Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
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Playa Carbonera, 12 miles South of Puerto Jim
Osa Peninsula
Costa Rica
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Reviewed by Kimberly Lisagor

When Minnesota natives John and Karen Lewis sold everything they owned in 1990 to buy 930 acres of Costa Rican rainforest, they had a unique vision in mind: an ecotourism destination that would conserve the country's last lowland tropical rainforest, enhance nearby communities, and offer travelers a luxurious escape to nature.

By all accounts, they succeeded beyond even their own ambitious dreams. Lapa Rios has become a prototype of the successful eco-lodge, and the Lewises are

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Room Types
Recreation & Amenities
Birding,Cultural Activities,Horseback Riding,Kayaking,Saltwater Fishing,Spa and Massage,Swimming Pool,Wildlife/Nature Programs
Closest Airport
Palmar Sur Airport (31.0 miles)
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one's idea of paradise. Rates include all meals and guides in the rainforest.

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Family Review of Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

By Away Travel Expert : Steve Jermanok
Family Expert Favorite
Family Expert Rating 5.0 out of 5
Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
Family Expert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Rise and shine on a three-hour morning hike with a naturalist through the rainforest. In the afternoon, sea kayak in the ocean around Matapalo Point, surf the Golfo Dulce, or saddle up those horses.
The 16 open-air bungalows and main lodge of the Lapa Rios Rainforest Wilderness Lodge are no tent-in-the-woods accommodations. Hardwood floors, bamboo walls, and a vaulted, thatched-roof ceiling provide plenty of space and privacy. Other luxuries include soft mosquito netting over the queen-sized bed and a secluded garden shower. Former Peace Corp volunteers Karen and John Lewis built the retreat in 1993 as a way to save hundreds of acres of rainforest from development. All those monkeys and birds that wake you up in the morning are a tribute to their brilliant success.