Playa Cativo Lodge , Costa Rica

Playa Cativo is a Costa Rica Eco Lodge located on the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce, the inner side of the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, and the only tropical fjord in the Americas.

Playa Cativo is like an island inside the Piedras Blancas National Park because even the shoreline in front of the property belongs to the Park.

Set in the heart of Costa Rica´s rainforest on the coasts of Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula and accessible exclusively by boat, Playa Cativo is a luxury beachfront eco-lodge offering stunning accommodations in true harmony with nature.

Playa Cativo Lodge - Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

This Costa Rican hideaway is a private and exclusive destination where you will go back to nature in luxury, and its design complements the surrounding nature, its stunning grounds, and its oceanfront setting, where you will truly unwind.

A Lifetime Experience: As you exit the gorgeous blue water of the open Golfo Dulce, you are met with the outline of an upscale beach lodge nestled within untouched Costa Rican rain-forest, surrounded by perfectly lush grounds and incredible wildlife.

Playa Cativo Lodge

It is more a state of being than a place – a sense of balance unlike any experienced before. It is a feeling of peace, of awe, of indulgence and care for a holiday that will not be forgotten in a lifetime!

Getting to Playa Cativo is an adventure by itself. The 50-minute flight from San José to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez is a beautiful experience. You will be met at the local airport for a stunning 30-minute boat ride to Playa Cativo. Farm-to-table meals are served at the lodge's El Gavilán Restaurant.

Playa Cativo Lodge Activities

An extensive selection of tours and activities are offered, which include non-scheduled self-driven tours, guided tours, private sessions and third-party operated guided tours.

One complimentary tour is offered per guest during their stay.

Playa Cativo Lodge Wellness Experiences:

Celebrate nature at its best, enjoy and indulge yourself in a rejuvenating body, mind, and spirit experience, surrounded by the foliage of the pristine rainforest and tropical gardens of the property.


Lotus Spa features two therapy rooms, one for couples massage and another one for single massage, an outdoor relaxing plunge pool and a beautiful lounge area, where you will are welcomed by our experts.

Optional tours include: Introduction to the Tropical Rain Forest, Alternative Energy tour, artisanal fishing, kayaking in the mangroves, whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling, nature hikes, bird watching and night tours, yoga, paddleboarding, hiking with our passionate and enthusiastic naturalists.

Playa Cativo Lodge Rooms:

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Deluxe Guest Rooms

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Luxury Guest Rooms

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Premium Guest Rooms

  • Playa Cativo Lodge Features and Facilities
  • Playa Cativo Lodge Activities

  • El Gavilán Restaurant:
    features innovating multi-sensory gourmet dining with fresh ingredients from Playa Cativo’s integral farm and other local purveyors. Enhance your senses with a journey through the authentic Costa Rica cuisine.
  • Pool:
    Our fresh-water, chemical-free, outdoor swimming pool is a great place to relax. With an impressive view of the sunsets over the Golfo Dulce, you’ll enjoy delightful poolside beverages from our bar while working on your tan. It’s the perfect place to relax after your rain-forest adventure!
  • Library:
    Playa Cativo’s air-conditioned library contains hundreds of books. Read about the incredible Golfo Dulce and Costa Rica’s natural history, the surprising creatures you have just encountered in the rain-forest, or just a novel, if you prefer. Wi-fi and complimentary computers with Internet are also available.
  • Tropical Gardens:
    Our gardens are abundant with butterflies, exotic birds and mammals – all enhanced by the sound of the waves and an unforgettably beautiful tropical rain-forest paradise. The impressive variety of plants and bird species will keep you busy for hours.
  • Adventure Center:
    Complimentary high-quality paddleboards, kayaks and snorkel equipment to use at your leisure are available at our Adventure Center.
  • El Gazebo Sunset Bar:
    With exceptional views of the tropical gardens, ocean and unforgettable sunsets, El Gazebo is located next to our freshwater swimming pool with smooth breezes, towering palm trees offers a great variety of signature cocktails, a great premium wine selection and amazing local cuisine.
  • Self Guided Walking Trails:
    Tropical gardens are abundant with butterflies, exotic birds, and mammals – all enhanced by the soothing sounds of the ocean. The impressive variety of plants and bird species will keep you busy for hours. The Lodge also offers an excellent and varied self-guided trail system where much wildlife can be experienced and will give you the feeling of an explorer who just discovered this piece of land for the first time.
  • Biological Research Station & Private Nature Reserve:
    An ongoing research allows long-term studies to know the status of the different flora and fauna species of the tropical rainforest, including the Wildcats’ population. The boundaries of our over 1,000-acre private nature reserve are rocky points and ridge tops encircling a mile of pristine beachfront closed off from the mainstream world.
  • Cayetano’s Organic Farm:
    We have successfully added many organic products, including tomatoes, carrots, cassava, peppers, beet, cilantro, celery, mustard, basil, green beans, beans, cucumbers, plantain as well as many herbs. We also grow fruits such as pineapples, coconuts, papayas, bananas, passion fruits, limes, oranges, mangos, star fruit and a large variety of exotic fruit. Our farmers will be delighted to show you the entire process, from seed germination to harvest!

Playa Cativo Lodge

Travel Tips
Some hotels will let you use their facilities (gym, spa, pool, beach, etc.) for a reduced day pass. This can be great for layovers!
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