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La Leona Eco Lodge
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Kailua, Hawaii
1 review
“back to nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2010

The location is unrivaled. the closest place to Corcovado national Park. The rooms are clean, and the food is surprisingly good. It is not expensive when ou think how much they go through to bring it to such a remote location.
The staff was very friendly, and helpful. If you go on a hike with Bolivar (which we recommend) tell him the family that left the yellow raincoat say hello.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2010

We stayed at La Leona for one night as we were treking into the park onto Sirena the next day. This was definately the best option as it was a truly stunning location with breathtaking views and amazing wildlife. We had a family of coati's in the tree right by our tent! The accomodation is really good and spacious and really clean. We had a room with a shared bathroom which had a seaview! Amazin going to sleep with the sound of the sea. Best sleep we have had in ages. The service was excellent and staff were really friendly and helpful. The food was particularly nice considering the remote position. Our guide Erick Ramirez Binns met us there and we then hiked onto Sirena. I enjoyed the fact we were met at Carate by a horse and cart which took our bags to the lodge leaving us to wander bare foot at our leisure to the lodge. Was very grateful to our guide for suggesting such an amazin place. He was also a fantastic guide and would highly recommend him.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2010

La Leona Eco Lodge is by far one of the most beautiful place to stay around Costa Rica, the service, the friendly and always helpful staff, the amazing food and the lodge's location - right by the ocean - are just the perfect combination of elements that had always provide us and our clients unforgettable memories....Keep up the good work!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2010

Walking 40 minutes on the beach during morning low tide by the Pacific Ocean seemed surreal enough. La Leona Lodge was like an oasis and we were greeted by the friendly owner Adrian and staff, who all quickly and efficiently provided mango drinks and a huge breakfast. We immediately went on a five hour nature hike with Bolivar who was an amazing guide as we spotted different mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, etc. We saw the endangered tapir lazily napping between the trees. While it was exciting to see monkeys and scarlet macaws the highlight of our entire Costa Rica trip was running through the forest, as the monkeys were screaming, to see a puma resting proudly on its paws (Bolivar keeping us a safe distance away). Bolivar also led the sunrise hike along the beach and gold mining site in Carate. He is a certified guide, one of 36 in the Osa Peninsula region, who is very experienced, knowledgeable and genuine. On our own we hiked the private La Leona trail by the Rio Madrigal, which was fun. Swimming in the ocean isn't possible because of the riptides and rocks, but then there is a pristine quality to the beach as the waves roll and crash ashore with hardly a soul in sight.

Situated right on the beach La Leona Lodge is a five minute walk from the entrance of Corcovado National Park. Adrian and his staff were so gracious, friendly and considerate. They were very responsive to arrival and departure logistics, which is crucial when traveling to such a remote location. The tents were comfortable (bring mosquito netting and flashlights) with quaint decorative touches, such as a coconut head shower and painted fish made of coconuts and sticks. We spent hours on the hammocks overlooking the ocean right outside the tents. The meals were delicious and plentiful--many compliments to the kitchen staff. You get the sense that it is a family owned lodge, and the staff interacts like a happy family unit, working together interchangeably.

La Leona Lodge is an experience of a lifetime in a beautiful, remote location for those with a sense of adventure.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2010

La Leona Lodge is a 30 minute walk or horse-shuttle ride from Carate. It's the very last establishment, (besides the park reservation shack/basically-free camping spot) the very last anything you will see besides scarlet macaws, dolphins and howler monkeys for a very very long time. It's located right on the gorgeous beach, albeit one that is dangerous to swim in due to strong rip currents.

The meals are very good; they are also large, because they're served to backpackers coming off of multi-day treks in the rainforest. The cocktails are out of this world!

The owners are sweet, friendly and helpful. The bathrooms are very clean and functional.

The rooms are mostly little "tent cabinas". Individual screened-in little rooms with just a bed & bath towel, and outside a private, wooden front porch. There are no doors that lock, you can leave valuables in the safe at the front check-in.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2010

la leona is a unique experience --hikes are great with lots of wild life and knowlegable guides--camp style accomodation and meals makes it easy for sharing experiences and socializing--our only complaint besides hot and humid--was the unfair billing which was correct in american dollars and then changed to colones for visa at too high a rate--made a difference of 100 dollars on the billing when converted back!!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2010

La Leona Lodge is one of the prettiest places on the planet. It is truly paradise. The tents are very nice. Some have attached bathrooms. Your view from the tent is the big surf of the Pacific Ocean. The staff treats you like one of the family. They understand customer service. The food is magnificent. We brought fresh fish, that we caught, and they made several magnificent meals from our fish. We were surrounded by wildlife. We made several hikes into Corcovado. Wildlife was everywhere. Be sure to take a guide. It can be dangerous. One evening we had a nice rain. It brought out the famous Halloween Crabs. Very Cool.

  • Stayed February 2010
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Property: La Leona Eco Lodge
Address: Playa Carate, Carate, Corcovado National Park 2388, Costa Rica
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Region: 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 #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Carate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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