Discover the magic of Drake Bay, Costa Rica at The Rainforest Chalet.

Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

According to National Geographic  the Peninsula de Osa is one of the most biologically intense places on the planet.

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We now invite you to explore the some of the fascinating creatures you'll encounter in Drake Bay...

Costa Rica is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife, like this charming  Masked Tree Frog.  Immerse yourself in the beauty of the rainforest at The Rainforest Chalet in Drake Bay.

Birds of the Chalet
Birds of the Osa  I
Birds of the Osa II
Birds of the Osa III
Gallery of Birds
 

 
 

Fiery-billed Aracari

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Fiery-billed Aracari

 

 

 

Casque-headed Lizard
Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Casque-headed Lizard

 

 

 

Three-toed Sloth with Baby

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Three-toed Sloth with baby

 

 

 

Immature Green Iguana

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Immature Green Iguana

 

 

Glass Frog

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Glass Frog

 

 

 

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Pale-billed Woodpecker

 

 

 

White-faced Monkey

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - White-faced Monkey

 

 

 

Masked Tree Frog

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Masked Tree Frog

 

 

 

Caligo Butterfly

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Caligo Butterfly

 

 

 

Immature Neotropical Racer

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Immature Neotropical Racer

 

 

 

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

 

 

 

Red-eyed Tree Frog

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Red-eyed Tree Frog

 

 

 

Worm Salamander

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Worm Salamander

 

 

 

Black-throated Trogon (Male)

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Black-throated Trogon

 

 

 

Jesus Christ Lizard

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Jesus Christ Lizard

 

 

 

Tamandua Ant Eater

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Tamandua Ant Eater

 

 

 

Tropical Pewee

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Tropical Pewee

 

 

 

Mantled Howler Monkey

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Mantled Howler Monkey

 

 

 

Glass Wing Butterfly

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Glass Wing Butterfly

 

 

 

Gladiator Tree Frog

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Gladiator Tree Frog

 

 

 

Red-capped Manakin

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Red-capped Manakin

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Glass frogs are so delicate, they may be killed by a direct hit from a raindrop.

Dusty Glass Frog

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The Chalet

Is The Rainforest Chalet a resort or hotel?

How many guests does the chalet accommodate?

Will we have the chalet totally to ourselves?

Who will we contact when we have a question or request at the chalet?

Where is the chalet located in Drake Bay?

Is the chalet right for me?

What sets the chalet apart from the area resorts?

 


Food and Drinks at The Rainforest Chalet

Is food included with the chalet?

Are there restaurants we can dine at?

Are there bars in Drake Bay?

Are alcoholic beverages available at the chalet?

Is the tap water safe to drink?


Packing

Are there any restrictions on luggage?

What should we pack for our trip?


Health Concerns

Is it necessary to take anti-malarial pills?

Is there a mosquito problem in Drake Bay?


Money Matters

Will we need to bring cash to the chalet?

Do you accept credit cards at the chalet?


Organized Tours

What tours are available to guests of The Rainforest chalet?

Who leads the tours?

Do we need to reserve our tours prior to our arrival in Drake Bay?

Where do we meet for the tours? 

Will there be other guests on our tours?

How long do the tours normally last?


Other Activities

Apart from the organized tours, what are some of the activities that we can enjoy on our own?


Laundry and Housekeeping

Is laundry service available at the chalet?

What is the housekeeping policy at the chalet?


Electricity

How does the chalet receive its electricity?

Is there 24-hour electricity?

Can we use our own electronics at the chalet?


Travel to Drake Bay

What options are there for traveling to Drake Bay?

Can we drive to Drake Bay?

What time do we need to arrive at the airport to catch our flight to Drake Bay?


About Drake Bay

Where is Drake Bay located?

What is the population of the Drake Bay area?

What kind of weather can we expect?

What time is the sunrise and sunset in Drake Bay?

 

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - The Golfo Dulce Poison-dart Frog is only found on the Osa Peninsula.

Golfo Dulce Poison-dart Frog


Your Questions Answered...

The Chalet

 

Is The Rainforest Chalet a resort or hotel?

The chalet is neither a resort, nor a hotel.  The Rainforest Chalet is one very romantic, very private vacation home. 

