5 Facts about dolphins

March 27th, 2015

5 Facts about dolphins

Daydreaming about snorkeling at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

March 19th, 2015

Spotted eagle ray in Costa Rica

I’m sitting at my desk, meant to be working. What I’m really doing is daydreaming about snorkeling at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

I’m remembering the feel of that delicious water – not bath-water warm, but not cold either. I’m thinking about how clear the Golfo Dulce water is, and how vibrantly it changes color from deep jade green next to the shoreline where it reflects the jungle, to bright blue where it mirrors the immense sky. I’m remembering the thrill at seeing wild dolphins splash and play near us. And most of all I’m thinking, I need to get back to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge and go swimming and snorkeling in Golfo Dulce!

Beach at Playa Nicuesa in Costa Rica

Costa Rica eco-lodge Playa Nicuesa sits on the Golfo Dulce (“Sweet Gulf”) in southern Costa Rica, next to the Piedras Blancas National Park and across from the Osa Peninsula. It is an area of pristine tropical wilderness – something you don’t see every day.

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See wild dolphins at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

February 28th, 2015

Dolphin Bottlenose, Golfo Dulce, photo by Earthwatch
The last time I was at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, I was down at the beach cooling off from the hot sun in waist-deep tranquil waters of the Golfo Dulce, when suddenly there was a splash very close behind me. I turned quickly to look out toward the Gulf and was greeted by three Bottlenose Dolphins calmly gliding past me parallel to the beach. They had come easily within 15 feet of me. I was so surprised that I simply froze and watched their effortless beauty as they swam away up the coast.

Humpback Whale breaching in Golfo Dulce
This is how it is on Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica. You can be sunning yourself on the dock at Playa Nicuesa Lodge and a dolphin or a sea turtle will serenely pass by. During whale-watching season, you might see a Humpback Whale mother and her calf just offshore. Almost always will you see dolphins when you go on a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce or kayaking in the mangroves of the Esquinas River.
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What to do at Nicuesa Lodge?

February 19th, 2015

What to do at Nicuesa Lodge

Join the campaign to listen to nature by visiting the Costa Rica rainforest

February 11th, 2015

Costa Rica Golfo Dulce and rainforest

In Conservation International’s “Nature is speaking” videos, the pervading message is “the only way to save ourselves is to listen to nature.” The environmental organization uses famous actors’ and actresses’ voices with beautiful video footage of nature in widely popular video campaigns to promote their important manifesto:

“Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist. Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist.”

“Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature,” is the message displayed at the end of every Conservation International video. “If they don’t figure out that they are a part of nature, instead of just using nature, they won’t be around,” cautions actor Robert Redford to humans, speaking as a redwood tree in one video.

“One way or another, every living thing here needs me,” advises actor Harrison Ford in the organization’s video about the ocean. “If nature isn’t kept healthy, humans won’t survive. Simple as that.”

There is a lighthearted video on beautiful flowers and their key role in nature, and a foreshadowing of doom about water and the power of the oceans. There is a video about the crucial importance of coral reef on the planet, and a dramatic chilling message about destroying the soil. The rainforest is most importantly our source for air, and Julia Roberts as Mother Nature tells us that she does not need us, but rather we need her.

Roberts’ narrative sums up the significance: “Some call me nature. Others call me ‘Mother Nature.’ I’ve been here for over 4.5 billion years – 22,500 times longer than you. I don’t really need people, but people need me … when I thrive, you thrive. When I falter, you falter, or worse.”

Playa Nicuesa bungalowYou can be an advocate for nature and see the ocean, coral reef, rivers, rainforest, soil, flowers and Mother Nature’s beauty at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica. The extraordinary Costa Rica eco-lodge is located on a 165-acre private preserve on the Golfo Dulce (“Sweet Gulf”) in southern Costa Rica. The sustainably-designed property borders the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Osa Peninsula.

Costa Rica is named the third best Green Country in the World, according to the 2014 Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI). Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge has received the highest rating in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).

Article by Shannon Farley