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Lookout Inn Lodge
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Oakland, California
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13 reviews
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“pura vida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

our fourth time was the best yet. Very remote pristine and warm. Great hosts that love to have you.
Marvelous wildlife and views. Loads of fun with the guests and tons to do. Love it. it gives you faith in the world again.

Larry

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
hello larry how is wonderful san fran??? all is good here at the lookout inn busy busy busy with guests and animals and that tapir still visits us at nite -- wont be long and the rains begin and lots of red eye tree frogs will be visiting toooooo -- it was nice to see u2 again.. thanks so very much ... the team at the lookout inn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

I am originally from South America.. so the jungle is something I grew up with. Experiencing it in such an amazing setting surrounded by fantastic people that go out of their way to make your experience out of this world is priceless!
Katya and Terry the owners, along with their staff, are fantastic. They make you feel welcome!. They went out of their way to make our group feel special. Obie / Juanqui made sure that all my favorite stuff were around (limes that taste like a hybrid of lime and tangerine), patacones (fried plantains), etc. I felt super spoiled.
The rooms were awesome... you could experience the ocean, the fauna and the beautiful flora all at once. I literally lost sense of time and put every day stuff away. Quite the tropical paradise.
Loved every minute of it.... from the hikes, to the paddling, to the facial, to my favorite hammock!.
Simply put... FANTASTIC!!!!. This is DEFINETELY a repeat!.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 7, 2014
hello carmen .. nice meeting you and is it cold up there ?? 90 ' F sunny and perfect here on the beach of carate -- we are all waiting for that darn tapir to show his handsome face here later .. last nite he came by at 6 pm . happy hour at its finest.. thank u for hanging out with us all and hope to see you again.. katya - terry and the team ...
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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

For the fourth time in ten years, we had the Best Vacation Ever at the Lookout Inn!!! Terry and Katya are the most gracious hosts 24/7 in one of the most remote outposts imaginable!! It is only them and their attentive small crew who take care of every guests’ daily needs: provide three lovely, organic, imaginative, delicious meals daily plus cocktail time snacks in the hillside/beachside setting they have created which only gets better every time we go! We have visited two years in succession this time and we already miss it terribly-the fine features mentioned above plus the voices of the forest and the ocean, the heat and the shade, the breezes and the 93 degree ocean!!! The daily air temp. this January varied between 95-115; sounds hot and it is if you are directly under ol’ sol; BUT you don’t need to be as there is so much shade everywhere: the jungle trails are under a lovely canopy of trees growing in arches over the main road and shady lane plus just huge old, original forest over most of every trail. Usually, there is a lovely ocean breeze, so if you are anywhere near either seaside or deckside, it will blow the heat away, down to the 95 level in the shade. Feels like the line between body and air has disappeared!! Terry and Katya have provided beachside palapas with plenty chaise lounges and also plenty hammocks and a big bonus: a shower with fresh water right there! Nature provides the purest oxygen and blue skis, fabulous artesian well water , the leafy canopy, the critters, the macaws…and did I mention Pierre Tapir?? The Baird’s tapir is NOT extinct at the Lookout!!! He comes by nightly to sample what Terry has provided and pose for photos-a large member of the horse family with a lovely calm demeanor. There are tapir footprints on the beach indicating that Pierre is not alone in Carate.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
hello mad-lar -- another great visit with u2 -- and trust me on this - we are heading to san fran some time to hang with ya;s -- and talk about that foot ball team of your ;s

all is wonderful wild and warm here in the tropics and of course here at the lookout inn.. thanks so much for being friends and family with us here and we shall see u again.. love to you ... terry at the inn..
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Just finished my 8th trip to Lookout Inn and held my 6th photography workshop there and it just keeps getting better every year. All in my group had a wonderful time and left with memories of a lifetime. Great food and clean comfortable accommodations all nestled in a tropical paradise. The owners go out of there way to make everyone feel like an old friend and not just another guest. I just can't recommend Lookout Inn enough to anyone looking for a kick-back relax vacation............prepare to be stress free!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
hello photo man nick f. -- always a pleasure taking care of you and the camera folk -- and that darn tapir is still here .. so are the white face monkeys -- scarlet macaws and now a family of coati;s .. its a jungle here at the lookout inn.. -- thanks nick and see you all again next season .. terry * katya and the team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

