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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Imagine visiting and staying in the wild jungle … lush, green rainforest as far as you can see. Leaves as big as elephant ears. Vines swaying from the trees that Tarzan would love. Calm jade-colored gulf water. Monkeys, toucans, Scarlet Macaws, iguanas, dolphins and majestic electric-blue butterflies. This is Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

Immersed in the dense tropical rainforest bordering the Piedras Blancas National Park in the south Pacific of Costa Rica, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a unique Costa Rica eco-lodge. The remote wilderness retreat is located on a 165-acre private preserve that connects to the world-famous Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. Right out in front of the lodge is the Golfo Dulce (“Sweet Gulf”), which is a critical habitat for migrating Pacific Humpback Whales and resident and migratory communities of dolphins and sea turtles. 

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What makes Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge so exceptional and private is that the only way to get there is by boat across the pristine waters of the Golfo Dulce from either the southern towns of Golfito or Puerto Jimenez. Once you arrive at the lodge, you enter a tropical paradise full of adventure and peace.

The destination vacation lodge offers plenty of adventure and eco-tours: rainforest hiking to waterfalls, wildlife viewing, bird-watching, sea kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, boating, ocean swimming, and horseback riding. After a day of adventure, stretch out with a yoga class led by their resident instructor, or enjoy our favorite pastime of hammock-swinging down by the beach or in the spectacular tree-top level lodge. Before savoring a fabulous tropical-Latino inspired dinner, join your fellow guests for appetizers and drinks in the palm-roof candlelit bar.

Accommodations at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge are comfortable and well-appointed in individual bungalows tucked privately into the rainforest, or spacious rooms in the two-story Mango Guesthouse. All have private terraces or balconies. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment. The splendid wilderness lodge is constructed from naturally fallen trees and recycled materials, and harnesses the natural energy from the sun to provide electricity and natural springs for water. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge holds the highest Certification for Sustainable Tourism rating of “Five Leaves”.