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“Wonderful wildlife”
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Lookout Inn Lodge
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“Wonderful wildlife”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

My husband and I stayed at this quirky resort last summer.
I was disappointed with the room and had had higher expectations of the food which I rate as being average. Having said that it was wonderful being so close to the Pacific. We also got to see so much wildlife that the surrounding area was teeming with. From the scarlet macaw that flew in to the humming birds and monkeys - it was a visual treat. Unfortunately we had no exciting sightings during our trek in Corcovado National Park.
I enjoyed places like Monteverde and Tortuguero much more and would likely skip Corcovado if I had to do it over again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
some times ya just can't please every one ya know??? so sorry your taste buds where off and the wild life was not hanging around for u2 -- some times _ _ _ _ HAPPENS

National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity". Not only is the park very popular with tropical ecologists, a visitor can expect to see an abundance of wildlife. ( i googled this )

with this said my staff - wife and I try to do the best we can for every individual thats visits us --and again i thank God we stay busy .. the world visits us and most of all the guests love us and are happy .. thank you for visiting us here at the lookout inn ..
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

What a unique experience! The views are spectacular, the wildlife abounds and the owners are warm and inviting! A day trip to Corcovado with Al was the pinnacle of the trip! Anteaters, a tayra AND a tapir! Love this place!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
hello florida.. is it hot there toooo .. 88 ' F sunny and tropical here at the lookout inn carate beach and the TAPIR is still here roaming in the gardens at nite .. every one visiting us bring a good flashlite ok --- and yes ''Al is a great guide.. thanks so much and happy 2014 ... terry * katya and the team
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austin, tx
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

My husband and I spent eight days here over the Christmas holidays, enjoying the forest, scarlet macaws, white-faced monkeys and the very large tapir who came to visit one night during dinner. He only ate bananas but everyone was thrilled to see this giant who usually hides in the forest wondering up to the lodge. Terry, the owner, is now feeding him by hand. It's a hoot. The lodge is on a hill above the road, just across the street from the Pacific Ocean, an unspoiled beach with few visitors. There is no cell phone service and Internet is sporadic, but we weren't trying to stay connected. We enjoyed watching the birds that visit every day as well as long walks along the road and above the property. The food was also excellent and plentiful.

Room Tip: The rooms are all very different. Most are open air with great views.
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Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
HELLO JO & ROGER - and again thank u2 for visiting us here at the lookout inn. your always welcome back so hurry and pack your bags that 450 pound tapir is still roaming around 10 nites in a row now eating his way thru our garden and kitchen veggies and fruit -- we have called him '' '' terr-pierre '' -- cute yes/??? well its still 88 : F sunny and perfect here at the lookout inn have a happpee 2014 ..thanks so much katya and the team
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

When we planned our trip, this place was the first place that we booked. We didn't want to read the reviews too much because we wanted to keep some surprise, it was almost all based on the pictures. So when we actually did get there we were delighted to find the wildlife and the nature that we saw just like on the pictures. Like i said i haven't read much reviews on here but i guess pretty much has been covered already: you get to see all sorts of animals, there's the beach and the ocean, and the jungle. The place is so gorgeous and rich in life, fitting almost perfectly with the description of paradise, my idea at least.

So what else can be added? We picked the monkey house. It's high up and got to understand its name from a group of monkeys that happens to pass every morning right in front. There is no window, almost no wall, just enough to give privacy from neighbouring guests but it's mostly all open on all sides and that gives you the feeling to be comfortably installed right in the middle of the jungle, with lots of view to enjoy. We didn't mind no electricity and little access to internet/network. I personally found that it added to the experience since that gave more room to what is going on around; otherwise, it would have been difficult to refrain from checking emails and sending raving messages about our holidays. It's truly a place to relax, to disconnect and, i would say reconnect, to something we've lost the moment we were born in a city. Perhaps this can be said to many other places in Costa Rica but from our experience there was no other place that gave us to live together along with so many animals and so much to do in such a little radius. I mean as in walking, and beach activities. It's simple, there is here no shop or commodities that you may otherwise find in a village. This is as almost remote as it can get, a corner of heaven at the end of the road.

