All reviews are biased by our own expectations. I expected the following out of Bosque: exceptional wildlife viewing, relaxation in a beautiful setting (both natural and manmade), friendly and down to earth staff, the same goes for the management, and guided fishing from the beach. Bosque delivered all of these except the last two. The opportunities to see wildlife here are incredible. Focus your time during the dawn and dusk. During the heat of the day the wildlife are taking a siesta so do the same and go to the pool or beach (the walk to the beach is beautiful, challenging, and rewarding). The grounds, lodge, pool, bar, and cabins are casually beautiful and maintained with an eye for detail. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, local, and casual. I did not expect the food to be anything to rave about. After all this is hard to accomplish buffet style. Bosque does accomplish this and I especially appreciated the local vegetable served every evening. This all added up to an exceptional experience. I only had a couple disappointments (nothing is perfect for everyone!). The guided bird hikes start too late in the morning. By the time you get going things are starting to heat up and the birds are quieting down. This will be a disappointment for any serious birder. We inquired about the guided inshore fishing (offered on their website), but no one ever got back to us. I found the management a bit unfriendly. I also prefer to not have to dine family style. Yes, they offer a few table off to the side, but be prepared to stick out like a nonsocial sore thumb. Lastly, the price is inflated. We stayed in nicer, more remote places, than Bosque on this trip and paid less. Bosque is not that remote. I expect that the sustainable practices of the lodge equate to higher overhead, but others are doing this and are not as expensive. In all, if you can afford it, this is an incredible place to stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez