We had quite the trip earlier this month to Bosque. We have been fortunate enough to have traveled there several times before. The various accommodations are wonderful. This trip our entire family joined us. We had Casa Blanca and Casa Mariposa, both spotless as usual, extremely comfortable and those killer views! It's hard to improve perfection, but somehow Bosque does. Since our last stay, Casa Blanca has been completely renovated, updated and more. As I said, perfection is the name of the game at Bosque. The grounds are so beautiful and lush, there is always something to see here.
On previous visits, we have always enjoyed the communal dinners at night with the other guests, but our family was a group of 8, so our socialization with the other guests was limited. The other guests are always delightful to talk to and meet. We were joined this trip by both of our daughters, son -in -laws and two grandchildren. One daughter and her family had not been to Bosque before, they were amazed and loved every minute. At Bosque the food is so very good, always a wonderful meal ! This year we were pleased to see various menus at breakfast and lunch, something different daily. Our grandson is a true Tico, he devoured daily the black beans and rice. Sweet Heylin and Rosie did not even ask what he wanted, they knew just to bring the usual to him. Dayana went out of her way to make just the right smoothies for them especially our granddaughter. before dinner, we would go up to the lodge and have happy hour , Dayana kept all of us in drinks and snacks.
We had great birding and monkey sightings. We saw all 4 monkeys, Mono Titi, Spider, Capuchins and Howlers. I truly love hearing the howlers early in the AM. The monkeys are everywhere, they were in the mango trees by the lodge every day. We saw sloths, a Tayra, we were very excited to see the peccaries. Scarlet macaws in our front yard, toucans and more! We did hike every trail, some more than once. Always a critter sighting along the way. We loved the new overlook on the point off of the Creek Trail , our daughter and son in law at Casa Mariposa walked over before dawn a few times and sat and watched the jungle come alive as the sun came up. As I said, they somehow improve perfection.
We had the usual excellent night hike with Phillip. He can tell you anything about the trees, animals on the grounds, he is truly so knowledgeable , ask away, he will know the answer. The g-kids loved it, bats, frogs, snakes, what more would a kid want? Four of us zip lined and tree rappelled with Philipp. What made it interesting, is that he gives you a very educational talk as you hike to the site, about trees, growth of the forest , and more. I zip lined with both g-kids (11 & 7) and son in law. Phillip and Anibale went out of their way to make sure that we all understood and that we were safe at all times. It was fun, but once was enough for me, the other three did it several times. We had our usual massage by Jutta, she does have magic fingers! Under the trees watching monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans etc. Perfection!
We did an early morning birding hike with Carlos, he is so good in seeing and hearing birds we would never have seen. We also did the Golfo Dulce, Rio Esquinas boat trip to the Animal Sanctuary with Carlos. It was like a private tour, no one else but us on the boat, we were surrounded by dolphins, the day was beautiful! What more could one ask for? Carlos and the boat captain went out of their way for us. The lodge had packed lunch, we spent it on a deserted beach , then played in the water!
A once in a lifetime event for us was being in CR during the World Cup. The country was alive with World Cup Fever. Owners Phil and Kim arranged for the staff to take the afternoon off to go down the road to a small local bar to watch them play Netherlands. ( No TV at BdC) They said any of us that wanted to go , be at the lodge at 1PM. Most of the guests did go, we packed in trucks and the Range Rover and off we went. What a day it was, small hot open bar with 2 TV's, packed with loud and excited locals and tourists. Thanks Phil and Kim for taking all of us. In spite of the loss it was an amazing day.
One thing about Bosque is the staff, we missed seeing some of the staff that had been working at BdC on our previous trips. Phil told us where some had gone, marriage, family duties etc. Well the new group is just as special. Each one as nice as the next. Being greeted every morning by Heylin is a wonderful way to start the day. And Rosie and Dayana are wonderful! Carlos, Phillip and Jutta make BdC even better.
We had a few rainy nights, one afternoon of rain and other than that the weather was hot and sunny every day. We are usually at Bosque in May, so we weren't sure what to expect. But it was beautiful. Almost always had the pool to ourselves when we were not on the trails. The family had Happy Hour nightly on Casa Blanca's deck, watching the spectacular sunsets. We spent a week and it could have been longer! I'm already wondering how soon we can go back!
On a note regarding how children will do at Bosque. Our grandchildren loved Bosque, hiking the trails with no problem. They became quite adept at seeing the various birds and monkeys, they truly loved it. There was no fear walking the trails, our g-son , 11yrs, walked to Casa Mariposa alone to see his aunt and uncle. Our g-daughter who is 7, would walk across the drive to see her favorite monkeys, the capuchins. They felt very comfortable with the staff . Someone is always waving to you or stopping to say a few words. There were times that the kitchen would prepare them something special; pasta, omelets , whatever they wanted. The staff went out of their way to be sure the kids were happy. I can't say enough how much we love Bosque! Hope to be there sooner than later!
- 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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