Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula & South, Costa Rica Book from

A wonderfully rustic lodge with thatched cabins and self-catering villas in the unspoilt Osa Peninsula
Owner Phil Spier arrived from Florida at this spot on the beautiful Osa Peninsula, attracted by the amazing rainforest. His dream was to establish a sustainable organic black pepper farm and rehabilitate the land, but realised such a small scale business needed to diversify so built 3 cabinas. He could little imagine that 20 years later he’d have a successful business attracting guests wanting to chill out amongst the wildlife and enjoy a range of forest-centric activities.

But here, in beautiful tropical gardens elevated above the Pacific, you can choose between cabins, offering simple comforts, or villas, fully equipped for self-catering. Sprawl out on a hammock or rock in the wicker chairs. There are plenty of trails through the lodge’s own reserve to explore the primary and secondary rainforest or reach the beach - and the resident biologist Philip Davison gives a fascinating tour: ‘a 4-hour crash course in tropical ecology’! Don’t expect luxury. Do expect a fantastic laid-back adventure.

Highs

  • Rustic cabins have great Pacific and Golfo Dulce views from their balconies, and outside showers
  • Gorgeous gardens, filled with tropical flowers, plus the chance to really connect with nature and see animals in their habitat: howler and spider monkeys, agoutis, sloths, toucans, macaws, even pumas
  • A range of daily activities, including early morning birdwatching and a sunset reptile tour - older kids will love it here
  • The opportunity to shut off from the outside world - there's no TV, switch off your mobile phone and unwind
  • Bona fide sustainable tourism and eco-credentials

Lows

  • Sheets can get damp in the green season
  • The cabins’ balconies don’t have railings and some have a big drop - not suitable for small children
  • Extras, such as the transfer from Puerto Jiménez, aren’t included

Best time to go

The busiest time is Christmas - if you want to come then you'll need to book a year in advance. The best time is from January to April when the weather is drier. There are fewer people from May to September, but the rainy season starts in May. However, since this is rainforest, it rains 400mm per year, and you’re almost bound to get rained on at some point. October is especially rainy, though you can still do some walks.

Our top tips

Check out Bosque del Cabo's own tree platform: get suited up in a harness and gloves, and connected to a pulley to zoom through the rainforest on a 250-foot steel cable zip line onto the tree platform, 110+ feet up in an enormous Manu tree next to the creek behind the lodge.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Jungle Lodge
  • 18
  • Self-catering OR all meals included
  • Over 2s welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

At the centre of the property, by the main lodge and restaurant, are 8 Deluxe and 2 Classic Cabinas, as well as the Vista Mar Suite and the Aracari Suite which are on the ground and first floor of a cabina respectively. The cabinas are simple constructions with thatched roofs, and doors that can be folded back to reveal the ocean view. They open onto a balcony with rocking or lounge chairs and hammocks. There are thoughtful touches, like the comfortable chairs and reading lights above the bed. Bathrooms are in 2 parts, with a basin and toilet inside, and an ample shower area outside.

The 2 Garden Cabinas and Casa Teca are in a separate part of the property, reached via a 300ft long suspension bridge (75ft above a creek) and spaced out generously, surrounded by rainforest in beautiful gardens. They are finished to a much higher standard and equipped with everything you need for self-catering. The Garden Cabinas each have a bedroom that is open on 3 sides to jungle and garden views; roll-down canvases protect the cabinas in inclimate weather. Casa Teca is an open, ranch style 2-bedroom house. You get great wildlife sightings here but are a longer walk from the main lodge.

In addition, you can live in the rainforest in 1 of 3 casas about a mile away from the main. Casa Miramar (sleeps up to 8 in 3 bedrooms) is spread over 3 small houses linked by heliconia-lined pathways and has an observation deck, a solar power system, and a small private pool, as well as wonderful panoramic ocean and sunset views. Whereas Casa Blanca, is a 2 bedroom home decorated in a classic tropical style with a large wraparound porch with Pacific views and a sundeck. While the newest house, Casa Coco is completely private, with its own trail to the beach and a private pool and large deck area. All have their own living room, dining area and fully equipped kitchen.

Ask reception for a torch to find your way around at nights as the paths are not lit.

Features include:

  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Internet access
  • Safe box

Eating

All meals are included in the tariff if you're staying in the cabins, and are served in the restaurant. If you're staying in a Casa you can self-cater, or add a meal package to your stay.

