Located in the southern pacific region of Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, Copa De Arbol is perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park, in an area known as “Caletas” (small coves).
Vastly different from other destinations in Costa Rica our resort is only accessible by boat yet still has all the amenities of a full-service hotel. Because Copa De Arbol is located in such a remote area of Costa Rica we are an all-inclusive resort.
This allows our guests to relax and enjoy their surroundings while our award-winning staff takes care of everything else.
One of the best Experiential travel destinations in all of Costa Rica, Copa De Arbol uniquely offers endless adventure, delicious cuisine, and amazing Eco-Luxury accommodations. Come immerse yourself in nature at one of the most unique resorts in the world.
What sets Copa De Arbol apart from other hotels in Costa Rica is the indigenous ocean life, animals, reptiles, birds, flora, and topography of our seventy acre property.
The regional beauty of Copa De Arbol extends throughout the entire Osa Peninsula with ecological brilliance that stands as one of the few remaining regions of Costa Rica and the world that demonstrates the harmony of a balanced ecosystem.
Copa De Arbol is set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. We are located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park in an area known as “Caletas” (small coves).
This area of the Osa Peninsula is accessible by boat only and is one of the most remote and untouched places on Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline.
Nestled among the trees, each hotel cabina blends seamlessly into the natural backdrop. Constructed using recycled materials and reforested wood such as Teak, Cypress and Melina; all of our accommodations feature ocean and rainforest views.
Every cabina was custom made by hand and maintain an indigenous Costa Rican architectural theme but with all the amenities of a modern hotel. Our buildings integrate into the landscape in order to maintain the beauty and natural footprint found in this special stretch of coastline.
Resort Cabinas and Villas all have balconies with seating areas, pillow-top orthopedic mattresses, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and tiled bathrooms with walk-in showers. You’ll be within 100 yards from our resort beach, with the rhythmic sounds of the ocean and rainforest to lull you to sleep.
Amargo features an extra-large balcony with a seating area and hammock. Reached by crossing a charming footbridge, it is a little more removed from the center of the property, yet it is only a short walk to both the beach and the restaurant.
Amargo features 2 separate rooms, 2 bathrooms, excellent for families or two couples traveling together. 3 person minimum to book both rooms. Amargo has one king bed and the adjacent room has 1 queen bed.
The Amargo can be booked exclusively or both rooms may be reserved for 3 or more guests. Copa De Arbol is an all-inclusive resort. Cabinas are priced per person and include a made to order breakfast, lunch, and a unique nightly full-service dinner experience.
Palm is our largest luxury cabina, with two stories, two bedrooms, a unique, hand made wooden staircase and an extra-large bathroom featuring a Japanese-style soak tub. The generous outdoor space includes a two-tiered front porch with seating, a ceiling fan and a balcony with seating on the second floor.
Set a little farther back on the property, it offers an almost panoramic jungle view with some views of the ocean as well and is a quick and easy walk to both the restaurant and the beach.
Palm has two queen-sized beds and can accommodate up to four guests. Copa De Arbol is an all-inclusive resort. Cabinas are priced per person and include a made to order breakfast, lunch, and a unique nightly full-service dinner experience. Visit our dining page for more details.
Cacao is one of three of our largest luxury cabinas featuring two levels built on stilt pilings elevating the room into the trees. The lower level is a large deck with two hammocks, refrigerator and sink. The upper level features a spacious room and balcony with beautiful rainforest vistas of our Costa Rican coastline.
Cacao comes with two queen-sized beds and can accommodate up to four guests. Copa De Arbol is an all-inclusive resort. Cabinas are priced per person and include a made to order breakfast, lunch, and a unique nightly full-service dinner experience. Visit our dining page for more details.
BAR & RESTAURANT
Located in the heart of the resort Restaurante Miramar showcases the best views on the property. Our fifteen hundred square foot open-air restaurant and bar sits high among the trees where every table has a view of our stunning Costa Rican cost line.
Inside Restaurante Miramar sits a full bar that offers a variety of domestic and imported beers, wines, and spirits where you can order one of our specialty resort cocktails.
