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Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat

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San Josecito Beach South of Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay Costa Rica
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#5 of 67 Specialty lodging in Drake Bay
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Experience the beauty of tropical nature, swim in the warm ocean and enjoy wildlife encounters with monkeys and abundant tropical birds such as macaws and toucans. Guaria de Osa Ecolodge (currently being rebranded as Ocean Forest Ecolodge), is a tropical nature lodge located on a mile long paradise beach, just south of Drake Bay, on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Our facilities include nine comfortable cabins and bungalows, surrounded by botanical gardens. Our three storied main lodge, has a spacious yoga hall built entirely from sustainably sourced local hardwoods and is ideal location for yoga retreats, or for your own practice. Our friendly local staff is here to serve you and to facilitate a pleasant stay. Fees include three natural and wholesome meals daily, with a vegetarian option and tea, cacao and coffee are complimentary throughout the day. We look forward to sharing with you our rainforest, ocean and beach paradise.
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Yoga room
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Couples massage
Gift shop
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Fishing
Patio
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Catalan and 1 more
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Manuela P wrote a review Jul 2022
Genoa, Italy19 contributions7 helpful votes
Oh la la I had such a wonderful stay!! I had an amazing wooden bungalow in front of the ocean, very comfortable, clean and cosy...I had no mosquito problems and I slept like a baby listening to the magic sound of the ocean and the animals..it was a dreamy stay. It's a wild place sorrounded by nature...you can have looooong walks on the beach or the interior...you can go kayaking and searching for waterfalls in a river not far away...it's very close to corcovado and isla del cano...there's a big yoga room full of good energy.. The food was simple, healthy and good, the staff was very nice...I rapidly felt to be in family..I really felt at home. The owner is an amazing special person...an Amazon guide, specialist of rainforest cultures and medicine who has lived with three different tribes in the Amazon and who is engaged in many actions to defend and support their life, territory and traditions. My stay was perfect...i could relax, make a lot of activities and I learned so many things about plants, traditions, permaculture...jungle religions and rituals...in the lodge there were many monkeys, birds...I even saw whales from the beach!!! I have been sorrounded by nature and culture for eight days and I come back home feeling new..lighter, conscious, calmer and happier
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: beach bungalows are the best, but also the big bungalow behind the casona had an amazing atmosphere.
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Darrin C wrote a review Apr 2022
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Ive been making the trek down to Ocean Forest Ecolodge almost every year since my first trip in 2018. I first visited in Ocean Forest April 2019, stayed for 7 days and fell in love with the resort. My next stay was in June 2021, that time I stayed for 14 days, and my last trip was in January 2022 for another 7 day adventure. Every time I visit there I find new things to fall in love with. The scenery, the animals, the sounds. Great nutritious and healthy food, wonderful people and unforgettable memories. I cant wait to get down there again to relax, heal, laugh, make lifelong friends, and truly get away from it all.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: Every lodge offers different scenery, you can choose secluded in the jungle, or steps from the...
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heather p wrote a review Apr 2022
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Ocean Forest Ecolodge is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. From the moment I walked through the front gate from the beach, I knew I was in a special place. The cabins and lodge are in a beautiful rainforest. The walking paths are lined with various fruit trees, flowers and medicinal plants. My husband and I were lucky to be able to stay in one of the cabins overlooking the ocean. It was elegant, yet simple and natural. Every evening a group of the monkeys came into the trees around the cabin to play and eat, and at night we could hear the sound of the ocean. There are many activities offered to visitors, but we only went on one trip by boat away from the lodge to Corcovado National Park, which was great. But what we really enjoyed was going on day hikes from the lodge and swimming in the ocean which was very gentle. I think the other thing that makes this such a wonderful place is the people who live there and care for the lodge and the land. Every person we met was so kind, genuine and seemed to take great joy in sharing this place with us. Finally, I have to mention the food. The meals are obviously prepared with care -- so delicious and healthy! I loved this lodge and the rainforest. There is an indescribable feeling there- beyond the outward beauty– which is what I will remember most.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Steven A wrote a review Mar 2022
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The Osa Peninsula is THE gem of Costa Rica, and this Ecolodge is ideally located in a spectacular, quiet, and wildlife-filled area. Scarlet Macaws are common, as are monkeys, and tons of interesting plants. The food is fabulous, and there is great access to Corcovado National Park and other sites. It is quite unique in that it is a very holistic experience - the staff is knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. There is a yoga studio/relaxation area that is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever been inside. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: There are cabins close to and further from the ocean (which can be loud, though I found it...
