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Costa Rica Multi Sport
Luxury Rainforest Lodge
This trip received a Certificate of Excellence 2013 by TripAdvisor
Recent Travel Reviews
-Super cool place to go. My first time in a Green Hotel like this, and it was awesome. The place is amazing, the food could not be better.
- The most beautiful place on earth, second only to the lovely people that care for you while staying at Playa Nicuesa. The rainforest in the Oso is a magical place and the Costa Ricans are the most incredible human beings on the planet.
- This place is absolutely magical. Amazing adventure with so many great activities, guided and unguided. The people are absolutely amazing. Everything was beautiful and special. From the food to the fantastic guides, we felt so taken care of.
Cost: $1775 per person
($200 deposit required when registering
Final Payment due by 10 Mar 2014)
Physical Requirement Level: 3 of 10 - Easy
Culture Shock Rating: 3 of 10 - Remote Location
Length of Trip: 8 Days, 14 June - 21 June 2014
Adventure Activities: Fishing, boat tours, exploring waterfalls, hiking, yoga, sunset tours on the pacific, snorkeling, kayaking, witnessing amazing wildlife and bird photography
Minimum people needed for event: 14 by 10 Mar 2014
Experience: None! No Prior Experienced Needed, all levels of fitness and outdoor experience welcome.
Documents: Must have a valid U.S. passport.
Cost: $1775 total which includes the $200 deposit due when registering. See details below for deposit and payment methods.
Payments: Online, phone, check, or cash with receipt. Partial payments are accepted.
Why Travel to Costa Rica with TAG?
Yes, many people travel to Costa Rica each year; you have seen a hundred ads telling you to go to Costa Rica, with a dozen different travel agencies. So why should you travel with TAG?
You're in luck. We have an answer for that exact question. We are not a travel agency; we love adventure, so leading adventure-seeking groups is what makes us smile!
Along with doing what we love, we choose a place that feels just as strongly about adventure, exploring, and maintaining an eco-friendly environment. Sure, you could travel to a resort on one of the Costa Rican coastlines, but you wouldn't even begin to see what Costa Rica is really about. This is THE Costa Rica vacation! You have never seen Costa Rica like this before. Get Ready for an Amazingly Unique, All-Inclusive Vacation and Adventure: Pristine, Private, Beautiful Exotic Destination! This trip's destination in Southwest Costa Rica is one of a kind in the country.
This is a unique adventure travel destination: lush, green vegetation as far as the eye can see, with leaves as big as elephant ears. Jade colored water. Toucans, monkeys, iguanas, dolphins, majestic blue butterflies – all are here at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.
If physical challenge is what you want… it’s here. If rest and relaxation is what you need… it’s here. And there’s everything in between! We are a destination lodge that offers kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, rain forest hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and yoga practice right outside our doorstep.
The lodge embraces conservation and harmony with nature and offers a perfect blend of comfort with environmental preservation.
This unique Costa Rica eco-lodge is sensitively designed with the environment and constructed from naturally fallen trees and recycled materials. It harnesses the natural energy from the sun to provide electricity.
After a day of playing hard, stretch out with our yoga classes and enjoy the rainforest from a hammock in our uniquely designed tree-top level lodge, or retreat to the private terrace of your deluxe cabin. Before savoring the fabulous tropical-Latino inspired dinner menu (children’s menu available), join others for appetizers under the thatch-roof, candlelit bar.
Another thing that makes Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge so unique, pristine and private is that the lodge is accessible only by boat. Dramatic views of the mountains surrounding the Pacific Coast gulf welcome you to the lodge as you approach by boat. Once you arrive at the lodge, lose yourself in the tropical paradise that surrounds you, and let the adventure begin!
Welcome to Pura Vida!
Welcome to the real Costa Rica!
- With TAG you get exclusive use of the entire lodge and preserve: enjoy a beautiful and uniquely designed 3000 sq. foot main lodge building with bar, dining room, and garden lounge area. The two-story building offers spectacular views of the surrounding rain forest and the Golfo Dulce Bay.