Meals at Miramar are comprised of only the best and freshest native fruits and vegetables, “catch of the day” seafood, meats and poultry, freshly baked breads, delicious desserts, smoothies and specialty coffees.
Our top-level culinary staff goes to great lengths to ensure that all the meals we serve are not only delicious but also fit into a balanced, nutritious and health-conscious lifestyle. Special Diet and Vegetarian meal plans also available.
Being an all-inclusive resort each registered guest is treated to three full meals per day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast and lunch are comprised of regional and international favorites along with local fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh-baked bread, and native Costa Rican coffee.
Dinner is a casual yet elegant full-service experience. Our chef plans a select dinner menu each night during our guest’s stay in an effort to end each day with a meal to remember.
Our Hotel was designed to showcase the ecology of our seventy acre property while providing all the basic essentials guests expect to enjoy while on vacation. The infinity pool and jacuzzi were fabulous, the perfect vantage point for the capuchin and bird activity.
We walked the shore trails every day and trekked into Drake Bay one day on a grocery expedition. The hiking trail is always an adventure, trying to keep an eye on footing while listening for sounds around us and watching above for birds and monkeys.
We were thrilled to meet up with a pair of scarlet macaws on the beach trail and follow them back to Copa as they stopped to feed along the way on the almond trees.
CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
Established in 1975, the 105,000 acre Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula is widely considered the “crown jewel” in Costa Rica’s extensive system of national parks and biological reserves.
With 13 different types of ecosystems in such close proximity supporting an abundant and stunning variety of wildlife, it has been named by National Geographic “the most biologically intense place on Earth”, and has been featured in numerous wildlife and nature shows and documentaries.
Corcovado, containing one of the few remaining virgin, coastal, tropical lowland rain forests in existence, is an unrivaled, species-rich, botanist’s and biologist’s dream, and a keystone for science, education and ecotourism, attracting scientists and researchers from all over the world.
We offer spectacular day hikes to the park with experienced and knowledgeable local guides.
The wide array of plants and animals that hikers may come across include endangered and iconic species such as the Baird’s tapir, jaguar, puma, scarlet macaw, and squirrel monkey, as well as toucans, howler monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, agoutis, giant anteaters, black hawks, spectacled owls, hummingbirds, golden-orb spiders, numerous types of butterflies, coatimundis, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, crocodiles, peccaries (wild pigs), 4 species of turtles (green, olive ridley, hawksbill and leatherback), snakes, lizards, and insects.
If you’re lucky, and depending on the season, you may even see dolphins and/or humpback whales during the spectacular boat rides along the coastline to and from the park.
SAN PEDRILLO STATION
Guests are picked up from the Copa De Arbol beach for the approximately 30-minute boat ride to the San Pedrillo ranger station – the northernmost station in the park. There is a wet landing, and once on the beach, you will have the opportunity to change into more appropriate footwear.
The day includes hiking along park trails and stream beds, with your guide pointing out all of the dazzling wildlife and allowing plenty of time for photographs, a picnic lunch at the station, and a stop at an inviting rainforest waterfall, where you can cool with a swim if you wish.
LA SIRENA STATION
The Sirena Ranger and Biological Station is the headquarters and largest of the four stations in the Corcovado National Park, providing support for academic research, park improvement and conservation activities.
Located in the heart of the park within the Corcovado Basin, its remoteness provides the greatest abundance of wildlife of all types, making it the best destination to maximize viewing opportunities.
Guests are picked up from the Copa De Arbol beach for an approximately one-hour boat ride to a beach near the Sirena Station. There is a wet landing, and once on the beach, you will have the opportunity to change into more appropriate footwear.
The day includes hiking along park trails and stream beds, with your guide pointing out all of the dazzling wildlife and allowing plenty of time for photographs, a bag lunch and short rest at the station.
The standard hike for this tour is on fairly flat ground, however, at times, our guests have been treated to trails which are not normally open to the public. These are a bit more physically challenging, but the guide will always assess the group before undertaking more challenging trails.
CANO ISLAND BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
Caño Island has been a biological and archaeological reserve since 1978 and plays a significant part in Costa Rica’s natural and indigenous history.
