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Playa Cativo Lodge

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Accessible exclusively by boat, Playa Cativo Eco Lodge is surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, and offers luxury beachfront accommodations in harmony with nature. Enjoy romantic gourmet meals and a selection of tours and adventures, including rain forest hikes, bird watching, stand up paddle boarding, dolphin sightseeing and yoga. All our room rates include: •Meet and greet at the local airport (Golfito or Puerto Jimenez) and one round-trip scenic boat transfer from the town of arrival •First-class lodging, featuring spectacular views of the ocean & rainforest. •Three a la carte, multi-course meals per day (drinks not included). •Freshly brewed coffees and teas. •Use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkeling gear in Cativo Bay. • The introduction to the tropical rainforest guided tour •Access to self-guided hiking trails around our private tropical •A “surprise and delight” in-room amenity. Twice daily maid service & wifi
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Breakfast included
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Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
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Playa Cativo Access only by boat, Golfito 60701 Costa Rica
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Golfito Airport14 km
Puerto Jimenez Airport15 km
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We were booked into Playa Cativo by Journey Latin America. We flew in a 9 seater Cessna 208 Caravan to Puerto Jimenez from The San Jose domestic airport. We were met by staff and had a 30 minute boat ride across the bay to the Lodge accompanied by Dolphins and Flying Fish. The
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Semi-Moorish style interior design with much custom wood , leather and iron looks, but still has modern feel. Whoever interior designer was had a great eye. Everything is spotless, service was great in restaurant by white shirt and tie waiters. Large balcony overlooking city of
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I stayed here in January with my daughter and although we stayed in other good lodges, this was definitely our favourite and the best. The staff were unbelievably kind and helpful. My daughter was unfortunately ill with flu and the staff went out of their way to help us. The
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This is a truly fabulous place. My husband and I have been travelling around Costa Rica for three weeks and this hotel was the hi-light. Beautifully put together with wonderful staff, it is a real paradise.
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What a beautiful place ! Words cannot describe it. You are in the middle of beautiful nature with luxurious accommodations, great food and the staff is super friendly ,welcoming and attend to all your needs. We stayed in one of the bungalows ,the room was very spacious and
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Can you see turtles nesting here, please?
Dear Babs41, Thank you for contacting us, there are no specific nesting places for turtles around Golfo Dulce, most nesting sites are up in Guanacaste porvince or the Caribean, though we do get to see them around Golfo Dulce very often, it is definitely a great place for them to be with lots of food and, warm, clear and clean waters. Usually the most commonly seen are the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea)- The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the Gree Turtle of the Pacifi (Chelonia mydas). Best regards and we hope to see you at Playa Cativo in the near future!
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Hello Dear Debbie, We are located into the most magical rain forest of Costa Rica, and yes your hiking shoes may get wet when exploring the forest on tours or walking thorough the trails, but the lodge provides rubber boots that you can use, so you don´t have to wear your hiking shoes if you desire. Bringing hiking shoes to Costa Rica in general is a must specially if you are an adventure enthusiastic. Best regards and see you soon, Playa Cativo Lodge
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Is it possible to fish around this property? Any fly fishing?
Dear Kraejohnson, Thank you for contacting us and for your interest. Yes, there is a great network of trails around the Lodge's private reserve that people can go self guided, some of them reach a beautiful jungle waterfall, while other trails will take you around Valle de los Sainos, the humming bird gardens or the butterfly gardes, which are the best place to look wildlife. There are other trails that will take you along the beach with beautiful gulf vistas and sunsets. Around the reserve and Piedras Blancas National Park we have the four monkey species (Capuchin, Spider monkeys, howlers and tit monkeys), most-likely you will be woken up by the noise of monkeys and the incredible biodiversity every day. Have a wonderful, Cesar Vargas Playa Cativo Lodge
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Dear MiMiMurrieta, Thank you very much for contacting us, we are honored by your interest on our property. Sometimes we do get visitors from cruises that arrive near Golfo Dulce and they come to Playa Cativo during the day for activities like yoga, rain-forest hikes, paddle boards or kayaking and to have a tasteful meal at El Gavilán Restaurant. Although, regretfully we do think that this specific cruise you are taking does not get any closer to Golfo Dulce or Playa Cativo, apparently, it arrives in Puntarenas (in the Central Pacific) and Playa Cativo is located in the South Pacific (more than 4 hours driving time from Puntarenas plus 30 minutes on a boat), otherwise it would have been a great pleasure to host you and show you the life-time experience that we provide our guests and visitors. Once again thank you for contacting us and we look forward to the opportunity of hosting you in the near future! Best regards, Cesar Vargas Director or Marketing & Sales
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"We had rooms in the main building and rarely heard other guests, even outside on the grounds."
"Check the web- site, depends on what you want and why you are there."
"I don't think you could find a bad room."
"We enjoyed one premier and one luxury guest room, meanin we could stay close by as one is above the other."
"They are all wonderful"
US$462 - US$1 159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaGolfito
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