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Punta Marenco Lodge
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Our group of 10 people stayed at Punta Marenco for two nights. Here are a few "highlights" of our experience: 1) When we arrived we found that half of our rooms were without toilet paper and towels and when we asked the staff for toilet paper they reacted as if we were bothering them, 2) The rooms were dirty and cockroaches were scurrying about, 3) Electricity is only provided for a couple of hours in the evening and there are no fans in the rooms, 4) The staff is made up of a gang of young males who were generally unresponsive, unhelpful, and rude. These people have no idea how to run a lodge or cater to guests and they created a very uncomfortable atmosphere, 5) On the last night of our stay four of our cabins were without water and the staff only turned the water on once we angrily confronted them.

I've stayed at plenty of eco-lodges and this is the worst one. We talked with other guests and they had similar experiences. The views of the ocean were nice, but there are other lodges in the area that must be better than this one. Simply not worth the hassle! I really think the only reason this place stays in business is because tour companies have it on their list and they keep sending unsuspecting travelers there. Check your itinerary and if you see this place on it then you should pressure your tour leader to find a better alternative. Avoid at all costs!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

I've been to Punta Marenco twice, once in a large group and once as a solo traveler. Besides the staff being knowledgable, friendly, and eager to show guests a great time, the location of the lodge is next to none. Located in Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula, there is no place that is better to go to see a wide array of wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Also a great, private beach break surfing spot just a mile away from the lodge. Never been so close to macaws, toucans, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, whales, and sloths in my life. Not to mention coconuts and mangos that you can pick straight off the trees and eat! Favorite place I have every stayed at in my life for a vacation by far and can't wait to return. I would recommend this lodge to anyone looking to see the natural side of Costa Rica.

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the restaurant have a spectacular ocean-view...and you're likely to have a few m...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank Sally C
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

We arrived in Costa Rica the summer of 2010. We had an idea of what we wanted to do and where we wanted to stay, but we did not arrange for any accommodations beforehand. We heard of Punta Marenco Lodge from the owner of Cinco Hormingas Rojas, a bed and breakfast in San Jose. We booked the 3 night 4 day trip for Punta Marenco.

The first day we traveled from San Jose to Punta Marenco which consisted of a 6 hour bus ride to the place where we took the taxi which took us to the place where we got on the boat. This was such a fun adventure! First off, we were the only Americans on the bus, which made it quite the ordeal to find out which stop was ours!! It began raining (aka POURING) when it was time to get on the boat so we purchased ponchos at the shop where the boats departed. It was about an hour boat ride through the beautiful Corcovado National Park. The boat went very fast so it was not for sightseeing, but it was still so beautiful.

We finally made it to the Punta Marenco Lodge, which you have to hike about a half a mile through the beautiful jungle from the point of the boat unloading, to get too. Punta Morenco is NOT a resort. There are about 12 cabanas situated far from one another to preserve privacy with a beautiful "lodge" between the all of them.

We walked into our cabana and it was breathtaking. Beautiful open windows that looked out over the jungle with peek-a-boos of the ocean. The cabanas were rustic with beautiful bedding with crisp white sheets and white draw string window coverings. The cabana's only have electricity for certain hours of the day, I believe the lights turn off at 9 PM or so, which was a bit inconvenient for trying to get back and forth to the bathroom and such, but was also pretty cool! Also the water in the shower runs cold, so you won't have a warm shower. The ocean is less than a quarter of a mile hike down and it was a beautiful and untouched beach with gorgeous jungle growth on the edge.

The first day at the resort we went snorkeling (I believe that was in the entire package). We took a boat out to an island and snorkeled around the island for an hour then went and beached and ate a packed lunch and relaxed and explored, then we went back to the island and snorkeled for another hour. It was amazing.

The second day there was a guided tour through the Corcovado National Park, but we decided not to pay extra for that and instead did a private tour with two of the Hotel workers and walked around the jungle. It was about a 3-4 hour hike and it was beautiful and so peaceful with just us 4 walking alone through the jungle (no laid paths).

The third day we decided to do a waterfall tour hosted by a man who lives in the Corcovado National Park. It was just us three and he canoed us up to a point where we climbed out of the canoe and began to climb, and climb, and climb. There were no paths. Once we got to the top we jumped into the waterfalls (about 3 or 4). That was definitely my favorite part of the entire trip.

The food was absolutely amazing. They had fresh squeezed juice at every meal and the service was wonderful.

I will go back to Costa Rica to specifically stay at the this lodge again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Dani T
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

We found Punta Marenco Lodge by surprise and were delighted with the unique environment. This is not a conventional stay, but memorable. Rooms are screened cabins with light and breeze all around you. The food is fine, and meals give guests an opportunity to meet each other. Best are the many walks you can take along the Ara Peninsula shores. I really recommend the boat - and SWIMMING trip up the Rio Claro. Pretty marvelous! Be aware that you need to take a water taxi to the lodge so make sure you have cash.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Ann G
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

