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“Simple basic but super friendly and nice atmosphere. Gezellig! (very cosy)”

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Cabinas El Mirador Lodge
Ranked #8 of 18 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
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“Simple basic but super friendly and nice atmosphere. Gezellig! (very cosy)”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

In a super cosy atmosphere you dine togethere with all the guests, and can meet people who are on the same wavelength. Talking about what you have seen in the National Park that day. Isis is the best host and serves you with this undercooked sense of humor.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Carrboro, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2011

We did not stay at Cabinas Mirador, but our lodge (Finca Maresia) coordinated tours with them. Mirador had our favorite guides of our entire trip to Costa Rica--Vincent and Rebecca. Their tours were so informative and exciting, with a real focus on National Parks and safety. We were all impressed. The wildlife viewing on these tours was incredible and neither tour is to be missed. At Sirena with Rebecca we saw a tapir, an ant eater, white lipped peccaries, and countless birds, reptiles, and insects! She was really knowledgeable and so fast with her scope that our entire group could get a really good view of nearly every animal she found! Snorkeling with Vincent at Cano Island was also fabulous. We saw white tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, rays, tons of tropical fish and beautiful coral.
While the food with this organization could be better and we cannot review the lodging, the tours were PEFECT!

Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Costa Rica
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Mirador for 4 nights. You could throw a rock from our cabina to the ocean. The cabina was simply and rustic (don't expect fine linens) but very clean and spacious. For the price ($45 pp per night, including 3 delicious meals a day), it was a great value. Everything has to get shipped into Drake Bay because of its remoteness, so many other lodges in the area are significantly more expensive.

The lodge has been run by a local Tico family for years, who are on site at all times to help you with arranging tours, taxis, or whatever you need. They even packed us bag lunches when we went on long day hikes and wouldn't be at the lodge at lunch time. The service was really wonderful. While we were there, another couple (who spoke little english) was trying to arrange a stay overnight in the Corcovado National Park and thought they might be getting ripped off on the price their guide was proposing to charge them. Staff from the Mirador made several phone calls to help them out.

Great place to stay, we didn't want to leave!!!
FYI- we heard from other guests that not all the cabinas are the same, so ask for descriptions of them. Some have electricity and others do not.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

Quiet, peaceful and nice and clean place, well located, good service, good food. We had rooms in a shared wood house with ocean view in the middle of the forest. We feel like we are on your own in the jungle! Nice rustic decorations, flowers.Great experience. We met friendly people in the shared dinning area where it is nice to play cards and drink beer and wine after dark. Beach few steps down the hill. Really nice point of view up in the terrace (Mirador), really great view of the sunset, beach and ocean from there. Excellent to rest and relax. We went to excursion they propose (diving and Corcovado park tour) wich were well organized and fun!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles
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90 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2011

Firstly and most importantly: if you are not a hiker, if you don’t enjoy climbing arduous and steep terrain, if you are over weight or out of shape, do not stay here! Otherwise – this place is AWESOME.

I was met by a young man from the hotel as our boat pulled in who is a biology student doing an internship on the Osa Peninsula. He was wonderful. He offered to help with the bags, and had I known then what I know now, I would have accepted!
Climbed a steep – STEEP – hill that led up to the ‘cabinas’. I was carrying a 30 pound pack + a small bag of food, including a full bottle of water, and I had to stop twice to catch my breath – and I’m in very good shape. When we finally arrived at the top, I downed the bottle of water, caught my breath, and was shown to the room.

Cabinas El Mirador are simple, bare bones, basic accommodations with no electricity and no hot water. There is internet connection if you want to hook up your laptop to their Ethernet cable; however, no way to recharge your laptop other than to borrow their electricity which they very kindly suggested is not favorable. The place is run by a family and they are extremely friendly, funny, and fun! They were very helpful, and I wish I could have gotten to know them better.

Stayed in Room #2 and if you stay here, stay in this room! It is only 4 walls and a small bathroom, but the view is fantastic: looked directly over the bay. There is a small balcony without a hammock but with a rustic wooden bench. There are other larger rooms which I did not see. There is also a ‘lookout point’ that I climbed up to with 2 hammocks and a wonderful view.

Dinner was at 7pm and the food was fantastic and the portions were good sized. There was an international feel here, with guests from Germany, France, Switzerland, and 2 young Ticas who had brought a bottle of wine and infectious laughter. Had a great time over dinner, and stayed up talking and laughing with one another in 3 languages.

A wonderful find that is less expensive than most on Drake Bay.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

Basic cabins with spectacular views for reasonable prices. We spent there 5 days of our Costa Rican trip. And it was like beeing in paradise: very friendly and couteous service as well as fresh and homy food accompanied by delicious juices, that vary every day. We can definately recommend to stay there.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2010

Stopped after a days driving to Matapalo in the rain. Had dinner and an excellent home cooked meal very fair priced compared to the prices of many of the places on the South Pacific coast that have been purchased by Americans and had their prices doubled. Decided to check the rooms out and their were spotless with AC, internet access and clean showers with hot water and Direct TV. Compared to $200 a night and $150 a person a night on the Matapalo Beaches, this place is a steal. The views of the bay and the valley on the other side are spectacular. We decided to spend the night and head the next day to surf. We were glad we did, we got a free breakfast the next morning. We loved it so much on the way back a few days later everybody from our tripped stopped in for lunch and we had a blast. I hate to recommend Costa Rica because I prefer if people stay away and leave it for us, I would rather see American tourists go to over hyped places like the Bahamas or the Marriott in Jaco Beach. If you love nature and like Tico family hospitality and cooking, that you will love El Mirador. Can you find cheaper places on the OSA, yes. But, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Cabinas El Mirador Lodge
Address: Bahia Drake, Drake Bay 79-8150, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabinas El Mirador Lodge has one of the most spectacular views in the Osa Peninsula. Spend the day hiking in Corcovado National Park, snorkeling on Cano Island or relaxing in a hammock watching the sunset over the pristine waters of Drake Bay. Our rustic installations is located 80 m above sea level, and the hotel has 3 hectares of land with 200 m of beach front in Drake Bay with an amazing view of the Pacific ocean. The bay has beautiful beaches and tropical forests as well as the flora and fauna that is characteristic of the Corcovado National Park. We offer the best value in Drake Bay! ... more   less 
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Cabinas El Mirador Hotel Drake Bay
Cabinas El Mirador Lodge Costa Rica/Drake Bay

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