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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- Eco friendly
- 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
Copa de Arbol is a great boutique resort in an idyllic setting on the beach in the rain forest in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. The staff is superb; and the cabins are beautiful, impeccable and air conditioned. This is our third time here. Although this is not a "vegan" resort, as Vegans, we have been talking with the staff as they develop a plant-based, made-to-your-order meals that Vegans will appreciate and savor. No processed vegan food here and each day the staff consults with all guests to plan their meals. You will love the virgin coast line and ocean at this small, unique resort that you can only access by boat. The hiking and swimming are excellent, the pool is beautiful and the views are breathtaking. This is truly paradise on many levels.
The best place ever to relax and forget about any city or worry. The beaches are beautiful, the jungle is amazing and the staff is so kind and caring. We had a great trip to Corcovado and a wonderful night tour. Everything was perfect! Go there and recommend! Thank you Albert, James, Diego, Monica and all of those whom we haven’t remembered the names.
Chloé & Roman
Our family of spent an amazing 3 night at Copa De Arbol. It was unforgettable experience and my favorite place in CR. We have 4 kids 18, 20, 21 and
22. I was little worried that no TV to watch bowls games or no city night life for New Years Eve would hinder my kids good time here. However, the resort did an amazing job doing a celebration on the beach with all the other guest, and an amazing dinner. The food was utterly amazing. The staff took great pride with any request you may have. Within hours of being there, they all knew your name.
Randall, the residential manager took care of all our questions. The restaurant/ bar staff was top notch.
We will miss Henry, James, Creigten and several others that I’m drawing a blank on their names.
We visited Arenal, Manuel Antonio and Copa De Arbol. And this was hands down everyone’s favorite.
We were there just 3 nights. However You really need at least four or five nights to experience all it has to offer.
We can’t wait to go back.
This isn't a vacation my family and I will ever forget - or will ever be able to adequately describe. Utter relaxation and contentment from the moment we arrived. Randall was an amazingly warm and hospitable host, the property is a masterful, tasteful combination of simple beauty, nature, luxury, and calm. This destination is for those who are looking for a getaway where you will not get in a car, never touch your wallet, your phone, or your computer, and never deal with crowds. You'll drift off to sleep when you're tired, probably surprised at how early it is, assuming you bother to look at the time. You'll awake to jungle sounds - howler monkees around 5am, birds of paradise, lapping waves. You'll walk a few yards to the beach at night and not see any lights other than the stars. We went a week without putting on shoes other than flip flops. We caught and ate fresh fish (Mahi Mahi, tuna), cracked and drank coconuts, played board games, swam, read books, relaxed. The accommodations are private and generously sized, cooled and dried by AC, and the beds/linens were what you'd find in a luxury hotel. This is a very remote part of a beautiful country - no roads in or out - and there is nothing even close to this in this area
in terms of beauty, comfort, and setting, as far as we could find. We were supposedly at the end of the rainy season but only had rain - awesome rain - in the pre-dawn hours. Days were warm and tropically humid. No bugs. Very warm ocean water. Summer took care of all of our requests in advance, and it really paid off to have a few days pre-planned. Everything she booked and planned for us was first rate and ran like clockwork, if we actually paid attention to the clock, which we rarely did. Highly recommend a tour of Corcovado, a fishing day with Reel Escape, and a snorkel day out at Cano. I would also suggest leaving days unscheduled - take walks to neighboring beaches and rivers. Hang out on the beautiful grounds. Paddle board off shore. I'm writing this because the owners and employees deserve this, but I selfishly want to keep this a well-kept secret. Many recommended a whirlwind tour of the country. We are so happy we chose to go to one place only instead, and so grateful we chose this one place.
We had the most wonderful time at Copa de Arbol! The scenery is spectacular, the accommodations are beautiful and the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. This is a place and experience that is very difficult to put into words. It is remote, yet very comfortable. I highly recommend visiting. We were there in late July and enjoyed sunshine and occasional showers. Loved it and hope to be back soon!!