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Lookout Inn Lodge
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

The best vacation I had in years! Location is simply unbeatable. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Food is excellent. Monkeys are completely fearless. Both library and bar are well-stocked.

Room Tip: We preferred to stay in bungalos: Monkey House was the best!
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Only people who have done their research should be allowed into this paradise. White faced monkeys walk past your room, rare scarlet macaws fly around all day long, while the expert chef and his caring assistants take care of your needs. Three meals a day (they blow a shell to call you to meals, and their dogs howl along). We walked through the jungle on trails. We could have hired guides, but felt comfortable enough to go alone. We walked along the beach. We napped. At sunset everyone at the inn gathers for happy hour and shares their day's adventure. We ate good meals after watching the chef cook them. We stayed 5 nights, but the time flew by. You can drive during the dry season but expect a really bumpy road from Puerto Jimenez to the inn. When 36 miles takes one hour and forty minutes you know the road is bad--but it's fun and an adventure in itself. Use 4 wheel drive. Do not attempt to drive in the rainy season--you won't make it. You can also fly to Puerto Jimenez from San Jose and then fly an air taxi to Carate (which takes 8 minutes instead of almost 2 hours but you miss the adventure).

Room Tip: Monkey House is an open air treehouse and is appropriately named. Butterfly house is similar. Ther...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

Still as lovely as I remember it and the hosts still as charming and interesting as they were 6 years ago.
Going to sleep with the sound of the Pacific Ocean waves pounding the shore, waking up to coffee and juices followed by a conch shell call to a delicious full Costa Rican breakfast is a real treat.

Room Tip: Don't think any of the rooms are bad. Hearing the Pacific Ocean waves pound the shore is extrem...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

we spent unforgettable 8 days at Lookout Inn from dec24 2011 - jan01 2012. location is fantastic, with wonderful views and so much wildlife in Corcovado of course but also just around the inn. Relaxed, yet very comfortable settings, beautiful gardens, and great decks for meals with sunset and wildlife. The Monkey house is just great, as is the food ("bravo" to Joksan the chef). Very friendly staff and adorable and efficient hosts Terry and Katia. Last, I advise to use the services of Elias, a wonderfully nice and knowledgable guide who makes you discover the incredibly diverse and beautiful nature; without him you will miss a lot of things. May be a bit difficult for families with small children (stairs, limited protections, it's a wild place), though I've done more difficult in Africa. Watch out for rip currents when swimming, but it's wonderful.
We will be back in this extraordinary inn and natural place !
Extraordinaire endroit, nous y reviendrons. François et Odile.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

