This is truly a lovely place but was just not the right vacation for us. We went with our son and his girlfriend who wanted an eco-lodge. The first night we arrived there was a 6 inch scorpion next to his bed. He killed it and the hotel was great about calming them down. Scoprions are give a nasty bite but are not lethal. The next morning the girlfriend woke up with ants all over her toothbrush and ants in her toiletry bags. She lost it! It was not the right fit for them and therefore made it more difficult for my husband and I.
I was fine, you just have to be happy with living in harmony with the bugs in your room. The top of the delux cabins is open and has a reed roof, there are screens on the front of the cabin that slide to cut down on the insects but do not close off. There will be ants, cockroaches, geckos, scorpions and such in your room and you have to feel comfortable with that.
While the bugs did not bother me the heat did. We picked a very hot and still week in March and the heat and humidity in the room at night was oppressive. There was a fan in the room but it was so loud we were unable to use it and were from noisy New York City. The water in the faucets is not safe for drinking so be sure and bring down extra water to your room as the one bottle they leave per day goes quickly if you are using it for both drinking and tooth brushing.
The high point of this hotel is the wildlife. We took a plane into the Corcovado Reserve and saw almost as many animals at Bosque as we did in the park. Do be advised that everything here is charged as an extra. Rides to the beach, group nature walks with the hotel guide and any special activities such as zip lining or tree climbing but it is well worth it.
Meals were tasty and the staff was lovely. Meals are served in a communal style were everyone sits at big tables all together then gets in line and gets their food. Lunch is only served at 12 and dinner at 7pm. Breakfast is only served from 7-9am so no letting the teenagers sleep in.
I think this is a great trip just be sure that your family is comfortable with the bugs and heat in exchange for a change to view great wildlife.
- 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