My husband and I stayed at the Lookout Inn from March 21-24. We reserved their deluxe lodge room, but Terry talked us in to a cabin when we arrived. It was open on 3 sides, although they do have a couple of screened-in cabins. We are not campers, and generally stay in Marriotts, so it was a very different and great change for us. Mosquito netting was all we needed to keep from worrying about the few flying moths, and we could see the ocean and abundant wildlife laying in our bed and enjoy our "outdoor" shower (with walls). Privacy was surprisingly not a worry, since the plants and flowers screen the cabins. The most notable things about Lookout Inn to us were the beach, the huge number of Macaws and the great food. It was also a great value relative to the other 3 places we stayed. The beach and shaded hammocks drew us away from too much hiking, so we actually never made it to the park entrance. A local guide was taking guests on tours to the park. Monkeys and other mammals came right up to the lodge because it is surrounded by banana trees. There is one trail that goes straight up a steep hill behind the lodge to a waterfall. You can also get to the waterfall and other hikes (a night hike to a lagoon, Corcavado Park) via the road. Huge numbers of Macaws hang out in the pecan trees on the beach, and the sound and visual impact all day is extraordinary! Bring a movie-capable camera...we came back with great footage. The food was surprisingly good for a small inn, and the best we had on the trip. Terry is known as the master griller on the Osa, and he and his cooks provided three full meals a day with a beautiful ocean view. One night we had dinner guests from the organic farm down the road where the inn gets their fresh veggies and fruit (so good!). One couple drove down (from San Jose), and would have done anything to leave the car. Highly recommend flying to PJ. The hour and a half drive is enough, crossing running river beds every mile. It was the dry season, so not a problem. We combined our Osa visit with a few nights at Bosque del Cabo, and enjoyed both for their unique benefits. March is dry and very hot (although still not as hot and humid as Virginia in August!). It has not rained in two months. No need for any cool weather clothes. Terry also has boogie boards, kayaks and horses if you are looking for other activities.
- 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