Finca Maresia is located a couple of kilometers by road from the 'town' of Drake Bay. Set on what appears to have been an old farm, it is a very new lodge whose buildings are modern in design, but are still integrated with the natural surroundings. The bathrooms utilize poured/polished concrete and have open air showers. The lodge is very eco-conscious without sacrificing comfort. The individual cabins offer great privacy and a real sense of seclusion and intimacy.
There is laundry service (which wound up being incredibly helpful), free Wi-Fi in the reception/dining area, and an honor system for beer, soda, etc. The open air dining room next to the reception area offers beautiful views, including one of Drake Bay itself in the distance. You can hear the surf from there, as well as see all kinds of beautiful tropical birds---we saw scarlet macaws on a regular basis, as well as toucans, tanagers, etc.
At night, the sounds of the jungle take over and you can hear dozens of different birds, frogs, insects, etc singing. In the morning, the howler monkeys in the nearby forest provide the wake-up call.
Did I mention that the price is WAY lower than anything else remotely comparable in Drake Bay? Because it is--this place is a real bargain.
The lodge operators/owners Miguel and Juan do a great job of making sure every need is taken care of, to the extent possible. Finca Maresia makes a perfect launching point to do active tours like visits to Corcovado National Park. It's also a nice place to come back to after a rough day or two of hiking and enjoy a luxurious shower and relaxing afternoon in a hammock. Miguel did a great job of coordinating tours for us, and booked excellent guides and tours for us--we wound up seeing everything we wanted to see, and the service was seamless.
The food is very, very good. However, the options are limited. There are 4 options for breakfast, and lunch and dinner are served family style. If you have a strong preference to choose your own meal options due to personal preferences or dietary concerns, this could be an issue. Miguel was very good about asking if we had any particular requests or concerns, however, so I wouldn't let that be a deterrent.
There are only two other minor quibbles. One is that the location is a bit far (2 km by road) from town/the beach. This is also part of the place's charm--you're in a very quiet, secluded area with very little intrusion from the rest of humanity. But, if you want to run into town, you have to figure out how to get there. The other quibble is that the grounds are fenced off on almost all sides where it borders on its neighbors, so while the bird life is beautiful and vibrant, other wildlife sightings that one might get at larger ecolodges is missing--you can hear the howler monkeys, but won't see them. If you're visiting Corcovado NP, of course, not a big deal at all. I'm not sure which places in Drake Bay outside of Casa Corcovado do offer that kind of wildlife, however, so this is a very minor complaint.
All in all, we would recommend Finca Maresia for just about everyone. It offers a very high end experience at a budget price tag.
- Also Known As:
- Finca Maresia Hotel Drake Bay
- Finca Maresia Costa Rica/Drake Bay