We were greeted at Golfito by Manuel, a lovely young chap who took as to our boat for the beautiful 20+ minute boat ride out to Nicuesa. We arrived at the small pier where the staff were waiting with wheel barrows which which to move our luggage. Manuel gave us a short tour of Nicuesa and its facilities (including free kayaks, snorkling and fishing gear) and showed us to our cabins. The cabins were amazing - each of them was situated out of the view of any other cabin, made out of wood, with louvred doors which could be opened up completely on 3 sides of the cabin. The cabins were simply but beautifully furnished and the outdoor showers were a great feature.
The main building, housing reception, the bar and dining areas were lovely and comfortably furnished. Each cabin had a verandah with comfortable chairs and a sky chair (a cross between a chair and a hammock). From here we saw coatis, an agouti, a mouse, hummingbirds, crabs and butterflies.
The food was outstanding throughout our stay, with different dishes made from fresh local ingredients - some of the best food we tasted in Costa Rica (which is really saying something as we experienced some wonderful food). The main courses and deserts were freshly prepare/baked on site, often using ingredients from their edible garden.
We took full advantage of the kayaks, which were easy to use as the water in the gulf was as calm as a lake - great for a novice paddler like myself. We also swam in the warm sea a few times each day and watched the Macaws playing in the trees above the beach.
The climate at Nicuesa was very humid (not a problem for me because I love humidity) but the lodge offers a solar drying room to dry out clothing. The sounds of the forest animals and the gentle lapping of the ocean at night were wonderful to listen to.
We look forward to returning to Nicuesa at our first opportunity. Special thanks to Manuel and to Joe, who made us very welcome and took care of our every need - even providing a freshly prepared breakfast for us to take away when we had to leave early for our flight out from Puerto Jiminez to San Jose.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Hotel Golfito
- Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Golfito
- Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito