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Lookout Inn Lodge
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Maryland, USA
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“Amazing nature without the crowds!”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

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

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
what a wonderful review - alot better than the quirky one i just read -- business as usual here the cooks and the help are all doing a great job - i thank God for this because katya and i sure could not do it with out them --

monkeys - coatis - whales - macaws and toucans all day long visiting us toooo.. thank yo so much every one for visiting us here at the lookout inn .. love to ya all lookout inn team
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

My husband and I stayed at this quirky resort last summer.
I was disappointed with the room and had had higher expectations of the food which I rate as being average. Having said that it was wonderful being so close to the Pacific. We also got to see so much wildlife that the surrounding area was teeming with. From the scarlet macaw that flew in to the humming birds and monkeys - it was a visual treat. Unfortunately we had no exciting sightings during our trek in Corcovado National Park.
I enjoyed places like Monteverde and Tortuguero much more and would likely skip Corcovado if I had to do it over again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
some times ya just can't please every one ya know??? so sorry your taste buds where off and the wild life was not hanging around for u2 -- some times _ _ _ _ HAPPENS

National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity". Not only is the park very popular with tropical ecologists, a visitor can expect to see an abundance of wildlife. ( i googled this )

with this said my staff - wife and I try to do the best we can for every individual thats visits us --and again i thank God we stay busy .. the world visits us and most of all the guests love us and are happy .. thank you for visiting us here at the lookout inn ..
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

What a unique experience! The views are spectacular, the wildlife abounds and the owners are warm and inviting! A day trip to Corcovado with Al was the pinnacle of the trip! Anteaters, a tayra AND a tapir! Love this place!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
hello florida.. is it hot there toooo .. 88 ' F sunny and tropical here at the lookout inn carate beach and the TAPIR is still here roaming in the gardens at nite .. every one visiting us bring a good flashlite ok --- and yes ''Al is a great guide.. thanks so much and happy 2014 ... terry * katya and the team
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

My husband and I spent eight days here over the Christmas holidays, enjoying the forest, scarlet macaws, white-faced monkeys and the very large tapir who came to visit one night during dinner. He only ate bananas but everyone was thrilled to see this giant who usually hides in the forest wondering up to the lodge. Terry, the owner, is now feeding him by hand. It's a hoot. The lodge is on a hill above the road, just across the street from the Pacific Ocean, an unspoiled beach with few visitors. There is no cell phone service and Internet is sporadic, but we weren't trying to stay connected. We enjoyed watching the birds that visit every day as well as long walks along the road and above the property. The food was also excellent and plentiful.

Room Tip: The rooms are all very different. Most are open air with great views.
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Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
HELLO JO & ROGER - and again thank u2 for visiting us here at the lookout inn. your always welcome back so hurry and pack your bags that 450 pound tapir is still roaming around 10 nites in a row now eating his way thru our garden and kitchen veggies and fruit -- we have called him '' '' terr-pierre '' -- cute yes/??? well its still 88 : F sunny and perfect here at the lookout inn have a happpee 2014 ..thanks so much katya and the team
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

When we planned our trip, this place was the first place that we booked. We didn't want to read the reviews too much because we wanted to keep some surprise, it was almost all based on the pictures. So when we actually did get there we were delighted to find the wildlife and the nature that we saw just like on the pictures. Like i said i haven't read much reviews on here but i guess pretty much has been covered already: you get to see all sorts of animals, there's the beach and the ocean, and the jungle. The place is so gorgeous and rich in life, fitting almost perfectly with the description of paradise, my idea at least.

So what else can be added? We picked the monkey house. It's high up and got to understand its name from a group of monkeys that happens to pass every morning right in front. There is no window, almost no wall, just enough to give privacy from neighbouring guests but it's mostly all open on all sides and that gives you the feeling to be comfortably installed right in the middle of the jungle, with lots of view to enjoy. We didn't mind no electricity and little access to internet/network. I personally found that it added to the experience since that gave more room to what is going on around; otherwise, it would have been difficult to refrain from checking emails and sending raving messages about our holidays. It's truly a place to relax, to disconnect and, i would say reconnect, to something we've lost the moment we were born in a city. Perhaps this can be said to many other places in Costa Rica but from our experience there was no other place that gave us to live together along with so many animals and so much to do in such a little radius. I mean as in walking, and beach activities. It's simple, there is here no shop or commodities that you may otherwise find in a village. This is as almost remote as it can get, a corner of heaven at the end of the road.

