Lapa Rios

Nature enthusiasts that wish to completely unplug and absorb all the sights and sounds of tropical rainforest will find Lapa Rios eco resort in the wild Osa Peninsula a true piece of paradise. Lapa Rios was built over 350-feet above sea level and in perfect harmony with over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest. Lapa Rios is a National Geographic Unique Lodge that has won world recognition for their social and environmental sustainable tourism model. It’s home to thousands of species of flora and fauna and is the perfect hotel for any nature lover – couples or families – looking for an eco-luxury retreat fully immersed in the rain forest.

All 17 private, luxurious bungalows overlook the sprawling Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Every bungalow is eloquently designed with nature and features reed-thatched roofs, gorgeous ocean views, one king or two queen beds, 400-thread organic cotton sheets, private outdoor deck with hammock and rain head shower, ceiling fans, indoor bathroom with two showers, bathrobes, organic toiletries, safe, daily morning coffee delivery, and nightly turn-down service. Lapa Rios masters the art of “unplugging” with no phones, TV, radios, hair dryers, A/C (fresh ocean breezes will keep the bungalow cool), or room service (food in the bungalow can attract animals). For Wi-Fi, there is a small area designated for Internet near the main lodge. It is important to note that the entire property is located along a ridge climbing up through the rainforest and that there are many uphill steps to get from your bungalow to the main lodge where meals are served.

Every aspect of the Lapa Rios experience is a beautiful, unique encounter with nature. You will start your journey with a flight to Puerto Jimenez where you will be greeted with a cool towel and refreshing coconut water. A friendly Lapa Rios staff member will then take you about 45 minutes to the eco-resort. Keep your eyes open for macaws, herons, monkeys and puma along the drive. Your stay at Lapa Rios includes a full meal plan with the freshest ingredients, mixing international dishes and Costa Rican favorites. Dining at Brisa Azul is one of the main highlights of Lapa Rios as the meals are artfully and carefully prepared, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, and the views unrivaled. All the guided tours by Lapa Rios are included with your stay: birding, waterfall hike, medicine tour, starfish beach walk, various rainforest hikes/trails, night walk, sustainability tour, and more. There are also off-property tours (at an additional cost) and include dolphin tour, surf lessons, sea and mangrove kayak, botanical garden, horseback riding, rappelling, canopy zip-line, aerial plane, and guided hike of Corcovado National Park. When you’re not signed-up for a guided tour, hang-out by the pool with the monkeys (literally) or splurge on a massage or private yoga lesson. With so many guided-tours included with your stay and countless wildlife viewing opportunities, we recommend a minimum of three nights at Lapa Rios.

  • Located in The Osa Peninsula, near Corcovado National Park
  • 17 private, luxury eco-bungalows
  • Each bungalow features ceiling fan, private bath with dual rain showers, large deck with private outdoor rain shower and hammock, organic toiletries, and safe
  • No TVs, Wi-Fi, A/C, radios, or hair dryers in the bungalows
  • All a la carte meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are included with your stay
  • Large pool with deck overlooking the rainforest and ocean
  • Open air restaurant serving fresh, delicious local food
  • Massage by appointment (please plan a day in advance)
  • Yoga by appointment (please plan a day in advance)
  • All guided tours by Lapa Rios included with your stay
  • Sustainable practices and eco-friendly construction
  • Cayuga property
  • Level 5 CST certification (Certificate for Sustainable Tourism)
  • National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
  • Lonely Planet’s Top Eco Retreats
  • Mentioned by Conde Nast Traveler, The Independent, Huffington Post, Travel+Leisure, Newsweek, USA Today, CNN Money
  • Arrive to The Osa by small plane and then 45-minute ground transfer to the hotel
  • Birder and naturalist paradise