Very friendly and helpful owners. Good covered areas to cook under. Showers are bit rustic. Lots of bugs and even more crabs! Close to Playa Carrillo which is a beautiful beach and less crowded than nearby Playa Samara.
On the shores of Lake Arenal in the town of El Castillo, just off the main road through town before the pizza shop (right across from Cafe Lago near the boat launch). No services, but it's free and chef bene in the soda is great
We stayed here when our parents flew in after dark, and again the night before they left early. Ten minutes from the airport. Had our parents not been paying we would not have stayed here. It is a very nice hotel, cheaper than other boutique hotel options. The steakhouse restaurant is also very good, and not expensive given Costa Rican prices. +$100 USD per room
High in the mountains, relatively cold weather. Crowded with locals on the weekend, especially Sunday, but very few overnighters. Covered areas for cooking. Trout pond for fishing, gear provided. $9 per kilo, no catch and release, expensive but delicious. Beautiful 1.5 mile hiking trail into the cloud forest behind the restaurant.
A lucky find. Look for the camping sign on the main street just outside Uvita. Beautiful view, lots of toucans. Brand new bathrooms and covered area to cook under. Very friendly owners who will made food in their restaurant on request.
Parking in front of the hostel, it's a bit of a climb up to the camping area. Covered tent areas. A great view of Drake Bay. The roads to Drake aren't the greatest, they were newly graded but did involve a few shallow river crossings. 4x4 recommended.
A beautiful free place to camp south of Drake Bay near the Corcovado. Scarlet macaws everywhere, an amazing beach and not a person in sight. River crossings and bad roads, 4x4 required. Pack your trash out. Camping on the grass in front of the house, next to the soccer field. Can use the covered shelter for cooking. Do not camp on the soccer field or beach, the tide is high, and low areas will flood if it rains. Freshwater hose and open shower on the beach. Bathrooms in the school you can use if you ask for a key. A lodge with a bar and restaurant 500m down the beach will also let you use their showers and bathrooms.
4x4 required. River crossings can flood if rains are bad. Do not leave anything unattended on the beach. Pack your trash out. There's a shop at the end of the road offering cold beer, bathrooms, showers and food for a cost. If you're headed into Corcovado you can park your car behind the store for $5 a day. Buy the old Canadian expat a beer and listen to some of his stories!
Make reservations in Puerto Jimenez. You must do this, or arrange through a tour organizer. It's an 11 mile hike from Carate. You can take a boat from Bahia Drake, and you can take a boat or fly from Puerto Jimenez. Dorms are two bunk beds each in a screened room. Bugs can be a problem, bring mosquito nets or lots of DEET. Camping area is in a covered pavilion. Meals can be provided with reservation, but cost $20-25 per person per meal. There is a building for cooking next to the camping area. Water can be bought for $4 per 2 liter bottle, or purified from the tap. Pack out all trash.
Our friend had a room here and we were allowed to sleep in the car park for no charge although Neill gave the receptionist 3,000 (approx £4.00) as a goodwill gesture. Neill asked If he could use the pool, the guy charged him 3,000, he just wanted to cool down and was in there for all of 30 seconds. Our friend was ill and need to stay at 3pm the guy changed to conditions and said his manager wanted us to pay 10,000, so we left.
Flat area at the rear and had full access to all facilities and were allowed to shower in a vacated room the next morning. Restaurant (Closed Sunday), Pool and Wifi. Good location near to town. Restaurant was good and reasonably priced (for Costa Rica).
Fantastic Finca with camping possibility: wildlife, swimming at the bridge, boat and peddles available, horseriding, 3 marked walking trails, play room for the kids. Good chance you met other overlanders here. Must stop here when coming from or going at Nicaragua. Potable water, wifi, clean toilets and shower. WARNING Not pet friendly