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“Paradise on Earth!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Cabo Matapalo | Peninsula de Osa, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica   |  
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“Paradise on Earth!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2007

Bosque Del Cabo is a dream come true!!!! It is a piece of paradise on earth. My husband I were engaged at Bosque Del Cabo in 2006 and we were married at Bosque Del Cabo in Jan. 2007. The reason why we were attracted to Bosque Del Cabo is because it absolutely appealed to both of our personalities. My husband loved the wildnerness, the freedom, the untouched kingdom of animals, the rawness of the land and the tranquility of time. I loved the beauty of the grounds and surroundings, the warmest and kindest staff, the boundless adventure, and the 5 star dining!!!! We loved the the fact that we could pack so many amazing activities into one day or just hang out by the pool with Jose playing guitar sipping cocktails or lounge in the hammock at our cabina on the deck soaking in the ocean views. We could not have dreamed of an better spot for our wedding! Our 40 guests who stayed at Bosque with us all shared this magnificent experience and some tell us that it was a life altering event. We cannot wait to go back! On the day after our weddding we rappelled down a 100 foot waterfall side by side. I was in my wedding dress and my husband in his tux. You can check out the photo's at www.sendtoprint.net
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We stronly recommend Bosque Del Cabo!!!!

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2007

My wife and I just spent 5 days at Bosque del Cabo and absolutely loved it. The location is beautiful, the rooms are clean, comfortable, well designed and maintained, the service was outstanding and the food was well prepared and generally delicious (try the curry chicken and papaya sandwich!). The entire staff was friendly and very helpful. Being in remote and wild terrain with access to hot water and great food is a pretty special experience. If your primary goal is luxury and relaxing by the pool, then there are better and more easily accessible options out there. But if you want to see wildlife, experience the rainforest, and still have good food, drink, etc, then this is the place.

You can see and hear lot's of wildlife from the comfort of the patio or pool area (mostly spider and howler monkeys, coatimundi, scarlet macaws, as well as a good variety of other birds) but walks on any of the trails on the property are very rewarding--especially early morning or late afternoon. This is an incredibly rich section of rainforest that contains abundant wildlife. Self guided hikes are great, but I would recommend taking advantage of at least one of the guided tours (the primary forest tour was great) as the guides are knowledgeable, informative, fun and great at identifying flora and founa. Other highlights included the dolphin tour (I was worried it might be a little cheesy but it was really a highlight of the trip--great chance to see wild dolphins swimming in the Gulfo Dulce at very close range but still on their terms!); wildlife sanctuary (easily combined w/ dolphin tour); sea kayaking in mangroves and at sunset; horseback riding through rainforest/on beach. In each instance, the guides that B del C provided were knowledgeable, professional, fun and took obvious pride in their country and job.

Other things to know: the 1 hour drive from Puerto Jimenez is pretty rough although the drivers do a great job and can point out wildlife along the way; as an alternative to the deluxe ocean view casitas, the garden casitas are beautiful and a cool way to get exposure to the rainforest although they're a few hundred meters from the main facility--if you're uncomfortable crossing the pedestrian suspension bridge there is an alternate trail; bring sturdy shoes for hiking the trails around the property as they are well maintained but rugged; beaches can be accessed via the Pacific Trail (a switchback that drops about 500 feet from the main resort but no swimming at this beach) or the Gulfo Dulce trail (about 1.5 miles from resort to several beaches with swimming and surfing); finally, the bug activity was very mild while we were there.

Travel: we took the 6:30am TACA flight from JFK to San Jose and were scheduled on the afternoon Sansa flight to Puerto Jimenez but thankfully were able to make the earlier 10:30am-ish Sansa flight to Puerto Jiminez with time to spare. It was great having the extra 4 hours in B del C instead of the airport. No problems w/ Sansa.

Stayed May 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2007

We had very high expectations of this place - but were still blown away! It's SO beautiful, it's like entering another world.

We had done our homework - thanks Tripadvisor - and booked one of the 3 Deluxe Cabinas with a seperate, open loft for the children, containing an extra single and a double bed. Beware of steep tiled steps and no cover of the hole for the stairs - it's not suitable for young children needing to get up in the night, which are very dark here!

