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Menlo Par
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Gorgeous, untouched location enabled us to feel like we truly experienced Cost Rica with our boys (ages 8 & 10). We were VERY glad we chose to spend 4 nights there. Guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. This is NOT a luxury destination but a simple, clean, well run lodge. It's very hot, the gulf water is very warm and...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your comments and travel tips, and are very pleased you felt you had a true Costa Rica experience with your family. It's true, the jungle can be loud if you are not used to it. We sleep right through it nowadays. :-) We're glad you enjoyed your...

oakland, ca
Reviewed 8 March 2014

We were booked into the Playa Nicuesa Lodge by our local travel agent Marcela at Discovery Travel Costa Rica. We had asked for a REAL CR experience. My honey wanted birds and I wanted water and I wanted Flora and Fauna. We had no idea that we would be so lucky to get it ALL! The boat trip to the...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

We're delighted you found Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge to be a "Real" Costa Rica experience. We think so! We're content that our remote location on Golfo Dulce gives our guests all the nature, flora and fauna, water, jungle, rainforest, etc. that anyone could want. Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your valuable comments and travel...

Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Accessible only by boat, this really is remote. The big cabins are comfortable, the staff are friendly and the food is OK. There is a fair bit of wildlife around, but it was not our best location. The beach is a good place to sit but the swimming is not great. Our half-day trip to the mangove swamp was excellent...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We're very happy you enjoyed your stay. We also think the river tour in the mangroves is a great place to see wildlife. We'll be sure to pass on your kind compliments to our staff. Pura Vida!

Bend, Oregon
Reviewed 22 February 2014

AMAZING. Our trip was nothing short of spectacular. Peaceful, deep, best food I have ever enjoyed, eating family style with travelers from all over the world. Lifelong memories and friendships. The staff was amazing, and so knowledgeable about the region. Our guides were just amazing. One even carved out a bird from wood, for my husband. We saw more variety...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for spending your honeymoon with us in August! Congratulations, and we wish you many years of happiness together! We're thrilled you loved your 9-day stay with us. Thank you for your kindness in writing your upbeat and positive review. Come back and visit us for one of your anniversaries! :-)

Massachusetts
Reviewed 22 February 2014

February was a great time to travel...no mosquitoes at all. The spot is beautiful, elegant, yet simple. Grounds well maintained. Jungle trails are easy to explore. The young staff were outstanding, friendly, very knowledgeable regarding the birds and jungle life, catering to every need, always smiling and friendly! My only disappointment was the bed size which was too small for...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

You came at a great time -- February is right in the middle of the dry and sunny summer season. Thank you for spending part of your vacation with us, and for taking the time to write about all that you enjoyed. We agree, Playa Nicuesa is one of the most beautiful locations in Costa Rica! We definitely recommend, like...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 21 February 2014

My husband and I booked a five night bird watching package in January. More birders should include this as a stop on their travels. Between the two of us we saw just over 100 species and every day we added new birds to the list. It was a nice bonus when Melo and Gustavo took us out one night to...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

We also think Playa Nicuesa is a great destination for bird watchers. Thanks for saying so! We still get amazed whenever we see a new bird, bug, animal or plant -- which happens all the time! The open-air bathrooms do take getting used to, especially when animal life come to join you ... but the unforgettable experience of being so...

Bathurst nb
Reviewed 21 February 2014

I stayed a week at this magnificent lodge.i cannot say enough about it. All the amenities were perfect ,the food extraordinary and the staff...top notch, super friendly and sooooo accommodating. My cousin and I took advantage of several excursions offered by Necuesa and enjoyed each and every one of them. A guide named Daniel Alvarez was very knowledgeable , professional...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

Perfect that you were able to spend a week at Playa Nicuesa to be able to really enjoy all that we have to offer. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your vacation with us. Thank you for taking the time to put down in words your experience so that others may one day also have a fantastic vacation with us...

Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 29 January 2014

It is all the above that make this place a great experience. Kudos to the owners for discovering this place and then turning it into a unique lodge that can be enjoyed by many, even those who think camping is staying in a Holiday Inn rather than a Four Seasons. More kudos to the person responsible for hiring...the employees are...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your "kudos" for creating our unique Costa Rica eco-lodge, and for appreciating our setting, food, activities and people! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, from the activities to our staff service to meeting other guests (hopefully new friends!). We'll be sure to pass on your kind compliments to our wonderful employees...

New Canaan, Connecticut
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Visited Nicuesa RL, just before Christmas 2013, with my husband and two college aged daughters. We had an amazing unique experience, never before having stayed in an open air rainforest Eco lodge. The food was delicious and local, the staff friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The waterfall hike was my favorite activity, which I could not have completed without our guide's...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Two-Toed Sloth Lover, we're overjoyed we could be your first rainforest eco-lodge experience ... and that you loved it!!! We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to our guides, masseuse, and staff. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We look forward to hosting you and your family again!

New York City, New York
Reviewed 19 January 2014

I cannot say enough about Playa Nicuesa. It is a beautiful wonderful lodge with terrific people, accommodations , food and things to do. It is hard to get to but that is the price you need to pay to get to wilderness rainforest. You also must be able to do well without some conveniences like air conditioning, wifi and hair...

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NicuesaLodge, Owner at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review

Larry, we are delighted you and your wife enjoyed your vacation with us. Thanks for traveling all the way down to the bottom of Costa Rica to visit us! We like our remote rainforest location to get away from all of the rush of everyday life and find some peace ... and we're glad you do too. Come back anytime!

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Playa Nicuesa is an environmentally-friendly eco-lodge set on a 165-acre private rainforest preserve on the undeveloped Pacific Coast of Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica. Our jungle & sea location provides a unique adventure and nature vacation: the front yard is a gulf right off the Pacific Ocean, and the backyard consists of thousands of acres of pristine tropical rainforest. Overall, the experience embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Address: Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas, Golfito 1000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Price Range: €357 - €747 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Hotel Golfito
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Golfito
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Costa Rica/Golfito
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