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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Casa pura vida is a top place to be. We had a really good time with Norlyng and Gabi. Really clean rooms and bathrooms, breakfast is included and changes every day, fresh towels and sheets every few days, hammocks everywhere and a kitchen to make your own dinner. Norlyng brings you to whereever tours are starting and picks you up...

Thank tannie1982
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The room was basic but clean and well-maintained. The owner, Norlyn, did a fantastic job scheduling guided adventures for us. He knows the guides and they were all skilled, knowledgeable, and professional. The horseback ride to a waterfall was unexpectedly lovely. We rode in a stream surrounded by jungle and we were able to swim in clear water below the...

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Ottawa, Ontario
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Four of us stayed here for 3 nights in December 2016. The owners were very nice and helpful. The rooms were clean and big enough for all of us. We really loved the large communal kitchen and BBQ and the hammocks out front - we could cook and the kids could chill and visit. The breakfast was good and the...

1Thank 588ering
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Service and kindness were great. Owner Norlyng Rojas was helpful in a any and all kinds of issues, such as transport, phone call to other lodges and our rental company etc. We even enjoyed a free barbecue when the village went out of electricity.

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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff (owner). Very clean and simple room, simple in a good way. Would definitely stay their again. We were very unlucky with the weather, and there was really nothing to do there when raining. But with good weather I bet it would have been very nice.

Thank yodiz
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Booked this hotel 10 months ago and for what was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime in Costa Rica - a holiday that we had been planning and saving for, for years. A couple of weeks before we are due to travel we receive an email in barely understandable English telling us that they have cancelled our reservation....

Thank Mary M
Bahia D, Propietario at Cabinas Pura Vida, responded to this review
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Hola ! ustedes tienen toda la razón de estar molestos y lo sentimos mucho por todo el inconveniente que ésto...

Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We ended up at Drake Bay with no accommodations because of a mix up and were recommended Cabinas Pura Vida by a couple on our ferry. I am so happy we did. Nolan is so kind and generous, he happily drove us when it was pouring rain. He organized great excursions for us for reasonable prices, less we found out...

Thank Krista V
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Nolan and his wife were so accommodating and friendly. We were there during the off-season so we had the entire place to ourselves for the majority of our 4 night stay. They were in the middle of some quiet renovations where they had just made some additions to the common area (kitchen, lounge, seating area, etc). While talking to Nolan...

Thank Tatiana S
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My wife, 2 kids (9 & 11), and I just stayed with Norlyn and Gabby at Cabinas Pura Vida for four nights and it was terrific! Norlyn booked the boat for us from Sierpe, picked us up at the beach, booked several AMAZING tours for us (Corcovado and Isla de Caño) and shuttled us the short distance down to the...

1Thank David W
Milan, Italy
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Norlin and his wife are real great hosts: allowing to get the best from your visit to Drake bay. Rooms are clean, comfortable but pretty basic, a common area is available for cooking or for having a coffee. The hotel is centrally located and give easy access to the beach and to restaurants and shops. Highly suggested

Thank Lorenzo B

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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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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) Cano 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 

Additional Information about Cabinas Pura Vida

Address: | Bahia Drake, Drake Bay 000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Price Range: RM205 - RM299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cabinas Pura Vida 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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“Avoid completely”
 of 5 bubbles MaryM102, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There is not a bad room here!”
 of 5 bubbles LyndseyW_12, 29 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Each one that I saw was similarly equipped with a queen bed, bunk beds, AC, wifi, private bathroom with included hot water shower”
 of 5 bubbles Bifurcated_Tech, 17 Mar 2016 | Read review
“No wash sinks, so be prepared to use shower to hand wash adventure clothes and other gear. The one aspect I did have an issue with is breakfast. It was coffee, two pieces of fruit and plain (small) white toast with option to spread jam or better. Pretty bleak offerings and the service starts at 7:30 AM which is waaayyy too late for adventure travelers who usually wish to set off early before sun gets too hot. The panaderia is just down the road in the center of town and there you can buy bread and drink coffee and generally hang with interesting people. He takes credit card so that's nice although rate goes up. If you plan on having dinner there, my experience in small restaurants of this nature the quality of experience may be excellent but slow so...if you are pressed or don't have much patience, order half hour prior to sitting down at tables.”
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  • Strong bunk beds hold two heavy guys.
 of 5 bubbles InsideScoopCOSTARICA, 1 Sep 2014 | Read review
“Once you get to Bahia Drake I assure you can find more options, I thought there were only a few places where to stay, but I was wrong. Get there and find a good deal :)”
 of 5 bubbles armandom300, 10 Sep 2013 | Read review
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