The outdoor shower is great fun, and everything is just fantastic.

We spent hours watching the wildlife from the wooden deck, over looking the Pacific Ocean and misc fruit trees - we saw tribes of monkeys fighting, loads of scarlet macaws and other birds, coatis and agoutis. It makes such a difference just being able to walk out of your door, and you're on a tour - and the walks are brilliant as well, especially the Pacific Trail is beautiful.

The food is awesome, such a variety, and all delicious. Huge selection for vegetarians as well.

We arrived during Easter holiday - American Spring Break - and all the children (from 6 up to 15) were sitting at a long table for dinner, had first choice of food, including some kid-friendly options such as macaroni cheese, and afterwards they were running around in gangs with torches.

All this disappeared after a couple of days, when the Americans went back to school, and our kids missed it. Honemooners, avoid the February Presidents Week and Spring Break!

The pool is small, but a real asset anyway, and a natural meeting point for children of all ages.

Everyone was extremely friendly and knowledgeable - where else can you ask the reception staff about the bird you have just seen? Carlos worked as a Nature Guide in Corcovado for 8 years before joining the Bosque staff.

The only thing we were slightly unimpressed with, during our 6 day stay, were actually the official guides (Phil and Eduardo) who we found knowledgeable, but a bit uninspiring, compared to the super enthusiatic guides met elsewhere in Costa Rica.

We went on the sunset kayaking trip, which was good fun and very safe for children - although it started thundering, so we had to cut the trip short and never actually saw any sunset. We did see some dolphins, rays and flying fish, though.

Jutta gives a healing massage and reflexology treatment - try it, you won't regret it!

Corcovado was also an experience, but the real highlight was the combination of the luxury of Bosque, and all the wildlife right on your doorstep. We will be back!

  • Liked — The views, cabinas, romantic four king size poster bed, hammock and rocking chairs on the deck
  • Disliked — that the bed was hard as rock!
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2007

I had heard so much about Bosque, and had such high expectations, I was really concerned that there was no way our experience could live up to it all. Imagine my surprise when our four-night stay exceeded my expectations in every way! Our cabin was beautiful and private and had an amazing view; we loved the well-maintained trails and saw tons of wildlife every single day; the staff was great, the food was amazing, and we had a great experience.

The only downside was that yes, it is very hot in the Osa, especially in March. But the outdoor showers and cool breezes helped a lot, and it was worth it to be in such a beautiful place having such amazing experiences every day.

I can't recommend Bosque highly enough!

  • Liked — The location, the wildlife, the views from our cabin, the outdoor showers, the friendly staff, the awesome trails
  • Disliked — The heat (which was to be expected)
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2007

I go to the Osa Peninsula quite a few times a year with friends and family. We normally stay at Lapa Rios, but they were full and the recommended Bosque del Cabo. I will never go back to Lapa Rios. (They are great too, but getting a little pricey)

We stayed in Casa Blanca, the two-bedroom house. It has an amazing deck, with a great kitchen and living room. We never used the kitchen, because the food served at the lodge was incredible. And we sat out on the enormous deck when we were at the house, enjoying the scarlet macaws that rested in the tree above our heads. We really enjoyed the vultures flying down the roof between two of the trees overlooking the ocean. The breeze coming up from the cliff was very nice and kept up cool when it was a little warm to be anywhere else.

While I usually shy away from buffets, this one was amazing. The food was varied and very favorable. Not the typical buffet you get in Costa Rica....or anywhere else I've been for that matter. It was truly amazing. The selection of meats, and side dishes are spectacular.

The number of nature trails are enough to keep you busy for over a week. And if you decide to go on the guided hikes, you will not be disappointed. The education of the guides is outstanding. They really know their stuff. I can't tell you how many guided hikes I've been on. I learned more from the guides at Bosque than any other guide I've been with the 8 years I've lived in Costa Rica.

The employees are very nice as well. They are truly interested in finding out how your day was and what you saw while you were out.

