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Playa Cativo Eco Lodge

Playa Cativo Access only by boat, Golfito 60701 Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 10/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 16 hotels in Golfito
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Discover an extraordinary destination where rich, tropical rainforest surrenders to the serene shoreline. Emerging out of the lush jungle and overlooking the tranquil turquoise and emerald waters of the Golfo Dulce is Playa Cativo Lodge – an intimate haven harmonious with its spectacular surroundings. Elegant accommodations, world-class amenities and a variety of activities offer a blissful balance between relaxation and adventure. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to escape the everyday, encounter incredible wildlife and indulge in an exotic eco-luxury experience like no other. All rooms offer refreshing rain showers, abundant hot water, biodegradable bathroom amenities, cotton bathrobes and slippers, ceiling fans, binoculars, flashlights, complimentary Wi-Fi, twice-daily maid service and safe deposit boxes. While rooms fall into four main categories, each room is slightly unique. The following services are included in all Room Rates. • Meet and greet at the local airport (Golfito or Puerto Jiménez) and transfers to/from the dock. • One round-trip scenic boat transfers from town of arrival (Golfito or Puerto Jiménez). • First-class lodging, featuring spectacular vistas of the ocean and surrounding tropical rainforest. • Three à la carte, multi-course meals per day (in-room dining also available). • Freshly brewed specialty coffees and teas (all other beverages are offered at an additional cost). • Use of kayaks, standup paddle boards and snorkeling gear inside Cativo Bay. • The Introduction to the Tropical Rainforest Guided Tour (2 hrs.). • Daily Morning Mindful Movement Sessions. • Access to self-guided hiking trails around our private tropical rainforest reserve. • A “Surprise & Delight” in-room amenity and wi-fi in all rooms and social areas. • Twice daily maid service and concierge services.
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Property amenities
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Free airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Yoga room
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Dining area
Private balcony
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Hidden Gem
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Playa Cativo Access only by boat, Golfito 60701 Costa Rica
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Golfito Airport9 miSee all flights
Puerto Jimenez Airport6 miSee all flights
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Béla B wrote a review Oct 18
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The lodge is beautiful, the service is excellent, the staff are friendly. If you want to enjoy your life spend few days there. Go for kayaking, whale and dolphin whatching!. Strongly recommended for everyone.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Ralf K wrote a review Oct 4
Munich, Germany7 contributions
Crossing the bay to the lodge from Puerto Juarez we were accompanied by spinner dolphins and a humpback couple with their calf - with no doubt a lucky and fantastic start of our stay. The lodge is beautifully nested into nature and makes it super easy to enjoy it with organized tours with excellent guides or on your own with smaller hikes through the surrounding rain forest. You will wake up in the morning by the sound of howler monkeys and have no trouble seeing all kind of different animals, birds and reptiles. Search for the most famous animals in Costa Rica we seen them almost all near by or during the mangrove kayak tour. Accommodation, kitchen and staff are great and make it easy to start and end the day. Food is excellent - bottom line a 100% recommendation if not a must!
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Date of stay: August 2021
kristin m wrote a review Oct 1
Charlotte, North Carolina11 contributions10 helpful votes
My family and I spent 5 days at Playa Cativo lodge in August and I cannot recommend it more highly. From the moment you step onto the boat to be taken to the resort you are treated like family. The rainforest and peninsula are undisturbed and the Playa Cativo property is exceptional. We have stayed at several 5 star eco resort properties in Costa Rica and I would easily place Playa Cativo at the top of my list. The nature, the location, the immaculately prepared meals were amazing. Personalized tours were arranged with knowledgable guides. We kayaked in mangroves, watched Humpback whales, took a nature hike, enjoyed the spa, took morning walks/runs along the shore and were even able to take a night tour to see the bio-illuminescant plant life. The open air lodging (they did have screens and fans) were filled with custom built furniture; just beautiful. We literally felt like you were sleeping in luxury in the rainforest. But beyond what this resort has to offer in location and facility, is the level of personalized service and the quality of its staff. The staff at Playa Cativo truly loves where they work and it was evident in every aspect of our interactions. We were cared for as if we were the only guests on site and even when we had an allergy need, an appointment was arranged with a local physician over zoom and prescriptions were delivered to our door the next morning. In all our travels, I cannot remember receiving a higher level of personalized care and service. This is a truly special place. Look no further - it's a once in a lifetime kind of place. IF you are looking for a big resort - this isn't the right place for you. If you want highly personalized, luxury eco-travel this is the place for you!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Marc-Henri C wrote a review Sep 2021
Brussels, Belgium66 contributions23 helpful votes
Playa Cativo is a paradise resort on the edge of a dream. Incredible nature alongside the Agua Dulce gulf, boutique hotel with friendly personel, delicious food, ultra clean and comfortable villas. A range of activities… What more could you wish for?
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Date of stay: August 2021
marta07180 wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
Playa Cativo was our best choice of hotel during our trip to Costa Rica! The staff made our stay unforgettable!!! It is a paradise in the middle of nature, with a very high standard of cuisine. Healthy, natural and varied cuisine! We would definitely come back to spend a few days in this magnificent hotel. The guide Luis impressed us with the excellent excursions we went on! Thank you very much to the whole team for making our stay unforgettable.
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Date of stay: August 2021
$600 - $1,130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaGolfito
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Frequently Asked Questions about Playa Cativo Eco Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Playa Cativo Eco Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (1.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Playa Cativo Eco Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Playa Cativo Eco Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Playa Cativo Eco Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Playa Cativo Eco Lodge?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Playa Cativo Eco Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Playa Cativo Eco Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Playa Cativo Eco Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Playa Cativo Eco Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Playa Cativo Eco Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Playa Cativo Eco Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.