We have been all over Costa Rica and wanted to experience the Osa peninsula. Carate is probably the farthest point you can drive, and other than 3 or 4 lodges there is nothing there. I expected to see a lot more animals there and to experience a more secluded region. My wife and I booked two nights at Luna Lodge and three of the following nights at La Leona. The drive there was torturous to say the least and DON'T even think of coming with any vehicle other than a large 4 wheel drive!
You cross some rivers (6 or 7) and the way never ends. very long! Was it worth it? Not really. I haven't found any more animals at the Osa or Corcovado park than at other places, in fact even less, and we hiked a lot.
Luna has one nice deck at the lobby with a nice view but other than that there is nothing really there to see other than birds. You will get bored of the place after a day. My impression of the owner Lana is that she is all business! She will charge you for everything, nothing is included, not even breakfast. We paid for the early morning bird tour expecting the guide to take us on a hike? Instead we walked about 5 minutes to some wood deck with 20 other people. He just pointed out some birds and that was it, tour over.
The food was buffet style, nothing special though we did get charged restaurant prices.
If you still want to go all that way instead of enjoying so many much more beautiful parts of Costa Rica, than at least stay somewhere else. You can always go to Luna for lunch and take a walk around, it would be sufficient. Oh, and some of the rooms are so high up the hill, get ready for a hike! LOL, not easy or fun to have to climb up there every-time you want to get to your room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded in the tropical rain forest bordering Corcovado National Park, Luna Lodge is a unique resort described by many as "...a piece of true paradise". Its appeal is, not only, its natural beauty and environment, where the heliconia hang three feet long, and the howler monkeys wake you in the morning, but also, its ambiance. The owners' passion for the preservation of the forest is ever present, and the attentive courtesy, friendly staff always serve "con mucho gusto... with pleasure". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luna Hotel Carate
- Luna Lodge Costa Rica/Carate