This place is great....please don't miss the opportunity to stay here while you are visiting Costa Rica. I promise you will be talking about the number of animals you see for many years.

  • Liked — spacious room with excellent deck overlooking the ocean
  • Disliked — the 'fridge wasn't cold enough to cool our beer without putting them in the freezer first.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Mesa, CA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2007

Our family decided a couple of months ago to take a trip during our kid’s spring break. After talking to some friends, we settled on Costa Rica. It sounded adventurous. With the country decided upon, we still needed to figure out what resort to go to. In the end, it was largely the reading of reviews on Trip Advisor that we made our decision to go to the Oso Peninsula and stay at Bosque del Cabo. It was a great decision!

When you land by airplane in Puerto Jimenez, you are a little freaked out by the fact that the runway is a gravel road adjacent to a cemetery. Bosque del Cabo is located about 12 miles from the town. Our first encounter with a Bosque employee was our driver, Kevin. He was a “you can do anything in this world” positive guy. With us he practiced his English (which was good) and started teaching us Spanish. The road to Bosque got continually worse but that made it more fun. Four-wheel drives are necessary for the last few miles.

When you arrive at Bosque, you realize quickly that you’ve discovered something special. The grounds are gorgeous, the views of the ocean spectacular and everyone is extremely friendly--our favorites were the waitress Heylin (pronounced Ilene), the hostess, Gerly, and the bartender Jose. We stayed in Casa Blanca house for nearly a week.

The activities are endless; you have to pick and choose. A couple of our favorites were going to the animal sanctuary and deep-sea fishing. Deep-sea fishing was similar but different to our many trips to Cabo San Lucas. In Puerto Rico (at least on our boat with captain Mike Hennessey), we did much of the fishing, including landing and taking the hook out of a sailfish. The animal sanctuary was almost unreal having monkeys climb on you. At the resort itself, the trails were extensive and we didn’t hike them all. But one that we did (and highly recommend) was the Pacific Trail. As name implies, it takes you down to the Pacific Ocean, about 500 steps below Bosque. You can then walk up the shoreline to a little creek coming out of the rain forest. If you follow the creek in, you encounter a significant waterfall, maybe 40 feet. Standing below the water, you feel like you are in a postcard.

The food was great, especially the banana pancakes in the morning. The evening meals are served buffet style, with everyone eating together. This was a great opportunity to make new friends and hear of activities to try. Since you are so close to the equator, it gets light out at about 5:30 in the morning and dark at about 5:30 in the evening. This results in somewhat early-to-bed, early-to-rise days, especially for being on vacation. Frankly, in the morning you did not have much of a choice with the sounds of the animals waking you up – birds and howler monkeys.

Bosque is a special place run by American owners determined to keep it special. Conservation and being friendly to the environment are part of their nature. Bosque has worked it out; all the unspoiled forest is one of the main attractions of a resort more interested in doing what is right than making as much money as they could. We highly recommend Bosque del Cabo.

  • Liked — The grounds and setting of resort.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2007

I had heard of Bosque Del Cabo through friends that had stayed there a few years ago and have been trying to get there ever since. Four of
us made the the trek down from LA last month, and all I have to say is WOW. It is the most magical place I have been, and the best part about it- is how remote it is. The mini-plane ride from San Jose, then the jeep trip to the Lodge makes you feel so removed from everywhere else its incredible.

My only regret is not planning it as the back-end of our trip to Costa Rica, because after we left, we went to all of the touristy cities (which were fun), but nothing compared to the experience you get at Bosque. So we wished we would have saved it for the backend of the trip. From the beautiful, private and relaxing cabanas, to the
incredible hiking and gorgeous private beaches and waterfalls, this place has it all.

One of our favorite parts was the incredible meals that enabled you to get to know all of the other guests staying at the lodge. We had a
very interesting group- a photographer, a group on a surfing trip, and two honeymooning couples. it was fun to hear their stories and adventures from the day around the dinner table. We didn't find better meals anywhere else in Costa Rica.

The entire staff is gracious and caters to your every need. This is the only place I would recommend from our trip and can't wait to go back for years to come!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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