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Bosque Del Cabo

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8/10

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Highlights

- Boutique, owner-run nature lodge
- Rainforest & unspoilt beaches
- Excellent location at tip of Osa Peninsula
- Wildlife rich area, animals 'up close'

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Overview

Bosque Del Cabo is a superb, owner-run eco-lodge near the very tip of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. It lies some 500 feet above sea level perched on the rugged, weather beaten cliffs of Cabo Matapalo and overlooks the point at which the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce meet. This charming and characterful lodge has a friendly, personal feel and is located within its own private reserve which encompasses some 750 acres of unspoiled rainforest. The owners have always worked hard to promote conservation efforts in the local area and there’s a huge range of water and land-based activities to enjoy.

The accommodation comprises classic thatched-roof bungalows with ocean views, bungalows with garden views and larger, well-appointed rental homes. All of them come with an outdoor shower and a private terrace with a seating area and hammock, along with an en-suite bathroom and ceiling fans. Natural materials were used during the construction, allowing the lodge to blend into its rainforest setting.

Some of the activities on offer are gentle and chilled out in nature, while others are more adventurous and can even be quite physically challenging. For those into wildlife and nature, it’s possible to explore the numerous hiking trails in the area, to visit an animal sanctuary, take an all-day trip to Corcovado National Park, or a boat trip across the Golfo Dulce and up a river that’s recommended for birdwatchers. The Casa Orquideas, home to one of the region’s oldest and most impressive botanical gardens, is also well worth a visit. For those looking for more active experiences, there are ambitious hiking trails, surfing lessons and the chance to go tree climbing or even waterfall rappelling. Those who stay here are encouraged to explore the area at their own pace. Some of the hiking trails lead down to the beaches, which are blissfully deserted most of the time.

The hotel’s pool has a tropical feel to it thanks its landscaping, with many lush trees and plants nearby. There’s a full-service bar with a lounge area close by, with plenty of cool, refreshing drinks listed on the menu. The restaurant serves three meals a day and has a small library where weekly conservation talks by guest speakers are held. All food is prepared from scratch, with ingredients sourced locally and equal focus on both national and international dishes. Dinners are served at set times and there are packed lunches available for those out on excursions. The gift shop has a range of curios and crafts fashioned by locals for sale. Also on-site is a secluded, open spa area set in a small forest clearing. Here, manicures, pedicures, massages and reflexology treatments are all available.

Children are welcome to stay at the lodge. Parents are advised to keep an eye on younger ones at all times since the lodge is set out in the open rainforest. There is a babysitting service, though note that it does cost a little extra and most of the babysitters only speak Spanish.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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(5.00/5)

  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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