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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

All of you out there who are anticipating or considering, this is just going to be one more rave. We just got back from six nights at Bosque del Cabo, our first time in Costa Rica; it truly feels like we've been to paradise and lived to tell the tale. A little herd of wild peccaries came shyly across the lawn most mornings. We basked in tide pools and watched the scarlet macaws fly by; saw 3 kinds of toucans on the grounds themselves; ate ridiculously good food each meal; and hiked all the trails (if you do Stairmaster regularly you won't feel it...). I cannot imagine a better place to go for vacation and we're already plotting our return. Can't wait!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the classic cabinas, "Sol", and loved it. Can't rate any of the others but my bet is that they're all great.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kathleen M
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Bosque del Cabo is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The cabinas are gorgeous, but beware -- you're smack, dab in the middle of the jungle and there's no A/C. When you go to bed, it's hot and sticky (the tiny fan does little to ameliorate this), but by the middle of the night, you're pulling the covers up because it's chilly. It starts heating up again by 9am. The outdoor showers are great and this place is a gem. All of the guests bonded during our stay and the staff are terrific. Everyone hikes in the morning (the trails range from moderately easy to very difficult), and then relaxes at the pool in the afternoon. The communal dinners at night are fun. Bedtime is usually around 8:30pm (and believe me, you're tired by then because of the heat and humidity), and you're awake by 6 or 7am. This is a very restful place. Be sure to get a massage in the jungle -- this was a highlight of our entire trip and a very memorable experience. Saw far more wildlife here than anywhere else in CR. Only internet access is upstairs in the library (over the dining room), but the signal is strong there. I can't recommend this place highly enough. Go!

Room Tip: All of the cabinas are beautiful. Be sure to ask for one facing the water.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank b0nnieb00p
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

This was an incredible jungle experience done in luxury. The cabins overlooking the Pacific are well worth the price. Awake and sit on your porch to watch the birds and animals. The main lodge dining room is excellent. The food is very good and exceeded our expectations. The Chef takes great pride in the food and it shows. The bird watching and jungle tours are led by experts who impart a tremendous about of information and take you to the action. The staff are all very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank CostaCanadian
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Reviewed 28 February 2013 via mobile

The location is spectacular and if you get the Congo cabin count yourself lucky. It has the most privacy and a superlative view. We watched monkeys, scarlet mackaws and toucans in the trees around us and whales in the water below us. All without leaving our deck.
Spend the morning hiking to the beach or in the forest and the afternoon at the pool which is small but quite effective. It gets very hot at midday and there is no AC. The communal dinners are fun and the food is pretty good as well as varied.
We did, unfortunately, have one issue with the service. We asked to be picked up at one of the beaches after a hike and was told it was no problem. We waited for more than 30 minutes at the designated spot and no one showed up.
It was very hot and we had no water left but eventually were lucky to hitch a ride part way back which is when we crossed paths with the Bosque car.
It was at least 35 min late but at the reception, instead of apologizing they told us the driver was there looking for us, which we knew for a fact was not true.
Clearly, they should have either told us earlier that there might be a long delay or explained the problem afterwards. Overpromising and underdelivering is not a good practice in the service business and denying responsibility even less so.
I was tempted to give them a lower ranking because of this experience but the place is so exceptional in every other respect that I didn't have the heart to do it.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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2  Thank anachronist
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Nature is the star of this place. The reviews do not lie. It has everything going for it - wonderful trails, abundant and varied wildlife, incredible vistas, deserted, picturesque beaches (albeit a bit of a trek to get to), lovely grounds, wonderful food, helpful and friendly staff, and lovely accommodations that seem to me the perfect blend of rustic, comfort, and a touch of the lux.

My group of four stayed in Casa Blanca for 2 nights and one deluxe and one standard cabina for a third. Both were terrific and I would recommend the house for 2 couples or a group of 3-4 friends. The private, house-wide deck with Pacific view and nonstop wildlife sightings made sitting on your duff or lazing in the hammocks a favorite pastime during our stay there. Nice good size fridge and full oven for those who want to cook some meals (we didn't). Loved the outdoor showers and bathrooms and the attention to detail in the design. Our deluxe cabina was Gecko and it too was lovely with a comfy king bed, and nice ocean view.

I was surprised by the lack of mosquitos and there were minimal bugs in general at BdC. we stayed in Feb so dry season may be partly reason why. Last night there, did get some bites - not sure what they were, but were not painful or itchy. Would remember to apply repellant next time at dusk and evening if relaxing on the porches or at dinner.

Loved breakfast and lunch both and most everything at dinner was top notch. Many vegetable options and also a fish option every night. Make sure to let staff know your meal restrictions in advance. Wouldn't call it a foodie destination by any means, but I found the quality of the food to be very high. Especially enjoyed the veggie burrito for lunch, the banana pancakes and various breakfast scrambles for breakfast.

The small pool was very refreshing and very desirable after a hot sweaty hike on any of the trails. Drinks good and reasonable priced.

Only tour we took was the early bird tour with Carlos, which we enjoyed. Next time, I'll do the horseback ride too. And there will be a next time. Go - you won't regret it.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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