The Lookout Inn is a great place if you want to combine both the ocean and the jungle in a remote, tranquil setting. This isn't a Holiday Inn or even a roadside motel, it's a home, and the hosts and staff want to make it as such.
STAFF: Miguel, the cook, enjoys his bread and swimming in the ocean. The guy can cook up some food, I mean it's gourmet type. As I think of it, it's cool that we had such great food being in the middle of nowhere. Marvin and Johnson are all over the place and are willing to do anything to help you such as opening coconuts on the beach. I thought I smiled alot but, Johnson's is permanent. Terry and Katya are wonderful hosts who go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one. Terry does seem to brag alot about things as posted in other reviews but, hey he's
living his dream, I would be bragging alot if I were too.
AREA: It takes just a few minutes to walk from the inn to the beach. The beach is gorgeous with palm trees jutting out. The water can be rough, so ask Terry when it's safe to swim. There is a trail that starts from the back of the inn, that circles through
the jungle. It's a nice easy hike that can be done at a 3 hour leisurely pace. In just one hike I saw a poison dart frog, monkeys, toucans, macaws (which you see everywhere) and some skunk like critter I can't remember the name of. Take Terry's advice, you can hike a trail one time and see some wildlife and walk it again a few hours later and see totally different creatures. The park is close to an hour walk and
mostly on the beach, so bringing some Tevas would be good. In fact, you could wear Tevas all over the place and not have a fear of anything.
CONS: Not as many trails around the inn as I would like. The prices for drinks are a little steep. I can see a transportation fee for being so far from town but, not that high.
ADVICE: Take your time on the trails and walk carefully as to not scare anything away. Sit down on the trails and wait awhile, something is bound to come by. Ask Terry about using Marvin or Johnson to help you search for frogs and snakes at night, and to take you to the lagoon in search of crocs. See about
getting a flight to Sirena Station, we didn't go because the pilot couldn't make it but, we really wanted to. We went at the beginning of May and it only rained one time and that was at night. Insects weren't much of a problem except for a couple of times at dinner but, I attract them because everyone else was okay.
We were happy to go and would recommend it to others. We were also fortunate enough to have such great guests staying there at the same time. It makes conversations over meals and drinks so much more enjoyable.
Thanks Terry, Katya, Miguel, Marvin and Johnson for a memorable honeymoon.
- 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