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Playa Cativo Lodge

Beachfront lodge in Golfito with outdoor pool and restaurant

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

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Playa Cativo, Golfo Dulce, Golfito, 60701, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • This place is paradise. Our room was fantastic, we had views of the sea and views of the…

    Mar 2, 2020

  • The setting is stunning combining the beautiful rainforest with the Pacific Ocean in all…

    Feb 4, 2020

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Official standards

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

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 7 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free airport shuttle

Feel at home

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden

What’s around

  • On the beach
  • Piedras Blancas National Park - 1 min walk
  • Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden - 3 min walk
  • Playa Isidora - 16.3 mi / 26.2 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Premium Guest Room, Ocean View
  • Luxury Guest Room Ocean View
  • Premium Plus, Honeymoon Room


Playa Cativo, Golfo Dulce, Golfito, 60701, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • On the beach
  • Piedras Blancas National Park - 1 min walk
  • Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden - 3 min walk

What’s around


  • On the beach
  • Piedras Blancas National Park - 1 min walk
  • Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden - 3 min walk
  • Playa Isidora - 16.3 mi / 26.2 km

Getting around

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

At a glance


  • 7 cabins


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-7:00 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-in

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

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


  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Babysitting/childcare*


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Free onsite self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

The manager

Speaks: English, Spanish

At the property

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Spa services on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Pool umbrellas

Working away

  • Business center
  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff


  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library


  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the cabin

Home comforts

  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers

Things to enjoy

  • Private plunge pool
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area
  • Furnished balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)

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. A children's menu is available.

Small print

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

Optional extras

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge


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 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).

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Playa Cativo Lodge does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • 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.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Check-out time is noon. Express check-in and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, El Gavilan offers beachfront dining and garden views.
  • Yes, a free airport shuttle is available.
  • Have fun with onsite activities like 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 private plunge pools and spa services. Playa Cativo Lodge also has a picnic area and a garden.
  • 10.0.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, Jan 7, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful place

    Amazing place and amazing service !

    kaitlyn, 5 night romance trip, May 23, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    5 night trip, Dec 9, 2018

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