Peaceful, quiet, and surrounded by the beauty of nature - The Rainforest Chalet is where you'll discover your own, personal, Drake Bay.

 

How many guests does the chalet accommodate?

From 2 to 4 guests.  The chalet has an open floor plan.  As such, there are no individual bedrooms.  This modern, yet elegant design yields nearly 360° panoramic views of the surrounding garden and forest. 

For families, we can accommodate the chalet with one king bed and one full bed.  For children, there is also a twin day bed, along with a roll-out trundle bed.

Will we have the chalet totally to ourselves?

Yes.

Who will we contact when we have a question or request at the chalet?

The owners, Tracie Stice and Gianfranco Gomez, live in a private bungalow located on the property.  The two homes are separated visually by the chalet garden, forest, and a flowing creek.  When a question or request arises, there is two-way radio communication between the two homes. 

Where is the chalet located in Drake Bay?

The chalet is located on the Agujitas River.  From Cocalito Beach, there is an inland trail that leads to the chalet.  The walk from the beach to the chalet takes about 15 minutes.  The chalet can also be reached by kayak at high tide.  The closest resort is La Paloma Lodge, which is about a fifteen minute walk from the chalet.

Is the chalet right for me?

Given our remote location, travelers considering The Rainforest Chalet should be in good physical condition, and enjoy hiking. 

Most tours and activities depart by boat from Cocalito Beach.  The walk between the chalet and the beach is along a hilly forest path.  During rainy season, the trails can get quite muddy.  When the trails are muddy, we do supply complimentary rubber boots.

If you think that you might have difficulties hiking the trails, we would be happy to recommend one of the area resorts.

What sets the chalet apart from the area resorts?

First and foremost, at The Rainforest Chalet you will enjoy the luxury of a private retreat.  In your home away from home, you can indulge yourself with comforts found nowhere else in Drake Bay:  spacious accommodation set in a private garden with an abundance of flowers and trees, luxury bath with sunken tub for two, satellite TV and  home stereo system. 

Given our inland forest location, the chalet is also excellent for wildlife viewing. Guests will delight in the top-of-the-line Swarovski spotting scope for  use at the chalet. 

Then after a wonderful day of exploration in Drake Bay,  you can stretch out on the cozy wicker chaise-lounge, backed with a silk Balinese pillow, and enjoy a great read from the chalet's diverse collection of books.

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Food and Drinks at The Rainforest Chalet

 

Is food included with the chalet?

Meals at the chalet are self-catering. 

Because there are no grocery stores nearby or road access to the chalet,  for your comfort and convenience  we will purchase and transport your groceries.  All products are purchased in Palmar, transported by taxi, then by boat from Sierpe.

If you have chosen a vacation package, food is included with the rate. 

If you reserve the chalet on a nightly rate, we will send you a list of available canned and dry goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meats, fish and poultry.  Guests may select only  those items they wish to have on stock.  Your food bill will be added to the chalet rental rate.  When you arrive in Drake Bay, you'll find your requested products at the chalet.  

Basic ingredients (milk, flour, sugar, salt, cooking oil, spices and condiments, ect.) are complimentary and are always on stock at the chalet.

Are there restaurants we can dine at?

With advanced reservations, guests may be able to dine at any of the local resorts, depending on availability.  All the resorts in Drake Bay serve set lunches and dinners. Meals are served family style, with usually twelve or more guests per table.  The forest trails are safe to walk at anytime. But, unless you feel comfortable walking at night, if you would like to dine out, you might wish to consider lunch rather than dinner. 

Are there bars in Drake Bay?

For guests who would like to go out for a drink, the resort bars do welcome visitors.  There are also a few small cantinas in town and dances are often held on the weekends.  The walk to town takes about 40 minutes.  

 

Are alcoholic beverages available at the chalet?

Alcoholic beverages are available at the Chalet. There are always bottled soft drinks, juices, and local beer on stock (one dollar each). If you would like to order any liquor or wine we would be happy to get it for you at the retail price.

Is the tap water safe to drink?

Yes, we have a water purification system at the Chalet. We also offer complimentary bottled water.

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Packing

 

Are there any restrictions on luggage?

SANSA and Nature Air, the two airlines that service Drake Bay and Palmar Sur, do place a weight limit on luggage. Nature Air allows 30 lbs.  SANSA allows 25 lbs.

