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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Evoline ltd, Wotif.com, Hotels.com, Expedia APAC, Hooroo Pty Ltd and lastminute.com.au so you can book your Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez