We are passionate about our surroundings and love sharing our spectacular corner of paradise with our friends, family and guests. Having always sought true, off-the-beaten-track adventures during our own travels, our aim is to let you experience our stunning location exactly as we would want to. We have created a selection of tours which we believe do just that; an eclectic mix of rainforest and ocean adventures which we are sure will create unforgettable memories of your stay with us.

 
 

Everything that we offer is run exclusively by us for you; we will suggest you go off exploring at the right time of the day, the correct tide, and even the perfect moon phase! There are no set times, no large groups to follow and everything is customisable to your own very wish. All our tours are designed for a minimum of two adults, but if you are travelling alone or with a child only, please get in touch and we will try to accomodate you.

Boat Adventures

 
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Magical Mangroves

Your trip to Golfo Dulce wouldn't be complete without visiting its magical mangroves. A beautiful boat ride into the gulf takes you to the estuary of the Rio Esquinas, where an extensive mangrove forest provides a home for a wide variety of animals. You will explore its vast network of waterways both by boat and kayaks, flowing through these enchanted forests. 

The tour lasts 3-4 hours and costs $70 per person ($35 per child) and we require a minimum of 2 adults.

Golfo Dulce Explorer

We recommend that you explore Golfo Dulce by boat at least once during your stay with us. From searching for resident dolphins, to relaxing on a wild, palm-fringed sandy beach, to snorkelling amongst myriads of fish, the solitary waters of Golfo Dulce will leave you with long lasting memories. It is no surprise that while touring these waters 20 years ago we fell in love with this spot of the world and decided to move to this corner of paradise. 

We have designed three different journeys to make the most of Golfo Dulce each lasting between 2-4 hours and costing $50-$70 per person ($25-35 per child). We require a minimum of 2 adults on this trip.

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

 A short boat ride from the retreat is the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in a small cove of rainforest with its own beautiful beach the Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals. Often rescued from the pet trade, these include sloths, macaws, ocelots, spider monkeys and many other spectacular species. The Sanctuary offers an informative and personal tour, allowing you to get close to some of the rainforests most iconic inhabitants.

The tour lasts about 2.5 hours and costs $45 per person ($30 per child) including entrance fees and we require a minimum of 2 adults.

Artisanal Fishing

The waters of Golfo Dulce teem with a wide variety of fish. Early morning or sunset are the perfect times to go out on our boat and catch bonitos, mackerels, barracudas and tunas. This is also a wonderful and relaxing opportunity to take in the spectacular views and sounds of the rainforest... and  have a possible chance encounter with Golfo Dulce's resident dolphins. Enjoy your catch as part of your four course dinner. We require a minimum of 2 adults on this trip.

The tour lasts about 1.5 hours and costs $20 per person ($10 per child).

Night Bioluminescence

Once the sun sets, the bay of Golfo Dulce becomes host to an incredible natural phenomenon. Disturbance of the water, from the passage of a boat, trailing hand or jumping fish, leads to a unique biological light show: minute organisms producing their own ethereal bioluminescence. On a clear, moonless night, the sky is spectacularly scattered with stars, mirroring the twinkling lights below.

This night tour, dependent on the moon phase, lasts approximately 1.5 hours and costs $36 per person ($18 per child). We require a minimum of 2 adults on this trip.

 

Rainforest Expeditions

Waterfall Expedition

Take a trek to the edge of primary rainforest with one of our experienced guides, through dense jungle all the way to our beautiful waterfall. On the way there, make sure to stop by our ancient Ceiba tree. At the waterfall, you will be searching for the endemic Golfo Dulce Poison-dart Frog, with its distinctive orange markings. Finally, take a cool dip and a vigorous shoulder massage (courtesy of Mother Nature) before hiking back to the retreat.

This tour lasts about 3 hours and costs $36 per person ($18 per child).We require a minimum of 2 adults on this trip.

Picnic in the Primary Rainforest

Crossing the dry riverbed at the back of our grounds leads to an entrance directly into the primary rainforest. A challenging but fascinating hike up the steep jungle hills with one of our guides gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the rainforest’s most mature trees with occasional glimpses of the ocean far below through the vegetation. This is a great way of getting a view into the higher rainforest canopies, with its abundance of bird species hiding amongst the thick foliage. Our local Park Rangers often spot felines in their camera traps on this route, so make sure to look out for mammal tracks and even puma scat.  At the top of the climb, there is a flat area where you will be rewarded for your efforts with a picnic prepared by us surrounded by dense jungle amongst the clouds before returning.

This tour, which involves a steep climb and descent lasts about 2 hours and costs $20 per person ($10 per child). We require a minimum of 2 adults on this trip.

Ceiba to Ceiba

Journey through thick primary and secondary rainforest to meet the first two of seven gigantic secular Ceiba trees which form a 30 mile long line from our property all the way to the border with Panama. Although the significance of this perhaps mystical passage has been lost throughout the centuries, we know that these magnificent trees were planted in Colombian times by local indigenous populations. Note that this is a challenging hike at 6 miles (10km) long and cumulative elevation gain of 1150ft (350m) and requires a good level of fitness.

This guided tour lasts 6-8 hours and  costs $65 per person including packed snacks and lunch (not recommended for children). We require a minimum of 2 adults on this trip.

Casa Orquídeas Botanical Garden

Take a walk to the end of our stunning beach to visit Casa Orquideas Botanical Gardens, run by lovely Ron and Trudy. The beautifully landscaped private tropical garden shows off hundreds of species of ornamental and edible tropical plants as well as a beautiful collection of orchids.  At the end of your visit, we will collect you by boat for a short ride back to our retreat. Guided tours by Trudy take place on Sundays and Thursdays from  8:30am.  
 

This tour lasts about 3 hours and costs  $15 per person including entrance fees (3 person minimum).

Night Tour

Join us after dinner for a tour of our two wildlife ponds and their surroundings with our resident young biologist. You will discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the retreat, including the emblem of Costa Rica, the red-eyed tree-frog. Make sure to point your search light at eye level and discover an amazing spectacle!

 This tour lasts about 45 minutes and is complimentary.

 

Self-guided Exploration

Rainforest Trails

The forests around the retreat consist of a vast variety of trees and plants. Our Tree Trail allows you to explore these species in greater depth, discovering details of how they live and contribute to the rainforest. Whilst on the walk, you will witness the enormity of our Ceiba, a gargantuan tree that was around when Europeans first explored Costa Rica. The trail ends at the Forest Platform, a raised structure on the border of the primary and secondary rainforest, allowing a rare glimpse into the hidden life of the canopy. There is also a good chance of seeing animals including monkeys (spider, squirrel, howler and capuchin), curassows, agoutis and peccaries throughout your journey into the rainforest.

This is an easy self guided trek which takes around 1.5 hours to complete. Walking boots, water bottles,  walking sticks and tree map  will also be provided on a complimentary basis.

Kayaking and Stand-up-paddle boarding 

Our pebbly beach is but a minute’s walk from the main living areas and provides an enthralling activity at both high and low tide. We have a number of kayaks and standup paddling boards available for use in our Beach Hut, and we will provide you with sports life vests. Kayaking along our beach Playa San Josecito will give you a magnificent view of our spectacular setting. Expect to see jumping fish around you, gliding birds and, if you're truly blessed, dolphins gently taking in air as they surface. For the more experienced and adventurous, paddle further afield to a small waterfall and take a closer look at our local colony of brown pelicans (March-November).

Use of kayaks and stand-up-paddling boards is complimentary. We will also provide you with snorkelling equipment, water shoes and sports life jackets.