Pirate Cove Hotel lies along the Osa Peninsula in one of Costa Rica's most biologically diverse locations - Drake Bay. For the avid nature lover or the outdoor adventurer, a visit to Drake Bay is the trip of a lifetime, promising encounters with some of the world's most fascinating plant and animal species.
Drake Bay is one of the most inaccessible parts of the entire country, with a spectacularly remote location that has kept its ecosystem thriving and intact. A visit to Drake Bay - with its deserted beaches, warm waters, and lovely hiking trails - is almost ensured to reduce stress levels. The primary rainforest blanketing Corcovado National Park is home to a plethora of remarkable animals, including howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and more than 450 species of other birds. Also nearby is Isla del Cano, a biological reserve that is a major migratory route for marine animals such as bottle-nosed dolphins and humpback whales. Often compared to diving in the Galapagos Islands, the waters off the shores of Cano are filled with Pacific reef fish, whale sharks, moray eels, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.
Pirate Cove works hard to exist in balance with the surrounding ecosystem. The bohemian-style cabins are tucked away into the tropical foliage, blending seamlessly into the natural environment. The hotel looks down upon a 2-kilometer deserted beach that is perfect for beach combing, and an adjacent ocean which is good for swimming. Although Pirate Cove stresses simplicity, the resort manages to promote a version of eco-tourism that does not sacrifice comfort and tastefulness. Pirate Cove has a selection of accommodations that can lodge the single traveler, the honeymooners, and the family of four. Rooms are beautifully designed with honey-hued wood and simple, tasteful color schemes, and every bed is equipped with an orthopedic mattress. Each room has its own deck, with hammocks and/or deck chairs, providing the perfect place to kick back and relax.
Like most hotels in the Drake Bay area, Pirate Cove has all-inclusive dining, providing its guests with three meals a day. The food here is a fusion of European and Costa Rican influences, drawing heavily on the fresh fruit and seafood that are abundant in the surrounding area. The communal dining area provides a space for guests to compare travel notes, swap stories, and enjoy each other's company. Additionally, there is a common area with a refrigerator stocked with water, soda, beer, yogurt and more, which is available to guests at anytime.
Pirate Cove Lodge offers its guests an abundance of activities to choose from. There are PADI scuba diving courses, whale and dolphin watching tours, sport fishing trips, and sea kayaking adventures. Pirate Cove is a member of PIRA (PADI International Resort Association), with professionals on hand to make sure that the dive tours are both safe and memorable experiences. And although the many available tours are one of the highlights at Pirate Cove, there is no pressure for guests to attend any of them. There are plenty of shady spots, deserted beaches, and swimming holes to keep guests occupied during their stay.
Note: Three meals per day included with the stay.
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Feedback from Travelers
The staff is outstanding in all respects!
The hotel motor launch picked us up at Sierpe for the hour or so long trip to Pirate Cove in Drake Bay. The boatmen stopped to show us some birds and animals en-route. The boat pulled in at the bottom of some wooden steps that lead up to the hotel from the beach. Our detached room, which overlooked the river where it met the sea, was very pleasant with effective air-conditioning, a secure safe-box, a balcony with a hammock and comfortable beds. The food at the restaurant is first class. The hotel is owned by a Swiss lady and two Americans, who also run Cano Divers from the hotel. The renowned Cano Island is about 18km offshore. In addition to dives, the hotel also organised snorkel trips to the island and nature trail walks on alternate days to San Pedrillo Ranger Station or Sirena Ranger Station in the outstanding Corcovado National Park. The Mangrove Tour is an excellent way to see sloths, crocodiles and much other wildlife. The guided night tour of a nearby creek also reveals many creatures. Do take the opportunity to borrow some kayaks and quietly explore the river for a mile or so upstream of the hotel. We would thoroughly recommend a stay at Pirate Cove in Drake Bay.
We had bungalow #4 which we believe was the best one. The staff was great and the food was good. Lots of birds right there!
- Trevor S.
Trustpilot 5-star rated