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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary during a fabulous five-day stay at Bosque del Cabo. On our special day, we rose before 6 a.m. and, while brushing teeth, saw two agoutis racing at break neck speed across the lawn into the forest. Who was chasing them? After a quick coffee in the lodge, we headed to the trails passing several Great Curassows feeding.

A minute into our venture, we saw a Great Tinamou nudging her chicks though the undergrowth. Further along, another agouti was stationary in the middle of the trail watching us. Then, a troupe of eight lithe spider monkeys came swooping through the forest. Once we reached the Tropical Garden area, we encountered a pizote (coati mundi) climbing down a fruiting tree. He scrutinized us and knew that we were mostly harmless and continued foraging for food. Leaving the Tropical Garden, there were a dozen Squirrel monkeys, with babies pressed close, feasting on luscious fruiting trees. We discovered a flock of twittering Red-capped Manakins and heard raucous Scarlet Macaws overhead.

We headed back to the lodge for fresh fruit and, after a tough menu decision, selected the “Matapalo Scramble” with perfectly seasoned eggs and homemade whole wheat bread-toast. We strolled back to the cabin determined to relax for the rest of the day and not eat another bite until dinner! As we gazed out at the 180 degree ocean view, a deliberate movement caught our eyes. A five-foot green iguana was climbing the tree not ten feet from us in front of the deck. Wow! The iguana stayed near us for the rest of the day, finally stretching out in the full sunshine across the hibiscus hedge. While sipping premium champagne in the late afternoon sun we thought it couldn't get any better until we spotted a pair of humpback whales. They surfaced, blew, went under to blow again every few minutes until they passed out of sight. Right on schedule, a private, sumptuous four course candlelit dinner with flowers was delivered by Jorge to our terrace. Sleepily, we watched twinkling fish boats and silver water lit by a new moon. The following morning, we were up a little later and saw 18 pairs of scarlet macaws flying up from the beach. As always, it was a wondrous and vibrant experience to see these magnificent feathered creatures.

Our large Pizote cabin, brilliantly renovated and expanded, was the height of rainforest luxury and comfort. We have stayed at Bosque del Cabo multiple times and couldn't think of anywhere more special to celebrate our anniversary, escape and unwind. Mil gracias........

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the cabins. They all have exceptional ocean and forest views.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

My husband and I recently spent three days at Bosque del Cabo on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica - one of the most remote parts of the country. It was beautiful - surrounded by jungle and with a fantastic view of the Pacific ocean from our lovely thatched-roof cabin. The staff are terrific -- friendly and helpful and the resident naturalist can take you on educational hikes that are extremely informative and fascinating. The food was the best i've tasted in Costa Rica and we saw lots of wildlife...monkeys, coatis, agoutis, tiny bright colored frogs, and beautiful birds. A wonderful escape from the "real" world into the natural one. I'd highly recommend Bosque del Cabo and wish we'd have more time to spend there.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Mariposa, but all cottages have an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

We spent six days at Bosque del Cabo in February.
It is a gorgeous place with delightful accommodations and good food.
Our deluxe casita had a fabulous view of the Pacific 500 feet below.
The sound of cicadas, birds and monkeys were a delightful backdrop.
There is lovely hiking right from the lodge. There is abundant wildlife. The staff is remarkably friendly and willing to help.
We loved it so much that we are returning next year.

Room Tip: The deluxe casitas are wonderful
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

I took my teenage daughters here for a rainforest adventure and we had a great time. We stayed in one of the deluxe Cabinas because it had a loft and a great view of the Pacific Ocean but all of the Cabina's had something special to offer and were all really well kept. The Cabina's are sturdy little buildings with screen windows and shutters, beautiful tiled floors, thatched roofs, nicely appointed bathrooms and open decks that allow you to experience the wildlife right there. Within an hour of arriving we saw 2 types of monkeys, scarlet Macaws, a 3 toed sloth, and several types of butterflies. We really enjoyed our meals at the main lodge and thought the staff was terrific. They set a place for us each morning and knew what we liked quickly. The entire staff was professional, friendly, kind, generous and knowledgeable. We appreciated how well they all spoke English and never minded our chopped up Spanish. The guides were great, we learned so much about the biodiversity, history and current conditions of Costa Rica. We saw more wildlife and different types of plants and trees than we thought possible. We got a great work out hiking to the waterfall and through the Primary Forest. It is remote, requires a long bumpy ride up the mountain and is a bit like upscale camping but that is exactly what we came for and we were not disappointed! Thank you to all of the staff for making this a really great vacation!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We spent two wonderful nights at Bosque del Cabo at the beginning of May. It was simply heaven. The grounds are gorgeous, the wildlife abundant, and the cabins are simply wonderful. All, but the two in the garden, are perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You just can't ask for a better view. Even the view from your outdoor shower is nice!

