Playa Cativo is uniquely positioned to offer both jungle and marine experiences in the Osa Peninsula - Costa Rica's wild frontier, described by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on the planet. The lodge is only accessible by boat, and its 18 stylish rooms have been created using reclaimed hardwood and colourful, local tiles. Their open-air design provides glorious 180-degree views of the emerald forest and calm, blue waters of the Golfo Dulce.
Wake to the memorable sound of birds, tree frogs and howler monkeys, before enjoying morning coffee on your private terrace. The all-day dining restaurant, El Gavilan, sits by the inviting swimming pool and overlooks the bay. Many ingredients are grown on the onsite organic farm and, while lunches feature colourful salads, zingy ceviche and moreish tacos, dinners feature freshly-caught seafood including jumbo shrimps and red snapper. Enjoy beautiful sunsets at El Gazebo Bar with a fine selection of signature cocktails.
With 2.5% of the world's biodiversity found on the Osa Peninsula, it is possible to spot an astonishing wealth of flora and fauna, including all four species of monkey found in Costa Rica, white-nosed coatis, sloths and scarlet macaws. Spend fascinating days exploring the tropical forest on a guided tour or pick up one of the self-guided walking trails around the reserve. Perhaps head down to the bay to kayak or snorkel through the clear waters. Alternatively, unwind with a spa treatment which incorporates medicinal plants and healing remedies.
Swimmers & snorkellers
LODGE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES:
Escape the afternoon heat with a dip in the sea-facing pool
Detox and revitalise at the Lotus Wellness Spa using products made from the lodge’s farm
Walk below treetop canopies on a peaceful rainforest trail
Rejuvenate with a sunrise yoga session on the beach
Look out for the region’s vibrant birdlife in the teeming Cativo Reserve
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Venture in to the Piedras Blancas National Park in search of a vast array of wildlife
Take guided snorkelling excursion in search of Golfo Dulce’s sea turtles, manta rays and colourful reef fish
Trek through the rainforest to a completely secluded waterfall
Set out on a dolphin watching or sunset cruise around the bay
Kayak through the wildlife-rich mangroves of the Rio Esquinas
Try your hand at classic artisanal fishing with a local guide, or charter a boat for a full day of deep sea fishing
Learn to surf in perfect conditions at Playa Pan Dulce
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