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Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp
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Shasta Lake, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very Disappointing”
Reviewed 25 February 2009

This tent camp was a horrible disappointment. We stayed there under several false promises (for example, there were NO snacks available - free or otherwise). The tents smelled awful and were very moldy. I had my daughter sleep on towels we had brought so she would not develop an allergic reaction. The cook smoked cigarettes while cooking and the lack of cleanliness showed in the food. The cereal was full of ants and two of my children developed diarrhea. The generator was depressing when you are in such a beautiful setting and would much rather hear birds or the ocean. We stayed two nights and couldn't get out soon enough. There are many other beautiful places to stay in the area. It is worth a few dollars to stay in a better setting.

The staff were not bilingual so luckily my husband spoke Spanish. We would have been completely lost without his translations.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2009

Stayed at the Corcovado Adventure Tent Camp as part of the four-night package deal which includes transportation to/from Drake Bay or Sirena airstrips, three meals a day, a day trip snorkeling to Isla Cano, and a day trip to the Sirena station in Corcovado National Park in January 2009.

The good: This part of Costa Rica is absolutely breath-taking. The water is clear, the wildlife abundant, and the national park truly impressive. Packages at the tent camp include the use of kayaks to explore the beautiful area, and the tour guide Adrian is polite, full of knowledge, and well-spoken.

The bad: The tent camp, in general. This part of the country is relatively expensive compared to other areas that we have visited, but anyone going to this camp expecting "luxury" tents will be fairly disappointed. The cafeteria is institutional (the same ceviche and a variation of a boxed soup appeared at every dinner; lunch was also an identical assortment of bread, cold cuts, pasta salad, and some pineapple).

The ugly: The condition of the tent camp is rather appalling. Over the course of our stay, the boards that comprised the floor rotted through and cracked, the mold growing all over the inside of the tent was abundant, and our last day was spent with the stench of sewage ("from a full old water tank") all over. The beauty of nature is disturbed by the hum of the generator for much of the day. Given the lack of hot water and $5/half hour internet use, this power seems to mostly be channeled towards the staff's internet free time. Gaping holes existed in hammocks that would otherwise be a pleasant spot to relax, the some showers lacked heads (single stream of spurting cold water) and others had pleasant holes overrun with insects. The lack of concern on the part of the owner and the staff regarding the condition of the facility is sad. Your payment will go to a Paypal account in the US - it doesn't seem these funds are being channeled to this shoddy location. Fellow guests joked that the place reminded them on a tenement owned by an absentee slumlord.

All in all, we were disappointed by the tent camp but not by the beauty of Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park. I would encourage this facility to dedicate some time and resources to improving what would otherwise be a special place in a beautiful environment. I cannot recommend this facility to other guests until then and encourage the exploration of other places in the area for lodging.

  • Liked — Location in beautiful Drake Bay and proximity to Corcovado National Park
  • Disliked — Condition of tents and property, state of disrepair, institutional meals
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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chicagoland, usa
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2009

My husband, 18month old daughter, and two friends stayed from New Year's Eve through Jan 6th. We requested ocean-front, front-row tents, so that the only thing between our morning view and the water was some sand, rocks, and a hammock. Beautiful. The only thing that was unexpected was that the penninsula's main (only) trail runs right in front of the tent camp, so you always see people walking, horses running, or other local traffic walking by in front of your tents. That being said, this place is actually very quiet and you definiteliy have a feeling of privacy most of the time. The tents have a double bed AND a single bed, foam mattresses on wooden bed frames, and a little night stand/ shelving unit for some of your stuff. They zipper shut in the front in two layers--just mesh for more ventilation, or solid tent fabric for privacy. This place is HOT! You cannot hang out comfortably in your tent during the afternoon, but why would you want to do that anyways? There is so much to do in the area, particularly if you love wildlife. We took their pre-arranged tours to both Cano Island for snorkelling and Corcovado National Park for wildlife and hiking. We hiked the trail to Agujitas one day, which by the way took over an hour and involves getting chased onto the beach by an angry family of white-faced monkeys. If you want to see sloths, spider, howler and white-faced monkeys, tons of birds that really seemed to excite the bird lovers, and tons of other wildlife, this is the place to go. You are in the jungle, yet also on a sandy beach at the same time. You almost always feel like you are on a private, beautiful, white-sand beach, yet you have very good, always-available service just a few steps away. THe meals were really surprising. They accomodated our group, which included two non-seafood eaters, and also two vegetarians in another group there at the same time, and still managed to serve appetizer, soup, main course, and dessert every single night! There is no electricity, but they use a generator for a couple of hours each evening to light the dining room (hut?) and I guess keep the beer and soda cold all day. The guide, Adrian, was amazing and really gave us some great experiences to remember forever. Highly reccomended for an adventure, outdoor-oriented vacation, if you want some creature comforts too. Note--NO HOT WATER, no warm water, no leukwarm water. These showers are so cold that I got headaches from washing my hair!

  • Liked — The Beach and the Nice Monkeys
  • Disliked — The Cold Showers and the Angry Monkeys
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Ames, IA
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Reviewed 5 January 2009

This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. When I look back at our pictures, I can't believe how close we were to the wildlife, how accommodating the staff was, and how we will probably never have a beach all to ourselves again . Although you are right on the beach with the tents, there is a wonderfully secluded beach only a 5 minute walk away and it is perfect for boogie boarding, snorkeling, and kayaking. It is great that the tent camp offers use of their equipment for free.

The meals were wonderful, and it was really nice to not worry about planning out or daily activities. Understand, though, that you are in a pretty remote location. The camp does amazing job providing all the creature comforts you need.

