Fodor's Expert Review Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Northern border of Corcovado, Drake, Puntarenas, 60503, Costa Rica

This hilltop jungle lodge has it all: exquisite bungalows in the closest location to Corcovado National Park, extensive gardens, excellent tours, naturalist guides, and first-class service. Earth-toned fabrics, cane and bamboo accents, four-poster beds, and huge tile bathrooms, some with new open-air showers, set a serene mood amid the exuberant greenery outdoors. Laundry service is extra, but each room has a clothesline for drying your sure-to-get-damp clothing. There are two swimming pools and self-guided nature trails, including a well-signed garden tour of the immaculate grounds. You can take a guided boat tour to Corcovado's nearby San Pedrillo station, or you can hike there with a guide. Another highlight is the Caño Island snorkeling tour, with stops to watch dolphins and whales en route. A daily sunset ritual takes place at the hilltop bar, where guests snack on bocas as the sun disappears into the sea behind Caño Island. In the elegant restaurant, decorated with stained-glass panels, first-class, four-course dinners focus on locally produced fish and meats. Desserts are especially creative and delicious. Servers are friendly and attentive. Breakfasts are excellent and huge, and the kitchen packs hearty picnic lunches. There is now Wi-Fi throughout the property. The best deal is a three-night package that includes air transportation from San José, all meals, and guided trips to Caño Island and Corcovado National Park.

PROS

  • unrivaled location adjoining national park
  • excellent tours, service, and facilities
  • reasonably priced

CONS

  • an adventure to get here: be prepared for a thrilling, wet landing
  • no air-conditioning
  • steep road to beach
  • steep steps down to cool "adult" pool

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Green, Romantic, Views, Family
Quiet
Near the beach
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2256–3181 | 888-896–6097-in U.S. toll-free | -2206–4611-lodge

HOTEL DETAILS

14 bungalows
Rate Includes: Closed Sept.–mid-Nov., All-inclusive

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