Playa Cativo is an extraordinary Costa Rican destination where you can experience the taste of paradise and amazing wildlife adventures. This luxury beachfront rainforest lodge is surrounded by the tranquil waters of Golfo Dulce near the Osa Peninsula in the southern parts of Costa Rica. Accessible only by boat, the lodge offers over 1,000 acres of private tropical rainforest and is surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, which was formerly an extension of Corcovado National Park.

Being the only tropical fiord within the Americas, Golfo Dulce is a unique destination for those who want to escape into nature and get away from it all. Guests will be immersed in the secluded beauty of the calm waters of the fiord full of natural bounties that can’t be found elsewhere. The setting offers a lot of peace and serenity, so the place is perfect for those walks on the beach where one can feel the fresh forest breeze, touch the clean ocean, and spend days without the smoke and noise of the modern world. Playa Cativo is the sister property of Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Virginia.

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1.Playa Cativo Accommodations

Playa Cativo Accommodations  

Playa Cativo is a unique boutique hotel where comfort and luxury harmoniously mixe with the wonders of nature. The hotel offers only the highest levels of service attuned to the Costa Rica spirit. The hotel offers three types of accommodations, namely:

Deluxe Accommodations: every room is made out of reclaimed hardwood and colourful tiles worked by no less than the best of Costa Rica’s local artisans. They come with a king sized bed, a sofa or day bed, ceiling fans, a safe box, and wireless internet access. The bathrooms come with rain showers, hot water, cotton bathrobes, and biodegradable bathroom supplies.

Luxury Accommodations: in addition to the amenities of its deluxe counterpart, the luxury accommodations feature superior views of the rainforest and beaches. These accommodations are significantly more spacious as well.

Premium Accommodations have the most luxurious features. On top of the luxury accommodation amenities, the premium accommodations have a mini bar, a refrigerator, bathroom vanities with double sinks, and so much more space. Most of all, these rooms offerbreathtaking panoramic views of the beaches and rainforest.

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2.Dining at Playa Cativo

Dining at Playa Cativo  

Playa Cativo’s gourmet dining facility is El Gavilán Restaurant, which features á la carte dining with no less than the most romantic, and private settings the lodge could offer. Guests will experience gourmet dining while they enjoy the breathtaking views of the Golfo Dulce.

Dinner options are varied, ranging from traditional to modern Costa Rican dishes and a mix of both. There are also equally exquisite choices for vegetarian guests. All of the dishes served are a product of the chef’s best work using only locally produced ingredients harvested from the lodge’s on-site organic farm as well as products of organic poultry, grass-fed Costa Rican beef, and locally caught seafood.

These farm-to-table meals are paired to perfection with fine wine from the lodge’s famed wine list. Alternatively, guests can opt for some tropical cocktails or smoothies made from freshly squeezed fruit juices, or ice-cold Costa Rican beer.

Finally, guests who prefer an more private dining experience can request that they have their meals delivered to their rooms anytime between 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

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3.Vacation Activities

Vacation Activities  

As if the breathtaking views are not enough, the many things to do around Playa Cavito will guarantee that guests will never run out of things to do no matter how many times they come back to visit. There are countless beach and nature activities that can be done individually or with a group. Guests are also treated to a complimentary guided tour, and they can choose any of the following:

Self-Guided Walks: Guests will have the freedom to enjoy the wonderful natural environment Playa Cativo has to offer at their own pace, though a single hike would normally take 45-60 minutes. The designated route will expose walkers to farmers harvesting fresh produce to be used for El Gavilán Restaurant before they reach El Valle de los Suenos where peccaries, deer, monkeys, and a host of bird species can be spotted in abundance. There will be huge trees and rich fruit trees everywhere until they reach a trail that leads to the beach. At the end of the trail, guests would have already seen different habitats of the lodge’s magnificent local wildlife. S

tand-up Paddle and Cativo Bay Kayaking: Guests can try paddling along Cativo Bay, exploring the coastline which is home to countless fish, manta rays, turtles, and other marine life. Those who want to try something more daring can stand up and paddle, instead. The lodge’s staff will be there to assist guests launching kayaks and bringing them ashore at the end of the trail.