- Accommodations for TAG Members: including five private cabins (three one-bedroom, one two-bedroom, and one cabin suite) and a separate four-room guest house. All rooms have private, hot-water, open-air showers, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, queen-size beds, and private terraces
- 165-acre property with private trail system adjacent to national park and fruit orchards growing bananas, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, starfruit, cas, and other exotic tropical fruits
- Three fabulous meals prepared each day: created by chefs with an emphasis on local organic tropical fruits, organic vegetables grown on the property, and freshly caught wild fish, you will be going back for seconds!
- All-day multi-sport thrills, including guided snorkel tours in the Golfo Dulce (kayak or motor boat)
- Kayak tour of Golfo Dulce (guided or self-guided)
- Rio Esquinas Mangrove Jungle River Tour (kayak or motor boat)
- Rain forest/waterfall hiking tours in the Piedras Blancas National Park
- Golfo Dulce In-shore Fishing Tours
- Gorgeous, professional digital pictures taken of you and the group throughout the entire trip.
- TAG staff guiding the entire trip for safety and peace of mind; relax and enjoy the trip without worry
- Comfortable, new, fully insured transportation
- 24/7 Emergency satellite phone and safety equipment on hand at all times.
- GPS event tracking on-line. Friends and family can follow your location during the entire trip online
- TAG's quality adventure promise: relax and enjoy!
Also included is unlimited daily use of adventure equipment after the guided adventure of the day is completed. Feel free to use any of the following for free:
- Self-guided trails on the preserve - hike through the lush rain forest and see the sloths and monkeys
- Kayaks - Go fishing, paddle the Pacific, or venture up an exotic, nearby river
- Fishing Gear - Try your luck off the pier, or have a boat take you out
- Snorkeling Gear - Snorkel off a boat, kayak or off the beach
- Three motor boats with captain - Go for a pleasure cruise or try your luck and catch dinner
- Local waterfall pools, swimming, and rappelling down ropes into clear, spring-fed pools
Excellent guest-to-staff ratio; someone is always there to help. Local staff of 17 including TAG Staff to ensure everything runs safely, smoothly, and hassle free.
Day 1 - Saturday - 14 June 2014
Begin the journey to an amazing new world as you land in San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica. After retrieving your checked bags, please meet the TAG tour guide and other members inside near the front (main) entrance to the airport, where you will board a shuttle coach to take you to your hotel for the night. Plan on having dinner at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
Day 2 - Sunday - 15 June 2014
This will be a fun travel day, full of new sights and sounds on the road, in the air, and on the water. Instead of driving south for seven hours on treacherous jungle roads, a shuttle will pick you up at the hotel and then take you to a friendly regional airport. This is an easy airport, no long lines, we check in then walk out to the planes and take off.
You will board the fun plane for a scenic, 50-minute flight over the beautiful mountains along the coastline. Rest assured; TAG partners only with airline companies with the highest level of professionalism and safety records. These smaller, turbo-prop planes are safe, fun to fly in, and offer great views of Costa Rica, keep your camera nearby.
Once the short, but fun flight comes to an end, you will land in the small fishing town of Golfito in Southwest Costa Rica. . A tour coach shuttle will transport you and your bags a mile to the docks, where your bags will be loaded onboard shuttle boats, and you will take a beautiful, 30-minute boat ride into the Golfo Dulce, also known
as gulf or bay, where your Eco Lodge nests in the rainforests, your amazing new home for the next few days.
After your relaxing boat ride to the lodge, you will have a chance to unpack, relax and explore your home before experiencing your first fresh organic Costa Rican dinner in the main lodge.
The lodge, at first glance, may seem rustic, but don't worry. It has all the amenities and creature comforts that we desire, like hot water, electricity and more. See below for the details about the lodge and what it offers. After dinner, you’re free to enjoy a drink at the bar, catch up on sleep, or go for a night hike. It’s your vacation!
Day 3 - Monday - 16 June through Day 6 Thursday - 19 June 2014
Each day enjoy a wonderful awakening to the jungle sounds of birds, monkeys and waves hitting the beach. Enjoy yoga under the jungle canopy with one of the yoga instructors, or a walk on the beach. We are sure breakfast and the scent of fresh organic Costa Rican coffee will be just another reason to get you up and moving. Take a seat again in the main lodge for a great breakfast, sure to charge you up for the day’s activities and adventures. Today will be your first day choosing one of the many adventures offered in our stay. You will have plenty to do and see with what's offered locally, but additional adventure trips are available on other islands and in nearby areas as well.
