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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
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“A great rain forrest lodge in the Osa !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

We stayed in Casa Blanca with our son and 2 grandkids, one 11 and the other 17. Everyone had a great time. We enjoyed the little swimming hole in the small river several times. The water was so fresh and nice, and deep enough to really swim in. We went on 2 hikes with Phillip. The night hike was very interesting - we saw a lot after Phillip showed us how to spot all of the insects, reptiles and plants active in the dark. The boys went on the day hike with Phillip, while the girls enjoyed a massage in the forrest. The food was great - with alot of options available at every meal. Everyone in our group had something they liked at every meal ! We went on a self guided hike along the Titi trail and saw several groups of peccaries and lots of other animals. From our home we saw Toucons, Scarlet Macaws and several kinds of monkeys. The staff worked together well, everyone was knowledegable and helpful as they should be and really nice too. If you are trying to decide between Lapa Rios and Bosque del Cabo - try it ! We've gone to Lapa Rios 4 or 5 times and it's nice, but we will return to Bosque Del Cabo. We visitied in August.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

We just returned from our 5th trip! We come to Bosque del Cabo every year, and this year we made the trip twice. This is the most amazing place in Costa Rica, hands down. Amazing wildlife, the most delicious food, and the most attentive, amazing, efficient staff. If you do a lot of traveling to 5 star resorts all over the world, then you know, Bosque del Cabo excels far above the rest, when it come to service. The staff is made up of a wonderful group of people, who are there year after year to make your stay one of the most memorable experiences of your life, in one of the most beautiful places in the world, in a remote untouched area of jungle and ocean.

As I mentioned, this was our 5th stay, and I have written other reviews on BDC, so I won't repeat myself, but I must say I really found a previous review by Alex,d some what confusing, and misleading. A review is always helpful, but in this case, Alex,d missed the mark.
Bosque del Cabo is a nature lodge, offering an amazing, abundance and variety of animal life, that you will find no where else in Costa Rica, and this goes for Corcovado National Park, as well. You are in a remote area on the tip of the Osa Peninsula surrounded by ocean and jungle. The cabinas and houses offer all the comforts of home, with the exception of AC. The cabinas and houses are quite luxurious, smack in the middle of a primal rainforest. You have an incredible network of trails that are well maintained for hiking, while keeping the air of magic and wonder in an untouched jungle, where wildlife is in abundance. The only area with manicured gardens is around the lodge, and is quite breathtaking. The pool area has many comfortable lounge chairs, where you can read a good book in a beautiful setting, with views of the ocean, as well. The pool is very close to the bar and lounge area, so you can not only read your book, but sip a passion fruit daiquiri while reading. The restaurant offers the most wonderful meals you will ever taste, served up by a group of wonderful people. LUXURY? YOU BET!!!!! ECO NATURE LODGE? ABSOLUTELY!!!!! Bosque del Cabo is the Grand Dame of the nature lodges, offering luxury, delicious food, a 5 star staff, and incredible wild life viewing in a remote, beautiful, breathtaking setting. It's the best!!!! We are looking forward to our next trip.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

I just finished another wonderful photo workshop at Bosque del Cabo. I have been coming to this lodge for 23 years and am always amazed how perfect this place is! The cabins, food, staff, and the location make this lodge one of my favorite in the entire world. Being a wildlife photographer, I spend a lot of time at eco-lodges and this one ranks up there with the best. Thank you Phil and Kim for what you have done for my clients who come here and for what you do to preserve this special spot on the planet! I'll see you very soon.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

I will try to make unique comments bc I agree with all the others. We just got back from a week over Xmas. We stayed at Casa Coco which had four bedrooms two in a separate house across from the main one which was great for our teenagers. And our little ones stayed in the room on the opposite end of the main house by the pool. Yes, it has its own pool and beautiful large decks. Tis is the newest house and it appeared to be more enclosed (as in there are no open areas like Casa Mirmar) than the others, therefore resulting in less bugs and no scorpions inside at least during our stay. I was every worried about having to walk back and forth to the lodge for each meal and how we would do that with the kids. Fortunately the staff was happy to shuttle us back and forth whenever we wished. And most days after breakfast we went off doing activities for the day or until lunch so that wasn't a problem. Casa Mirmar is quite a hike too. Surfing was super fun for the family and the guides were very friendly and helpful even with the 7 year olds. I highly recommend it. Also the 10 min hike from the lodge to the river with the waterfall and small, private swimming pool. It is by the zip line, just be careful going across the very narrow ledge and down the maybe 5 ft rope to get there. My daughter slipped.