Something must be said about the host, Terry, and his team of workers. Terry is very dedicated, his attention produces a strong imprint on the place. Here it is: this is a perfect example of someone who was crazy enough to follow his dream and start building. The same energy is still there today. Together with his team they really worked hard to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. I was especially grateful for their help concerning some worry that we had with our rental car. Also with the meals we always got a non-meat option available (read vegetarian if you prefer), and i know that they try to cater for any special requirement. On the chapter of the food there is something perhaps worth mentioning. Meals happen in a communal way, so at the end of the day people sat together around the long table and shared what they'd seen during the day. We usually don't mix in very well in groups but this time there was no problem because we met some nice people. The place must attract like-minded people i suppose.

Recommendations? - taking the time. Take for instance the "Stairway to heaven" and follow the trail. Not too fast and mark pauses, this is not about completing one more trail. It's amazing what happens around in the jungle when you stop making noise. Be sure to do also the excursion on the lagoon very early in the morning. It's best to be there when everything is waking up.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
bonjour max -- what a nice review -thanks and thanks for hanging out with us tooo-

all is well here at the lookout inn .. monkeys and scarlet macaws still visit the lodge and the tapir -- terr pierre is now roaming the gardens at nite -- - had hump back whales out front yesterday . as you all know we are up about 100 feet above sea level and only about 200 feet to the pacific so the views are excellent -- bring flashlites and camera.s all of you reading this ok??? thanks max see you again some day .. terry - katya and lookout wild life
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights in the last week of December. We had the Blue Butterfly Room for 3 nights which is on what I call "the monkey highway" and the Tropical Suite for the last night which was absolutely spectacular. The rooms are like 5 star tree houses with all your necessary amenities balanced with a rustic feel which makes you feel at one with nature.

Lookout Inn and Carate are all about getting up close and personal with nature. Go to sleep with sound of the waves from the beach across the inn and wake up refreshed with sounds of at least a few dozen birds, monkeys and coatis trying to forage for breakfast! The day usually started at the crack of dawn with a few cups of awesome Costa Rican coffee and watching the wildlife come to life in this breathtaking sanctuary over a full breakfast, followed by a day hike, happy hour at 5, dinner by 7 and peacefully in deep sleep by 9 after a walk to the Frog pond or a walk on the beach.

Terry, Katya & Co. were great hosts and we enjoyed every minute of our stay here. We hiked the great "Tapir trail" the first day with Arnulfo (Al), the resident guide with a hawk's eye, walked to the lagoon and Shady lane the second day and capped it off with customary and recommended visit to Corcovado National Park on the last day. You will see all 4 species of monkeys, sight the coatis and at least a dozen different bird species and if you're in luck, spot the whales jumping in the ocean and the great tapir!

Juan & Co. outdid themselves by doling out 3 stellar meals a day, even when we had a record breaking 34 people in the lodge for dinner!

If you're looking for a real getaway, look no further! Our only regret was not staying longer :(. We will surely be back again!

Disclosure: Title of the post is inspired by the "Stairway to heaven" which is a wooden staircase that leads up to the trails from the dining room at the Inn.

Room Tip: The Blue Butterfly, The Monkey House and the Tropical Suite are probably the best rooms but get book...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
HELLO N.Y. ---

Ankit a real pleasure meeting you and your wife Shelpa and we are so happy your stay with us was a delight thanks -- and the monster beast 450 pound tapir has been here 8 nites in a row now -- can u believe that ??? & we have named him T-pierre. the scarlet macaws and monkeys still out and about and ocean sunsets still with us at happy hour.. so please come home again soon.. thanks and happpeee 2014 .. the team at the lookout inn and visit our new boutique BED & BREAKFAST in puerto jimenez called '' innjinenez ''
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Three nights was barely enough time to experience the beauty and diversity of what is available at Lookout Inn. Terry is an wild and funny host who has created a magical inn on the edge of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean. Off the grid, all solar powered. The wilderness is all around. Monkeys traveling through the room (Blue Butterfly) on a regular basis. Great food and sunsets. Hiking into Corcovado National Park was a highlight.

