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Lookout Inn Lodge
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We just spent the holidays at The Lookout Inn and had an amazing time. This was our second stay at this awesome Eco-Lodge. The area is amazingly beautiful, it's a great mix of beach and rainforest. A hike around the Corcovado National park guided by Ellias is a must! Terry and Katya were wonderful hosts, who welcomed us back like family. The rest of the staff is pretty darn swell too, they keep everything running like clockwork! The food is yummy and happy hour is always a blast. We will definitely return in the future.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

We have stayed at The Lookout for three years in a row and plan to go back year after year!! It is one of our favorite places. We love the remoteness - and one has to embrace that fact - Carate is remote, but nonetheless...at The Lookout Inn - the food and drinks are always plentiful, the accomodations always clean and in great condition. The staff has always been happy and smiling. Terry and Katya are wonderful hosts. Going to sleep to the sound of the ocean and waking to the birds is wonderful.

The beach and rainforest - both access and location - are incredible and can't be matched in the area. Terry & Katya can arrange or help arrange most of what you would ike to do during your visit to Carate. If you want to see amazing wildlife...this is the place to go! We've seen monkeys, macaws, birds of all shapes & sizes, turtles, snakes, blue morpho butterflies, tapirs & even a puma - all within a few hours in the rainforest near the Lookout. We've seen photography groups from the US come year after year to this incredible site.


This is a remote area of the world...and Costa Rica in general is not an easy country to get from one place to another especially during the rainy season. The Lookout Inn owners are not weather gods or road construction managers so do your research and take responsibility for your decisions.
I have read the negative reviews of others and their comments have never been my experience. I have never encountered an unhappy guest in the three years I've visited during week-long or longer visits that I have had at the Lookout.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

We stayed for four nights in Lookout inn and couldn't help but fall in love with the place. The hospitality, the staff, the room, the tours and the tranquil surroundings....and the wildlife is amazing. Perfect. We would thoroughly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Andy S
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Our stay at the Lookout Inn was amazing. It was beautiful and very clean. We stayed at the Monkey Cottage for only three days, we wish we could have stayed longer. The food was delicious. After the first day we felt like we were part of their family and home. The owners and staff were wonderful and always smiling. We have many more trips planned to go to Costa Rica and we will always come back to the Lookout Inn. Terrys cheese was delicious! The atmosphere was always fun and happy. We love you and we will see you soon.

Jack&Jil from VT

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

My daughter and I stayed a few days at the tail end of our trip - not long enough. We were greeted with smiles when we arrived and a wonderful lunch. We sat up high on the deck that over looked the beautiful scenery and saw our first Macaw pair. We then took a walk down the beach to a pond to do some bird watching. On our return we came upon the most magical sight. There were baby turtles all over the sand that had just hatched. I had goose bumps all over. Within 20 minutes is was over, we had been blessed with an amazing opportunity to witness such a thing. We hiked with a guide the next 2 days. The food was terrific and Terry and Katya were such delights. Cant wait to return.

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  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Wunderschön, macht sprachlos. Die Unterkünfte sind einfach aber alles was es braucht bekommt man mitten im Jungle. Dusche, saubere Betten und wunderbares Essen. Terry und Katia sind wunderbare herzliche Gastgeber. Terry weiß immer etwas zu erzählen... Katia smile is everywhere..... Die Natur ist überwältigend.... Rote Aras, spydermonkeys Howler Monkeys...
Skorpione und Schlangen.
BBQ am Strand an New years Eve ... Noch nie haben wir so gutes Fleisch gegessen... Terry hat Schweine und Hühnerfleisch gebraten.... Es war soooooooo gut.
Thank you Terry and Katia... You are so wonderful.. We will Miss you and Lookout Inn. Im sure we will come back next Year at the Same Time. I cant wait. Wie wish you many nice guests Like us ..... And I hope you will get New knees soon. Come to switzerland wie have very good medicin.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Lookout Inn Lodge

Address: 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: $122 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lookout Inn Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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

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