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Rancho Corcovado Lodge

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed there last December. It’s a very good solution to visiting Corcovado National Park. The building is inside the forest, you can see a lot of animals and birds right inside the hotel. The room we had was wonderful, big and with a nice sight of the ocean. The hotel staff is very kind. The food is simply, but good.

Very much overpriced for what you are getting. The family is very nice and sweet but lots of stairs and even though you are right on the beach it is very OK. It is clean and lots of tours and guides ... GREAT for families and simple way of being ... Very much in nature and very quiet ... Loved it!

We came to Drake Bay to experience the dolphins and whales that populate this area. We spent a most wonderful week at Rancho Corcovado. It is situated right on the beach, with a nice open air dining room featuring great meals. Our room was uphill at the top of the property and had the most beautiful view of the water. It overlooked the trees and gardens and the bird watching was fantastic. We fell asleep listening to the waves. We were very happy staying here. We enjoyed walking along the beach exploring and took several boat tours offered by the resort. Their guides were friendly and fantastic, as were all the other people on the property. We had a wonderful experience here.

We stayed for 3 nights in mid July, The hotel and rooms are simple...You are in the middle of a far away small town, on the costa rica forest...You must expect simple things...But: we did see tucans in front of our room, and ara macao taking a 3 min walk throught the beach and nearby shore-forest. Plus jesus-christ lizard, iguanas, sqirrels, and some yellow-red-blue birds. You fall asleep with the sound of waves, and wake up with birds singing all over. This is what you can get, plus a hanging on hamacas! Basic breakfast, basic bed, bathroom with shower and warm water. Ok for a 2/3 day stay, guys! Thanks Roger from Sara and Marco from Italy!

Very well located, right on the beach. Rooms are spacious, very clean, offer air conditioning which could be useful in hot temperatures. Excursions can be organized on site and charged to your hotel bill. Food is ok; there is only one type of meal served for dinner, no choice. A few small restaurant are located nearby for different choices.

Rancho Corcovado is right on the beach. You arrive either by plane and a rough road or by boat with a water landing (walking through the water while your luggage gets carried in the air to keep it dry). The beach is pretty but it's not a spectacular white sand beach like you find elsewhere. Our Costa Rican travel agent had trouble getting a response from the hotel when e-mailing with questions. I don't understand why a hotel would not respond, especially to someone who could bring them more business. The rooms are a bit odd. Ours (for 2 people) had one double bed and three single beds. Others had similar layouts. The room was spacious and clean but there was no other furniture at all, so we used the extra beds to put things on. The rooms are also very plain - no character. Our room was very convenient but some are up many steps. You'll get a good view but I would not want to climb up a steep hill every time I went back to the room. There are also no chairs or loungers on the beach. Around the restaurant there a a few plastic chairs and some very heavy chairs, but not enough for everyone to sit in if the place is full. The town is up a steep road and would be kind of a pain to get to for dinner, if you do not take full board. We did take full board. The food was fine but pretty bland. Also, we arranged 2 tours ahead of time as part of a package. One was snorkeling which was fine, although there were jelly fish in the water that day. The other was to the National Park but it was to the closer entrance. That means less time to get there but less possibility to see animals. I would suggest making sure you know what trip you are booking. The other thing to realize is that you must get in a boat to do any of the trips. The rides were fine but can get pretty bumpy. We did take one walk along the beach and through the woods which was very nice.

The strongest recommendations for the resort are that it's on a beautiful beach and within walking distance to a couple of good restaurants. Emails sent to the website asking about arrangements for tours or activities went unanswered, and the manager was not overly friendly, though he was responsive when we asked to be moved from rooms 10 and 11 to different rooms with a view and more air circulation. Kitchen staff were helpful and allowed us to keep food in their coolers. Breakfast included with lodging was good, but their lunch not worth the $20 charged per person.

We rented a lodge which was situated up on the hill. A great view at Drake Bay! A little cumbersome to climb up the stairs as it was hot (32 degrees C). The lodge was quiet, comfortably equipped. The breakfast was excellent.

We stayed 4 nights and loved this hotel. It's directly on the beach, fine sand, clean, warm water, beautiful just outside your window. I suggest the full board, breakfast lunch and dinner. The food was excellent and very artfully presented. The manager Roger speaks excellent English and makes every attempt to accommodate your schedule with meals and transportation. Our room was air conditioned, and looked out on the beach. We'd stay here again if we come back.

Our 3 night stay exceeded our expectations for comfortable accommodations with A/C, availability of staff for needs, and good dining experience. The location right on the beach was appreciated as well. I would definitely stay here again.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Airport shuttle (fees apply)

Rancho Corcovado Lodge places you next to Drake Bay Beach and within a 5-minute walk of Drake Bay Hiking Trailhead. This 16-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a restaurant, and coffee/tea in a common area. La Tarde Wildlife Area is 29.3 mi (47.2 km) from the hotel, which is on the waterfront.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 5:30 AM to 9 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Rancho Corcovado, the hotel's onsite restaurant.


All 16 rooms provide desks.

Property features

Guests of Rancho Corcovado Lodge enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a garden. If you drive, self parking is USD 3 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available on request) for USD 15.00 per person one way. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations.

Room options

Superior Room (A/C)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Quadruple Room, Ocean View

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 137 reviews