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Cabinas Marcelina (tel. 2735-5007) is a clean, dependable budget option right in the heart of town. Agua Luna (tel. 2735-5204) is conveniently located, with rooms right at the foot of the town’s public dock and close to a mangrove forest.

Costa Rican Family Robinson

For a truly unique family vacation, think about renting the Lapa’s Nest Tree House ★★ (www.treehouseincostarica.com; tel. 508/714-0622 in the U.S., or 8372-3529 in Costa Rica), an impressive lodge built up and around a giant Guanacaste tree in the midst of thick forest. This gorgeous home, just 13km (8 miles) north of Puerto Jiménez, is chock-full of creative design touches. Spread over six levels, it features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen. The price for all of this ranges from $1,500 to $2,900 per week, depending on the season.

Where to Stay & Eat Around the Osa Peninsula

As with most of the lodges in Drake Bay, the accommodations listed in this section include three meals a day in their rates and do a large share of their bookings in package trips. Per-night rates are listed, but the price categories have been adjusted to take into account the fact that all meals are included. Ask about package rates if you plan to take several tours and stay awhile: They could save you money.

In addition to the lodges listed below, options range from small B&Bs to fully equipped home rentals. Surfers, in particular, might want to inquire into one of several rental houses located close to the beach at Matapalo.

You can look into Finca Exótica Eco-Lodge ★ (www.fincaexotica.com; tel. 8828-0817), a delightful oceanview lodge, and La Leona Eco-Lodge ★ (www.laleonaecolodge.com; tel. 2735-5705), a rustic lodge and tent-camp option on the outskirts of the national park.

This is a very isolated area, with just one gravel road connecting all the lodges, nature reserves, and parks. Almost all visitors here take all their meals at their lodge. If you want to venture away for some good, simple home cooking, head to Martina Hoffmann’s Buena Esperanza, right there on the main road at Carbonera, near Matapalo.

The listings below are some of the best ecolodges Costa Rica has to offer, and most are pretty pricey. Bear in mind that the rooms have no TVs, telephones, or air-conditioning, the roads are not paved, and there are no towns to speak of. Consequently, there are also no crowds and few modern distractions. All of the lodges listed are between 40 minutes to a 2 hours outside of Puerto Jimenez, along a rough dirt road, with several river crossings.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.