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Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort

Drake Bay 60101 Costa Rica
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Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is a remote eco-conscious beachfront Drake Bay resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. Located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free internet
Hot tub
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Public wifi
Infinity pool
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Ocean View
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Shanna F wrote a review Yesterday
Arnold, Missouri135 contributions27 helpful votes
I loved everything about this beachfront boutique; This gem is a true gift to yourself in life. Starting off with the staff; they will leave an impression on our hearts forever. They set the bar very high making us feel more like we are at home with personalized service and attention to our likes/dislikes with surprises along the way. The food was amazing; on nights we couldn't eat our desserts but wanted them for later, they wrapped and stored them for us for when we wanted to have them the next day. I loved all of the natural juice drinks and smoothies; Pineapple and Basil is something I would have never put together, but are the first ingredients I purchased when I returned home to duplicate it. Randal, Henry, and Grieven were so much fun; great guys and very personable offering lots of advise and shared some jokes with us. When we left via the public boat, my friend didn't realize she left her phone behind until Randal came speeding up next to us 1/2 way back alongside our boat to return it to her. Simply top notch! The location of this resort is one of the most tropical places I've ever experienced. The lush surrounding jungle, refreshing pool, and gorgeous sandy beach with calm waters made for perfect R&R and a relaxing jump off point to explore the national park and snorkel Cano Island. I can't wait to return! Thank you for providing such an amazing experience!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Mandi Nordin wrote a review Jul 21
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What an amazing experience we had during our stay at Copa de Arbol. From the minute Randal picked us up to the last day at breakfast, everything was great! The staff were so welcoming and friendly. They truly care about their guests and it shows! Greivin, Henry and Gustavo are the dream team! The meals were delicious! We never met the chef but his/her passion for cooking was delivered in each plate. We had a scuba diving day which was terrific. I can’t remember the name of the dive company, but Copa de Arbol set up all of our excursions. Our Corcovado hiking tour guide was wonderful and we can’t wait to go back for more. We tried kayaking and stand up paddle boarding for the first time at the resort and had a blast! The rooms were clean and cool. Showers were hot/warm. Pool/jacuzzi was delightful.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Bring good walking shoes that can get dirty and stay hydrated.
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Area10gp wrote a review Jul 14
Raleigh, North Carolina3 contributions2 helpful votes
Idyllic resort with unbelievable staff, service, food and drinks. We loved it. Will be back. We relaxed at the pool. Went to the national park. Fished and just chilled out. Henry and Octavo were amazing in the restaurant/bar. Randall, the manager was always on duty and very responsive.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Kim M wrote a review Jul 10
Saint Louis, Missouri110 contributions64 helpful votes
We just returned from 5 nights at Copa de Arbol and it deserves every single 5-star review it gets! Getting to the resort is an adventure in itself. After landing in San Jose, we took a small 12-seater Sansa flight to Puerto Jimenez, which is basically a landing strip in the middle of nowhere. A friendly driver met us and drove us 30 minutes on what could *barely* be considered a road. When not dodging potholes, or dogs & chickens in the road, we were crossing several creeks. Seriously felt like a ride at Disney! (Be sure to take Dramamine beforehand!). Once at the coast, we were met with the boat to take us to the resort. There is no dock either in town or at the resort, so wear shoes that can get wet because you'll be knee-deep in the water to get to the boat. Boat ride was only 10 minutes and gave us an extraordinary view of the rainforest and beaches. We arrived as the tide was coming in and the men had to struggle to get the boat to shore for us, where they helped us off and carried our luggage to our rooms. We were met by Randell, the manager, who welcomed us with a cold, delicious drink and showed us to our cabina. We stayed in #9 (Balsa), which was beautiful. It has a great view of the ocean while still being tucked in the rainforest. Room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. A/C worked very well, which was such a blessing! We had no problems with the internet service either. Don't forget you will be in a rainforest -- not in a 5-star resort. While beautiful and comfortable, we did get several geckos, spiders, and smaller bugs in our room, but that's to be expected and was part of the charm! Make sure you bring a headlamp or strong flashlight as there is no exterior lighting and you'll have to make your way to the main dining building in the pitch dark. (Tip: if you're even slightly scared of bugs & snakes, DON'T look anywhere but the