Our Commitment to Conservation
Sustainability is at the Heart of Playa Cativo
At Playa Cativo, our conservation values are at the heart of everything we do. We believe in the power of sustainable practices to protect and preserve our planet, and we invite you to join us in our mission. By being mindful of Mother Earth while on-site and as you travel, even the smallest acts can contribute to a better future for our fragile world.
So come, let us inspire you to reconnect with nature and rediscover the beauty of our planet. Let us show you the way to a more sustainable and fulfilling way of living.
Let us embark on this journey together, and make a positive impact on the world we share.
Our Sustainability Efforts
Playa Cativo Eco Lodge aims to be 100% sustainable. We believe that the protection of the rainforest and ocean is the responsibility of the community as a whole. Therefore, our commitment and actions support the local economy, and we work together with the area authorities. Purchasing at the regional stores or directly from the producers' fuels the local economy while guaranteeing the freshest products for our guests.
We generate 100% clean electric energy by hydropower, complemented by solar panels, and we also heat our water with solar power. In turn, our guests can enjoy clean air and undisturbed silence.
All bathroom amenities, as well as cleaning and laundry products, are biodegradable and manufactured in Costa Rica to minimize our carbon footprint. We ask guests to use our complimentary quality products and avoid bringing non-biodegradable shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and similar products.
We also ask that guests avoid bringing devices that will overtly tax our fragile electrical system, such as hairdryers. If you have any specific questions please reach out to our reservations team and we will be happy to assist you with details.
Projects We Support
Coral Reef Program
The Coral Reef Program at Playa Cativo is a dynamic conservation initiative in Costa Rica dedicated to safeguarding and rejuvenating the breathtaking coral reefs.
Through groundbreaking research, active coral restoration endeavors, and enlightening educational initiatives for guests and local communities, this program is committed to preserving the natural wonders of the Golfo Dulce.
By involving and empowering local communities and promoting sustainable practices, we strive to ensure the long-term vitality and well-being of these precious coral reefs.
Wildlife Camera Program
Experience the wonders of Playa Cativo's Wildlife Camera Program, where motion-activated cameras capture and document the mesmerizing wildlife in . By actively contributing to scientific research and conservation efforts, this program not only offers guests thrilling hands-on experiences but also enriches their knowledge through educational opportunities. Discover a deeper understanding and profound appreciation for the diverse wildlife of the region, all while supporting Playa Cativo's unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
How We Generate Power
As with many of the lodges and neighbors in the Golfo Dulce and Peninsula de Osa area, the lack of an electric grid creates the need to generate their own electricity on-site. At Playa Cativo Eco Lodge, we generate 100% clean electric energy by hydropower, complemented by solar panels, and we also heat our water with solar power. In turn, our guests can enjoy clean air and undisturbed silence.
Playa Cativo harnesses solar power through cutting-edge photovoltaic panels, converting sunlight into usable electricity. The power is then transformed into alternating current (AC) through a sophisticated inverter. Additional components like batteries may be incorporated for energy storage. By embracing this solar power system, Playa Cativo confidently relies on clean and sustainable electricity, reducing its environmental footprint significantly.
Playa Cativo uses the flowing water from our many on property waterfalls and creeks to generate hydroelectric power for the property. This sustainable power reduces reliance on non-renewable sources, harnessing the kinetic energy of water for an eco-friendly and greener future. Our hydropower is stored in batteries alongside the power generated from our solar panels to supply energy to the entire property.
Research & Conservation
Our ongoing research and conservation programs allow long-term studies to understand the status of the different flora and fauna species of the tropical rainforest, including the Wildcats Monitoring program, Coral Reefs Restoration Program, Mammals & Birds Population Programs, and many other upcoming initiatives that will help us preserve biodiversity in the region.