Lunch is served around noon; see the menu below for the delicious assortment that will await you. After lunch, hang around for a nap, go for a hike, kayak up the river, or go out and catch fish for dinner. The possibilities are endless: each day is yours to make as relaxing and peaceful or as adventurous and exciting as you want. Dinner will be served each night in the lodge with fresh local organic cuisine changing nightly. See below for the sample menus.
Day 7 - Friday - 20 June 2014
Today you will wake up and enjoy your last tropical breakfast at the lodge with the group and have a chance to say goodbye to everyone at the lodge. After breakfast, pack your bags back up, and you will be shuttled back to the small town of Golfito and back to the planes to fly you back to the city of San Jose. After you land in San Jose, you will spend the night in a hotel near the airport.
Day 8 - Saturday - 21 June 2014
This is our least favorite day of the entire trip. After breakfast in the morning, you will board the shuttle back to the airport, or take a taxi if your flight is earlier than the shuttle ride.
Playa Nicuesa’s location is unique: pristine, private, beautiful! It is a perfect example of why Costa Rica is world-renowned for adventure and ecotourism travel. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest
Lodge is a 165-acre private preserve located within the Golfo Dulce/Osa Peninsula region, which has been called one of the most biologically diverse places on the earth. This area contains Central America’s largest remaining Pacific Coast rainforest. The lodge is a road-less mecca for nature lovers and adventure sports enthusiasts of all levels.
The lodge is environmentally sensitive, set on a 165-acre private preserve in the undeveloped Pacific Coast Osa Peninsula/Golfo Dulce region of Southern Costa Rica. The lodge embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment and caters to travelers interested in ecotourism, nature, adventure and sports. It's located within the lush rain forest of the Piedras Blancas National Park, and fronts the pristine coastline of the Golfo Dulce.
The goal of the lodge owners is to provide guests with an experience that they will always remember fondly – excellence, friendly service, high-end accommodations, educational opportunities, and unique, well-run adventure activities – and to provide this experience while operating the lodge in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.
The lodge is involved in:
Reforestation of Nicuesa Property with hardwood tree species.
Active supporters of ACOSA (Osa Conservation Area) & MINAE (Min. of the Environment).
Donation to and collaborate with MarViva, a marine conservation organization.
Donation to PRETOMA, an NGO fighting harmful marine practices in Golfo Dulce.
Sponsor Yaguará, a feline conservation organization, to place cameras on Nicuesa property.
Donation to Osa Campaign through TNC.
Involved with ANAGA (Association no to tuna farms) to prevent tuna farms in Golfo Dulce.
Coordinating beach clean ups in the Golfito area.
Inscribed in the Ecological Blue Flag Program, which recognizes efforts to maintain a clean beach.
TAG supports sustainable tourism with a low carbon footprint and a high level of support for tropical rain forest protection. Our environmental impact is minimal while staying at this lodge.
World-class cuisine comes standard with every stay at the lodge. Three exceptional meals are prepared each day by the chefs. See our sample menu below.
Emphasis is on local cuisine and fresh fish, tropical fruits and vegetables. The 165-acre preserve abounds with tropical fruit trees bearing mangoes, pineapples, starfruit, oranges, lemons, papayas, water apples, bananas, and of course, coconuts. The fresh squeezed juices and salsas are limitless!
Every morning’s buffet table offers:
Fruit platter consisting of fresh tropical fruits (mango, banana, starfruit, papaya, watermelon)
Fresh-squeezed fruit juice
Costa Rican coffee and assorted teas
Followed by the breakfast of the day:
Omelet with cheese, sautéed mild and hot peppers, garden herbs and onions
Fresh bread or tortillas baked on the premises
Black bean and mixed vegetable Quesadillas with
Homemade pico de gallo salsa
Mixed salad topped with hearts of palm
Fresh-squeezed mango/watermelon/banana fruit juice
Costa Rican coffee and tea
Note: The boca is served at the bar each day, when guests gather before dinner to talk about their day's adventures.
