Long review of Bosque del Cabo
We just returned from our first trip to Costa Rica, which included a 4 night stay at Bosque del Cabo. WOW! What can I say that other reviewers haven’t already said???! This place is truly “paradise found” as they state in the brochure.
I will try to summarize our reactions/experiences/suggestions here (with some of my favorite photos of our stay there attached):
We stayed in Mariposa. Others have posted photos of the cabina itself so I won’t do that here. It was incredible. It’s the last one in the “row” and is adjacent to the forest… and maybe for that reason, we were treated to a troop of spider monkeys (probably at least 30 of them) that did a flying trapeze act for us, coming down from the jungle late in the day, one by one, and jumping from tree to tree down into a tree below Mariposa, where they evidently slept. It was spectacular. Had a great time photographing them (one photo attached).
For what it’s worth, we talked to many other guests, and everyone who had one of the ocean view cabinas was thrilled (and each one seemed to have different wildlife viewing opportunities). Note: the cabins out in the tropical garden area, as opposed to the ocean view ones, are really quite a little walk to get to, especially after dinner, on a lighted path through the jungle, up and down hills and across a steel bridge, etc. To be fair, Phil and Kim do note that in the resort info—but if you reserve one of the garden cabinas, be prepared for this.
Exceptionally clean and nice. I don’t know how they do it, given their location. I have to admit that I wondered before we arrived what kind of critters we might find attached to our mosquito netting that covered our bed each night…. But we hardly had a single bug (except maybe one or two very small ants on the floor) in the entire cabina. The windows of Mariposa have screens, but the doors are really just louvered shutters that slide open….and yet, no bugs whatsoever. We even left the doors open in the afternoons, and enjoyed the wonderful breeze from the ocean. Speaking of the breeze, they do have a small fan in the room (which was nice for us, since we like “white noise” to sleep by)… but we really didn’t even need it, as the sound of the ocean lulled us to sleep every night (and the breeze was very nice and cool).
Outstanding. The maintenance guys are hard at work all the time, making sure the trails are groomed. We did every trail except the Zapateros trail during our 4 ½ day stay there (including our favorite, the Titi trail, about 4 times). Other than the Titi trail, we especially enjoyed the Golfo Dulce trail. That area of the rainforest is so beautiful, with all the enormous trees, and we saw and heard lots of wildlife. Note: there is an option of walking down the trail to the beaches, and then getting picked up at the beach for a ride back up…. Next time we go, we will do this. We decided to walk back up instead, and it was kind of brutal with the mid-morning heat, at least for us (and we’re not in bad shape). We did see a mama and baby spider monkey (photo attached) about 200 feet up in a tree on the way back though… so it was definitely worth our effort.
Although this was our first trip to C.R., I can’t imagine another area of the country that is better for seeing wildlife. In my opinion, the Osa Peninsula is a MUST for any wildlife lover who travels to Costa Rica. We opted to do every hike without a guide (another great feature of BdC) and saw lots of wildlife on every hike. And these animals are truly wild, unlike other more touristy areas of Costa Rica, where animals hang out and beg for food, etc. We learned from some of the staff that a puma had been spotted around the grounds, each night for 3 of the 4 nights we were there. We never saw it (despite a small group of us going out to “find” it one evening after dinner—and a couple of drinks ;-) but it was an exciting reaffirmation that we were really in the jungle.
WOW! I don’t know how they do it. The food was the best we had anywhere in Costa Rica. I wasn’t sure how we would like the buffet/large group dinner theme that they do there, since we generally keep to ourselves. But it was actually really nice to chat with other folks during the dinner hour and share stories of the day’s activities. Service was exceptional for every meal too.
Berni, the wonderful bartender, was more than happy to let me buy a bottle of wine (naturally), and then he would keep it in their fridge with my name on it, so that if I didn’t finish it in one night I could do so the next evening (my husband is not a big wine drinker). We kind of got into a habit of going down to the bar late each afternoon, to retrieve my wine bottle (which Berni would put in an ice cooler for me) along with a couple of beers, and take them back to our deck, where we would watch the monkey show before dinner. It was really amazing.
Bosque del Cabo is a really special place. Natural beauty, laid back, friendly atmosphere, a real commitment to preserving the forest, and truly sustainable practices. If you can fit it in your budget, I would highly recommend it. We will definitely be going back to Costa Rica again and again to explore different areas… but our return trips will always include a stay at Bosque del Cabo.
- 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