It is easy to refer to this place as "Terry and Katya's", instead of the Lookout Inn.
Once we got there, it did not take long for Terry to make us feel right at home here and comfortable with the other guests (Katya showed up later after taking care of some business in P. Jimenez, the nearest town).
The lodge is not for those expecting TV, internet, phone, airconditioning, elevators, etc The structures are all very unique; Terry keeps working on something all the time; when we were there, the roof was being replaced, resulting in the 3rd level of the lodge being inaccessable for us. The construction did not hinder the guest's enjoyment though.
The lodge is solar powered, using batteries for storage to power the 12 volt lights once it gets dark. If you like to read after dark, consider bringing a LED headlamp; lights are not abundant. There are no ceiling fans; a small fan at the head of the bed provided enough cooling though. The only 110V outlets seem to be in the kitchen/sitting room of the main lodge; you can recharge your camera batteries, ect. there. Don't bother bringing a hairdryer.
Animals were everywhere; the excellent "youtube" video on their website is very representative of what you can expect.
The beach is endless, but was very hot in the afternoons; the waves huge and loud. Don't plan on swimming out very far.
A guide showed up at breakfast, for $15 a person he'll take you on a hike in the area; he was great and informative!
The best part of the day were the late afternoons, when most guests would sit at the bar, surrounding the kitchen ,where Terry and his staff put together the most wonderful meals and Katya mixes the best drinks.
It is easy to turn in early at night. If the waves don't wake you up, the animals will at daybreak, around 5, 5:30.
We stayed 4 nights, I would recommend no less to fully enjoy the place and make it worth the lenghty trip over there.
Katya will arrange for either the 1.5 hour taxi ride from and to P. Jeminez or an much faster but more expensive aircharter. The Nature Air flights to Jeminez by the way were a wonderfull way to see the country; they fly low and have huge windows.
- 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