The meals at Bosque are really good too. At night, they push the tables together so that you get to meet others that are staying there. It's a great way to find out what everyone is doing during the day.

They have quite a few trails that meander thru the property. We were lucky enough to see several types of monkeys and quite a variety of birds. There were also some cool frogs, crabs, snakes and other animals that I don't even remember the names of.

If you get the chance to go to the Osa Peninsula, don't miss the chance to stay at Bosque del Cabo!

Room Tip: The cabins set along the Pacific have incredible views!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

I took my 10 year old son with me on a wildlife adventure in Costa Rica, and we only had 6 nights available. This forced us to prioritize our location, and given our goal of seeing the most wildlife possible in this short amount of time, the Osa Peninsula made a lot of sense - the most biodiverse place in Costa Rica.

Once we narrowed the choice to Osa, we picked BdC based on research here and other travel forums. We were not disappointed.

While it's not easy to get there, the payoff is huge. The location, vast property with wonderful trails, the lovely cabinas, excellent food, and wonderful staff and guides all add up to a wonderful experience. I would go again in a heartbeat if given the opportunity.

And in terms of our goal, the wildlife on the property is amazing. We were thrilled with the variety of birds, monkeys, reptiles, and insects that we saw.

Highly recommended if you are going to Osa.

(disclaimer, I actually traveled here in Feb. 2011, but TA wouldn't let me go back that far)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Bosque del Cabo is a unique and beautiful property - stunning ocean views and a huge array of fantastic wildlife! Loved hiking the trails and cooking our own meals in our stunning casa.

We were met at the Puerto Jimenez airstrip by our driver from Bosque del Cabo who we had arranged to take us to the grocery store in town before heading out to BDC. Since we had booked Casa Blanca, one of the houses at BDC which does not include a meal plan and has a full kitchen, we had always intended to do our own cooking there. We were able to find lots of great produce at the market and loaded up the truck and headed out.

It was about a 45 minute drive to BDC. The road had some nice views of the Gulf and wasn’t too bumpy at all. When we arrived at BDC we were greeted warmly with fresh juice cocktails and shown to our dream house – Casa Blanca. This place was so stunning. It is a two bedroom, two bathroom house with dark tropical wood floors, poured cement furniture, and a HUGE porch with a fantastic Pacific Ocean view. How great!!

The whole Bosque del Cabo resort is situated up on a cliff at the very end of the peninsula so it has access to both the Gulf and the Pacific beaches but each requires a real hike to get to. It is worth noting too that it is definitely hotter and more humid down there than other parts of CR so be prepared!!

Over our three days at BDC we had some fantastic adventures. There is tons of wildlife on and around the property. We saw toucans, macaws, poison dart frogs, crabs, howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, a bird-eating snake, two coatimundis and an agouti and the beaches there are basically totally deserted and completely private. We hiked the Gulfo Dulce trail to swim in the Gulf waters (which are much calmer, and safer I believe, than the Pacific ones) and were happy to have arranged a beach pick-up at the end of the trail back to the resort. There is a charge for this but it is not much. The beaches over there were pristine and as with so much of CR seemingly lost in time. The Pacific beach trail was pretty steep but doable. If you continue down the beach you reach the natural tide pools which were really neat to see and sit in and even further down, if you are lucky!, you will find a short trail to a small hidden waterfall that you can stand under.

The pool at BDC is very nice and the bar always had free snacks out at happy hour. We celebrated a birthday on our second night and the kitchen was nice enough to back us a special cake and deliver it as a surprise to Casa Blanca. Such a memorable stay - highly recommended.

Room Tip: Casa Blance is great! Very close to the lodge/pool and trails but totally relaxing and private!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: | halfway between Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
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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 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range: £300 - £539 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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