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.

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.


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. 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.


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Features & Facilities

  • 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.



Playa Cativo Lodge

Be on your own schedule. Activities or day tours can be private or shared. Join a scheduled, multi-day group tour. All-inclusive travel by cruise ship.

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