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“The Lookout-Inn Honest Eco-Tourism and Great People without all the Commercialism and Hype!”
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Lookout Inn Lodge
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

I've been coming to CR for 20-years now, and my recent week at the Lookout-Inn was like going back in time, and in so many wonderful ways, far too many ways honestly to put into words. As with all great destinations, the very beauty of the place and the spirits of the locals are often worn down from the never-ending surge of gringos (myself too) looking to get away from the rat-race in the States or other over-developed countries.

If you are looking at Carate, you already are on the right path for a truly amazing eco-vacation. Whether you like to go kayaking, hiking, playing in the surf, or just lounging in the pool this lodge has it ALL. The Lookout Inn unlike some of its neighbors is spread out across multiple ecosystems, and all within easy hikes in different directions from the lodge. I didn't make it to Corcovado, my initial intent simply because I didn't need to, I ran into troops of monkeys while kayaking, walking on the beach back from the lagoon, at the lodge just after sunrise or before sunset, on the Stairway to Heaven trail above the lodge, or the adjacent Shady Lane. My collection of monkey photos from Tortugero, Sarapiqui River and a host of other CR locations was typically little brown furry blotch with maybe an identifiable arm/leg or a tail barely visible. Not so here, a typical day involved multiple Spider or Capuchin monkey sightings within 10-15 feet while hiking, and then about 4 PM every day with beer in hand the lodge was typically visited by either the most amazing Squirrel monkeys or Capuchins. As long as you move slowly, respectfully I was able to sit and watch the lil' guys snack on some always present bananas, while taking some unbelievable iPhone pictures and videos from 5-6 feet away.

Oh, did I forget to mention there are some people working at the lodge too. In jest, Terry and Casia are some of the warmest, gracious, and most unassuming people you'll ever meet. I guess its a karma thing when you live in such a beautiful place it's easy to be happy, but everybody on staff truly was cool and fun to be around and interact with. Being a South Florida Gringo and not even bilingual one, my thanks go out Leah, Andy, Marty and the rest of the crew that always stopped to talk and smile as work permitted. Not sure how to spell "Rocky" en espanol but the buffet meals were great and she always held me a plate when I was off hiking or kayaking and would miss the meal buffets. I plan on going back in November.

Room Tip: Since the Squirrel and White-faced Capuchins come down from the ridge line above the lodge ask for h...
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

hello south beach -- thanks again mr. G for the nice review and the great time spent here and all those food goodies you brought to us the smoked meats fantastic we are still munching on them --- hope to see you in November-- bring more goodies --- thanks from all your new friends here at the lookout inn and dont forget we have a lil boutique hotel in town puerto jimene z with an amazing pool bye for now terry at the inn

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

We think we did well to stay away for nearly 6 months! We are huge travellers and we always look for the same thing. We want a fun time in a truly local location. We want to see and experience everything we can in the place we have chosen to visit and leave with a bucketful of memories and experiences. The Lookout gets you right under the skin of Costa Rica. The wildlife on your doorstep is incredible. I fished for bait in the lagoon up the road and a crocodile surfaced 4 metres in front of me. Down on the road a large snake was going up a tree to raid a squirrel's nest. Two of the other guests walked beyond the airstrip and saw a mountain lion. It is just endless. Fishing off the beach was brilliant, loads of action, back to the Lookout for the coldest beer and the best barbecued lemon chicken we have ever had. We stayed five nights. We came in November for 3 nights knowing it was the wet season and that was great. It rained, wow did it rain, but you still get plenty of sunshine and the rain does bring the place to life. May was good too, start of the wet and a little rain, sadly five nights goes real quick! My wife and I love this place and the hosts are great, nothing too much trouble, always so enthusiastic to share their knowledge of this amazing place. Downsides are no hot water, wifi is ok, but you are at one with nature here. Most of the rooms are really a platform with a roof and a bed with a mosquito net. If you hate bugs, need privacy and hot water, then this is not the place for you, but that is a shame because you will be missing out. Food is outstanding, great bar, yes we love this place and we will be back first week of December.

Room Tip: You need to figure out how close to nature you are happy to be. Best to email Terry.
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

our happy fisherman -- thank you for the 2nd visit and we shall see u2 again around the holidays and dont forget my scotch -- all is well here at the famous lookout inn eco lodge lil rain lil sun and lots of monkeys and scarlet macaws -- see you again thanks terry at the inn and the gang toooooooooooo

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

My wife and I were looking for something different, off the grid and found it at the Lookout Inn. We spent five days/nights there and one day/night at their other location Hotel Inn Jiménez, Puerto Jiménez.
They were performing some upgrading on the Tiki Hut structure that we had booked and was provided and upgrade. Great room, very spacious. You will get a workout from all of the stairs you will be climbing from your room, to the beach, and or to the main lodge.
As far as our host Terry and Katya, very attentive and fun to be around. Both are very knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife. The staff at both locations were a pleasure to deal with and be around, always smiling.
Since our visit was at the beginning of the "Green Season", we found that the Inn was still very busy with a variety of guest from all over the world. We enjoyed meeting and talking with all of them.
We look forward to our return visit back to the jungle and beach. - Whitney and Illegal.

Room Tip: This Inn is off the grid so be ready, no hot water, solar power, limited cell reception and wifi.
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

hello varysburg new york --a wonderful visit we had with you also - many thanks and please return again --bring good vodka tooooooooooo your new friends here at the lookout inn

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

If you don't like nature, animals, beautiful views, sunsets, waves and Costa Rica this place probably isn't for you. For everyone else, this place is beyond spectacular. I took my family which included a 4 year old and a 70 year old and each and everyone of us had a blast. Sleeping in the trees with open walls was amazing and now something I would like to do more of. The lodge is well designed to keep you entertained all day in a natural surrounding. The food prepared was buffet style and amazing as well. Lots of options for everyone. Very friendly staff too. Simply put, I am going again! Lots to see in the OSA and this place is right there. We just visited this May and it was sunny every day.

Room Tip: Get the rooms up high, You can see it all!
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

yes life here at the lookout inn osa p. is definitely on the wild side -- most guests think this may be the best place to hang your hat if your looking for adventure -great food - and smiles -- so we all here thank you -- come see us and dont forget about our hotel in puerto j.

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We were in the perfect place for the ultimate experience of the wild Costa Rica. Our open room Honeymoon Suite with the sounds, smells, and view was one of the most memorable experiences I will cherish. Food was fabulous and prepared fresh daily!! Open room shower felt wonderful in the heat . The staff and owners knowledgeable and so welcoming . If you love the Outdoors and all that comes with it , "This is your place"

Room Tip: open private outdoor experience comfortable tree houses as well as the more traditional indoor rooms
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lookoutinn, Owner at Lookout Inn Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

we all here at the famous lookout inn thank you and all for visiting us and sharing your vacation time with us ... thank you all so much terry at the inn

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Additional Information about 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: R1 420 - R2 130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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