Testimonials

Life For Life Hostel, Drake Bay, OSA Peninsula, Hotel, Sea Turtle Conservation

Traveled in a Group...

"In Love...

I tell you that my experience was excellent - it was an encounter with nature that I will never forget. I recommend it 100%, it's a wonderful place. The amount of diversity of flora and fauna simply left us impacted. I cannot tell you, you have to live it!"

~Fabiola

Drake Bay, Costa Rica, OSA Peninsula, Life For Life Hostel, Sea Turtle Conservation

Traveled Solo...

 

"Baby Turtles!

I stumbled across this place while hiking from Drake Bay. I had done the day tour in Corcovado National Park. It was expensive, highly trafficked and a bit of a tourist trap. When I went to Life For Life Hostel, I saw more wildlife there. Ricardo lives in a beach shack on the edge of Rio Claro (a river near Drake). He offers river tours (Rio Claro tours - very fun!) to earn a living and spends all his free time and money on Sea Turtle rescue on the surrounding beaches. He does this without government support. He’s just a lovely human. He opened Life For Life Hostel nearby to house more turtle volunteers because he’s getting older and needs help.

 

We rescued 330 Olive Ridley turtle eggs during the time I was there. I also saw more wildlife than I had at the national park - but for free, and by myself. I saw four kinds of monkeys, agoutis, coatis, toucans, macaws, and even humpbacks near the beach. All of my meals were included and they were delicious. I’m vegan and Ricardo accommodated my diet. I didn’t stay at the hostel property, but I visited twice to do laundry, wander the beach, drink coconut water and chill out in utter privacy. I’ll be back again soon. Thank you, Ricardo, for allowing me to share your piece of paradise for a week. It was an amazing experience."

~Leslie

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Group of 18...

 

"Breathtaking Nature, Friendly Hosts, and Really Good Food...

This is an amazing place to stay and find peace. We were there with a group of 18 people. Don Ricardo and the whole group of hosts were really warm-hearted and welcoming. The rooms were simple but clean. They support a turtle project two beaches away with the earnings of the Hostel, which don Ricardo and his partner are in charge of. The food was really good and really typical Costa Rican. They organized some good tours for us, like fishing and some unforgettable horseback-riding trips. They also did two campfires for us on the beach at night. We will never forget that nightsky, the rides with the horses and these people. I highly recommend you visit this hidden treasure in Osa. Thanks a lot for an incredible experience!!!

~Estefania

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Traveled As A Couple...

"Immersed In Nature...

Absolutely loved staying at Life For Life Hostel. Such kind people who were so welcoming to us. The property is one of those few places in the world where you can totally disconnect and just see nature at its finest. It is located on a stunning beach, and the gardens surrounding the dorms and tents are incredible with fruit growing everywhere, with awesome wildlife. Loved the cooking. We took a day hike from Drake Bay to stay 1 night and stayed 5. Would go again in a heartbeat. Thank you to the family and team for the stay. It was inspiring.

~Gillies

Traveled Solo...

 

"Simply the best place in San Josecito...

 

You can see all kinds of animals! The people who work there are charming, special, unique! The food, delicious. The beach is a little piece of heaven on earth. The tour they offer on the Rio Claro is the best and innovative! Don Ricardo, the owner, has the goal of saving the turtles that are in danger of extinction - let's help these beautiful people! Super, super recommended. 

~Jerlin

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Traveled in a Group...

 

"Extraordinary Stay In Paradise... 

 

We arrived by boat taxi and waded up onto the shore welcomed by the waving arms of Mar, our host, followed by fresh coconuts to drink. The food was great and prepared to our liking. There was no cell service or wifi - which was a dream. On day one we saw spider and capuchin monkeys in the trees and on the ground, coati, toucans, macaws, and all sorts of birds. The hostel is just feet from the ocean and we fell asleep to crashing waves.

 

We were able to release baby sea turtles on the day we arrived as well. The turtle nursery is a short trek from the hostel - a beautiful walk through the jungle along the beach. We saw more wildlife there on the first day than we did at any other place we visited in Costa Rica. There were no roads, no engines, no noise pollution - just natural beauty, verdant and lush. The cabins were minimal but adequate and comfortable - a camp-like atmosphere. I have been reluctant to review only because I don't want the secret to get out about how fantastic this place is. I would go back in a heartbeat!

~Hayley 

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Group of 4 ...

"Perfect To Disconnect...

 

Three friends and I went to this hostel for four days, and the experience was perfect. The food was delicious, complete and varied. We did the kayak and floating trip on the Rio Claro River with Ricardo's agency. Our guide was very friendly and the experience was one of the best I've experienced in Costa Rica. The place is perfect to disconnect all and live surrounded by nature."

~Claudia

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Group of 20...

"Lots of monkeys, reptiles, colorful birds, jungle...

Lots of monkeys, reptiles, colorful birds, jungle and beautiful coasts make Life For Life Hostel a perfect place for nature lovers. The accommodation is built up with a few cabins, each consisting of bunkbeds and a small bathroom. The accommodation is simple, but clean and absolutely sufficient. We enjoyed typical Costa Rican meals, which were always very tasty and fresh. We stayed there in April for one week with a group of 20 people and Ricardo, the family, the team and the volunteers of Life For Life hostel made it a very special time for all of us that we would not want to have missed. Pura Vida!

~Oehrchen

Traveled As A Couple...

 

"Unforgettable, Authentic Experience In Paradise...

I can't recommend Life For Life (and the people who make it such an incredible place!) enough. If you're looking for a really authentic experience in Costa Rica, away from the tourism, filled with nature and wildlife, this is the place to go. Ricardo, Mar and the whole team treated us as their own. We were welcomed with open arms: we searched for tropical fruits, pointed out toucans, macaws, monkeys, you name it, advised on activities to do, brushed up our Spanish... The food was fantastic, authentic, and fresh - we once made an off-hand comment about an avocado tree and like magic, our next meal was filled with fresh avocado.

They went out of their way to make us feel at home. The accommodations are basic, but you'll spend little to no time in your room.

~Jan

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"This hostel and turtle-conversation project is beachfront, jungle-shrouded and beloved by travelers for the relaxed atmosphere, home-cooked meals and proximity to local wildlife. The activity of choice is relaxing in a hammock as exotic birds and monkeys stop by, though hanging out at the beach, hiking and visiting waterfalls are also popular. Dorms are basic but adequate, and there's no wi-fi whatsoever, which is pretty fantastic. Turtle-project volunteers are accepted to excavate nests, rebury eggs, input data, patrol the beach, do hatchery maintenance and participate in turtle releases."

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