We spent 3 lovely nights at Cabinas Pura Vida. There seems to be 2 types of accommodations in Drake - the very expensive all-inclusive lodges outside of town and everything else. The town is set off the beach with restaurants, a few grocery stores and guest houses/hostels on the steep, winding dusty roads.
CPV is a bit up the hill but the owner, Norlyn, picked us up as promised on the beach to help with our luggage. He also kindly ran us up and down for the 2 excursions (park tour & snorkeling) that we booked through him.
The communication with Norlyn was great and his English is perfect. Clearly a long timelocal, he seems to know everyone and everything in town and was a great help getting us quickly acclimated to Drake.
The included breakfasts were simple & good. The coffee was awesome. The room was simple but perfect for our stay. The AC & Wifi worked great. No TV but we listened to the ipod and chatted - perfect for the spot off the beaten track!
Drake Bay is a simple place and not fancy - you are going for the wild life and the adventure. Cabinas Pura Vida fits that model well and for the price, it was well worth it. We were grateful for the chance to see this beautiful place and the hospitality of Norlyn & Gabby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pura Vida Drake Bay Cabins is located in the center of Drake Bay just 400 meters from the beach, since its opening in 2007 to been operated by a couple of young Costa Ricans, Norlyn and Gabriela. All our rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, hot water and we offer our new kitchen for your convenience. We also have a secure parking and beautiful garden with hammocks right on the terrace of your room. We also organize guided tours to Corcovado National Park (Sirena or San Pedrillo Station) Caño Island (Diving or snorkeling) and more! Cabinas Pura Vida is your best option in Bahia Drake by price, quality and service, we will be glad to serve you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabinas Pura Vida Costa Rica/Drake Bay