Playa Cativo Lodge

A Barefoot Luxury Experience in Harmony with Nature



Rate per night from $440

‘Playa Cativo Lodge’ is perfect for:

Nature lovers who want a private stay in a secluded location by the sea.

Playa Cativo Lodge is all about immersing yourself in the beach and jungle.

Located in the wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula, nature lovers and those looking to trod off the beaten path will love this practically private destination. This is a truly barefoot luxury experience in total harmony with nature.

What to Expect

  • Seclusion. The hotel is so hidden it’s only accessible by boat
  • Proximity to nature. Wildlife and vegetation surround you at all times
  • Detail-oriented service. Staff is always available to go the extra mile for you

What NOT to Expect

  • Resort feel. This is a boutique hotel
  • Nightlife. The lodge is located far away from the bustling towns and cities of further up north

In a private cove in Golfo Dulce lies the beachfront tropical paradise of Playa Cativo. Accessible only by boat, this lodge is located next to the Piedras Blancas National Park.

It provides a remote and peaceful atmosphere to rest in while taking advantage of the great outdoors for adventure and exploration.

Playa Cativo Lodge is approximately a 30-minute scenic boat ride from Golfito or Puerto Jimenez. This offers the opportunity to admire the beauty of the area, with the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean, the lush green forest beyond the coast, and the rocky and sandy shores.

Playa Cativo: A Secluded Paradise in the Jungle

This eco-lodge is set on a 1000-acre private reserve fronting a mile of pristine beach with no other hotel or home in sight. The only neighboring property is the 35,000-acre Piedras Blancas National Park.

This means nature is literally right outside your window—and the hotel provides binoculars so you can see it without having to leave your room. Listen for the call of the howler monkeys and the sounds of the many birds in the area, then see if you can spot them!

The chance of spotting other forms of wildlife is high too, especially along the property’s many hiking trails, some of which connect to those within the park. An on-site biologist is available to help you answer any questions you may have about the local flora and fauna.

Just because you have retreated into the jungle it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy luxury and comfort. From the start, staff is waiting for you to make the stay the best. Even upon arrival at the property’s dock, a smile and a cold drink welcome you into this safe haven.

With the spacious guest rooms and open-air designs, it feels like you have the place all to yourself. All rooms feature ocean views and large windows that let the breeze in. They are elegant, cozy, and inviting. Sit back and enjoy the peace of nature and the proximity of the ocean.

There is also plenty to do in this peaceful and scenic location to relax. Lounge poolside, curl up with a book in the library, take a yoga class surrounded by the sounds of the jungle, book a massage at the spa, or check out the on-site organic farm, where most of the hotel’s food comes from.

Farm-to-Table Gourmet Dining

Food is also an important part of staying at Playa Cativo. El Gavilan Restaurant features a gourmet, organic farm-to-table dining ambiance. Each meal is made with care presenting a fresh, unique, and delicious experience.

The hotel’s owner is also a wine lover, so the cellar holds a great collection of imported wine to choose from. In addition, the restaurant’s mixologist uses local fruits and organic herbs from the garden to create amazing mixtures. Enjoy a cocktail during the afternoon at the bar and social area, taking in the beauty of the whole place.

Venture into the Nature Outside

If you want to pump it up, there’s no better way than taking advantage of the activities Playa Cativo offers.

Practice watersports with the complimentary kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), and snorkeling gear. There are also self-guided hiking trails and a choice of one selected on-site guided tour. You can upgrade the experience with a nature walk accompanied by an expert guide along the property’s trails will awaken your sense of wonder as you see the rich diversity in the area.

Playa Cativo also borders one of the least visited national parks in Costa Rica, Piedras Blancas. This is a reserve across Corcovado National Park. Since it’s under visited, Piedras Blancas provides the opportunity to enjoy the same type of wildlife and vegetation that Corcovado has, but with way less traffic and noise.

The more silent it is, the more likely you are to see the animals you want. Among the creatures that populate the area are agoutis, coatis, raccoons, peccaries, brocket deer, bats, iguanas, and basilisks.

The ocean is also great for animal spotting depending on the season. Make sure to not miss the whale watching tour if the time is right. Admire impressive sea creatures as both whales and dolphins swim, jump, and play. Sea birds and turtles are also easy to spot in one of the most biodiverse areas of Costa Rica.

If you feel like Playa Cativo is the perfect fit for a Costa Rica vacation, contact us and we’ll gladly help you get the vacation of your dreams.

*Prices reflect the least expensive rates during low season and are subject to change at any time. You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.