Osa Peninsula

Playa Cativo Eco Lodge


Rainforest hideaway

Surrounded by Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, the eco-conscious luxury lodge sits in a private 400-hectare nature reserve between Piedras Blancas National Park’s pristine primary forest and the Golfo Dulce’s Pacific waters.

Accessible only by boat, you’ll immediately be immersed in the area's beauty, biodiversity and community. The lodge has 18 guest rooms, each furnished with beautiful reclaimed hardwood and accented by charming tilework handcrafted by local artisans. Some are in the main lodge, while others are standalone casitas in the gardens and family villa.

A restaurant, bar and freshwater pool are at the heart of the resort but you will be encouraged to explore the natural wonders that surround you, whether kayaking through mangroves, rainforest hiking with experienced and enthusiastic naturalists, or cruising the waters on a whale and dolphin watching expedition.


At a glance

  • Room count

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Swimming pool

  • Adventure centre and organic farm

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    Piedras Blancas offers visitors a chance to encounter rare and fascinating creatures, including all four species of monkeys (capuchin, howler, spider, and squirrel) found in Costa Rica, white-nosed coatis, agoutis, peccaries, and sloths. Although rarely seen during the day, the park is home to five species of cats: jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, and jaguarondis. The waters are a favourite of dolphins, whales and more.

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    Kayaking and paddleboarding

    Paddle along Cativo Bay to explore the unparalleled coastlines and be greeted by schools of fish, manta rays, turtles, and dolphins in the crystal-clear waters of Golfo Dulce. If you feel comfortable and a bit daring, you can stand up and paddle, or for those that prefer sitting down to go a little further, kayaks are the way to go.

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    Walking trails

    Discover the outstanding diversity of habitats that Playa Cativo’s Nature Protected Reserve and gardens have to offer with a network of walking trails around the property. Take the trail along the beach all the way to Buena Vista Pier, visit Cativo’s Organic Farm or maybe venture to visit the refreshing jungle waterfalls.


The lodge’s proximity to the surrounding Piedras Blancas National Park means it is passionate about protecting the region and all its precious inhabitants. Cativo's own research station permits long-term studies to understand the status of the different flora and fauna species of the tropical rainforest, including the Wildcats Monitoring program, Coral Reefs Restoration Program, Mammals & Birds Population Programs, and many other upcoming initiatives that will help preserve biodiversity in the region.


Playa Cativo continuously adopts best practices to minimize its carbon footprint. Over 80% of the building is biodegradable or reusable. Other sustainable actions include the use of LED technology that reduces energy consumption and pollution when replacing light bulbs, a solar-powered filtering system for the swimming pool and using four-stroke outboard engines in all boats.

The Peninsula de Osa area does not have access to the national grid, so Playa Cativo Eco Lodge generates 100% clean electric energy by hydropower, complemented by solar panels, with water heated by solar.

The property also has a collection point open for the local community, where all waste is classified, separated, and later taken to the Golfito recycling centre. Organic waste is kept at Playa Cativo and treated at the compost centre to produce fertilizer and rich soil, and then used in their gardens and organic farm.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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