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“Third Trip Was a Charm” 5 of 5 stars
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Lookout Inn Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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“Third Trip Was a Charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

My wife and I just returned from our third trip to the Lookout Inn, Carate, Costa Rica. As always the food was superb, the wildlife was everywhere and Terry and Katya, who run the place, couldn't have been more accommodating. It's probably the best place we know where you can completely unwind as you walk the beach, hike the jungle or just take long naps. This time we stayed in the Blue Butterfly room, which we highly recommend. We also kayaked the nearby freshwater lagoon where we saw dozens of different species of birds, caimans, monkeys, and even an otter. We're already talking about when we'll return later this year. And finally, I think it says a lot about a place when at least half the other guests visiting at the same time we were, were repeat visitors. We thought we were veterans having visited three times, but many others were going on 7 to 10 years. That's high praise for any hotel anywhere in the world.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fine, but if you want to be higher in the trees, pick Blue Butterfly or the Monkey...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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lookoutinn, Manager at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
hello doug - its a wonderful thing to have our guests return to the lookout inn -- we must be doing something correct at least most of the time eh??? -- kayaking is still a big hit here and the bird life in the lagoon is un believable -- its still sunny & hot and all of u in the snow belt or cold belt come on down .. see what your missing ...doug thanks a million and see ya soon....ter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Lori and I ('Woody') had a GREAT TIME ! From 4:00pm arm-chair bird watching to six hour pre-dawn hikes, Kayaks in the Lagoon at sunrise with Katya (and Lori), Carate River walks, Outstanding Food EVERY TIME !! We'll be back for Spectacular Sunsets and "Terry-Talk" and last call with Scott . . . who delivers ! Wonderful accommodations and Breakfast with 'Erma'. Great value, better fun.

Woody and Lori from New Hampshire

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
hello woody and Lori -- back home in the snow i presume -- we had a great time with you 2 bird lovers and katya is still talking about the tours - send a photo of the red headed wood pecker to us ok ?? actually send all your great pixs to us and we shall get them out for the world to see -- another sunny hot tropical day here at our eco*lodge -- just had the white face monkeys race in and took all the banana.s -- now the birds are a bit upset -- come on back to your costa rica home soon ok-- thanks so much terry * katya and the team
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I just got back from Terri and Katia's place - "The lookout inn" - and it was wonderful.
This place is so beautiful, unbelievable view of the ocean and incredible animals together with kind and generous hospitality and delicious delicious food, what else can you ask for? Oh, and everything is super super clean.
So, if you are thinking about doing to Costa Rica, don't think twice and go to Corcovado. And if you are going to Corcovado, I recommend on staying there for at least 4 days-week. In any case- for how long you choose to stay - the Lookout Inn is the place to stay. By the way, the owners helped me organize hiking and other activities and transportation in the area, so no need to worry about it from advance.
Enjoy :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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lookoutinn, Manager at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
hello dana - back home in tel aviv -- and congrats on the new baby arriving soon, all is good here at the lookout inn actually got 5'' of rain last nite .. cleaned and washed up the dusty trees and the roads and all the critters are happy and bathed toooooo
-- thank u so much for visiting us and sharing your vacation time here at the lookout inn ter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My wife and I just returned from a week at the Lookout and loved it. If you like adventure, nature, wilderness, warm weather-water and beaches this is the best. The Inn takes care of you like you are famliy which is what you are when you are there. The food is great which considering it serves your three meals a day is amazing. Fresh and wonderful we never even thought of going out to eat. Around every turn, down each road and path, everywhere is magnificant exotic wildlife and nature to make everyone feel like a child again. This is perhaps the sweetest spot we have seen in our many exotic vacations.

Larry P

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
hello larry --thanks again for visiting us at the lookout inn again-- we must be doing something correct we had about 30 % return guests for feb 2013-- and the last one left today jeff and his bride to be Bea -- all is well here the food is still the best ( family style buffet meals) and the wild life always close by - hope to get to calif soon and see you guys thanks again from the GREATEST SPOT ON EARTH love to you all terry * katya and the lookout inn team
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Bigfork, Montana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I have been fortunate enough to travel to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica for 7 years! The Lookout Inn has become a home away from home! Fabulous wildlife viewing, the beautiful Ocean view with sunrises and sunsets, fresh fruit, fresh fish, beach walks, comfortable hammocks and the pool add up to ONE big RELAXING trip! Your hardest decision becomes whether to swim in the Ocean, read by the pool , walk on the beach, kayak on the Lagoon or sitting on the one of the awesome decks watching Macaws fly by! This year returning to the Lookout was even MORE special as several return visitor (now friends) were there! For a TRUE wildlife get-away with fabulous extra's, check out visiting the Lookout Inn!

