Costa Rica: Osa Peninsula

El Remanso Lodge

Hidden in the rainforest above a secluded and wild Pacific Beach, El Remanso Lodge is situated on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, close to the famous Corcovado National Park. With its 185 acres of private reserve, it is part of the Osa Peninsula National Refuge. The owner-operated El Remanso Lodge offers a total of 13 spacious units between cabins and rooms, offering an overall capacity for up to 30 guests. This enhances the small-scale character of the lodge, enabling a highly personalized service for guests.  The property includes an extensive trail system, which lets you discover the magic of a primary rainforest and observe the abundant wildlife surrounding the lodge. Explore secluded waterfalls, take a stroll on a deserted beach with tide pools and a lagoon or wander next to exciting small creeks deep in rainforest canyons.

A big variety of activities can be enjoyed at the El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge with their highly knowledgeable guides: thrilling waterfall rappelling, early-morning birdwatching, guided interpretative hikes, a canopy tree platform tour or simply relax on the wooden deck of your cabin while watching monkeys swing through the surrounding trees! Outside excursions are offered by local guides and include dolphin-watching in the Golfo Dulce, horseback rides through the rainforest and beach, surfing on the famous Matapalo breaks or hiking on a day tour in the Corcovado National Park.


Enjoy the peaceful rumbling of the ocean waves 350 feet below as you watch the sun paint the clouds and trees with all the tones of red and yellow, giving way to the dark night of the forest, unpolluted by city lights. Listen to the rustling of the leaves as the breeze dances through the forest and gently rocks your hammock while new and mysterious sounds tempt your imagination to decipher what is happening in the rainforest around you.  Each one of the spacious accommodations offers excellent opportunities to observe wildlife at its best, combining absolute comfort with a tasteful rainforest style.

Classic Cabins:

El Remanso has 3 private, spacious and comfortable one-bedroom cabins. On top of a cool clay-tile floor rises a structure made out of beautiful tropical hardwoods, all of which come from fallen timber taken out of our private nature reserve. The front side of the cabin has a full height sliding door and the other 3 sides have wooden louvered screened openings offering excellent air ventilation. Each cabin features a highly comfortable king size bed and can fit in 2 additional single beds.

A feeling of warmth is created by the use of hardwoods for the furniture inside the cabin. The hot-water shower is separated from the rest of the cabin by a beautifully shaped stucco wall and offers great views of the tropical garden around the cabins as well as views of both the ocean and the forest. Imagine yourself sitting on the porch or the outside wooden deck of your cabin and having a good chance to see wild monkeys climbing in the nearby trees and hear the orchestra of jungle sounds. Hammocks and comfortable terrace chairs offer perfect opportunities for relaxation after an active day in the rainforest. Have a set of binoculars in hand and you can spend hours watching bird and wildlife.

Deluxe Cabins:

The El Remanso Deluxe Cabins are ideal for anyone looking for a secluded retreat with absolute privacy in the middle of the wildest rainforest.  “La Guinda” is a one bedroom deluxe cabin with a spacious outside deck overlooking the ocean and a unique bathroom featuring a mosaic-style bathtub.  “La Vainilla” offers 2 separate bedrooms with a fully open upper deck, thus enabling the “real jungle experience” with incredible ocean views.

Deluxe Suites:

Casa Poniente is a two-story house with two independent Deluxe Rooms on the upper level. As its name implies, it faces towards the West, thus enabling breathtaking views of the perfect sunset on the infinite Pacific Ocean. Casa Poniente is surrounded by an exotic garden filled with endemic plants, such as heliconias, “platanillas” and orchids to attract birds and wildlife. Each room has a separate entrance with an independent terrace, an outdoor hammock and a king size bed. The bathroom walls are covered with natural stone and feature a hot water showers a well a mosaic bathtub with a view to the surrounding forest. As you shower or take a bath you may see wildlife approaching on the nearby trees! To prevent birds from flying into glass windows, they simply avoid their use at El Remanso and privilege the use of wooden shutters and curtains in Casa Poniente. The terrace with hammocks and comfortable chairs is partly covered and provides the perfect space for relaxation, sunbathing and wildlife watching.

Standard Rooms:

Also part of Casa Poniente, the Standard Rooms have either king size or single beds, depending on your needs and each of them has a covered terrace. Two of these rooms offer ocean views, while the other two are oriented towards the garden. The tropical external bathrooms feature a stone wall hot-water shower for a well deserved cleansing after an active day in the rainforest. Original wave-form walls separate the bathrooms from the tropical garden while still maintaining views of the nearby forest. To prevent birds from being killed by flying into windows, we avoid the use of glass at El Remanso and therefore the rooms have wooden shutters as well as curtains. The covered terraces with hammocks and comfortable chairs offer a perfect place for relaxation, conversation and wildlife watching.

Casa Osa:

With a privileged location surrounded by tall trees and overlooking a lush rainforest canyon, Casa Osa provides a spacious yet cozy feeling, perfect for family moments and group fun. A large upstairs bedroom with a queen size bed and two single beds features a separate bathroom with a shower overlooking the tropical garden. Downstairs, you will find two separate bedrooms with a queen size bed and another bathroom with shower.  Your party will love the surrounding forest view and the deep jungle canyon just below the spacious hardwood deck upstairs. Enjoy relaxing conversation while the immense biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula’s rainforest goes about its natural ways in the canopy of the trees right before your eyes.  The upper floor features a covered hardwood deck in front of the room with comfortable chairs and hammocks, a perfect place for wildlife watching and relaxation. The ground level has a comfortable patio lounge with hammocks ideal for sharing unforgettable moments with your family!