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
My wife and I have stayed at Lapa Rios twice before and we had a perfect trip each time. These people do a wonderful job of caring for the environment and for their guests. They are a great example of "pura vida". We were most impressed, however that they gave us a full refund when we had a family emergency with just two weeks remaining to our departure. Thanks to them we can enjoy a stay again in the future.
What makes Lapa Rios so special is its people. The staff are all local and understand the unique environment that surrounds this beautiful place. They are all so helpful and engaging with many tours and activities included to help you make the most of your stay here. We even had a Spanish lesson! You really live within the rainforest and the wildlife with you, from George the Iguana supervising the pool to the Macaws and Toucans thrashing about in the tree canopy. 6am yoga with the squirrel monkeys and the howler monkeys ensuring you don’t need an alarm clock! The food was amazing and mostly sourced locally, the cocktails to die for. The journey down to our bungalow involved many steps but was always eventful, seeing squirrel monkeys, agouti and tree frogs, to name a few, en route. Our room was beautiful with its 4 poster bed and nets looking out across a private deck with outdoor shower over the tree tops to the sea. No air-conditioning required or wanted. We were very sad to leave this paradise.
Lapa Rios was something new for us. We have never stayed at an eco-lodge, or at least not one that took the eco-business as seriously as this one does. When we arrived, we were greeted by the manager, the food and beverage manager, multiple staff members and given a delicious welcoming drink. Very impressive! We did not have to even think about moving our bags. They all appeared in our room magically. We were asked whether we would prefer to see the room or have lunch first. I loved that. There have been many hotels where we arrived and then spent an hour or longer getting an orientation to the property when we really wanted to have something in our stomach or use the bathroom. The food is very nice here with a healthy twist. We enjoyed virtually everything we ate. There are a variety of exotic juices that I thought were terrific. Upon arrival in our room, our first big surprise was that there is no air-conditioner despite the outside temperature in the high 80s and the humidity at more than 90%. Second surprise: no refrigerator in the room. Third surprise: there are no windows, only very large screens. We had a large balcony with a beautiful view of the dense landscape and the ocean. During our stay, we could see monkeys and multiple birds and a large iguana all playing on the trees in front of our room. We used the outdoor Shower multiple times. The little signs encouraging you to reuse your towels and bathrobes and sheets to save the environment and water usage are conspicuously absent here, and it is pretty obvious that you are expected to use all of the sheets and towels from the moment you arrive until the day of your departure. No problem, it seemed entirely appropriate in this location.Having settled in, the next business to be conducted was that of deciding which tours to take. The first one we took was one of our favorites, namely the early bird watching hike. It does mean that you will have to get out of bed at about 5 AM, but it is entirely worth it. Jose was our very knowledgeable guide. He brought a telescope and was able to isolate all the cool birds we saw and even help me take some really good pictures of them with my iPhone through his telescope. We are novice birders, but we saw a trogon, parakeets, herons, a white spectacled Owl, a melodious blackbird, and monkeys. Another tour to mention is the sustainability one. I can’t explain it all, but one of the very interesting things involves pigs creating methane gas that can be used for cooking. You have to see it to believe it. The staff is extremely friendly and goes to great lengths to learn your names. All the meals are included. You can have additional snacks if you wish. The wine list is somewhat limited, but I would say it is ok given the location in the middle of a tropical rain forest. Some of our favorite foods included the various gazpacho soups and the sea bass entrées.This was a very unique experience and it does make one think about the importance of the environment and the ecological system. Kudos to the 2 Peace Corps volunteers from Minnesota who started this place 25 years ago at the edge of the earth.
Have just spent 3 great days at Lapa Rios Lodge. I can’t say we took advantage of the trecks on offer as we felt we were not fit and active enough.so I will only review the Lodge.
Firstly the staff. Fabulous. Every person we came across was genuinely friendly and helpful. Best service ever.
Our rooms were at the bottom of 200 not easy steps. Not a great start. But the ever helpful staff provided us with a walkie talkie and we called for car to take us back up. No problem at all.
The pool area was great and asked for drinks regularly. Cold towels also came round. Taken by truck to deserted surfer beach where 3 beds a sunshade and picnic was provided.
Food was good and if you wanted anything different they tried their utmost to provide it.
All in all well done to Lapa Rios and thank you
The pool is great - the best in our trip to Costa Rica. The lodge says it is on a ridge and there are sufficient breezes to not need air conditioning!!! Not true it is so hot and humid in the rooms to make it unbearable. 77 steep steps from our room to the main building in a very hot and humid atmosphere was not fun. Despite the rhetoric for the lodge about not many mosquitoes we got badly bitten. The food in the restaurant was good but more changes needed as the dinner menu got boring after a couple of days.