Because of a fluke, we were able to experience both Jinetes de Osa and Aguila de Osa during our stay at Drakes Bay.
There are plusses and minuses to both. Rooms at Aguila are more spacious, more amenities and the view from the balcony lovelier than Jinetes.
Jinetes had simple, basic but clean rooms. We didn’t eat at Aguila, but the food at Jinetes was very good, served family style and no menu, you get what they serve. They were able to accommodate a vegetarian diet and the 4 nights we stayed, each meal was different. Drinks were cheaper at Jinetes, about $3 beer $4 wine. There is a steep hill you have to climb to get to your room at Aguila, whereas at Jinetes, there is just a short staircase off the common footpath that led to your room. Jinetes has more of a summer camp feel and the atmosphere is more laid back with the type of guests that can appreciate the simplicity, remoteness and beauty of the area, those who are there to hike, dive, relax and are a bit more adventurous. I got the feeling that guests at Aguila are more used to pampering and probably are not as comfortable w/out a guide or cell phone reception. The cost at Aguila is 2x as much as Jinetes. But in both places, we were asked to put our TP in a separate receptacle and in both places you may find a bug in your room. (It’s a jungle!) Surprised at how few mosquitos there are. The hotels are right next to each other on the footpath with a distance of approximately 3 football fields between them. The staff at each hotel were friendly and helpful, but I think Jinetes really treated you like family and wanted to make sure you were enjoying your stay. By US standards, Jinetes is probably a 2-3 star hotel and Aguila is a about 3 star hotel. I almost hesitate to post this because I don’t want the secret out, but this is such an incredible place to visit.
Tips for the area:
Do the Night Bug tour as early in your agenda as you can
Walk the trail from San Josecito Beach- have the hotel drop you off by boat and you hike the 8 miles back
Get up early and watch the sunrise at 5:00
Get a kayak and go up the river
Take a walk into town via the beach
Take lots of pictures, water proof camera a plus
Watch and listen to the nature surrounding you
Buy local souvenirs at the Drake Bay airport
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come see Costa Rica as you always imagined; wild, beautiful and unexplored. Be one of the lucky few to scuba dive in the pelagic rich waters of Cano Island or explore one of the last remaining virgin lowland tropical rainforests of Corcovado National Park. Splendidly isolated in the tiny community of Drake Bay, Costa Rica, Jinetes De Osa Hotel is a friendly beachside retreat one hours boat ride down the jungle lined banks of the Sierpe River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Jinetes De Osa
- Jinetes De Osa Drake Bay