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“On the edge of the magnificent Corcovado and by fabulous beaches”

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Hotel Las Caletas Lodge
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

The cabin was tiny but clean and comfortable with a good bathroom and lots of privacy and a nice garden beside it - had the feel of a tree-house. The beach in front is great for swimming and snorkelling and the coastal trail takes you to secluded and stunning beaches. Scarlet macaws fly over you as you hike, swim or laze and the wildlife in the Corcovado is amazing. David runs this place so well and organizes great trips - highly recommend the whale and dolphin watching, totally not commercial or cheesey - just a small boat, great people (divinedolphins.com) and the vast Pacific. Food here is good and plentiful, with the afternoon cookie jar full of excellent treats. Dinner has no choices but vegetarian always available with fish as well or meat, one or the other each night. Lunches were excellent and the packed lunch for trips very satisfying. Eating is done in a gorgeous open room with ocean views and cool breezes, communal style with one main long table - the woodwork and wood furnishings are incredible. Very popular with Europeans, so always meeting new people and hearing different languages spoken. My husband found this place too remote-feeling - but that was the part I loved, as well as the brilliant scenery and so much to do. So if you need the feel of lots going on nearby, being close to shops and stuff and don't like to be in a more remote spot, try La Paloma - but I would recommend Las Caletas as a wonderful experience, the natural beauty can't be beat and David is a delight. Don't stroke the cat - admire from a distance!

Room Tip: I liked the "garden cabin" for privacy, but there are plenty of options here with tent cab...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

My wife and I have traveled to Costa Rica but have never been to the Osa Peninsula. We only had a week so we spent half of it in Dominical and the other half here in the Osa. We picked this place because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor.

It was a fantastic choice for us. We stayed for two nights in the Tureca Cabin which is private and a little separated from the other rooms. It was very easy to set up this reservation with Jolanda via email and Skype. She also worked out all of our excursions and transportation to and from Las Caletas. David was always around with a smile on his face making sure everything was running smoothly. We did a tour to Corcovado National Park which was a 40 minute boat ride south of the lodge. The guide, Jose, was very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. The highlight of the tour was seeing tapirs and an anteater.

Las Caletas was very clean and the food was good. We enjoyed how you had to take a boat to the lodge and it required you to get out in knee deep water on the beach. Everyone who works there was very helpful.

Room Tip: Tureca is a little separated from the other rooms. The honeymoon suite looked pretty cool.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BillyBobMenloPark
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Las Caletas isn't for everyone. First off it's hard and expensive to get to. You have to fly in because there are no roads to the lodge. Second - you do a beach landing from the water taxi so be prepared to get wet. Lastly and perhaps most important is that you are completely isolated from the outside world; you can't call for a pizza when you get that hungry feeling. If none of the above deters you then come and you will find a Costa Rica experience like no other. From dolphin and whale watching to hiking in the Corcovada rain forest, Las Caletas has it all.

The lodge is owned by a Tico named David who runs the behind the scenes operations like General Patton. Rooms are made up, meals served and trips arranged with impressive efficiency, and although the food portions are smaller compared to North American style you never go hungry.

The property is situated on a high bluff overlooking drake bay and lazing in the deck chairs catching the warm afternoon breeze is a must do for everyone who comes here.

So, if you want some pure relaxation with a jungle adventure type setting, then Las Caletas is the place to be.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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2  Thank wyldbill
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

My wife and I stayed for nearly a week in Las Caletas at Christmas, 2011, until New Year's Eve. We feel so very lucky to have chosen this place!, and having had a chance during our week to get to know the place well, I can't imagine returning to this area and staying anywhere else. We stayed in one of the 'tent cabins,' and felt that this was ideal for us, since it was moderately priced and yet perfectly comfortable. In one of these tent cabins you are in a tent within a tent, sort of (pictures by other reviewers will make this plain): a large tent on a fixed, elevated platform, and within an A-frame covered by a heavy-duty tarp, itself like a tent. Here on the platform you have a kind of deck with room for a couple of chairs and a table. Within the tent itself you have a double bed, a headboard with a large shelf and drawers down the side, and, to one side of the bed, a substantial chest of drawers. You have an extraordinary amount of room, considering that this is, after all, just a tent. The great thing about the tent from my point of view is that it zips up perfectly so that you have no invasions by spider monkeys or bugs (not that mosquitoes were numerous at Las Caletas: at least in December there were hardly any.)

The situation of the place is perfect, really: on a knoll above the sea so that you get great panoramic views, yet not so high that walking up & down to the beaches is a drag. The location lives up to its name, too: 'Las Caletas' means 'Coves,' I believe; and here you have a looping succession of bays or coves, each with its own character, so that you could easily stay here for more than a week and never tire of the varied settings only a few minutes' walk from the lodge. The beach immediately in front of the place is small but pleasant and untroubled by currents that might make it problematic for small children.

