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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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“Looking for a great place to escape to in a rainforest??”
Reviewed September 13, 2011

Wow!! What an amazing place in the middle of the rainforest. We had no idea what we were heading into until we started up the road to Bosque and were greeted at the front with ice cold fruity drinks on a hot day upon our arrival. This is an upscale but primitive in essence location and fits the location perfectly. The cabinas are absolutely delightful and all look out upon the Pacific with stunning overviews of the ocean...and ours with a view to Panama. You awake to scarlet macaws and howler monkeys in the morning and the fall asleep to the crash of the ocean and red eyed tree frogs at night. The food is wonderful, hiking trails delightful, on site ecologist to learn all about the biodiversity of the rainforest and friend and wonderful staff. You can't go wrong with Bosque...our only mistake was not booking more time there!!!

Room Tip: Cabinas are the best option. We stayed in the Lapa cabina which has an amazing view of the Pacific...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

The cabinas were beautiful and very comfortable. The showers are outdoor with walls around them - but the whether is always hot so it was comfortable. The sheets were clean and crisp, and we got plenty of towels as we needed them. The restaurant served three delicious and reasonably priced meals a day, with 5 or 6 choices for breakfast and lunch, and a large buffet at night. There are complimentary snacks after lunch and at cocktail time. The bar has a special drink of the day, an honors bar system for taking drinks out of the fridge, and the locals cocktails are delicious. We learned about the intricate complexity of the rainforest from a biologist working onsite who is writing a book about butterflies. Although we were there in August, it only rained one day. The facility uses very little energy. We did not need to know any Spanish. All of the staff are very friendly. The small plane ride from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is fun and beautiful. However the 45 minute car ride from there to the lodge is bumpy but worth it, because of Bosque's unique location. The propensity of Macaws, Toucans, Monkeys, and butterflies is wonderful. Only one in our party got some bug bites.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Santa Ynez, California
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

This is an amazing place for its location in the rainforest. The staff is so friendly, professional and engaging. The food is wonderful - fresh, taste, organic and you want more. The cabana's are so lovely - each one a little different and special. I loved that I could sit in my hamock on the wrap around porch and watch the monkies play in the trees with the scarlet macaws flying overhead. It is truly magical.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

We booked for three days and stayed five; we just couldn't leave! Although we had read the great reviews raving about the place, and had decided to go based on the recommendation of a friend, everything was beyond our wildest expectations. We went primarily to hike the trails and see all that the rainforest on the Osa Peninsula has to offer. Every trail was different, all were well maintained, and all led us into gorgeous rain forest, where we were alone to savor the sounds, smells, and sights of an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. It was low season, and the place was lightly occupied, so we really did have the trails and grounds mostly to ourselves. When we were tired out from hiking we sat on our balcony and waited for the wildlife to come to us. We weren't disappointed: all four species of monkeys passed through the trees next to us, including three of the species with females and young on their backs. A huge green iguana sunned himself on a big branch just beyond the balcony every afternoon. Scores of brilliantly colored scarlet macaws flew past at eye-level, perfect for photos. A three-toed sloth clambered through a cecropia tree not far away. We spotted fifty species of birds, and would have seen many more if we had hired a guide, but we were enjoying going solo so much that we didn't. We did go on the evening sunset tour with Philip, the resident naturalist, and saw an amazing number of frogs, spiders, and snakes. He is there throughout the day (or at least was while we were there), and is an invaluable source of information, answering questions, explaining rain forest ecology, and generally sharing the enthusiasm of guests who are discovering the area where he has been doing his research for the past 11 years. The owners, Kim and Phil, are wonderful people with two young sons. They are so warm and welcoming, and so enthusiastic about sharing their paradise, that you can't help smiling. They are dedicated to making the place as ecologically and culturally sustainable as they can, using solar power, a little hyrdoelectric turbine, recycling and reducing, using local foods, and hiring local people. The food was amazing....who would expect to have outstanding food when it's included in the price? The chef, Roger, used fresh ingredients to make both healthy and decadent dishes, and the volume was more than we could handle: we asked for half portions or split the meals, even though we were hiking lots. The bungalow we were in has to be the best one on the property (Pisote) but maybe everyone feels that way about the place they stayed. The staff were, to a person, welcoming, friendly, helpful, and competent. We have never felt so well cared for, anywhere!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

