If you love nature and want to experience all the rain forest and ocean has to offer in a natural setting, Aguila de Osa is the place you need to go to. This place was a great hub for all of the activities you can do on the Osa Peninsula, but you didn’t even have to leave the resort to experience nature. Everything here was top-notch; the food, the staff, the accommodations, and the scenery around the resort. My wife and I will definitely return to this place someday. Since there is so much to say about this place, I have decided to put this review in parts so you can skip to the areas you are most curious about.
ARRIVAL: We flew into Drake Bay Airport via Nature Air, and from there were taken by transport van to a boat where you had to enter the boat in the surf. Your feet will get wet this way, but it didn’t bother us too much. The boat ride from here is about 5 to 10 minutes to the resort where you exit the boat onto a dock. If you are weary about boarding a boat in the surf, there is a way to get here where you will not have to get in the water. You can fly into Palmar Sur; the resort owns a dock near this airport situated on the Sierpe River, where you can get into the boat without entering the water. The boat ride from this location to the dock at the resort will be somewhere around an hour, but is more scenic than the Drake Bay Option.
BEACHES: There are multiple beaches within walking distance of the resort. The ones with the best water are a 20 - 30 minute hike away from the resort and have signs along a well travelled path to help show you the way. The resort will provide you with beach towels if you plan to check out the beaches. The sand here is darker and more gritty than you may be used to, so wearing water shoes is a good idea, and this sand gets HOT if the sun is shining. The great news is that you don't have to worry about the beaches being crowded. The most people we saw on any of the beaches was about 10 to 15 people.
FOOD/DINING: The resort provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers during cocktail hour before dinner. Also, many of the tours provide lunch for you if you will not be back at the resort in time for lunch. Breakfast includes your choice of cereal, fresh made juice, coffee, and muffins/rolls/bread. Also, there is a menu in which you can order anything from toast to specialized omelets, and also offers sides of sausage, bacon, ham, etc. For the lunches at the resort, you typically get to choose between two offerings; one fish dish and one chicken/beef/pork dish. The appetizers during the cocktail hour were a pleasant surprise. There are typically fresh made chips, crispy plantains/yucca, along with some dips and ceviche made from fresh caught fish. There is also some sort of meat/fish appetizer included with the chips and dips. Dinners are served right after the cocktail hour in a communal fashion. You get a 3 course meal, which comes with a soup/salad of the day, choice of fish or meat entrée, and dessert. All dinner choices are posted on a white board, and change daily depending on the fresh fish and meat available to the chef. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every meal we had during our stay. The chef is great, and they can work around any food requirements you may have. We also really enjoyed the communal dining aspect of dinner. You get to talk to many different people from different places and share your experiences that you had throughout the day. Before each dinner, you are assigned a table at which to sit; you do not sit at the same table every night with the same people, so you get the opportunity to get to know different people as they come and go.
ROOMS: My wife and I chose to stay in room 12, which is also known as the Junior/Honeymoon Suite. As you have probably read, the trek to the room involves a lot of uphill climbing, but you get used to it. There are plenty of places to stop and catch your breath on the way up. The path up is paved and has rails and steps along the way. The path is well lit, so a flashlight is not required, but you may still want to bring one along in case you want to check out some critters you may encounter along the path. We found the room to be very accommodating. Although we were concerned about not having air conditioning, we found this was not an issue with the fans running and the breeze coming in through the privacy screens. The rooms include a stocked refrigerator which you can either use what they provide (for a fee), or put your own items inside. The water in the resort is filtered, and my wife and I filled up our water bottles from the tap many times without issue. Most of the rooms face in a direction so that you only get sun in the morning, and by the afternoon your porch is shaded. Rooms 12 and 14 are the highest and most private rooms in the resort.
STAFF: All of the staff at the resort was very friendly, and almost all of them spoke English in addition to their native language. Once they learn your name, they always acknowledge you by your name, and always greet you with a smile. They always ask you if you need anything, and are ready to accommodate. Carlos is the man you will probably deal with when planning your excursions for the next day, and he is also a guide for some of the tours offered. He is extremely passionate about wildlife and probably knows the scientific and common name of every bird, plant, and animal you will come across while you are there. He will also go out of his way to help you find any bird/animal you may want to see.
TOURS: I’m not going to go into great detail about the tours since most of them happen away from the resort, but I will tell you every tour we took was enjoyable. If you want to see the most wildlife, take the Mangrove Tour/ Corcovado Sirena Station Tour. We were a little concerned about taking the Sirena Station Tour because of the descriptions we read about it not being for the “tepid traveler”, but we found the hike to be pretty easy. The terrain is mostly flat, and you stop frequently to check out the wildlife. The hardest part about the tour was the wet landing where you have to walk over a rocky beach before reaching the sand to change into your hiking boots/shoes.
TIPS: Surprisingly, we did not encounter any mosquitoes during our stay. You should bring bug spray as a precaution, but don’t expect to need it. Bring lots of sunscreen, especially if you easily burn. Bring a good set of binoculars/scope to help you view the wildlife better. The tour guides usually carry a scope with them, but you’ll have to share it with everyone else on the tour and the wildlife doesn’t usually stay in one place for too long.
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- Also Known As:
- Aguila De Osa Hotel Drake Bay
- Hotel Aguila De Osa
- Aguila De Osa Inn Costa Rica/Drake Bay