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“It's Worth the Trek!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

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Cabo Matapalo | Peninsula de Osa, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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“It's Worth the Trek!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

This was the 3rd eco-lodge of our 3 week stay in Costa Rica, and by far, our most favorite for hiking and wildlife viewing. Our cabina was in a remote garden, 25 feet from primary rain forest.

The trails were incredibly well maintained and marked. We saw lots of wildlife (any many came through our cabina). The pool was a great refreshment after a long afternoon of hiking along the Pacific coast.

Friendly staff, relaxed atmoshpere, family style dining. Alot more comfortable and inviting than Lapa Rios (where we have stayed 3 times previously).

BDC ranks at the top of our list with Playa Nicuesa Lodge as the 2 places we will revisit on our next trip to Costa Rica.

  • Liked — Proximity to the Primary Rain Forest, hiking trails
  • Tips/Secrets — For an affordable visit, book a garden room or share the casa with another family
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

We took our family of five, with three children (7,9,11). We had an amazing experience. It was like sleeping overnight in the zoo! So many animals.

We were aprehensive about taking the kids, but they loved it and NEVER got bored. As a matter of fact, they fell asleep before desert every night!

Every day there were so many unusual activites. This is the antithesis of a "hotel" stay as you are completely involved with nature. At the same time, it is clean, safe, and visually captivating. Don't worry that this is some wierd hippie eco-lodge, like some that do exist. The accomodations were nothing short of first class. This staff was amazing. Friendly, professional, and devoted to making your stay wonderful. From the minute we stepped off the plane and the second we checked in, they made us feel like they were there for just us. Nice touch.

Food was great. Lots of Costa Rica food, with enough Americanization to make you feel at home. We got to love meeting all the folks at the lodge from all over the Country.

We stayed in the Casa Blanca. We loved it. Having a fridge for beer, wine, soda, and water was a plus. Make sure you stop in Jiminez on you way to the lodge for these supplies.

You are in the rainforest. Although it really creeped out my wife and kids the first night, by the second day it was a non-issue. You quickly begin to understand that you are in the rainforest and get over the bugs, the noises and such.

  • Liked — The room is part of the natural surroundings and had great views. What a great place to "tune out"
  • Disliked — Going to the beach, in the traditional sense, was difficult. Although, we found plenty of ways to enjoy the beach and the sun. Plus, absent easy beach access, it got us more engaged in BETTER activities.
  • Tips/Secrets — Stop in Jiminez for supplies, If you want to fish book early, ziplock bags were great to keep bugs out. Go with an expectation that you will see bugs. Get over it...IT IS WORTH IT!
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 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
Amenities:
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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 
Also Known As:
Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez

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