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A Tranquil Rainforest Eco-Lodge & Refuge in Costa Rica




Property Type:  Eco Lodge


  • Green Season:  November 16 - December 19

  • Green Season: May 1 - September 30

  • High Season: January 3 - April 30

  • Holiday Season: December 20 - January 2

Accommodations:  ​ 10

Types of Accommodations:  Cabin & Hotel 

Environment:  Rainforest & Pacific Ocean Gulf

Nearest Airport:  San Jose International Airport


Starting Rates:  $430  USD



  • Renewable Energy Sources

  • Recycling Services

  • Locally Sourced Food

  • Water Conservation Methods

  • Energy Efficient Lighting

  • Solar Power

  • Housekeeping


  • Showers in Room

  • Toilets in Room

  • Restaurant on Property

  • Boat Transfer

Luxury Accommodations Amenities...


  • Private Entrances for all Rooms

  • Beautiful Hardwood Flooring

  • Ceiling Fans

  • Private Open Air Showers with Rainforest Views

  • Wrap Around Terraces with Louvered Doors/Windows


  • Rainforest Hiking

  • Snorkeling

  • Paddle Boarding

  • Kayaking

  • Birdwatching

  • Fishing

  • Wildlife

  • Yoga

  • Massage

Eco Practices


  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities

  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect

  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts

  • Provide financial benefits & empowerment for local people

  • Provide financial benefits & empowerment for local people

  • Deliver memorable interpretive/educational experiences to visitors

Reachable only by boat on Peninsula de Osa region of Costa Rica.

Immersed in the Costa Rica rainforest and fronted by calm gulf waters off the Pacific Ocean, Playa Nicuesa lives in harmony with nature. Accessible only by boat, their rainforest resort and eco lodge off the Osa Peninsula is a truly unique experience.  Arrive in the enchanting Osa Peninsula and begin your adventure as you board their private boat and make your way to their eco-friendly lodge in the Golfo Dulce region. Dramatic mountain views along the Pacific Coast and acres of verdant welcome you as you approach, while jade-colored water, dolphins, majestic blue butterflies and leaves as big as elephant ears soothe your senses.

Their Eco Story

Experience a Unique Entirely Eco-Friendly Resort in Costa Rica. When you come to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, you find a place in balance with nature. Set on a 165-acre preserve in the undeveloped Osa Peninsula/Golfo Dulce region of Southern Costa Rica, their environmentally sensitive lodge embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment and caters to travelers interested in ecotourism, nature, and adventure sports.

Playa Nicuesa is located within the lush rainforest of the Piedras Blancas National Park and fronts the pristine coastline of the Golfo Dulce off the Pacific Ocean.

They provide intimate experiences to connect with the natural world of the rainforest and ocean through educational and adventure activities while adhering to the highest level of sustainable hospitality. Experience nature and adventure at their eco lodge, while maintaining mindfulness of the pristine land they are immersed in. They strive to offer luxury service in an authentic, sustainable and pristine location.
Designed in balance with the land, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is truly sustainable from its architectural design to every aspect of your experience. Their Sustainability Coordinator ensures that they honor the environment while staying dedicated to the guest experience.  Their Main Lodge is an impressive structure designed to respect the earth, using salvaged Costa Rican hardwoods, and offers canopy views of the rainforest. Their cabins feature indoor/outdoor garden showers so you feel at one with this breathtaking destination. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a nature lover's sanctuary.


  • Construction was performed by local labor

  • Lodge buildings are located on less than 2% of property - 98% is a Private Protected

  • Use of recycled construction materials made of recycled plastics including banana bags

  • Wood used throughout Playa Nicuesa is either naturally fallen and permitted by the government to be pulled out of the forest by oxen or farmed

  •  Environmentally friendly design features are unique and in context with the natural environment and, the orientation of the cabins and lodge maximizes natural ventilation of air from the mountains and the beach through the structures

  • Separation of gray water and black water and use of organic micro-organisms to clean septic system of toxins and diseases

  • Little to no disturbance to the natural landscaping to protect the natural habitat


  • Electricity throughout Nicuesa is provided by a hydro electric turbine and solar panels. 

  • Passive solar drying room used to dry all of the wash

  • Composting organics to be used later as fertilizers in gardens

  • Use of organic-biodegradable cleaning products, shampoos and soaps

  • Offer daily Sustainability Tour of lodge environmental operations (recycling area, composting area, Reforestation Center, passive solar drying room, solar system, and construction efforts)

  • Lodge meals focused on national and regional cuisine, utilizing food from the property or grown as locally as possible

Community Outreach 

  • Employ local/Costa Rican staff (98% of employees); primarily from the immediate coastline and two area villages

  • Sponsor a local Costa Rican student annually to attend a local bilingual school - Nueva Hoja

  • Assist in creation of a local recycling collection center in Puerto Jimenez in collaboration with Women of the Osa

  • Support local campaign to clean up and beautify Golfito by creating welcoming public spaces & improving infrastructure

  • Employ reformed hunters as guides

  • Plan environmental education events in collaboration with the Environmental Coalition of Puerto Jimenez

  •  Sponsored building of local library in Puerto Jimenez

  • Provide opportunities for employees to learn English through free classes at Lodge and fully sponsored one employee to live in San Jose and attend a one month intensive English language program

  • Provide opportunity for career advancement for employees via training course sponsorship

  • Provide educational materials and presentations to Las Animas, the only local school in the Golfo Dulce

Please VISIT PLAYA NICUESA RAINFOREST LODGE to book directly with the property: