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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. Bosque del Cabo is a premier Costa Rica eco lodge that offers a romantic rainforest getaway and a naturalist’s dream come true. The accommodation consists of bungalows and houses, each is privately set among lush gardens and offering stunning ocean views, perfect for those who want to experience the vast jungle life!
Bosque del Cabo has ten beautifully crafted thatched-roof bungalows; each is privately set among lush gardens; offering stunning ocean views, modern bathrooms with delightful outdoor garden showers, and porches furnished with hammocks and easy chairs. Set high on a cliff overlooking the confluence of the mighty Pacific and the Golfo Dulce, these romantic nature lodge bungalows are stirred by warm tropical breezes that echo with the rhythms of the pounding surf below.
And for the ultimate in jungle living, Bosque del Cabo has two rental houses: Casa Blanca and Casa Miramar. Casa Blanca, a well-appointed two bedroom / two bath house has a fully-equipped kitchen, living room area, large wraparound porch with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean, and two large bedroom suites on either side of the house. Casa Miramar offers a home with an artistic layout of three unique casitas featuring three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room area, and many porches and observation decks with amazing sunset views. The accommodations offered by Bosque del Cabo are:
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.
The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Boasting over 700 species of trees, over 365 species of birds (with several endemic species), 117 species of reptiles, and almost 10,000 species of insects, the peninsula is home to 100,000-acre Corcovado National Park, known as the crown jewel of the Costa Rican national parks system. Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge offers a rare opportunity to comfortably vacation among all this rugged natural splendor. At the end of their mile long driveway, you’re transported to a private Eden joining the raw nature of the rainforest to the tranquil beauty of manicured grounds and breathtaking views.
The nature lodge’s lush gardens, full of tropical fruits and flowers, attract many of the colorful resident wildlife species. Residents of the area include flocks of macaws, toucans, and parrots. Monkeys, coatis, kinkajous, agoutis, and sloths are daily visitors. Peccaries are often seen, and from time to time even jungle cats (like pumas, jaguarundis, ocelots, and jaguars) are spotted on the property.
The Pacific Beach is 20 minutes away (by foot), 0.3 miles on the traverse down to the Pacific coast, one mile to the waterfall from the bottom of the trail. It is best to visit this beach at low tide. There are beautiful waterfalls, tide pools, an arch rock to explore, and on and on. Bosque del Cabo recommends that you do not swim at this beach, due to the powerful surf. There is no car access to this beach, so it is usually gloriously deserted. However, the Pacific Trail is basically a switch-back trail traversing the cliff and as such it is mostly stairs. The trail is not dangerous but it does require physical exertion to get down, and especially back up, the trail. It is worth the effort, though.
Costa Rica is located in southern Central America, below Nicaragua, and above Panama. It is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its capital city is San Jose, which is located in roughly the center of the country.
Bosque del Cabo is located approximately 200 miles from San Jose, at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula. The Osa is Costa Rica's southernmost peninsula on the Pacific Ocean side, located just above Panama. There is a large gulf between the peninsula and the mainland, called the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf). The largest town on the Osa Peninsula is Puerto Jimenez (population approximately 4000); across the gulf from Jimenez is the port town of Golfito.
Bosque del Cabo lies 22 kilometers south of Puerto Jimenez (about a 45-minute four-wheel drive ride). The lodge sits atop Cabo Matapalo, on the road halfway between Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park.
A powerful right-hand wave that breaks best at mid-tide. Can be extremely challenging on big swells. Due to the fact that it faces open ocean, it receives more waves, more consistently than the other spots.
A fun right that breaks in the middle of Backwash Bay. Although it doesn’t break as many days per year as Matapalo, it is the spot of choice when it is at its best (from mid tide to low tide).
A long right point break. Pan Dulce is rideable only on the larger swells that wrap into the gulf. If you are lucky to catch it good, you can expect rides up to 500 meters long. This beach offers a good wave for beginners when the swell is small at the low-medium tide.
Across the Golfo Dulce, this beach is accessible from Bosque del Cabo by boat. Pavones is a well-known, world-class wave with lefts up to a kilometer long.
The newly renovated solar-powered restaurant serves delicious meals in a friendly (and eco-friendly) atmosphere. Breakfast offers a variety of fresh, local fruits and your choice of typical Costa Rican or North American fare. Lunch can be in-house or have it packed to go. Dinners are always a special event; everyone gathers to share stories of the day while enjoying a plentiful and delicious gourmet meal served by candlelight.
Bosque del Cabo is known for having consistently delicious and plentiful meals. The food and guest satisfaction with the restaurant is really important to them. All the meals are made from scratch and prepared with fresh, local ingredients blending styles from American, Costa Rican, and international cuisines. They often serve plentiful buffet-style dinners; however, sometimes they will serve plated dinners with a choice of entrée (on these days they will have a board posted with the choices and you will be asked to make, during the breakfast hours).
They are happy to accommodate vegetarians. Private dining tables are available; please advise them at the lodge if you are interested. Coffee and tea are available in the restaurant during the day. They serve complimentary tropical juices during breakfast and complimentary iced tea during lunch. Snacks are available during the afternoon (look for them in the coffee service area).
Water served with the meals is the filtered spring water. Water in the tap is water from spring also. Bosque del Cabo has sealed bottled water available for purchase; they provide their own filtered spring water for free refills. The chilled bottles of water and the filtered water are located in the bar.
Bosque del Cabo has a full-service bar located next to the pool, with a newly renovated lounge area. They have great bartenders and the bar is especially popular in the hour before dinner (six to seven p.m.) when the guests will gather to have a cool drink, meet each other and tell stories and adventures from their day. The bar stocks a selection of wines, Costa Rican and international beers, well drinks, margaritas, mojitos, and blended tropical cocktails, plus sodas, lemonade, fruit smoothies, and non-alcoholic drinks. Champagne is also available by bottles.
Trails on the property allow for further exploration into the rainforest, where you can enjoy
rappeling refreshing natural pools and waterfalls, along with an abundance of Costa Rican wildlife. You can spend your days hiking and exploring the natural beauty of Bosque del Cabo and the surrounding area, whiz through the air on the zip line into the tree platform, take a walk across the suspension bridge to the Tropical Garden, or just relax by the pool or on your deck, sip a tropical drink, and watch the macaws fly by.
At the lodge, you can also enjoy surfing, kayaking, waterfall rappelling, tree climbing, boat trips, hiking, horseback riding, and the tree platform, as well as ziplining.
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Transfer not provided
Puerto Jiménez Airport
Transfer available for additional US$35 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). There is one commercial airline that has daily flights from San Jose down to Puerto Jimenez, Sansa. You can also charter a private plane to take you down. Bosque del Cabo will be happy to take care of all of your travel reservations inside Costa Rica. Transfer from Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) costs 30 USD per person, round trip. Send Bosque del Cabo an inquiry for more information.
Renting a car in Costa Rica only requires a driver’s license and credit card. There is only one car rental agency in Puerto Jimenez, Solid Rent-a-car. You can also rent a car in San Jose and drive it down. There is a drop-off service that some of the rental car companies now offer; it costs between 100 USD to 150 USD for drop-off or pick-up, and a driver will bring the car down to the Osa (or pick it up from the Osa and drive it up to San Jose) for you.
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