Playa Cativo Lodge, Golfito

At a glance

  • An intimate and secluded beachfront lodge
  • Open-air designed rooms – all with sea views
  • Set in Piedras Blancas National Park

Playa Cativo Lodge, Golfito


A remote eco-lodge set between rainforest and a tropical fjord.

Switch off from modern life at this charming eco-lodge which has been built from salvaged wood and generates all of its own electricity. Look out for playful dolphins during the scenic boat journey to the lodge which is tucked away in the rainforest and feels wonderfully secluded and wild. Its unique location offers an irresistible combination of forest sounds and waves lapping the shore, and as there are just 18 rooms guests can enjoy a personalised experience. You can spot toucans, scarlet macaws and howler monkeys before you’ve even ventured outside the property and there’s a range of activities and wildlife adventures on offer. Explore the forest during a self-guided hike, join a birdwatching tour or go kayaking in the mangroves. You can snorkel in the bay, try stand-up paddle boarding or spot humpback whales on a boat tour.

Connect with nature with a massage or yoga class on the shady deck that’s nestled in the forest and relax by the pretty freshwater pool which offers incredible sunset views over the Golfo Dulce. Learn about Costa Rican wildlife by perusing nature books in the air-conditioned library or lose yourself in a novel. Enjoy gourmet dining with fresh food from the on-site organic farm at El Gavilán Restaurant which also offers a selection of wines, craft beers and tropical cocktails.

The beautiful plantation-style rooms each feature an open-air design (with screens for the evening) which makes you feel really connected to nature and offers incredible 180-degree views of the ocean and rain-forest. The main difference between the three room types is the size. Luxury Guest Rooms are more spacious than Deluxe Guest Rooms and Premium Guest Rooms are larger still, with superior views and a mini-bar and fridge that’s refilled daily.

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Key information

1000 acres of untouched rainforest overlooking the Golfo Dulce in Piedras Blancas National Park

Airport transfer time: Approx. 6 hours by road from San José airport followed by a 30-minute boat trandsfer or a 50-minute scenic flight from San José to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez followed by a 30-minute boat transfer
Rooms: 18

Good to know

Children aged 6 and above are welcome.

Accommodation information

18 rooms



What's included

• All meals • Freshly-brewed specialty coffees and teas • Use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling gear inside Cativo Bay • One 'introduction to the tropical rainforest' guided tour • Access to self-guided hiking trails around the private tropical rainforest reserve • Wi-Fi

*Denotes local charge