February 24, 2015 billbeard 0Comment

Adventure, Sustainability, and Luxury In Costa Rica

Perfect vacation location for individuals, couples & families. This small property is not so good for groups since is has only 13 breathtaking units.

It can happen to all of us no matter where we are and that’s “getting into a rut”.  It’s almost impossible not to fall into this trap as we balance our daily life of work, finances and a dreaded pile of laundry.

The good news is that there’s a very simple way to change it with Bill Beard’s. Take a break and get in tune with nature while never having to hassle with the question, “What are we doing for dinner tonight?”  That answer is in Drake’s Bay, Costa Rica, Aguila de Osa in the Osa Peninsula, this is true paradise found.

The Journey
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination”.  And even though Ralph might have changed his statement if he’d had the pleasure of staying at Aguila de Osa, he completely captured the essence of traveling to this pristine paradise.

You reach Drake’s Bay by small plane, boat, or one rather tricky road.  However, the best and most scenic route is only a small section of the untouched Drake Bay coastline.
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You can take a boat from the small riverfront town of Sierpe, which is nestled among the tributaries of the massive Sierpe River. To get there you must take a small plane into Palmar Sur, then take a taxi or van through palm oil country to the docks. Here you’ll catch a water taxi that acts as a lifeline between the village and the locals, so be prepared to get cozy with your neighbor as you cruise along the murky water and mangroves.

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The journey is about an hour, but time flies as you get an informal tour as the boat snakes in and out of the river’s canals, which are lined with mangroves and the occasional crocodile on the bank soaking up the sun.

You will know the ocean and bay are close as the salt and fresh water slowly begins to fade into a crystal blue color and palm trees dominate the coastline.   As you fully emerge from the river through the troubled waters of the river and Drake Bay that opens up all around with pristine dark sand-colored beaches on the left and Isla del Caño Biological Reserve in the distance on your right, the island is world renowned for its scuba diving, sport fishing, dolphin and whale watching. You may also fly directly to Drake’s Bay and shorten the boat and car ride considerably but only if you are limited by time.

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The Destination

As you approach the small coastal town nestled against the jungle and mountains of Corcovado National Park, a friendly welcoming committee will be there to greet you and give a hand with the luggage.  Here, you’ll get your first glimpse of the beautiful Aguila de Osa Inn.

As you walk up the secluded path towards the hotel, it’s clear from their excited and passionate discussion regarding the surrounding area that the hotel and bay are more than just a business endeavor; this is their home and a labor of love.

You will enjoy the best view in Drake’s Bay without getting out of bed.

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It’s also evident that Aguila de Osa was built with community, sustainability, and splendor at the forefront. For starters, the location was previously uninhabited due to the steep, inhospitable jungle trail that dropped directly into the beach.  The owners have helped the Drake Bay community develop better trails by building a handmade adobe trail using mixture of clay, sand and grass to fortify the road, which allowed accessibility for everyone.

However, the real take-your-breath-away moment comes when you reach the private hilltop hotel.  Every room features an entire wall of open air windows and doors that lead to a spacious patio with the best panoramas of the sapphire bay and the surrounding treetops in Drake Bay. Plus, the simple, clean, and locally sourced teak décor along with the free flowing ocean breeze will have you instantly at ease. All the porches have hammocks and constant visits by scarlet McCaws and white faced monkeys.

Although you won’t want to leave the room, you won’t want to miss a single meal even more.  Aguila de Osa is not your typical  resort serving up boring buffet lines and disappointment.  Instead, they offer a personally tailored Costa Rican fusion menu that features three decadent meals per day that combines the foods you love and the breath taking view.

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A delightful sunset dinner at Aguila de Osa’s restaurant.

