Playa Cativo - Osa Peninsula - Costa Rica

Playa Cativo

Accessible by boat, Playa Cativo ticks all the boxes when it comes to a beach/jungle stay. Surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park and across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado, this eco-lodge offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature whilst combining a bit of R & R.

There are just 7 guestrooms, all of which are elegantly furnished with both beach or ocean views and all the mod-cons and amenities a seasoned luxury traveler might expect. We are also love their rain showers!

A five minute walk up the beach will take you to the hotel’s very own organic farm. The chef creates a variety of local recipes, vegetarian options and international dishes. Meals can also be enjoyed with a good quality wine or cocktail concocted to personal taste. Its beachfront location is dangerously romantic, so be warned.

Playa Cativo offers an unrivalled opportunity to spend a few days in some of the most unspoiled rainforest in the world. Whether you want to kayak in the Rio Esquinas Mangrove-Ocean, hike in the Piedras Blancas Nature, be guided in the Nocturnal Rainforest, head to the beach or wetlands, snorkel Golfo Dulce, paddle board or venture off in search of dolphins and whales, the possibilities are endless.

For less active pursuits the sandy beach on the Lodge’s doorstep is perfect to retreat to, that is, if the fresh-water swimming pool hasn’t lured you in first. We also recommend exploring the gardens which are alive with exotic birds, tropical mammals and butterflies fluttering about.


It was built using precious indigenous wood salvaged from an older lodge and a fallen-tree programme and, fittingly, each of its comfortable rooms has been decorated using reclaimed hardwood and colourful tile works crafted by local artisans.

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