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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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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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