We have horses and are big animal lovers, I was disappointed that the staff did not warn me that the horses were underfed and the man did not at all take care of his dogs, all puppies, one of them had a gaping hole in his neck and other problems that were very sad to see. Thankfully, Carlos, the naturalist at the lodge went the next day and I hope he got the little one on medicine. The owner of the lodge next door, which was also very beautiful (the only difference to me is that they had less land and therefore less trails but a wonderful waterfall repelling experience - I highly recommend for adults and older teens and an extremely kind and friendly, and animal loving owner, a young lady named Adrianna who also talked with the horse owner, Miguel, about the treatment of his animals. That said, the ride went through many creeks and out to the beach and the scenery was lovely. I hate to not support the guy, but I am not sure that he would use any extra cash on taking better care of his animal crew. The culture of the people there in general seemed in general not to care about animal welfare. It was sad to see all the stray dogs.

My husband says the wifi is faster than what we have at home. It is only at the lodge.
Get snacks at the grocery store in town when you first arrive, especially if you have kids. We had a refrigerator in our room so we also bought milk and cereal for when the kids get up early, cheese, drinks, etc Or take the chance and bring some as it seemed the security was pretty lax coming into Costa Rica. I had some packed as the selection of snacks isn't great (no Whole Foods ;), think Kellogg's and Nature Valley.
Very bumpy road as said in many reviews. I wouldn't take an elderly person who wasn't fit, as it would be too uncomfortable and it's too remote.
The book on the OSA Peninsula, which they sell at the lodge and on amazon is wonderful to read. There were more coffee table type books at the main airport and I am sorry I didn't buy them as I can only find one other one on amazon.
We are looking forward to exploring more of Costa Rica due to our wonderful experience at Bosque. Thank you staff!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

My husband and I just got back a few days ago from a three-week holiday trip to Costa Rica. We stayed at three different lodges (Bosque del Cabo, Copa de Arbol, Tortuga Lodge and Gardens) and all three stays were incredible, even though the experience at each was unique.

First a few words about us; we are both biologists and my husband has a long history with Costa Rica, having done his dissertation research there over 30 years ago. We spent six nights in Drake Bay in January of 2012, and absolutely loved it, so we decided to come back to the Osa this year, and stayed six nights at Bosque del Cabo and then six nights back in Drake Bay. We ended up at Bosque based on the recommendation of two guests we had met in January at La Paloma, and we are so glad that we listened to their recommendation. As the numerous reviews on this site attest, the service, food, grounds, trails, accommodations are all outstanding and we would also recommend this lodge to anyone.

We flew into the Puerto Jimenez airstrip and were met for the ride to BdC. Along the way we stopped for viewing of scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and a sloth; a coati ran across the road right in front of the 4X4. Once we arrived at the lodge, we were greeted by Merlyn and other members of the staff, and were treated to a delicious fruit juice. Merlyn asked about food preferences and allergies, explained the ins and outs of the lodge, and took us to our cabina.

Our cabina (Congo) was great. We had a breathtaking view of the Pacific and a stone arch visible from our deck, and wildlife viewing and just plain relaxing were wonderful. The cabina itself was very clean, the outdoor shower was amazing (nothing like looking up at the stars), the bed was comfortable, and the mosquito netting kept the bugs out. While it was warm (no A/C), we were comfortable at night with all of the doors and windows open; in fact, we usually woke up in the middle of the night to pull the covers up as we would get a little chill. We had no problems with leaving the doors and windows open, although we did have some bat visitors on occasion; again the mosquito netting was very helpful!

Food was very good, with breakfast (huevos rancheros, Mexican scramble, incredible banana pancakes with homemade syrup, gallo pinto with bacon, etc) and lunch (fish tacos, chicken quesadillas, chicken burritos, chicken curry and papaya sandwich, tuna and avocado sandwich, etc) offered from menus on a rotating basis. Dinner is a buffet, but buffet seems like such an inadequate word to describe the delicious fare – all food is freshly made and everyone eats at the same time, so the food stays fresh and the proper temperature. And what delicious food it was – a number of starches and vegetables each night, with two different proteins. While we were there fresh tuna (seared on the outside, sashimi on the inside), pork loin, grilled beef tenderloin with a chimichurri sauce, pineapple chicken, curry chicken, and grilled mahi all made an appearance. We could not have been happier with the meals.

Our primary reason for going to BdC was to see the fauna, as we had been told that seven iconic species – mantled howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-faced capuchins, endangered squirrel monkeys, scarlet macaws, chestnut mandibled toucans, and green and black poison dart frogs – are ubiquitous in the area. We were not disappointed. Several times a day while hanging out on our deck, we saw pairs of scarlet macaws fly past, once directly over our heads, often flying past the stone arch below our room, an incredible sight. And twice during our stay a pair flew into the almond tree next to our room – the closest we have been to these exquisite creatures. Every afternoon and some mornings spider monkeys would frolic on the hillside directly below our room, with them coming within 10 feet of the room to play on our first morning; every afternoon they came back to dine on white flowers in the trees. We had numerous encounters with the other three species of monkeys – squirrel monkeys twice on the Titi Trail (many individuals and were able to sit and watch them for about a half an hour); white faced capuchins on the road back from Titi, in the Tropical Garden, and at the suspension bridge; howlers on the main driveway and once near the creek. Numerous times during each day we saw toucans or heard their plaintive wail. A green and black poison dart frog lived right outside our cabina, and three times when hiking the start of the creek trail we saw numerous individuals of this species. In addition to the iconic seven, we saw so many other treats – great curassows, red-lored parrots, lineated and pale-billed woodpeckers, agouti, red and pygmy squirrels, raccoons, coatis, Cherrie’s tanagers, and many others. Keep in mind that we saw all of these on our own, without a guide. Even if we had never left our room we would have seen more wildlife here than we have seen at most of the places we have traveled.

