Playa Cativo

Set in the heart of Costa Rica’s Rainforest on the coast of Golfo Dulce, Playa Cativo is a new luxury eco lodge offering exquisite accommodations in true harmony with nature. Accessible only by boat, its 1000 acres of private rainforest reserve are surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, a natural corridor between La Amistad and Corcovado National Parks. The waters in front of the Lodge are also part of the protected area and home to the needlefish spawning which occurs every month for three days.  Playa Cativo’s design compliments the natural surroundings of the rainforest, stunning grounds and oceanfront setting. The exclusive eco lodge offers seven beachfront guestrooms, including an inviting private casita nestled on the beach, a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant, and many ocean and rainforest activities. The different eco-systems, including wetlands, allow guests to consistently observe a large and diverse variety of birds and animals in a relatively small area.

What We Love


• The scenic boat ride to the lodge is just the beginning! • The privacy and seclusion of the location. • The rare opportunity to immerse in nature while staying in breathtaking accommodations and enjoying gourmet meals. • The friendliness and knowledge of the passionate staff. • A large selection of guided and self-guided activities that let guests gets the most of the rainforest, the Golfo Dulce and their sustainable practices. • Its peaceful and romantic setting.  



Since its beginnings, Playa Cativo Lodge has implemented many practices to minimize the impact of human presence in this fragile area.  Cativo produces 100% electric energy from a micro-hydroelectric generator and solar panels.  Water is also solar heated.  To reduce their footprint and enhance the dining experience, they have developed an onsite organic farm.  Fish is caught localy and organic poultry is purchased from neighboring communities. Our staff is 100% Costa Rican and the mayority comes from the surrounding communities. Cativo’s waste management program includes a collection center for the community, where residents ofall the nearby beaches can leave all the recyclable material. 


Designed to get the most of the surrounded environment, all guestrooms are steps from the beach and has view of the ocean. Their open style allows the cool breeze of the rainforest and Gulf to flow through them. The precious woods have been treated to offer smooth and clean surfaces.  Deluxe guestrooms feature: Ocean view King-size bed with deluxe mattress and hypo allergenic pillows Coach or sofa bed Two ceiling fans Handcrafted tiled bathroom with rain shower Cotton bathrobes Room safe Wi-Fi Luxury guestrooms feature the same as deluxe plus larger room and bathroom space, and amazing view of the rainforest. Premium guestrooms have even large room and bathroom space, a minibar that is re-stocked daily free of charge, and a stoning panoramic view of the rainforest and gulf.

Suites feature:

Meet and greet at local airport (Golfito or Puerto Jimenez) Scenic boat transportation to Playa Cativo Lodge (from Golfito or Puerto Jimenez), with bilingual guide Daily a la carte 3-course meals Collection of coffees and teas (even delivered to guests rooms) Turn down service Complementary activities for guest: Self-guided trails, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkeling.Restaurant, pool, library, gardens, wifi in rooms, yoga and massages, nature, hikes, bird watching. 


Signature Cuisine

Playa Cativo Lodge is proud of its organic Farm-to-Table program that supplies the fresh daily harvested ingredients necessary for it gourmet and delicious Costa Rica-fusion cuisine. All juices and cocktails are prepared from fresh fruits and herbs. Guests enjoy the views and sunsets over the Gulf from El Gavilan restaurant or sometimes choose an intimate in-room dining experience. We also recommend the romantic dinner by the beachfront garden or drifting in La Baula (a wooden barge) along Golfo Dulce while watching the sunset. 

Off Site Activities

Off-Grid Alternative Energy Tour: We invite you to join us and learn how Playa Cativo Eco Lodge operates at 100% clean electric energy with off-grid hydroelectric power and solar panels.Organic Farm-to-Table Program Experience: At Playa Cativo, we are proud of our farm-to-table program and encourage you to experience the wonderful sensation of picking fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits that will be served during breakfast, lunch and dinner at El Gavilán Restaurant. Artisanal Hand-Line Pier Fishing: Walk to the pier for a traditional artisanal fishing evening. Pack a cooler with a few drinks and snacks. PLAYA CATIVO GUIDED TOURS (Most require a minimum of two guests)Rio Esquinas Mangrove-Ocean Kayaking: We are blessed to have one of the largest and most pristine river systems in Costa Rica just a few short beaches away. The river mouth mangroves lead to picturesque views of the forest and remote farms. The diverse terrain allows for some of the best bird watching in the area especially at sunrise and sunset