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“The highlight of our week in Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
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LagunaVista Villas
Playa Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park 60702, Costa Rica   |  
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“The highlight of our week in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My husband, three teenage children and I spent three nights at this very unique and special place. Getting there in our little 4x4 was half of the fun. It is way off the beaten track of the booming metropolis of Manapalo, and well worth the extra travel time. The "resort" is very simple and captures the incredible beauty of its location at every turn. We saw more wildlife at LVV than anywhere else in the country. Our guides, Gabriel and Freddy, were very knowledgeable and pleasant.

We were greeted by the most cheerful of staff. Throughout our stay, everyone was extremely accomodating. My kids were wary at first, as it was so very private and quiet.We practically had the place to ourselves. However, soon they were able to appreciate everything about it. The riding was especially fun, and the horses were superb.

Jacksom, the chef, was new on the job and did a fantastic job of cooking very delicious, simple meals, using the freshest ingredients. I was especially happy because he featured so many local fruits and vegetables in a variety of ways.

We were warned of dangerous currents, however, the waves were really good while we were there.

Do not miss this incredible spot!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greg R, Owner at LagunaVista Villas, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at LagunaVista. Thank you for your generous comments about our staff and lodge, and please be sure to come back again. We would love to have you and your friends as our guests again.
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Rucphen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We love the villa's! A beautiful view over the laguna and we saw from our terrace more wildlife then we saw in hole Costa Rica! The meals are very good. Thanks to Freddy, Macho en their wives. We had a very good guide? Erik a local who lives his whole life in Carete. We visit Laguna Vista mid november. We were lucky with te weather because driving bij own car is is not always possible to cross te rivers! It is better during dry season to do it by own car.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

A friend of our family who does business in Costa Rica heard we wanted to take our family there on a vacation. He had but one recommendation, Lagunavista Villas. He was absolutely right. From the moment we began planning our trip until the day we left Lagunavista the service was top notch. I tend to be one of those people that ask a lot of questions, leaving no stone unturned prior to a vacation in an effort to give my family the best vacation possible. Greg Robertson who is the owner of the property answered every one of my questions and believe me there were a lot, best of all he was happy to do it. Never did i feel as though I was a bother and there was no question however insignificant that wasn't addressed.

After several months of planning our vacation to Costa Rica we finally arrived at Lagunavista. After reading all the reviews and doing my own due diligence I was fairly certain that this was a special place. Special is putting it mildly! My first several moments on the property will be some that I never forget. Its almost as if the villas were dropped out of the sky, they look like they are supposed to be there. Not a thing was out of place. Flocks of Macaws flying constantly, monkeys, coatis, and many other animals were in constant view. We are a very well travelled family and we had never seen anything like this. Lagunavista is an absolute must for anyone that wants to see nature while living in it at the same time. The villas are well appointed with comfortable beds and plenty of space for your things. They are well protected from the elements, and all of the beds come with mosquito netting.

The beauty of Lagunavista is only surpassed by one thing, the service. We were taken care from the moment we got there until the minute we left. My wife is a Biology teacher and as such had a long list of plants and animals she wanted to see in the area. Knowing this in advance, the staff at Lagunavista had located several of these wild animals and were ready at a moments notice to take us into the jungle to find them. They went to great lengths to make sure we were taken care of. I am an avid fisherman and was looking forward to fishing in the lagoon that surrounds the hotel for several different species of fish. The Snook and Pargo were wide open the entire time we were there. Again, they knew I was a fisherman and they took care me the entire time. The meals are all home cooked and fabulous! Just sitting in the dining area and looking out at the view is a moment to behold, throw in some Costa Rican home cooking and its over the top. Not to worry if you or anyone else in your group are a bit picky with food, they will bend over backward to see that you get what you want.

Lagunavista was the first stop on our vacation to Costa Rica and we didn't want to leave. The caring and hardworking staff left an indelible mark on us, one that we won't soon forget. Special thanks to Macho, thank you for everything! Also many thanks to Lydia for the fantastic food, and to Freddy for all the local knowledge of the lagoons.