Ten nautical miles from the resort, this beautiful island and marine sanctuary, with waters containing vast amounts of coral-building organisms, and some of the most varied and abundant marine life on the planet, is a world-class diving and snorkeling site.
Offering good to excellent visibility all year round (it can reach up to 80 feet during the dry season months of December through April), the island’s reefs provide an underwater landscape of caves, cliffs and canyons, and are home to 19 species of corals, including brain, head and sea fans, 60 species of mollusks, lobsters, giant conchs, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, devil rays, large schools of jackfish, parrotfish, snappers, damsels, eels, barracuda, puffers, surgeonfish, tangs, needlefish, sponges, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, octopus, starfish, and various crustaceans.
GETTING TO CANO
We offer guided snorkel and scuba trips to the island with experienced and knowledgeable local guides.
And with the warm waters around the Osa and Caño drawing mating sea mammals and other pelagic fish, as well as resident dolphins, the boat ride to the island affords additional and excellent viewing opportunities. Guests are picked up from the Copa De Arbol beach for a 45-minute boat ride to the island.
The day at Caño Island Biological Reserve includes snorkeling, a picnic lunch on the beach, and some leisure time to explore, swim, sunbathe or just relax.
BEST SCUBA DIVING IN COSTA RICA
Drake Bay, Cano Island and the surrounding waters offer world-class scuba diving and snorkeling.
We offer a wide range of professional underwater services for the recreational scuba diver and PADI certified instructors that teach courses ranging from basic open water to divemaster and can conduct any specialty course of interest.
CANO ISLAND SCUBA DIVING
Cano Island offers the novice and experienced diver an excellent diving venue. The visibility here is excellent! It varies from site to site but averages 50 ft plus, consistently making it one of the best dive locations in Costa Rica.
Water temperatures average in the 80’s with thermoclines at varying depths. Diving in the waters here will bring you face to face with a wide variety of underwater marine animals and environs.
Glide through the water with a giant manta ray or sea turtle or observe the huge schools of barracuda, jacks and rays that frequent the area. If you are lucky you may even witness an awe-inspiring whale shark!
RIO CLARO & SAN JOSECITO
The trail to Rio Claro leaves directly from the hotel and follows the coastal path to a stunning river that feeds into the ocean. The trail follows the coastline past pristine beaches and tropical jungle until you reach the river mouth.
Once there we will take a plunge in the river! This tour is perfect for all levels of hikers as we can modify it for beginners or take a longer route for experienced hikers. Bring your Bathing suits.
Our half and full day guided tours offer a wide variety of opportunities to see the endless primary jungle lined beaches and small coves, some accessible by boat only, as well as river mouths and estuaries.
We will also explore the beautiful maze of canals and rivers that flood the largest untouched mangroves in all of Costa Rica. Home to nearly a 100 species of birds, including the endemic mangrove hummingbird (found nowhere else on earth) the entire region is a birders paradise.
WILDLIFE THRIVES IN THE MANGROVES
Wildlife is prolific, with an abundance of reptiles including Caimans, Crocodiles, tree frogs boas, iguanas and river turtles. Mammals are also very common, and you will very likely see three species of monkeys (Howlers, Squirrel, and White-Faced Capuchins) as well as Sloths and Coatis.
Mangroves are especially important to the region’s ecology, as they provide nurseries for fish and shrimp. Without such forests, there would be much less life in the oceans.
DOLPHINE & WHALE TOURS
Widely considered one of the best places in the world for dolphin and whale-watching, Drake Bay attracts wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world who come to view these graceful mammals in their natural habitat.
The warm, clear waters off Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula, fed by upwelling nutrients from the nearby continental shelf, support teeming marine life and play host to large groups, or pods, of diverse cetaceans.
Over twenty species of whales and dolphins can be found here, including large resident populations of spotted, common, rough-tooth, bottlenose and spinner dolphins, and migrating populations of beaked, pilot, fin, orca, false orca, blue and humpback whales who come here to mate and breed.
Although most commonly sighted independently of each other, it is not uncommon to see pods of whales accompanied by large schools of dolphins.
