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Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

Agujitas River Mouth, Drake Bay Costa Rica
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#6 of 16 hotels in Drake Bay
Travelers' Choice
Since it was founded in 1985, Drake Bay Wilderness Resort has continued to be a family run business. Our focus has been to take good care of our guests so that they'll feel right at home. We try to be as flexible as possible, taking into consideration people´s needs and we do our very best to fulfill special requests. For instance, we will prepare meals for special diets. Furthermore, the hotel is situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the area. It has large open areas with a bounty of beautiful flowers, tropical plants, big mango trees, and beach almond trees that attract the raucous macaws. The property gives you the feel of being in a private island since the river flows along the backside of the property and the whole front side meets the ocean. In addition to this, most visitors come to us by boat and the access by land to the hotel is a small path, unreachable by car, that is submerged in a jungle. Best of all, there is a paradise like view of the bay and ocean, reflecting the deep blue sky and, beyond that, hills bound in lush forests.We offer all sorts of extras that help make our guests' stay more comfortable and enjoyable. For example, we include a full laundry service. Kayaks close to the water are always at our guests' disposal. We have a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, dock, and hammocks to relax under the shade of a tree with the cool ocean breeze blowing on you. From our hotel we take guests on adventures in snorkeling, hiking, diving, canoeing and whale watching. Visitors often see four species of monkeys, sloths, tapir, caiman and a myriad of birds, including the scarlet macaw, mangrove hawk, toucan...
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Bay View
Lagoon View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Linda F wrote a review Feb 2021
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We loved our stay at Drake Bay Wilderness Resort. It is in a gorgeous location right where the river meets the ocean, with a long stretch of waterfront property and dramatic ocean views. I particularly like that it is family-run by a lovely Costa Rican family (who are also bilingual) who clearly work hard to keep the beautiful grounds and flowering plants in tip-top shape. The staff were so friendly and kind, and the meals were excellent. I also loved that they have canoes for guests to use; canoeing down the river is definitely worth doing. Finally, the owner told us about a large tide pool just at the end of the property that was a perfect place for our girls to swim. Go check it out!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Lena V wrote a review Jan 2021
Appleton, Wisconsin9 contributions
My family and I stayed at Drake Bay Wilderness Resort six years ago and we have kept coming back since. Before our first stay, we researched all of the hotels in the area and felt that the location was the most beautiful; we could not have made a better decision! We could not speak of the atmosphere, the owners and employees, and the amenities more highly. The hotel catered to our dietary needs and made sure that we were comfortable. The all-inclusive resort comes up in conversation at least once a month for innumerable reasons: the breathtaking views of wildlife and the peaceful ocean waves; the luxurious meals; the kindhearted concierge that welcomes you and treats you like family; and the fact that I already plan my next trip days before I leave the current adventure. I greatly look forward to my next visit!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Kelby J wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and i took a two week trip traveling all over Costa Rica. We started in San Jose, to La Fortuna, to Monteverde, then to Manuel Antonio, our last stop, and the one we were most excited about, was Drake Bay. We arrived by boat since the resort has to roads leading to it, and we were met with a welcome drink of some delicious fruit punch. We were then shown to our bungalow as the Owner/operator grabbed our bags (which weighed a total of about 80lbs) and carried them up to our room at the top of about 2 flights of stairs. The view was incredible. The staff was extremely friendly and really helpful with all our tours. We started our stay being the only guests in the whole place, but that didn't stop the wonderful service. The bar was open and ready to serve, the food... the food was the best food we had on our whole two week trip. It was amazing. I felt like i was at a 5 star gourmet restaurant and should've been wearing a 3 piece suit just by the way the food was prepared and served. Top of the line food for all 3 meals. Te people were so friendly and we had some great conversations with a lot of them. I can't say enough about this place and the way they treat their guests, it was just simply put, an amazing place, with amazing food, amazing views and amazing people. I hope we can go back for a visit sometime.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: all rooms are nicely located, we loved room 45!
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Del-bar111 wrote a review Aug 2020
brussels15 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed at Drake Bay wilderness resort during Christmas time 2019, and enjoyed our stay a lot. The resort is in a very nice location and the grounds are very well kept. The resort was very helpful in organizing the trips to Corcovado and Cano island, and was flexible in adapting the trips schedule upon arrival. The guides were very good and we saw a lot of wildlife as a result, even a puma up close ! It is definitely worth going to both ranger stations, the boat ride along the coast is beautiful. There was quite some wildlife on and around the grounds of the resort, with groups of monkeys passing by every now and then. Cano island was good for snorkeling - unfortunately we decided not to go diving, we maybe should have. The owner and staff are very friendly and service oriented, and are definitely going the extra mile to ensure a great experience for their guests. In short a very a very memorable and enjoyable family experience. We will not hesitate to recommend the resort , and hope to be back one day ! Thanks for a great stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Shashank wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
Very hospitable wonderful people who go out of their way to make you feel at home.Loved it and would go there again.Rooms are very comfortable.Location of the property is exceptional.We as a family are vegetarian and food was great.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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$56 - $432 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Drake Bay Wilderness Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Drake Bay Wilderness Resort?
Nearby attractions include Naturaseekers (1.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Drake Bay Wilderness Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Drake Bay Wilderness Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Drake Bay Wilderness Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kalaluna Bistro', Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo, and Carey Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Drake Bay Wilderness Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Drake Bay Wilderness Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Drake Bay Wilderness Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Drake Bay Wilderness Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Drake Bay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Drake Bay Wilderness Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Drake Bay Wilderness Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Drake Bay Wilderness Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.