5.0
Excellent 719 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 719 Reviews
A really special place.
Jeannie K

This place is amazing. We (myself, my spouse and our two school-aged kids) spent four nights here, as part of a trip to Costa Rica, and it was such an incredible, educational, unforgettable experience.

Lapa Rios is an ecolodge in southern Costa Rica, on the Osa Peninsula. It is literally in the middle of a rain forest, and also a short walk to the ocean (Golfo Dulce). The nearest town, Puerto Jimenez, is about 45 minutes away. The lodge is based on the premise of conservation of the rain forest and supporting the local communities. They do this by purchasing the food and other goods they need to run the lodge from the local community, and also by hiring only local staff. Everyone who works at Lapa Rios is from surrounding communities. Every thought is given to recycling and protecting the environment. For example, uneaten food from the restaurant is fed to pigs, which ultimately produce biogas that they use for some of their cooking needs. They are also very committed to using as little plastic as possible in their operations.

Lodge rooms are open, with only screens separating you from the forest. Every morning, we were woken by the sound of howler monkeys and sacadas. Monkeys, parrots and toucans hang out in the trees by the pool. Scarlet macaws, once endangered, sit in the trees as you swim in the ocean. The rooms have beds with mosquito netting, an indoor bathroom and shower, and an outdoor deck area with another shower, and a hammock - so relaxing! Everyday we would see hummingbirds in the plants on our deck!

Throughout each day, there are a number of wilderness tours, led by their staff. We took a tour of several waterfalls on the property, a tour of the forest and wildlife surrounding the beach area, and a tour of how the hotel runs. There was also an early morning tour, a night tour, the opportunity to plant a tree in the forest, and many other activities each day. All of these were included in the cost of the lodge room. They also had external activities that were extra, such as surfing lessons, and a dolphin/whale watch - we did these too and they were amazing.

During our visit, we saw 4 types of monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws, parrots, hummingbirds, hawks, pelicans, vultures and several varieties of butterflies. Many could be seen just by sitting on the deck or at the pool - no strenuous hiking required.

The staff were incredible - everyone spoke excellent English and were so welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. The food was delicious and plentiful. One guide heard that my kids really wanted to see a sloth so he went out of his way to find one in the trees during one of the hikes. They are not easy to find, but somehow he managed to. My kids were beyond delighted.

I recommend bringing several bathing suits with you, clothes that dry easily, and shoes with which you easily walk through water.

Coming home, I'm struck at how quiet our urban neighborhood is, compared to the animals in the rainforest - I miss hearing the monkeys. This was such a special place. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Come here if you can.

The noise of the wildlife at night
Happiness70951

What a fantastic setting, with plenty of wildlife.
The rooms were very comfortable and we loved hearing all the wildlife whilst in our room.
The majority of staff were incredibly friendly and were keen to please.
We did find the choice of food a bit limiting on a 4 day stay, but understood this before we booked, and appreciated the limitations due to the location of the hotel, and we certainly didn’t go hungry.
We were staying for our anniversary, and the hotel kindly offered us a private dining experience, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

From experienced NatGeo travelers: not worth it
JaimeMexico

We like NatGeo destinations. This one should be skipped. Took me two months to write this.  It makes me sad.

The truth is that NatGeo destinations are known to be unique and well run.  Lapa Rios has problems compared to others where we've stayed.  It was an expensive disappointment.

The staff could not have been nicer.  The guides were knowledgeable and  nice.  The food was well below par despite very nice staff.  The rooms could use some 409 on the screen doors.  Ten years of grimy hand and palm prints is not NatGeo quality.  Clean them.

ONLY STAY IN UNITS 3-6. We were in 14, and my Fitbit said it was seven stories uphill to the restaurant. We're in great shape, but this was too much.

I've traveled in CR for over 40 years.  The produce and food at Lapa Rios left much to be desired.

The list of external tours was just plain misleading.  The list omits travel time, and you're hours away from starting a tour.  Add significant time to each one.

All that being said, kudos to Paola, Derlan, Elier, Rodney, Frank (onsite full time), Jose and Vilma.  Nice people.

I'd pick a different Osa resort closer to Drake Bay because it takes three hours to get from Lapa Rios into Corcavado NP.