Playa Cativo Lodge

Playa Cativo EcolodgeThe elegant Playa Cativo Lodge is located across the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park on the calm waters of Golfo Dulce in Southern Costa Rica. The property is surrounded by broad extensions of tropical rainforest, close to Piedras Blancas National Park.
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Set in the heart of Costa Rica rainforest on the coasts of Golfo Dulce, Playa Cativo Lodge is a new luxury Eco lodge offering exquisite accommodations in true harmony with nature. This Costa Rican hideaway is accessible only by boat and its design complements the surrounding rainforest, its stunning grounds, and its oceanfront setting.

Only accessible by boat Courtesy of Playa Cativo Lodge, you will be picked up in Golfito and taken on a 20 minutes ride over the calm waters of Golfo Dulce (the only tropical inlet in Central America) to a beautiful private palm beach bay.playa cativo
Set on 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of private rainforest, Playa Cativo is a unique beachfront boutique hotel surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, offering an unforgettable experience. The Park is a critical last stand for an estimated 750 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 367 species of birds (with a number of species endemic to the region), 117 species of reptiles, and almost 10,000 species of insects.

In its native beauty and seclusion, you will experience a taste of paradise and a variety of astonishing wildlife adventures, all of it in these amazing first-class luxury accommodations, nestled in Costa Rican´s rainforest!

Playa Cativo Lodge Rooms

The lodge has a total of 7 Guest Rooms (2 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Luxury Rooms, and 3 Premium Rooms).

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Luxury room at Playa Cativo Lodge

All of the elegant guestrooms have majestic ocean and mountain views and are just a few steps from the beach. The rooms offer natural luxury and total comfort. The main house and the well-appointed cabins are built with precious hardwood and decorated with colorful tile work crafted by local artisans. playa cativo

The rooms feature a king-sized bed, ceiling fans, a sofa (or pullout bed with a futon), Wi-Fi, and a safe box.
Immerse yourself in nature from the comfort of your own room, which includes a rain shower and abundant hot water, as well as biodegradable bathroom amenities and cotton bathrobes.

• Deluxe Guest Rooms: All of our Deluxe guest rooms are constructed from precious reclaimed hardwood and colorful tile works crafted by local artisans. Our deluxe rooms have ocean view with a king-sized bed, ceiling fans, sofa (or day bed), Wi-Fi and safe box. Our bathrooms include rain showers with abundant hot water, biodegradable bathroom amenities, and cotton bathrobes.

• Luxury Guest Rooms: Our Luxury guest rooms have all deluxe room amenities plus superior views of the beach and forest, and more space.

• Premium Guest Rooms: Premium guest rooms have all luxury room amenities, mini-bar with refrigerator (with daily complimentary refill); double-sink bathroom vanities plus incredible panoramic views of the beach and the rainforest, with even more space!


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El Gavilán Restaurant at Playa Cativo Lodge

The restaurant features à la carte gourmet dining in a romantic and private setting overlooking Golfo Dulce. Chef Victor’s creations include the freshest seasonal organic produce harvested daily from their on-site farm, along with organic poultry, responsibly caught seafood, and grass-fed Costa Rican beef. Playa Cativo Lodge Inspired by the breathtaking views of Golfo Dulce, the menu offers a variety of options, from contemporary Costa Rican cuisine, including selected fusion, and international recipes.  The menu also features exquisite vegetarian options and an excellent wine list.
El Gavilán Restaurant is open from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm. In-room dining is also available.

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Explore this beautiful tropical paradise with colorful butterflies, exotic birds, and mammals – while listening to the sound of the waves softly breaking down the shoreline.

Tours and activities

It is a paradise for birdwatching. Also, you may encounter frogs, and dozens of mammal species such as white-faced monkeys, howler and squirrel monkeys, deer, coatis, kinkajous, opossums, sloths, olingos, skunks, greater grison, tamanduas, tayras, and the silky anteater. Take an on-site nature tour through the trails of the private rainforest bordering the National Park, either self-guided or led by a well-trained guide.

Yoga & Yoga Platform: Playa Cativo provides a perfect and peaceful Costa Rica yoga retreat, where individuals and groups can relax and
renew their body and spirit in a tranquil beachfront setting, with the sounds of nature in the background. Multi-style yoga classes permit us
to teach all levels.

Adventure Center: Stand up Paddle and Cativo Bay Kayaking are available for use anytime at our adventure center.

Off-Grid Alternative Energy Tour - unexpected amenities of the modern world in the remoteness of the rainforest. Playa Cativo Eco Lodge operates at 100% clean electric energy with its off-grid hydroelectric power and solar panels. Walk to the dam situated just up the hill. This system has been working continuously for over 30 years and keeps doing so in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

Organic Farm-to-Table Program Experience
Visit the on-site farm where vegetables, herbs, and fruits are grown. Pick your own peppers and learn about the Costa Rican style of gardening.

Playa Cativo is proud of their farm-to-table program and encourages you to experience the wonderful sensation of picking fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Their farmers will show you the entire process, from seed germination to harvest! The trail to the farm goes through the rainforest and the Valle de los Sainos, adding adventure to the experience.

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Birdwatching Tour, Artisanal Hand-Line Pier Fishing, Río Esquinas Mangrove-Ocean Kayaking, Piedras Blancas Nature Hike, Nocturnal Rainforest Guided Expedition, Golfo Dulce Snorkeling Half-Day TripPlaya Cativo Lodge, Standup Paddle Board Adventures, Dolphin and Whale Sightseeing, Golfito or Puerto Jimenez Half Day City Tour,  Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Trip, Deep-Sea Fishing

More tours
Self-Guided Walks
Stand Up Paddle and Cativo Bay Kayaking
Self-Guided Cativo Bay Snorkeling

Luxury beachfront accommodations
1000 acres of private rainforest reserve
Free WiFi in all rooms and social areas
Room Service available
Freshwater swimming pool

How to Get to Playa Cativo Lodge

Address Playa Cativo, Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
GPS Coordinates: 8.673009-83.306093

Direct flights enter Costa Rica from many cities in North America, Central America, South America and Europe. A valid passport is required and a visa is necessary for some countries. (United States citizens do not need a visa.) Most international flights arrive at Juan Santamaría Airport (our preferred airport) near San José, and some fly into Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, which is farther from Playa Cativo.
Once in Costa Rica, you can choose between air transportation (55 minutes from San José) and ground transportation (5-7 hours) to get to Puerto Jimenez or Golfito, the two local ports of entry to Playa Cativo. The last portion of your voyage is a 25-minute scenic boat ride into the heart of the rainforest, courtesy of Playa Cativo Lodge.
SANSA and Nature Air operate daily domestic commercial flights. Private charter flights are also available. We are happy to plan your domestic travel arrangements, including to and from other destinations in Costa Rica. Please keep in mind that all domestic flights have a 30-pound baggage limit per person. Heavier baggage or extra luggage might not be carried the same day, and will probably require an extra fee.

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