A tale of dreams and adventure: Beginning Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

May 25th, 2015

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica
Guests staying at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge always ask: how did the Costa Rica eco-lodge get started?

The question is a reasonable one given Nicuesa Lodge’s isolated location in southern Costa Rica. It is a wild place of dense steamy rainforest and tranquil ocean, intensely populated by thousands of species of tropical wildlife. Playa Nicuesa is a little crescent-shaped beach and small bay on the pristine Golfo Dulce – “Sweet Gulf” – a critical habitat for migrating Pacific Humpback Whales, dolphins and hammerhead sharks. The region is a giant conservation area including the world-famous Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula, the Piedras Blancas National Park and three other private reserves.

Playa Nicuesa on Golfo Dulce from the air
What keeps Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge so unique and private is that the lodge is accessible only by boat. Almost directly across the gulf from the town of Puerto Jimenez, Nicuesa Lodge’s 165-acre private preserve is backed by rugged mountains and wild jungle of the Piedras Blancas National Park. There are no roads, and there is no development.

Dolphins in Golfo Dulce
So, how did a high-end eco-lodge come to be in this pure, remote place?
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7 Reasons your Body Wants you to Plan a Beach Trip

May 12th, 2015

7 reasons your body wants you to plan a beach trip

Sparkling bioluminescence in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

May 11th, 2015

Bioluminescence-on-shore

Walking along a tropical beach at night or sea kayaking after dark, especially the closer you get to the equator, often you will see sparkling lights in the water. It can seem as if the ocean is a liquid sky of blue stars. This is bioluminescence.

“Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction during which chemical energy is converted to light energy,” according to Science Daily.

Bioluminescent jellyfishBioluminescence occurs in a variety of marine animal species – bacteria, plankton, fish, jellyfish, squid and crustaceans. It also exists in some fungi, microorganisms and terrestrial invertebrates – think of fireflies and glow worms. Marine life depends on their bioluminescence for finding food, attracting mates and evading predators, according to Science Journal. Sometimes thousands of square miles of ocean shine with the light of bioluminescent bacteria or plankton. For instance, in Puerto Rico, there are three famous bioluminescent bays.

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Discover the secluded tropical beaches of southern Costa Rica

April 30th, 2015

Dolphin mother and baby playing in Golfo DulceOur location in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica on the “Sweet Gulf” of Golfo Dulce by the Osa Peninsula is full of secluded beaches and amazing biodiversity.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge recently received the Ecological Blue Flag Award for the fifth time for Playa Nicuesa being one of Costa Rica’s cleanest beaches. The area is a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure-seekers. In our tropical rainforest Squirrel Monkeys in southern Costa Ricayou can find all four species of monkeyswhite-faced Capuchin, spider, howler and the endangered squirrel monkey, Scarlet Macaws, toucans, coatis, wild pigs, exotic snakes, ocelots and jaguars, to name a few. Golfo Dulce is a critical habitat for migrating Pacific Humpback Whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

Besides our Playa Nicuesa, nearby there are 4 tropical Costa Rica beaches that you don’t want to miss when visiting Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden, Golfo Dulce, Costa  RicaPlaya San Josecito

Just around a small rocky point from Playa Nicuesa, to the south, is Playa San Josecito – a long crescent-shaped dark sand beach that steeply drops into the water. At the west end of the beach is Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden, a beautifully landscaped private tropical garden with hundreds of species of ornamental and edible plants that have been collected and cared for by Ron and Trudy MacAllister, who have lived in this remote region since the 1970s. Best features: taking a guided tour of Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden; fishing by kayak just offshore.

Playa Cativo

This pretty little beach is within the Piedras Blancas National Park up in the inner gulf. Playa Cativo also won the Costa Rica Ecological Blue Flag Award for 2014. When the tide is low, there is dark sand beach; when the water is high, you only have the manicured green lawns of Playa Cativo Lodge. Best features: snorkeling at coral reefs nearby; spotting Humpback Whales during whale-watching season.

Playa Cana Blanca, Golfo Dulce, Costa RicaPlaya Cana Blanca

Home to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned and injured wild animals, Playa Cana Blanca is also contiguous with Piedras Blancas National Park. This is one of the few completely sandy beaches in Golfo Dulce, and it is gorgeous. Take a tour of the sanctuary and you’ll meet a wide variety of animals, from spider monkeys and white-faced monkeys to sloths, kinkajous, tayras, ocelots, anteaters and Scarlet Macaws. Best features: meeting the animals at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and learning about their work; relaxing on the beautiful beach.

Beach at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Playa Balina

This little-known dark sand beach is located in the inner Golfo Dulce, and is best known for snorkeling.

About Playa Nicuesa

The beach at Playa Nicuesa is mostly small pebbles with dark sand, fringed by palm and coastal almond trees – usually full of wild Scarlet Macaws. Our beautiful wooden yoga deck fronts the beach and magnificent Golfo Dulce. When you are here, be sure to try our adventure and nature tours in the rainforest and around Golfo Dulce. Best features: crystal clear water that changes color from bright blue to jade green; jumping off the Nicuesa Lodge dock into cool water; and watching dolphins swim past shore.

Article by Shannon Farley

Sustainability and Adventure

April 29th, 2015

sustainability and aventure in cost arica