Playa Cativo Piedras Blancas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

  • Hotel
  • Units 7
  • from $ 190 nt
What we like about this property

A strikingly wild and beautiful beachfront lodge, along with a thoughtful environmental philosophy, luxury and adventure?  Count us in.


Accessible only by boat, this recently opened jungle lodge is nestled among over 1000 acres of secluded and pristine wilderness in the Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas Reserve. The unique location, intimate size and relaxed and refined style come together in creating a private and adventurous indulgence. 

With just seven rooms, the compound was designed and created to harmonize and tread lightly in the environment and maintains 100% sustainable practices and environmental methods throughout the property. Gracefully appointed, you’ll have your choice between deluxe, luxury or premium accommodations all designed with local reclaimed hardwood and artisanal tiles and materials and a sophisticated eye for style. Each room is self contained and just steps from the shore with stunning ocean views. A full service experience, you will be treated to the on-site gourmet restaurant everyday and taste the flavors of all organic, responsibly sourced, farm-to-table food. Created and harvested from the on-site farm as well as local producers, the chef will create seasonal delicacies and local favorites along with an excellent wine list. 

The lush and idyllic oceanfront grounds are immersed seamlessly into the wild native landscape and have been designed and planted to compliment and honor the surroundings. 

Playa Cativo is the rare destination developed to appreciate and protect paradise while allowing you to share in the adventure. 


Full-service concierge services, staff, tour services and housekeeping. All restaurant meals included in price with in room dining service available. Through 100% on site electrical generation you will have Wifi and land-line telephone service throughout the property. Media center with TV and on-site meeting room. Massage and spa services. Private boat transfers.  


This southernmost region of Costa Rica is a natural wonderland of remote lowland and mountain rain forests. The Golfo Dulce is a quiet Pacific gulf bay outlined by the Osa Peninsula and the Piedras Blancas and Golfitos Wildlife preserves for outstanding natural beauty and endless outdoor fun. Golfito and Puerto Jimenez are both vibrant little towns just a short boat ride away.


Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica 

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Playa Cativo

from $190/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4$1,040
Cleaning Fee$100
Pet Fee$140
TaxesNot included
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
TOTAL (with Deposit)$1,780
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Rooms / Houses6 rooms and 1 stand-alone casita (one bedroom)
Accommodate21 total occupancy; 2-3 guests per room, 3 adults or 2 adults, 2 children per casita
Restaurant / self cateringOn site gourmet restaurant (rates include all meals)
Bed TypeEvery room has a king size bed and sofa bed
Kid Friendly
Pet FriendlyNo
InternetWi Fi
ViewOcean and rainforest views
RatesRates are seasonal and start at $190 per person, per night and include all meals.
Minimum Stay1 night

25% deposit on groups  


5 Reviews

  • Maria-Elena, September 23, 2014

    Great care and thought was definitely key at this luxury lodge in the jungle. From the welcome red carpet boat ramp on arrival, the ever filling water glasses, and even waiting with us at the airstrip to make sure the outbound plane arrived before they returned to the lodge. It was an amazing experience, not to be soon forgotten.

    The staff was waiting at the beach to welcome us. They greeted us with cool, refreshing towelettes that were infused in rosemary and ylang-ylang. Fruit smoothies came next as we walked upstairs to the sitting area. Luis sat with us and explained in great detail the history and mission of the lodge. Even the unseen howler monkeys were welcoming us, with their plethora of sounds.

    We stayed 4 nights in a luxury room (recommended) which had a beautiful (OMG) wraparound view of the beach and the gardens! The windows served as a wonderful place to view the incredible menagerie of colorful birds. The nights brought on the sounds of the nocturnal creatures. The call of the black and white owl was my favorite with an unforgettable, yet unique cry.

    The tours were well coordinated, affordable and a must if you’re trekking into the unknown jungle. Mario our guide was able to spot 4 different monkeys, several birds (macaws, toucans, raptors), and even the elusive sloth during two early (5:45 am) morning tours. David the boat captain navigated the Rio Esquinas like a pro.

    Being a foodie/cook can prove to be a challenge at times; and my only sigh at the lodge. While some dishes were aesthetically beautiful, some lacked in taste, often needing salt. Arroz con mango was undercooked and crunchy and the evening bread was dense, as if not let to rise long enough. Wine was always warm. But, Victor did excel in some regional dishes (ceviche, tamales, casados and patacones with guacamole were yummy) and given his enthusiasm and drive, he will get the kitchen right.

