We stayed at Lapa Rios for four nights as part of our honeymoon in Costa Rica. This was one of the best travel experiences of my life. It was our favorite hotel and favorite experience in Costa Rica.
We had the honeymoon package. I requested a room close to the main lodge because I read the reviews about all the stairs. Our request was granted -- we had bungalow number 1. The bungalow was fantastic. The view is by far the best part. We loved the balcony, which was probably the biggest I've seen at a hotel. The critter factor was not too bad in our bungalow -- the only intruders during our stay were a lizard, a grasshopper, and some cockroaches. We kept the lights off at night (only reading by flashlight) which I think helped.
But you don't come to Lapa Rios for the rooms anyway. You come for the nature and the tours. We did the Wild Waterfalls Tour, Ridge Walk, Mangrove and Sea Kayaking Trip, and the Night Walk. The best was the Ridge Walk, because we really liked the guide (Edwin) and we saw the most animals -- sloths, howler and spider monkeys, poison dart frogs, and various birds I can't recall. Next best was the Night Walk and Kayaking trip. We got to see some snakes on the Night Walk. We saw dolphins while kayaking; they were about 10 yards away. We also did the self-guided trail on the first day (where we saw the first monkeys) and visited the beach.
The service was always good and friendly. The food was quite tasty. If you like beans, you will love this place (and Costa Rica in general). The guides know their stuff, and they put your safety first (especially on the Night Walk).
Here is what I loved about Lapa Rios, in no particular order: (1) seclusion and isolation (I'll never forget landing in Puerto Jimenez and being told that it would be our last contact with the outside world); (2) nature (I truly feel sorry for people that come all the way to Costa Rica but don't go to the Osa; the wildlife in the other places we visited -- Central Valley, Arenal, and Papagayo gulf -- did not come close to the Osa); (3) going to bed early and getting up early (this is the opposite of what I normally do, and it was refreshing); (4) being active.
If these things appeal to you, you will love Lapa Rios.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a 1000-acre private nature reserve in Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and a sustainable tourism pioneer. Over the years, we have received many awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to a plethora of incredible wildlife, including monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco lodges Ecolodges will be the experience of a lifetime. Lapa Rios is one of only 24 National Geographic Unique Eco Lodges of the World ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo