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Cabo Matapalo | Peninsula de Osa, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I recently returned from Costa Rica and have been going to Bosque del Cabo for over 21 years. This was perhaps my 30-35 time staying at the lodge. As always, the food is excellent, the cabinas are always clean and comfortable, and the staff is very helpful in all situations. Plus the wild life, vistas, hiking trails & flora are wonderful; it is an incredible experience everytime. I've traveled to other places in Costa Rica and stayed at other lodges over the years. I always return to Bosque del Cabo and it is always the best part of every trip. The owners are very passionate about perserving the rain forest & have taken the rain forest experience to another level that other lodges try to emulate.
I look forward to my next visit!
Pablo

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Have never reviewed a place on Trip Advisor before but this one can't go unmentioned because of its unique character. Everyone we talk to at home is amazed we would choose something like this as a "vacation," but for people who like experience/adventure vacations, this is something to add to your list. We are still processing what we saw and experienced, but there is no doubt that this place is important and a must-see for nature lovers and adventurous types.

We stayed for a full week in the beginning of August. Having been to Arenal and Manuel Antonio on prior trips -both of which helped us develop a love of Costa Rica and its Ticos/Ticas - we can say Bosque truly is something you will not experience anywhere else in Costa Rica. In fact, for some, it may be best to "warm up" in other parts of the country first and then see what true rainforest living is like at Bosque.

All of the rave reviews about the fantastic facilities, food and people are true, but do realize that this is NOT the Four Seasons. It is rustic and wild and that is what is wonderful and unique about it. If you stay in a cabina as we did, you literally can open your doors to a full-on view of the Pacific, with wildlife all around you. And the wildlife is all around you 24/7, including howler monkeys that make remarkably haunting noises right before day break (males) or barking noises in return (females). In our case, a particularly spectacular thunder storm woke them in the middle of the night our first night and they did not cease their cacophony until morning. Every last minute of lost sleep was worth it.

We brought 14 and 12 year old girls and tried to do most of the adventure activities, which we highly recommend, as well as the rainforest tour with Philip the field biologist, which is a wonderful introduction to help you appreciate the precious resource you are living in at Bosque. We made some friends with a newly married couple and some "empty nesters" from California and at the family style dinners, we met lots of truly interesting people from various countries, which was another unique experience for our children and made for enjoyable dinner conversation.

Definitely do: (1) the tree climbing, which was unlike anything you've ever done - climbing up INSIDE a native tree that "eats" other trees and then rappelling down the outside; rappelling a serene waterfall; the boat tour of Golfo Dulce that included a massive pod of dolphins, a brief whale sighting, tree boas and a little snorkeling to cool off; surfing lessons with Pollo who even got a couple of 40-somethings up on their boards. Do this if you are the adventurous type or even THINK you might be - do it. You'll be glad you did. And bring some of the "message" home with you, please - we need to save these places. We really do, and thanks to Phil and Kim and all of their wonderful staff for their efforts in that regard.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Wonderful mix of nature and luxury. Lots of trails that you are able to take without a guide, some of the longer ones could use some better signage. Saw plenty of wildlife both on these trails and also surprisingly around the pool!