    Kudos to Luis and his STAFF who made everything seem surreal. The attention to detail was obvious and welcomed. How can you compare the experience, when they have thought of everything to make you feel like a diplomat! Including finding my hiking boots (left muddy at the steps) cleaned on the next. EXCEPTIONAL!!!!


    Florida, United States

  • Mary, September 20, 2014

    Words fail when describing the pleasures of this gorgeous lodge and setting. You will feel as if you’re in the Garden of Eden, alone with the creatures and the lush vegetation, the sea lapping near your feet, and all your needs beautifully met. The luxury of an accommodation is not high on my list, as my main thrill in travel is birding, but the exquisite restoration of the ’60s, abandoned lodge can’t fail to enchant even one who might prefer roughing it in order to be in the midst of wildness–here you can have the best of both worlds! And the prices are reasonable. A pair of Black-and-white Owls regularly showed up next to the dining area at dinnertime. A male Great Curassow (large turkey-like bird) and his harem of 5 females searched the garden for breakfast. Animals we spotted from the open-air rooms included a mother and baby Humpback Whale cruising by just offshore, Coatimundis climbing to their daytime roost in the palms, a Tayra (large weasel-like animal) looking for dinner, and a herd of Collared Peccaries that trotted through the clearing. This is to say nothing of the extensive list of birds, including several regional endemics, encountered by me and Mario, the excellent and personable guide to the birds, frogs, snakes, lizards, and other creatures we found on the trails. A model of sustainability, the resort harvests much of the food served from its own land or surrounding waters, and is powered by a hydroelectric system sourced from the rocky stream tumbling down the steep mountains in the background. Victor, the chef, served food that was as healthy and beautifully presented as it was delicious, and the rest of the service made us feel totally pampered! Altho we were there in the rainy season, we had half of the day to enjoy the bounties of the rainforest and beautiful beaches and the second half to relax and luxuriate with a fascinating book from the extensive natural and cultural history library, watch the frenetic bird activity in the flowering bushes outside the open walls, and experience some really sensational evening thunderstorms, lighting up the palms silhouetted against the backdrop of the Golfo Dulce with the Osa Peninsula and famed Corcovado National Park in the distance. (Little-known or visited Piedras Blancas National Park, which surrounds the resort on three sides, has similar biological diversity to highly popular Corcovado.) Truly Heaven on Earth!


    Virginia, United States

  • Fernando, August 26, 2014

    I went there with my girlfriend to get away from the stress of the city, and we both wished we could stay there forever.

    The food is exquisite, the chef cooked delicious dishes which satisfied our discerning palates, the rooms are spacious and comfy, we slept like in heaven! the staff is amazing, very friendly and polite, refined and personalized treatment.

    There are many activities to do, we took the tour to observe whales and dolphins combined with snorkeling in the bay (extremely recommended), the captain is an expert in the behavior of whales, and we watched them from a short distance, it was a magnificent event.

    We also went hiking on the property and learned about the sustainability of the hotel with our guide Mario who taught us all about the forest, we visited the small dam and the farm where the ingredients of the treats we ate grown.

    Long story short, we had a wonderful time in this paradise, and we will definitely return in the near future.


    San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Mary Ann Good, August 10, 2014

    I was there 6 years ago before it opened (my architect husband was consulting on the master plan for restoration)–and we plan to go again in 3 weeks! At that time it was a bit rustic but lovely, and as an outdoors person (and avid birder/ naturalist), I fell in love with both the charming lodge and the tropical paradise setting. We took long walks in the forest and along the beach, seeing lots of wildlife and interesting plants and sights. On the boat we saw dolphins playing nearby, and enjoyed immediate access to the golf, and beautiful sunsets. Our room was charming and spacious, and the food delicious. Can’t wait to return now that it is ready for guests but still as remote and unspoiled as ever!

    Mary Ann Good

    Purcellville, United States

  • Poul, July 20, 2014

    Family Hansen from Denmark, was in Playa Cativo, as the first guest after the reopening and we have never experience an better place in the hole world, every thing was perfect, the staff was super and the cuisine in the middle of an rainforest was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. The rooms was an king and queen worthy. We was overwhelmed off the knowledge and wisdom the Rangers toll us about all the animals and plants on the fantastic property. We will return as soon we can, because it is fantastic and because there are still many thing to do, even though we come from the cold north of Europe, Denmark



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