Q) What makes Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge a unique experience for guests?
A) Playa Nicuesa’s location is amazingly unique: Pristine, Private, Beautiful! It is a perfect example of why Costa Rica is world renowned for adventure and ecotourism travel. Reachable by boat only! Get greeted by our friendly staff and take a short boat ride across the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce to this private retreat. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is:
- A place that is remote yet accessible;
- A place that is sensitively designed in harmony with the environment;
- A place that is a nature lover’s, adventure sports lover’s and environmentalist’s dream;
- And, most importantly, a place that never lets you forget that you are nature’s guest.
Playa Nicuesa offers the perfect blend of comfort and the activities and diversity of an adventure tour. If physical challenge is what you want…it’s here. If rest and relaxation is what you need…it´s here. And everything in between! Playa Nicuesa is a destination lodge that offers kayakin, fishing, snorkeling, rainforest hiking, wildlife viewing and yoga practice, right out our doorstep.
The lodge that is small enough to allow us to help you design a special experience that meets your individual interests and goals. This also allows you the flexibility to change your schedule to meet your pace and mood.
Q) Can you explain what makes Piedras Blancas Park appealing to travelers as a vacation destination?
A) Piedras Blancas National Park was previously a part of the lush and legendary Corcovado National Park, the park is home to a dizzying array of plant and animal life. The Rio Esquinas and Rio Piedras river basins -- combined with up to 200 inches of rainfall per year -- produce an amazingly verdant habitat for a species list almost identical to Corcovado's. A study conducted at Gamba’s Biological Station concluded that Piedras Blancas’ biodiversity is the most impressive in the Osa area. Animal rescue projects helping scarlet macaws and wild cats have a great deal of success inside the preserve, mostly due to its extremely isolated primary forests. One of the country’s last jaguar habitats, Piedras Blancas is also home to all four of Costa Rica’s monkey species and an extensive array of birds. A long, secluded coast and a coral reef attract a variety of marine life including whales, dolphins and rays.
Q) Are there any "must-try" dishes or drinks at the resort that guests should order?
A) World-class cuisine comes standard with every stay at Costa Rica’s Playa Nicuesa Rainforest EcoLodge. Three exceptional meals are prepared each day by our chefs.
Emphasis is on local cuisine and fresh fish, tropical fruits and vegetables. The 165 acre preserve abounds with tropical fruit trees bearing mangoes, pineapple, starfruit, oranges, lemons, papayas, water apples, bananas, and of course, coconuts. The fresh squeezed juices and salsas are limitless!
Children´s menus and vegetarian inspired menus are also available daily
Q) What are the three things about your property that guests may not know?
- Playa Nicuesa is accessible by boat only!
- The lodge is sensitively designed with the environment and constructed from naturally fallen trees, recycled materials and harnessing the natural energy from the sun to provide 24 hour electricity.
- Visitors can intimately experience the natural wolrd of both the tropical rainforest and the Pacific Ocean.
Q) Can you take me through what a guests stay would be like and what an average day might entail in terms of activities, etc.?
A) Adventures and Eco-Tours are unlimited as you will discover while staying at Playa Nicuesa!
The Front Door leads to the Golfo Dulce’s 80 degree blue green waters. Kayak the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf) right off our beach front. Jump in! The water is calm and perfect forswimming. Spend a relaxing hour or a challenging daykayaking and exploring along the coastline and through nearby mangroves. Stop and snorkel along the way! In-shore and off-shore fishing guarantee a fresh fish dinner. And, from the Golfo Dulce we can also access several rivers and the Pacific Ocean leading to a variety of marine environments that make this area so unique. The Back Door of our 165-acre preserve is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine tropical rainforest, full of fruit trees and tropical flowering plants. Explore the jungle by hiking our labyrinth of trails that wind through the rainforest canopy, up the mountainside, and connect through the National Park. Listen to the howler monkeys, watch and hear the calls of any one of the 250 species of birds, and end up at a waterfall.
And, after a day of playing hard, stretch out with our yoga classes or a massage, and enjoy the rainforest from a hammock in our uniquely designed tree-top level lodge, or retreat to the private terrace of your deluxe cabin.
Before savoring the fabulous tropical-Latino inspired meals at our open-air restaurant with jungle views, join other guests under the thatch roof candlelit bar for drinks and appetizers and share exciting experiences of the day. All our tasteful meals are carefully prepared only with natural and fresh ingredients, many right from Nicuesa’s Gardens
Q) What elements about your property are truly luxurious?
A) A unique adventure travel destination: lush, green vegetation as far as the eye can see, with leaves as big as elephant ears. Jade colored water. Toucans, monkeys, iguanas, dolphins, majestic blue butterflies – all are here at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a real Costa Rica Eco Lodge in the Osa Peninsula-Golfo Dulce region, which has been called one of the most biologically diverse places on the earth. This area contains Central America’s largest remaining Pacific Coast rainforest.
This unique Costa Rica eco lodge is sensitively designed with the environment and constructed from naturally fallen trees and recycled materials, and harnesses the natural energy from the sun to provide 24 hour electricity.
What also makes Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge so unique, pristine and private is that the lodge is accessible only by boat. Dramatic views of the mountains surrounding the Pacific Coast gulf welcome you to the lodge as you approach by boat. Once you arrive at the lodge, lose yourself in the tropical paradise that surrounds you, and let the adventure begin!
Q) What advice do you have for guests who are staying at your resort?
A) We encourage our guests and staff to act as Nature’s Guests. This includes:
Q) What is the best time to travel to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
- To always respect natural habitats
- To help us conserve water and energy
- To undertake environmentally responsible practices including recycling and using organic/biodegradable products.
A) The Golfo Dulce region is one of the most humid and wet regions of Costa Rica. Thus rains are present year-round…and that’s what makes this such a special and lush place to visit (Hiking under the rain forest canopy while raining is a magical experience not to be missed!) But, rarely do we ever lose a day to the rain. Typically between December and April the rains are less frequent and start later in the evening. This time of the year is better for snorkeling and stargazing, and for those who enjoy the full sun when out and about on their tours. Between May and September the days are less sunny and great for those who enjoy more cloud cover when out on their hikinh, kayaking, etc. adventures. Typically, the wildlife viewing is better this time of the year. It rarely rains before 3:00 pm. Besides, rainy afternoons give one a great excuse to relax and lay in a hammock with a book and a cool drink!