Biodiversity is wonderful, but it can be challenging to appreciate it without proper recuperation. Copa De Arbol is simply the best, most luxurious choice for gathering your energy up to see all that Osa Peninsula has to offer.
My family and I had one of our greatest vacations ever. We did side trips -- Sirena ranger station in Corcovado twice, Cano island, and a night hike but we saw almost as much wildlife at the hotel as we did on the trips. We were woken up by howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, as well as the occasional torrential thunderstorm. We went in the rainy season, but rains usually came at night or late afternoon and didn't impact our trips.
The food is excellent, the staff is excellent, the biology guides Mauricio and Jose were excellent. Our room, Mango was perfect for us as a family of four as it was right by the dining area and a short walk down to the beach.
My youngest daughter (and now probable future marine biologist) was ecstatic to see young dolphins playing in front of our boat and sea turtles on the snorkeling trip. A short list of what we saw in 5 days: tapirs, peccaries, boa constrictors, basilisk lizards, iguanas, oriole snake, brown racer snake, glass frogs, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, parrots, parakeets, ibis, boobies, trogons, hummingbirds, crabs, caymans, crocodiles, stingrays, barracuda, and lots of interesting insects like glass winged butterflies and blue morphos.
I highly recommend flying in to Palma Sur and taking the longer boat ride to the hotel, as you'll see exquisite mangrove wetland wildlife (ospreys, iguanas, crocodiles, caymans, macaws). I also recommend the hike to Sirena ranger station.
We also stayed in Tabacon Hot Springs in Arenal Volcano area, but honestly we would have been happy just to extend our time at Copa De Arbol.
Many thanks to everyone from Summer to Orlando to Julieta to Jay and Mike for making our vacation a treasure.
- 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