Breakfast is served from 7-9am, though a simple early breakfast is available for those who are going off on early morning activities. There’s juice and fruit followed by a choice of hot breakfasts, including ‘the famous banana pancakes’, which went down very well.

Lunch is served from 12-1pm (and for up to an hour after that if you're late back from an excursion); there’s also an all-day menu of snacks, dips and chips between lunch and dinner. There’s tea and coffee available throughout the day for you to help yourself - in the afternoons, banana cake might be on offer too.

Dinner is at 7pm, a generous buffet with a choice of meat and fish dishes, together with salads and potatoes. Restaurant staff can be flexible if guests don’t eat meat or bread: just let them know. The food is Costa Rican and international in style; themed menus appear throughout the week: Asian flavours, Italian dishes, fish options or North American style.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

Activities

  • There are plenty of walks and hikes within the hotel’s own 750-acre reserve, but the best way to start is to join the primary forest tour with Bosque del Cabo’s English biologist Philip Davison (8am-12pm). This is fascinating so don't miss it (you need to be reasonably fit though)

  • Go early morning bird-watching with Carlos (the hotel’s receptionist and bird guide). Keep your eyes peeled and you could spot scarlet rumped tanager, kiskadee, toucan, parakeets and macaws

  • You can ask for daily yoga classes to be arranged nearby

  • Take a sunset tour with Philip: see bats, kinkajou, possum, reptiles, up to 8 species of frog, insects and snakes around the hotel’s grounds

  • There's a boat tour to see dolphins (all year). Most people do this on the same day as the Rio Esquinas mangrove swamp tour and the animal sanctuary visit

  • Fishing can be arranged - inshore and offshore, billfish, rooster, snapper, jackfish. Inshore fishing leaves from Puerto Jiménez; offshore fishing leaves from 20 miles off Punta Matapalo

  • Open-air massage can be arranged in the forest, near 2 immense trees

  • You can visit Corcovado National Park: one of the most diverse parks in Costa Rica. Access is tricky though - either by road to Carate (40 mins from the hotel) from where you need to walk to the biological station at La Leona. Or take a light aircraft to Sirena

  • Go snorkelling on reefs in the Golfo Dulce region

  • Or horse-riding through magnificent primary growth rainforest ending with a fabulous 280 degree view of the Pacific and Corcovado National Park

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Wildlife
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga

Kids

Families will find the villas or the larger cabins with lofts ideal. There are lots of kid-friendly activities (horse-riding, zip wire, the pool) and they'll like the buffet-style meals. Pleasingly, due to limited power supply and the wealth of wonders to behold, there are no televisions. While babies are welcome and accommodated for with cots and high chair, very young children/toddlers are not encouraged as some cabinas don't have railings on their decks. The lodge is best suited for older adventurous kids, largely because of the activities nearby; we'd say best for children from 6 upwards. Note that Bosque del Cabo do pride themselves on welcoming family groups of any size and type.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Families with 2 adults and 1 child can book the deluxe cabinas with loft, which has a bedroom in the loft and master bedroom below it. For those with 2+ children, Aracari Suite (sleeping up to 4), Casa Blanca (sleeping 4) and Casa Miramar (sleeping 8) are good choices, and extra cots/beds can be added where needed. Note that most bathrooms are shower-only and in some circumstances children may have to share double beds.

Babysitting:

Available from the local Spanish-speaking ladies who love children

Baby equipment:

  • 8 cots
  • Baby bedding
  • High chair
  • Baby bath

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

There's a child-friendly restaurant in walking distance; cabina guests won't have as much mealtime flexibility as those in the houses, who can self-cater. Afternoon snacks are served for all

Kids Activities on site:

  • Library of natural history books, some suitable for children
  • Wildlife-related activities like sunset wildlife spotting tours and early morning birdwatching

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Surf lessons
  • Horse riding
  • Boat and kayak trips
  • Zipline for ages 6+
  • Animal sanctuary for ages 6+
  • Beaches

Families Should Know:

There are unprotected drops on the property, cliffs and unfenced balconies. There are strong currents and waves at the beach. The rainforest has plants with thorns and which are not for human consumption

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes
  • Market: 45 minutes
  • Medical facilities: 45 minutes
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Our guests' ratings...

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Rooms
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Food
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Service
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Value
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