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
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- 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
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Reviews for Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Tucked away on the edge of a calm bay, this property was a slice of heaven. Snorkling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in the calm waters right from shore. Guided fishing tours, chocolate making, hiking and birdwatching. Best vacation dining experience ever. Family style, simple menu (2-3 choices per meal), always fresh, delicious, authentic AND accomodated gluten free/vegetarian diet!! Stayed in Jaguar house and it's just as magical as the photos on the website. Rustic for sure... really felt like we were in the jungle (we were!), but clean, comfortable and beautiful. Loved the outdoor shower and the citronella lotion in the room. Staff were sooooo gracious, friendly and knowlegable. We will be back!!
jjmc2017 - Orinda, California
Nicuesa lodge is a piece of paradise. It is not for the faint of heart who would not want to be among the sights and sounds of the jungle. The location is just beautiful and far away from the hustle and business of large vacation resorts. But what makes this place superior is the people who work and live there everyday. From the moment you step into the boat that takes you to the lodge, until the moment you enter the boat to get to your flight to San Jose, the staff treat you like family. They are extremely knowledgeable, warm, friendly and want nothing but to make you feel at home. All the staff were great , however a real shout out to Jose who was our guide the entire time for whatever activity we did. For Jose it wasn't a job it was his sincere interest in sharing his insights with us. He always went above and beyond. We highly recommend Nicuesa Lodge for that very special vacation. Muchas Gracious to all of the staff! Laura and Steve Robbins
Laura R - New York City, New York
The only access is via a boat to a jetty. There is a main lodge comprising a first floor open sided bar and dining room where you can see above the immediate forest canopy to keep in touch with the wildlife whilst eating. Food was very good but had to be pre-ordered i.e. At lunch you were given a dinner menu and asked to choose for later. Breakfast, lunch & dinner were included. A nice touch, I thought, was that you were encouraged to meet before dinner for a drink and delicious complimentary hors d'oeuvres in the bar. There was a quiet area on the ground floor with books to borrow and literature on wildlife. We had a lodge that was on its own in a clearing in the rainforest. It was basically a raised floor with a roof supported on a number of vertical logs (cut from the forest) a double bed with a mosquito net and a bathroom with a large open air shower. The walls were folding shutters which we were told we did not need to close at night and could leave open all day. We did not want the forest creatures entering our room at night so closed the shutters. There was a lockable box for valuables. Every morning were were woken by howler monkeys in the trees above our lodge and all night there were scratchings and noises from outside (I Think). There was always plenty of wildlife about just walking around the pathways and even sitting quietly on the recliners provided at your lodge. There was a pebbly beach and a few sunbeds if you wanted to relax, the sea was beautifully calm and warm in the morning but a breeze made it choppy in the afternoon but good swimming and ok snorkelling. The highlight for me was the arrival of the Scarlet Macaws. They would arrive at about lunchtime and feed in the cashew nut trees above the beach and then perform all kinds of acrobatics as they bickered amongst one another - brilliant to watch and photograph - I must have hundreds of macaw photos!!
