We found Punta Marenco to be very relaxing though please take heed of other review mentions of the steep climb up to the hotel from the beach - even without bags it is tough going in the heat and humidity!! We stayed for four nights which was lovely, though three would probably have been adequate as activities are limited. We did the Corcovado nature trail, which was disappointing in terms of what we saw, though it was raining during the visit, so we were probably just unlucky, though we did spot a Trogon, which I gather is quite rare. The snorkelling trip to Cano island was great - we saw turtles, a couple of beautiful 'rays and a shark as well as stunningly coloured exotic fish.
On our "free" day we walked down to the Rio Claro and took a canoe trip up the river from Ricardo, who lives down on the beach. You have to get out on a couple of occasions in order to navigate the river - this means clambering on rocks. On that day I had major lower back problems and the young man who took us was very kind and solicitous. My husband went further up river with him for a swim (leaving me on a rock in the middle of the river for 15 minutes or so). Apparently you would need to be a confident swimmer to participate in that element! Would recommend this trip if you are fit, healthy etc.
Just around the hotel you can spot a wide variety of birds (eg Toucan, Macaws, Eagles) and loads of Pelicans down by the beaches and there are plenty of White Throated Capucin monkeys, which the staff try to discourage (one got into our room roof and peered at me from above the ceiling - obviously prepared to creep inside if there had been any food to be had!!).
In the Lodge everyone eats the same - the food is tasty and healthy and they check for dietary problems/preferences on arrival. I am dairy intolerant, so they whipped me up an alternative one way, when the standard fare included too much cheese!
We were glad of our torches, candle and mosquito coils!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Own by a Costarican family Punta Marenco Lodge is located 20 minutes by boat from Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula south pacific coast of Costa Rica. Our bungalows are located in a little hill very close to the beach. The Lodge is part of the Punta Rio Claro National Wild Life Refuge, with miles of pristine beaches and tropical rainforest to explore near the Corcovado National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Punta Marenco Hotel Corcovado National Park