Las Caletas - Drake Bay
Travel Blogs from Drake Bay
It's finally the day we are going to the heart of the "most biologically intense place on earth," according to National Geographic.
We departed for our tour at 6 a.m., and landed about 1.5 hours later by boat at the park's Sirena station. We were in the park with our guide, Jose, and within minutes we saw squirrel monkeys, followed by …
Our first full day in Drake Bay, outside Corcovado National Park. We were suppose to tour the park today but it's been pushed back until tomorrow. Instead, Jeff and I hiked along the Osa Peninsula which hugs the Pacific Ocean to Playa San Josecito. We were barely on the trail when we saw a scarlett macaw -- a bird with rainbow colors often found …
We left Allajuela yesterday morning after seeing a flock of five parrots fly overhead! We flew a dosmetic airline, Nature Air from San Jose. It was a small plane and we flew low so all of the land was visible--coffee plants everywhere. Eventually we were flying near the ocean and landed in Palmar Sur. We picked up some other travelers to Drake Bay …
... tourists (apart from allowing them to sleep on VERY basic mattresses on the floor, covered with mosquito netting, or put up a tent that they have carried in themselves) but to prevent poaching of the animals by hunters wanting to sell the 'bush' meat'. They can obtain such high prices it is a very profitable enterprise. The Government has tried to stop it by imposing long prison sentences on those caught, up to 25 years I believe. This has backfired in that it has made the job of ...
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The place is amazing, we are situated half way up a small mountain, at 1600 meters, with a view of the Cerro Uran from our bedroom (which has real mattresses - the first since i have got here!) i am yet to see Chirripo - the mountain that attracts all of the tourism to this amazing part of Costa Rica - although i am going to have to climb it soon as part of the camera trapping project!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Las Caletas - Drake Bay
My two children, ages 8 and 15, and a friend of mine, stayed at Las Caletas for six days. David, Jolanda, and their 8 year old son, Luka, were gracious, friendly, accomodating, and fun hosts. We had some wonderful experiences while at Las Caletas - including snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking, going to Corcovado, and just relaxing. My two children had a wonderful time and have said their favorite time was playing in the ocean. The three meals a day were healthy and delicious - always something different. We met some very interesting guests from other countries and had some great discussions at dinner time. I have so many fond memories of Las Caletas and would highly recommend staying there. We are hoping to go back next year - I guess that's the best recommendation possible - a return visit.
On June 30, 2006, my friend and I arrived at Drake Bay airstrip via Nature Air. We were on our way to Las Caletas, a family eco-lodge in the Drake Bay area. Las Caletas, for an extra fee, had arranged car transportation from Drake Bay airstrip to Agujitas. We had a wet boat landing from the small town of Agujitas to Las Caletas. It was up on a hill surrounded by lush forest. Jolanda, one of the owners, greeted us at the beach. Our room was attached to the main building; a small two single-bed room with a small bathroom/shower. It had a view of the ocean. The beds had mosquito netting which proved to very useful. All was simple which was what we expected. Las Caletas is located on a beautiful sight basically surrounded by rain forest so be prepared to encounter nature where you are not used to finding it (ie. in your room). As you take tours and learn about the animals and plants in the area, I think you will appreciate what a special place the Osa Peninsula is. Be prepared for the humidity. You will be moist and wet the whole time you are there. There is no air conditioning but there are fans. Sometimes it was hard to sleep because of the humidity but that is to be expected in a rain forest. In the dining/common area, we were able to enjoy nice breezes off the Pacific. In short, don't come expecting the Ritz. I believe the water for showers were solar heated but it was so warm that I didn't even use hot water. A nice cool shower was better. There is a place to wash your clothes by hand and clothes line to hung them up on. Althought Las Caletas had kayaks and snorkeling equipment, I chose not to use them as I am a weak swimmer. The waters on the beach however, were rather calm, I think.
Las Caletas was the highlight of our stay in Costa Rica. Before I continue this review, let me emphasize, that as travelers, we abhor those establishments that cater to the heavy drinking, smoking, thrill-seeking, tanning, night clubbing crowd. If this sounds like you, for our sake please stay away from Las Caletas. But if you love the sounds of nature, if you love learning about nature, you love good conversation and hearty meals, you love hiking, horse-back riding, kayaking, then Las Caletas is an awesome place. We stayed in the two story honeymoon suite. The first floor has an open sitting area, and we saw tons of wildlife in just one afternoon of lazing in our porch. The second floor contains the bedroom, which was very clean, and despite the open windows, relatively bug free! Don't come with the expectation of a hyatt, it's much better, more like upscale camping... you don't feel separated from nature here. Jolanda and David, the owners, welcome you like family when you stay, you take your meals with them, and hang out with them during the day, if you're not off on a guided hike or something. The beach is lovely, lots of intriguing tide pools to peer into. The bay is good for swimming. The food is generous and very tasty. We loved Las Caletas, and plan already on going back as soon as possible!
