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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Boating
Hiking
Highchairs available
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Horseback riding
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Fishing
Walking tours
Airport transportation
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Photo copier / fax In business center
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Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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helenlang1949 wrote a review Nov 16
San Francisco, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
I have been going to Bosque del Cabo for the past 18 years, with family, groups, and solo. It has never occurred to me to stay anywhere else in the Osa Peninsula since it is pretty much perfect. The grounds are gorgeous, with views of the Golfo Dulce throughout the main area (complete with sunrises and sunsets); the cabins, while simple, are spacious, comfortable and pleasant; the food is fresh and delicious; and the staff is among the most gracious I have encountered anywhere. There are activities of many kinds, both recreational and educational: nature hikes, birdwatching, waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, surfing, and others, and you will find trails throughout to explore anytime. Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, and the Osa Peninsula is Animal Central. At Bosque del Cabo I have seen various kinds of monkeys, birds like toucans and macaws as well as rarer species, peccaries, ocelots, a tapir, and other critters whose names in English I don’t even know, since I’ve never heard of them in the U.S. Below, in the Golfo, a whale mother and baby came very close to our boat, and wherever we went dolphins followed us, playing and leaping. Sea turtles nest and hatch in beaches nearby, which you can go see. The owners, Phil and Kim, are devoted conservationists and have done a lot to protect the area. They are around a lot and are always happy to engage with guests, answer questions, make suggestions, or just chat. Which reminds me, a lot of socializing occurs around the bar, where they make some of the best tropical cocktails I’ve tasted. I hope this isn’t sounding like an ad. I promise I’m not being paid! And to prove it I will say that the drive from Puerto Jimenez to Bosque is 30-40” of partly unpaved road. It’s a bit bumpy (my family actually thought it was fun— my kids called it the biff-mobile). However, think of this as the mildly rough part of your pilgrimage which makes the “grail” at the end seem even more glorious.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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MCllano wrote a review Sep 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia72 contributions32 helpful votes
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I remember on my first visit to Bosque del Cabo nearly 20 years ago now(!) being impressed by the fact that such a remote place had a high percentage of repeat visitors. 20 years later and 4 visits in, I fully understand why. Bosque del Cabo is an amazing place. It is beautiful. It is bursting with exotic flora and fauna. The staff, service, and food are excellent. Every trip is unique as the jungle surprises you with unique gifts. This time around it was spider monkeys coming down to the forest floor to play, prompting some capuchins to do the same; several toucan parties; a scarlet macaw-filled tree send off for some friends; a great fishing experience, and more. I look forward to coming back many more times to this magical place.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Collin W wrote a review Oct 2022
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It’s a rare thing to have such remarkable access to primary rainforest only a stones throw from exceptional accommodations. That is BDC in a nutshell. Other notable things: the food at their on-site restaurant was consistently really, really good, our cabina was comfortable, private, and had stellar ocean and forest views, wildlife is absolutely everywhere, and the staff was incredibly warm and friendly. We stayed for eight nights and didn’t run out of things to do. In fact, we had it in mind to do a few excursions but ended up doing less than planned because we enjoyed hiking the trails on our own so much (that said, we DID do the horseback ride and it was great! Absolutely do it if you’re thinking about it). By the end of our stay, I believe we had hiked every trail on the property at least once, and several more than once. Notable wildlife sightings included (but are not limited to) an extraordinary puma encounter (it was CLOSE, but also seemed completely uninterested in us, fortunately), a tamandua, all four monkey species in the area, a three toed sloth, scarlet macaws, yellow throated toucans, fire billed aracaris, hourglass tree frogs, gliding tree frogs, golfodulcean poison frogs, green and black poison frogs, and cat eyed snakes, to mention nothing of the agoutis, peccaries, and coatis that roam the lodge grounds in large numbers. All said, I can absolutely see us staying here again. The Osa is widely considered to be the most wild and ecologically intact area of Costa Rica, and BDC grants excellent access to it while providing really wonderful accommodations.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Kim wrote a review Oct 2022
Aarhus, Denmark10 contributions1 helpful vote
