I want to report the most horrible case of animal abuse I have ever personally seen, and I work in animal rescue. Xinia and her sister who run Cabinas Indigenas, had two budgies/Parakeets, locked in a tiny cage without food or water. I guess she had gotten them and never fed them or gave them water. I took one out and it just lay in my hand, too weak even to stand - the other was still fluttering. I gave them water and tried to feed them some granola, not the right food, but all I had, but it was too late- they both died that night. She intentionally starved them to death! These are smart, sensitive, affectionate creatures that can mimic human speech and become very attached to their owners. After they were dead she propped them up in the cage for a day- the Norman Bates of Budgies. When I asked my last host about what to do she said there was no protection for domestic pets in Drake's Bay, only for wild animals. She was also horrified but said to do nothing, because the women were "Crazy Bad" and dangerous. Xinia and her sister were very hostile and would barely acknowledge us when we greeted them. In addition, the place was surrounded by surly guys on motorbikes. We felt endangered which is why we waited to report this until we left. She should be banned from ever owning a pet. In addition, the overhead fan was so loud I couldn't sleep with it on, not even with wax earplugs! It was like having a jet engine on full rev overhead. If we turned it off it was too hot, on it was too loud. The towels were rough, the beds uncomfortable and the pillows seem stuffed with styrofoam peanuts. If you read my other reviews, you will find I'm usually pretty accepting of roughing it - but her rudeness made us very uncomfortable. Getting anything from the kitchen was a tension-filled experience. And her horrible cruelty in starving those innocent birds was unbelievable. I will never be able to forget seeing those poor little birds huddled together for comfort, dying slowly of hunger and thirst.…
We stayed here for 3 nights and had a great time. Chancha (the owner) was fantastic, organised everything we wanted to do, gave us great recommendations for food and activities, and gave us a free night time frog spotting tour which also included a really interesting tour of all the things they grow around the site. The cabins are basic but clean and in a nice position by the river and right by the beach. Suited us well. He is one of the few truly local owners in Drake so it was nice to support that. The also do a large tasty breakfast with a huge jug of fresh coffee which is always a bonus in my book :)
There are two types of "cabinas" : the rooms wich are small, dark and dodgy and the bungalow which i did no try. We booked for a bungalow but they put us in a room where you are next to your neighboors and can hear them breath. No mosquito net, the ventilator is useless and there are cockroach the size of a hand... At the time of paying it seems the price was per person and not per night.. We were two so it doubled. I would advise not to go there because you can find way much better for only 10/15$ more... And it's definitely worth it!
We stayed three nights up on the hill overlooking Drakes Bay. The location was excellent, steps down to the beach and surrounded by trees with all sorts of birds. We had already booked tours online so didn't see too much of our hosts. We had $8 breakfast the first morning, at 5.30 before going into Corcovado, it was ok but seemed expensive for what you got- plate of fruit and scrambled eggs and toast. The cabin was new but quite basic and the holes in the walls freaked out my daughter who is scared of snakes. It was a pleasant 10 minute walk into town, as this is the far end of the bay, and for $100 a night for a family of 5 was good value. Bring a torch!
Just got home from an awesome week in Costa Rica. Really enjoyed the cabin at Drake Bay. Good people, good food, good times. Snorkling and super remote beaches. Thanks, Alex. We will tell all our friends to come and visit.