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What We Love

  • The rate includes a boat transfer from Puerto Jimenez Airport (PJM) or Golfito Airport (GLF) to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, three meals, snacks, unlimited self-guided hikes on the preserve, use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment
  • Yoga bliss at sunrise and sunset on the seaside platform
  • Great for a group of friends or families
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What To Know

  • All additional person fees are to be paid upon arrival to the property
  • This is an early-to-bed/early-to-rise-with-the-howler-monkeys kind of place
  • The lodge is cooled by ceiling fans, not air conditioning
  • Getting off the grid is all part of the appeal: no air con, guest phone or Internet

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Restful treehouse-style eco-lodge on a 165-acre rainforest reserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean

The Look

With a front-yard beach bordering Golfo Dulce, where dolphins play and occasionally a humpback whale swims in from the Pacific Ocean, and a back yard of pristine rain forest laced with trails and waterfalls, Playa Nicuesa is the ultimate back-to-nature escape. The main lodge is an open-air two-story affair, fitted out with a library, lounge and terrace bar, hammocks and game tables. On the second floor — open all around to the forest canopy — guests dine family-style (by candlelight at day’s end) at a long, handcrafted wood table, often joined by several staff members.

Bed and Bath

Surrounded by a jungly garden area and framed by mango trees, the four cozy guestrooms in the two-story Mango Guest House offer private terraces, handsome hardwood floors underfoot and ceiling fans overhead. Louver doors and windows wrap around the rooms for panoramic rain forest viewing, and there are queensize canopy beds (or twins on request), and private baths with open-air garden showers. Fresh flowers decorate the rooms each day, and towels are hung on pieces of driftwood.

Beyond

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge caters to guests with delicious meals and exotic drinks, three resident naturalist guides, a yoga and aromatherapy massage specialist, a full roster of touring and sporting activities, and always attentive service. The meals are healthy, somewhat exotic and creatively presented, and they focus on national and regional cuisine. Request a garden tour with Memmo, Playa Nicuesa’s cheery groundskeeper, and you’ll hear all about sweet apples and the sour guava (harvested for juices and jams). Occasionally you may want to dine privately at a small table; just ask.

In the Area

Take the Edible Landscape Tour, and go foraging for exotic edibles in garden and rain forest, then play assistant to the chef, who works the findings into a savory meal. Or hit the Nocturnal Hike Trail toward the lagoon with Tomas, the lodge’s charismatic animal tracker; night scopes and flashlights help in the search of crocodiles, marine toads, bats and night mammals such as kinkajous and mapaches. Experience the Esquinas River by kayak, exploring the mangroves teeming with wildlife — crocodiles, caimans and myriad birds — or kayak easily from the lodge across Golfe Dulce to take a guided tour of the botanical gardens (and 100 orchid species) of Casa de Orquideas. Surfing aficionados can catch a wave off Playa Matapalo, at the southeastern tip of the Osa Peninsula, while novices can sign up for an all-day lesson.

How to Get There

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Piedras Blancas National Park
Golfito, 85-1000 Costa Rica

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 323 Reviews
Holydays, 2.-5. January 2019
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a very nice and special place. We enjoyed very much. The peoples are kind an helpful. We come back asap. There are so many animals, like snakes, frogs, diffrent birds, monkeys, manta ray, sea-turtle...

Unforgetable experience - indeed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a magic place, for sure! The location itself, the atmosphere, the intense sustainability principles they have, the sunsets and sunrises from there, the staff... Oh! just great! They cook really, really healthy and absolutely delicious. They have lots of tours and hiking trails on the property and outside, and the people that work there are like a big family.

I do not like insects and lizards and stuff, but there I somehow ended up liking them a lot, everzbody is so considerate about the nature. It is an "out of the comfort zone" experience. In the night, you can jump into the ocean from the deck and hundrets of bio-luminescents glow around you like little stars! I must confess, that one needs some guts to jump in the first place.

What I would mention is: be careful at the rocks on the beach! If you can bring some special shoes even better!!! Especially at low tide!

best swimming
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved it here. Great swimming in the ocean - jump of the dock barefoot or walk in from the beach with water shoes. awesome guests and staff - like summer camp. super fun community. turns out I had a bad reaction to bug bites but no other guest while I was there seemed troubled by bugs. i'd like to return when I'm in better shape so I can hike as well. unbelievably beautiful mountains framing the water - just breathtaking. food was good and drinks were cheap :-D

This is the place to disconnect!
Reviewed 1 month ago

My second stay in the Lodge and not the last one! If you want to really relax and disconnect from work and other responsabilites como here, it is perfect. Enjoy the great food, the nature and meeting people from arround the world.

Enchanting place!
Reviewed 2 months ago

4 nights spent in the Nicuesa Lodge were an enchantment. The wooden lodge is cocooning between the beach and the rainforest in a small bay, reachable only by boat. Waking up early with the howling monkeys and the birds, taking a superb yoga lesson on a deck facing the sea, sharing meals with likeminded people, enjoying walks, kayaking, reading in a hammock: it’s a perfect place! The manager and his friendly and professional staff are always here to inform, explain, help. The lodge is ecofriendly (rewarded!) and a sustainability tour shows all the refined methods used in that place. A fabulous getaway!