Playa Cativo Lodge

4.5 star property
Beachfront lodge in Golfito with outdoor pool and restaurant

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Playa Cativo Lodge

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Aerial view
Lobby sitting area
Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated
Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated
Free daily cooked-to-order breakfast

Overview of Playa Cativo Lodge



Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
Playa Cativo, Golfo Dulce, Piedras Blancas National Park, Golfito, Puntarenas, 60701
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free area shuttle
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Room service
  • Spa services
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Feel at home
  • Separate dining area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Premium bedding

Room options

Ocean Front Casita

  • 80 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Deluxe Ocean View

  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed OR 1 Double Sofa Bed

Luxury Casita with Plunge Pool

  • 55 sq m
  • Partial ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed

Deluxe Panoramic Ocean View

  • 60 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed

Two Bedroom Ocean View Villa

  • 90 sq m
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed OR 2 Queen Beds

About this area

Getting around

  • Golfito (GLF) - 8.9 miles/14.3 km
  • Puerto Jiménez (PJM) - 9.5 miles/15.3 km
  • Drake Bay (DRK) - 23.4 miles/37.6 km
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 110.2 miles/177.3 km
  • Free area shuttle


  • Burger King

About this property

Playa Cativo Lodge

At Playa Cativo Lodge, you can hit the beach to get a beach massage or relax in a sun lounger, plus you'll have access to onsite snorkeling and kayaking. Guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy, and mani/pedis, and the outdoor pool provides fun for everyone. Offering a beachfront location, El Gavilan serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights at this luxurious lodge include a bar/lounge, a terrace, and a garden.


English, Spanish


Sustainability practices

This information is provided by our partners.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) and Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 18 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - anytime
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (7 years old and younger) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Free area shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning 6:00 AM–9:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Yoga classes
  • Ecotours
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Whale-watching nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Handrails in hallways
  • Handrails in stairways

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate dining area

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include deep-tissue massages, Swedish massages, facials, and body wraps. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.


El Gavilan - This beachfront restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) and Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).


This property does not have elevators.
Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Playa Cativo Lodge Puntarenas
Playa Cativo Lodge
Playa Cativo Puntarenas
Playa Cativo Lodge Golfito
Playa Cativo Golfito
Playa Cativo Lodge Lodge
Playa Cativo Lodge Golfito
Playa Cativo Lodge Lodge Golfito

Frequently asked questions

Does Playa Cativo Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Playa Cativo Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Playa Cativo Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Playa Cativo Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Playa Cativo Lodge?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Playa Cativo Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Playa Cativo Lodge?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Playa Cativo Lodge and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling. Additional recreation onsite includes ecotours and yoga. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area. Playa Cativo Lodge also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Playa Cativo Lodge?
Yes, El Gavilan offers beachfront dining and garden views.
What's the area around Playa Cativo Lodge like?
Playa Cativo Lodge is located a short 19-minute walk from Playa Cacao.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very Good

Playa Cativo Lodge is a wonderful place and the accommodations, food and staff were absolutely perfect. It was nice to be so close to the gulf which was calm, warm, sandy and perfect for swimming. My only complaint was that the entire front area of the lodge has been landscaped with grass and ornamental plants, many of which are not native. Because of this large open area few birds or animals come near the lodge. Bird watching was disappointing compared to lodges that have left the rainforest intact or revegetated. Also with the large, unshaded open area the lodge is blasted with intense afternoon sun making the rooms very hot. Despite this our stay was great and unless you are a hard-core birder and monkey watcher you will love Playa Cativo!!
Nancy, 5-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

J, 6-night trip
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6/10 Good

The property is generally good given its environment deep within a rain forest and the staff & management are excellent. The food choice if staying for more than two nights is very limited and the menu does not rotate. The activities around the resort are limited to bird watching and some water based trips such as dolphin spotting. The web site implies you may see a complete range of wildlife including rare sightings of Costa Rica's cats - the reality is you will not and are restricted to birds and an occaisional monkey. Some of the listed activities do not deliver eg AM bird watching is simply a walk around the hotel garden and the Sainos tour includes you stopping after 15 minutes for a drink and some nachos - its not good value as there isnt much to see. The beach at Cativo is not used and so you are restricted to the pool area which is heavily insect infested and so sun bathing or relaxing is difficult. The resort promises alot but doesn't deliver in a number of areas although it is premium priced.
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10/10 Exceptional

This place is paradise. Our room was fantastic, we had views of the sea and views of the jungle.
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The setting is stunning combining the beautiful rainforest with the Pacific Ocean in all their glories. The Lodge purposely blends in with the natural surrounding trying to minimize the intrusion. The team here has a true passion for the ecosystem and ecology . They provided an exceptional level of attention and service.Of note a near perfectly prepared piece of red snapper, an evening massage on my balcony to the music of the rainforest 10 ft away,the first tug of a fish on a hand line, a carafe of fresh watermelon juice placed in my room,sunsets sitting on my balcony.....
Jonathan, 10-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The lodge is in a stunning location - on the beach but within the rainforest. Incredible scenery, great food, a small but well equipped lodge with rooms with plunge pools. An amazing get away. The lodge offers good value as the meals are included - delicious, healthy and organic. There are various activities and guides available for trips. Our highlight was kayaking in the mangroves. But what really makes this place special are the staff - they are very attentive and nothing is too much trouble. With an attention to detail they made our stay a special one. We would highly recommend a visit and we will be visiting again.
Es, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful place
Amazing place and amazing service !
kaitlyn, 5-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Playa Cativo's welcoming, warm and very ( rain-forest) knowledgeable staff ensure you are well taken care of 24/7. Pampered really! The food is exceptional. This eco-lodge, its gardens and organic farm, in one of the most amazing and beautiful biodiverse rain forests in the world, is beautiful, tastefully appointed, peaceful, healing and nurturing. Just sent 12 days there! Non-toxic insect spray is a must in the rain forest.
Ruth, 11-night trip
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