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Shane W wrote a review Feb 2022
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A stellar retreat in a beautiful setting, led by leaders/healer who know what they're doing. I'll continue coming to this retreat center as long as it's open, the benefits are absolutely worth it. I love this place.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Petra wrote a review Jan 2022
San Jose, Costa Rica1 contribution
Staying at Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat is like getting a wonderful relaxing massage the whole time. The food is delisciously fresh and healthy, but also very nourishing. Everybody working here has a big heart and a big smile. A very safe swimming and snorkeling beach is just a 15 Minutes walk away, but you can also jump in right in front of the Ecolodge, and watch the sunset every night. The most comfortable beds of CR (no joke)! What a profound and inspiring connection with nature. I will be back soon!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Christoph wrote a review Dec 2021
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What a fascinating place! The feeling of deep connection with nature arises almost immediately. the beautiful noises of the jungle paired with the sound of the sea result in the perfect musical mix. the accommodations are very lovingly designed and are always clean and tidy. The botanical garden around the area gives a first good insight into the fascinating flora. What I liked best, however, was the staff. They are consistently helpful and genuinely friendly. Would I come back again? I don't have to think for a second. Anytime and immediately!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Dahlia Miller, Owner at Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat
Responded Dec 7, 2021
Thank you so much for your review! You are a wonderful guest! We enjoyed serving you!
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stardustlover wrote a review Mar 2021
Lewisburg, West Virginia16 contributions7 helpful votes
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We could not have been happier with Ocean Forest. From the beginning, Dahlia was super helpful walking us through everything—including providing a packing list and setting up everything to get there. She was very detail-oriented and we felt confident taking the leap to go somewhere this remote based on our connection with her and her guidance throughout. When we arrived we could not believe our luck! 15 days in paradise. The food was simple and lovely, our cabin had the best view of the ocean, and we felt so welcomed by the amazing Rosie and Zamboni, volunteers at OF, and Victor, the groundskeeper. Rosie offered us yoga in the mornings or evenings! I highly recommend their activities—we toured Corcovado and checked out Cocoterra, their permaculture project, which turned out to be a tour through the jungle to a waterfall as well. Well worth it! Would recommend this place to anyone seeking respite in nature and recharge. Exceeded my expectations!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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drbruceschneider wrote a review Mar 2021
Kingston, New York9 contributions1 helpful vote
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Ocean Forest is a magical place in terms of its natural beauty and in the kindness, helpfulness and joy in the all the people I met there, including the employees and staff. Spending time in this exquisite corner of the world is an experience that continues to have a subtle and profound effect on me: the jungle and the sea, the soft texture of the earth, good vibes and nice people! My thanks to Dahlia who made traveling there easy and enjoyable. I have been to Ocean Forest twice and I plan to return again.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Dan wrote a review Mar 2021
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Loved the Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat experience, as it was one of a kind! Completely secluded and private, away from everything except toucans, pairs of macaws squawking as they fly , and white-faced monkeys moving from tree to tree. Cannot wait to visit again soon.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$102 - $192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaDrake Bay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Naturaseekers (4.5 miles) and Finca Las Cascadas Drake Bay (5.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, airport transportation, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kalaluna Bistro', Restaurante y Cabinas Casa El Tortugo, Drake's Kitche, and Carey Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a yoga room during their stay.
Does Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Catalan.
Does Ocean Forest Ecolodge Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.