5.0
Excellent 678 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Eco-Lodge
  • Three meals per day, non-alcoholic and non-mixed drinks and three on-site guided tours are included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Lapa Rios’ commitment to the principles of eco-tourism and supporting the local community?
  • Experiencing a living model of sustainability ?
  • The sounds of howler monkeys, the sights of squirrel monkeys and macaws?
  • Bungalows and walkways constructed of local materials and using endemic Suiita palms?
  • Stunning sunsets?
  • Your private, outdoor garden shower
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What To Know

  • No Internet, phone access or cell phone coverage at the lodge
  • Pack light – the internal flight to Puerto Jimenez allows only 25 pounds per person?
  • Expect plenty of bugs
  • No air conditioning but great natural breezes and ceiling fans?
  • Specific dietary requirements must be provided prior to arrival?
  • The sole self-guided trail is limiting?
  • Guests should be physically fit enough to walk and hike around Lapa Rios?
  • A $26 international departure tax must be paid at the airport when leaving Costa Rica

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

When you stay at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge in Puerto Jimenez, you’ll be on the waterfront and convenient to Pan Dulce Beach. This hotel is within the region of Corcovado National Park Office and Puerto Jimenez Pier.

Make yourself at home in one of the 16 guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Private bathrooms with showers feature rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries.

Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool. Additional amenities include gift shops/newsstands, wedding services, and tour/ticket assistance. Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the complimentary beach shuttle.

Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Lapa Rios Eco Lodge. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily.

Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).

How to Get There

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
Playa Matapalo, Osa Peninsula
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 678 Reviews
One of our best eco lodge experiences ever
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was one of our best lodge experiences during our 35 years of travel. My husband and I tried to think of ways to improve our stay and couldn’t think of any.

The views from our room, restaurant, and grounds were spectacular with a great combination of sea and rainforest. However, the lodge is positioned along a hillside and the closest rooms require about 30 steps so if you have mobility difficulties, you might have challenges getting around. As others have noted, there is no AC but the overhead fans kept the room cool at night. And the bed is very comfortable.

During our stay here we saw more wildlife compared to other locations visited on our three week trip around Costa Rica. On hikes in primary forest, we saw awe inspiring centuries old trees and started to learn about the differences between primary and secondary rain forest. We saw lots of monkeys (squirrel, spider, and howler) including swinging by in front of our room balcony, frogs, a peccary, and close to 100 species of birds including spoonbill, green parrots, scarlet macaws, and toucans.

The Lapa Rios guides were professional, respectful of the environment, very informative but admitted if they did not know an answer. During past travels to other locations, we have had the experience of guides making up stuff so we prefer “no answer” rather than incorrect information. And the Lapa Rios guides were very skilled in taking cell phone pictures with the spotting scope so we have some impressive very close up images of wildlife sightings.

The included tours were very well done. Take the Medicine tour which was fascinating. The early morning bird walks were wonderful, easy going, and we saw so many birds. And we always like swimming in waterfalls which is another tour. The only negative at Lapa Rios is that eventually you will have to leave.

Excellent lunch (vegan options) and bird watching
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here years ago. Returned this time to have lunch and cocktails. Excellent lunch. A vegan option for lunch (a pasta) and two vegan tapas (a vegan ceviche and a tapas for 2 with corn tortillas, guacamole, pick de Gallo, and something delicious I don’t recall the name of. Hubby had an IPA made in Costa Rica and I had 2 excellent cocktails. IPA was $9, cocktail was $10 or $11. We sat outside on deck and had toucans feeding above us along with a fiery bilked aracari. Beautiful spot and TERRIFIC lunch. Service was good.

2nd Honeymoon
Reviewed 2 months ago

We returned for our 10th anniversary and everything was perfect! Lapa Rios has provided a highly eco friendly atmosphere and sustainability is at the forefront of their mission. The staff could not be more accommodating and friendly. Thank you!!

Amazing
Reviewed 2 months ago

Absolutely amazing. The animals, the whales, the food and the views. The best place we stayed in Costa Rica and we’ve recommended it to friends who are coming next year. Superb. Would do it all again!

Breathtaking views, amazing experience!
Reviewed 2 months ago

One of our favorite family trips! We traveled all over Costa Rica but Lapa Rios wins as favorite. It is hard to describe just what it is like to wake up listening to the sounds of the jungle, see the sun stretch out across the sky, waves and beach below, and feel you are part of it all. And you can watch it unfold from your bed, with a freshly delivered cup of coffee or hot chocolate! Informative guides, day trip adventures available. The property itself is teeming with animals and amenities that are eco-conscious. Even getting there is an adventure! Definitely on the return list!