Fodor's Expert Review Aguila de Osa Inn

South end of town, at mouth of Río Agujitas, Drake, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Formerly a sportfisher's dream lodge, Aguila de Osa now appeals to an up-market crowd, with luxurious, high-ceilinged rooms with handsome, hardwood interiors, king-size beds, and glass-brick-and-granite bathrooms that will please the fussiest traveler. Hair dryers, coffeemakers, and small fridges are now standard equipment, thanks to the arrival of main-grid electricity. The inn has abstained from bringing in air-conditioning, relying on cooling breezes off the bay. Stained-glass lamps with tropical themes and hand-carved cocobolo hardwood doors add local color and artistic flair. Be prepared for a steep climb up to your room, but the private veranda views of Drake Bay and the ocean beyond are worth it. A sumptuous and spacious new master suite at the very top of the property is a stone-and-wood aerie with wrap-around deck views. Pre-dinner aperitifs and snacks get the socializing rolling before dinner is served at communal tables. The food is sophisticated and individually plated, featuring a choice of perfectly cooked meat or fresh fish, often the catch of the day straight off the lodge's two sportfishing boats. Diving, including certification; snorkeling trips; excursions into Corcovado Park; and boat tours through mangroves round out the activity list. Two-night packages include transfers from Drake Bay or Palmar Sur airports and a boat tour to Corcovado National Park.

PROS

  • great for fishing enthusiasts
  • luxurious, spacious rooms
  • excellent meals

CONS

  • steep climb to rooms
  • no air-conditioning but rooms have good air circulation, ceiling fans, and screens

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Views
Sophisticated
Near the beach
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2296–2190-in San José | -8840–2929-lodge | 866-924–8452-toll-free in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

11 rooms, 2 suites
Rate Includes: All meals

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