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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

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Starting at $440 (USD) / night (meals included)
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Tucked between a national park and the Golfo Dulce, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge offers guests their very own ideal jungle retreat and remote getaway.


Bar area at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Bar area at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Nature Lovers Rejoice at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Have you dreamed of staying in the heart of one of Costa Rica’s biggest rainforests? At Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, you can make those dreams come true!

This beautiful eco lodge is nestled within Piedras Blancas National Park on the Osa Peninsula. It is located in the Southern Costa Rica (w/ Golfito) area of the South Puntarenas region, home of scenic views of the jungle and coastline. Rainforest adventures await in this tropical paradise.

San José International Airport (SJO) is 325 kilometers (201 miles) from Playa Nicuesa. If you choose to take a domestic flight to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez, you can arrange the rest of your travel with the hotel staff. The Nicuesa transfer boat operates from the early morning to 3:00 PM each day, so be sure to arrive before then.

Note that the hotel is only accessible via boat, so you won’t be able to drive all the way there yourself. Still, this just adds to the hotel’s secluded, exclusive atmosphere.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is notable for its commitment to ecotourism and other sustainable practices. It’s one of the best eco lodges in Costa Rica, combining an eco-friendly way of life with all-encompassing access to the surrounding jungle.

Quaint cabins with jungle views surround an open-air main house up at canopy level. There, you can have a few drinks at the terrace bar or do some stargazing at night.

The beautiful and rustic on-site restaurant is also located within the main house on the second floor with views of the rainforest and Golfo Dulce. Dine on locally-sourced healthy meals prepared by the on-site chef while being surrounded by the rainforest. Fresh-squeezed juices, salsas, locally-caught seafood, and local favorites are among the many delicious dishes served family style.

Playa Nicuesa also offers special retreats and packages for visitors seeking a more upscale stay. Choose from family friendly activity packages, calming yoga retreats, adventurous jungle explorations, honeymoon accommodations, and more. Large groups can even rent the entire hotel to celebrate a special event or simply enjoy an all-inclusive getaway.

Key Features

Golfo Dulce
Golfo Dulce
  • Remote yet Accessible
  • Designed in Harmony with the Environment
  • All Meals and Activities Included in Price
  • Hiking & Wildlife Viewing
  • Tropical Botanical Garden Tours
  • River Tours
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Yoga Lessons
Starting at $440 (USD) / night (meals included)
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights


Beach Front Hotel
Breakfast Included
Gift Shop
Hotel near Forest
Internet Available
Packages Available
Restaurant On Site
Security Box
Wi-Fi Internet
Yoga Center


Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge embraces conservation and harmony with nature, and offers a perfect blend of comfort with environmental preservation.


Guest room at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Guest room at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

The rooms at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge embody the spirit of Costa Rica’s booming ecotourism industry. These secluded cabins overlook both the ocean and the rainforest. The hotel’s eco-friendly practices help preserve the natural biological diversity of the Osa Rainforest through limited development of the area and sustainably sourced energy.

All room styles have hardwood floors, terraces that wrap around the cabin, and ceiling fans. Privacy is a priority here, as each room lets you feel totally surrounded by the jungle with open air showers.


There’s nothing quite like living and sleeping right next to the jungle. In Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge’s double rooms, you only have to look out the window to catch a glimpse of huge trees and wild animals. To feel immersed in the rainforest, you don’t even need to leave your room.

One bedroom cabins are furnished with a queen bed, but you can request two twin beds if you prefer.

Two Bedroom Cabin

The two bedroom cabin is located close to the main lodge, though this doesn’t detract from the jungle views. It’s ideal for families and other large groups. These cabins have two bedrooms as well as a living room that can be converted into a third bedroom if needed.

Alternatively, stay in the cabin suite if you’d prefer a little more flexibility. The suite is beloved by couples who want a little extra privacy, but it’s also functional for families thanks to the sliding partition which turns one large bedroom with a seating area into two bedrooms.

Guest Houses

Guest houses come in two different styles, these being the Mango Guest House and Jaguar House. Both options have two stories and multiple bedrooms, making them perfect for big friend groups and company retreats.

The Mango Guest House has four private rooms with queen or twin beds. In the Jaguar House, the first floor contains one bedroom, a full bath, and a living room. Upstairs, there’s a master bedroom and another smaller bedroom. You’ll also find a loft with a private bath and open terrace.

Starting at $440 (USD) / night (meals included)
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights


Adventure Around the Osa Peninsula

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge’s ideal location right next to the rainforest makes it an attractive destination for nature and wildlife lovers. Check out attractions near the hotel as you adventure through the jungle and along the beach.

National Parks

Playa Nicuesa is right next to two large national parks, these being Corcovado and Piedras Blancas. Exploring either park provides ample opportunities for animal encounters, as well as letting hotel guests appreciate the beautiful natural landscapes.

In addition to hiking the trails, other activities available at these parks include birding, touring the canopy, horseback riding, kayaking, boating, paddle boarding, and snorkeling.


The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Nearly half of all native species in Costa Rica can be found here.

Species you might encounter during your visit include scarlet macaws, butterflies, tropical frogs, anteaters, monkeys, lizards, snakes, and wild cats. Along the coast, you may see dolphins, whales, tropical fish, and whale sharks.

Rainforest Hikes & Adventures

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is located on hundreds of acres of lush rainforest. There’s no better way to spend your time than exploring every corner of this stunning natural playground.

Photograph wild animals like tropical birds and howler monkeys as you hike the Loop Trail, Chico Trail, Night Hike, and Waterfall Hike. Other guided tours offered right on the hotel premises include hikes that shine a spotlight on bird watching, sustainability, medicinal plants, cooking with local ingredients, and the on-site botanical gardens.

Family Adventures

Combine adventure and education with Playa Nicuesa’s family friendly tours.

Learn about wildlife conservation and ecotourism strategies employed by the hotel, or take a tour of the rainforest’s edible plants. Both self-guided and more structured activities are available.


The Golfo Dulce offers opportunities for trolling, kayak fishing, pier and shore fishing, and deep sea fishing. Catch snapper, marlin, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, and other elusive species.

Haul your catch back to the hotel, where you can even have it prepared by chefs at the on-site restaurant!

Ocean Adventures

Since Playa Nicuesa is right along the beach, you’ll likely want to spend some time by the ocean. Go swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing, or take a relaxing boat tour.

Yoga and Wellness

Connect with your innermost self through guided meditations and yoga classes in the depths of the rainforest. Yoga is offered in the early morning and afternoons through the hotel’s Year Round Resident Yoga Instructor-Massage Therapist Program. Classes take place on a dedicated yoga platform that lets you take in the sights and sounds of the jungle as you stretch.

If you’re seeking a little extra pampering, book a therapeutic massage on the beach or right in your cabin. There are also spots for meditation on the yoga platform and inside a tree top sanctuary.

Tours Offered

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


Prices Starting at $440 (USD) / night (meals included)
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Location & Map

Southern Costa Rica Map
Southern Costa Rica Map
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is located on the Golfo Dulce connecting to Piedras Blancas National Park.

Customer Reviews for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

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5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
From: United States6/4/2015
"I just wanted to let everybody know that I loved this eco lodge in Golfo Dulce. Isolated places are my favorites. Eco food, eco friendly is the best idea and the rooms are in the middle of the forest and are perfect. We saw tons of animals including monkeys, huge macaws (parrots) and one little snake. Can't wait to go back!"
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