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
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- 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 LOVED it here! You have to set expectations accordingly because this is NOT the same experience the resorts elsewhere in the country.
You have to fly a small plane to the Osa Peninsula, and then take a van about half hour through the countryside to the Drake’s Bay, and then walk through the surf into a small boat about 15 minutes to Copa De Arbol.
Once there, 1) the rooms are fantastic and comfortable, 2) the staff is the most welcoming and charming of anywhere we’ve stayed and 3) the food is really just great!
With all of that said- remember you’re in the jungle. This is the only place in Osa with air conditioning in the rooms and wi fi. While that is fantastic, you’re still in the jungle, so prepare that toilet paper gets thrown in the can and not flushed, and don’t expect to be going “into town” for anything.
In order to get to Cocorvado National Park, it is about an hour boat ride in a bumpy boat with hard plastic seats. If you get queasy or have back issues, then this hour ride may not be for you. Once at Cocorvado, there is light hiking through the trails to see monkeys and more. It’s a trip I’d say for middle school kids and up.
The hotel has a small pool overlooking the ocean and it is perfect because there are only about 9 villas on the property. There is a small beach where you can go paddle boarding, but don’t expect anything like lounging on an expansive Florida coast— that’s not what this is. There are some secluded beaches you can walk to within a half hour along the coast, but our middle school kids would not have been up for it. It would be a really good couples hike. If you are looking for zip lining or horseback riding, I’d suggest doing that in other parts of the country. While they offer it here, you’d have to take the boat into town to find a shack offering the tour you want, and that is just not really what you’d be going to Copa for. This is a place for of seclusion, hiking, beauty, nature and chilling.
Overall, the best thing about this place are the people. We met the owner and his family who come occasionally from California, and they were so nice and wonderful that you can see the trickle down effect to Randall and the whole staff.
Visited this fabulous place with our 4 kids, such an amazing experience! The staff was awesome! The food was outstanding! The entire stay was so personal, our kids played soccer with other resort families and the staff on the beach! We woke to the sounds of the monkeys and rainforest every morning! Beautiful views! The resort arranged deep sea fishing, scuba diving and got us tickets and a guide to the Corcovado National Park!
It was hard to say goodbye! Such magical memories made!!!
We stayed here three nights. It is a true paradise. You will see a lot of animals without even leaving the resort, like monkeys and toekans. The beach is the most beautiful you have ever seen. The accommodations are good and the air conditioning works good. The service and food is excellent. Special diets are no problem, they will make special meals for you. You can make great tours like snorkeling at Caño island, hiking in the area or Corcovado, bird watching and enjoy the beautiful nature of this area. I saw large turtles during my snorkeling trip. Everything was amazing.