Freshly caught fish (mahi-mahi, yellow fin tuna, red snapper, etc.)
Grilled fish topped with mango sauce
Carrots and spinach sautéed in ginger
Fried Yucca (a popular Latin American root vegetable, similar to potato)
Pineapple and coconut pie made with fruit grown on the preserve
Fresh lemongrass tea
Fresh-pressed Costa Rican coffee
$1775 per person total
$200 deposit due upon registration (Non-refundable)
Total cost does NOT include airfare from the U.S. to Costa Rica, alcoholic beverages, first and last day meals, and personal purchases.
$200 Due at registration (Non-refundable)
Remaining $1575 due by 10 March 2014
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $250-per-person service charge. When a trip cancellation is received less than 91 days from departure, your deposit is always 100% non-refundable.
If the event is canceled, your deposit will be returned to you within 5-10 working business days.
Methods of Payment
Pay securely by phone by calling 1-855-8000-TAG, and we will process your debit or credit card with you on the line.
Register for the event and follow the instructions, or pay directly through PayPal by sending your payment to: paypal@tampaadventuregroup.
Check or Money Order:
Pay by check or money order by sending a check or money order made out to Tampa Adventure Group. Mail to:
Tampa Adventure Group
4644 West Gandy Blvd. Suite 4, Box 149
Tampa, Florida 33611
When you register and pay online, you have the option to make payments by using the bill me later option when checking out. Bill Me Later is a service offered by PayPal.
Must Bring Items
- Long lightweight pants (to help prevent bug bites at night)
- Lightweight long-sleeve shirt (same)
- Socks (same)
- LOTS of t-shirts (things get wet in the tropics and are difficult to dry at times – moisture wicking material is the best)
- LOTS of shorts/ bathing suits (quick drying material is best)
- Water shoes (e.g. tevas,crocs, 5 fingers) Something other than flip flops or sandals
- Cash for drinks at the bar and to tip guides
- Flashlight (make sure you have new batteries)
- Water bottle
- Backpack/waistpack to carry gear around
- Camera with batteries and cards/film
- Bug repellant
- Medications/toiletries you need. Bring enough to last your entire trip. We supply soap and shampoo.
- Lightweight hiking boots/shoes
- Rain jacket (lightweight)
One of the cabins called the Mango House you will stay in.
View of the tropical bathroom and shower.
View of the open air tropical bathroom and shower in another cabin.
Another view of the Mango House cabin.
Nice view from the front porch of the cabin.
Beautiful bedroom in one of your cabins.
Nice view from the front porch of the cabin.
Open air bedroom in one of the cabins.
Another view of a cabin on the property.
The bottom floor of the main lodge, perfect for relaxing.
The main lodge where we hang out, eat, and relaxing.
Ground floor of the main lodge is a great place to hang out.
The main lodge from the outside.
Look at that view from the cabins and lodge, over the open bay.
Paths that run through the property make for easy walking.
The private dock just steps away from your cabin and main lodge, swim or fish.
Your private beach located just a few feet from the cabin and dock.
Canoe or kayak the nearby lagoon.
You will see plenty of wildlife on land and in the water.
The friendly local monkeys love to say hello and hang out around the property.
Hiking through the jungle to a waterfall.
Imagine horseback riding on a tropical beach.
Your transportation from the dock to the lodge, even kids love the ride.
Kayak and fish just off the beach in the gulf waters.
Kayak the nearby river through the tropical rainforest.
Kayak the river through the mangroves.
The water just off the dock is great for fishing or snorkeling.
Rappel down rope into cool jungle waterfalls on the lodge property.
One of many waterfalls in the local area.
Large fresh water waterfall in the jungle.
Explore Costa Rica's pristine jungle and waterfalls.
Whales are often seen close to shore.
On-site yoga each day steps from your cabin.
Melt your troubles away during the beautiful sunsets each night.
Kayak and fish in the bay or in the nearby river.
Unlimited use of kayaks are included.
Try your luck at fishing in the bay by catching everyone dinner.
