5.0
Excellent 667 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 667 Reviews
Where else in the world can you float in a pool under a waterfall and watch the spider monkeys play in the trees above?
Reviewed 3 days ago

Everything about Lapa Rios was wonderful. The food, the rooms, the views AND the people. My husband and I went on almost every hike that was offered. Our guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgable. On our last hike we walked down a road where all four species of monkeys were playing in the trees above us - spider monkeys, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, white face monkeys AND a sloth.

Saved the best to last!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The last three nights of a two-week Costa Rica holiday were spent at this splendid eco resort at the tip of the Osa Peninsula. Here luxury meets the rainforest and it could not have been a better finale to a wonderful adventure for a grandma and 14-year old granddaughter. I miss my Howler Monkey and Scarlet Macaw 5:30am alarm!

Beautiful scenery and beautiful people!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the first 4 days of our 12 day Costa Rican vacation at Lapa Rios. We are a family of 4 with twin 18 year-olds. We booked our Sansa flight through Lapa Rios and they were able to change the flight slightly to accommodate our arrival time in San Jose. We are very thankful that we didn't have to spend the night in San Jose! We arrived to Puerto Jimenez airstrip greeted by Lapa Rios staff and again at the lodge by attentive Lapa Rios folks. The lodge is breathtakingly beautiful. The views throughout the property are amazing! We stayed in bungalow 13. They set up 3 different netted beds for us, so we could all stay together. Yes, we had a lot of steps to go up to the restaurant, however every time we made the trek, we would see something different: poison dart frogs, halloween crabs, scarlet macaws, toucans, howler monkeys, blue morpho butterflies, coatis, lizards, leaf cutter ants, etc... This is the reason I wanted to stay at this property!! I didn't want to waste a day traveling to a national park to see animals. They are all right on the property! We took advantage of the included hikes. Jose was a fabulous guide!! We hiked in the morning and surfed in the afternoon. Bungalow 13 is right by the beach road. So it was convenient for us walk out of our door and be next to the beach path. We rented boards on our own for 2 days and had a blast! Every time we walked to the beach we saw and heard the howler monkeys! Both of my kids saw sea turtles while surfing. We travel a lot and love healthy food! The menu at Lapa Rios did NOT disappoint! Each morning, afternoon and evening the meal choices were fantastic! The food we ate at Lapa Rios was the best we had on our entire 12 day vacation! The fish, steaks, ceviche, hamburgers, fish tacos, breakfast entrees and fruit plates were all fresh and plentiful! We looked forward to eating and drinking at every meal! My daughter and I took the bar-tending class. It was a blast and included as part of your stay. Every server, bartender, front desk person, greeter, guide was phenomenal! Every person at Lapa Rios wants to make your stay the best it can be! We ordered coffee, tea and hot chocolate every morning to be delivered to our room. It was a treat to sit out on the deck in the morning with NO bugs and enjoy the view, the sounds, the animals and the fresh drinks. Lapa Rios is worth every penny! Don't hesitate to book your vacation here. We all wished we had stayed 5 days instead of 4.

PEACEFUL RAIN FOREST RETREAT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At Lapa Rios you can be as active or as inert as you wish. There are loads of activities, both at the lodge and off-site, if you choose to do hiking, surfing, horseback riding, fishing, etc. Or you can take a leisurely stroll along the paths at the lodge and see beautiful waterfalls, birds, monkeys, agoutis, coatis and brilliant blue Morpho butterflies, among other flora and fauna. The food is great - fresh tropical fruits, wonderful seafood, local and international flavors. The staff is pleasant and competent. Rooms (actually more like bungalows) are spacious with sweeping views from the decks. And it's relatively easy to reach from the US.

Best Vacation Ever
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 25 yr old daughter, husband & I stayed here for 9 days. The staff really go out of their way to make your stay fabulous. We were able to take part in all the free tours & activities (Bird watches, Night Walks, Medicine tour, cooking lessons, waterfall tour and others) offered at the lodge with the staff’s extremely knowledgeable nature guides each was an incredible experience. It was very interesting to learn how the Ecolodge is self sustainable. The food & drinks served in the open air dining room were delicious! The wildlife around the lodge is just amazing. Just walking from the lodge to your ocean view bungalows you will see different animals every time. We took a trip to Corcovado Park as well as going zip lining where we saw many Tapirs,sloths, four different types of monkeys and many other animals. Lapa Rios allows you to stay in the rainforest but in a luxury resort with the entire staff helping to make this the best vacation you could ever imagine! We would like to thank Martina,David,Elier,Karol,Rolbin,Arbid, Jose,Danilo, Jose Sr, for helping make our stay something we will never forget! They were all kind enough to sign the Lapa Rios cookbook for my daughter which is a beautiful keepsake of our trip. You really leave Lapa Rios with a new appreciation for the rain forest & animals and how each one of us can make a difference to help save this beautiful world in which we live. We can’t wait to go back!! ❤️🐍🐢🦎🌴🌺❤️