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“La Leona - A wonderful Rainforest Retreat on the ocean!”
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La Leona Eco Lodge
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Well, La Leona Tent Camp has everything to offer. They have the Corcovado National Park just next to their property and the ocean at their doorstep! For those who are not eager 'campers' La Leona is a terrific way to introduce them to nature and camping. It is what I consider Luxury Camping. The tents are heavy duty and on platforms above the ground and the beds are on frames. No electricity in the tents but where else can you camp and have all your meals prepared for you! Real camping (and I like real camping by the way) means you have to pack all your personal necessities and also cooking needs and food and ice and tents and bedding and etc. etc. etc. So for a true camper this is luxury. The showers are open air and private. Quite nice to take a shower 'outside'.

The Staff was terrific, all with very friendly smiles and a willingness to help with anything. And if I can give extra attention to Chef Paul and his kitchen crew...his meals were fantastic! We stayed at another place after LaLeona (more upscale), But Paul's meals were by far the absolute best! A nice added touch was that Paul and Daniella played guitar after dinner.

If I could add anything to the camp, it would be a cool swimming pool after a day of hiking!

Thanks to everyone at La Leona.

Room Tip: Tents on the beach were nice and close to the lodge. You have to hike up the hillside to get to the...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

La Leona is a wonderful lodge in a breath-taking setting. We had an incredible vacation in January 2013. The staff was gracious and welcoming and the chef & sous-chef tantalized our taste buds with impressive meals. They met my dietary requirements with inspiration and creativity. We drank the water without hesitation and had absolutely no issues. We were saluted in our stunning coconut shower by howler monkeys and scarlet macaws overhead. Our beautiful jungle bathroom lent us the odd reptile and unexpected wildlife guest. The “collectivo” truck ride from Puerto Jimenez to Carate is rugged and dusty, but once you arrive and start the invigorating beach walk towards the Lodge you will cherish the journey that brought you to a piece of heaven. The remoteness of the lodge was significant enough to make us feel like we were on the edge of the earth yet close enough to not be too intimidating. The tent was immaculate with its white linens & drapes and enveloping hibiscus arch hedge.
The highlight of our trip was an incredible trek to Sirena Station with Danilo Alvorez, he truly is an exceptional guide. Be prepared for the incredible heat and humity as the hike to Sirena is intense and demanding, it is actually 22 km each way, not the 16 km as the toucan flies like some reports made it sound, it took us 9 hrs. Bring lots of water for the hike and travel as light as you possibly can. We highly recommend a knowledgeable guide to keep you safe and enhance your experience. Be willing to rough it at Sirena Station, although the rangers and volunteers prepared great traditional meals, the station itself is in need of repair. The washrooms are a bit derelict. The vinyl mattresses are hot and noisy and the travellers before you may not have left the room as tidy as they should have. Going there with the right mind set, you are in the jungle after all, will definitely help you appreciate its remoteness. Being there brought us right into the richness of the jungle and we were grateful for the opportunity to benefit from its existence as we were told the Costa Rica government may not support lodging at the station in the future.
Overall, the endless beaches, spectacular coastline, lush rainforest and wildlife all around truly made our vacation at La Leona a trip of a lifetime. One word sums it up completely, “Paradise”. Sharon Ivall & Jim McEachern, Quebec, Canada.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We spend three days at the end of januari 2013 at La Leona ecolodge .
From the first minute we arrived at the lodge we decided we would ever return back to this
incredible location.

The staff is very friendly, especially Adrian and the big chef (remember me, the NONI man).
This lodge is about 500 meters from the Corcovado Nat. Park.

The tents are simple, but is has got everything you need.
The beds are great.

We will return back to this perfect accomodation.