Hike down the beach for quiet and relaxation.
Visit the kitchen and see how the amazing meals are created from scratch.
The lodge always has delicious organic food available.
True local Costa Rican cuisine prepare fresh daily by a chef.
Dinner at the lodge around the family-style table.
One of the many chef inspired fish dinners.
Juice organic fruit or sugar cane with a press and enjoy delicious drinks.
Flights from the U.S. to Costa Rica
Please choose a flight which lands at San Jose International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. Round trip Flights from Tampa, Florida to San Jose, Costa Rica will cost around $400 in June 2014.
What are meals Like?
Three exceptional meals are prepared each day, each being healthy, fresh Latino-style cuisine. Emphasis is on local cuisine and fresh fish, tropical fruits and vegetables. The 165-acre preserve abounds with tropical fruit trees bearing mangos, pineapples, starfruit, oranges, lemons, papayas, water apples, bananas, and of course, coconuts. The fresh-squeezed juices and salsas are limitless! We even bake our own breads and desserts! We can also tailor the menu to “children-friendly” foods, and vegetarians. And, yes… the water is drinkable right from the tap. A natural spring supplies the lodge with all of its water, and we have a UV and sediment filtration system, as well. We will dine together at a family-style table in our canopy-level, open-air lodge dining area.
Special Diets/Allergies: Please let us know as soon as possible any food allergies/restrictions you may have, if you are a vegetarian, and/or if you do not eat fish.
Should I bring cash?
Yes, please bring some cash with you so you can purchase drinks at the bar, or tip any of the guides a few bucks for a job well done. The guides work hard to make sure we have a great time, they appreciate any thanks you provide for them and their families.
What type of wildlife will I see?
Nicuesa and the surrounding area are home to a variety of mammals, reptiles and marine life. Among the mammals you will likely see are three types of monkeys – capuchin/whiteface, congo/howler, colorado/spider – anteaters, sloths, pizote/coati mundi, agouti/paca, white lipped peccaries, and armadillos. Reptiles and amphibians include caimans, crocodiles, iguanas, geckos, boa constrictors, turtles, fer-de-lances, red-eye tree frogs, poison dart frogs, and marine toads. Marine life includes dolphins, whales, whale sharks, sea rays, turtles, and many varieties of tropical fish. There are over 250 species of birds seen at Nicuesa, including scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, currasows, trogons and herons to name a few.
Is there a bar on the property?
Yes, the lodge has a fully-stocked bar, complete with beer, wines, sodas and a full range of liquors. Don't miss Happy Hour each night from 6-7 pm, with drink specials and appetizers. It’s a great time to catch up on the day’s activities with other TAG members!
Will it rain while I am there?
Yes, it will… and that’s what makes this such a special and lush place to visit. (Hiking under the rainforest canopy while it’s raining is a magical experience not to be missed!) But, rarely do we ever lose a day to the rain. Typically, in April, the rains are less frequent and start later in the evening. This time of year is better for snorkeling and stargazing and for those who enjoy the full sun when out and about on their tours. Typically, the wildlife viewing is better this time of year. It rarely rains before 3pm. Besides, rainy late afternoons give one a great excuse to relax and lay in a hammock with a book and a cool drink!
Will my cell phone work; will I have internet access?
If your cell phone has international service, then you MIGHT be able to use this to send and receive calls and access the internet/e mail through the local provider called ICE. The lodge does not have computers available for guests or Wi-Fi. Thus, if accessing the phone/internet is important to you, please bring your own cell/smart phone. Please be aware that due to our remote and forested location and the unreliability of the local service provider, ICE, we cannot guarantee service at all times and locations. The bottom line is that you probably won't have access, so please don’t count on having internet/ cell phone service.
Overall, we recommend trying to stay unconnected, but be assured that although we are in a remote location, should an emergency occur, you have the peace of mind to know that you may be reached or make a call.
What if there is an emergency?
Please be assured that if someone needs to reach you during your stay, they can get a message to you by contacting TAG's global satellite phone. You can also use TAG's satellite phone to place very important or emergency calls. The lodge also has a local cell phone which can be used for emergencies.
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