Something must be said about the host, Terry, and his team of workers. Terry is very dedicated, his attention produces a strong imprint on the place. Here it is: this is a perfect example of someone who was crazy enough to follow his dream and start building. The same energy is still there today. Together with his team they really worked hard to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. I was especially grateful for their help concerning some worry that we had with our rental car. Also with the meals we always got a non-meat option available (read vegetarian if you prefer), and i know that they try to cater for any special requirement. On the chapter of the food there is something perhaps worth mentioning. Meals happen in a communal way, so at the end of the day people sat together around the long table and shared what they'd seen during the day. We usually don't mix in very well in groups but this time there was no problem because we met some nice people. The place must attract like-minded people i suppose.

Recommendations? - taking the time. Take for instance the "Stairway to heaven" and follow the trail. Not too fast and mark pauses, this is not about completing one more trail. It's amazing what happens around in the jungle when you stop making noise. Be sure to do also the excursion on the lagoon very early in the morning. It's best to be there when everything is waking up.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
bonjour max -- what a nice review -thanks and thanks for hanging out with us tooo-

all is well here at the lookout inn .. monkeys and scarlet macaws still visit the lodge and the tapir -- terr pierre is now roaming the gardens at nite -- - had hump back whales out front yesterday . as you all know we are up about 100 feet above sea level and only about 200 feet to the pacific so the views are excellent -- bring flashlites and camera.s all of you reading this ok??? thanks max see you again some day .. terry - katya and lookout wild life
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights in the last week of December. We had the Blue Butterfly Room for 3 nights which is on what I call "the monkey highway" and the Tropical Suite for the last night which was absolutely spectacular. The rooms are like 5 star tree houses with all your necessary amenities balanced with a rustic feel which makes you feel at one with nature.

Lookout Inn and Carate are all about getting up close and personal with nature. Go to sleep with sound of the waves from the beach across the inn and wake up refreshed with sounds of at least a few dozen birds, monkeys and coatis trying to forage for breakfast! The day usually started at the crack of dawn with a few cups of awesome Costa Rican coffee and watching the wildlife come to life in this breathtaking sanctuary over a full breakfast, followed by a day hike, happy hour at 5, dinner by 7 and peacefully in deep sleep by 9 after a walk to the Frog pond or a walk on the beach.

Terry, Katya & Co. were great hosts and we enjoyed every minute of our stay here. We hiked the great "Tapir trail" the first day with Arnulfo (Al), the resident guide with a hawk's eye, walked to the lagoon and Shady lane the second day and capped it off with customary and recommended visit to Corcovado National Park on the last day. You will see all 4 species of monkeys, sight the coatis and at least a dozen different bird species and if you're in luck, spot the whales jumping in the ocean and the great tapir!

Juan & Co. outdid themselves by doling out 3 stellar meals a day, even when we had a record breaking 34 people in the lodge for dinner!

If you're looking for a real getaway, look no further! Our only regret was not staying longer :(. We will surely be back again!

Disclosure: Title of the post is inspired by the "Stairway to heaven" which is a wooden staircase that leads up to the trails from the dining room at the Inn.

Room Tip: The Blue Butterfly, The Monkey House and the Tropical Suite are probably the best rooms but get book...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
HELLO N.Y. ---

Ankit a real pleasure meeting you and your wife Shelpa and we are so happy your stay with us was a delight thanks -- and the monster beast 450 pound tapir has been here 8 nites in a row now -- can u believe that ??? & we have named him T-pierre. the scarlet macaws and monkeys still out and about and ocean sunsets still with us at happy hour.. so please come home again soon.. thanks and happpeee 2014 .. the team at the lookout inn and visit our new boutique BED & BREAKFAST in puerto jimenez called '' innjinenez ''
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Three nights was barely enough time to experience the beauty and diversity of what is available at Lookout Inn. Terry is an wild and funny host who has created a magical inn on the edge of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean. Off the grid, all solar powered. The wilderness is all around. Monkeys traveling through the room (Blue Butterfly) on a regular basis. Great food and sunsets. Hiking into Corcovado National Park was a highlight.

Room Tip: All the open air huts are phenomenal.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
hello steve and family --happy 2014 and thanks for hanging out with us and the monkeys - there still out and about toooo the tapir has been roaming around the grounds again.. 3 nites in a row now -- 2 nites ago half the guests were running around in their jamma's chasing this 450 pound rain forest beast in the garden. lots of great pixs and lots of happy people the taoir toooo he got his fill with papaya and banananana's .. the entire gang is ready for him again tonite - Jamma's and camera's ready - you all have a wonderful year and come back to see us again ok??? thanks katya - terry and the team
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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