Had spend 4 nights over there, in the middle of the rain forest.. so beautiful, so remote, so calm. A very conscious place about environment also delivering messages about the planet. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and many activities can be organized (don't miss the river/mangrove tour) ; the food is excellent, in real harmony with the country and the place you stay. The comfort is very good, as long as you can accept to sleep in a cabin fully open (in fact not totally) over the rainforest.
Goodwin D Washington
This is a beautiful eco-lodge on the shore of Golfo Dulce, across from the Oso Peninsula. You get there by a half-hour boat ride--the hotel staff picks you up from Golfito. All the staff are knowledgable and highly attentive. The lodge has beautiful gardens and miles of hiking trails, full of wildlife, including a herd of coatimundis and a trio of Currasows (large turkey-like birds) that prowl the gardens.
The rooms are open to the rainforest on one side, so there's no air conditioning and you sleep under mosquito nets. There is a garden in the bathroom, with bats hanging from the eaves. All night long you hear the howler monkeys, frogs, insects, and birds keep up a non-stop chorus of night music. In the morning you are awakened by the raucous voices of scarlet macaws flying overhead. You can sit on the deck just outside your room and feel part of the jungle.
Meals are served in a beautiful central hall with more fabulous views of the rainforest and passing birds. The bar serves excellent, creative tropical drinks.
All kinds of excursions are available. We went on hikes with a guide and without, a tour of edible plants (followed by the chance to help cook the dinner), and a wonderful kayaking excursion up a river where we saw many birds and a boa. You can do yoga next to the beach, or get a massage. You can also swim and snorkle off the dock.
I should note that several of my family members were less enthusiastic than I. My son was freaked out by the bugs and by sleeping in an open room protected only by mosquito netting. (The bugs weren't that bad, actually, so long as you used insect repellent. Caution: Bring plenty of your own--you can't buy it at the lodge.) My husband couldn't sleep because of the heat and humidity. My daughter was upset because her books and her iPad case were damaged by the humidity. But I loved it because it felt like sleeping in the rainforest without the inconveniences of camping. I would love to go back.
No matter how long you stay you will wish it was longer. The meals are a gift, lodging wonderful, tours and amenities superb. We went very early June, avoided any crowds anywhere and this place in like a small fantasy island!
Tour area in the morning to avoid weather. There are many kayaks to take advantage of and the fjord is like being on a lake. Dolphin, turtles, whales - everything you can imagine depending on season. Swimming is wonderful here with a great pier to jump off off. One tip- the "waterfall hike is fairly strenuous and involves climbing. Wear GOOD water shoes and make sure you have a water proof camera or case.
be prepared for mosquitos - this is Costa Rica, so there are spiders, a few snakes, bugs, all the things that make Costa Rica wonderful. Bring bug spray and sunblock!
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Playa Nicuesa is a place of beauty, pride, simplicity and tranquility. You arrive and depart by boat. Cabins are simple, beautiful, open air. From our cabin, Peresozo, we heard the lapping waves of the Gulf, animal sounds from the surrounding rainforest. Meals too are simple and beautiful. All food is fresh, grown or obtained locally. Perhaps best of all is the staff. Each member of the staff is committed to your positive experience of Costa Rica. The philosophy of sustainability includes relationships with local people, and for your stay, you are a local. Staff and guides share themselves with you and go out of their way to customize your stay to your unique interests. The guides are deeply educated and idealistic. Not only do they lead satisfying and memorable excursions on land and Gulf, but they run to find you if they sight an animal of interest to you. Tropical animals, fish, dolphins, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, yoga, or "hammock tour," it's all waiting for you.
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