If you really want get a sense of how untouched and wild Drake Bay is, you’ll want to take advantage of one our tours offered in the area from Corcovado tours to diving to night walking tours.  However, you don’t have to go far to get a taste of the wildlife; from the hotel you’ll be able to see capuchin monkeys happily playing in the trees and scarlet macaws soaring overhead daily.  Plus, the eco lodge offers a lush butterfly garden where you can see all the local butterflies up close and personal, including the elusive and captivating morpho butterfly.

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They say time will stop when you’re where the universe wants you to be and it couldn’t be truer than when you’re surrounded by such indulgence and natural beauty.  So take some time to relax, let someone else do the cooking and dishes, and enjoy your stay at Aguila de Osa.

For the scuba divers, the Osa Peninsula offers several excursions to encounter the unseen communities of marine life below the water’s surface. With Costa Rica’s finest Pacific coastal diving and snorkeling, the clear waters surrounding Caño Island Biological Reserve are best described as an Eden of coral and rock formations housing vibrant tropical fish. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. With visibility 30 – 100 ft. or more year-round, and teeming with exotic sea life, diving Caño Island is an underwater photographer’s dream. Scuba among large schools of colorful reef fish or observe the large pelagic that frequent these waters. Let our Padi dive Instructors and dive masters aboard our 30 ft. Island Hopper take you on a voyage of breathtaking dives though schoolOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAs of barracudas and horse-eye jack that actually block the rays of the sun. The variety of sea life is extraordinary, with Mobula, Eagle and Giant Manta Rays, Southern Sting Rays, Guitarfish, Octopus, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, many species of Moray eels, and much more! As the oldest established dive operation in Drake Bay, we guarantee you a memorable diving adventure unlike any you’ve ever experienced.

For the fishermen, fishing off the Osa is brilliant, a truly amazing experience that you’ll never forget. The Osa is where you want to fish andAguila de Osa captains are who you want taking you out. We’ve been fishing these waters for over 20 years and over that time, Aguila’s captains have set four IGFA world fishing records. We’re passionate about this sport and even more about making sure you have an exceptional Costa Rica fishing experience with us.

Where we go and what we’re after: On our full day charters, you’ll chase the runs of big Blue and Black Marlin, as well as Sailfish, which range from 20 to 60 miles out. On the way, we look for the huge schools of spinner Dolphin to find the big Yellow Fin tuna and Dorado (Mahi-mahi). Our half-day charters are closer in, where you can troll around Caño Island for wahoo, or jig on the rock mounts for cubera snappers, amberjack, and grouper. There are also half-day charters for in-shore trolling, casting surface plugs or live bait for Roosterfish, Sierra or Spanish mackerel, and Snapper. So whether half-day or full day, you’ll often be in the company of dolphins, sea turtles, rays, flying fish, and during seasonal migration —majestic humpback whales. You can be sure there are always fresh fish & vegetables on the menu.

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Sublimely beautiful Costa Rica has something for everyone. The treats range from exciting adventure to leisurely relaxation, and everything in between that we can add to your vacation package. Furthermore, tourists can sample the laid-back national lifestyle that ticos (the name the Costa Ricans call themselves) refer to as ‘Pura Vida’ – ‘pure life’: no stress, no hassle. All this, combined with unsurpassed natural beauty and a developed and accommodating tourist industry, makes Costa Rica a wonderful place to visit and vacation.
Our agents can set up the all inclusive or al a carte vacation package and itinerary you want throughout the country. There is no charge for our service and we’ll save you money and lots of time and you’ll get the vacation you want.

To see all the adventure tours that Bill Beard’s operates Throughout Costa Rica: CLICK HERE

Bill Beard’s Costa Rica has privately escorted tours and first class accommodations throughout the country that may be added to other packages.
We also offer world class adventure tours, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing and fishing.
We arrange everything in advance, so you can relax and enjoy your vacation.

For single, triple, quad or group rates, contact our agents.

Our Reservation Office Is Located In La Fortuna, Costa Rica In The Shadow Of Arenal Volcano, behind the Catholic Church, Near The World Famous Hot Springs.


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