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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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Parking garage
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Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Yoga room
Personal trainer
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Couples massage
Full body massage
Massage
Open-air bath
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
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Private beach
Dining area
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Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
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Walk-in shower
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Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
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Clothes rack
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Private bathrooms
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English, Spanish
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Venture303936 wrote a review Yesterday
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This is an eco, sustainability experience for the adventurous! The staff are amazing —professional, courteous and responsive! The food was outstanding and served at a communal table with other guests from around the world. The activities were well done and safe! We loved the dolphin tour, fishing experience and sunset tour! The commitment to sustainability and local food was great! Accommodations are rustic and open air (no air conditioning) with shuttered doors to close for the evenings.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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michael wrote a review Mar 2024
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My family of four (two adults, two children, ages 11 and 15) had a lovely time at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. It's a unique and magical place. We didn't know too much about the property before arriving, but were delighted by our time there. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and it was nice that there wasn't a rigid division between staff and guests. Staff members often hung out in the lodge and at the bar to chat between activities, and they often had great stories to tell. The lodge also makes an effort to foster interaction between guests. Meals are served at a large communal table, which facilitates conversation. Coming from the United States, it was fun to meet other guests from other parts of the world (including the UK, Germany, Switzerland, etc.). One of the special features for us that any guest should be aware of is the true immersion you feel with nature. Although it had wooden shutters, our cabin was wide open to the air, allowing fresh breezes, rains, and sometimes birds, bats, and insects to visit, too. (It presented kind of a "glamping" vibe.) There is no air conditioning, so it can get fairly warm (and humid!). Everything ended up feeling fairly damp! But we got accustomed to the climate and the amazing jungle sounds, which include birds, insects, and monkeys. The food served is healthy and creative with several options at each meal. The activities we did included boat rides to see dolphins, kayaking, snorkeling, and hikes. Perhaps the best part about the Lodge (if this is what you are looking for) is how remote and secluded it is. It can only be accessed by boat (no roads) and the property is self-enclosed, so aside from the 20 or so guests and 20 or so staff members, there is no one else around. You really do feel far away from the masses in a place preserved very nicely in time and space. The natural beauty of the place—the trees, flowers, wildlife, and clear green waters—is quite special and something to be cherished.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thankyou for your stunning review of your stay at Nicuesa. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and that you were able to enjoy its serenity and seclusion while immersed in nature. We believe that a sense of community and sharing spaces enriches the Nicuesa Experience including such details as the optional communal dining table and the Happy Hour at the bar. These opportunities to mix and mingle with both guests and our wonderful crew translate to nights of storytelling and laughter. We hope to see you again to continue exploring the Golfo Dulce and the Costa Rican rainforest.
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Sue J wrote a review Mar 2024
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Nicuesa surpassed all expectations. We were two couples aged 74 - 85, the eldest with advanced Parkinson’s and limited mobility and all very keen naturalists.. Costa Rica Expeditions suggested Nicuesa to us as our final destination and we spent 4 nights there. Flying into Golfito and then the 30 minute boat trip along the coast where the forest comes down to the Pacific was an exciting way to arrive. It was just wonderful to be in such a remote location surrounded by the sounds of the forest. The Lodge itself is designed so you can birdwatch over the canopy, cup of coffee in hand! It was wonderful to be able to wander along the trails leading out from the lodge as well as with the guides. A boat trip was among the highlights as well as snorkelling in water of 33C. Sadly global warming has bleached the coral. The food was outstanding and delicious freshly caught fish was always on the menu. The rooms were all well appointed with silent lazy ceiling fans and balconies looking into the jungle. Gera, the manager, and all his staff and guides were so welcoming and efficient and went to great lengths to make sure that we were well looked after. We were lucky with the weather and would have liked to stay longer. A truly memorable visit
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 2 weeks ago
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay at Nicuesa and it was our pleasure to show you the very best of this little corner of paradise and our fabulous team that helped make your stay so memorable. We agree that even the transfer to the hotel is part of the Nicuesa Experience and that it is a perfect way to start the stay. What better combination than watching birds and having a delicious cup of Costa Rican coffee at Nicuesa? Thank you again.
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Joan B wrote a review Mar 2024
Boulder, Colorado10 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I visited Playa Nicuesa to celebrate my 81st birthday. We had been two years before and had a marvelous time. We came over the border from where we were staying in Panama. We had a fabulous time. The Golfo Dulce, the rain forest setting, the facilities (which are constucted in our view like African safari lodges), the staff and the food were all excellent. We saw wonderful birds and wildlife and highly recommend you book this unique place as soon as you are able.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Try to get a tour with Steven -- their best guide!
