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Pirate Cove

Next to the Drake Bay River, Drake Bay Costa Rica
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#8 of 14 hotels in Drake Bay
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Pirate Cove is a small hotel, consisting of comfortable cabins bungalows an Ac Room located on Osa Peninsula the least developed and most bio-diversified area of Costa Rica.
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Free parking
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Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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fredic wrote a review Mar 2020
bristol england65 contributions68 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our time here. Of all the places we stayed the food was the best (hope you have the chocolate brownie) as were the staff who were all lovely. You feel wrapped in a little bubble away from it all. We had room 1 which was air conditioned which was good but it was above the kitchen so you could hear them get ready for breakfast. This is okay if you have an early start. In fairness, when I mentioned it to the manager it was quieter the next day. Wish we had paid for an air conditioned cabin. We really liked that they leave the tea, coffee and biscuits out so you can help yourself at any time of the day. We got into a lovely routine of getting back after a trip in the morning, by the pool in the afternoon,(if you can get one of the few sun beds) get ready about 5pm ready for happy hour and then the evening meal. As everyone has said the day shifts so by 8.15 if you are still in the restaurant area you will be the last up! We were very lucky as we met a fantastic couple from Belgium who we got on with really well so spent many a happy hour chatting to and laughing with them every meal. We had a walk into the village one morning (about 25 minutes) and it is pleasant with the beach on your right. Not a lot to see ( a couple of supermarkets) but we had a drink in a lovely cafe where they had put out food to attract the birds.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Ajay wrote a review Mar 2020
23 contributions4 helpful votes
We arrived by boat after an enjoyable transfer with the opportunity to see more of this relatively unspoilt area. The hotel is relaxed and welcoming. We were shown to our bungalow accommodation which had a great view over the water. The bungalow was clean and spacious with a good bathroom. Unfortunately it lacked air conditioning and a fridge which we certainly would have liked given the weather, we clearly missed these points when booking. Everyone is on full board and receives the same food (although we were asked if we were vegetarian when we arrived so assume this is catered for). The meals were good and service was prompt - too prompt on some occasions and we were still chewing one course when the plate was whisked away and replaced by the next. The meal service times were inflexible which we appreciated meant the food was freshly served but it didn't make meal times very relaxing. During our stay we went on the national park tour which was excellent and the snorkelling which again was very good but we would have liked the opportunity to explore at our own pace instead of swimming as one group. All in all a very enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
jtw1122 wrote a review Feb 2020
Silsbee, Texas43 contributions30 helpful votes
Takes some effort to get here-either a plane flight or a 1 hour boat ride,but it is worth it. Not far for our snorkeling trip to Cano Island. We saw sting rays,turtles,and many fish. The guides were top notch & took time to point out many things. Very safety conscious. Next day on land tour we saw many things we’ve never seen in the wild. Purple butterflies,monkeys and many more. Guide was very good. Everyone at resort was very friendly & yes there was one main course for each meal. Good & filling.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Get air conditioning
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Melanie wrote a review Feb 2020
31 contributions26 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights with our 7 and 10 year old at this hotel. We did 2 tours: Cano Island and Sierena Corcovado. We loved both tours, saw many animals, guides were nice and nature so beautiful. +: really nice view, free kayak in the mangrove, the beach, the staff, quiet, tour organisation. -: no choice for food (lunch and diner), only one menu. It was challenging for our kids that didn’t like fish one night. At the same time a great opportunity to try new things. Pool needs some love. Overall great place, we recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Philip M wrote a review Dec 2019
New York City, New York640 contributions115 helpful votes
My room was clean. No bug issues at all in the room. The bed was ok comfort-wise. The WiFi worked for general internet browsing and email. I had cell phone coverage if you need/want that; wasn’t sure if it would be possible due to the remote location. The hotel is at the eastern edge of town so it’s sort of a private location. It’s beach front is between a rock hill that enters the ocean and a creek so somewhat private. No reason to leave really unless you’re doing a daily excursion. For those who want to see scarlet macaws a good place to do so is about a 45 minute walk up the beach to the N/E just before the airport where there is a stand of palm trees. The scarlet macaws seem to like the trees behind those palm trees. When I was there in the late afternoon they landed in those trees about every 15-20 minutes. Actually the pool area at the hotel is another decent place to see scarlet macaws as they seemed to fly over about once per hour in the late afternoon after the daily activities. There are sand fleas on the beaches in the area so I did get lots of bites on my feet and lower legs. The staff were great and friendly. Good email communication before arrival. The tours start early so breakfast is also early (from 530-830am) and so dinner is also early at 6pm. I did two days of diving at canos islands and the two tours to Corcovado: Sirena and San Pedrillo. The tours were great and the guides overall were good. I left separate reviews for the Canos divers and Corcovado park. The communal eating area was nice and social. It’s all open air so the bugs are an occasional issue depending on the time of day, and seemed to vary by the day also. The food was good overall. The portions weren’t large but were the right size for a nice meal without being stuffed. Dinners were three courses (appetizer, entree, dessert) and when I was there included 1) chicken with cous cous and corn with a soup appetizer, 2) tuna with a soy glaze, potatoes and veggies and small salad, 3) steak with rice and broccoli and a tortilla soup to start, 4) veggie salad starter, white fish with potatoes and snap peas, 5) tomato soup then a chicken cordon bleu with a mash of potato/cous cous and carrots, 6) beef in a tomato type sauce with potatoes and steamed veggies. There was also a dessert available in the afternoon of various cookies or cinnamon rolls; coffee also. Overall I was very happy with the food. They did ask if I was vegetarian or had other restrictions, but since those don’t apply for me I don’t know what the specialized options are. Breakfast was buffet style and included bread, coffee, juice, cereal, Gallo pinto, eggs, sausage or bacon, pancakes. The pool area was nice to sit at and the water was clean. Getting to/from the hotel: I used the boat from Sierpe. I paid at the hotel, I think it was $40 each way if I remember right. The boat was about an hour and had nice scenery along the way. Getting to Sierpe I used Sierpe Shuttle, or I think that’s what it was called. My hotel in Quepos arranged it for me and the cost was $45 per person one-way. Leaving Sierpe I used the transportation company listed on the Pirate Cove website called Trans Alvarez (transalvarezso@hotmail.com). It’s basically a guy and his van. He took me all the way to San Jose for only $60. There were other people dropped off on the way but after Dominical it was just me. He was really nice and I gave him some extra cash at the end. The email communication with him prior to the ride was good too, although he doesn’t appear to speak English and my Spanish is bad but we still communicated the essentials.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
$151 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaDrake Bay
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pirate Cove
Which popular attractions are close to Pirate Cove?
Nearby attractions include Naturaseekers (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pirate Cove?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Pirate Cove?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Pirate Cove?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pirate Cove?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kalaluna Bistro', Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo, and Carey Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pirate Cove?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Does Pirate Cove have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pirate Cove offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Pirate Cove have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.