Playa Cativo Eco Lodge is a beachfront boutique hotel on the Golfo Dulce offering an unparalleled experience set in 1,000 acres of private rainforest, surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, a former extension of the Corcovado National Park.
Magical off the beaten track setting and accessible only by boat
Surrounded by some of the most unspoilt and diverse rainforest in the world
An exciting program of activities and experiences on offer
Eco lodge offering lovely accommodations in true harmony with nature
Playa Cativo’s wooden plantation-style design compliments the natural surroundings of the rainforest, stunning tropical grounds and remote oceanfront setting. Set on an 1000 acre private property which is only accessible by boat the exclusive eco lodge has the feeling of a private home and offers 18 beautiful guest rooms, including an inviting private casita nestled close to the beach, Chef Victor prepares inspiring Costa Rican dishes using produce from the lodge’s garden and expert guides are on hand to organise ocean and rainforest experiences.
During your stay you will have the opportunity to take part in plenty of adventurous activities such as hiking in the Piedras Blancas National Park, self-guided walks, nature tours, fishing, sea kayaking, whale and dolphin watching, nocturnal rainforest expedition, snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding. The different eco-systems, including mangroves, allow guests to consistently observe a large and diverse variety of birds and animals in a relatively small area and it’s common to see and hear Howler and white-faced monkeys and Scarlet Macaws around the lodge.
For those looking for relaxation, the sandy beach by the lodge is wonderful to retreat to or the inviting fresh-water swimming pool and gardens or yoga platform surrounded by the sights and sounds of jungle and lapping ocean. The waters in front of the Lodge are also part of the protected area and home to the needlefish spawning which occurs every month for three days.
When to visit
Upgrade to a Premium room for panoramic views of the rainforest and beach.
Playa Cativo is located on the Golfo Dulce in southwestern Costa Rica. Accessible only by boat, its 1000 acres of private rainforest reserve are surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, a natural corridor between La Amistad and Corcovado National Parks.
12-hour international flight to San Jose, follwed by a 45-minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez or Golfito, the two local ports of entry to Playa Cativo. The last portion of your voyage is a 35-minute scenic boat ride into the heart of the rainforest, courtesy of Playa Cativo Eco Lodge.
Corcovado National Park
Fly into the teeming rainforest of Corcovado National Park, one of the world's most biologically intense places, for an incredible wildlife experience, looking for tapirs, jaguars, ocelots, brilliantly coloured birds and much else besides.
Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour
Take a boat out into Golfo Dulce to look for dolphins. On occasion, super-pods of 300+ dolphins can be seen cavorting in the sparkling waters. The trip ends with an opportunity to snorkel over a coral reef, and a beach picnic.
Stargazing and dining experience
Shoot for the moon and the stars with an exclusive stargazing and dining experience, enjoy learning about the sparkling southern sky, while enjoying cocktails and culinary treats infused with meteorite dust!