Bosque del Cabo

Surrounded by verdant rainforest and with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce, this is a very special location where you can enjoy nature’s abundance to the full.

Surfer riding waves whilst on a costa rica holiday
View of the beach and sea from Bosque Del Cabo lodge
Bosque del Cabo room veranda with hammock
Typical room at Bosque del Cabo


Cabo Matapalo at the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula, south Pacific coast.


Bosque del Cabo is open year round.

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Bosque del Cabo

From the moment you wake to the calls of howler monkeys and walk out onto your private terrace overlooking gardens full of fruits and flowers, till you fall asleep at night, you’ll be surrounded by nature. There are no TVs here to disturb the peace, and this is a rare opportunity to escape the trappings of 21st century living. The private forest reserve offers activities to suit everyone, from relaxed bird watching, a sedate stroll in the grounds to a full-on zipline ride in the forest canopy or a thrilling abseil descent of a waterfall. You’ll never tire of experiencing the sights and sounds of this special habitat.

You’ll also have several lovely beaches within easy reach, some perfect for swimming and surfing, others with tidal pools and caves to be explored. Back at Bosque del Cabo you can unwind by the pool, sipping a drink from the bar and soaking up some sun, or enjoy an indulgent massage to ease any aches and pains. Each day ends with dinner at the restaurant, a chance to swap tales and experiences as well as to relish the delicious fare in the gentle glow of candlelight.



ziplineWhy go to Bosque del Cabo?

This is the perfect setting to to spend some quality time away from it all, and remember what life is all about: You’ll experience the magic of being close to nature, indulge in fresh organic ingredients, breath the clean air from the rainforest, drink pure water directly from a mountain spring, and swim in the warm and calm waters of the Golfo Dulce.  There are complimentary self-guided trails, kayaks and stand up paddle boards which you can use whenever you want to. And you can learn from a skilled naturalist guide as together you discover the wildlife of the tropical rainforest.

Among the main available activities are birdwatching, night expeditions, yoga sessions, river kayaking, waterfall tours, snorkelling, dolphin sightseen, rainforest hikes, massages, artisanal hand fishing, learning about alternative energy and sustainability, stand up paddle board classes and tours.  After a long active day and a romantic candlelit dinner, nothing tops going to bed with the gentle sounds of the wildlife at the rainforest.

macawWildlife around Bosque del Cabo

Playa Cativo’s 1000 acre private rainforest reserve is located 30 minutes boat ride from the nearest town which guarantees complete isolation from humans.  This undisturbed rainforest is protected by the Piedras Blancas National Park, a former extension of Corcovado National Park, and is home of over 350 species of birds (many endemic), 750 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 115 of reptiles and almost 10,000 species of insects.

Among the mammals, you will have the chance to see all four species of monkeys (capuchin, howler, spider and squirrel) found in Costa Rica, white-nosed coatis, two species of deer, kinkajous, agoutis, peccaries, tayras and two species of sloths. Although rarely seen during the day, the park contains five species of cats: jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays and jaguarondis.  The ocean also offers the possibility of observing 3 species of dolphins, whale sharks, rays, the seasonal humpback whales and the monthly spawning of the needle fish right in front of the lodge.

Bosque del Cabo Highlights

  • Private forest reserve bursting with wildlife
  • Photogenic beaches
  • Views of the Pacific Ocean and the Dulce Golfo
  • Wide range of accommodation to suit all requirements
  • Forest canopy zipline
  • Surfing, kayaking and snorkelling
  • Swimming pool and sundeck


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view of Bosque del Cabo lodge

Bosque del Cabo


  • Restaurant overlooking the rainforest
  • Swimming pool and sundeck
  • Lounge-bar
  • Tropical garden with pond and bird watching terrace
  • Library
  • Telescope for wildlife watching
  • Spa services
  • Gift shop
  • Limited internet access.


  • Walking trails in the rainforest
  • Nocturnal walking tours
  • Canopy platform and zipline
  • Hikes to waterfalls
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Sport fishing
  • Dolphin cruises
  • Abseiling down waterfalls
  • Tree climbing
  • Horse riding
  • Massages

What is included in the stay

Accommodation only when staying in the self-catering houses; accommodation and 3 meals a day in bungalows and apartments.


Recommended for children 6 and over. Although children of all ages are welcome it should be noted that the gardens contain plants with spines and thorns and there are many decks without railings so children need to be kept under supervision at all times. The houses are suited to family accommodation.


There is limited internet access, and charges apply. There is no mobile phone reception. There is an office phone that can be used for emergencies.


Bosque del Cabo offers a wide variety of accommodation in different locations throughout the property, summarised below. All bathrooms have hot and cold water.

There are 10 bungalows, 2 classic and 8 deluxe, arranged throughout the grounds. All are rustic in appearance built of wood and thatch. Each has bedroom with mosquito net(s), modern bathroom, separate secluded outdoor shower, and veranda with comfy chairs and a hammock. From the cliff-top site they have far reaching views of the both the Pacific Ocean and Golfo Dulce. Classic bungalows have 2 double beds, deluxe bungalows have 1 king size bed with 3 also having an additional single bed on a mezzanine level. The deluxe units are slightly larger overall, and 2 of them have an outside bath as well as shower.

Vista Mar is a private apartment near the ocean view bungalows, located on the ground floor of a separate building. It has 1 bedroom with a king bed and mosquito net, bathroom with additional outdoor shower and outdoor bathtub, and an ocean-facing private deck with a rocking chair and hammock.

Aracari, on the floor above Vista Mar, has 2 bedrooms, the larger of which has a king size bed, sitting area and access to front and back terraces. The smaller bedroom has 2 twin beds. There is 1 shared bathroom.

La Orquidea is an open plan living and sleeping area with 1 king and 1 double bed and a sitting area. It has a separate bathroom and a terrace.

There are 3 self-contained houses. Casa Blanca has 2 en-suite bedrooms, 1 with a king bed and the other with 2 queen beds, a sitting room, well-equipped kitchen and large veranda plus a sundeck. Casa Miramar consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 with 1 queen bed each and 1 with a twin daybed, 2 bathrooms, outdoor showers, a lounge, well-equipped kitchen, several outside decks and a plunge pool. Casa Coco is the newest of these houses and the most distant being about 1.5kms from the main lodge. It has 2 bedrooms each with a king size bed, 2 bathrooms 1 of which is open to the sky, a modern well-fitted kitchen, large dining-cum living room that opens up onto the gardens, sunset viewing deck and private trail down to the beach.

There is additional accommodation in the 2 hectare tropical garden that is reached by crossing a suspension bridge over the rainforest gorge. This offers greater privacy and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Casa Teca is a self-contained house with 2 bedrooms, each with a queen bed, 1 bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen and lounge. There are 2 smaller units, Cabina La Paz and Cabina Almendra, each with 1 queen size bed with mosquito net, bathroom and outdoor shower, and a terrace with hammocks and a rocking chair.

Swimmers entering the water during sunset on a costa rica holiday

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