Amazing customer service, outstanding hiking and wildlife sightings and fabulous food. I've been here twice, planning a third visit and each time is better than the last. If anyone doesn't think this place is amazing then they are weird.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Our family of 5 (kids ages 12, 9 and 5) had an amazing 5 day visit in August. It was the highlight of our 2 weeks in Costa Rica. The 5 year old loved hanging out at the pool and seeing monkeys right outside our cabin. Everyone enjoyed hiking to the Pacific (where we saw amazing fish in one of the tidepools) and even the longer hike to the Golfo Dulce. The wildlife was fantastic, the setting pristine, the food delicious, and the staff really really friendly. While this was the rainy season, it only rained at night except for one afternoon downpour. We'll remember this one forever,

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

Disclaimer: If you haven't already watched the youtube video "bosque del cabo" I would recommend starting there to get a feel for the place. This review assumes the reader has watched the video so I won't rehash the basics about the type of place it is. The video is a very accurate and a realistic depiction of the place.

Well I can't say enough good things about Bosque del Cabo! We had such a great experience there. Every aspect of the place was outstanding. If you are into wildlife and are looking to actually be in the forest then I would very strongly recommend checking out Bosque del Cabo.

Staff - Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. This place is kinda just plopped down in the forest so it is a pretty small tightly-knit community. When we got there we were greeted by the owners (Phil and Kim in the video) and they volunteered to be our witnesses when we got married (along with their dog!). They gave us all sorts of ideas of stuff to do and were very eager to make sure that they did everything they could to make our stay unforgettable. The rest of the staff was great. The guides were really fun and knowledgeable. I wasn't expecting to find such technical biological expertise in the middle of the forest; it was truly impressive how much Philip (their resident biologist/researcher) knew. Having a biology background myself and being a biology teacher made me really appreciate having such a person on site.

Trails/Hiking - We spent a good portion of each day hiking the trails on their grounds. We went out a couple times with guides so that we knew more about what we were seeing and afterwards just went out by ourselves with our cameras. The fact that they allow you to go out on the trails alone, at your own pace (if you want to) is one of the things that sold us on this place especially since we like to take pictures and don't like holding up a big group while shooting. The trails at Bosque are well maintained and taking younger kids on them is totally fine. Another family there did some pretty serious hiking with two kids around 10 years old or so. There are many many miles of trails that weave throughout the forest and some that dump you off at the ocean. For me, the trails were the best part because there was always something new to see when you went out and it really gave you a sense of being in the forest (because you are!). We saw lots of monkeys, birds, insects, amphibians, smaller mammals, and reptiles throughout the week.

Activities - They have bunch of different activities that you can sign up for while you are there. Some are on the grounds and some are off the grounds. We did some guided hikes, ziplining (right before our wedding ceremony; my wife in a wedding dress!), and a boat tour of an adjacent river with a tour of an animal sanctuary. All were very cool. They also had somebody give talks about Jaguars and Jaguar conservation projects going on in the area. There were a handful of others; check their website for a full list. There were enough things to do that we actually never went anywhere else the whole week which was kind of nice since we didn't have to waste vacation time traveling or organizing rides.

Food - The food was very good. We got three meals a day with our package which was great (and a great value) because the food was excellent. We are vegetarians and there was plenty for us to eat. The staff there were very eager to make sure we had enough options. For breakfast and lunch there is a menu that changes around daily. They will make you a lunch-to-go if you are planning on hiking all day. They even sent us out with a breakfast-to-go on our last day and it was the only food we had for 14 hours thanks to storms/refueling/airline incompetence. Dinner is done as a buffet. We stayed for a week and got to talk with quite a few people at dinner who were staying at Bosque for less time and moving on to, or coming from, different places in Costa Rica. Without fail, everyone we met said that Bosque was the high point of their vacation. We kinda lucked out in that we planned to stay there our whole vacation and chose it solely on online reviews.

Communication - We live in Minnesota and planned our secret elopement at Bosque via a series of emails with their staff. We were very impressed with the promptness in their email responses. If you have questions about their place I would recommend sending them an email; they did a great job responding to our questions.

If any of this sounds like your type of trip, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Bosque. We like to see different places but the next time we go to Central America it will be to Bosque because there is nothing more I could want from this type of destination.

*If you are planning on getting married there and need a photographer I would recommend Richard May out of San Jose. He was a riot and did an outstanding job!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Address: | halfway between Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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