Sedgtrav1 - Doncaster, United Kingdom
We travelled around during a prior trip to CR and the Osa area was our favorite part. We decided to return to spend a full week in the rain forest this time. Rather than repeat a trip to the excellent Bosque del Cabo lodge at the tip of the Osa peninsula, we wanted to try something new and chose to look at the other side of the Golfo Dulce. We were drawn to the great reviews, private cabins, and beach access at the Playa Nicuesa lodge. After much comparison "shopping," we booked 6 nights. Simply FANTASTIC. We say this as pretty experienced travelers who enjoy everything from 5-star city luxury hotels to remote adventure travel. Start with the fact that there are no roads to Nicuesa--you take a boat from a tiny port with an airstrip in Golfito. And despite the website's "20 minutes", the trip is more like 30-40 minutes. Can be smooth or little choppy. If you get seasick, take some dramamine or bonine well-before. The little boat is fun as is the sense it is transporting you far away to somewhere secret and special. Upon arrival you get a brief orientation from the warm, friendly staff--we loved that we weren't hit with tons of rules. The casual ease of the lodge comes across immediately. The main building is a gorgeous tree house style lodge with many different areas to congregate, relax, drink, dine, use the available-if-slow WiFi. Coffee and tea are always available and the reception manager will help with anything else you need. The cabins are nestled in the jungle next to and up from the beach. Each is private and surrounded by the rain forest. Cabins are roomy with well-appointed furnishings appropriate for the hot humid forest. They are fairly open and airy. The bathrooms are large and half indoor/half outdoor. Biodegradable nice smelling soaps and shampoos are provided. There are hammocks and swing chairs and seating to just read on the veranda if that's what you choose in the middle of the day when it is warmest between activities. Housekeeping is outstanding. They are invisible but make the cabin gorgeous everyday while you are at breakfast. Guides are easy-going and immediately likable. Most popular tours for good reason are the waterfall hike (bring water shoes or borrow some from the lodge), the mangrove boat tour that includes kayaking down river, the night hike, and snorkeling boat trips. But there are many others not to mention just sitting by the water and swimming and snorkeling off the dock. Kayaks and paddle boards are available anytime you like along with flippers and masks. No real rules--just be happy. Food: fresh, clean, local, tasty. No goopy cheesy sauces. But lots of flavors and always appealing. We loved it. It says something if we liked it AND kids liked it. Usually some fresh baked breads or desserts, fresh fruits, coconut crusted fishes, grilled vegetables, rica and bean combos... If deciding between Bosque del Cabo and Nicuesa, you cannot make a wrong choice. They are just a bit different. Nicuesa has the water access and activities right there just a minute from your cabin. The cabins are also larger with better furnishings, more spacious verandas and more comfortable places to lounge and read or nap surrounded by the sounds of the forest. Little jungle creatures would regularly walk by below the raised cabin as we relaxed there during the hottest hours of the day. Bosque del Cabo has no easy water access but does have a lovely pool. Their cabins are slightly less impressive but are set on clifftops overlooking the forest canopy and sea far below; not unusual for monkeys to pass by in the trees or macaws to appear on the roof eating nuts from a tree beside the cabin. Trails: the trails are easier in that they are somewhat flatter at Nicuesa than Bosque, but Bosque's are more extensive. Nicuesa's waterfall and natural swimming holes are fantastic; Bosque's epic killer trail to a stone-beach cove is unforgettable but only for the reasonably fit. Animal life is more concentrated in the area where Bosque is, but you will see them at Nicuesa of course--just less. In sum: Nicuesa had nicer cabins, more laid-back casual feel, easy beach access and water activities. Bosque del Cabo had better ability to see animals and the cabins--while smaller and not appointed quite as nicely--had better views. Guides were comparable at both which is to say excellent. Food is very good at both but we give Nicuesa the edge.
kyle10014 - NYC
If you wish to be in the jungle surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, not in a crowd, and on a beach than you just found it! We planned a short couple of days kayak trip through the Golfo Dulce and literally found this gem of a resort by rowing by. Lucky us the lodge had room and we quickly gave up our idea of camping out. It is stylish and sleek but in a cool and relaxed way. The staff is a pure joy: helpful, fun, and uncomplicated, simply there for you to make your stay even more of a delight. The rooms are excellently done. as it feels like yo are part of nature but not part of the bugs (I suppose we all appreciate the wild but like to keep 6 and 8 legged species out of our sleeping quarters). The property has the appearance of a botanical garden with trails throughout where wildlife meanders in abundance. No road access, therefore you got to boat in which is certainly part of the lodge's service (or kayak!!). Equipment is offered for water fun and I had a lovely yoga session close to the beach which I can highly recommend. The meals are excellent with local fruit, vegetable, fish, and herbs and you get to choose from different options. To us it was just the perfect place to end our Costa Rica adventure in style and nature!
mrsolsson12 - Haines, Alaska