Stayed here for five nights in February 2012 and had a tremendously fun time diving, hiking, beaching, and amusing ourselves. I think 5 nights is the appropriate number of days here although it could be done in 4. Found the staff to be great, and send our thanks to the hotel managers Patrick and Giselle as well as our guides Ivan (dive master), Rolando (Corcovado), and Carlos (canopy). Enjoyed meeting the other guests in an open environment with communal dining. Fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach every night.
Found this hotel to be a great 'value play'. We compared the properties to those at aguilas de OSA and Paloma. While clearly better, couldn't justify the price for the extravagant frills. Most of the time you'll be away from your resort/hotel on excursions, so the money spent at these locations is spent idly in my opinion.
One significant plus about this place is that it is truly a one stop shop. They do all of the tour arrangement for you with experienced guides. There are a la carte tour operators in town but they didn't seem to be priced any better or offer better guides than our hotel. Our diving experiences were superb. Saw 20+ white tip sharks, eels, turtle, 50 species of fish, 3 species of rays, great underwater topography, and enjoyed the post dive beach lunch on playa josecito. Corcovado (sirena): saw several species of mammal incl a sloth, large weasel, agouti, and yes two tapirs; a mother with her baby, which was a high point. Birds, etc. the park overall while neat is not your splendor that some may be used to in the us national park system but more or a dense, walk able, tolerable heat/humidity, type of experience.
Overall, didn't stop smiling our entire stay and would return for sure if going to Drake Bay.
Drake overall was fantastic!!!
- 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