Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Designed so you are nature's privileged guests, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a captivating retreat in Costa Rica. This solar-powered sanctuary along the Pacific Coast is tucked into a 165-acre estate within the Piedras Blancas Park. Arrive by boat to an intimate world composed of a main lodge, cabins and guest rooms that are uniquely designed to create a seamless and enjoyable transition between the indoors and outdoors. Follow candlelit pathways to the dining terrace for three full meals each day, where you will be enchanted by a tranquil blend of romance and environmental sensitivity.
This region is considered one of the most biologically diverse places on earth - you are sure to agree as you wander your front yard, with its views of dolphin-filled waters, or stroll along through thousands of acres of tropical rainforest. Kayak through the nearby mangroves, enjoy offshore fishing, take a jungle hike to a waterfall, or simply swing in a hammock beneath an almond tree by the sea and drift off to the rhythm of the waves. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is one eco-retreat you are sure to never forget.
Location of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Nearest Airport: SJO
Amenities for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
- General Information
- 9 Guest Rooms
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- In-Room Amenities
- Ceiling Fans
- Outdoor Showers
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Ecological Excursions
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Nature Reserve
- Active & Adventure
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
- Honeymoons & Romance
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Reviews for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
This lodge is absolutely lovely! The gorgeous pictures you see on their website is EXACTLY what it looks like in person. The property is very intimate. The guest houses are roomy and spread out, which allows for added privacy. This was my first time staying in an eco lodge, and I didn't know what to expect. Being close to nature, while having very minimal impact to the natural environment is very important to me. The term "sustainability" is very trendy these days, and my guess is that the term is often used loosely. But, after experiencing this lodge, I can tell you that the owners are serious about their commitment to sustainability. They go through great efforts to receive certifications that are reviewed and updated regularly. The owners take great care to have a light footprint on the surrounding environment, including air-drying the sheets, towels, and laundry in the large drying shed, revegetation efforts to replace the diseased cacao trees with native vegetation, providing biodegradable toiletries and sunscreen to guests, and many other efforts that you will learn about on the complimentary sustainability tour. We traveled with another family and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The family adventure package was a great addition. It allowed us to have an activity planned for each day, yet we had the flexibility to pick and choose what activity to do and when. The food was out of this world amazing! My family is vegan, and we were so appreciative of the variety and choice of options available to us. Chef Edison took great care of us, including making some vegan cookies and other yummy desserts. I especially loved the gallo pinto, fried plantains, and amazing fresh fruit for breakfast, and the fruit juices for lunch. My favorite activities were making chocolate (and then eating it! yum!), the waterfall hike, and kayaking through the mangroves. Jose was a fabulous and knowledgeable guide. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. The only thing I could have done without was the mosquitos. There are lots of them. But, that comes with the "nature" experience. And the lodge provides a biodegradable, DEET-free repellent that was very effective. Thanks so much Playa Nicuesa! I can't wait to return!
JoJellie - San Luis Obispo, California
My friend and I went for 5 days on the yoga bliss package. We each had a room in the mango guesthouse. From the pickup at the Golfito airport to our drop off on the last day it was perfect in every way. The yoga with Selva was exactly what we were hoping for and focused on asanas and meditation practice. The massage on the yoga deck overlooking the gulf with the sound of the waves and birds was especially relaxing. Selva gave a combination reiki and traditional massage. We went on 2 tours with Jose - kayaking in the mangrove, and a tour of the Gulf. Both were fantastic - wildlife, snacks on the boat, swimming in the Gulf, information and conversation. Jose also took us paddle boarding the Gulf in the morning which was a blast. Days we did not go on a tour we were very happy swimming off the pier and relaxing in the hammocks. Each morning we were woken by howler monkeys and fell asleep to the sounds of the rain or the animals in the rainforest. We were also fortunate to see a slideshow on the restoration of reefs in the Gulf. Playa Nicuesa is a great partner in the area and actively supports the research team. Each meal was delicious, as were the appetizers and the daily drink special in the bar. There were more than enough choices and generally we just asked out waitstaff what they recommended - we were never steered wrong. The coffee was ready before our 6 am yoga class and breakfast was ready when we were done. Every single staff member made us feel welcome and their service was impeccable. We are already planning our return trip and will be staying longer.
