As true wildlife lovers, we found great joy in seeing Capucin, Howler and Spider monkeys literally swinging from the trees outside our casita as well as seeing scarlet macaws and amazonian parrots flying overhead and coatis running across the immense gardens. There are also agoutis and of course lizards and at night, by the pond, one can see snakes and all kinds of frogs, toads and yes, some pretty big spiders. . But this is a place of great beauty where the wonders of nature really don't frighten as much as they do amaze. And everyone there who was a guest seemed equally enthralled with the nature around them - after all, i think this is why one goes to Bosque del Cabo. This is not a place to go if you are not fascinated with the natural world and want to just lounge by a pool. The casitas have tall a-framed thatched roofs and they are partly open to the sky. Yes, i did say open and surprisingly, bugs & rain don't seem to get in - we found this to be quite beautiful but this could take a little bit of getting used to for the squeamish. Also, with all the trails and nature tours to be had on the property, we were so tired by 8:30 p.m. we didn't have the energy to worry about the open roofs if we wanted to and we were not bitten by anything in the rooms over our 5 nights there, staying in 2 different casitas ( we were moved from one to another at their request ). There are also bats flying around the balconies in the evening which we were happy about as they can eat hundreds of mosquitoes per night ( - hey, maybe that's why we never even saw any mosquitoes near our casita ) ! The tours led by Philip are , as stated in other reviews, a must. The primary forest tour is 4 hours and is jam packed with detailed information regarding the amazing variety of trees and plants and the ways in which they defend themselves against predators and other plants all aiming for the same precious sunlight. We also very heartily recommend A) the nature sanctuary tour ( 1/2 hour car to boat, 1/2 hour boat - then tour & return - around $160 for 3 I think it was ) where you can engage with monkeys one on one who are being reintroduced to the wild by some very dedicated caretakers B ) waterfall rappelling which visits 4 waterfalls; the last one being about 75' high C) surfing down at pan dulce beach ( renting board is $40. - hotel brings you there ( 15 min. drive ) & back and gives you a packed lunch on request. There are also a lot of trails as the property is pretty substantial - around 200 or more hectares, I think. The staff is quite laid back and you'll find that you have to ask them about what there is to do rather than the other way around. Views from the casita balconies are stunning and their hammocks are a great place to nap! Also as mentioned in other reviews - showers/tubs are in a walled & tiled area outside of each casita and this also takes a few minutes to get used to but no, no one can see you! Both of our casitas had king beds downstairs w/ loft beds up that had small open balconies - I would not recommend these loft beds for very little children . The casitas are quite bare but charming. Note - there are some casas to stay in as well but these are a lonnnnng walk from the main part of the lodge and other casitas and I don't think I would want to stay that far away Restaurant staff is very sweet and the food is between average and very good. Five nights for 3, all meals & tours around $2800 not including tips which were another few hundred ( waiters, maids, guides, bartenders ) An unforgettable place to let you & your children see the dwindling natural world up close & very personal.
- 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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- Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez