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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Hotels

Punta Marenco Lodge


  • Castaway-island remoteness
  • Trails are as good as those in Corcovado National Park
  • Reasonable all-inclusive price


  • Very rustic
  • Steep climb uphill to lodge
  • Limited electricity and contact with outside world

Updated 04/24/2014

Fodor's Review

This rustic lodge has the best location on the Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula, with South Seas island–style thatch-roof cabins perched on the spine of a ridge overlooking the sea. Although the Costa Rican owners have made lots of upgrades, it's still a back-to-nature experience and not for everyone. Private porches are perfect for siestas, sunsets, and stargazing. The screened cabins have comfortable beds with wooden headboards painted with wildlife and tree branches

for posts. Four larger cabins, set back in the garden, don't have ocean views or breezes. Toucans and scarlet macaws visit every morning, and paths lead from the lodge to two pristine beaches and deep into the Río Claro National Wildlife Refuge, as well as to the Coastal Walking Trail. A knowledgeable, enthusiastic resident guide is on hand for nature walks and boat trips to Corcovado National Park and to nearby Caño Island. The lodge also arranges diving tours and dolphin-watching excursions, and there are plans to build a platform tent camp deep in their forest. The rancho restaurant has a happy family feel, and you can choose a private table or share with other guests. Food is tasty, typically Tico with some interesting continental touches. There is electricity for only a few hours in the evening, and no hot water. But in this tropical climate, you may be happy for a tepid shower.

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Hotel Information


Beachfront directly east of Caño Island, 6 km (4 miles) south of Drake village, Drake, 60503, Costa Rica

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/2292–2775-for reservations; /2294–8947

Hotel Details:

  • 19 cabinas
  • All-inclusive

Updated 04/24/2014

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May 27, 2013

This place is amazing very very rustic, but especial for nature lovers and a super value, be careful to book on the official website punta marenco dot com if you don't want to pay more, also their official phone number is + five o six eight eight seven seven 3535

By R

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Jan 30, 2004

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Went here as part of my trip of a lifetime. The jungle walks in Oso Penninsula were striaght out of a Tarzan movie. We experienced at least 4 life threatening situations,which was the adrenelin rush I was looking for. Marenco is not for those that are out or shape. Walks in the rain forest are very strenuous but the wildlife is well worth the effort.If you enjoy nature in its pristine state this is the place for you.

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