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Cabinas Pura Vida
Ranked #5 of 22 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Let me say the people who run this are some of the nicest people I have ever met! Highly recommend this place, and definitely book excursions through here as well. They took such great care of us that I will be back again soon!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We stayed fro two nights either side of a trip to Crocovado. The rooms are really comfortable, and the hosts are very welcoming. Norlin picked us up from the boat and gave us a tour of the main road of Drake Bay on the way in, as well as dropping is off for the boat home. As we had to catch an early boat to Crocovado we had asked in advance for breakfast early (5.30am). Originally he said that he'd leave stuff out, and we could cancel if that was a problem (which it wasn't) but in the end they actually got up and made breakfast for us early anyway. It would be hard to find somewhere more welcoming and friendly.

Norlin also explained he has a little parcel of primary forest in the boundary area of Corcovado NP which he is thinking of opening as a Nature Lodge. If he does, and if it is as nice as Pura Vida Cabinas, we will be on the next flight back!

Room Tip: All rooms are great, and come with A/C
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

In Bahia Drake all is relaxed. Not too much tourists and everybody is really nice. Cabines Pura Vida is a relaxt place with clean Nice rooms, aircon that doesn't make a lot of noise, hot water and a relax terras with hanmocks with a kitchen that you can use. From the beach it is a walk up hill and you don't have ocean view.. but you do have a studding view with ara's flying over. Gabi puts down fruits so that birds come to the terras. Breakfast is really good and fast. Gerard is really helpfull and nice. Norlyn speaks outstanding english and picked us up with arrival. Overall really great.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

This place is a very affordable and nice place to stay in Drake Bay. The owner lives there and takes a lot of pride in the establishment. Norlyng is very helpful and responsive to any of your questions and will help set up tours as well. The place has AC a queen sized bed with bunks and breakfast provided. For the price tough to beat the value. The only thing I would say if you are older are have mobility issue it is pretty good walk from the beach to hotel up pretty steep hill. Other than that if go to Drake stay with Cabinas Pura Vida and will be comfortable.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Norlyn and Gabriela embody the welcoming Costa Rica "Pura Vida" spirit.

The room was great, with a massive shower. A/C worked great. It's true that this property is not super close to the seaside (15 walk with backpacks), however:
- the owner is happy to pick you up and drop you off in the village
- further away from the coast = less noise if you're sensitive to that.

A fridge and a well equipped kitchen are available if you want to keep it cheap by self-catering.

The large chillout area with hammocks was also very nice.

The picture is me and the host, Gabi.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Bram L
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Additional Information about Cabinas Pura Vida

Address: | Bahia Drake, Drake Bay 000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Price Range: $63 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cabinas Pura Vida 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pura Vida Drake Bay Cabins is located in the center of Drake Bay just 400 meters from the beach, since its opening in 2007 to been operated by a couple of young Costa Ricans, Norlyn and Gabriela. All our rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, hot water and we offer our new kitchen for your convenience. We also have a secure parking and beautiful garden with hammocks right on the terrace of your room. We also organize guided tours to Corcovado National Park (Sirena or San Pedrillo Station) Caño Island (Diving or snorkeling) and more! Cabinas Pura Vida is your best option in Bahia Drake by price, quality and service, we will be glad to serve you! ... more   less 
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