We love nature, adventure, hiking, and snorkeling. This place was a gem. Amazing value for what was offered. It was the best part of our 3 week trip, which, along with the Corcovado, included the cloud forest San Gerrardo de Dota, volcan Turrialba, and Puerto Viejo.
The staff were knowledgeable especially Mario our guide. The tours were interesting and we loved experiencing the jungle. Pedro arranged our travel to and from the lodge and to our other destinations. I cannot praise him enough for his prompt, safe, reliable, friendly, accommodating service. The food was tico...simple, healthy,delicious and good portion sizes.
The accommodations were a main dining hut and separate sleeping huts that were screened in, with curtains for privacy. I loved the feeling of being outdoors, but still comfortable and private. Our cabin balcony had a gorgeous vista overlooking the jungle and ocean below. Cabins 1-7 or 8 have the ocean views and sunsets. Our queen bed was very comfortable, the furniture was basic. The bathroom was basic and unheated water for shower is not needed and actually refreshing in this environment. We sat on our balcony and watched the toucans, and scarlet macaws, the white faced capuchins and a sloth. The insects were very interesting also. Much to my amazement there were very few mosquitos, way less than canada in the summer, and I did not use my deet there (January).There is an extensive trail system surrounding the biological reserve for fabulous jungle hiking and trail to Drake Bay.
We felt safe and secure the entire time. One minor issue was not enough recharge space for electronics, ie cameras, i-phones, tablets etc. that most travelers have these days.
This is a remote location with comfortable basic accommodations that allow a real jungle experience and great value. It is not for those who want to be pampered.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mrsarisaig61
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

We found Punta Marenco to be very relaxing though please take heed of other review mentions of the steep climb up to the hotel from the beach - even without bags it is tough going in the heat and humidity!! We stayed for four nights which was lovely, though three would probably have been adequate as activities are limited. We did the Corcovado nature trail, which was disappointing in terms of what we saw, though it was raining during the visit, so we were probably just unlucky, though we did spot a Trogon, which I gather is quite rare. The snorkelling trip to Cano island was great - we saw turtles, a couple of beautiful 'rays and a shark as well as stunningly coloured exotic fish.

On our "free" day we walked down to the Rio Claro and took a canoe trip up the river from Ricardo, who lives down on the beach. You have to get out on a couple of occasions in order to navigate the river - this means clambering on rocks. On that day I had major lower back problems and the young man who took us was very kind and solicitous. My husband went further up river with him for a swim (leaving me on a rock in the middle of the river for 15 minutes or so). Apparently you would need to be a confident swimmer to participate in that element! Would recommend this trip if you are fit, healthy etc.

Just around the hotel you can spot a wide variety of birds (eg Toucan, Macaws, Eagles) and loads of Pelicans down by the beaches and there are plenty of White Throated Capucin monkeys, which the staff try to discourage (one got into our room roof and peered at me from above the ceiling - obviously prepared to creep inside if there had been any food to be had!!).

In the Lodge everyone eats the same - the food is tasty and healthy and they check for dietary problems/preferences on arrival. I am dairy intolerant, so they whipped me up an alternative one way, when the standard fare included too much cheese!

We were glad of our torches, candle and mosquito coils!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Loumx
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

We just finished our trip to the lodge. Here is what you should expect.

The accomodations are pretty basic and the lodge location is a isolated, should if you want a quiet, simple place to spend a few days, then this is it. There is internet and electricity in the evenings, starting around 5 pm. There are no plugs in the rooms, but you can use the ones in the lodge's restaurant. Also, there is only cold water showers, but with the hot weather this is not really uncomfortable.

There are a number of trails to beaches and the reserve from the lodge itself. Access to the beach is about 1/2 km down the hill. The water views from the lodge are pleasant and you can see a number of different birds including toucans and white face Capuchin monkeys around the property.

The food quality is not bad compared to a lot of other places we at. The portions are decent and juices are served with the meals. Coffee/water is available throughout the day.

We did not know what to expect during our trip including the long walk from the beach to the lodge, but the staff were very helpful. They carried our bags up the trail and back upon our departure. You definitely need to bring a flashlight as there is not much lighting around the property at night. They could benefit from adding solar path lights. A hammock or two would also help.

We were not given much info about the property as well, but the owner and staff are fairly responsive to questions. This situation could be improved by orienting guests about the property and providing some maps about the area.

We did the all inclusive. I am not sure how trips could be arranged after arrival as there did not seem to be anyone in charge of this. Our experience was a bit mix about the excursions. We appreciate the efforts of our guide Sandro. He definitely works hard and is concerned about the guests. Lunch is provided and included some simple sandwiches and some nice salads.

We did the Cano Island trip, but the water was very rough requiring a late departure. The journey over was not good for us and we only had the chance for 1 snorkeling trip. You are required to wear a life jacket when snorkeling which I found very uncomfortable. Other guests who did the trip on different days said that their experiences were better. I was also surprised by our trip into Corcovado. We did one short trail slightly in-land from the beach and returned along the coast. It was pleasant, but we did not see much wildlife during our visit. We did see a few beautiful Macaws and some crocs. They trips all leave pretty early requiring waking up at 5:30 or 6 am. I am not sure that this is necessary.

Also, the departure boat leaves around 7:30 am. So, you really should not consider the last day, a full or even half day. We did not expect that.

The takeaway message is if you want basic accomodations and decent food, within a nice, but isolated rain forest setting, then choose this lodge. However, I really think that they can improve on some things - given the price we paid of around $250 a day - they should make a better effort or lower the cost. The staff and the owner were very helpful overall, so we do appreciate that.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Thank calgaribaldi
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Additional Information about Punta Marenco Lodge

Address: Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Corcovado National Park
Price Range: £33 - £48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Own by a Costarican family Punta Marenco Lodge is located 20 minutes by boat from Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula south pacific coast of Costa Rica. Our bungalows are located in a little hill very close to the beach. The Lodge is part of the Punta Rio Claro National Wild Life Refuge, with miles of pristine beaches and tropical rainforest to explore near the Corcovado National Park. ... more   less 
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