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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Punta Nicuesa 60701 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 08/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Playa Nicuesa is an environmentally-friendly eco-lodge set on a 165-acre private rainforest preserve on the undeveloped Pacific Coast of Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica. Our jungle & sea location provides a unique adventure and nature vacation: the front yard is a gulf right off the Pacific Ocean, and the backyard consists of thousands of acres of pristine tropical rainforest. Overall, the experience embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment.
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Property amenities
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Bar / lounge
Special diet menus
Car hire
Full body massage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
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Private beach
Private balcony
Seating area
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Punta Nicuesa 60701 Costa Rica
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Jimmy P wrote a review Jan 6
95 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a beautiful place in the middle of nowhere and it is one of the best lodges in Costa rica! We have spent more then six mounth in Costa rica and stayed in more then ten eco loges. The nature and the trails are wounderful!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Nicuesa Guest Services, Guest Services / Front Office at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for your lovely review of Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time in our beautiful lodge and that you enjoyed exploring the multiple trails. Nature is very much part of the Nicuesa Experience and made even more special by being so secluded. Thanks again and all the very best for 2022!
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Beth S wrote a review Jun 2021
Illinois58 contributions33 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
This is our family’s third visit to Playa Nicuesa. We love it here! The location is idyllic, right on the shores of the Golfo Dulce and in the rainforest. We woke to the sounds of howler monkeys and scarlet macaws in the mornings and went to sleep to the sounds of waves crashing and frogs singing. The cabins and lodge are all open air so you can really enjoy the forest. We booked the cabin suite which was beautifully decorated and quite large. Fans kept us cool at night, the shower was spacious, and the mosquito nets kept any critters away. There are so many activities to choose from. We also made time to relax each day, sitting by the beach, listening to the rain, or seeing the stars. Our favorite activities were dolphin watching on the boat, the on-site chocolate tour, and jumping off the dock. My eight-year-old was in heaven exploring, swimming, and discovering exciting things. The people who work there are what make this place truly special: Valeria has a wealth of knowledge and is an enthusiastic and gifted tour guide; Pana creates delicious, healthy meals every day; Kimberly served us with such kindness and made delicious drinks at the bar every evening; Juan hosted a great yoga class and gave wonderful massages; Memo frequently surprised us with opened coconuts cut down from the palm trees; and Rodolfo kept the whole operation running smoothly. We feel like family here, and we can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Take advantage of the large plastic bins in the rooms to help keep your clothes dry as this is...
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Response from Nicuesa Guest Services, Guest Services / Front Office at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Responded Jul 1, 2021
Thank you Beth for your fantastic review of Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. We are so happy that your stay was full of adventure, relaxation and great memories. You were able to fit a lot in during your stay with a mix of adventure, nature, and downtime. That is what the Nicuesa Experience is all about. We agree that not only is it a beautiful place to stay, that the Nicuesa team makes it all that much better with their generosity in sharing their knowledge about nature, yoga, and yes, the food and of course the cocktails. We hope to see you again soon and yes, you are part of the family.
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Sadie M wrote a review Sep 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Playa Nicuesa is an incredible place with very wonderful, hard working staff to keep it that way. Having the opportunity to live in the rainforest for a few days was the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. We were able to do fun activities while it wasn't raining and relax while it was. It was a joy to get to see dolphins, whales, birds of all sorts, monkeys and so much more during our stay. The fresh food was incredible! Fresh juice and fruit every morning and lunch. Hats to the chef! Each of the staff members were welcoming and kind. We felt at home with each of them! Our tour guide was also very friendly and knowledgeable about the wildlife in Costa Rica. If you are squirmy about bugs, however, you might want to consider other options as there are a lot of bugs in the rainforest that might make it into your room! But if you understand that is nature and are not too afraid of them, you will be fine! We loved Playa Nicuesa and everything about it!
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Date of stay: September 2021
Response from Nicuesa Guest Services, Guest Services / Front Office at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Responded Sep 17, 2021
Thank you for your lovely review of Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. We are so happy that you had such a great time with the diversity of wildlife included in the experience. Golfo Dulce is certainly a special place on this earth and the Nicuesa team do their very best to make our guests feel welcome and at home in the rainforest. We hope to see you in Nicuesa again.
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Thomas B wrote a review Sep 2021
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This has to be one of the most relaxing spots on earth for a vacation. Everything is as described on their website. Lots of options to explore and places to discover about this amazing part of the world. My wife and I were made to feel right at home with the excellent and attentive staff. Our guide for the excursions was a true professional who went out of her way to ensure we experienced everything the area had to offer. If you want to party with tourists drinking margaritas all day by a man-made pool, go to Cancun; if you want to experience a natural paradise and like to explore and be active, you may want to visit Nicuesa Rain Forest Lodge. We were there during "off" season but afternoon rains were not a problem and in fact were quite refreshing coming from Texas in August.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Nicuesa Guest Services, Guest Services / Front Office at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Responded Sep 17, 2021
Thank you so much for your review of Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. We are so happy you had such a special time and enjoy what we call the Nicuesa Experience. It is about enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature in an amazing part of the world without a doubt. And, as you said, with the excellent Nicuesa team with their excellent quality of service and knowledge. We hope you come back soon and enjoy the Nicuesa Experience again.
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Robyn wrote a review Jul 2021
Salt Lake City, Utah11 contributions
From the airport pickup to the fresh watermelon juice upon arrival we felt so welcome right away. First off, it's do pretty there. . The food was fresh, and so tasty.. the service was amazing and Carolina took really good care of us breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus the view from the dining area is outstanding. We chose to do at least one excursion every day and it was so worth it. Valeria showed us around and was kind and knowledgeable. We did the river tour/ kayaking and saw a lot of cool birds and creatures. We did a bird watching hike and found squirrel monkeys, and so many different birds. We did the chocolate tour and got to learn how to make cacao into chocolate. We did a night hike and saw armadillos!! The waterfront has lots of places to lay out and fish and snorkel. But the highlight of the trip was the sunset cruise! We saw dolphins(like right up next to the boat) the sunset was unbelievable out on the water, they packed us fresh juice and snacks. Then we got to experience bioluminescence when the sun went down and it was breathtaking. I have not stopped telling people about this place, and I fully intend on going back. They have a good packing list on their website and I suggest going by it, it was very helpful. Also I suggest going on the sustainability tour, it's really cool to see how they operate and how they are doing their part for conservation. I know this is long, but I'm not a big person on leaving reviews... but this one is so needed. They were amazing and such an amazing experience!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Go by the packing list, the excursions are worth the upgrade, and bring a reusable water bottle!
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Response from Nicuesa Guest Services, Guest Services / Front Office at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Responded Jul 14, 2021
We so very much appreciate your shining review of your stay at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. We hope you come back too! You certainly did a variety of activities which is one of Nicuesa´s outstanding characteristics as is our signature hospitality. We love that our guests feel as welcome and special as the place they are visiting. How fantastic that you were able to see the bioluminescence and enjoy the sunset tour. Thank you again and see you again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Punta Nicuesa.
Are pets allowed at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.