Copa De Arbol Beach & Rainforest Resort
What We Love
- Three meals a day, a welcome drink and use of paddleboards and kayaks are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Secluded setting surrounded by wildlife; guests may see the occasional macaw or capuchin monkey in the trees
- Outstanding views from the on-site restaurant overlooking the water
- Beachfront property with eco-friendly accommodations in elegant jungle cabanas constructed from recycled materials and reforested wood
What To Know
- There are no roads to the hotel, but being accessible only by boat adds to the privacy. Service to/from the hotel is limited to the daytime, ensuring a peaceful rest for travelers
- Due to the location WiFi service is limited, but it’s free
- The hotel can arrange massage treatments, guided rainforest hikes and sunset cruises
- Children four and under are not permitted
- READ MORE: Costa Rica for Everyone
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve, Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort lies between Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park — one of the few remaining untouched areas of Costa Rica. Getting to this luxury resort is part of the experience; due to its isolated location, guests must be brought in by boat, so they can truly get a feeling of rainforest immersion. The 10 air-conditioned cabanas average around 400 square feet and were constructed with recycled materials and reforested wood. All accommodations feature thatch roofs with cathedral ceilings and exposed rafters, pillowtop orthopedic mattresses, tile bathrooms (with eco-friendly toiletries) and private balconies overlooking the beach or rainforest — the views are best enjoyed from a swaying hammock. Clock some pool time before heading to the open-air restaurant (three squares a day are included) for a memorable dining experience. Dinner entrees vary but may include Caribbean snapper with coconut red beans and rice, roasted chicken breast with chayote, carrots and coconut Thai curry sauce, or Costa Rican beef tenderloin with warm cassava and camote salad, haricots verts and salsa verde.
In the Area
The beauty of Copa de Arbol makes it a destination in itself, but there are several outdoors adventures in the area available for guests to immerse themselves in the wildlife and rainforest. The main draw is Corcovado National Park, home to various species of monkey, jaguar, ocelot, tapir and anteater, as well as numerous birds, including the resplendent quetzal and red macaw. Snorkelers and scuba divers can visit Caño Island Biological Reserve, a protected marine area that is about as diverse underwater as Corcovado National Park is aboveground. Visitors can also go on one of Costa Rica’s famous zipline canopy tours, or take a whale-watching tour in Drake Bay.
How to Get There
We spent several days here and had a fabulous time. Great service and delicious food, nice lodges and very interesting excursions with knowledgable guides.
Special thanks to the three waiters who made us feel so welcome😁
This was my second visit to Copa De Arbol. The first time was in 2104 with my husband for our anniversary, the second with my husband and two kids in 2018. When the resort is in view on the boat ride, it really touches you on an emotional level: serene, peaceful and welcoming, it is a place which invites you in so many ways. Staff and owners are so friendly, but not at all intrusive. They are there if you need anything, but also respect the need for privacy. The accommodation is gorgeous, beautifully decorated and just a short walk to the pool and beach. I love it here. My most memorable moments were horse riding on the beach with my kids, swimming in the river (while my husband kept dry and videoed) and watching incredible sunsets from the restaurant. I look forward to returning!
After traveling to Copa for my first time in 2013, I have been back three times. I used to travel to at least one different place per year, kind of a bucket list type thing. Since discovering Copa a bit by accident ( the place I wanted was booked ) I have been unable to return to my bucket list style of travel. Now don't get me wrong, I have been on a few trips since but I find myself feeling that I should have went back to Copa. The Osa peninsula has it all, incredibly friendly people, adventure and activities to suit the lazy and the active. I have had more wildlife incounters on my trips to Corcovado nation park and the boat rides getting there than most of my other travels combined. On one particular trip we encountered several humpback whales who put on a display of breaching forever in my memory. I wouldn't return to this area if it weren't for the incredible nature and the wildlife that surrounds you during your stay, its truly amazing, however its the people that push it over the top for me. I have never met a more genuine group of people working anywhere its like one big family that excepts you in like an old friend, natural not overbearing or invasive, just right. I decided to write this review because I am planning a trip to Madagascar and found myself dreaming of Copa, maybe I should just go back.......
There are many wonderful things about this hotel starting with the staff. They are friendly and eager to make sure you’re having a great stay. The rooms are comfortable and have fans as well as AC. The views from the rooms and the dining area are fantastic. We enjoyed our stay
There are a few minor tweaks/suggestions they could do to make this place great
- put flashlights in the room. You need them to navigate the property at night as there are no outside lights
- make refillable water bottles available. The water provided is in a cooler with glasses. Great when you’re there but less so when going on hikes
- change their menu to make it more local. They seem to be shooting for high-end fancy and miss on that endeavor. Having local ingredients and making local dishes available would fit their eco-approach better.
- have umbrellas available at the pool. The sun can get quite hot and having the option for shade would be great.
- many rooms have a kitchen on the first floor. This is wasted space as most people wouldn’t have any supplies to utilize the kitchen. It would be nice if the hotel gave an option to order or get groceries
One final comment, there is only a wet landing option coming to or leaving the hotel. This is common for the area but there is nothing mentioning this on the website. So come prepared with proper footwear.
My girlfriend and I love Costa Rica! We spent 7 nights at Copa and it was beyond what we had expected. It's not that we didn't have high expectations after reading all the great reviews from previous guests, it's that words and pictures can't prepare you for how beautiful it really is. There are many worthwhile tours in the area, our favorite was the Corcovado National Park. We saw an amazing amount of wildlife, like a mother tapir with a baby, peccaries in large numbers, three different species of monkeys, and tons of different types of birds. When you hear the loud screech of scarlet macaws or the howler monkeys howling you feel as if you are in the wildest place on earth! The restaurant staff Henry, Albert, Greyvin and James are friendly and welcoming, served up great food and they provide top notch service yet don't seem like they are at work. Don't get me wrong, these guys work very hard, it’s just they have the genuine vibe of a group of guys that love their work and it showed. The reception staff was great as well... Monica, Randal, and Diego were there to help with anything that came up, and went well beyond what you would expect. We are already planning our next trip back, if you guys are reading this we miss you all thanks Copa de Arbol!!!