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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

We've stayed in a number of rain forest lodges and eco resorts in Costa Rica and Bosque del Cabo was by far the best of any of them. If you're looking for a wildlife and forest experience while staying in beautiful cabins and eating great food, you've found the right place.

The lodge is on the tip of the Osa peninsula with access both to the Pacific and to the Golf side. Almost all the cabins have incredible ocean views looking out over the Pacific -- the ones without ocean views are in their immaculate garden. The lodge is in the middle of a 750 acre private holding with miles of trails. There's significant primary (old-growth) rain forest and pretty much whatever isn't primary forest is thriving secondary forest. Some trails wander through the forest. One trail leads you down to the Pacific side and leads you down to the golf side.

You'll see lots of wildlife right on the grounds. We saw lots of monkeys, a sloth, a herd of peccaries, parrots, macaws, toucans, and a bazillion other birds, and of course coatis and agoutis. All from our porch and the dining area. While Corcovado park is close by and they'll arrange trips there if you want, we saw no need to leave the lodge grounds. There was tons of beautiful hiking thru pristine forest and lots and lots of wildlife right there.

The food is simple and delicious. We're vegetarians and we were very happy with the food -- some of the best we've had in Costa Rica. You order breakfast and lunch from a rotating set of menus so you're not having to order the same things over and over. Dinner is served buffet / family style, but they make sure to accommodate everyone's dietary desires. Save room for dessert!

There are the usual type of "adventure" activities onsite: zip line, rappel down a water fall, climb up the inside of a strangler fig. We didn't do any of those since we were happy walking through the forest. We took several of the guided hikes -- morning forest hike, morning bird watching, and nighttime hike. They were all really good. I'd normally resist guided hikes, but for an environment like the rainforest that you might not be familiar with, they're really valuable. Since they help you understand how to see the forest and what's living there.

Lodging and all your food is included in the price. You'll pay extra for drinks (the bar is a great place to hang out before dinner), any activities, and tips. The people who work there work hard, take great care of you, and are delighted with their jobs. You should be sure to take care of them.

But, most of all, just go to Bosque del Cabo. Be amazed. And love it.

Room Tip: Congo and Pisote are the cabins with the best views, although all the cabins have pretty great views...
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I️ are very busy in everyday life and hunger for opportunities to get away from every part of our everyday life. This was a first visit to the lodge for 5 days and it one of the best experiences we have had in all of our traveling experiences. Since it is remote, the lodge provides all the meals along with your accommodations. We expected this experience to be very rustic but we were blown away with the high end accommodations and unbelievable fabulous meals with outstanding service. We were treated as royalty from the moment we arrived.

The opportunities to experience all the wildlife in their natural surroundings within a real rain forest was breath taking. The grounds and trails are kept clear and better than any national park we have ever experienced. There are activities for each and every age to enjoy and participate. This is a life time legacy from the owners (Phil & Kim Spier) that have created an unbelievable experience for us all to enjoy. Their lifetime commitment and effort for conservation is a legacy to be appreciated and enjoyed by all from around the world.

Come be a part of the few from around the world and perhaps all of mankind who have had the privilege and opportunity to enjoy the experience of one of the few remaining rain forests still in existence.

Thank you Phil and Kim for sharing this experience with us!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Rooms are charming with a wonderful hammock for relaxing; Shower in your bougainvillea draped shower, walk in the forest or on the beautiful beach. Great food, great guides available, The staff is awesome

Stayed: December 2016
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Bosque del Cabo is stunningly beautiful and our entire experience was nothing short of amazing. From staying in the rainforest and being surrounded by nature to the exceptional staff, this trip couldn't have been any better. We took advantage of many of the offered activities from waterfall rappelling to kayaking, surfing and boogie boarding. And then there were the beautiful daily hikes, several of them guided by the lodge's resident botanist who is a wealth of knowledge. Having delicious meals prepared for us every day meant that we had more time to enjoy ourselves and the super helpful and friendly staff was the icing on the cake, We tried to get to know them a little and learned that every one of them loves working at Bosque - and it shows! Thank you all for a truly special experience.

Room Tip: We stayed at Casa Miramar - a full house .7 mile away from the lodge. Well situated in the rainfores...
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

Our family of four (two kids ages 9 & 7) went there for 3 days and just had a wonderful time. The activities are accessible for all ages, educational and fun, while the food is delicious. The service is personal, excellent and we were impressed with how eco-friendly it was. In asking our kids what their favorite part was, it was going to the Pacific side to play in the tide pools with their friends. The hiking trails and the views are absolutely breathtaking, and that being said from people who live in Costa Rica year round. Definitely a must see for any Costa Rican vacation. We definitely plan on going back.

Room Tip: Trust the owners, they will give you the best place that fits your needs.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Address: | halfway between Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range: $516 - $926 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bosque del Cabo is a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, come true. Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest preservation. ... more   less 
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