What should we pack for our trip?

There are some essential things that every traveler to Drake Bay should always pack, here are a few:

  • Flashlight ("Mini-Mags" are small and they work great)
  • Hiking boots or tennis shoes
  • "Tevas" or sport sandals
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun block
  • Binoculars
  • Swimming suit
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight T-shirts
  • One pair of long pants
  • Hat
  • Camera

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Health Concerns

Is it necessary to take anti-malarial pills?

Malaria is not an issue in Drake Bay.

 

Is there a mosquito problem in Drake Bay?

Most travelers are pleasantly surprised by the lack of biting insects in Drake Bay. At the Chalet there are very few mosquitoes throughout the year. For a week or so in January there is normally a small population boom. Even then, there are not pesky swarms.  In Corcovado there can be biting insects, especially sand flies, so travelers should bring repellent.

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Money Matters

Will we need to bring cash to the chalet?

US Dollars or Costa Rican Colones are accepted in Drake Bay.  There are no banks or ATMs in the area.  Tours and bar tabs must be paid in cash.

If you have chosen to reserve  one of our vacation packages, you may want to bring some cash for tipping guides,  and to pay for any additional tours, and bar tab.

If you have chosen to arrange your own transportation to Drake Bay, you should certainly bring some cash to pay the taxis and boat captains.  

Do you accept credit cards at the chalet?

We do not accept credit cards at the Chalet. Anything that you wish to pay for with a credit card, including any tours, must be prepaid prior to arrival via Pay Pal.

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Tours

 

What tours are available to guests of The Rainforest chalet?

Corcovado National Park (San Pedrillo Ranger Station), Corcovado National Park (Sirena Ranger Station), Overnight Camping Tour at Sirena,  Caño Island Tour, Scuba Diving,  Sport Fishing, The Night Tour, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Bird Watching, Mangrove Forest Tour, Dolphin/Whale Watching Tour, Cano Island Snorkel Trip and Dolphin/Whale Watching Combo Tour, Poison Dart Frog Tour, Mountain Biking Tour

Who leads the tours?

Tours we offer are run by independent guide companies based in Drake Bay or other area hotels. They employ some of the finest naturalist guides in the area. The tours include: round trip boat transportation, lunch, park entrance fees and a naturalist guide equipped with a telescope and a first aid kit.

Where do we meet for the tours? 

Pick up for most tours is at Cocalito beach, about a 15 minute hike from the Chalet.

Do we need to reserve our tours prior to our arrival in Drake Bay?

We do recommend advanced reservations for any tours to ensure their availability.   No deposit is required to reserve a tour.  Tours can be prepaid by credit card or bank transfer with the chalet deposit, or they can be paid directly in Drake Bay in cash. 

This year, the National Park system of Costa Rica may implement new regulations requiring  advanced reservations to visit Corcovado National Park and Cano Island.  The number of guests allowed in the park at one time may also be limited.

Will there be other guests on our tours?

There may be guests from other lodges on the tour. Groups are normally kept at a maximum of eight people.  

How long do the tours normally last?

Depending on your destination, full day tours may depart Cocalito beach anywhere from 6:30 am to 8:00 am. Normally, you would be getting back to the beach by 2:30 or 3:00pm. 

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Other Activities

 
Apart from the organized tours, what are some of the activities that we can enjoy on our own?

There are plenty of activities you may enjoy on your own, including:

Hike to Rio Claro - a beautiful 1.5 hour walk along the coast to a scenic jungle river where you can enjoy a picnic lunch and refreshing swim.  Rio Claro has been the backdrop of many Animal Planet wildlife shows hosted by Jeff Corwin,  O'Shea, and Austin Stevens.

Explore the Pacific Coast tidepools along our stunning beaches -  At low tide the rocky outcrops and tidepools along the coast invite exploration.  Beautiful rock formations become tidal aquariums where you can find such treasures as hermit crabs, sea urchins, delicate corals,  and tropical fish.

Hiking the forest trails around the Chalet, as well as the miles of beautiful beach trails -  Along the way, you may encounter white face monkeys, howler monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaws, and much more.

