Las Caletas Lodge
Built next to five acres of old-grown rainforest, just above the smooth Caletas Beach, about a 45 minute walk south from the town of Drake, Las Caleta's Lodge is a "less is more" themed solace for tourists looking to be up close and personal with nature and wildlife.read more close
Upon arrival a staff member will meet you on at the beach to lead you up a stone staircase to the main office and dining area; behind here are a variety of detached lodging options for guests.
You can opt to stay in one of the two duplex rooms, $105 per person per night. Each room is two stories, with a double and a twin size bed upstairs, and two twin beds downstairs, private bathroom with standing shower, ceiling fan, private porch with hammocks and ocean and rainforest views.
At the back end of the property, two bungalows, $90 per person per night, include a private bathroom, ceiling fan, one double and one single bed, ocean and rainforest views
For a more private option, the honeymoon suite is a two-story bungalow with a private bathroom, ceiling fan, one double and one single bed, and front porch with hammock and rainforest views for $95 per person per night.
Camping out is comfortable in the lodge’s three tent cabins, $75 per night (May-Dec.), each includes a fan, a shelf and a full bed and two lounging chairs outside the tent. When you stay in the tent you share two bathrooms with standing showers that are connected to the main office and dining area, no more than 30 feet from each tent.
Three freshly prepared meals are included in the room rate for each day. The menu is pre-set, but the chef can provide vegetarian options upon request. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available at an additional $2-$4 per drink.
Breakfast is a spread of self-served fruit, cereal and toast; eggs and gallo pinto are cooked to order in the kitchen from 6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Lunch and dinner are the chef's daily choice.
Hearty, dishes are served for lunch; anything from homemade lasagna with salad to bean-and-cheese burritos with a side of coleslaw are possibilities for the 12:30 p.m. meal.
The scent of warm bread wafts out of the kitchen to alert guests that it is time for their three-course dinner. Garlic bread is shared from breadbaskets on the table, and a light course served first, such as a creamy carrot and potato soup or a fresh garden salad.
The main course alternates daily between fish, chicken and beef. Prepared at the chef’s discretion daily, with sides such as mashed potatoes and green beans, or steamed rice and water squash. Finally, indulge in dessert; it might be Spanish flan, or homemade chocolate pudding.
Services and Amenities
For groups of four or more, the lodge can operate private tours on their two boats to Corcovado National Park, Caño Island or the Mangrove forest.
Guests can relax all over the lodge’s property on the four hammocks, at the picnic tables and reclining chairs that overlook the Pacific, or by taking the complimentary kayaks out for a spin.
Complimentary WiFi, coffee and fresh baked cookies, are available in the lodge’s main office and dining area.
Guests can adventure into Las Caletas’ surrounding rainforest, ocean front and creek to spot nocturnal frogs, insects, crawfish and possibly snakes if they take the resident jungle guru Gregory’s night walk, offered only to guests 2-3 nights a week, $35.
Bring a flashlight and insect repellent! Hiking rubber boots provided.