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Starting at $165 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

A private boat takes you to the shores of Playa Cativo Lodge, a luxurious eco-lodge destination that expertly engages with the surrounding ocean and rainforest landscape of southern Costa Rica. During your visit, awaken to an ocean view, hike through diverse ecosystems and experience wellness treatments in the gardens.


Ocean and tropical rainforest breezes refresh and rejuvenate those who experience the luxury of southern Costa Rica that awaits at the Playa Cativo Lodge. Located on the Osa Penísula, on the coasts of Golfo Dulce, this beachfront eco-lodge offers a relaxation experience for mind and body and a chance to engage with the remarkable beauty of the surrounding area.

The Lodge is surrounded by 1,000 private acres of the Playa Cativo Nature Reserve and Cativo Beach. It is only possible to access the Lodge with a private boat ride, organized by the staff. The Lodge is a 100% clean energy experience, drawing energy for nearly 30 years from off the grid hydroelectric and solar panels that guests can visit if they so choose.

A visit to Cayetano’s Organic Farm during the free Introduction to the Rainforest tour allows guests a chance to see the source of the organic fruits and vegetables that will be on the table later that day. The El Gavilán Restaurant offers an open air, fine dining experience while the El Gazebo Bar is the place to be as the sun sets over the ocean.

Wellness and nature can be found in the same heart of the tropical rainforest. The Lotus Spa offers couples and single massage therapy rooms, in addition to a plunge pool, lounge area and spaces for yoga that overlook the rainforest and tropical gardens.

You can discover the tropical rainforest of Piedras Blancas National Park through tours or self-guided hikes. In the Park, visit ancient old growth forests and listen for one of the 367 bird species, 140 mammals and numerous other reptiles and insects that call it home.

Supplement rainforest adventures by taking advantage of water activities on the Golfo Dulce. Explore one of the few tropical fjords of the world. Visitors can borrow kayaks and paddleboards and get an underwater view of the area either self-guided snorkeling or joining a snorkeling expedition.

Key Features

  • Accessible only by boat
  • Luxury beachfront accommodations
  • Gourmet a la carte dining included in rates
  • 1000 acres of private rainforest reserve
  • In-House Adventure Center
  • Fresh ingredients from organic farming
  • Kayaking, SUP and snorleking
  • Free WiFi in all rooms and social areas
  • Room Service available
  • Swimming pool with sunset view
Starting at $165 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights


Airport Transfers
Beach Front Hotel
Breakfast Included
Daily Maid Service
Family Friendly
Gift Shop
Handicapped Accessible
Hotel near Forest
Internet Available
Iron Available
Laundry Service
Restaurant On Site
Room Service
Security Box
Smoke Free Rooms
Telephone in Room
Tour Desk
Wi-Fi Internet
Yoga Center


Playa Cativo Lodge in Costa Rica
Rainforest Wildlife Adventures in Golfo Dulce are accessible when staying at Playa Cativo Lodge, across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park.


Aerial View of Playa Cativo Lodge, Beach and Bay
Aerial View of Playa Cativo Lodge, Beach and Bay

Reclaimed hardwood and beautifully crafted tile from local artisans were used to construct luxurious lodging options in tune with the natural surroundings. Playa Cativo Lodge offers 18 guest rooms, all which include the following features:

  • Safe deposit box
  • Biodegradable bathroom facilities
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Wifi
  • Binoculars and flashlight
  • Three meals per day
  • Use of outdoor adventure gear
  • Introduction to Rainforest Tour
  • Round trip scenic boat transfer from town of arrival

Deluxe Room - The only Deluxe room option is for three people, offering a king bed and a sofa bed, rain shower with hot water, and a stunning ocean view.

Luxury Guest Room - There are four Luxury guest rooms suitable for three guests. The room includes a sofa bed with either a king or two queen beds. The open-air design includes an indoor terrace, ceiling fan and ocean views.

Premium Guest Room - The five Premium Guest rooms are for parties of three and include a King bed and sofa bed. Premium features offer a complimentary minibar, 180-degree view, terrace, open windows to let in ocean breezes, and a double sink-rain shower head system.

Premium Plus Guest Room - Eight Premium Plus Guests rooms scattered throughout the tropical gardens offer the most luxurious Playa Cativo Lodge experience. Designed for up to three people, the rooms include a king bed and sofa bed, a 180-degree view, private plunge pool, private outdoor terrace and double sink and shower head system. These rooms are the only ones to offer the Personal Chef in Room dining experience.

Starting at $165 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights


Candle Light in the Forest - Wind down the day with a three-course candlelight meal in the privacy of the rainforest.

Introduction to Tropical Rainforest Guided Excursion - The 1.45 hour guided tour introduces you to the natural and culture history of the stunning surrounding you call home for the next few days.

Self-guided walking trails - Multiple marked trails lead hikers for 45-60minute walks along the bay, around the organic farm and through the tropical rainforest surrounding the Lodge.

Cativo Bay Paddling and Snorkeling - Borrow kayaks, snorkeling gear and paddle boards from the Adventure Center and search the coastline for fish and dolphins.

Birdwatching - A 2 hour guided tour each morning and evening provides opportunities for birders to add to their list one of the 390 species recorded in the surrounding wetlands, beaches and valleys.

Golfo Dulce Snorkeling - Join a guided dive in Punta Adela, Playa Valina or Los Mogo to experience the colorful aquatic ecosystems of Southern Costa Rica.

Punta Monos Trails - Explore the unique lowland rainforest vegetation and marvel at ancient old growth trees during a rugged 2-2.5 hour guided hike through Piedra Blancas National Park.

Rio Esquinas Mangrove Kayaking - The river system near Playa Cativo offers a unique birdwatching experience and opportunity to witness mangroves and rainforests from the water during a 3.5-4 hour paddle.

Nocturnal Rainforest Hike - Learn what the rainforest sounds like at night during a 1.5 hour walk with a guide past frog ponds, through rainforest and along beach trail habitats.

Bioluminiscense experience - Guests visiting around a new moon can get on the water at night with a guide to witness an hour of breathtaking phosphorescent fish.

Rainforest Cascades Experience - Nature lovers will visit the namesake Cativo trees and witness many waterfalls during a pool-to-pool guided 2-hour hike through lowland rainforest.

Dolphin and whale watching - Climb aboard and keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, sea turtles and birds during a guided boat tour of a tropical fjord.

San Josecito Trail - Those looking for a breathtaking adventure in Piedras Blancas National Park Hike will enjoy this 6 hour expedition that begins with a horseback ride along the El Bonita river and tackles a 6km trail through montane rainforest slopes.

Golfito or Puerto Jimenez Half Day City Tour - Learn about the banana, gold mining and logging cultural roots of the region by taking a tour of Golfito or Puerto Jimeenez.

Fishing - Potentially catch your dinner during an artisanal fishing boat ride where you learn fishing from the captain and guide or sign up for a chartered deep sea fishing experidition to go after fish such as marlin and mahi mahi.

Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Trip - Admire tropical plants, orchid and tress in gardens that have been beautifully cultivated since 1970 in San Josecito Beach.

Tours Offered

Bird Watching
Cooking Classes
Dolphin Watching Tours
Family Friendly Tours
National Park / Reserve Tours
Night Hikes
Whale Watching
Wildlife Viewing


Prices Starting at $165 (USD) / night
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Playa Cativo Lodge is located on Playa Cativo in the Golfo Dulce of Costa Rica.
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