I could go on forever and string together complements one after the other but the bottom line is this. If you have ever considered traveling to the Osa peninsula for eco tourism or any other reason Lagunavista is a gem that shouldn't be missed. You won't be sorry!!





From the moment we got off the plane in Puerto Jimenez we were taken care of.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Our stay at LagunaVista was the highlight of our trip to the Osa Peninsula. This place is by far the best option in the Carate area...individual villas with terrific views isolated on a hilltop. They even have a great pool to cool off in. The compound is itself a nature reserve; we saw way more wildlife from the deck of our villa than we did on our "guided tour" in Corcovado Park. The park hike was a joke and and a waste of time and money; if you do go to the park you certainly don't need a guide.

The lagoon is really a great place to see wildlife and tour around in kayaks or the boat. You can paddle across the lagoon to an isolated beach. The other hotels run "kayak tours" to the lagoon; if you stay here you have the lagoon and beach to yourself. The staff was great; we enjoyed the meals and always had everything we needed. After visiting the other options in the area we were so greatful that we ended up at LagunaVista. This is by far the best place to stay - my only regret is that I didnt write the review sooner!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

This is a very rare and unique place to stay. Absolutely gorgeous!
Lots of birds around, specially ara macaws. Had tons of picts of them.
The hotel is seated on a mountain surrounded by a lagoon which precedes the ocean...just a unique set (and picture!)
Very quiet and peaceful!
I totally recommend it.

Room Tip: Choose the ones to the right of the restaurant, these have a much better view...although we checked...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We stayed at Laguna Vista for two nights during our honeymoon. It was idyllic - from the infinity pool to our villa with its breathtaking views, to the wonderful food and pleasant service. We ended up not taking any tours or activities and just relaxing at the villas - we didn't want to leave! However, a word of warning - this is very open to the wilderness, and the wilderness tends to like to visit. We had a lot of ants and even a cane toad in our room, and because the bathroom is open to the elements it can get a bit scary sitting on the toilet and not knowing if a monkey's about to leap through the open window behind you! It didn't bother us but if you're expecting to be at a sheltered resort then LV might not be for you!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

I seek out places like Laguna Vista. During six years of travel we have stayed at numerous "eco lodges." This is probably the best value we found. We came for a week and stayed extra days. I did not want to leave this wonderful place. Our hosts, Amy and Bruno really helped make our stay great. We did not want for varied food, drink or advise. What sets Laguna Vista Villas apart is the setting combined with artistic architecture and natural landscaping. This is a place to savor. Your are surrounded by wildlife. We watched and heard macaws, toucans and three types of monkeys right off our deck while sitting in our private plunge pool. Every morning and evening at dusk I kayaked on the lagoon and observed amazing wildlife in a totally peaceful setting. The sunsets and sunrises were amazing. The infinity pool setting is remarkable. It reminded me of a Balinese setting. It is difficult to express how this lodge incorporates luxury while still maintaining a "wild" feel. Carate and Corcovado National Park are really at the end of the Costa Rican road. When comparing lodging it is important to note there is really nothing other than a very small store making up Carate. You do not need a car, becausethere is nowhere to go: you have arrived when you plop down on the deck. Getting to the park and hiking to nearby waterfalls, or just walking the wild beach is easy to arrange. Our guide for a day hike into the park was excellent. There are opportuities to take multiple day trips into the park, but there is really much to do and see right at the lodge. After traveling for days to reach this part of the world you will find a great place to unwind and see critters. There is really no need to leave the property for several days.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about LagunaVista Villas

Address: Playa Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park 60702, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Specialty lodging in Carate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LagunaVista Villas, a tropical rainforest lodge located beside Playa Carate on the southwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica, borders a beautiful spring-fed lagoon and provides comfortable Mediterranean- style accommodation in an eco-friendly environment. Villa decks offer panoramic views of the lagoon and coconut tree beach, as well as rainforest, ocean and aquatic wildlife. Various activities include trekking in the nearby Corcovado National Park, surfing, kayaking, turtle and bird watching, fishing and horse riding. ... more   less 
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LagunaVista Villas Costa Rica/Carate

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