Welcome to Encanto Lodge!

Encanto Lodge provides lodging and tours in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. We offer a unique location where you can find all in one: Jungle, a river and a lonesome beach! Our guests can discover local wildlife and nature from the hammock, on a jungle trail and on the river or at the beach using one of our kayaks or canoes. At the beach some of the most breathtaking sunsets on earth can be observed.

navigating by canoe over the lagoon with sunset atmosphere

We decorated our rooms with wall paintings depicting the local wildlife. Our guests can relax in the hammocks surrounded by nature or choose from a variety of tours and free activities that allow them to dive even more into nature or look for special wildlife of interest, e.g. on a trip to the world famous Corcovado National Park or  Caño Island or on our special encanto night tour where we look for the bright eyes of the crocodiles, amongst other animals.

Red-lored parrots (amazona autumnalis) live free at Encanto Lodge

Encanto lodge is a family-run business speaking fluently English, Spanish and German. We prepare hearty meals for our guests in a restaurant with traditional palm roof and ocean view, offer the free service to pick you up from Drake Bay airport or the boat station and free parking for guests arriving by car.

Looking forward to meet you soon!


Encanto Lodge offers:

Cabañas nestled between jungle, garden and the river with

  • Wall paintings inside the rooms depicting the local wildlife
  • Hammocks in front each cabaña inviting to relax
  • Natural local materials as white cane and pumpkin tree fruitsfor decoration
  • A lot of wildlife to be spotted around the cabañas
Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii)

Available Cabañas (more are in the planning):

Cabaña Tapir: 2 rooms with ocean view

  • Double Room Kinkajou with private bathroom
  • Triple Room Tapir with private bathroom
  • common balcony with hammocks

Restaurant with view to the ocean and lagoon

  • We serve breakfast and dinner at our cozy restaurant with a traditional palm roof.
  • On clear evenings you can enjoy the amazing sunsets here.
  • We put emphasis on both local food and fresh vegetables, fruits and salads.
  • We have one menu for all where we change between traditional and international meals.
  • A lunch package can be prepared for you on demand (please note that day tours include lunch).
  • A vegetarian alternative to the menu is always available and we take account of your special diets or allergies in the preparation of our meals (please advise us in advance of your special needs).
  • All our meals are prepared with lots of love!


Staying at Encanto Lodge you can choose from following tours and activities:

Free activities: Hiking, kayaking, enjoy the beach, fishing in the river…

sunset at the beach in front of Encanto Lodge

Corcovado National Park

Central American squirrel monkey (Saimiri oerstedii) around Sirena Range Station

Caño Island Snorkeling or Diving

Night tours

Northern tamandua (tamandua Mexicana)

Poison dart frog tour

Granular poison dart frog (Oophaga granulifera)

Fishing tour

Rooster fish

Bird Watching

Male scarlet rumped tanager (Ramphocelus passerinii)

Sea Turtle Tour

hatching baby turtles

Dolphin & Whale Tour

Humpack whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Archaeology Tour

Pre-Columbian stone spheres

Canopy Tour

We offer free transportation for all tours reserved directly with us.

Free activities

Paddle a Kayak or Canoe

lagoon in front of Encanto Lodge

Experience the peaceful atmosphere by navigating on the still water in the jungle or next to the beach. There is a little lagoon (in dry season and the beginning of raining season) and 2 arms and 2 creeks of the river Drake to discover the freshwater wildlife as night herons, king fishers, herons, jacanas fishes, Jesus Christ lizards, river otters, turtles, caimans, crabs or monkeys… You may just use the kayaks or canoes to go to the beach while observing the huge frigate bird drinking water in the lagoon.

yellow crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Enjoy the beach

northern beach in front of Encanto Lodge

Just in front of Encanto Lodge, after passing the lagoon, there is a 3km long deserted beach inviting for a walk, to feel the salty water between your toes or watch breathtaking sunsets over the see beside Caño Island. Swimming is also possible when the sea is calm. There is a trail parallel to the beach on the north, where you can often see monkeys or scarlet macaws. On the northern end of the sandy beach you can find rocks that form little whirl pools during low tide.

scarlet macaw (ara macao)


the mangrove beach: a secret paradise

Beside the beach there are several trails around Encanto Lodge to walk on. We offer a 20 minutes trail just on our farm through the jungle to look for wildlife and breath in nature. There is a 3 hours hike to a hidden paradise, a deserted mangrove beach where it is beautiful to swim. Or you might want to go for a walk to Agujitas (1 hour to Drake Bay Center) or even farer to discover the southern coast of Drake Bay. Or stroll to the nearest village El Progreso to the local supermarket and see pre-columbian stonespheres and some birds on the way.

bamboo trail through our piece of jungle


fishing in the lagoon

The lagoon and river, especially the river mouth at the end of raining season, are ideal for fishing. You can try your luck from the shore or by canoe. For this activity you must bring your own fishing rod. There are red snappers and snooks, among others.

big catch in the river mouth: red snapper