The accommodation while rustic was very clean with great ocean views.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monroe, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Recently returned from our 2nd visit to Bosque which we enjoyed immensely. First time it was 2 of us seniors and this time we had son, daughter-in-law and 7 year old grand daughter. We flew from San Jose on Nature Air to Drake Bay and then to Puerto Jimenez. The flight in the small plane was an adventure in itself and the landing strips were very interesting. At Drake Bay it appeared that they had to get the cows off the runway before landing. In Puerto Jimenez we rented a car as the house we were staying in at Bosque was some distance from the lodge. The roads are not bad but if you want to go to the beach or Corcovada a 4 wheel drive is recommended. The house(Miramar) we had at Bosque was outstanding with the views of the Pacific and the sunsets were amazing. As we were some distance from the lodge the birds, monkeys and other animals were a constant source of entertainment. We could have spent all of our time at the house and had an excellent vacation. The house was completely open which gives one the sense of camping out but in luxury. The outdoor showers with water heated with solar panels made for greater feeling of being a part of nature but causing limited impact on the environment. There are numerous trails, some down to the ocean and others to a suspension bridge and to a zip line. Of the 5 of us the grand daughter was best able to take advantage of the trails. The food was excellent with there being an extensive buffet style dinner and many choices for breakfast and lunch. Fresh fruits, fresh fish and fresh vegetables were the common fare. The staff was very helpful if there was a need but generally went about their job to make the stay comfortable and let nature speak for itself. Kim and Phil the owners were there for part of our stay and they were fantastic hosts. This is definitely the place to go to enjoy nature, get away from phones and see beautiful scenery and wildlife. Kim and Phil have built a special place in the wilderness that is very comfortable but maintains a high regard for nature. I highly recommend Bosque as they have excellent facilities and staff but the best part is living in nature.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had quite the trip earlier this month to Bosque. We have been fortunate enough to have traveled there several times before. The various accommodations are wonderful. This trip our entire family joined us. We had Casa Blanca and Casa Mariposa, both spotless as usual, extremely comfortable and those killer views! It's hard to improve perfection, but somehow Bosque does. Since our last stay, Casa Blanca has been completely renovated, updated and more. As I said, perfection is the name of the game at Bosque. The grounds are so beautiful and lush, there is always something to see here.
On previous visits, we have always enjoyed the communal dinners at night with the other guests, but our family was a group of 8, so our socialization with the other guests was limited. The other guests are always delightful to talk to and meet. We were joined this trip by both of our daughters, son -in -laws and two grandchildren. One daughter and her family had not been to Bosque before, they were amazed and loved every minute. At Bosque the food is so very good, always a wonderful meal ! This year we were pleased to see various menus at breakfast and lunch, something different daily. Our grandson is a true Tico, he devoured daily the black beans and rice. Sweet Heylin and Rosie did not even ask what he wanted, they knew just to bring the usual to him. Dayana went out of her way to make just the right smoothies for them especially our granddaughter. before dinner, we would go up to the lodge and have happy hour , Dayana kept all of us in drinks and snacks.
We had great birding and monkey sightings. We saw all 4 monkeys, Mono Titi, Spider, Capuchins and Howlers. I truly love hearing the howlers early in the AM. The monkeys are everywhere, they were in the mango trees by the lodge every day. We saw sloths, a Tayra, we were very excited to see the peccaries. Scarlet macaws in our front yard, toucans and more! We did hike every trail, some more than once. Always a critter sighting along the way. We loved the new overlook on the point off of the Creek Trail , our daughter and son in law at Casa Mariposa walked over before dawn a few times and sat and watched the jungle come alive as the sun came up. As I said, they somehow improve perfection.
We had the usual excellent night hike with Phillip. He can tell you anything about the trees, animals on the grounds, he is truly so knowledgeable , ask away, he will know the answer. The g-kids loved it, bats, frogs, snakes, what more would a kid want? Four of us zip lined and tree rappelled with Philipp. What made it interesting, is that he gives you a very educational talk as you hike to the site, about trees, growth of the forest , and more. I zip lined with both g-kids (11 & 7) and son in law. Phillip and Anibale went out of their way to make sure that we all understood and that we were safe at all times. It was fun, but once was enough for me, the other three did it several times. We had our usual massage by Jutta, she does have magic fingers! Under the trees watching monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans etc. Perfection!
We did an early morning birding hike with Carlos, he is so good in seeing and hearing birds we would never have seen. We also did the Golfo Dulce, Rio Esquinas boat trip to the Animal Sanctuary with Carlos. It was like a private tour, no one else but us on the boat, we were surrounded by dolphins, the day was beautiful! What more could one ask for? Carlos and the boat captain went out of their way for us. The lodge had packed lunch, we spent it on a deserted beach , then played in the water!
A once in a lifetime event for us was being in CR during the World Cup. The country was alive with World Cup Fever. Owners Phil and Kim arranged for the staff to take the afternoon off to go down the road to a small local bar to watch them play Netherlands. ( No TV at BdC) They said any of us that wanted to go , be at the lodge at 1PM. Most of the guests did go, we packed in trucks and the Range Rover and off we went. What a day it was, small hot open bar with 2 TV's, packed with loud and excited locals and tourists. Thanks Phil and Kim for taking all of us. In spite of the loss it was an amazing day.
One thing about Bosque is the staff, we missed seeing some of the staff that had been working at BdC on our previous trips. Phil told us where some had gone, marriage, family duties etc. Well the new group is just as special. Each one as nice as the next. Being greeted every morning by Heylin is a wonderful way to start the day. And Rosie and Dayana are wonderful! Carlos, Phillip and Jutta make BdC even better.
We had a few rainy nights, one afternoon of rain and other than that the weather was hot and sunny every day. We are usually at Bosque in May, so we weren't sure what to expect. But it was beautiful. Almost always had the pool to ourselves when we were not on the trails. The family had Happy Hour nightly on Casa Blanca's deck, watching the spectacular sunsets. We spent a week and it could have been longer! I'm already wondering how soon we can go back!

