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Lookout Inn Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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“Exceptional vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2008

We spent 6 days in Feb. at the Lookout Inn. We had planned our whole vacation from information off the Inn’s website, from choosing rooms to arranging flight times. Once booked, the Inn arranged for our taxi from Puerto Jimenez to the Inn, and back when we departed. You can fly from Puerto Jimenez to Carate (close to the Inn) but we would recommend the hour and half taxi just to see more of the area.
This was our first visit to Costa Rica and we weren’t sure what to expect, the website had a lot of information, but you’re just never sure the place will live up to its description. It did.
We stayed in the Monkey House, up the side of the hill with magnificent views of the jungle and ocean. It will be our first choice on our return visit. Meals were included in the price, and oh what meals! Fresh fruits, juices, vegetables, fish, breads and desserts. The gracious owners, Terry & Katya were available every day for visiting, answering questions or arranging side trips.
We spent most of our days on the beach, ocean kayaking, hiking in the jungle, lazing in the pool and visiting with the other guests. With only nine rooms the group was small and we spent as much or as little time with other people as we wished. No matter what we were doing we saw the most beautiful plants and flowers, exotic birds and animals: from monkeys to macaws, to humpback whales and more.
It was a wonderful adventure from beginning to end, and we hated to leave. We will return.

  • Liked — The closeness to nature
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Victoria, British Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2008

When we visited Katya was away and Lookout Inn was being run as a one man operation (with minimal staff), run on a shoestring.
No hot water was available during our stay.
Food was mediocre, no snacks were available. Cold drinks were only offered at meals and consisted of one flavour of mixed fruit juice from a tetrapak. Fresh fruit juice was not available. Leftovers were served from previous meals. Coffee was only available at breakfast.
Bedsheets were not changed during our 3 day stay.
The tiny pool was very dirty and no guests appeared to use it during our stay. The signage at the pool is insulting and belongs at a kids summer camp.
There are very limited grounds to walk on, just stairs everywhere.
The beach is close and the huge waves are great to hear, but swimming here would appear to be very dangerous.
We left a day early feeling that we received very little value for the exorbitant cost of this lodge. ($360/day for the swing inn)
It was wonderful to see so many Scarlet Macaws throughout Carate, but in this price range there are certainly better options.

  • Liked — Scarlet Macaw viewing
  • Disliked — service
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2008

It is easy to refer to this place as "Terry and Katya's", instead of the Lookout Inn.
Once we got there, it did not take long for Terry to make us feel right at home here and comfortable with the other guests (Katya showed up later after taking care of some business in P. Jimenez, the nearest town).
The lodge is not for those expecting TV, internet, phone, airconditioning, elevators, etc The structures are all very unique; Terry keeps working on something all the time; when we were there, the roof was being replaced, resulting in the 3rd level of the lodge being inaccessable for us. The construction did not hinder the guest's enjoyment though.
The lodge is solar powered, using batteries for storage to power the 12 volt lights once it gets dark. If you like to read after dark, consider bringing a LED headlamp; lights are not abundant. There are no ceiling fans; a small fan at the head of the bed provided enough cooling though. The only 110V outlets seem to be in the kitchen/sitting room of the main lodge; you can recharge your camera batteries, ect. there. Don't bother bringing a hairdryer.
Animals were everywhere; the excellent "youtube" video on their website is very representative of what you can expect.
The beach is endless, but was very hot in the afternoons; the waves huge and loud. Don't plan on swimming out very far.
A guide showed up at breakfast, for $15 a person he'll take you on a hike in the area; he was great and informative!
The best part of the day were the late afternoons, when most guests would sit at the bar, surrounding the kitchen ,where Terry and his staff put together the most wonderful meals and Katya mixes the best drinks.
It is easy to turn in early at night. If the waves don't wake you up, the animals will at daybreak, around 5, 5:30.
We stayed 4 nights, I would recommend no less to fully enjoy the place and make it worth the lenghty trip over there.
Katya will arrange for either the 1.5 hour taxi ride from and to P. Jeminez or an much faster but more expensive aircharter. The Nature Air flights to Jeminez by the way were a wonderfull way to see the country; they fly low and have huge windows.

  • Liked — Unique and unusual
  • Disliked — Hot/muggy, due to time of year
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2008

"Away from it all, yet right in the middle of the wildlife action" - that's what I named this review and I think it aptly describes this place.