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We visited Bosque del Carbo in the summer of 2014 and loved the place so much that the we decided to go back this summer (2022). And everything was at least as wonderful this time as we remembered it from our first visit. From the minute you arrive at this remote place (after a bumpy drive from the small airport in Jimenez) you feel very welcome and taken good care of by the very kind staff and the owners themselves, Kim & Phil. This time we stayed in one of the so-called luxury cabins, with a fantastic view over the ocean from the very nice deck. The deck had both hammocks, deck chairs and very comfortable rocking chairs, and various animals including monkeys and macaws just pass by when sitting there. The spacy cabin was well equipped and had a great outdoor shower – everything was very neat and clean. The food was excellent with many delicious choices of local dishes at all meals. Before dinner you have the opportunity to enjoy a (cheap) happy hour drink and a tasty snack at the cosy bar and here you may also get a chance to chat with some of the other guests. Likewise, you are often offered to join other guests at a long family like dinner table afterwards, but you are not obliged to do so. The most important part is of course the experience of tranquil nature and an amazing wild life – and we have never experienced such a rich selection of different animals and plants as you do at this place. Many animals can be seen just by walking around in the park-like garden – but there are also many well marked trails, starting just next to the property, that allow you to enjoy the “full rain forest package”. We very much enjoyed hikes by ourselves, where we rarely met any other people, but also had some interesting morning and night walks with the knowledgeable local guides, who are associated with the place. We cannot wait to visit this place again and hope to get the chance to spot the puma next time. We strongly recommend other nature-lovers to visit Bosque del Carbo.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Leila J wrote a review Oct 2022
We stayed for three nights for my cousins wedding, the party took up pretty much the whole resort. It couldn’t have been more perfect, the staff bent over backwards to make the wedding and stay perfect
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Schlegel-Wilkins wrote a review Oct 2022
Guatemala City, Guatemala15 contributions2 helpful votes
We live in Costa Rica and thought we'd seen it all- but our 4 day trip here was the best experience we've had in Costa Rica. From the breathtaking views from every "hut", to the luxe details, the multiple activities available (surfing, beautiful beach, hikes, insane wildlife, amazing guides, spa services) to just sitting there for hours and seeing so many of the animals that are usually hard to spot stroll to you. I was nervous about the open air cabins but to sleep with the unfiltered sounds of the jungle around you was one of the coolest things I've done. The Osa Peninsula is a whole different ballgame and unlike most tourist destinations, it is unspoiled and untouched. (We are talking anteaters in the trees!) The meals were all gourmet and fit for a foodie, and the nightly happy hour was a good way to chat with some of the other guests to get ideas on what activities to do next! We were already planning our next trip back before we left. Save yourself schlepping all over the country to various spots- you can do it all right here.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Madison M wrote a review Sep 2022
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This hotel is paradise on earth for wildlife lovers. Absolutely incredible! The owners are super friendly and the food was great. Our room was beautiful and had the most amazing view of the ocean and forest. From our room we saw macaws, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, poison dart frogs, whales, toucans and more! We just had to sit outside and the wildlife came to us. We've done a lot of wildlife focused trips and this was the first place where there was no effort involved to see them. We also enjoyed the trails on the property and saw more animals out on them. Highly recommend some time in this hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Amanda A wrote a review Sep 2022
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What an amazing place! Beautiful hotel immerse in the costarican nature. The views of the pacific ocean are spectacular, where you can see whales jumping from the water. This place is perfect to escape from daily life and reboot. Really recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Esteban Brenes-Mora wrote a review Sep 2022
San Jose, Costa Rica14 contributions3 helpful votes
Once again the Osa Peninsula became a much needed space to increase my productivity. I was making all my coworkers jealous of me being working “from home” surrounded by Rainforest. I stayed at Casa Miramar (means Sea Look) which name fits perfectly! We saw countless whales while enjoying our morning coffee. Everyday we saw the four species of monkeys you can see in Costa Rica, coatis, anteaters, tayras, and a list of at least 105 bird species. We even felt the presence of a puma, which some lucky guests continuously spotted days before our arrival. Bosque offers a genuine Osa experience, here you get to understand why NatGeo called it one of the most biologically intense places on Earth. I will come back!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Matt wrote a review Sep 2022
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Stayed at Bosque del Cabo earlier this month and it was one of my favorite travel experiences of my life. The owners were incredibly kind and helpful, as was the staff, many of whom were locals from Puerto Jimenez and have worked there for 10+ years. They make you feel welcome and like you're part of the family. The property was gorgeous and the proximity to amazing hikes and beaches was surreal. Monkeys, birds, and other jungle animals galore! Definitely plan on returning ASAP
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Date of stay: September 2022
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$587 - $655 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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bosque del cabo rainforest hotel puerto jimenez
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaCabo Matapalo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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BOSQUE DEL CABO RAINFOREST LODGE - Updated 2022 Prices & Hotel Reviews (Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica)

Frequently Asked Questions about Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Buena Esperanza, Briza Azul Restaurant, and Fusión Food.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Cabo Matapalo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.