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Hotel Rancho Corcovado
Ranked #10 of 18 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
Hereford, United Kingdom
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“Best location in Drake Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

Lovely family run hotel with all food provided and right on a beautiful beach with Scarlet Macaws in the surrounding trees. Really what more could you want, but there is more, as the head of the family Mario is so lovely and really makes you feel so welcome. We got the most lovely welcome from him and every day that we were there and a big hug when I left , he clearly loves the guests and cares about their safety and well being. We were lucky enough to stay for 8 days and had one of the lovely rooms at the very top, a bit of a climb but well worth it for the views over the garden and bay and the fantastic bird life. The kitchen staff were great and had to cater for several vegetarians, a vegan as well as meat eaters. They came up with some lovely meals and salads and lovely big plates of fruit every morning. The room was really clean with fresh towels daily and a hot shower, just perfect. This was the most relaxing 8 days I've ever had and we still manage to fit in 2 trips by boat to the ranger stations to walk in the forest with a brilliant guide Albert who with the aid of a telescope could show us all the life in the canopy as well as the smallest things on the ground. We would walk on our own for several hours along a good track running parallel to the coast and see Capuchin monkeys, Toucan and Scarlet Macaw with some well earned stops at several quiet beaches on the way and a fantastic rope bridge to cross over a lagoon. You can also swim in the sea just by the hotel or sit in a hammock watching the sea. A big thank you to Mario and his family for an amazing time in beautiful Drake Bay.

Room Tip: Go up its a bit of an effort but well worth it
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013 via mobile

Arriving by boat from Sierpe we were warmy greeted on the beach by Mario and the warmth and friendliness continued throughout our stay. It's right on a beautiful beach, meals are served by wonderfully friendly staff in an open room by the beach - and with great bird watching opportunities. Our room was half way up the hill and had A/C which was v welcome. Roger was so helpful - organising some great tours for us and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. If you get chance to go out with guide called Alberto take it - he gave us a fantastic trip to San Pedrillo and the waterfall. We also enjoyed chilling out in the hammocks by the beach. Our 4 days went too quickly and it was sad to be waving goodbye to Roger and Mario when we left for the trip back to Sierpe. You must go here!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2013 via mobile

The lodge was very nice and the family who runs it was incredible. The food was very good though I would have liked some more traditional tico food. The lodge is right on the beach and it is not too populated so you can go swimming or sunbathing whenever you like and not worry about the crowds. A little further down the beach where the light isn't so bright you can go night swimming and see bio-luminescence! While we were there I got sick and the owner was nice enough to go to town and get medicine for me for no charge!
The guide they use for their tours is very knowledgable and very cool. We spent 12 days traveling the Costa Rican parks and he was our favorite.
The only downside was that the room we stayed in was very rustic. The bathroom door was a glass sliding shower door that didn't slide and the hot water was only lukewarm at its best. But really, we spent minimal time in our rooms at all. We spent all our downtime in the hammocks looking at the ocean.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

This was hands down our favorite place in Costa Rica. Drake bay is beautiful, we had an awesome view, the food was great, and the family atmosphere was really endearing. We paid for the room and included all meals. On one occasion I missed a meal, and went into town to find something. To put it bluntly, the options are terrible. This place, however, does great traditional Costa Rican food. We had some of the best meals on our trip here (the fish with mandarin lime is great).
This place is situated downhill from the main drag, and the reception/dining area is right on the beach. Most of the rooms are uphill, but a lot of them have great views. You will be staring at the beach the whole time you are here, and listening to the waves.
It seems like the rooms have evolved with the place. It has been there for at least 15 years, and the older rooms are definitely not as nice as the newer ones, so don't be shy about checking your room out first. Our room was one of the older ones, and it was pretty small, with three single beds, and no hot water. Also, I would not advise using the tap water here, as there seems to be a lot of particulate. So you will have to buy a ton of water in town. STAY HYDRATED, it is hot and humid here.
The manager, Roger is great, very helpful in booking tours, and helping you figure things out. He is also a nice guy. The whole family is pretty nice. Mario is wonderful. We were there over New Years, and they invited us the their party on the beach, which was great. I don't speak much spanish, but everyone was very friendly.
Over all, I really liked this place. I would give it a five for the people, and the setting, and the food. But without hot or potable water, and the funky construction hold it back. I would go back in a heartbeat, though.

Room Tip: Two indispensable items: sunscreen (High SPF!) and bug repellent (these guys will eat you alive!)
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

We stayed for 5 days at Rancho Corcovado Lodge. They have rooms with fan close to the beach and rooms with aircon further up the hill (we had 3 nights a fan room and 2 nights an aircon room). The rooms are very clean and nicely done. Food is delicious there, for dinner there is always a three course meal. It's all freshly prepared and cooked. The family who owns the place is very friendly and helpful. Around the lodge you will see toucans, macaws and other birds. Mosquitos are not a big problem, but bring some spray for the sand flies at the beach. We really liked the place and recommend it to everybody! A big thank you to the family of Rancho Corcovado Lodge!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Genf, Geneve, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

we found each member of the family Gonzalez very helpful and we felt like being at home during the last 3 days we stayed with them: food was excellent, rooms always cleaned and snorkling organization a dream!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

I had picked this hotel not knowing anything about where I was going but for the tours. What a wonderful family that manage this hotel. I was treated as one of their own. The scheduled tours were right on time and magnificent. The food was excellent, fresh that was served. All of the people went out of their way to accomodate me. So friendly. The cabins are on a hill but my legs were never in better shape! The grounds/gardens are gorgeous. The rooms very comfortable, and the birds singing in the morning and at night, the sound of the surf and the tree frogs, well, I have never slept better. Cannot wait to go there again.
Bobbi D

Room Tip: The higher cabins have perfect view of the gardens. Quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Rancho Corcovado
Address: Bahia Drake, Drake Bay 2110-1100 San José, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rancho Corcovado 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Rancho Corcovado a familiar and personalized hotel set in a private nature reserve in Drake Bay meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's notion of paradise. It is the ideal site to combine both relaxing and adventure in a pure and natural setting hosted by a Costa Rican Family native to the area, who take special care to show visitors the beauty of plant, animal and marine life of the region which is a gift of God. Hotel Rancho Corcovado is located on the OSA Peninsula in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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