Room Tip: Heaven on earth
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

This place is amazing! Though hard to get to (a 1 - 2 hour taxi or collective bus ride along a bumpy road followed by a half hour walk or horse and cart ride down the beach), it is well worth the effort! We spent two nights and most of three days at this place and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our "tent" provided a great view of the Pacific and was an adventure, with its candlelight in the evening and cold water in the bathroom. We never experienced any biting insects but did enjoy watching the leaf cutting ants. The pleasant staff is ever ready to help guests. The food, served in the main lodge, was plentiful and delicious. The pace is whatever you want it to be, as you can spend your time in a hammock or chair by the ocean, or you can explore the area. We took a 6 hour hike, making use of one of the lodge guides to show us the flora and fauna of the nearby national park. We would not have seen nearly as much if it hadn't been for our very alert and knowledgeable guide! We highly recommend that you go to this out of the way place! Don't expect fancy but instead down home comfort coupled with off the beaten path opportunities. You will have the experience of a lifetime. We hope to go back!

Room Tip: Some tents include a bathroom, others have a bathroom next door. Most have great views of the ocean...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I love this place. Sure, I saw more wildlife staying there than anywhere else in Costa Rica, I woke up in a beautiful tent staring at the ocean, and had three meals included daily, but the important thing is the people; the bartenders, the cooks, the staff, and the owner. It is refreshing to talk with a family that has been in the area for almost a hundred years now. The drinks are poured generously, along with everything else.
That being said, it is a little tough to get out here. The collectivo can be rough sometimes, but the road is not that bad. Also, there is not much to do except hike. The surfing ok, but the not the best (you can ignore the rip current warnings). I think this is a good thing as it keeps the up tight gringos at bay.
The tents are not for modest people. They don't really shut that well, but we were up front so there was a good breeze and surprisingly very little bugs.
The prices keep going up, but a great stay nonetheless.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We certainly thought it was worth the climb up to the monkey camp! Greater chance of seeing wildlife - one morning there was coati in tree right outside our tent. Paul is a great chef (we didn't find out until our last night he's actually a celebrity/TV chef in Costa Rica - he can play guitar & sing too); Carlos is a great barman (his caipirinhas, with the slightly orangey local limes, are to die for); Danilo is a great guide (what amazing eyesight! Day & night!) and Felipe the manager really went out of his way to look after us. The walk along the beach, from the nearest car park, is part of the fun - as is the drive from the nearest town. Remember to take your own torch, as the staff's are always in great demand. Definitely worth doing guided tours (day & night) even if you then set off on your own. Sadly, we never did see a puma, although several others did whilst we were there. The anteater (plus lots of other creatures) more than helped make up for our disappointment.

Room Tip: We loved the Monkey Camp but others preferred to be lower down, nearer the restaurant & bar
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We arrived after a painful battle with the p**ck that operates the last parking lot and "convenience store" before one takes off for the 1-2 km walk down the beach. He is a colossal jerk and a drunk to boot.

Now to the important part: La Leona Tent Camp is set not a hundred feet from the crashing waves of the Pacific. The tents are new, clean and the one in which we stayed, had an amazing private shower and toilet. Behind/adjacent to the tent is a river stone laid floor with a shower head suspended from a "blended in" pipe. Privacy is insured by an 8 foot tent wall around the toilet/shower area but without a roof. So, you can shower before bed taking in the beautiful star scape above your head while listening to the surf. It just doesn't get any better.
The beds consist of mattresses placed on cot frames above the floor. There is a small "veranda" outside the tent on which you can sit in your Adirondack-style chair to take the ocean view in.
Food is served at long picnic tables by pleasant and polite servers. Everyone eats the same meal which is adequate and appeals to most palates.
If you get a chance, the atmosphere, view and experience is one that you cannot and will not experience ANYWHERE else.

Room Tip: ask for an ocean front tent with private failities
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Playa Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park 2388, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Carate
Price Range: $113 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Leona Eco Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the entrance of Corcovado National Park, on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, nestled in the most beautiful, primary rainforest and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Come and see for yourself what paradise looks like, and enjoy all the attention and accommodations of a lavish stay in the wild! Prepare yourself to embark on the journey of a lifetime! ... more   less 
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