot during the day!! Be aware of your surroundings even on the hotel grounds it is not unusual to come face to face with monkeys or an occasional boa.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
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#2 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aguila de Osa Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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