Wildlife watching from the Chalet balcony and garden -  The comfy rocking chairs on the chalet balcony provide a wonderful vantage point for discovering birds and other wildlife.  You'll find the most activity during the morning and late afternoon hours.  The Swarovski spotting scope set on a tripod will get you really close to the action.

Kayak down the lovely Agujitas River out to the ocean.

Enjoy a refreshing swim down in the river at our delightful swimming hole.

Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade of a almond tree at one of our countless beaches.

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Laundry and Housekeeping

Is laundry service available at the chalet?

Laundry service is available at the Chalet for $5.00 per load. Washing of towels and bed sheets is complimentary.

What is the housekeeping policy at the chalet?

We do offer complimentary housekeeping.  The chalet will be serviced each day.

 

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Electricity

 

How does the chalet receive its electricity?

In 2009 the Costa Rican Electric Company (ICE) constructed an electric line running from the village of Agujitas towards Caletas. In October 2009 the project was completed and the chalet in now on the grid.

 

Is there 24-hour electricity?

Yes.

Can we use our own electronics at the chalet?

You are welcome to use your own electronics, including chargers for cameras, hair dyers, and camcorders.  The electric plugs run on 120 volts, as they do in the United States.

 

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Travel to Drake Bay

What options are there for traveling to Drake Bay?

To reach Drake Bay from San Jose, you may either fly to Palmar Sur or  directly to Drake Bay.

If you choose to fly via Palmar Sur (1 hour), you would then take a taxi to Sierpe (20 minutes), and then boat to Drake Bay (1 hour, 15 minutes). 

If you fly directly to Drake Bay (1 hour), upon arrival you would then take a taxi to the village (25 minutes), and then boat to Cocalito Beach (10 minutes).

You could also travel overland by bus to Palmar Sur (5.5 hours, including a rest stop, $6.50 US one way ).  You would need to depart on the 5:00am Tracopa bus to Palmar in order to arrive in Sierpe in time to meet your boat captain at 11:00am.

We can also arrange taxi service from San Jose to Sierpe.  Rates vary, but normally run about $180 one way by minibus.  The trip will take you through the second highest mountain range in Central America.  By minibus, it takes about 5 hours to reach Sierpe.  Departure time is 5:30 am.

Can we drive to Drake Bay?

There  is a dirt road for 4-wheel drive vehicles that goes as far as the village of Agujitas.   Road conditions are quite poor and there are a couple of rivers that must be forged.  At times, during the rainy season, the road into Drake is impassable.  There is no road between the village and the chalet.  Your car would have to remain parked in Agujitas.

If you are planning on driving, a better option would be to drive to the town of Sierpe.  There is a safe rental car parking lot in Sierpe.  You could then travel by boat to Drake Bay.   You would need to arrive in Sierpe no later than 11:00am to meet your boat taxi.

What time do we need to arrive at the airport to catch our flight to Drake Bay?

You are required to arrive at the check-in counter 60 minutes prior to your departure time. Flights usually leave full.  If you are late, you may loose your ticket and your seat will likely be sold.

 

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About Drake Bay

Where is Drake Bay located?

Pleasantly isolated on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Drake Bay lies on the northernmost point of the Osa Peninsula. Claimed by many as one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Osa Peninsula is where the Costa Rica of legend still exists.  With eighty per cent, or 430,000 acres of the Osa Peninsula protected by Corcovado National Park and private forest reserves, the region stands as one of the last great tracks of unspoiled primary rainforest in Central America.  To this day, Corcovado, along with the majority of the peninsula remains road-less.   This, along with government and grass-root protectionism, has shielded the region from over-development. 

What is the population of the Drake Bay area?

According to the 2006 census there are 350 homes and 1,030 inhabitants in the Drake Bay area. This area encompasses 12 districts including the villages of Progreso, Agujitas, Los Planes, Los Angeles, Caletas, and Rincon, as well as the area south to Corcovado.

What kind of weather can we expect?

Temperatures average in the mid to upper eighties year round.  There are two seasons in Costa Rica...the dry and the rainy season.  In Drake Bay, the dry season begins in December and typically runs to April.   September and October are the rainiest months of the year.  Many of the local resorts close for the month of October.

What time is the sunrise and sunset in Drake Bay?

With little year round variations, the sun rises between 5:15 and 5:30am and begins setting around 5:30pm.  

 

 

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Corcovado National Park



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