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Playa Cativo in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Occupying a serene spot on America's only tropical fiord along the Golfo Dulce, the boutique hotel of Playa Cativo is enveloped in the snug embrace of the Piedras Blancas National Park and set on 1000 acres of lush private rainforest. A tranquil beach overlooks the crystalline waters off the Southern Costa Rican coast and guests set up lounge chairs on the meticulously groomed lawn to gaze across the expanse. All quarters, designed in contemporary eco-luxe style, are kitted out with polished reclaimed hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings, and large picture windows for stellar ocean views. Accommodations are within steps of the sand and offer all modern comforts such as wireless Internet access, ceiling fans, in-room safes and coffee makers. Bathrooms provide soothing rainfall showers, biodegradable toiletries and plush cotton robes.

Playa Cativo is a prime spot to reconnect with nature by way of moseying around the groomed butterfly and bird-filled gardens. Or opt for a more adventurous manner to get up close and personal with Costa Rica's environment: Partake in a nocturnal rainforest expedition, a wetland bird watching tour or a half-day snorkeling excursion all organized by the hotel concierge. If it is pampering guests are after, they can book a plein air massage treatment or find inner balance during an al fresco Yoga class. More of a bookish type? Hole up at the hotel’s library and pick from a well-rounded selection of riveting reads. There is an outdoor fresh-water pool perfect for lazing in the sun after a day spent exploring – and a great spot to enjoy an ice-cold indigenous craft beer with mesmerizing sunset views. For dinner, turn to El Gavilán Restaurant. Seasonal organic produce harvested from the on-site farm and locally caught seafood is repurposed in traditional and modern Costa Rican and international dishes. Sit back, relax and experience Playa Cativo's striking native beauty and natural treasures for the ultimate peaceful beach escape.

Location of Playa Cativo

Playa Cativo
Playa Cativo, Golfito
Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Nearest Airport: SJO

Amenities for Playa Cativo

  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Room Service
  • Organic Cuisine
  • Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Hiking Trails
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Gardens
  • Beach Access
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios or Balconies
  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • WiFi
  • Activities
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Nature Walks
  • Yoga
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Hand Line Fishing
  • Nature Hikes
  • Nearby
  • Beach
  • National Park
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
  • Honeymoons & Romance

Reviews for Playa Cativo

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 months ago

We have been around the world and stayed at many nice lodges. This is definitively one of the very, very best! Service was amazing, they help us sorting out several issues not related to the hotel like getting back a phone we lost at our previous hotel and getting medicine from the pharmacy. Also, because I had back pain when we went on a river cruise they arranged with a sun chair on the boat for me!! We were lucky to stay in the honeymoon suite. It's a secluded building on stilts next to the jungle. It was so pretty and comfortable in every way, we loved it! Monkeys came close to us at several occasions while we were resting on the deck. The sea was very nice for swimming, but there are some stones so be aware. We saw all kind of wild animals in or just outside the property such as ant eater, slough, howlers, agouti etc. We also did a guided night walk and saw many amazing frogs. The food and wine was exceptionally good! There wasn't are course were we didn't comment how good it was. The pool area is pleasant, but we didn't stay there much. There were so much else to do!

Resplatser - Helsingborg, Sweden

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 months ago

I can not say enough great things about this hotel. It's better than any place my husband and I have ever stayed, and that included our two week trip to Hawaii for our honeymoon. The staff is BEYOND attentive, kind, and willing to accommodate all of your needs. The property is way beyond anything you can imagine. The rooms are beautiful, the views are unparalleled. There is so much to explore on the property, and so many people willing to take you to do whatever you want at any time. The food was great! The pool is incredibly beautiful. I only pray I get a chance to go back here someday! It's a magical and special place.

Jenny K - Chicago, Illinois

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 months ago

The pictures posted in here do not do this place justice. I don't think there are many words to describe Playa Cativo and the lovely people that work there. The boat ride on the way in draws you into to the magic that is this place, we were lucky enough to be accompanied by hundreds of spotted dolphins that made the experience for my 10 year old and frankly me even more amazing. When you arrive you are hit by the magnificence of the national park that sits behind the relatively small boutique hotel.. offering you on location access to a small waterfall with a super refreshing little natural pool, a morning wakeup call by the wide variety of birds of paradise and howler monkeys, and the most lush surroundings imaginable to me. The room was breathtaking with all of the open windows, allowing you a 180 view of the beautiful surroundings. You get a stocked fridge daily with freshly prepared juice & fruit ( heaven ). The food in the restaurant is the only food available, as there is nothing in the neighborhood, but it is the only food you will want. Freshly prepared, wholesome, nutritious, a health-freak's ultimate vacation. Victor, Gero, Luis, Steven, and a bunch of others whom's name have left me for a minute, went out of their way to arrange and provide anything we needed. They were all super knowledgable about the species inhabiting their surroundings and were always ready to answer any questions. My fiancee, 10 year old daughter, and I were there over the easter period, for which the staff had organized an easter egg hunt, and painting eggs for the kids. A lovely detail that made the trip even more memorable for our 10 year old. Playa Cativo is definitely a home away from home we would love to return to.

Kolkc - Willemstad, Curacao

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 months ago

I cannot say enough about this amazing hotel. It is life unplugged in such a glorious way. The food is exceptional, the staff all very kind, knowledgable and helpful. The tours we did were excellent - especially the snorkelling and the dolphin tour. We stayed in the two Casitas (one for us and one for the teenagers) which were beautiful and separate from the main building.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 7 months ago

Took our party of six (my wife and I, three kids (5, 7, 12) and the mother-in-law (late sixties) for four nights. Simply breathtaking from the stunning arrival, to the amazing tours (snorkelling, dolphin watching, hikes, farm tour), outstanding food, highly personalised service and views and scenery to die for. The staff could not have been friendlier and more accommodating with our family. A stunning and oh so memorable experience. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

Murray M

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