I spent a lovely week at Jinetes in Dec. My family loves to dive and the last two members of the family were there getting their Padi Junior Diving Certificates at Canos island a mere 17 km off the coast of Drake Bay. The water was clear and warm. You can't ask for much better conditions than we had.
We spent the afternoons back at Jinetes taking Canopy Tours, Rain Forest tours and just generally relaxing. A sunset kayak tour with all the guests turned into some excitement when we found out that the floating logs in the bay were actually Crocodiles!
All and all the food was good! The management was excellent and the rooms were clean but basic. We found that their description for " relax and enjoy the cool breezes..." was code for no Air Conditioning beyond the ceiling fan in your room.
In the mornings we awoke to Scarlet Red Macaws flying in the wild making terrifying screeches, and several types of monkeys waiting to join you for coffee on you balcony. It was all a rouse though... they were actually there to steel your sugar packets.
The trip to get Jinetes was an adventure in itself. We flew from San Jose to a small uncontrolled airstrip a few miles away from Drake Bay. They loaded the bags on the roof of the jeep and we took off driving on a dirt road. We had to ford a couple of streams along the way and then they dropped us off at the beach and pointed to a trail...you had to walk the last half mile it was so desolate.
We are already trying to figure out when we can make a return trip to Jinetes and the Osa Peninsula. It was another 5 star family vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come see Costa Rica as you always imagined; wild, beautiful and unexplored. Be one of the lucky few to scuba dive in the pelagic rich waters of Cano Island or explore one of the last remaining virgin lowland tropical rainforests of Corcovado National Park. Splendidly isolated in the tiny community of Drake Bay, Costa Rica, Jinetes De Osa Hotel is a friendly beachside retreat one hours boat ride down the jungle lined banks of the Sierpe River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Jinetes De Osa
- Jinetes De Osa Drake Bay
- Jinetes De Osa Hotel Costa Rica/Drake Bay