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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 2 weeks ago

Our stay at Playa Cativo Lodge was truly spectacular. The hotel sits within the Piedras Blancas National Park and you feel as though you’ve arrived in a part of the world totally remote from everyday life. The boat ride from the port in Golfito, a 20 minute drive, set the stage for us when 6 bottlenose dolphin came up and swam along with our boat. The lodge itself is lovely, and the staff cares deeply both about their hotel, of which they are justly proud, and also about your experience. The rainforest surrounding the lodge is home to magnificent animals which you can see in a variety of ways including guided and self guided tours - in addition to the dolphin, we saw animals such as Coatis, Howler Monkeys, Scarlet Macaws and everything in between. Overall, Playa Cativo Lodge is an amazing gem!


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me, my wife, and our four kids stayed two nights at Playa Cativo. We wish we had stayed a week. There aren’t enough positive words to say about this place and the people who work there. The food was incredible, the people treated us like family, and I’m not sure there’s a more relaxing place on earth. If you want quiet or adventure...they have both. We will be going back!

praterron - Alexandria, Virginia

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were the second guests to arrive at Playa Cativo after it reopened in mid-December. The Lodge was closed during much of the rainy season while new guest living quarters were being constructed. While construction continues, it was not intrusive at all and we were hardly aware of it. This may be the first time in all the reviews I've written where I'd like to add another star to the five star rating system. We've come to expect outstanding service in our trips to Costa Rica, but the level of service achieved by the Playa Cativo staff during our stay was above our highest expectation. I'm sure the reopening along with just a few guests were important factors, but service at this level doesn't just happen. It happens because management is committed to it happening. I counted 8 staff members who greeted us with cold towels and drinks when we arrived by boat and immediately informed us that we had been upgraded to the premium level accommodation. We had lunch on the front porch, had a tour of the grounds and then were escorted to our separate lodge about 100 yards from the main facility. I've attached a few pictures to give you an idea of this jaw dropping suite. I'm also happy to report that complimentary wifi is available throughout the grounds not just at the main lodge. Weather was great during our stay from December 15th to the 18th, meals were of a fine dining quality, and our birding tours and particularly the mangrove tour by boat were first rate. The mangrove tour was private with guide and boat captain and included a picnic lunch. We saw roughly 15 to 20 bird species and several crocodiles on the ride along with dolphins riding in our wake on the return trip. On another excursion, we saw our first anteater up close and personal as our guide Luis spotted him climbing a coconut palm only steps from the main lodge. We had a small pool at our lodge so didn't get around to enjoying the large pool facility next to the main lodge. We did have a special barbeque dinner with the other guest couple around the pool, and not only was the meal special but we had the opportunity of getting to know the other couple visiting from Luxembourg. Sunsets were spectacular all three evenings, and after the third we went on a night hike with Luis (our guide for all five of our excursions). We ended up the night hike at our lodge where the staff had prepared a surprise dinner served on our deck including a chilled bottle of wine to accompany the whole red snapper entrée. A waiter was with us during the entire meal to serve each course relayed to him from the main lodge. I still have a hard time believing this happened, but I do have pictures proving it! Upon our departure the entire staff gathered to wish us safe travels by boat to Puerto Jimenez. We won't forget this three day stay at Playa Cativo for a very long time. Bravo!

ValueFinder29455 - Kiawah Island, South Carolina

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 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 7 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

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