Fodor's Costa Rica 2008

Bosque del Cabo. On a cliff at the tip of the Cabo Matapalo, this lodge has unparalleled views of the blue waters of the gulf. The property, with hundreds of acres of animal rich primary forest, also has the most beautiful landscaping on the peninsula. Deluxe cabins have king-size beds, and all the luxurious thatch-roof cabins have private, outdoor garden showers with hot water. A suspension bridge through the forest links the main lodge with three more rustic cabins set in a tropical garden that is great for bird-watching. Appetizing meals are served in a rancho restaurant overlooking a garden alive with hummingbirds by day and serenaded by a chorus of frogs at night. Solar and hydro-powered generators provides enough light to read by, and ocean breezes make air conditioning superfluous. Resident guides are on hand to lead you along forest trails—on foot or along a canopy zip line—and down to the beach with its natural warm tidal pools and river waterfalls. Owners Kim and Phil Spier work hard to make their lodge as environmentally responsible as possible.