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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Hotels

Lookout Inn

  • Main road to Carate Map It
  • Casual Chic


  • Proximity to beach and access on foot to Corcovado Park
  • Excellent food
  • Party atmosphere


  • Very steep trip to lodge and down to beach
  • Limited communication with outside world
  • Cabins have more privacy than lodge rooms

Updated 04/24/2014

Fodor's Review

This lively, barefoot inn—shoes come off at the bottom step—is set on a precipitous hillside with a spectacular panorama that includes a colorful garden and scarlet macaws foraging in the almond trees that line the beach. Energetic owner Terry Conroy makes sure everyone joins in the fun, and his serene wife, Katya, makes a mean margarita. Steep stairs are plentiful here, including a 500-step "Stairway to Heaven" up to an even loftier lookout, where the odd puma has

been spotted. Comfortable rooms in the lodge have huge ceramic bathrooms. Two wooden cabins are perfect for those craving privacy. The Monkey House cabin is great for families. Less-expensive tentlike tiki cabinas sit on 10-foot platforms and share a bathhouse. Inventive meals with lots of fresh fish are served on two breezy terraces with spectacular views of the coastline. The breakfast buffet is served on a huge patio where monkeys come to feast on bananas. There's also a small, spring-fed plunge pool with a hammock rancho, a yoga deck, a spa, a shaded beach pavilion, and a bird-watching trail through primary forest. The hotel organizes beach and trail rides on horseback.

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Hotel Information


Main road to Carate, east of Carate landing strip, Carate, 60702, Costa Rica

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/2735–5431; 757-644–5967-in U.S.

Hotel Details:

  • 3 rooms, 4 cabins, 2 cabins with shared bath
  • All meals

Updated 04/24/2014


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By Barbara

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Apr 12, 2006

A beach resort in a remote jungle location

My husband and I stayed at the Lookout Inn from March 21-24. We reserved their deluxe lodge room, but Terry talked us in to a cabin when we arrived. It was open on 3 sides, although they do have a couple of screened-in cabins. Mosquito netting was all we needed to keep from worrying about the few flying moths, and we could see the ocean and abundant wildlife laying in our bed and enjoy our "outdoor" shower (with walls). Privacy was surprisingly not

a worry, since the plants and flowers screen the cabins. The most notable things about Lookout Inn to us were the beach, the huge number of Macaws and the great food. It was also a great value relative to the other 3 places we stayed. The beach and shaded hammocks drew us away from too much hiking, so we actually never made it to the park entrance. A local guide was taking guests on tours to the park. Monkeys and other mammals came right up to the lodge because it is surrounded by banana trees. There is one trail that goes straight up a steep hill behind the lodge to a waterfall. You can also get to the waterfall and other hikes (a night hike to a lagoon, Corcavado Park) via the road. Huge numbers of Macaws hang out in the pecan trees on the beach, and the sound and visual impact all day is extraordinary! The food was surprisingly good for a small inn, and the best we had on the trip. One couple drove down (from San Jose), and would have done anything to leave the car. Highly recommend flying to PJ. We combined our Osa visit with a few nights at Bosque del Cabo, and enjoyed both for their unique benefits. March is dry and very hot (although still not as hot and humid as Virginia in August!). It has not rained in two months. No need for any cool weather clothes. Terry also has boogie boards, kayaks and horses if you are looking for other activities.

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