One of the real strengths of BdC is its size (over 750 acres) and its extensive trail system. Equally important is the fact that guests are free to walk these trails on their own. If this is important to you, please be sure to ask before booking elsewhere in the Osa, it is our understanding that there are some lodges at which this is not permissible. It would have been a deal-breaker for us if we had been required to use a guide every time we wanted to hike! The trails are great – one goes down to the Golfo Dulce; another has 400 steps down (and 400 back up) to/from the Pacific; the Titi Trail is relatively short and flat but A LOT of wildlife is seen on this trail; the Creek Trail (unsurprisingly) takes you down to a gorgeous creek, or you can go straight rather than peel off to the right and end up at the Tropical Garden via the Suspension Bridge. We hiked Titi three times in the daylight – never saw another guest. Creek Trail twice – never saw another guest. Zapatero once with our guide – and never saw another guest aside from the other two who were on the excursion with us. The ability to hike independently and quietly really facilitated our animal sightings.

As much as we loved hiking on our own, if we had not made use at some times of the two excellent guides at the lodge, our experience would have been severely limited. Philip Davison, the resident biologist, has a degree in zoology and currently performs scientific research and leads tours at the lodge. We took four trips with Philip – the 6:00 Sunset Tour, the four-hour Interpretive Tour, and two private night hikes, one on the Titi Trail and the other on the Creek/Trogon Trails. All four were excellent and great value. The Sunset Tour is an easy pre-dinner walk through the property, while Philip describes many aspects of the flora and fauna of the area. Starting at the pool, and ending at the frog pond, we saw numerous interesting species, including a gorgeous Witch’s Moth, palms used by Tent-making Bats, Cane Toads, Red-eyed Tree Frogs, a Cat-eyed Snake, a Banana Frog, and a Smokey Jungle Frog (huge). The Interpretive Tour was excellent; it is not really meant for animal sightings but instead Philip provides a commentary on how all of the pieces of the rain forest fit together to form a functioning and robust ecosystem. You learn about the difference in temperature and humidity between the top of the canopy versus the rainforest floor, see numerous trees and medicinal plants, and learn all about Leaf-cutter Ants. Definitely a worthwhile excursion. We were able to take two after dinner hikes with Philip, and saw numerous additional frog species (such as Gladiator Frogs, a Marbled Rubber Frog, Masked Smiliscas, and a couple of species of rain frogs), and one night we also saw a Nighthawk. We took advantage of a morning bird watching tour with Carlos, a local guide who works at the lodge, and we were lucky enough to see some species that we had not seen on our own, including Golden-naped Woodpeckers, a pair of Masked Tityra, a Green Honeycreeper, and a White-crowned Parrot. Carlos heard a male Black-throated Trogon and started making a similar call – before we knew it the female flew close to us and was followed soon after by a male, close enough for some great observations and photos.

Some basic info - No A/C, no TV, no telephones – yay! We are always happy to escape. For those of us addicted to our iPads and email, wifi is available in the open air library and it worked great the whole time we were there. Laundry service is available (and necessary), you get pretty dirty out in the field all day. Staff are happy to arrange off-site excursions (snorkeling, mangroves, Corcovado, whatever), but they tend to be expensive since the lodge is so isolated. With the excellent trail system, and skilled guides Philip and Carlos, we never felt the need to leave the property.

Overall we loved Bosque del Cabo. If your purpose is to see plentiful wildlife, hike the beautiful jungle, have stunning views of the Pacific, partake of delicious food, and receive excellent service, then you can’t go wrong with Bosque del Cabo.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013 via mobile

Went to BdC in August with our grandkids and they loved the waterfall and the night walk and just laying on the deck and watching the Macaws fly by. We stayed in the well equiped Casa Blanca with 2 bedrooms was perfect for our group our grandson preferred the large couch. We chose the meal plan option and everyone, even our somewhat picky granddaughter, enjoyed the variety of finely prepared options at each meal. Our hosts were extremely knowledgeable and helpful and have truly created a unique vacation experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

Bosque del cabo the most amazing rainforest lodge I could ever Imagine. It is my favorite place in all of Costa Rica, if not the world! The owners are amazing and really care about Their guests, the food, and the entire experience. The service is beyond belief and the lodge continues to get better every year. I cannot recommend Bosque Del Cabo highly enough!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
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 3 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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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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