We had a fantastic time at the Lookout Inn in January. It is probably the BEST place in Costa Rica to see wild scarlet macaws. The wildlife viewing is first rate. Terry and Katya are wonderful hosts (their staff is very friendly and helpful too) and a wealth of information. There is a wide variety of guided tours (the lodge is only an hour's walk from Corcovado) and unguided activities to do. We loved taking the canoe out to the lagoon to see the various water birds, monkeys, and caimans, hiking the Stairway to Heaven, walking on the beautiful beach, hiking up the Rio Carate, and just hanging out at the Lookout Inn to enjoy the fabulous macaw sightings. We were even fortunate enough to see the giant tapir on one of his nightly visits to the Lookout Inn for bananas. One of the many highlights of our trip was being able to help a new born baby turtle make its way safely to the ocean (we were late for peak hatching season which is in December). We were amazed at what Terry and Katya are able to provide in terms of creature comforts in such a remote location and being totally off the grid (solar powered). There are no outlets in your room, however, you can charge your electronics at the main lodge and there is wifi at the lodge as well. The rooms are all different and unique in their own way. We loved the Blue Butterfly open cabina with its high location above the lodge and enjoyed the daily visits of 2 wild macaws who will fly up to the lodge for sunflower seed treats, you can get within feet of them! I totally agree with TraveljdMaryland's recent detailed review. There are many stairs at the lodge because it it built on a hillside, but that is one of the best things about the lodge, it has a fabulous location just steps from a spectacular beach and has the best views of any of the lodges in the area. We got so much exercise at the lodge, that for once, I didn't gain any weight, despite partaking in the wholesome and hearty meals provided by the lodge. Highly recommended if you love getting off the beaten track, meeting interesting and wonderful fellow travelers, seeing a plethora of wildlife, being close to the beach, and great customer service and food, and wonderful hosts. We WILL be back! Virginia from Washington

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
hello virginia and thanks for the great write up -- of course its all true *

lots of scarlet macaws and the end of april may and june is a better time to see them ALL the young ones get off the nest and they are out front of our lodge in flocks of 30 - 40 -- a great time to see them in large numbers and the rain frogs are out toooo .. thank you so much for visiting us here at the lookout inn carate beach lodge ** and we are at about 25 % with return guests this season .. we are all very happy and proud of this because of wonderful guests like you guys

'' service and food, and wonderful hosts. We WILL be back! Virginia from Washington '' love reading this stuff.. -- terry -katya and the team
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

We had an amazing time with Terry and Katia.
The Lookout Inn is beautiful, the location outstanding, the food incredible and the people amazing. We originally booked for a couple nights but had such a good time that we stayed for a whole week. And we will come back.
PS Go for the Ron Ponch at happy hour!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
we love you New York New York -- all is good here sunny hot and we need rain.. but you can keep the cold and snow ..

making a new batch of rum punch today so pack the bags again and come on home .. se ya soon...thanks -- kayta - terry and the rum bunch
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to Lookout with some friends and really enjoyed the fact that the lodge is extremely remote and on the edges of Corcovado preserve. Our bungalow was an open-air room set up on the mountain with beautiful views of the ocean with lots of nature sounds all day and night. The food (all inclusive) was amazing. Juan Carlos made our meals and is an amazing cook. The staff, including Obe and Alex, were extremely attentive and friendly. The owner, Terry, was also very accommodating with logistics and activities during the day. We saw lots of wildlife while we were there, took a hike, went running, kayaked, and just relaxed. You can't go wrong with Lookout!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
hello ny ny.. a real pleasure reading all these wonderful reviews even a few not so good ones eh?? the chef and still cooking up a storm and the team doing a great job for us here at the lookout inn.. no rains yet .dry sunny and warm animals all over the place and the tapir is still out & about.. thanks again for visiting us and have a great year ... the team at the inn
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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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