We just got back from a short three day stay at Las Caletas in Drake Bay. The step back in time takes you to the wild side of Costa Rica. The enviromentally sensitive cabinas are clean and adequate. The beds were very comfortable. The food is fantastic. The owners, Yolanda and David , are very nice people who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.
We recently stayed in Drake Bay at Cabinas De Las Caletas, in the Honeymoon Bungelow. If you are looking for privacy, you should book this room, as it sits on the top of the hill, and overlooks the main house where meals are served. One other room offers privacy, the others are more or less attached to the main house where guests eat and congregate. Our bungelow had a fan, but I heard that not all the rooms had a fan. With the exception of two days, the food served was quite tasty and with a great variety.
Like home - only better!
We stayed for (a too short) 3 nights - two days at Cabinas las Caletas. Apart from the excellent food, the beautiful surroundings and the real good tours with local guides we liked especially the family atmosphere - the hosts succeeded in creating a "home" feeling, which all guests felt. When we left, saying goodbye to the hosts, staff and other guests it was like leaving very good friends, not a hotel after only 2 days. Highly recommendable!
My fifteen-year-old daughter and I spent our two week Christmas vacation travelling Costa Rica. The most exciting part of our trip was spent at Las Caletas in Drake Bay. We stayed there for four nights, including New Year's Eve. We arrived by boat after an hour long ride from Sierpe. This location is very remote and unspoiled. There are a number of hiking trails. We encounted more wildlife (see anteater photo) in Drake Bay than in any of the other places we stayed in Costa Rica. We were surrounded by the natural, unspoiled Costa Rican landscape. We spent a day at Isla Del Cano Biological Reserve snorkling and discovering the underwater world.
We are a couple from Maryland, USA, and we spent 4 nights at Cabinas Las Caletas in Drake Bay over Christmas 2005. Jolanda and David, a Swiss and Costa Rican couple and owners of the lodge went out of their way to make us feel included, cared for and comfortable at their lovely lodge. They treat all of their employees as family and everyone we came in contact with was genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the very private "honeymoon bungalow" at the top of the hill, which had lovely breezes in the evening, and various wildlife to watch at all times of the day. The lodge has several bungalows and at the time of our stay, they were all occupied. Yet we did not feel as though the grounds were noisy or crowded at all. There is a lovely open-air larger building where all meals are served, there are games and books, and where you can simply sit in a comfortable chair or hammock to read or watch the toucans flying overhead. The lodge is relaxed and family friendly, and the owners have a very nice 7 year old boy who also was a wonderful host. The food was outstanding, and that is very important to me since I am a chef. They will even pack you a nice lunch if you are going on a day trip. You can be as active as you want to be here. You can find great hiking, bird watching, swimming, surfing, etc. Or just sitting on the private beach is wonderful too. When we go back to Costa Rica, we will definitely stay here. I cannot say enough good things about Las Caletas and Drake Bay.
In November 2005 we stayed 5 nights at Cabinas Las Caletas in the "room" which has a wonderful ocean view. The resort is like a eco-lodge, tucked in the jungle above the beach. We felt like we were part of the rainforest. Loved waking up to the howler monkeys and watching all the birds in the trees. We enjoyed the private beach and the use of the kayaks. Everything was simply done, and spotlessly clean. We felt it was an excellent value! The food was wonderful, and the hosts were very gracious and made us feel a part of the family. We went on a guided tour to Corcovado Park, with the guide from the resort and even though we had lots of rain, it was still very interesting. We plan on returning in May 2006 for a longer stay. It is a great place to relax and savor the rainforest and its creatures.
We are a family of five with 3 boys, 5, 10, 12 and we just spent (Nov 20 2005) 5 nights at Drake Bay, at Cabinas Las Caletas. We also went to 5 other places in Costa Rica, and this was our best experience. The place is small, and environmentally run, with great gourmet food cooked for us, while taking our kids north american taste buds into consideration for them.