If you love nature and don't mind roughing it a bit, this is a great place, away from it all. In fact, it can be reached only by boat, and the closest village (a handful of houses really) is a ten-minute boat ride away. But don't expect any luxuries--rooms are very basic, electricity runs only from 5 to 10 p.m. (you need to charge your phone and camera at a central charging station in the dining room and every night it's a race for the last available plugs), no hot water. Meals are good, but basic, too. On the other hand, you are surrounded by wildlife. From the dining room, we saw macaw, toucans, monkeys and snakes. The sunsets are unbelievably beautiful. The staff is very friendly, constantly making sure that everything is okay. Everest, the resident guide is fantastic. We spent two wonderful days with him in Corcovado National Park and snorkelling at Cano Island. He is passionate about the area and the wildlife and makes every effort to show you the best. We stayed three nights and loved every minute of it, but also felt that it was enough. Our only concern was the price-quality ratio. Although we didn't mind roughing it and found that it contributed to the charm of the place, we also find that it is overpriced. In short, either prices need to come down or they need to bring this place up to standard with other lodges in the same price class, preferably the first to give people on a tight budge the opportunity to experience a remote lodge vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Own by a Costarican family Punta Marenco Lodge is located 20 minutes by boat from Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula south pacific coast of Costa Rica. Our bungalows are located in a little hill very close to the beach. The Lodge is part of the Punta Rio Claro National Wild Life Refuge, with miles of pristine beaches and tropical rainforest to explore near the Corcovado National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Punta Marenco Hotel Corcovado National Park