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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
  • Regular temperature 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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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)
Airport transportation
Full body massage
Currency exchange
Bar / lounge
Special diet menus
Car hire
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
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Room features
Private beach
Private balcony
Seating area
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Punta Nicuesa 60701 Costa Rica
Getting there
Juan Santamaria Intl Airport112 miSee all flights
Puerto Jimenez Airport7 miSee all flights
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Navigate519125 wrote a review Jun 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
They got me to hospital when I had an allergic reaction to a bee sting Even sent a staff person , the wonderful guide, Valeria to guide me to and through the excellent Costa Rica Health system. The vacation part was almost mystical. The very small number of goes and staff created a wonderful friendly and warm international experience. The staff were all sweethearts and room was an experience that was itself like sleeping right in the rainforest treetops All this in a fine clean room.
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Date of stay: December 2019
bimh2018 wrote a review Apr 2020
Cornwall, United Kingdom20 contributions4 helpful votes
My husband and I flew from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez on a domestic flight - that in itself was a wonderful experience flying so low, we could experience the scenery and geography of the area. Someone from the Lodge was waiting to greet us and swiftly transferred us to a jeep for a short drive to the jetty where (with no waiting involved) we were ferried across the Golfo Dulce. Our greeting on arrival was superb and we were made to feel very welcome indeed. All the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful at all times - even to the extent that at one time when we were on the beach and the rains came - someone came running down with umbrellas for us. We spent 3 nights at this amazingly wonderful eco lodge situated in the Piedras Blanca National Park with a beach frontage; we swam every day (I recommend water shoes as it's pebbley/shingly) and thoroughly enjoyed the ethos. We took advantage of the deal which included some free tours some and did many of the activities that are offered - including a night walk, early morning bird watching, snorkelling, dolphin spotting and kayaking up and through the mangroves They were all incredibly enjoyable and the guides were superb - very knowledgeable and passionate. The guides we had were inspiring and genuinely proud of the flora and fauna and their desire to protect it. The lodge was not full and we were very lucky that there was never more than 4 on any of our tours/activities so we were able to ask many questions and have a very intimate experience of the environment. There are several self-guided walks in and around the jungle and the kayaks are freely available to use. There is a yoga studio but I never got round to trying it out. The food was great, many choices and everything was fresh and delicious. Guests choose their meals in advance - ie choose lunch at breakfast time, dinner at lunchtime etc. Everything is cooked on site - including very tasty cookies with interesting flavours and hot and cold drinks are available at all times. Meals are served in the open air main lodge family style, so we had the opportunity to meet and chat with other guests . There are several areas within the main building to rest, relax and watch the birdlife flitting in and out and around. We stayed in a ground floor Mango Lodge, a short stroll to the main lodge, set amidst the trees it was spacious with a large canopied double bed complete with a mosquito net (we saw very few mozzies), large furnished veranda and ceiling fan. Ensuite shower room partially open to the elements with wonderful environmentally friendly bathing, body and hair care products. It was hot and humid but never unbearable - there is chilled drinking water available in many areas on the site. We had some immense downpours but there's a clue in the title rainforest but they never lasted very long and did not adversely affect our enjoyment. The night noise from the frogs and insects is wonderful. This is a very special place beautiful beyond words. Our visit was the beginning of a 3 week visit to Costa Rica and we stayed at a few other areas - Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge was our favourite, thank you to everyone at the Lodge for an unforgettable stay. We'd love to return.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Rene62056 wrote a review Mar 2020
Portland, Maine18 contributions11 helpful votes
My husband and I spent a week at this amazing eco lodge. We arrived by boat to be greeted with the first of many fresh fruit juices. We took advantage of the package deal and did many of the activities that are offered. We hiked to a waterfall with a guide our first day; kayaked with a guide through the mangroves; did an early morning bird walk with a guide, and a very informative sustainability tour of the property.. We also kayaked over to a beautiful botanical garden, and spent a day kayaking in and out of little beaches along the shoreline. We spent hours in the ocean, went on self-guided hikes, and were just continually overly amazed by what we saw - plants, birds, insects, reptiles - and the incredible beauty of the rain forest. Our guides were simply the best!! They were so passionate and inspiring about what they do, their world and their desire to protect it. The staff were all friendly, helpful and just such beautiful people. The food was out of this world!!! Many choices and everything was so fresh and delicious. Meals are served family style, so we had the opportunity to meet other guests from so many places. It was hot and humid but never unbearable. This is a very special place. Beautiful beyond words. Thank you to everyone at Nicuesa for the most unforgettable week we've ever had. We hope to return.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Yvonne wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions
Interesting place to stay with friendly and knowledgeable guides; interesting trips and wonderful wildlife watching opportunities (we saw two Fer De Lance snakes!); relaxing and welcoming. A great place to end our holiday.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: All rooms are in the rainforest with verandahs
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Two Judes wrote a review Mar 2020
Brooklyn, New York6 contributions
Absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Great guides - knowledgeable and friendly. I loved the night walk with Isaac - different millipedes, army ants, Fer de Lance snakes (VERY poisonous), and much more. We had heard about howler monkeys, and when they woke us the next morning we laughed so much at how much louder they were than expected. Monkeys came by our first evening there.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from NicuesaLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Responded Mar 5, 2020
Thank you for your fantastic review of Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge! Those Howler Monkeys certainly like to make themselves heard. They are the loudest land animals in the world so what a great natural alarm clock for you in the rainforest. That night walk really is an eye-opener and the best time to see most of the rainforest animals and when you are being guided by such a knowledgable professional as Isaac, you were in great hands. We are so happy you enjoyed your time and hope to see you again!
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$424 - $505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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.
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 an airport shuttle?
Yes, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge offers an airport shuttle 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.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.