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“Didn't Want to Leave” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas, Golfito 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Golfito
Certificate of Excellence
England
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Didn't Want to Leave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

What can we say, this place is fabulous! No internet, TVs, mobiles, makeup or having to dressing up. You don't get a swimming pool either just the lovely warm natural sea to swim in and the rainforest to watch.
You can do as much or as little as you want, 5 days was just not enough.
Great Food
Great Staff
Great Place
If you have never been to Costa Rica this place is somewhere you will alway remember.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

If you want to visit Fantasy Island, this is your spot. Location is remote, lush with rain forest vegetation, birds, mammals, tropical flowers and a pristine coastline. When you arrive by boat you are greeted by Joe, the manager, who proceeds to orient you to your vacation stay. You walk up the long boardwalk, through the gardens and up to the main reception/dining area where you are given a refreshing fruit drink. You then get lunch and a review of the activities and options for your stay. We got an upgrade to a private open-to-the-outside hut. It was very private and offered great views of the monkeys and birds. You have to be comfortable with being disconnected from email and the world and sleeping with the sounds of nature with no doors that close you from the outside to enjoy this lodge. We loved it! So relaxing! Staff was great. Took in the kayak trip through the mangrove forests and an eight hour hike to the waterfalls along a rustic trail through the rain forest. The food is very good and the dining with a long communal table with other guests a nice way to visit with everyone at the lodge. This is a special place in the world and one we would enthusiastically recommend to adventure travelers. Also enjoyed the yoga classes under a very private hut facing the ocean.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Activetravelerdc
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Laguna Woods, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

A fabulous place to be in the Osa! Playa Nicuesa has it all, from lovely accomodations,gorgeous location, great food, great staff and so much to do in one of the most pristine places left on this planet! A real life changing experience. I am a yoga instructor and will be leading my 3rd yoga retreat at Nicuesa in February 2013!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank mwyoga
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Lansdowne, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

My husband and I spent 6 nights at Nicuesa and had the best vacation yet. The accommodations were comfortable and just simple and rustic enough to still be charming. Our cabina was clean and really adorable. We enjoyed sitting on the little porch watching the crabs and ants go about their business below. The food was fresh, delicious, and local. I looked forward to every meal. The setting of the lodge is gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. Pictures don't do it justice. But there very best part was the staff. From the boat captains, to the servers, to the managers, to the best bartender anywhere. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and just interesting people. I really can't say enough about how welcome and at home they made us feel. The activities organized by the staff were all a lot of fun and excellent adventures from the in-shore fishing trip to the waterfall hike. I recommend the Multisport package to anyone interested in having an adventure everyday. We were never at a loss for something to do, or for a place to lounge and take a rest. Nicuesa is a great place for a couple, friends or a family. We will go back and bring our little boys next time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ndjohns
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

A gorgeous location, friendly and helpful staff, beautiful eco lodge, stunning nature... Nicuesa Rainforest lodge has it all. For those who have never been to Costa Rica, this place is the best to get to know the real authentic atmosphere of this country.
We felt connected with the nature. One of the best 'rules' was the time spent together with other guests during the one big dinner table.
If we could stay there forever, we would totally go for it:)

Room Tip: We were staying at Dolphin Cabin, which was an absolute blast! Everything was perfectly clean, quite...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank EscapesVIP
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East Grinstead
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Firstly this review was meant to be written after our stay there in April 2011. So better late than never! What a great place - we stayed tn the Toucan Lodge, darkish (but it would be) but very comfortable and with a net over the bed, and was welcomed by a large black spider which I flicked outside through the shutters, but thats fine cause thats why we were there to see as much wildlife as possible. The food was really nice, and cooked in-house where a variety of Fish and Meats were used. Went to a nearby rescue centre by boat which was also a superb half day out. This was organised at the Lodge as were other hikes and small tours which could be booked. Big thanks to Jonathan who took me on a couple of rainy hikes through the grounds at night to show me the frogs, snakes and toads that seemed to appear once the rain set in. Listening to all the night croaks and dinks from the frogs is something I wont forget. And all the staff seemed very nice and helpful during our 3 night stay. We did experience why its called a rainforest one night when the heavens opened up and some palm branches came thundering to the ground, but great experience. Saw Macaws most mornings high in the trees by the beach and a White Nosed Coati seemed to always be sniffing around and best of all I followed a Tamandua (type of Anteater) around for about an hour one morning snapping photos at every opportunity. Howler Monkeys, although quite a long way from us, woke us up most mornings at about 4.30am which was great listening to their rasping deep howls that seem to echo through the trees. Also saw a few Hummingbirds and other exotic birds in the grounds, some Blue Morpho butterflies and many frogs at night and a Coral snake etc etc. I love snakes and could'nt resist picking one up one evening and taking it into the bar - not sure if it was a good idea looking at the faces, but Jonathan the resident wildlife expert assured us it was harmless and seemed to know what every snake and frog was called. No swimming pool there but the sea was warm and pleasant to dip into. So all in all a great place that we will hopefully stay at again someday soon. Go there you wont be dissapointed if you love remoteness, wildlife and want to experience the humidity of a rainforest.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Isidro del General, San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is the BIGGEST Adventure I've ever had. It is an amazing Paradise, you can share with other guests, make new friends, the Staff is really Kind (love you guys), see and hear animals 24/7, do Yoga listening the to the waves and scarlet macaws. 1000% recommended, go kayaking or just have a cup of joe and relax.
Thx Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge for making me HAPPY!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
Address: Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas, Golfito 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Golfito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Hotel Golfito
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Golfito
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