Room Tip: All the open air huts are phenomenal.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
hello steve and family --happy 2014 and thanks for hanging out with us and the monkeys - there still out and about toooo the tapir has been roaming around the grounds again.. 3 nites in a row now -- 2 nites ago half the guests were running around in their jamma's chasing this 450 pound rain forest beast in the garden. lots of great pixs and lots of happy people the taoir toooo he got his fill with papaya and banananana's .. the entire gang is ready for him again tonite - Jamma's and camera's ready - you all have a wonderful year and come back to see us again ok??? thanks katya - terry and the team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Lookout for 6 days at the end of November and although it was meant to be near the end of the rainy season, it hardly rained at all the whole time we were there. The friendly owner Terry picked us up from the airstrip and told us all about the area on the journey to the lodge. It was quite busy at the lodge considering it was supposed to be their quiet season and we met some lovely people with whom we could share wildlife sighting stories with and go for walks along the beach at night after dinner looking for turtles laying their eggs. It was also nice hearing about other peoples experiences whilst having drinks at sunset and also during meal times with the other guests.

We stayed in the Blue Butterfly cabin which is an open air cabin and surrounded by jungle. We were a bit apprehensive about staying in this type of room to begin with but once you're in there, it's not a problem at all. One thing we didn't have was hot water (Terry can't currently get it up to that cabin), so although I was ok with the cold showers, my girlfriend wasn't so pleased but she was able to use the shower in the Tiki Huts on a couple of occasions after being offered by a lovely family we met at the lodge.

I was quite surprised by how few mosquito's there were in the area as they were not a problem and considering you're surrounded by jungle there were hardly any insects in the room at all. The biggest problem is making sure you leave nothing out in the rooms as the White-face Capuchin monkeys occasionally pass through the rooms but they did not disturb any of our stuff during our stay. One night I could hear some rustling outside the room, turned on my torch to find a Tamandua (anteater) foraging just outside our room and on other occasions we spotted a Coati and a Toucan from our room as well as numerous Squirrel Monkeys and Scarlet Macaws, a Tayra, hummingbirds, vultures (including a rare King Vulture), hawks etc etc etc.

The food was good and I especially enjoyed breakfast and dinner where there was different options each day and plenty of it. The desserts were especially good and Terry kept giving me extra portions as he obviously thought I needed fattening up. All the staff were polite and friendly and do a good job.

Whilst at the lodge, we did do a few activities such as the night walk around the frog ponds (guided by Terry's wife Katya) to see the red-eyed tree frogs, we took a canoe out on the nearby lagoon at sunrise which was very peaceful and also went on a few hikes. The biggest walk was a day hike into Corcovado with a guide that was being given a trial run by the lodge. He hardly spoke any English but he was a very nice bloke that was still able to communicate with us and was able to spot different wildlife such as Trogons as well as Tapir tracks in the sand and on the trails. He also climbed a palm tree to knock down some coconuts that he then opened for us to drink from and eat. We also did the Stairway to Heaven walk and although this was peaceful, keep in mind that the stairs are very steep in parts.

Another enjoyable thing we did after dark was searching for turtles where a few guests from the lodge walked along the beach with torches looking for turtles that have hauled themselves up to lay eggs. I think that every night during our stay, someone managed to see a turtle of some sort and we saw Green and Olive Ridley turtles. One morning I was also fortunate enough to find baby turtles hatching and making a dash for the water which was excellent to see and I think I counted around 30-40 of them.

Overall I really enjoyed my time at the lodge and hope to get the opportunity to do it again some day as there's still plenty of wildlife in the area that I didn't see and we saw more wildlife around the lodge than on any of the hikes we did during our stay.

Darren & Clare

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
hello dar & clar -- good day -

believe it or not .. i installed a hot water heater in the '' BLUE BUTTERFLY & MONKEY HOUSE ''
added a small lil 12 volt pump and holly molly it worked -- now you can return and hang out with the monkeys in warm water -- and those hairy lil guys are still hanging around us daily as is the scarlet macaws.. had the tapir here a few nites ago and the humpback whales are out front jumping around --and as you all know we are right on the pacific ocean with the rain forest wrapped around us.. -- enjoy 2014 and hope some day you all return ...thanks the lookout inn team
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Property: Lookout Inn Lodge
Address: Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park > Carate
Amenities:
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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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