Boasting the distinction of being home to the longest humpback season in the world, Drake Bay draws migrations from both the southern and northern hemispheres, the only marine zone in the world where this occurs.
The humpbacks have been known to travel more than 5000 miles each way to reach their birthing and breeding grounds, farther than any other whale. In fact, the humpback holds the remarkable record for the longest documented journey by an individual mammal.
Some sightings may include; female humpbacks with their calves, teaching them to breach or even males competing for the attention of the females
What to Expect
We offer guided dolphin and whale watching tours with experienced and knowledgeable local guides.
Though the presence and exact location of the whales and dolphins can never be predicted exactly or guaranteed, sightings are frequent, with august through November being the best months for sighting whales and year-round for dolphins.
The tours are operated and conducted according to best practices and international regulations for the safety and respect of the animals in order to not adversely affect their behavior and to ensure their enjoyment for generations to come keeping.
Horseback riding is a great way to explore the surrounding area via an extensive trail system that runs along pristine beaches and into the primary jungle.
Explore beautiful waterfalls deep in the jungle or take a leisurely trip along the beach to “Rio Claro,” a stunning freshwater lagoon that is well known as one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. We offer half and full-day guided tours to accommodate all riders beginner to advanced.
NIGHTTIME RAINFOREST TOUR
Explore the fascinating nocturnal world of the rainforest. This tour starts on the beach here at Copa De Arbol and then heads back into the jungle on our well-groomed trails.
You and our knowledgeable guides will look for any and all creatures that come out at night, this is an exciting tour for those interested in seeing something different and learning more about the nighttime rainforest.
Costa Rica is truly a bird watchers paradise with over 800 species of birds. The Drake Bay area and Corcovado National Park are especially rich, with numerous species of birds. The Scarlet Macaw, Chestnut-Billed Toucan, Orange-Chinned Parakeet, Woodpecker & Trogon are all common here.
The most abundant bird population in Costa Rica is found here with over 350 species of birds indigenous to this region. This short tour is done on the grounds here at Copa De Arbol, please inquire about our full-day birdwatching tours into the Corcovado National Park.
With over 70 registered world records within 60 nautical miles of the bay, it’s no wonder that this fisherman’s paradise has a reputation for providing some of the world’s best sport-fishing.
Depending on the season, Inshore anglers will look for Spanish and Sierra Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Cabrilla, Jacks and Roosterfish (which are year-round residents), with offshore anglers finding Sailfish, Striped Black and Blue Marlin, Mahi-Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo.
The mouth of the Sierpe River, part of a lush mangrove estuary and the area around Isla Violines offer a good chance for Snook and Corvina. Being out on the water also brings opportunities to see other marine life such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea birds, and flying fish, among others.
HIKING TOUR TO LA DANTA
Just 30 minutes from Drake Bay, located within the 2,500 square kilometers of the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, is the small community of Los Planes that borders the Corcovado National Park. Enjoy the diversity and beauty of the primary forest on this half-day tour.
Trees of great height, an immense diversity of vegetation, exotic fauna, and tropical air are mixed to create this wonderful natural paradise. Explore trails with diverse vegetation and animals, crossing through primary and secondary forest.
Animals such as white-faced monkeys, peccaries, coatis, guatusas, tapirs, sloths may be observed as well as a variety of birds such as scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, hawks, hummingbirds.
Ending up at a natural pool near a waterfall, guests can enjoy the freshness of its crystal clear waters. At the end of the forest experience, guests will enjoy a spread of delicious Costa Rican food in an outdoor kitchen with a Tico family.
Private Champagne or Wine dinner above the restaurant in a secluded loft overlooking the ocean. Arrangements for private dining can be made while reserving your hotel accommodations or by contacting the front desk during your stay.
SUNSET BOAT CRUISE
Explore the shores on one of our Ponga style boats ranging from 22 to 28 feet. Depart right from our beach and embark on an adventure around Drake Bay & San Josecito Beach. There is a great chance to see ocean wildlife!
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Enjoy light or deep tissue massage, our professionally trained masseuse offers a mix of various massage techniques including general Swedish, Shiatsu and neuromuscular, resulting in a therapeutic and relaxing experience. The perfect way to end a day of adventure.