Reading some of the reviews before mine, one thing stood out: so many repeat visitors. This was also true on meeting some of the guests during my stay as well. I think it's indicative of the continuing quality and service of Bosque del Cabo that so many people return to it time and time again.
Myself, this was my 12th visit, and just as enjoyable as any of the others preceding it. I stayed 2 nights in the Pizote cabina, which has an outstanding large deck overlooking the ocean, 2 beds downstairs and 2 single beds up in the loft. There are no guarantees with wildlife but as with a previous stay in this cabina, spider monkeys almost without fail made the trip up the ridge early in the morning (around 6am) and down the ridge in the afternoon (around 4pm) - making for fantastic views & photos as this all takes place right next to the cabina. I also stayed in the new apartment-style cabina named Aracari. This lovely 2 bedroom space is fully screened in, with a deck overlooking trees and ocean beyond. Although I was solo, I think it'd be perfect for a family with kids or 2 couples, as the bathroom that separates the 2 bedrooms can be closed off. It doesn't have an outside shower as other cabinas do, just to note. Many coatis and agoutis always by the front entry, as well as a surprised (for both of us) run in with some armadillos.
The staff here is a huge draw, it's a pleasure to see so many of the same people year after year. Heilyn, Daniel, Mikhol, Grevin, Jorge, Cindy.....I could go on, but they are truly interested in you and making your trip special. The food as always was filling and delicious, no matter how much I hike each day, I always seem to come home a couple pounds heavier! A new, nice touch is a glass bottle of water delivered to the cabinas in late afternoon; as well as always having hot coffee available for early risers like myself at 5am.
Another big benefit of staying at the lodge is having a top notch biologist on site. Philip has been at the lodge for 12 years and therefore is quite familiar with all of the birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, insects et al that inhabit the area. He gives 2 tours a day which are so informative and interesting - the 4 hour Primary tour, which gives an in-depth view into the workings of the rain forest and the 1 hour Sunset hike, which is an easy hike around the grounds finding frogs, bats, toads, snakes and anything else interesting that happens to be in the area. I would highly recommend taking both these tours, you will learn and see so much to complement your stay on the Osa.
The wildlife on the grounds of the lodge are unparalleled. In just a single hike it's quite easy to spot troops of Caphuchin, Spider, Howler and Squirrel monkeys. Throw in constant run-ins with hawks, agoutis, coatis, currosows, toucans & macaws; not to mention, if you're lucky, tayras, tamanduas, peccaries. If you're really lucky you may spot the couple of pumas who frequent the area; I have not had luck on my side as of yet, which means I must return for a 13th visit!
I've stayed at many lodges on the Osa. Bosque del Cabo is truly the only one where I am often planning my next visit while I am there.
- 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