After a long drive down to Carate, the Lookout Inn was a great sanctuary from the car. We stayed four nights, and I would have been perfectly happy staying longer. We got in a bit before sunset, got situated in our room, and were soon rewarded with postcard views of a Pacific Corcovado sunset.

The vibe is a relaxed inn with entertaining and gracious hosts and staff. The best part, in my opinion, is that here you get your views to the treetops, to the Ocean and the surrounding landscape, and yet you have direct access to the beach and some trails into the jungle. You are also about a 45 minute walk to Corcovado for day hikes.

You certainly won't be disappointed by the wildlife - we saw all the monkeys; macaws; coatis; leaf cutter ants; boas; morpho, julia, and many more types of butterflies; lots of other birds and tons of other creatures. You are quite a ways from civilization, but right in the middle of all the wildlife action.

The Inn has nice meals and is community-style dining. They have great pineapple dacquiris, and cold drinks are always on hand. Laundry took a little while (things dry slowly in the humidity) - the only down side was that when I got my clothes back, one of the damp shirts had apparently fallen in the dirt and CR dirt stains! Otherwise, the fans on the bed were a nice addition and for the location, you are surprised by all the amenities. I still daydream about this place - the Inn, the location, the Osa, and hope to go back soon.

  • Liked — Countless things to do/see; comfortable and beautiful accomodation
  • Disliked — Laundry
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

When we booked at Lookout, there was a mixup and somehow our reservation wasn't updated, so we actually lucked out and they let us stay the first half of our stay in the beach house, which had it's own fridge, so that rocked (cold rum). The other half we got to be the first to stay in the (I think they were gonna call it) monkey house, way up the hill. Also totally cool.
If you can afford the monkey house at the top, do it. It is the most integrated with the surrounding jungle and super swank. Great views, with Macaws flying at room level, and the monkey do cross the house in early am.
We loved this place so much. Great food, and always with good company. The mango colada was addictive.
The surf here was really rough, but it didn't stop us from getting the sea kayaks out. Which culminated in my splitting my lip while using my face to break the oar in two on my way back to shore. The waves are fast and big. Don't let them get you. It would have helped a lot if I had known what I was doing.
We went out at night to see crocs in the lagoon, and kayaked around there in the am. Neat. Very good for bird watchers.
It was so dry when we went that many critters had retreated into the jungle, but we saw so many monkeys on our walks, whole families of capuchin monkies. We watched about 50 squirrel monkies do battle with the two white tailed hawks nesting by the road when the monkeys tried to cross their tree.
We even saw a little boa in the path on our way in one night.
This place is totally cool. If I went again I would try to time it closer to the end of the rainy season so more frogs would be around.

  • Liked — beautiful location
  • Disliked — rough surf-no swimming in ocean here
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2008

A simply beautiful lodge in one of the most gorgeous places on earth. Fantastic views (we saw humpbacks breaching minutes after arrival), great accommodation (the open sided Tiki huts are best and certainly the best value), fine food (Tuna sashimi, for example) and fun company.

Listen to howler monkeys at Dawn, watch Koati eat bananas steps from your room, witness amazing sunsets, watch scarlet macaws screech across the sky, swim in the warm, warm Pacific Ocean (watch the currents), hike deep into Corcovado and join the flocks of Pelicans in their revellry.

I have travelled all over the world to rainforests mountains and beachscapes and this may well be the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

Sure Terry (the host) has an ebullient personality which may not be to everyones taste but he makes you welcome and certainly spiced up our stay.

Advice:

Stay more than 3 days-we didn't and regretted it.

Take some time to hike into Sirena station and stay overnight to see the Tapirs and your best chance to see big cats etc.

Drink LOTS of water!!

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2007

.........if you ever wanted to StepOut of your current hectic life & visit a great facility that combines good food, great acommodations, eco tours, a lot of fun & great local attractions....go to Lookout Inn......you will not be sorry........some of the other "guests" in the area include....scarlet mccaws, green parrots, turltes, white face, squirrel & howler monkey's........just too name a few!!!!!!....plan on seeing more then just these!!!!!
Better book early....because Lookout may not have room for you if you don't!!!!!!

  • Liked — simple but yet pleasing.....
  • Disliked — ....I did not stay long enough!!!!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Carate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lookout Inn Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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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