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Responded 4 weeks ago
We are thrilled that you were able to celebrate your birthday at Playa Nicuesa and all its magic. It´s location is certainly magical too immersed in the rainforest and overlooking the Golfo Dulce. We are also happy that you enjoyed our dining experience that is an important part of the Nicuesa Experience. We hope to see you again.
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Barry Holmes wrote a review Mar 2024
Leawood, Kansas21 contributions5 helpful votes
This is a very unique place to visit. Just a limited number of villas so never felt crowded. Everyone who works here was excellent and it was very evident that loved this place and loved sharing it with visitors. The sustainable approach to running this lodge is commendable and the passion for conserving nature and wildlife was outstanding. We enjoyed several of the excursions including the early morning bird walk, dolphin / snorkel boat trip. My wife really enjoyed the beach side yoga and massages. Food was first class and made fresh every day. Lovely bar as well. There is little or no outdoors light around the villas plus no AC. We knew this prior to booking. It did take a moment to settle in on the first night in the villa with the heat, pitch black etc etc.... but it is also what makes a visit here so memorable. My wife had the floor fan inches from her side of the bed .... lol. You do hear everything around your villa.... it's amazing to think what's moving around out there whilst you're sleeping. Then waking up to the monkeys and birds greeting you. Beds were very comfy and has netting over them to keep the bugs away. Had a floor fan and a fan over the bed. Loved that essentially all of the walls in the bedroom are door sized shutters that you can open up and have a 180 degree view of the jungle. Each villa is very private and placed in such away that you seclusion especially with the open air shower. The open air shower is great with the exterior wall only about 4 - 5ft tall. Highly recommend sea shoes as the ocean is stoney / rocky. Ocean was warm... Also because of the heat and humidity it's worth packing some extra T shirts and swimming wear since nothing completely dries out overnight. Very surprised at how few bites we had over the 4 days / 3 nights.... just a couple. We did spray ourselves with bug spray one evening at bed time but generally felt no need most of the time. We were curious about larger animals getting into the villas (since they are so open) such as large spiders, snakes etc etc. But nothing in our villa nor any mentioned from the other guests. Amazing place..... we are sure to go back. Can only give a 10 out of 10 for everyone that works there, the experience that's offered to be that close to nature along with no crowds. Only access is via boat so you do really feel like you're somewhere a little special.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 4 weeks ago
And we hope to see you again too! Thank you for your review of your stay at the hotel that is small in size but big on the details to ensure our guests enjoy the very best of the Costa Rican nature in the most natural way. The decor has been considered to ensure a true immersion in nature without foregoing the comforts. We are so happy that our wonderful staff made your stay even better.
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Tracy W wrote a review Mar 2024
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Playa Nicuesa Lodge was a lovely place to stay. It was the perfect balance of education, activity and leisure. The guides were very knowledgeable, the staff so friendly and the food amazing! You stay within the rainforest on the edge of the ocean, surrounded by amazing flora and fauna.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded Mar 3, 2024
We love to hear that Nicuesa is considered the "best vacation ever". It makes us so happy and that you were able to truly feel and enjoy the "Nicuesa Experience". As you put it so nicely, a perfect balance of education, activity and leisure. Our staff are wonderful and will go out of their way always to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable. Come again!
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GaudiLM wrote a review Feb 2024
Montreal, Canada289 contributions146 helpful votes
We stayed 4 nights in Mango house and had requested an upper floor room and got it! We saw over 20 squirrel monkeys pass right by our balcony one day and same number of capucin monkeys the next day! Many parrots and macaws too! Big and comfortable room with great balcony to watch/hear the rainforest. Good meals at the main lodge. Had the rainforest package: did the golfo dulce tour (nice and scenic boat tour around the gulf) and the mangrove tour by boat and kayay (great tour!) We also did the night tour and a birding tour. There are some trails on the property itself, we did a couple. Not all are well maintained (some had fallen trees/big branches in the way) Great little beach with sunbed and oh, that water in the gulf is so warm!!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for an upper floor room if in Mango house
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Responded Mar 3, 2024
Thankyou for your stunning review of your stay at our beautiful hotel. We are so happy you enjoyed it and that you were able to see so much wildlife. That must be a record to see 20 squirrel monkeys in one day! Those balconies help connect you with nature without a doubt. It seems you really were able to do lots of varied activities on the water and the land which makes Nicuesa so much fun. We hope to see you again!