It’s hard to describe the amazing experiences I’ve had at The Lookout Inn without seeming like a giddy traveller returning home to the doldrums of routine life. But being a wonderer of the world and having seen many areas, even in Costa Rica itself, I have to say that The Lookout Inn, in Carate, on the Osa Peninsula, is one of the best places on Earth.
If you are someone who would appreciate the wonders of nature amidst the comfort of a luxurious tropical, jungle lodge, then The Lookout Inn is the place to be. Every day reveals another adventure; every moment, another dream. From hiking along primary rain forest trails shaded by a giant cathedral of trees, to cooling off in a secluded sparkling, cascading waterfall, here, one can truly experince all the natural beauty life has to offer.
I’ve always been fascinated by nature. The millions of ways animals have adapted for survival, with their variations in color, size and shape have always intrigued me. Sure, you can watch the wildlife shows on television, but there is just no comparison to experiencing these things in the real world.
When I visited The Lookout Inn, the world became alive right in front of me. During a delicious breakfast on the sun-bathed terrace, or floating sipping a pina colada in The Lookout’s fresh water pool I was astonished by the amount of wildlife even on the lodge grounds! My early meals of coffee, freshly baked banana muffins, french toast, pancakes, eggs and juice, were shareds with a bands of white faced monkeys, flocks of red, yellow and blue macaws and the racoon-like coatis. Don’t worry, they won’t steal your food, but they will ignite your excitement and leave you eager to explore your day.
The Outlook is situated on a bluff, facing the Pacific Ocean with all its mighty grandeur. At times the waves crash on the beach with such awesome power, that one can only gaze in wonder. I would choose a strategic time for swimming and boogie boarding at low tide. And the view is even better in the evening. Be sure not to miss the spectacular sunsets while having a tropical cocktail at happy hour. Soft music is either listened to on the stereo system at the bar or played on guitar while you take in the sheer serenity of the scene.
All of these experiences in and of themselves would be memories to cherish, but it is the way they are presented to us that makes The Lookout Inn so welcoming. The lodge is run by two very special people named Terry and Katya. They truly go out of their way to make you feel at home. Terry (a native New Yorker like myself) brings to mind one of the affable, partying Irish guys who people loved to be around at high school parties, drinking beers and making jokes. His goofball banter is contagious. But he is sharp, always coming up with ideas and ways to make improvements at The Lookout. He’s currently expanding the lodge to accomodate unprecedented business, so make reservations well in advance if you decide to come. Katya, on the other hand, has a more quiet, sophisticated manner, with an air of royal Costa Rican charm. Both of them together have the best qualities people have to offer and it’s amazing how quickly they will call you their friends. They spare no details for your comfort.
The rooms at the Lookout are cozy, beautifully decorated and spotlessly maintained by a hard working staff. The food is excellent-- prepared by a friendly local Tico, and abundant, which is surprising, since the lodge exists in a very remote area of the Osa Peninsula.
And every effort is made to ensure an active good time for all.
Although there is ample wildlife on the lodge grounds, (all four species of Costa Rican monkeys can be spotted in the area along with sloths, anteaters, tayras, red-eyed leaf frogs, scarlet macaws, chestnut mandable toucans, coatis...I could go on) I highly recommend a short flight to the Sirena Ranger Station in nearby Corcovado National Park. It’s a little pricey, but the experience is invaluable. Corcovado is a national preserve where you get the true experience of an Amazon adventure. I suggest a canoe trip up the Sirena river if the currents allow. Here, you have the best chances to see the larger endangered mammals still surviving in Costa Rica. In 2 visits there, I was lucky enough to see 2 tapirs (the largest mammal in the tropical americas related to the rhinocerous) both species of peccaries (wild pigs) and an ocelot (the third largest cat in the tropics)!
Overall, a visit to The Lookout Inn is the experience of a lifetime. I’ve been to Costa Rica over 10 times now (that's saying something in and of itself), and each time I’ve tailored my visit to enhance the experience. I will continue to visit this wonderful country, but I’ve found a new family and a home on the majestic Osa Peninsula. It is called The Lookout Inn.

Favorite Activity: Hiking the trials, Photographing the Wildlife, lounging by the pool, Playing guitar at happy hour, Hanging out with Terry, Katya and the Staff

Best Wildlife Seen: Spider Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Red-Eyed Leaf Frog, Three-Toed Sloth, Tree Boa Constrictor, Green and Black Poison Dart Frog

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

Folks - we haven't seen one, although there is proove: they are taking swims at the very same beach you will be hanging out and relaxing from the breathtaking nature, the gorgeous hikes around the hotel or in the national park or simply recover from a night out at the Inn, which invaribly starts with a nice cocktail (new cocktails featured daily) to the most amazing sunsets you have ever seen.... then comes the food, and although terry is american, he really knows how to prepare nice food ;-) - yummy! Angel-like Katya is around to help you with all your little questions...
All in all this place comes pretty close to paradise.
GO THERE!!!
Oli & Chris from Switzerland

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

My wife and I first stayed here in 2005 and just went back with more family. You are guaranteed to see awesome wildlife, beautiful sunsets, great beaches, and the food is excellent. There are a lot of fun activities to do, such as go into the AMAZING Corcovado National Park, hike on smaller trails nearby, hangout on the beach, or you can also take my approach...lay back in the hammock and let the sounds of the ocean waves take your worries out to sea. Terry and Katya are great people and they many hire people from the surrounding communities, which is crucial for sustainable tourism.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Carate
Price Range: $81 - $229 (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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