The Best of The Best And Eco Tourism In Costa Rica: Playa Cativo Eco Lodge


Award Winning Costa Rica Eco Lodge Destination

All Images: Courtesy of Playa Cativo Eco Lodge

The search for the best Costa Rica destination keeps getting easier, sure enough, the best of the best for 3 years running isn’t bad, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2021! The highest award bestowed by TripAdvisor for 2020 for Best Service, Romance, Small Hotel. Playa Cativo Eco Lodge lands on top of 2019’s Travelers’ Choice Awards! Join them for an experience of a lifetime immersed in the beautiful natural surroundings of Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas National Park Costa Rica.

Getting Closer With Nature

Golfo Dulce is a tropical fjord estuary and is a unique biome for the marine life of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Its diverse ecosystem supports an array of animals, from hawksbill turtles to bottlenose and spotted dolphins, as well as a variety of avian species, including woodpeckers and scarlet macaws. If you want to get closer to nature, you can explore the surrounding area by taking walks on the beach, taking a boat tour or kayaking. 

Traveler’s Choice Award Playa Cativo Eco Lodge

Along the tranquil rainforest and shoreline of Golfo Dulce, Playa Cativo Eco Lodge provides travelers with a one-of-a-kind experience as well as personalized service and exceptional accommodations. Their onsite features and facilities are eco-conscious and offer the perfect balance of nutrient-rich food and comfort.


An Eco-tourist retreat is an ideal spot for those interested in wildlife and nature. Among the most common activities are birding, diving, hiking, kayaking, and whale watching. In addition to bird watching, visitors can also participate in multiple tours focusing on the local wildlife, which includes four species of monkeys, jaguar, puma and sloths.

Operating with a commitment to environmental sustainability and providing memorable experiences during your stay, is the mission of Playa Cativo Eco Lodge. Playa Cativo Eco Lodge has created some of the most breathtaking and relaxing environments imaginable. Relax on balconies amidst lush nature, watch the sunset while reclining by the shore on a hammock or feel at one with nature while eating breakfast.

Intimate Playa Cativo Eco Lodge

You’ll love the lodge’s 18 guest rooms with beautiful reclaimed hardwood and decorative ceramic tilework. Every room has an invigorating rainfall shower, access to solar-powered hot water, eco-friendly bathroom amenities, cotton bathrobes and slippers. Rooms have ceiling fans with lights, binoculars for bird watching, flashlights and complimentary Wi-Fi connection. Twice daily maid service rounds up the list of high quality services that are offered.

Some guestrooms are placed right next to the El Gavilan restaurant and freshwater pool. Enjoy breathtaking scenic views of the Golfo Dulce and lush vegetation in the area. The casitas offer guests an idyllic place to escape for some privacy. They are hidden among the beautiful gardens of the lodge in a peaceful setting.

The fourplex with its two buildings and two rooms per building is divided into two premium rooms at the top and two luxury rooms on the bottom, featuring a communal outdoor lounge and a bigger plunge pool overlooking the Golfo Dulce. With its location by the pool and steps away from the Gazebo Sunset Bar and Adventure Center, there’s no better place to stay for a family or group of travelers.

Indulge In Romance

Seek romance and indulge in a fine dining experience in an unique destination deep in the rainforest with the best of everything. Indulge in signature cocktails and dining experiences, surrounded by incredible wildlife and natural beauty. Don’t forget to stop by to meet their sommelier and bask in the glow of the best sunsets while at Gazebo Sunset Bar or set sail for a wonderful sunset boat tour around Golfo Dulce.

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