Off-Grid Alternative Energy Tour: For something a bit more guided and educational, the lodge’s staff can take guests on a tour to see how the Playa Cavito Eco Lodge gets its 100% clean electrical energy from its combination of off-grid hydroelectric power panels and solar panels. The tour will involve a walk up a hill and to the dam that’s a kilometer away from the hotel proper. During the tour guests will learn how Playa Cavito has managed to provide guests with the comforts of a modern world in an eco-friendly manner for over 40 years.

Self-Guided Cativo Bay Snorkelling: Whether done alone or combined with kayaking along the coastline, snorkelling is the best way to immerse oneself with the countless reef fish that live in the waters. The most famous spot is the pier, where so many types of fish can be found. Lodge staff will be more than happy to help guests use their equipment.

Hand-Line Pier Fishing: Guests can pack a cooler with some drinks and snacks and head onto the pier to enjoy some traditional artisanal fishing. This is best done during the evening! What was once a means of survival for Golfo Dulce villagers is now a fun hobby for locals and tourists alike.

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4.Special Packages

Special Packages  

Playa Cavito offers a wide variety of packages for guests who want to maximize their stay at the lodge. The variety of the packages ensures that even the most discerning traveller will find what they’re looking for.

The Romance under the Stars Package is the lodge’s special romantic package for couples who want countless romantic moments before amazing sunsets, waterfalls, and beaches outside while coming home to luxurious guest rooms.

Bird lovers, on the other hand, will absolutely love the Bird Watching Vacation Package. They just have to pack their binoculars and the staff will arrange the rest!

Those who want maximum pampering at the spa can get the Wellness Signature Hotel Package, while outdoor junkies who want maximum adventure can get the Adventures in the Wilderness Vacation Package.

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5.Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

Surrounding Playa Cativo is the Piedras Blancas National Park. With its 35,000 acres of tropical rainforest it protects one of Central America’s remaining few lowland primary rainforests – a unique land-based ecosystem known for its biological diversity. The park which surrounds the lodge is therefore a safe haven for over 750 species of trees, 367 kinds of birds, 140 species of mammals, 117 types of reptiles and over 10,000 species of insects. Not only that, the National Park is also taking steps to reintroduce certain endangered species into the environment, such as the scarlet macaw, in order to ensure their safety within these remote forests.

Guests who take time to visit the park will get the chance to encounter all kinds of rare and interesting creatures, including the four species of Costa Rican monkeys, two species of deer, white-nosed coatis, agoutis, kinkajous, sloths, and peccaries. There are also pumas, ocelots, jaguars, margays, and jaguarundis. Indeed, Costa Rica is just brimming with wildlife which can’t be found anywhere else.

Playa Cativo Lodge may be secluded, but it is far from inaccessible. There are many cities in the Americas as well as Europe that have direct flights to Costa Rica. US citizens don’t need a visa, but they need a passport. International flights will usually arrive at the Juan Santamaria Airport close to San Jose, but others will land on Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, which is in Guanacaste, a bit farther from Playa Cativo. Guests can also opt to charter private flights to the destination.

Upon arriving in Costa Rica, guests can choose to take another 55-minute flight or take a 5 to 6 hour ground trip to either of the two local entry points of Playa Cavito, Puerto Jimenez or Golfito. From there, guests can take a thirty-minute boat ride to the tropical forest. Guests will soon realize that the journey to Playa Cativo is quite the adventure in itself with spectacular views of Costa Rica’s landscape, farms, and mountains, as well as the Pacific Ocean, Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay, and the Golfo Dulce.

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Playa Cativo, a Secluded Honeymoon Vacation in Costa Rica