I discovered Cabinas Pura Vida on GoogleEarth while looking for an affordable way to access Corcovado National Park. My wife and I were traveling with another couple and I was a little nervous that Drake Bay, a town without an all-weather road, might be a little outside their comfort zone.
Fortunately my e-mail and telephone inquiries all received prompt and helpful attention so we hired a shuttle and headed south to Sierpe. From Sierpe we took the "waterbus" downriver and along the coast to the beach in front of Drake Bay. True to his word, Norlyn met us as we waded ashore and drove us up the hill to Cabinas Pura Vida.
This is one of several small family businesses serving the developing eco-tourism market in the Osa Peninsula. They knew exactly what we wanted and they were only too happy to help us get it. The property isn't luxurious but it's clean and safe with a well-tended garden. The hammocks and easy chairs outside every room made it a pleasant place to socialize with the other guests. Their small restaurant offers excellent meals as well as a cold beer whenever you need one.
Norlyn is also a pretty good travel agent. He arranged two excellent guided trips for us and he got us on the SANSA flight back to San Jose.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pura Vida Drake Bay Cabins is located in the center of Drake Bay just 400 meters from the beach, since its opening in 2007 to been operated by a couple of young Costa Ricans, Norlyn and Gabriela. All our rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, hot water and we offer our new kitchen for your convenience. We also have a secure parking and beautiful garden with hammocks right on the terrace of your room. We also organize guided tours to Corcovado National Park (Sirena or San Pedrillo Station) Caño Island (Diving or snorkeling) and more! Cabinas Pura Vida is your best option in Bahia Drake by price, quality and service, we will be glad to serve you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabinas Pura Vida Costa Rica/Drake Bay