Our family of five with three teenagers stayed at the Lookout Inn for three nights during late December 2011 and had a delightful time. The lodge is in Carate, about a 45 minute walk along the endless beach south of the southern entrance to Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula, but the jungle habitat and its animals surround the lodge. The lodge consists of a large building on the hillside facing the ocean, with only a dirt road separating it from the sandy beach and guest cabins connected by wooden walkways. You have to like stairs to stay here. With views of the trees at multiple levels, you can see macaws and parrots flying at the treetops, see monkeys approach the deck, and watch hawks and countless varieties of smaller birds feeding. We liked the open-air feel of our cabins and the very low wattage of the lights at night compelled us to turn in early and arise at dawn, but the jungle is thunderously noisy at night. Our teenagers enjoyed playing soccer and hanging out with the young staff at their nightly beach campfires. Along with other guests from places such as Australia, Chicago, Anchorage, France and a honeymooning couple, we patrolled the sea turtle nests that Katya, the owner, had protected with steel grilles to discourage marauding birds and animals; my lucky daughter saw some baby turtles heading for the surf. One day we took a 12 mile hike into Corcovado with Elias, the insightful Guaymi guide who can be found at the lodge. Maybe this sounds like a National Geographic program but this is precisely why we came to this corner of Costa Rica. I hate to say that Terry Conroy, the crazy gringo owner, was right -- but three days was not enough time to enjoy Carate. We mentioned that we'd like to ride horses and due to the locals' lack of phone service, Terry had to drive all over to locate them. We also appreciate that Terry was also about to get into his truck to search for us one evening when he thought we hadn't returned from our self-guided hike to the waterfall. We didn't have any of the problems experienced by others who apparently came while Terry and Katya were away, or the personality differences that others described. We came to have fun, made friends with Terry, Katya, and Elias, and had a wonderful time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lookout Inn Lodge is a beach and rainforest ecolodge in Carate on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. We are located completely off the beaten path and conveniently located near an entrance to the world-renowned Corcovado National Park. Ideally situated to offer comfortable and affordable eco-friendly accommodations to adventure travelers visiting this remote part of Costa Rica, the Lookout Inn Lodge is sure to impress. Nestled in the hillside right above the road and alongside an isolated black sand beach, Lookout Inn Lodge provides our guests with spectacular views of the surrounding jungle rainforest, the majestic Pacific Ocean and an endless unspoiled Osa Peninsula coastline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lookout Hotel Carate
- Lookout Inn Lodge Costa Rica/Carate