bookluver - NS
My first trip to Playa Nicuesa was such an amazing an experience a return was in order. Playa Nicuesa's remote location requires a boat trip to reach it. Once landed you'll be immersed in Costa Rica's rainforest in its truest sense. Quickly surrounded by the lush dense jungle flora, a cacophony of insects, birds and animals sounds fill the air. Exploration beckons. We stayed in one of the cabins that set in their own secluded location. An amazing benefit of the cabin is its outdoor shower. The bathroom has an uncovered area that allows you to gaze into the forest canopy while showering. On more than one occasion my morning shower piqued the interest of a group of white face monkeys. The food was always excellent healthy fare - utilizing local fruits, fish and herbs. Fresh juices are always on hand. A wonderful bar that has a great happy hour awaits each early evening at the main lodge. Guests gather to share photos and stories from their days adventure. The rainforest rises into the mountains behind Playa Nicuesa. There are miles and miles of trails into the forest. Playa Nicuesa has a number of guides that offer a wealth of information should you wish to have one accompany you on a hike. I also found that I enjoyed hiking alone where I could totally immerse myself in the surroundings. Beyond exploration, there's kayaking, canoeing & fishing. I was fortunate to have combined two of these activities into an unforgettable experience. One early evening I grabbed a fishing pole, a couple of lures and slid into a kayak. I paddled to an enticing looking point about a half mile away from the Playa Nicuesa dock. A few casts no action and then a strike. The rod bent and whatever was on the end was now pulling the kayak and me along with it. After a few adrenalin filled minutes the fish had tired and I was able to see near him as he neared. It was too big to pull onto the kayak. So, I decided to tow the fish back to Playa Nicuesa. Met at the beach by one of Playa Nicuesa's dock hands, I learned that I caught a red snapper that was in the 15 pound range. The fish was cleaned and taken to the kitchen where it would be part of the following evening's dinner. Playa Nicuesa left me with cherished memories - what more can you ask for.
jtarr00 - Port Washington, New York
I can still recall the sounds of the howler monkeys and the scarlet macaws in the trees surrounding our beautiful room in the Mango Guesthouse at Playa Nicuesa Lodge. We couldn't have imagined a more perfect eco adventure than the week we spent there hiking to waterfalls, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. The staff was welcoming and attentive; no detail was overlooked -from the hibiscus flowers crowning the fresh towel sculptures left by the housekeeping staff each morning to the well mapped and maintained trails that offered intimate encounters with the amazing wildlife that surrounds the lodge. The food was fresh, local and delicious and they went above and beyond to accommodate my dairy & gluten free diet. We loved the open air living which allowed us to stay in contact with the beautiful surroundings while enjoying the comforts of luxurious accommodations --especially the open air showers. My 10 year old son, who is slightly squeamish, was so excited to share the bathroom with a little bat which helped to keep mosquitoes and bugs at bay while we slept! We were most impressed at how hard Nicuesa works to achieve sustainability -providing its guests with an educational experience of harmonious coexistence within the rainforest environment.
We just got back from Playa Nicuesa Lodge two weeks ago and Iâ€™m still dreaming about it! It was an incredible experience, well off the beaten path, yet so welcoming. There were six of us in our party â€“ my husband and I with our 14 year old daughter, and our good friends with their 15 year old daughter. We stayed in the Jaguar House, and opted for the Family Adventure package. Each day we did different activities â€“ kayaking down the river, hiking deep into the rainforest and swimming in a gorgeous waterfall, paddle boarding, snorkeling, making chocolate out of cacao, night and early morning hikesâ€¦. Everyone was wonderful to us, especially Jose and the other guides, who were friendly and knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, and animals of the rainforest. We saw white faced monkeys, howler monkeys, lizards of all shapes and sizes, morpho butterflies, coatis and so much more. The lodge is sustainable â€“ the cabins and eating areas are beautifully designed to be both protective and open to the outdoors, without disrupting the nature around them. We loved falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle. Yes, there were mosquitoes, but that is to be expected in the jungle. The beds have mosquito nets and the lodge provides a natural bug repellant which worked well. We also had a â€śpetâ€ť bat that sometimes hung out in our shower, but we didnâ€™t mind this at all. Despite being in the midst of the jungle, we came home each afternoon to a beautifully cleaned house with fresh made beds. The food was fresh and delicious, served family style, which really helped us get to know some of the other guests. They easily accommodated my gluten free diet, and we especially loved the happy hour with home made fresh drinks and appetizers each night. If youâ€™re looking for an air conditioned resort with white sand beaches, this is probably not for you. If youâ€™re instead looking for beautiful accommodations amidst the magic that is the rainforest, then you will love it here. We sure did.
RandiB700 - Los Osos, California