Fodor's Expert Review El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge

Main road to Carate, Cabo Matapalo, Puntarenas, 60702, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

This tranquil, sophisticated retreat in a forest brimming with birds and wildlife, 400 feet above a mostly deserted beach studded with tide pools, has luxurious two- to five-person cabinas with screened windows, king-size beds, contemporary bathrooms with spacious showers, and private decks with forest and ocean views. A secluded, spacious deluxe cabin, on the path to the beach, has stunning ocean views and lots of privacy, perfect for honeymoons. The teak-and-stone villas with ceiling fans each have a plunge pool and outdoor shower. Four spacious rooms and two suites in a two-story building close to the restaurant have verandas overlooking a swimming pool edged with teak lounge chairs. International meals with a tropical touch are served on a spacious terrace restaurant with forest and ocean view. A smaller, romantic side deck under palm trees is the perfect spot for candlelight dinners à deux. Waterfall rappelling and biologist-guided nature walks are the highlights, apart from soaking in the serenity. New trails lead through the forest to two suspension bridges spanning ravines. There's also a five-platform zipline, so guests can get a dose of canopy-level views of birds and wildlife, along with high-adrenaline adventure. The friendly and professional young owners are on-site and ensure service is smooth and guests' every request are met.


  • gorgeous natural setting
  • jungle views
  • easy access to beach


  • no A/C
  • no hair dryers
  • steep drive down to lodge


Green, Romantic, Views
Near the beach


Phones: 2735–5569-office | 8814–5775


16 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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