On a note regarding how children will do at Bosque. Our grandchildren loved Bosque, hiking the trails with no problem. They became quite adept at seeing the various birds and monkeys, they truly loved it. There was no fear walking the trails, our g-son , 11yrs, walked to Casa Mariposa alone to see his aunt and uncle. Our g-daughter who is 7, would walk across the drive to see her favorite monkeys, the capuchins. They felt very comfortable with the staff . Someone is always waving to you or stopping to say a few words. There were times that the kitchen would prepare them something special; pasta, omelets , whatever they wanted. The staff went out of their way to be sure the kids were happy. I can't say enough how much we love Bosque! Hope to be there sooner than later!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What words do you use to describe paradise? Peaceful. Serene. Relaxing. Reflective. Fulfilling. Amazing. Awesome. Unimaginable . Those are just a few of the words that describe our stay at the Bosque del Cabo ecolodge in July.

We arrived as part of the Nature Conservancy organized tour group and from the time we checked in to the time we sadly drove away, we were treated like royalty. The accommodations were clean, comfortable and situated in the midst of the howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, and coatimundi. Some of the best photographs taken by our group were from the patios of the cabins. One early evening while walking to the restaurant for dinner, we counted 34 coatimundi parading across our path. Yes, it is an ecolodge!

From breakfast in the morning to dinner after dark, every meal was fantastic. There was no lack of variety and one evening the chef prepared a special birthday cake for one of our tour members. By the second breakfast, the wait staff knew us by our first names. They were attentive and highly efficient, to say the least. Take for example, the bartender who went that extra step when I ordered a guava margarita. After taking my order, she disappeared only to reappear with two guavas moments later. She simply walked outside, picked them from one of the nearby trees, and made my drink. Now that is what I call fresh!

The hiking trails and beaches at Bosque del Cabo provide every level of hiking and adventure you could want. Some of the hiking trails are nearly level, many others are not. Even well-conditioned hikers can find a challenging trail. All the trails display an incredible variety of flowers, trees, insects, birds and of course, monkeys. Monkeys are everywhere. We sighted all four varieties of Costa Rican monkeys within a mile radius of the compound. The grounds are truly a naturalist’s dream come true.

We spent four days in paradise. Our only regret is that we did not stay longer. Next time we will!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've recently returned from the incredible Bosque del Cabo rain forest lodge. The Osa peninsula is the most unspoiled and pristine area of Costa Rica. I've been visiting the Osa for many years and have stayed in a number of facilities throughout the region. Bosque del Cabo is without a doubt the crown jewel of them all. The cabinas are clean, beautifully designed and overlook the Pacific. The food is first-rate and abundant. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful.Numerous activities await the adventurous traveler or one can simply relax in a jungle paradise. Wildlife sightings are so numerous, easily accessible and diverse that it's almost unbelievable. If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable vacation experience, Bosque del Cabo will not disappoint.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cabo Matapalo | Peninsula de Osa, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bosque del Cabo is a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, come true. Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest preservation. ... more   less 
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Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez

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