path in front of you!). The resort is amazing, but the real stars here are the staff - most of whom have been at the resort for 8+ years. Randell, the manager, did a fantastic job at making us feel welcome and giving us ideas on things to do. Greivin, the main waiter/bartender, is a ROCK STAR. Soooo personable and friendly, but extremely professional. You can tell that he absolutely LOVES what he does! (He makes a mean Coladidadi, too!). Almost everyone was fluent in English, but were helpful in teaching us certain phrases in Spanish. The food was amazing! Since all supplies have to be brought in by boat, there is no regular menu. You usually have a choice of one or two selections, but they are very good at accommodating any requests. My husband decided he just HAD to have ceviche, so they made us a special lunch! The wait service was IMPECCIBLE. I have a degree in Hospitality Administration and have stayed at lots of high-end resorts and the service here was absolutely PERFECT. Whoever trained the staff did a phenomenal job! The groundskeepers were ALWAYS working hard, raking leaves and stuff off the paths and keeping stuff out of the pool. Housekeeping was thorough and friendly. (Tip: use the drying clothes rack to block your stairs since there's no "do not disturb signs" or the lovely ladies might see you in your underwear!). The only tour we did was the Cano Island snorkeling tour with Elena, who was charming and full of information. Our boat captain, Christian, did his best to get us near some dolphins we spotted. The water was quite choppy and therefore not very clear, but we managed to see a small sea turtle, a puffer fish, and several other colorful fish. I didn't last long in the water, though. Even though I never get air sick, or sea sick, or car sick, apparently SNORKELING makes me sea sick! I was fine once back on the boat. They then took us to San Josecito Beach, which was absolutely beautiful and we saw some more macaws. One day, we hiked south/west to Rio Claro Beach. This was an easy, pleasurable hike. One of the local dogs befriended us and walked the whole way with us. Rio Claro was probably the prettiest beach. We only saw maybe 2 other people the entire day. The next day, we decided to hike to town (Drake), which they said only took 45 minutes. Being middle-aged and overweight, it took us much longer and the hike is a LOT harder with several hills and lots of stairs. Once we finally got to town, we ended up calling Randall to send a boat because there was no way we were walking back! Other than those two hikes, we just lounged around the pool and walked the beach. Falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean waves and the rain is something I'll definitely miss! We went during "green season" and it did rain, but mostly in the late afternoons/overnight. We had one bad thunderstorm with lots of lightening and so much rain it was ridiculous! My husband is NOT a morning person, but just naturally woke up around 6:30 or so since the sun comes up around 5:00am (and sets like at 5pm). I was disappointed that I didn't see too much wildlife. Macaws were plentiful, and we saw some toucans and even a Blue Morpho butterfly. It wasn't until our 3rd day that I saw capuchin monkeys in the distance and didn't see howler monkeys until late on day 4 even though I spent lots of time hiking around looking for them. (Of course on our last night we met a gentleman who told us about the monkeys that were right in front of them earlier!!). It seems most of the animal activity was in the back of the resort, near #4 and #5. LOTS of Jesus lizards, including one HUGE one with fins on its back. I thought about doing the Corcovado hike in order to see more animals, but after our disastrous hike to Drake, I didn't think I'd be able to do a longer hike. I was sad to leave the resort and the employees. It is truly a magical place! We flew back to San Jose, where we were staying an extra night in order to get a Covid test. (Note: the lab at the airport is not actually IN the airport -- you have to take a bus (less than 5 minutes)). If you need to stay an extra night, just get a hotel near the airport. San Jose is dirty, noisy, and has lots of traffic. It definitely wasn't worth staying in the city. (Plus we had trouble with cab drivers wanting us to pay more than it should have cost (both Orange and Red official cabs!)). Overall, it was an amazing experience and I hope to return someday!
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Date of stay: July 2021
William H wrote a review Jun 2021
Waikiki, Hawaii6 contributions1 helpful vote
Tours were great! Went SCUBA diving with wonderful wildlife! Service was INCREDIBLE. Staff was really amazing, warm, friendly, and welcoming. They really have the Pura Vida attitude! Rooms were spectacular. Great location with beautiful views, sunsets, rainforest creeping towards the beaches of the coast. Wonderful experience that hope you can get to enjoy!
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Date of stay: May 2021
$339 - $1,266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaDrake Bay
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Frequently Asked Questions about Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort?
Nearby attractions include Naturaseekers (2.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kalaluna Bistro', Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo, and Carey Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center and an infinity pool during their stay.
Does Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.