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LagunaVista Villas

Corcovado National park, Carate, Corcovado National Park 60702 Costa Rica
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#2 of 2 hotels in Carate
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Our lodge comprises 8 Mediterranean style villas, a large swimming pool and restaurant. It sits on a small peninsula inside a fresh water lagoon bordering it on three sides and a Pacific Ocean beach 200m across the lagoon, accessible by our boats and kayaks. We run on solar power, our water is from a fresh mountain spring and we produce fresh food daily from our biological garden.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Horseback riding
Shuttle bus service
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Private balcony
Seating area
Clothes rack
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Lagoon View
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Corcovado National park, Carate, Corcovado National Park 60702 Costa Rica
Getting there
Juan Santamaria Intl Airport120 miSee all flights
Puerto Jimenez Airport12 miSee all flights
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Hans E wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York4 contributions1 helpful vote
We are enjoying our stay here. The food is good: breakfast made to order or a tiny fruit/yogurt/milk bar with amazing granola. Lunch and dinner are up to the chef's daily imagination but always good. Our villa is clean and airy. The little individual plunge pool hits the spot after a long hike. The staff is friendly and attentive but low-key. The other guests are international and if you wish to chat you can always find somebody interesting to talk to. You can see vultures, hawks, macaws and monkeys from the deck - and a variety of wildlife further out. Greg, the proprietor, is fun to talk to and very helpful. Recommendation: Bring SPF50+ sunscreen and reapply, reapply, reapply. We went to the beach on our first day. Our sunscreen was washed off quickly, we've been burned ever since. Another recommendation: Do the guided walk through Corcovado. The guides are personable and knowledgeable. Bring some cash for a tip for the guide, and for the coconut vendor at the entrance to the park. Manage your expectations: this a lodge in the tropics. There is no AC, and there are plenty of insects. There is some wifi at the main building, but it is slow. The personnel do not necessarily speak English.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Ali J wrote a review Feb 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
2 nights here - would have been happy to have stayed more! Laguna Vista certainly has an end of the world feel being close to where the road actually ends, the setting is simply amazing overlooking the lagoon, ocean and the forest, all full of birds and monkeys. Sitting on the terrace waiting for the macaws to fly by was amazing! The rooms are simple but comfy and the outdoor bathrooms are really fun, we had a beautiful deck with a pool and lots of hammocks, the pool is one of the best I have been in and certainly the best views. The service and food was all perfect and the farm style dining with lots of lovey fellow travellers from around the world all hosted by Greg gave the hotel a very personal feel. As other reviewers have said, Laguna Vistas is not a 5 star luxury resort - just a very special unique and truly beautiful place to stay - fantastic!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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nicalver wrote a review Jan 2020
swindon89 contributions55 helpful votes
After a 1.5 hour drive on a gravel road we arrived at Laguna Vista villas for a 4 night stay. We were warmly welcomed by Greg the owner, and shown to our lodge. As other reviews have mentioned, this is not a branded luxury lodge, however the room was clean, with a comfortable bed, beautiful views and a great deck with a cool plunge pool. I was slightly apprehensive about the ‘outdoor’ bathroom, but had no issues with any creepy crawlies in the night! We were woken every morning with a beautiful view and the sound of monkeys in the tree next to our lodge. Greg helped to organise a tour into the Corcovado National Park, we saw many animals, but saw just as many on the hotel grounds! We watched the sun set in the bar most nights, watching the different monkeys fighting over the fruit in one of the trees. We even fed one of the white faced monkeys a banana! We met some great people, Greg made us feel like part of the family, although he did start to run out of jokes by the end of our stay!! The food prepared by Santos was excellent - especially baring in mind that the lodge is literally in the middle of nowhere. There is no supermarket around the corner! These lodges run on solar power and have water from a mountain stream. There is no mains electricity or water and no paved roads with bridges, so if you are looking for a 5* luxury hotel with air con you should probably go elsewhere. If you are looking for nature, relaxation, great company and don’t mind an adventure to get there, this place is for you! We had a great time, thanks to Greg and his team.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Barbara C wrote a review Jan 2020
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It’s a birders and photographers dream. If you’re looking for a nature oriented experience in the Costa Rican rainforest you will love staying at the Laguna Vista Villas. Greg (the owner) built this off-the-grid establishment very close to the world famous Corcovado Park. You can actually enjoy many of the wildlife experiences that the Park has to offer right from the comfort of his property. Seated at the dining deck we saw 3 species of monkeys (and the 4th species was seen just a few hundred feet away), Scarlet Macaws, Yellow throated Toucans, and dozens more. Lots of shorebirds can be seen when you kayak the lagoon and walk the beach. Over the last couple of decades he has planted numerous native trees and plants that are attractive to the mammals and birds. The property is located on a high point overlooking the forest, lagoon, and ocean, giving you an “above the canopy” view. Greg notified us when the local Turtle Conservancy agency had newly hatched Olive Ridley turtles to be released. So adorable! The Villas are very private, comfortable, and have expansive views. 3 meals a day are well prepared by his thoughtful staff and they did a great job for the vegetarian in our group. It was fun meeting other travelers from around the world and Greg was a great host making sure everyone was comfortable and all our needs were met. Exceeded our expectations! A word: This place is solar powered, rustic in some regards, and eco-friendly in all the right ways. However the amazing setting, various habitats and wonderful staff vastly outweighs any amenities that are not like a luxury “Hilton like” hotel experience. If a Hilton is what you are looking for this might not be the best choice for you.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Lee Journey wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a very laid-back lodge. The best part was chilling on the patio with morning coffee and the monkeys. Or after a full day hiking to take a dip in the plunge pool. The service was just ok. There was no choice in menu and food was rarely served at the appointed time. The food was good though. A few days here is enough unless you just want a place to chill. The main eating area, patios and stairs are not young child friendly. No railings. To get to the beach, you walk down hill quite a way on unmarked trails to get to the lagoon. You have to pay to use the kayak to get across the lagoon (with crocodiles) or walk 1.5 miles downhill to walk around the lagoon and down to the beach. If you want to go to Corcovado Park, know that you'll have a 15 min car ride, followed by a several mile hike to get to the entrance of the Park. I recommend having a car here to get around. Again - It's a place to just chill out.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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$189 - $363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasOsa PeninsulaCorcovado National ParkCarate
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Frequently Asked Questions about LagunaVista Villas
Which popular attractions are close to LagunaVista Villas?
Nearby attractions include Ave Azul de la Osa (3.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at LagunaVista Villas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at LagunaVista Villas?
Top room amenities include extra long beds, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at LagunaVista Villas?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at LagunaVista Villas?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at LagunaVista Villas?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does LagunaVista Villas have an airport shuttle?
Yes, LagunaVista Villas offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at LagunaVista Villas?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at LagunaVista Villas?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does LagunaVista Villas have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is LagunaVista Villas accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.