Before visiting Drake Bay, I thought I'd like one of the fancy resorts out of town, but I'm really glad we were in the middle of Drake Bay. It is a tiny quiet town, but it was nice to be in the midst of real life with locals, rather than in a tourist enclave. We had fun visiting local restaurants, especially the one down on the beach to the right of the wharf, and it was convenient for tours etc.
The hotel has nice rooms, with lots of space, lots of storage, cool and comfy. And the maids are the nicest and best cleaners ever, they constantly moved our wash so it would dry between storms, and everything was spotless. There was a lot of rain so this was a huge help.
We saw cool basilisks and hummingbirds from our porch, and macaws went past frequently. Saw a huge Hercules beetle right by the gate, really cool. Enjoyed hanging out on the verandahs with my friends.
The tours run by the hotel were very good and the guides we had were all very kind and helpful. We went to Cano Island and birdwatching. We organized a special short birdwatching trip, since we just had a couple of hours one day, and I really appreciated that they organized this for us.
The new owners are really nice and very helpful.
The restaurant is nice and the food was good but wow it was slow. Just allow time if you are eating there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cabinas Manolo is located in downtown Drake Bay at 250 meters from the beach. Cabinas Manolo is run by a Costarican family, so it is much easier for us to make you feel like in home. We offer a personalized service. Cabinas Manolo is like a home away from home. The restaurant has a wide variety of delicious and tasty dishes every day. Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated. Tours: We offer tours to Corcovado National Park, Caño Island, dolphins and whale watch, horseback rides, kayaks, mangrove tours, night hike tour, sport fish and other tours around the zone. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabinas Manolo Costa Rica/Drake Bay