We had been to Costa Rica once before and visited Arenal and Manuel Antonio. We loved the country, the people, and the food and were anxious to return. The people of Costa Rica have a genuine pride in their country and a true respect for nature. This time, for our honeymoon, we wanted to be a bit more “off the grid”. We couldn’t have found a better spot than Copa de Arbol.
After spending time in the cloud forest at San Gerardo de Dota, we drove down to Sierpe. We were greeted promptly on the dock by the stunningly beautiful Lisa and Matula from Copa de Arbol and treated to a wonderful boat ride down the Sierpe River and into Drake Bay. The scenery was beautiful and the girls were so friendly and sweet that it immediately put us at ease. We were definitely “getting away from it all”. When we arrived at the resort, we were greeted by smiling Johnny at the front desk and Henry from the dining room, with moist towel and a coconut drink in hand to refresh us from our travels. Our bags were brought to our room while we enjoyed lunch with a spectacular ocean view. The property is lush and beautifully landscaped - really unique. The pool is fantastic - three levels with ocean views. The cabins were great. (We stayed in two different cabinas during our stay. They didn’t have availability in one cabina for the whole time.) Number 10 was a bit smaller, but with a great ocean view from the balcony. Number 4 was larger, with views of the ocean and the surrounding property. Both were very private, beautifully furnished, spacious, air conditioned, with comfortable beds and pillows, great showers, and hammocks and ceiling fans in the outdoor space.
We went on the Cano Island snorkeling tour on our first full day and saw incredible fish, lobsters, and sea turtles. The next day we hiked at Corcovado National Park and saw humpback whales on our way, and trogons, spider and howler monkeys, coatis, a scarlet macaw, a crocodile, crested guans, baby hummingbirds in a nest, curassow, and even the elusive tapir. Mauricio, our guide for both tours, was knowledgeable and fun. Each day, happy and exhausted, we came back and relaxed at the pool and on the beach. Although the beach right in front of the resort is not a white sand beach, it’s very beautiful with warm water and great swimming. I spotted a toucan up in a tree one afternoon when we were at the pool, and about ten capuchin monkeys put on a show for us outside the dining room one afternoon at lunch. It’s a nature lover’s idyll - the perfect combination of outdoor fun and luxurious relaxation in incredible surroundings.
Three meals and an afternoon snack are included in the price. The food is delicious and made with the freshest ingredients. And let yourself be tempted by the desserts. They’re exceptional. Bravo to chef Miguel and Henry, Orlando, and Ivan.
But all of that being said, what sets this place apart is the staff. From owners Jay and Mike on down, everyone was incredibly friendly and easy and accommodating. The vibe is laid back and the resort is relatively small. In no time at all, you find yourself making friends with other guests and staff. One afternoon, we spotted some dolphins out at sea and Jay immediately called in one of the boats to take a group of us out to get a closer look. And we were touched that the staff surprised us with dinner in the private dining room on our last night to celebrate our honeymoon. Gay friendly, indeed. But really just sincerely friendly to everyone who is lucky enough to stay with them.
Mike and Jay have created a slice of heaven. We’ll treasure our memories of time spent there. Would we go back? In a heartbeat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is an intimate, remote eco-conscious beachfront Drake Bay resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. Located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copa De Arbol Beach And Rainforest Resort Costa Rica/Drake Bay