See Why Guests Love Dining at Nicuesa Lodge

Dining at Nicuesa Lodge – besides indulging in delicious cuisine, it is an opportunity for guests to relax together, share their experiences and make new friends.

Dining at Nicuesa Lodge

It’s always a fun time dining at Nicuesa Lodge, where you enjoy delicious cuisine and the engaging company of other guests.

Article by Shannon Farley

One of the things guests love most is dining at Nicuesa Lodge.

As part of every guest’s stay at the lodge, all meals and snacks and drinks (natural juices, water, coffee and tea) are included. Guests dine together for all meals in the open-air main lodge building, masterfully designed like a treehouse. Most people prefer this, even if they are unsure about the concept before they arrive.

Gathering together around the beautifully hand-carved, long wooden table lets guests share experiences and make new friends. Guests also are free to dine at their own table apart from the group, if they request it.

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Reconnect on a Digital Detox Vacation at Nicuesa Lodge

Reclaim your life, slow down and reconnect on a digital detox vacation at Nicuesa Lodge in Costa Rica.

Reclaim your life, slow down and reconnect on a digital detox vacation at Nicuesa Lodge in Costa Rica.

Take a digital detox vacation at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley

It’s no secret that we are spending more time than ever on our digital devices. While being globally connected is great, all of this screen time affects us, experts say, and we may be desperately in need of a digital detox vacation.

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It’s Time for Humpback Whales in Costa Rica in Golfo Dulce

It’s whale watching season in Costa Rica at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge when hundreds of humpback whales in Costa Rica return to the gulf of Golfo Dulce from July through September.

Article by Shannon Farley

Humpback Whales, photo courtesy of Teletica


To the delight of our guests at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, hundreds of humpback whales in Costa Rica are now returning to the remote and pristine southern gulf of Golfo Dulce.

Humpback whales from the Southern Pacific spend their winter months breeding, giving birth, and caring for their young in the warm waters of Costa Rica’s southern region.

The Golfo Dulce – among the 10 deepest gulfs in the world and one of only four tropical fjords on Earth – is one of the few places on the planet visited by both Northern and Southern humpback whales. During Costa Rica whale watching season in July, August and September in the gulf, you might see a visiting humpback whale mother and her calf, or a male whale looking for a mate.

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Nicuesa Lodge and Insectopia Join in Preserving Costa Rica Insects

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is partnering with Insectopia Insect Museum to study and preserve amazing Costa Rica insects.

Insect project Costa Rican beetle

See amazing Costa Rica insects like this beetle at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Image by Insectopia.

Article by Shannon Farley

Covering an area of just 700 square miles, the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica packs an unparalleled amount of land and marine species in an incredibly small area – including more than 10,000 insects. In fact, the area is estimated to contain 2.5 percent of all the biodiversity in the world, while covering less than a thousandth of a percent of the planet’s total surface area.

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Learn how to make chocolate at Nicuesa Lodge

If you are a cacao lover and ever wanted to make your own chocolate, the Organic Chocolate Making Tour at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is waiting for you. Here is what to expect from the tour:

  1. First, you will discover all the secrets behind the cacao tree and why this prodigious fruit was considered “the food of the gods” in pre-hispanic America.


  1. Then the preparation of your own chocolate begins! You will go to the kitchen and roast the already dry seeds.

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Meet our Guides at Nicuesa Lodge

Meet our guides at Nicuesa Lodge, who make all of our adventures in the Costa Rica rainforest and on the gulf of Golfo Dulce fun and exciting!

guides at nicuesa lodge

Hiking through the Costa Rica rainforest with a naturalist guide, like Valeria Roman, can make all the difference between just getting some exercise or seeing wildlife and learning about nature.

Article by Shannon Farley

Our guides at Nicuesa Lodge can help make your experience in the Costa Rica rainforest extraordinary.

They spend every day in the coastal rainforest of southern Costa Rica by the gulf of Golfo Dulce, and value the opportunity to share this pristine place with you – where breathtaking nature still exists.

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Corcovado National Park – one of the world’s most spectacular places

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is your gateway to Piedras Blancas National Park and Corcovado National Park, named one of the most spectacular national parks in the world.

Costa Rica Corcovado national park

Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula.

Article by Shannon Farley

In recent months, Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park was ranked first of the Top 10 Best National Parks in the World by Discovery Corp., and took third place in the list of 25 Most Spectacular National Parks in the World published by the Spanish daily El Pais.

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Nicuesa Lodge Joins Jaguar Conservation in Costa Rica

New camera traps have been installed by Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, in partnership with Osa Conservation, to record images of jaguars in the region.

Jaguar, image by John Rawnsley

Jaguar, image by John Rawnsley

Article by Shannon Farley

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge has joined with the nonprofit Osa Conservation in a trailblazing project for jaguar conservation in Costa Rica around the Osa Peninsula and gulf of Golfo Dulce.

A region-wide network of camera traps has been set up to capture images of jaguars (Panthera onca) in the wild – along with other wildlife – to help determine the current population density of jaguars in Costa Rica.

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Where to go snorkeling in Costa Rica by Nicuesa Lodge

The gulf of Golfo Dulce is definitely the place to go snorkeling in Costa Rica, with its warm, clear water and abundant marine life.

Snorkeling in Costa Rica

Snorkeling in Costa Rica at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

Article by Shannon Farley

Thanks to nutrient-rich waters, snorkeling in Costa Rica in the Pacific gulf of Golfo Dulce can be an awe-inspiring experience of wildlife encounters.

One of only four tropical fjords in the world, the Golfo Dulce’s warm and clear waters, protected from the open Pacific Ocean by the Osa Peninsula, are an extraordinary habitat for marine life. Besides being a crucial birthing spot for migrating humpback whales, Golfo Dulce is home to several kinds of dolphins, sea turtles, rays, numerous tropical fish, and big, friendly whale sharks. It’s an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling in Costa Rica.

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