2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
About Debra Winegarden
A nature lover through and through
Debra Winegarden purchased this House in 2005
Why Debra Winegarden chose Drake Bay
It is in the most beautiful place on the planet
What makes this House unique
So much beauty and activities to do
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
smoking on the patio is okay
Smoking permitted on the patio Be respectful of our property. It is difficult to get things to Drake. Please no self tanning products or sun oil on our sheets, it ruins them and they are difficult to replace here in the jungle.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
I want to start by saying Drake Bay is a unique and beautiful place to visit however it is very much 3rd world country there. The home was clean and sufficient but the rooms had a very damp smell. The water for the entire town comes straight from the mountain so twice we were without water for a while. The people in town are very friendly and we felt safe the entire time. We enjoyed seeing iguanas, parrots and monkeys literally 30’ from our door. The location is very remote so for the minimal amount of options to stay at, it appeared that this home was the best choice. I will say that the views from the home are priceless!! Absolutely breathtaking!
We appreciate comments however these are surprising and do not reflect my house. First, October is the peak of the rainy season and in Drake, that comes with power outages and water being off occasionally. She was told this numerous times, but it appeared she did not do her homework. Regardless, my house has a storage tank for these times and Sherry was helped immediately. Drake is the most biodiverse place on the planet. In order to be this, it needs to be away from cities etc. Sherry said it is 3 rd world. This is a very elitist perspective and you can see from her comments she doesn’t think much about countries different from her own.
I would suggest that Sherry stay in a city next time, and not insult the beautiful people and wild place of Drake Bay and not to let her poor planning and snooty nature reflect on what an amazing place this is. Costa Rica does not need people to come with the idea that it needs to conform to their standards, it is absolutely perfect the way it is. Most travelers here are more evolved than Sherry and come prepared for the weather, the season, the country, the people, and are thrilled to be able to participate in nature of this magnitude and splendor. At the Peak of the rainy season, in the rainforest, she complains that it smells damp. Open a window, turn off the air conditioner that was keeping you cool if you want fresh ocean air. These things are intuitive to most people, but she comes from what Costa Rican’s refer to a complaining gringo nature. These type of tourists are not liked by locals because they try to find something wrong with everything as they are entitled, or feel entitled, to have things the way it is in their country. Why bother to come? Stay comfortable in your own place and leave Drake for those who love nature, weather, people, food, customs, sights, sounds, different than their own.
Peace to you Sherry, I hope you can find comfort for your soul in some hermetically sealed little room with flower scented air freshener.
Hear the waves
We enjoyed our stay in this cute home overlooking Drake Bay. It is very convenient for enjoying the area. There are many nice amenities, making it very comfortable.
These people are great, so glad they stayed with us and enjoyed our home!
The BEST place to stay in Drake Bay
You cannot find a better place to stay in Drake Bay than right here!
First, location in travel is so important. This house is a short walk (2 to 5 minutes) from everything in Drake Bay. Whether that's going to a grocery store, a restaurant, or starting your tour for the day.
Second, Eric, your very own "concierge", located next door, is right there to make sure you have everything you need while in Drake Bay. He runs the dive shop and water tours and is an amazing dive master and guide if you want to do some scuba diving or snorkeling or whale/dolphin watching while in town. It's also a great comfort to know that after traveling to a remote location far from home, someone is there to ensure you have a fun and safe stay. And Debra was in contact with us the whole time, checking in to make sure we had what we needed.
Lastly, but not least, the house itself is very comfortable and a welcome sanctuary to rest and recover from your adventures. Exactly as advertised, you have a beautiful, fantastic view of the ocean and bay, surrounded by a wall of flowers, giving you privacy. AC in both bedrooms keep the place cool and comfortable on even the hottest and most humid day.
If you are looking for a safe haven in the jungle as your base for adventuring in and around Drake Bay, or just a wonderful place to relax and unwind, we cannot recommend this house more highly.
This house was great! Perfect location within easy walking distance to all you need (markets, restaurants, etc). View from the house was awesome. House was clean and very functional. Communication with Debra was great. She assisted in booking all our tours which made our time there very easy. Check in was simple with Eric who met us at the beach after our boat ride from Sierpe. Would recommend a day in Corcovado - saw lots of animals (Sirena station). Night tour was fun as was a day out with Eric on the boat for snorkeling and whale/dolphin watching. We had an wonderful few days here and would highly recommend the house and this area of Costa Rica.
We had a fantastic time – totally relaxing and everyone was so helpful and amazing! Eric booked all our tours for us and the house was super relaxing with a beautiful view. We would definitely come back!
This was our 3rd visit to CR, but our first to this area and it was spectacular! For an adventure, nature, animal, ocean/beach loving family like ours, this area was perfect for doing it all and relaxing. We spent 9 days in Bahia Drake and easily could've stayed longer and explored more. With our 8.5 & 5.5 year old boys, we went zip lining, did a hike in Corcovado via Sirena ranger station, a night hike, kayaked up a river, spent a full day out on Erick's boat-Pelagic Fish- to SCUBA/snorkel, visited Cano Island, fished, saw sea turtles, dolphins and humpbacks, and spent our relaxing days on the beach and walked the path to Cocalito Beach too. We saw 3 different species of monkeys, pairs and groups of scarlett macaws everyday, toucans and dozens of other bird species, iguanas, a tapir napping, a 3 toed sloth, a Fer De Lance snake (one of most venemous in CR!), frogs/toads, spiders, lizards, geckos, hermit crabs, tarantulas, leaf cutter ants and so many other cool species of insects. Debra, Erick, Hank, Andre, & Alexa were all so helpful. The house was modest and had the basic necessaties. We were able to get some groceries for breakfasts/lunches at the small grocery stores/produce markets and enjoyed dinners at Carey's, Claudio's, Tortuga, Delicias, Bahia Azul and stayed in a few nights too - especially the night we caught our own dinner with Erick and prepared our own ceviche from bluefin jack and another asian fish dish from the albacore. We are not the "all-inclusive/resort" family type, so for the price & wanting to be in the center of doing it all in that area, this house was ideal. We brought with us school supplies to donate to the local school and everyone was so friendly. We were pleasantly surprised to see very little trash on the beaches and spent our last morning cleaning up trash along the dirt road from the house down to the beach (which was still pretty minimal compared to some other areas of the world that are becoming so trash-ridden - including the town we live in). Our family motto is eat well, travel often and we can all make a difference. We spent our last 2 nights in San Gerardo in the cloud forest just so we were closer to the airport for our saturday flight home. This area of Costa Rica is truly a must see and at times, it truly felt like we were in a Nat Geo episode.For biology/nature/animal & ocean nerds like us, it was truly paradise. Thank you!For some photo highlights from our trip,view on Insta: ja_seastheday
Drake Bay is in one of the most bio diverse places on the planet yet has everything you need for enjoyment and comfort