Costa Rica is the only country on the continent to protect about 30% of its territory in natural reserves. There are national parks scattered everywhere, ranging from beaches to volcanoes, as the country is bathed by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and in addition, the so-called Fire Mountain Range is right there. In Costa Rica it is possible, for example, to take a dip in the two oceans in less than three hours by land and, in the middle of the way, to visit a active volcanoes. Dream of sustainable tourism, the country attracts an audience that identifies with environment, surf, natural life. “Pura Vida” (Pure Life) is the native greeting for all occasions. It is not by chance that one of the country’s lodging treasures is situated by the sea and surrounded by green and animal life. Playa Cativo Lodge is tucked away in the Golfo Dulce, a discovery full of good energy in the bowels of the Piedras Blancas National Park in the Osa Peninsula, smaller brother and neighbor of Corcovado National Park, a region of endless shades of green and calm sea.
SUL Hotels Tip: The calm and warm waters of the region are frequently visited by different groups of dolphins throughout the year and also by humpback whales, especially between the months of August and October, when the sea giants swim around with their young. Watching them aboard a boat in its natural habitat is certainly an unforgettable experience.
Playa Cativo offers fourteen accommodation options, divided into three categories. All have balconies and views of the sea and the region's lush, preserved vegetation. The rooms focus on luxury and comfort with romantic environments surrounded by modern decor and integrated with the natural environment. In addition, the entire architectural structure was elaborated based on recovered noble woods.
Two units with ocean views, king size bed, sofa, ceiling fans, biodegradable amenities and cotton bathrobes. The decor, simple and elegant, gets a special touch with colorful tiles by the hands of native craftsmen.
It also has four units equipped with the same comforts of the Deluxe category, but more spacious and with even more exuberant views for both the sea and the rainforest.
Spacious and comfortable, the eight premium category suites have the same comforts as previously mentioned, but with a minibar (guests are entitled to daily refills at no extra charge), as well as offering panoramic views of the sea and the verdant native flora.
Secluded in a green area and facing the sea, Playa Cativo Lodge lives in harmony with the nature that surrounds it. All the electric energy used in the project is clean, coming from renewable sources. Waste care and recycling are also part of the booklet followed strictly on the spot. So much so that even the amenities offered by the hotel are biodegradable. Fish and sea fruits caught in the day and the organic vegetable garden are the main sources of food for guests and employees, always guaranteeing fresh products and free of pesticides at the table. Delights are served at El Gavilán Restaurant, with a privileged view of the Pacific. The pool faces the sea and has a bar for drinks, refreshments and snacks. There is also a library and free internet access in all lodge facilities. Finally, in the middle of the woods there is a wooden board used for yoga classes, stretching and meditation.
Golfo Dulce is considered one of the four “tropical fjords” in the world. As the name of the place indicates, its sea is docile, calm and without waves. The natives like to say that it resembles a large and meek lake surrounded by tropical lushness. That is why in the Golfo Dulce surfboards, so common for almost the entire coastal strip of Costa Rica, give way to stand-up paddle. The region is removed from urban centers, to access it is necessary to travel by boat – the nearest towns are Golfito and Puerto Jimenez, both with airports. Situated in the Pacific, the inner side of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica’s southern coast, covers an area equivalent to 500 square kilometers. Its natural wealth accounts for about 750 types of trees, 367 species of birds, 140 of mammals and 117 of reptiles.
Nature, undoubtedly, is a protagonist in Playa Cativo. Trekking in Piedras Blancas National Park, waterfalls, mangrove and ocean kayak tours, birdwatching tours, dolphin and humpback whales watching (from August and October), snorkeling and paddling in stand-up paddle are some of the activities available in the region. There are also night expeditions in the rainforest, as well as the possibility to practice sport fishing or participate in an immersion in the organic farm that provides vegetables, spices and fruits for guests. The hotel staff also offers personalized tours.
From the airport of San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, 50-minute flights connect travelers to the beautiful and small towns of Puerto Jimenez or Golfito, which are the gateways to Golfo Dulce (by car, the trip usually lasts from 5 to 6 hours). The hotel staff welcomes guests and takes them by boat, in a half-hour route, to Playa Cativo Lodge.