Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
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
- Eco friendly
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
We spent four enjoyable days and nights at the resort with our two sons, their wives, and teenage daughters. We are 78 years old, and some of the activities, such as the wild waterfall walk, seemed likely to be too challenging for us. The rest of the family did not have any trouble, and were enthusiastic about all the activities and their knowledgeable guides. If you are a senior or have any orthopedic problems, we recommend consulting the staff about the level of difficulty of each activity before venturing out.
Another challenge is the climb up the steps from most bungalows. Although ours (Number 8) was comparatively close to the lodge, the trip back and forth was still a slog. Some 100 steps over a fifth of a mile in significant heat and humidity. This is not a resort for people who don’t want vigorous exercise every day.
With all this activity you will want to eat more than usual, and the kitchen stands ready to satisfy your desires. The food is tasty if well short of gourmet standards. The menu offers a fair number of options for each meal though it does not often change.
We found the staff to be amazingly helpful and impressively resourceful.
The Lapa Rios experience is not for everyone. Luxurious to a point, but this is still an eco lodge, with no wi fi in the rooms, no bottled water, no room service, no air conditioning. But the beauty and isolation of the resort are incomparable, the service is exceptional-- all of which makes the challenges worth the effort.
Re-reading our review from last year, the question that lingered was - would it be as good second time around ? Simple answer YES and more. This Eco-lodge at the edge of the lowland tropical rainforest of the Osa peninsula has everything you would want from a true eco experience. Obviously a destination for nature lovers of all sorts, where the range of habitat at the lodge doorstep enables you to sample completely different experiences with ease. Being an all inclusive experience many of the activities the bird walks, night walks, beach walks and trailing in the depths of the rainforest come as part of the package, as do 3 hearty meals a day.
The dawn bird walk starts the day. You are awake anyway as the Howler monkeys, Toucans and Scarlet Macaws set up a deafening dawn chorus. Standing on the deck, mug of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee in hand watching the life of the forest wake is a most memorable experience as the sun rises. After a couple of hours birding it is back for a hearty breakfast. The day truly set up.
Some of the activities are run off-site and incur a charge. One we identified as being a completely different challenge was to kayak around the mangroves near Puerto Jimenez - it was wonderful. A very safe trip with a very knowledgable guide, gave us a brilliant insight to another very different habitat and how the country is planting mangroves as part of tsunami defences.This is what Lapa Rios is all about giving visiting clients a range of opportunities that allow the Costa Ricans to show off their country and their approach to life. The Lapa staff are brilliant, so friendly and helpful. One aspect that registered with us was the number of staff still working there a year later. Not something expected in the tourist industry where turnover is usually rapid. It was brilliant to meet up and re-kindle old friendships and working again alongside the guides was again beneficial as they knew of our passion and that we were willing to share in their passion. A wonderful two-way interchange.
The set up is one of freedom, best exampled by the fact that the spacious rooms do not have glazed windows or curtains, they are simply insect screens so as you wake of a morning there are no curtains to inhibit your view over the forest canopy and down to the sea of the Pacific Ocean. What a way to start your day.
The lodge proves that in this day of technology it is possible to harness, solar power, recycling, growing produce and utilising a spring on the property for water, to make the lodge nigh on self-sufficient. Concern for their environment comes very high up the agenda of the lodge, and indeed one offered opportunity is to join in re-planting and extending the rainforest. Where else could you image going on holiday and contributing in this way - truly brilliant.
Thank you Lapa Rios for another truly memorable stay
We visited Lapa Rios mid March of 2019. The ride in to the Lodge was adventure in itself but when we finally arrived we realized what a hidden gem it is. We were in room 16, the furthest from the pool, main lodge and dining area. We had no idea before we arrived that there is such an elevation difference between the rooms. We were 250 feet down the hillside. Which meant a steep 250 foot climb up steps to meals and activities. And a lot of the steps are too wide for a normal stride meaning you have to purposely change rhythm so you're not doing lunges on the same leg the whole way up or down. Almost no point in having a shower before dinner because by the time you climb up, in that humidity, you're a sweaty mess. Be aware that when the sun goes down the heat does not disappear, just the humidity. But the second the sun comes up the humidity is back big time. We discovered that rooms 1-8 are 2 Queen bed rooms for families and 9-17 are King beds for couples. Thing is it's a much steeper descent after room 8. Anyway, wish we knew that before we arrived and would have requested something closer. We got fit though (and sore). When I asked the front desk about it I was simply told, there's more of a chance to see wildlife near 17, yet most of the sightings of sloth and ocelot took place in rooms between 1-8. Other than the stairs, once you're on your deck or at the dining and pool areas, Lapa Rios is magical. So much nature everywhere. Toucans, macaws, parrots, iguanas, giant toads, tree frogs, scorpions, snakes, 4 types of monkey: howler, capuchin, spider and squirrel. And the views of the canopy and ocean are gorgeous with sunrises that take your breath away! The nature hikes and early morning birdwatching are a must. The lodge also arranged an offsite excursion for dolphin watching and snorkelling which was a highlight of the trip. The rooms are spacious and gorgeous with huge decks and both indoor and outdoor showers. Safes in the room and a small clothes rack area. There's mosquito netting over the bed but bugs were not an issue at all. Amazing given that the entire room is screened...almost no walls blocking your view. You're immersed in the sounds of the jungle at all times. The staff was incredibly helpful doing anything to make our stay perfect. We'll definitely be back...but closer to the main lodge.
The employees are helpful and knowledgeable about the wildlife and flora in this wonderful place. Coatamundis stroll leisurly, howler monkeys, Scarlet Mackaws, giant gentle iguanas, agoutis, Blue Morpho butterflies, and many other forms of wildlife surround you. The open-air restaurant makes it possible to dine and enjoy all that makes up this environment. Self-sustaining, but not 'low class'. No air conditioning or TV, but when night comes and you go out on your private balcony The Milky Way and many other starry bodies will keep you enthralled. The lodge provides for tours daily and several kinds of tours. Our balcony looked out at the ocean. There was an outdoor shower to keep us cooled off. Everything was as natural as it gets.
Unbelievable luxury on OSA Peninsula. Wished we had had much longer here. The staff are excellent, attention to detail second to none. Provided with Zeiss binoculars, LED torches, water bottles on arrival. Rooms out of this world. Large, comfortable beds, outside and inside showers. Large verandas with chairs and loungers. Panoramic views over the ocean and so much wildlife. Included tours very good. Guides knowledgeable - Jeffrey was excellent. Restaurant beautiful setting. 3 meals a day all very good. Large tree top observation tower from the dining room.
Lots of steps to most of the rooms, so if you have mobility issues ask for a room near reception. Good swimming pool with shade, resident iguana frequently seen.
Cannot wait to return.