Just a note, this hotel does not treat the water coming from its showers, there is just a hole at the back of the shower that dumps onto the soil behind the building. With this in mind, it would be good to bring your own biodegradable soap and try to minimize you impact. I don't know if they treat their sewage or water from the kitchen or just send it out to sea. The Nature Conservancy offers an adopt and acre program in the Osa pennisula. If you want to conserve this unique and amazing place, that is a great way to do it.

  • Liked — the view, the free equipment, the staff
  • Disliked — things could be done a more sustainably (e.g. solar power, less extravagent meals)
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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seattle, wa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2008

My daughter collected donations for the Nature Conservancy Adopt an Acre program for the Osa Peninsula for her 11th year birthday party, so we decided to go there! My husband was hesitant to attempt something so adventurous - we have traveled to Cancun, Tulum, Mexico and stayed at resorts, been to Hawaii staying in condos, but a tent camp for 5 nights??? But we had an lifetime experience - right near the beach with awesome views and swimming, the meals were hearty, the international visitors added to the flavor of the meal - we stayed longer than most and patience paid off, monkeys in the camp, the resident scarlet maccaws, leaf cutter ants. The day trips to Cana Island and the Corcovado National Park were led by the resident tour guide and were informative and hot, much focused on the rainforest plants, discussion of resident wildlife. Bring jungle colored clothing, be ready to be hot and then remember that animals in the wild are not like animals in the zoo. They will not come up to you, they will evade you...but if you are patient, you will see animals, or traces of animals in a beautiful country, that's part of the adventure! The bath/showers are clean, but cold. Tents are a bit warm at night, but no critters to worry about at night. Ocean breeze kept bugs away for the most part. Plan to pay your balance in cash since limited ability to pay any other way. Would highly recommend this adventure for kids that love to be outdoors, and love camping - much time was spent on the beach and in the lagoon where tadpoles were hanging out. We absolutely loved the whole experience - we flew into Drake Bay where we were met by taxi and then taken to boat to the tent camp - all managed seamlessly by Corcovado Tent camp staff. We also enjoyed a great horseback ride back into the hills - great views and a chance to see where Costa Ricans live.
Go, Experience days away from civilization, Enjoy....we are seeking our next adventure! (But of course, my daughter wants to go back to Corcovado!)

  • Liked — Unexpected immersion into Costa Rica
  • Disliked — Warm at night on mattresses
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Thank hearthappy
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Eurozone
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2008

We came expecting this to be the gateway to the world famous jungle reserve that is Corcovado... In fact this place is 30 min speedboat from the nearest ranger station (San Pedrillo).
We did the 6 night package which included day-trips to Isla de Cano and Corcovado Park. Plus we paid an extra $95 each for the trip to the remote ranger station (Sirena, 1hr boat away) that is legendary for its dense fauna (tapir, sloth, cats etc).
All these trips were a disappointment, as the guide herds you like kids on a tight schedule so that he can get you back to base by 2.30pm (why??). The Sirena trip especially: to come all the way to this special place and do the granny's sunday stroll around a 4km mini-circuit, spend ages sitting eating bad sandwiches then having to leave at 1pm!!! Plus we were forced into the group with five 18-year olds who came into the jungle in beachwear, so even less chance of quiet animal spots. So, with no option to do a proper day hike into the reserve with a decent guide, which is what we expected for $385 for 3 people, we felt we'd come to the gorgeous Osa Peninsula to get the soiled end of the wildlife-lover's stick.
On the plus side, the day's offshore fishing with Larry, the genial owner, was well worth it, and Cristobal, the manager, is a great guy, as are his staff of super-friendly local lads, including a good cook. The tents are comfortable and the sounds of the jungle and sea are fantastic.
In summary, Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp is certainly camp, but it sure ain't adventure!

  • Liked — Friendly, relaxing, free use of kayaks, snorkling gear, good food 3 meals/day
  • Disliked — The disappointing tours on offer to Corcovado Nature Reserve
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Thank PerfectReefBreak
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Canada
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2008

We stayed at the tent camp for 2 nights over the Christmas holidays. Yes, you are staying in tents! But they are shaded, sheltered, and pristinely clean. We had the "honeymoon suite" right next to the water. The sound of the surf was wonderful at night. The sound of the jungle was fantastic in the morning: BIrds and Howler monkeys. The tent camp is really in the middle of nowhere. Jungle all around. Beautiful coastline! A five minute walk away is a gorgeous swimming beach to go play in the waves. Further along the trail is the beautiful Rio Claro. The camp has a very laid back atmosphere, but is still organized and helpful. Macaws fly overhead regularly and eat almonds from the trees on the beach. White faced monkeys move through the camp in curious, active troops. Lizards, insects, frogs, all show up unexpectedly. This is a piece of paradise. The only inconvenient thing is the shared bathrooms. They are cleaned regularly, but tend to
be sandy and wet. Make sure you bring a flashlight because there is no
electricity in the tents. Enjoy the experience.

  • Liked — gorgeous location
  • Disliked — bathrooms
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp
Address: Caletas de Osa Beach, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp offers luxury tent accommodations on the beach with amazing views and abundant wildlife, a relaxing environment immersed in the natural wonders of the Osa peninsula. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Discover why National Geographic calls it, "The most biologically diverse place on the planet." Affordable comfort and luxury with full board delicious fare and a full range of Corcovado National Park and Cano Island tours on land and sea. Unique accommodations in full-size tents with wood-frame beds, private decks, electricity, wireless internet and breathtaking ocean views. ... more   less 
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