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Amy C wrote a review Feb 2024
Abingdon, Maryland3 contributions1 helpful vote
Everything we wanted in a trip to a remote rain forest/jungle of Costa Rica. The food was delicious and employees were top notch--so helpful and knowledgeable in every way. I loved the family-style dining so that we got to know the other guests. The location was beautiful and loved the kayaking. I know this is an eco-friendly resort so understand the reasoning, but the only thing I had a difficult time with was not being able to get some relief from the heat as there was no AC.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded Mar 3, 2024
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate your wonderful review. Kayaking on the Golfo Dulce is an absolute treat without a doubt. We believe that the family-style dining is a great experience for our guests if they wish to share stories and conversation with other guests. We hope to see you again.
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Catherine S wrote a review Jan 2024
California126 contributions29 helpful votes
I really enjoyed my stay at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Our room was very comfortable and there is a lovely garden. Also, the lodge is situated a few feet from their private beach on Golfo Dulce. The water is warm and very calm. We watched White-faced Monkeys from our deck and a Great Curassow wandered through the garden a few times. We could choose from four or five jungle trails that were pretty flat and easy to walk on. They offered optional trips to see dolphins, kayaking, guided forest walks, and more. The staff were professional and knowledgeable. There was a very personable waitress who often served our meals, and who made our time there even more delightful. Unfortunately, I cannot bring her name to mind right now. The paw print next to my shoe is a puma’s paw print. I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: It rained more than we expected it to, but it did not stop us from enjoying our stay.
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Responded Jan 17, 2024
Thank you for your stunning review of your stay at Nicuesa. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and that you were able to enjoy the varied wildlife from your deck and beyond. The trails are a wonderful opportunity to explore the rainforest even further. The Golfo Dulce certainly is inviting and is so peaceful. We are also so happy to know that our team made your stay even more enjoyable. We hope to see you again.
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Lydia M wrote a review Dec 2023
Seattle, Washington1 contribution1 helpful vote
Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge lies adjacent to several national parks --dense with bio-diversity-- within one of the world's four tropical fiords. Highly rated for sustainability and eco-lodge luxury, it offers day, night and waterfall hiking, mangrove kayaking, dolphin watching, and many other guided and unguided activities. Maximum guest capacity is 24 hosted by 24 warm, capable employees who sincerely want to provide you with an experience you will love. The chef is excellent, the meals are varied and you will have multiple choices with every meal. Our family of three stayed in an elegant-rustic cabin built from forest-reclaimed wood, with veranda and outdoor shower. The lodge's guides were engaging and informative and showed us dolphins, sea turtles, anteaters, eyelash viper, many tropical birds, a baby boa constrictor. I also enjoyed watching the industrious leaf cutter ants, Each morning was sunny with calm waters in the Gulfo Dulce. Late afternoon sometimes brought dramatic rains and we liked to watch the sky and sea change while tucked under the dryness of a giant beach umbrella. It also was fun to watch and listen to the rain on the roof and leaves, while seated on our veranda. Spectacular sunsets, a night sky with milky way, and the bioluminescent sea were timelessly calm and beautiful. The excellent and personable managers, Gera and Josue, can arrange special tours and we went by boat to the Osa Peninsula where a guide, Randy, showed us all 4 kinds of CR monkeys, a sloth, many rare birds, monitor lizards and much more, all in one morning.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Jan 17, 2024
Thank you so much for your stunning review of your stay at Nicuesa. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and that you were able to see so much wildlife and enjoy the beauty of nature at its finest. We loved reading that our wonderful staff went above and beyond in making your stay so wonderful and that you enjoyed the delicious meals. How fantastic that you were able to see and experience the bioluminescent sea and the Milky Way! Even during the evening, this beautiful corner of the world puts on a show. We hope to see you again and all the very best for 2024.
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$318 - $387 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaPunta Nicuesa
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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 Marina Bahía Golfito (3.3 miles), Zamia Wildlife Refuge (2.5 miles), and Bar La Bomba (4.2 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.
Which room amenities are available at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Top room amenities include a dining area, a view of a nearby landmark, and a mosquito net.
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, a parking garage and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Banana Bay Marina Restaurant, Restaurante La Playa, and Restaurante Samoa Del Sur.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to 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.
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.