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“Relaxed and wild”
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Lookout Inn Lodge
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San Francisco, California
1 review
“Relaxed and wild”
Reviewed 28 June 2011

The place is situated in the heart of wilderness. Scarlet macaws fly overhead all of the time! Monkeys in the palm trees, even.

All of the cabins here are like Robinson Crusoe. We stayed in one of the tiki huts which is an A-frame on a platform in the jungle hillside. The side facing the ocean is open and you can listen to the wildlife and the waves down below. Super romantic place for a couple. Normally the bathroom is is a few feet down a wooden walkway and shared with the other tiki hut but because it was off season and we just happened to be the only guests and so we basically owned the place ran around wherever and however we wanted to!

I loved the food and the hosts. Terry and Katia are entertaining and can advise you where to go in the jungle that's all around the cabins. You can and should go hike in Corcovado park as well. They have a cute dog, Margarita, who will help you find crabs on the beach.

Room Tip: the tikit huts have amazing views
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Algoma, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

The Lookout Inn is at the end of the road but it is like another world. Terry and Katya are wonderful hosts - they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. The staff is great and the food delicious. The grounds are amazing with flowers everywhere and the scarlet macaws overhead. They are gorgeous and so are all the other birds. And Pauley is the macaw that lives at the inn and welcomes the guests! You can do a lot or just sit and admire the views. There is also a frog pond with lots of tree frogs. The black sand beach is righht across the road. It is definitely worth the drive to get there.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

This is an amazing place in Costa Rica. You can do anything from surfing and beaching to exploring the amazing wildlife in the rain forest. The staff their is superb and is always ready to attend to whatever you need. Definitely a great vacation spot!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

We can't say enough good things about the Lookout Inn. Terry and Katya were amazing hosts. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly, and the location is spectacular. It was the kind of vacation most people only dream of experiencing. There was so much beauty around us that it was almost overwhelming -- Scarlet Macaws dodging the trees while flying full-speed in perfect fighter-jet formation; Iguanas sunning themselves high up in the trees; monkeys stealing bananas off the deck railing two feet in front of us; butterflies the size of dessert plates; more spectacular birds and flowers than you could ever count. We slept in the Tiki hut, which was open-air. It was such a treat to fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach, and waking up to the squawks of the birds in the jungle. The ocean breeze kept the temperature cool (well cool is relative -- but we never felt too hot) and the mosquitoes away. Happy Hour while watching the sunset at 5:00 every evening was a highlight. We could have stayed at a hotel with thousands of people and met nobody -- but instead we made all kinds of great friendships among the 20 or so guests staying at the inn. Polly (or Paul E.) the wild Scarlet Macaw that has taken up residence at the inn was always entertaining. You have to experience the antics of this bird to believe them. We enjoyed swimming in the ocean (the beach is a little rocky so bring closed-toe water shoes), hiking, taking pictures, swinging in the hammocks, and taking in the serenity of this remote hideaway. (the only reason I rated sleep quality a bit lower than 5 stars was because the ocean was kind of loud and I got a bit chilly at night believe it or not -- once I asked for a blanket I slept much better!)

Room Tip: We loved the Tiki Hut!
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 17 March 2011

My family (7 and 9 year old kids and wife) spent 4 days at Lookout Inn and the place more than lived up to our expectations. The staff was remarkably friendly helping my kids navigate the mighty Pacific and always had smiles on their faces. Terry and Katya literally treat the situation as you are a guest in their house -- they eat all meals with you and hang out during the day. The location is unbeatable -- one day I went for a run down to the park entrance and passed only one person and was escorted by scarlet macaws, monkeys and a few dogs. We stayed in the tiki huts which were awesome! We had a macaw come in to our room. My children say this was their favorite place in Costa Rica, it was mine, too. Terry runs a tight ship without making anyone feel like they are in a hotel....you are a guest in their house instead. Swimming in the ocean, walking the grounds and beach, eating and talking with the crew and drinking during sunsets were just some of the highlights of the place. We will return. A very peaceful place with great people.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 March 2011

My husband and I stayed at Lookout Inn Lodge with friends for 6 nights in Jan. 2011. We stayed in the Monkey Hut - our friends stayed in the Jungle Hut. We had a wonderful time - the trip of a lifetime. We often got up for a quick hike before breakfast, went on another hike before lunch and relaxed in the afternoon until happy hour. Enjoyed the other guests, LOVED the Monkey Hut (even tho there is no hot water), food was ample and delicious with lots of variety, wildlife and birds plentiful. We hiked to Corcovada with Eric, the resident guide, who is very knowledgeable, hiked to the lagoon, Shady Lane (multiple times), Stairway to Heaven and to the waterfalls. Saw something new every time. If you love the outdoors - you will love Lookout Inn Lodge. We were not able to swim or kayak which we had planned on doing. The surf was too rough for swimming and kayaking and no kayaks were available at the lagoon. In the end it didn't matter - we had plenty to do because we loved the hikes!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 9 March 2011

If you are looking for:

- a deserted, clean beach;
- a jungle full of monkeys and scarlet macaws;
- excellent food;
- interesting guests,
- a variety of beautiful rooms and,
- knowledgeable hosts who are committed to making sure that their guests are comfortable

.... then I would highly recommend the Lookout Inn.

The first time I visited here was four years ago and I thought it was perfect, THEN.

I was delighted to see that Terry (American) and Katya (Costa Rican) have added some rooms that are absolutely spectacular.

Your days start with the sound of the surf pounding on the beach one hundred feet below, and the parrots and macaws calling through the palm trees. At 6 a.m. he coffee is hot, the fruit juices are cold, and the banana bread is delicious. At 7, breakfast is served and it varies from pancakes to ranchos huevos and the fruit is local and fresh.

Then the day is yours - do you want to boogie board? Go for a hike with an excellent guide through the Corcovado park to look for jaguars? ant eaters? butterflies? birds? Sit and read in the shade of the cabana on a deserted beach? Have a massage? Fish in the surf? Arrange a trip into Puerto Jiminez or over to the animal rescue sanctuary? It's all possible.

Lunches and dinners are excellent, the company of the hosts is lively, guests who are intrepid enough to make the trek to the Lookout Inn are interesting. Terry will arrange for a driver to pick you up in Puerto Jiminez, or you can fly right to the airstrip which just down the beach.

Special recommendation: stay in the "spa" and enjoy cool soaks in your own private "pool". Open air showers are a rare treat.

The night sky is absolutely beautiful because this Inn is so remote - they use generators for their power. it is gloriously dark at night.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lookout Inn Lodge

Property: Lookout Inn Lodge
Address: Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality 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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