Room Tip: There are several choices of rooms from Tiki huts, Hotel-style rooms to open air cabina's so mak...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Hello Pam. All is great here at Lookout Inn. It was about 90F yesterday and thank God for the cool Pacific Ocean breezes and ice cold drinks. Yes, it is a hard decision picking what to enjoy first at Lookout...and the Scarlet Macaws are always flying around - hard to miss them! Most people have a hard time fitting in all the activities like exploring Corcovado National Park, horseback riding on the beach, hiking to the waterfalls, or gold mining at Park gold miners camp. Now that you are home in Montana, probably deep in snow (and no hammocks), I hope you don't freeze! We enjoyed having you and hope to see you next year. say hi to hubby all all of your 6-7 weener dog//puppys -- and your 3 llamas byeeeeeeeee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Just finished my 7th stay at Lookout Inn and it just keeps getting better. Each year I feel like I'm going to see friends. The owners and staff at Lookout Inn make you feel like one of the family and not just a guest. Great food, comfortable accomodations and a view of the setting sun to die for are just a few of the reasons Lookout Inn is high on my list of destinations on the Osa. And did I mention Scarlet Macaws?

Pura Vida and see you next year!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
hello back to you nick from fucci photos -- great year again with you and the mrs.. hanging out and taking pictures of about every thing here -- post them in trip advisor and face book ok?? thanks for visitng again and i know we shall see you again next jan 2014 -- more books and more M & M 's -- enjoy montana and your alaskan tour -- send us some smoked salmon and lots of bear pixs..
we had another green sea turtle on the beach again layiing eggs last nite -- katya starts her sea turtle protection program in aug. so come on back then tooooooooooooooo -- she could use some help on the beach -- her goal this season is to cover 200 nests and save about 15,000 babys -- thanks again.. terry at the inn
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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I'm a little hesitant about mentioning this place because I've seen what has happened to some of my other favorite spots in CR...but here goes.

Our favourite place to stay anywhere we've ever been, bar none. From the coolest "in the jungle" wide-open accomodations to the wonderful setting, to the awesome staff and great food, from Katyas warm personality to Terrys sarcasm, monkeys to macaws, this place is pure comfort in a wild setting. It had been close to a decade since our last visit, but we felt like we'd never left. Beautiful desolate beaches, great hiking, colourful birds, big trees, strange reptiles, weird bugs, great beer & rum, Erbe! Don't ever fix those roads! Can't wait to go back. Accidently left our passports there and had to return for one night to retrieve them (I think Terry did it on purpose to make us return ; ) but gave us the room for half price. You leave there feeling like friends with everyone you met. A very personal experience. Please, don't go, I want it all to myself!

Pete & Cindy

Room Tip: We started out in the Blue Butterfly but Terry moved us to the "Swingin Spa". Great accomo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
hey my canadian friends peter & cindy -- it was a pleasure again hosting u2- and great to see you both again.. and believe it or not they are grading the gravel road.. been on it for 2 weeks and should be here in 5-100 days -- i think that hiding of the passports is a great idea eh?? hope to see you two again maybe in 2 years all right ? and as allways its sunny -hot & tropical here on carate beach but we normally all ways have a breeze up here above the pacific and only 150 feet to the black sand beach -- so world come visit us and check out our facebook page .. check out all the wild criiters that visit us including some humans.. love to all the lookout inn team
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Address: Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty lodging in Carate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lookout Inn Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lookout Inn Lodge is a Costa Rica eco lodge in the Osa Peninsula rainforest. It is located completely off the beaten path in the town of Carate and is next to the world-renowned Corcovado National Park. Ideally situated to offer comfortable and affordable eco-friendly accommodations to the traveler visiting this remote part of Costa Rica, the Lookout Inn Lodge is sure to impress. Nestled in the hillside right above the road and the black sand beach, the lodge provides spectacular views of the surrounding jungle rainforest, the majestic Pacific Ocean and an endless unspoiled Osa Peninsula coastline. ... more   less 
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