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“At home in a tropical rainforest”

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Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Reviewed 17 April 2015

We visited Bosque del Cabo on the Osa Peninsula to better understand tropical rainforest ecology. Of particular interest to us was Philip, El Cabo's resident naturalist, who gives daily tours of the surrounding forest in which no bird, insect or plant species goes unnoticed or unexplained. His vast knowledge of natural history particulars is remarkable, but even better are his deep understandings of the web of interrelationships that makes rain forest habitat so critical to the continued survival of our own species.

We had heard Philip was good, but we had no idea he would be so funny and so charismatic. So much so that a four hour walk with him through jungle heat and humidity proved to be no walk at all.

Like all of our greatest vacations, our stay there was not only intellectually engaging it was relaxing as well. Our accommodations put us smack in the jungle with birds calling at dawn and monkeys swinging overhead as we pulled on our socks. The food was tasty and healthy and thoughtfully prepared. And the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The fact that the creator/owners of the lodge are in residence and engaged in every detail of the place certainly contributes to its success in making guests feel at home.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2015

Two couples traveled to this resort in late Feb 2015. The resort was suggested to us by someone we did not know well, and it turned out to be the highlight of our two weeks in Costa Rica. The grounds and cabinas were beautiful. There was wild life all around, monkeys, macaws and birds of every description. While not avid hikers or bird watchers there was plenty to keep us interested and we found it to be one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had anywhere. The food was wonderful, and the resort employees went out of their way to make certain our every need, or whim (!) was satisfied. It was lovely.

Room Tip: We had one of the deluxe cabinas, and it was very private, mostly due to the distance from other roo...
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2015

One of the greatest vacations of my life. Bosque was exceptional- exceeded expectations in terms of access to the forest, nature and wildlife. What I did not expect was how incredibly personal and family friendly the hotel is. My seven year old daughter loved running around and exploring the grounds. The food at the hotel was delicious and they even had a special children's buffet for the kids. This is not an anonymous chain hotel- though the resources are certainly comprabable. The owners, Phil and Kim, joined the guests every night for dinner and really helped encourage a a nice group dynamic. The cabins are first class- I missed having AC but ultimately am glad we didn't have it since I really felt connected to the environment at all times. Special highlights included the expert nature walk with their guide, Phil, who was wonderful. Horseback riding down a nearby beach..taking my daughter zip lining...and having to wait twenty minutes to get to my cabin because the monkeys decided to camp out on the suspension bridge walk-way across the river. What a remarkable visit. Certainly and without question the highlight of our time in Costa Rica.

Room Tip: The "garden room" open to the rainforest and set apart from the rest of the hotel...maybe...
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  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2015 via mobile

Can't say enough about this wonderful place and I agree with all the other positive reviews. We stayed 5 nights in the lovely Manglillo cabina, which overlooks the point between the Pacific and the Gulfo Dulce. We had macaws overhead daily as well as occasional toucans and howler monkeys outside our door and saw so many other animals on hikes. Our teenaged kids stayed in a loft which did remain pretty warm at night but we got an extra fan which helped. The setting is unbeatable but so are all of the people. All of the staff goes out of their way to be friendly and accommodating, and it was hard to say good bye at the end of our visit. We did many of the activities both on and off of the property and enjoyed them all. If you are going for the first time, I do recommend reading the FAQs on the website and then the book in the room. They answer many questions you may have. Bosque del Cabo is a paradise and we hope to be back!

Stayed: April 2015
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Reviewed 9 April 2015

We loved our accommodations and the cuisine at Bosque del Cabo but what really sets this lodge apart is the abundance and diversity of wildlife--virtually right on your doorstep. The trails on the property are well-maintained and teeming with wildlife. While at Bosque, we saw four species of monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws, toucans, Halloween crabs, peccaries, agoutis, coatis, and more. We will never forget the fresh fruit, amazing coffee and sublime banana pancakes we enjoyed each morning (though the egg dishes were terrific, too). And the staff couldn't have been more gracious and accommodating. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
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Address: | halfway between Puerto Jimenez and Corcovado National Park, Cabo Matapalo 60702, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Cabo Matapalo
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Cabo Matapalo
Price Range: $545 - $978 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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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Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez

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