Experience a taste of paradise and unimaginable wildlife adventures in this extraordinary first-class Costa Rican destination! Accessible exclusively by boat, Playa Cativo Eco Lodge is nestled in the tranquil waters of Golfo Dulce, near Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica. Unique in its native beauty and seclusion, Playa Cativo is a beachfront boutique hotel offering an unparalleled experience set on 1,000 acres of private tropical rainforest reserve surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, a former extension of the Corcovado National Park.
Our facilities were designed for the highest level of comfort while fully blending with the beauty of the beach and rainforest surroundings, providing you the opportunity to immerse in nature.
- EL GAVILAN RESTAURANT: features innovating sensory gourmet dining with fresh ingredients from Playa Cativo’s integral farm and other local purveyors. Enhance your senses with a journey through the authentic Costa Rica cuisine.
- POOL: Our fresh-water, chemical-free, outdoor swimming pool is a great place to relax. With an impressive view of the sunsets over the Golfo Dulce, you’ll enjoy delightful poolside beverages from our bar while working on your tan. It’s the perfect place to relax after your rainforest adventure!
- LIBRARY: Playa Cativo’s air-conditioned library contains hundreds of books. Read about the incredible Golfo Dulce and Costa Rica’s natural history, the surprising creatures you have just encountered in the rainforest, or just a novel, if you prefer. Wi-fi and complimentary computers with Internet are also available.
- TROPICAL GARDENS: Our gardens are abundant with butterflies, exotic birds and mammals – all enhanced by the sound of the waves and an unforgettably beautiful tropical rainforest paradise. The impressive variety of plants and bird species will keep you busy for hours.
Standup Paddle and Cativo Bay Kayaking: Paddle along Cativo Bay and explore the beautiful coastline . . . you’ll be greeted by lots of fish, dolphins, manta rays and turtles in the crystal clear waters of the morning. Our staff is available to assist you with outfitting and launching boards or kayaks.
Self-Guided Cativo Bay Snorkeling: Pick up some gear and enjoy the experience of snorkeling at Cativo Bay. Our favorite place to snorkel is near the pier, where you’ll enjoy seeing a variety of reef fish. Combine this activity with kayaking or paddle boarding for a perfect adventure in paradise!
Self-Guided Walks: Discover for yourself the magnificent diversity of habitats that Playa Cativo’s property has to offer, with an easy 45 to 60-minute hike. Take the trail along the beach all the way to the Buena Vista Pier, and see Cativo Bay from a different perspective. Or explore a variety of habitats including primary and secondary rainforests, jungle waterfalls, scenic views of the wetlands and see the abundant wildlife.
Off-Grid Alternative Energy Tour: We invite you to join us and learn how Playa Cativo Eco Lodge operates at 100% clean electric energy with off-grid hydroelectric power and solar panels. Walk with us to the dam situated one kilometer away from the hotel, just up the hill. Immerse yourself in the marvelous primary rainforest following Cativo Creek upstream.
Artisanal Hand-Line Pier Fishing: Walk to the pier for a traditional artisanal fishing evening. Pack a cooler with a few drinks and snacks. Enjoy an activity that has been part of the lives of the Golfo Dulce villagers, previously as a way of surviving and now as a fun hobby.