For what it's worth, we walked twice to the Rio Claro, which is a lovely spot about an hour's walk along the beaches from Las Caletas, and on one occasion took the ride/swim/hike up the Rio Claro to the swimmin' hole that they call the 'waterfall,' though in truth there's not a lot of falling water--just a cascade that drops a couple of feet and makes a lovely, fast-flowing place to swim. The whole coastline here is lovely and great fun to traverse. At low tide, you can walk a lot of it on the sand, if you care to; and at all times the trail is easy and almost always within sight of the beach.

My wife and I really warmed to the manager and part-owner, David, who can seem rather 'businesslike,' at first, which is just to say that he's not at all the smarmy, super-friendly type who tries hard to be ingratiating. As I say, we really liked this. He is a warm person and, like anyone really worth knowing, takes some time to get to know. I think he's got a great personality for a job like this, and does it brilliantly.

Jose, the resident naturalist at the time of this writing, has a really interesting mind and is wonderfully observant. We loved our trip to the Corcovado park in his company.

If we wound up having any complaints about our experience there it would be these, fairly minor ones: (1) The prices for the supplementary activities seem quite high, perhaps because they typically involve boat trips. We took the trip to Corcovado Park, and this seemed to us worthwhile (I believe it was US$90 per person). But we declined to go snorkelling at Cano Island, since there's not really any coral to be seen, the visibility is sometimes poor, and you can't go exploring the island at all. We took a night walk with Jose, which was interesting. But at $35 per person, it seemed rather expensive, since it was only a walk from the lodge, and we were expected to provide our own torches/flashlights.

(2) Dinner is always at 6:30pm, which seems to us a little early. We would have liked to get back from walking or touring the park or whatever and have had a bit more time for a shower and a drink before dinner. Then after dinner one is somewhat discouraged from hanging around the dining room area, which makes for a really early night on one's own. One reason for this early scheduling is that David sleeps upstairs from the dining area, and understandably doesn't want to be kept up late. And related to this is the fact that the women who work in the kitchen have in some cases a long walk home. They, too, want early evenings. Fair enough.

For what it's worth, we flew here from San Jose and at the end of our stay took a boat (with David at the helm) to Sierpe, for ground transport elsewhere. This seemed like a great way to do it. Lovely flight; lovely boat trip.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

My wife and I just returned from Las Caletas after a week in their their tent cabins. We changed our itenerary after arriving and requested an additional 2 days. David did everything in his power to accomodate our request including moving all our personal belongings from one tent to the other while we were out on our daily adventure. The staff was great, always prepared to respond to any request with a positive response and warm smile. The food was good and plentiful. I discussed the review of small portions with David and he indicated anybody could ask for more food if not satisfied with the amount. The group meals provided a great opportunity to meet the other travelers and learn of the daily adventures completed and being undertaken. The kitchen staff did a wonderful job of setting up all the meals throughout the day, including preparing all the lunches for the tours away from the lodge. Las Caletas arranged all our daily trips which included snorkling, hiking in Corcovado, a canopy zip line and horse back riding, all completed without a single problem. We would highly recommend Las Caletas to anyone with an adventurous spirit that is looking for a relaxing getaway in a wonderful location.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

We stayed at Las Caletas in 1994 and finally had a chance to return in January. This place was still just as wonderful as it was all those years ago. The staff and Jolanda were friendly and helpful, the food was tasty, the sleeping space comfy, and nice birding from the lawn. Couldn't ask for more. Oh, and they served the best coffee we had during our 3 weeks in Costa Rica!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

My wife, 4 year ol d aughter and I just spent a wonderul week at Las Caletas staying in the Duplex accomodation. It really is a well run place, all our transfers ran smoothly, tours were excellent, staff friendly, professional and eager to please without getting in your face, the setting as so many others have commented is wonderful and I can truly say all the stresses of life just ebb away as you sit and look at the wonderful beaches or walk along the wonderful coastline. We enjoyed eth tours and Jose was an informative and friendly guide. Our duplex room was very nice and had wonderful views from the open windows and balcony upstairs. If you are looking for the "real Costa Rica Pure Vida" Las Caletas is yoru dream come through. We live in San Jose so will be coming back.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Playa Las Caletas, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Drake Bay
Price Range: $143 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Las Caletas Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Las Caletas Lodge offers comfortable and clean accommodations; fresh and delicious food and a friendly and helpful staff who will make the best effort to make our guests stay an unforgettable nature experience combined with a family atmosphere. Enjoy the great panoramic ocean and rainforest views and awake by the sound of the rainforest and ocean. You'll be surrounded by an exuberant vegetation with wildlife of all shapes, sizes and colors. Careful landscaping highlights our natural setting. ... more   less 
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