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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cabins are lovely, clean and tidy and so is the whole property. The staff are really friendly and helpful. They pick you up and drop you off from the boat. The breakfast is freshly cooked and tasty. The bed is reasonably comfortable. If it had a more luxurious mattress it'd be 5/5. The air-conditioning works very well. Now about...

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New Jersey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 3 lovely nights at Cabinas Pura Vida. There seems to be 2 types of accommodations in Drake - the very expensive all-inclusive lodges outside of town and everything else. The town is set off the beach with restaurants, a few grocery stores and guest houses/hostels on the steep, winding dusty roads. CPV is a bit up the hill...

Thank MartyGirl
Reviewed February 21, 2017

Drake Bay is a great place to get a way from it all. small restaurants/clubs, 2 small grocery stores, and all dirt roads are a few things you should expect staying at Cabinas Pura Vida. The place itself is family run and has a really cozy feeling. While your room is pretty basic (no t.v. /coffee machine, bar fridge), you...

Thank Tony G
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights and we were satisfied with it. The owner were very helpful and gave us suggestions about where we could go by car to se lovely surroundings and another beach than Drake bay. He could also help with tourbooking. The breakfast was included and they served us different ones every morning. It was absolute OK but...

Thank EwaESweden
Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

Casa pura vida is a top place to be. We had a really good time with Norlyng and Gabi. Really clean rooms and bathrooms, breakfast is included and changes every day, fresh towels and sheets every few days, hammocks everywhere and a kitchen to make your own dinner. Norlyng brings you to whereever tours are starting and picks you up...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed January 19, 2017

The room was basic but clean and well-maintained. The owner, Norlyn, did a fantastic job scheduling guided adventures for us. He knows the guides and they were all skilled, knowledgeable, and professional. The horseback ride to a waterfall was unexpectedly lovely. We rode in a stream surrounded by jungle and we were able to swim in clear water below the...

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Ottawa, Ontario
Reviewed January 12, 2017

Four of us stayed here for 3 nights in December 2016. The owners were very nice and helpful. The rooms were clean and big enough for all of us. We really loved the large communal kitchen and BBQ and the hammocks out front - we could cook and the kids could chill and visit. The breakfast was good and the...

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Reviewed December 8, 2016

Service and kindness were great. Owner Norlyng Rojas was helpful in a any and all kinds of issues, such as transport, phone call to other lodges and our rental company etc. We even enjoyed a free barbecue when the village went out of electricity.

Thank 55cacho
Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff (owner). Very clean and simple room, simple in a good way. Would definitely stay their again. We were very unlucky with the weather, and there was really nothing to do there when raining. But with good weather I bet it would have been very nice.

Thank yodiz
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed November 28, 2016

Booked this hotel 10 months ago and for what was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime in Costa Rica - a holiday that we had been planning and saving for, for years. A couple of weeks before we are due to travel we receive an email in barely understandable English telling us that they have cancelled our reservation....

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Hola ! ustedes tienen toda la razón de estar molestos y lo sentimos mucho por todo el inconveniente que ésto...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Pura Vida Drake Bay Cabins is located in the center of Drake Bay just 400 meters from the beach, since its opening in 2007 to been operated by a couple of young Costa Ricans, Norlyn and Gabriela. All our rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, hot water and we offer our new kitchen for your convenience. We also have a secure parking and beautiful garden with hammocks right on the terrace of your room. We also organize guided tours to Corcovado National Park (Sirena or San Pedrillo Station) Cano Island (Diving or snorkeling) and more! Cabinas Pura Vida is your best option in Bahia Drake by price, quality and service, we will be glad to serve you! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cabinas Pura Vida

Address: | Bahia Drake, Drake Bay 000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Price Range: $46 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cabinas Pura Vida 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Ask about the trail you can walk for free that leads to a national park (you are not allowed to enter park without guide)”
 of 5 bubbles tonygP5923TB, Feb 21, 2017 | Read review
“Avoid completely”
 of 5 bubbles MaryM102, Nov 28, 2016 | Read review
“There is not a bad room here!”
 of 5 bubbles LyndseyW_12, Apr 29, 2016 | Read review
“Each one that I saw was similarly equipped with a queen bed, bunk beds, AC, wifi, private bathroom with included hot water shower”
 of 5 bubbles Bifurcated_Tech, Mar 17, 2016 | Read review
“No wash sinks, so be prepared to use shower to hand wash adventure clothes and other gear. The one aspect I did have an issue with is breakfast. It was coffee, two pieces of fruit and plain (small) white toast with option to spread jam or better. Pretty bleak offerings and the service starts at 7:30 AM which is waaayyy too late for adventure travelers who usually wish to set off early before sun gets too hot. The panaderia is just down the road in the center of town and there you can buy bread and drink coffee and generally hang with interesting people. He takes credit card so that's nice although rate goes up. If you plan on having dinner there, my experience in small restaurants of this nature the quality of experience may be excellent but slow so...if you are pressed or don't have much patience, order half hour prior to sitting down at tables.”
  • If you don't do well with humidity/heat and no a/c available, these make a difference.
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  • Strong bunk beds hold two heavy guys.
 of 5 bubbles InsideScoopCOSTARICA, Sep 1, 2014 | Read review
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