Fodor's Expert Review Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

Southern end of bay, at mouth of Río Agujitas, Drake, Puntarenas, 60503, Costa Rica

This breezy, beautifully maintained resort is the best deal in Drake Bay and has the most kid-friendly grounds, with lots of flat, open space for romping, plus a refreshing, saltwater swimming pool and rocky tidal pools to explore. The neat wooden cabins are lined up camp style, three rooms to a building, perfect for families or groups of friends. With modern tile bathrooms and hot-water showers, these cabins are contemporary and attractive. The buildings are spread out over landscaped grounds with mature trees, an ornamental fish pond with a waterfall, and flowering fruit trees that attract birds and wildlife. Wooden bedposts are carved in animal shapes, supporting firm queen-size beds and walls come to life with colorful, painted murals of birds and tropical foliage. Eleven cabins have air-conditioning; the rest have louvered screen windows letting in cool ocean breezes. All but one of the cabins are easily accessible on foot or by wheelchair. One air-conditioned "honeymoon" cottage perches on a ridge overlooking the ocean. Meals are satisfying and delicious, featuring poultry, eggs, and pork from the owners' nearby mountain farm, fresh fish and seafood, creative salads and pastas, and home-baked breads and cakes. The bar serves free snacks at sunset and there are always coffee, tea, and snacks available in the dining room. Laundry service is included—a real plus in this humid climate. Kayaks are at your disposal for exploring the river. Most guests come to see the rain forest, but you can also opt for mangrove, scuba diving, sportfishing, and dolphin- and whale-watching tours. The three-night all-inclusive package is the best deal, with tours to Corcovado National Park, Caño Island, and transport from Drake.


  • great location
  • family- and elderly-friendly and affordable
  • excellent food
  • free laundry service and free kayaks


  • not a lot of privacy in the cabins with open screen windows


Service, Views, Family
On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: -2775–1716


20 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals

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