This place is NOT for everyone.......and that is exactly why it is PERFECT!
We booked our 2 weeks stay almost 2 years in advance so that we could get the Monkey House for the full 2 weeks we wanted for the last of December. It was well worth the wait!! Our view was spectacular and having basically no walls allowed us to see an anteater 5 feet away while we were standing in our shower. Also saw a tayra and coati that close outside our room.
As all the other reviews say, the amount and diversity of wildlife is amazing. But don't expect to see it all in one or two days. Throughout our 2 weeks we saw something new almost everyday. Going on 2 bird walks with Javier was fantastic.....he really knows his birds and was great at spotting them! Our hikes with Al on the Tapir trail and twice at Corcovado NP were wonderful. He, too, had an eagle eye to spot all the wildlife mentioned by others. On the Tapir trail we saw a 'helicopter damselfly' that is unlike anything I have ever seen before. The 4 long wings with dark blue tips seemed to go round like a helicopter and when it landed, it folded the 4 wings one on top of the other. Google it to find a video....truly unique!
Terry and Katya are great hosts. Terry has tons of stories!! Juan is a great cook and I worried I would go home 10 pounds heavier. Luckily the hiking burned it off. The smiles and efficiency of Lajia, Javier and, Alex made all the meal times fun and pleasurable. The housekeepers and gardener keep the place beautiful.
Now I will get back to why I made the statement of "This place is not for everyone".
--If you don't want to climb stairs, don't come. There are 80-90 steps from the beach up to the main buildings which have 3 levels, one of which is reached by a spiral stairway. There were another 45 steps up to the Monkey House from the main level. And of course, the Stairway to Heaven with about 375 steps to the top of the ridge above.
--If you want parties and loud music, don't come. This was peaceful nature at its best. We were in bed by 8pm every night and up by 5am to get out to see the animals beginning their days.
--If you want the Hilton, don't come. Lookout Inn is just what it advertises it is. Open rooms which allows you to be right next to the jungle plants and the wildlife. In fact, one evening while at dinner a monkey stole my cell phone off the table in the Monkey House. When I reported it missing in the morning, the staff was wonderful and actually found it in the gardens below the Monkey House and helped to dry it out. Amazingly, it still works!! Moral here....put anything you don't want carried off in a backpack or suitcase when you are not in the room.
--If you don't want to hike at least minimally, this probably not the place for you. You can see tons of stuff just sitting in the rocking chairs or on your deck, which we did a lot of. But to really experience all the Osa Peninsula has to offer, some hiking is needed.
Bottom line, for us it was just what we were hoping for and then some!!! We could not have been more pleased with our choice and would highly recommend to those who want beauty, fresh air, peace and quiet, away from the crowds, animals and birds of every variety up close and personal, few children, good exercise yet plenty of time for relaxation (i.e. afternoon siestas!), sharing of the days sightings with other like-minded travelers and a well managed Inn by the hosts and staff. IT WAS PERFECT!
It was a most memorable and wonderful vacation!! It was worth the wait!
Janet and Dan, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
- 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