Lapa Rios is considered to be one of the finest Eco-Resorts not only in Costa Rica but of all of the planet. What makes this place the perfect fit for a Costa Rica family vacation I guess I would say LOCATION, LOCACTION, LOCATION but I have to give credit to other parts of the hotel as well. Also it should be noted that Travel & Leisure has Lapa Rios as one of the top 500 Hotels on the Planet. There are quite a few hotels on the planet so thats not too bad.
We will start with the location though. First of all you fly into Costa Rica's Puerto Jimenez airport where you are met by a staff member of the hotel with a little cocktail Im sure. You are now on the Osa Peninsula which happens to be the most bio-diverse place on the planet (not a bad LOCATION for a eco-resort).
The location lends itself to amazing ocean views and all four species of Costa Rican monkeys without leaving your room. Did you get that all four species of Costa Rican monkeys w/o leaving your room. Now I did say that this hotel has great ocean views but be aware that you have to take a bit of a hike to get to the water. You can also be sure that you will see plenty of Scarlet Macaws during your stay.
I want you to know that we think this is one of Costa Rica's finest places and as a company we would like that every client would enjoy and atleast try an eco-adventure like staying at Lapa Rios. National Geographic as you can see to the left happens to think its one of the top 50 around and NatGeo has seen a few more than we have. I really feel if your family gave it a try by the time you left it would be almost impossible to say you really missed the things mentioned below.
Now some of the things you should know before you book what you think is a perfect piece of paradise (which is to us but to some w/o these little things it might be not the piece of paradise they were looking for.
Here is the list of what Lapa Rios DOES NOT HAVE:
- No A/C
- No Phones
- No TV's
- No Internet (not even for staff)
- No ATM (think tips)
This list above is what makes this place what it is. This is a real Gem of Costa Rica. It is one of the few places that does not have all these things, no beach access, and no night shows but you can still take your kids here on a Costa Rica family vacation and they will love it. There are activities to do in the area such as many different nature hikes and you will see more wildlife here than anywhere else in the country. Another great activity for the kids is the whale & dolphin trip or the kayaks. Do not expect to be doing super adrenaline pumping adventures like whitewater rafting Pacuare River. It is a good chance for them to get out into the water as the hotel is not right on the water as mentioned before.
Lapa Rios Costa Rica Negative Comments
Up-hill walk to restaurant (not much we can do here)
there should be two hammocks for every bungalow (I heard they were working on this one)
Interesting Facts About Hotel:
Dinner is ordered at Breakfast to not waste food in the evening