I'll skip to the main point in case you don't want to read this whole review - if you are thinking about going to the Osa Peninsula, no need to look anywhere else - Copa de Arbol is a unique, amazingly beautiful and friendly place.
Even though Copa de Arbol is relatively new, you wouldn't know it by how amazingly flawless it is in every aspect. Beautifully appointed hardwood cabinas set on the edge of dense, wild, primary tropical rainforest each with a wonderful view of Drake Bay.
We were woken each morning by some combination of toucans, macaws, and howler monkeys. The days start early (the monkeys start each morning about 30 minutes before sunrise, well before 5:30am) but you will want to get up and start exploring this magical place (we also found ourselves going to bed pretty early each night (9:30pm was a struggle).
The beach is pristine and while much of it is rocky, there is a great sandy swimming area just down at the north end of the beach. Short, relatively easy hikes in either direction will lead to endless hidden beaches and swimming holes that you will likely have all to yourself.
We were there one of the busiest weeks of the year, and it never once seemed crowded. With roughly only 25-30 guests at a time and relatively few other hotels in the area you feel as though you have this whole paradise to yourself.
The wildlife viewing at the resort was unreal. Capuchin monkeys came through many days, right across the roof of our cabina on their way to the beach (where 20 of them played for at least 20 minutes). While the monkeys were there, we got to see whales breaching in the bay. We also so howler and spider monkeys, macaws, toucans, tree frogs, dolphins, a sloth, and a large number of birds, butterflies, and insects right on the resort's grounds.
The pool is beautiful and relaxing. The open air restaurant and small bar are great. Each meal was outstanding - especially the fresh-caught grouper, ceviche, and sushi.
There are kayaks and paddleboards available to explore the nearby coastline. We took one out at sunset - I highly recommend it.
I also recommend the tour to the Sirena Station at nearby Corcovado National Park, scuba diving at Cano Island, and night hike.
I need to end by discussing what truly sets Copa de Arbol apart - the people. Every person we met was extraordinarily friendly and helpful. Everyone was interested in making sure you got the most out of your time there.
We stayed at Copa de Arbol for 6 nights, which I understand is a little longer than many who stay only 3 or 4 nights. My strongest recommendation is to stay for at least 6 nights (we really only scratched the surface of what this unique area has to offer). When we go back (and we are certainly planning on going back!) we will stay longer.
It is an adventure to get there (and that is part of the fun). We flew in and out of Drake Bay "airport" but next time we will definitely fly into Sierpe - I hear the trip down the river is amazing.
All of the other reviews are true - this is a magical place with amazing people. And for everything you get, it is very fairly priced. It is impossible to express how great this place is in a short review. We had high expectations based on all of the great reviews - and it exceeded all of our expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is an intimate, remote eco-conscious beachfront Drake Bay resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. Located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copa De Arbol Beach And Rainforest Resort Costa Rica/Drake Bay