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Playa Cativo, Costa Rica | Plan South America

Costa Rica I Eco I Osa Peninsula I Property

Playa Cativo is located on the Osa Peninsula, at the southern end of Costa Rica’s pacific coast. This boutique eco-lodge is only accessible by boat and is surrounded by some of the most diverse rainforest in the world.

What we love about Playa Cativo

  • Remote location, only reachable by boat
  • Open-air layout of the rooms and common areas
  • Fresh-water swimming pool
  • Organic farm that produces ingredients for the hotel’s restaurants to use
  • Focus on sustainability
  • Opportunity to spot dolphins, monkeys and a variety of birds
  • Outstanding service and friendly guides

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What to do at Playa Cativo?

We suggest our clients spend three or four nights at Playa Cativo.

Days are spent hiking through the Piedras Blancas National Park, searching for dolphins in the Golfo Dulce, or deep sea fishing. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s complimentary stand-up paddleboards, kayaking, and snorkelling equipment. A few days a month, it’s possible to see sparkling lights in the water after nightfall, which are a result of bioluminescence.

The humidity in this area means that an afternoon relaxing by the hotel’s fresh-water swimming pool is often welcomed. Yoga is available either on the hotel’s yoga decks, or on a stand-up paddle board on the sea.

Map & location

Playa Cativo is located on the stunning Osa Peninsula. It is a short car journey and a 30-minute boat ride from either Golfito or Puerto Jiménez.

There are direct daily flights from San Jose to Golfito or Puerto Jiménez and the flying time is approximately 45 minutes.

When to Travel

Costa Rica has two seasons. The dry season starts in December and runs through to April, and the rainy season starts in May and runs through to November. The weather only varies a little on the Osa Peninsula, but we recommend travelling between December and April to avoid the heaviest downpours.

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