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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Carate, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Province of Puntarenas

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RobertEmi...
Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews
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“Unforgettable stay at unique, secluded and beautiful Playa Lapa!”
Reviewed April 1, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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After visiting many lodges in the Osa Peninsula, my spouse and I definitely think Playa Lapa was the best place to stay with our two adult children. We enjoyed two wonderful weeks at this unique and exotic location. Arriving at Playa Lapa we instantly fell in love with the location by the ocean and the beautiful casa crafted with exotic local woods. Compared to the accommodations at the nearby lodges, we found it quite luxurious. We cooked all our meals on the gas stove. There is a large refrigerator and fully equipped kitchen with lots of counter top space to prepare food. The beds are very comfortable. My spouse and I slept in the master bedroom on the big queen bed, my daughter in the guest bedroom and my son on the futon sofa in the living room that folds out into a double bed. We liked that the house is fully screened to keep biting insects out and the steady breezes flowing, which made sleeping at night comfortable. Lots of small fans are provided to keep cool if needed. Our kids appreciated having wifi internet. It was sunny almost every day, so there was plenty of hot water available in the afternoon (we preferred cold showers) and battery power in the evening to keep a few lights going. Four kayaks are supplied for use in the nearby lagoon which abounds with birds. Playa Lapa is a naturalist's dream! The sheer diversity of plants and animals is amazing. The sandy beaches stretch for miles in each direction and are deserted. We enjoyed boogie boarding and swimming in the warm Pacific, at low tide we felt safe in the ocean. Close by lies Corcovado National Park where we hiked all day with our excellent guide Cristhian. Helene, the owner, was amazing! She patiently answered all our questions, was invaluable in coordinating with the guides to arrange our tours and made us feel welcomed at Playa Lapa. We especially liked the privacy of being on our own with the security of having Manuel (the caretaker) and Phoebe (a turtle biologist) nearby. We considered them part of our family, they were always so helpful and very discrete. Manuel alerted us to interesting wildlife sightings, especially the baby turtles hatching on the beach in front of the property. Phoebe is such a warm and wonderful person! She was indispensable in arranging our visits to Finca Exotica and Luna Lodge where we were warmly greeted by Monica, Lana and her mother before walking their amazing trails. She communicated with our guides, sometimes changing the dates of our tours to a time better suited to observe the animals or catch fish. She herself is a great guide, sharing her infectious passion for the animals and plants of the Osa. She gave us stems from her aloe vera plant and showed us how to cut and use it on our skin to relieve bites and heat rash. We understand why Helene treasures her! We also did a lagoon kayak and night turtle tour with her. We highly recommend Playa Lapa for an unforgettable and fantastic family vacation in the jungle!!

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Liked best: Proximity to ocean and jungle, especially Corcovado National Park
Liked least: The bumpy gravel road from Puerto Jimenez to Playa Lapa, but that is part of the adventure.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
2 Apr 2015
Thank you so kindly, Robert, for you lovely review!! Having spent 12 full days at Playa Lapa, and a professional biologist yourself, certainly increases the credibility of your words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our beach home and appreciated our own love of the jungle, the ocean and the amazing wildlife! We look forward to hosting you again soon at Playa Lapa!
Pura Vida!
Helene
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maracujag...
Topanga, California
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“beautiful view and immersed in nature - could use some tlc”
Reviewed March 26, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We enjoyed our stay here and loved being close to the Corcovado National Park which our host was kind enough to arrange a tour of with an excellent guide, Christian. The place was large and had sweeping jungle and ocean views and access but it felt like it needed tending. screens and doors were a bit unkempt and difficult to navigate and the house could have benefited from a few more solar panels.

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Liked best: The view, the macaws everywhere, the beach
Liked least: Ocean too rough for swimming with undertow, house needed tlc
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Apr 2015
Thank you ,Julie, for taking the time to review my beach home--I realize this was primarily a Realestate trip, and that you only had 2 days out of your 3 day stay to actually enjoy the Casa, the wildlife and the wonders of the jungle.
As for your difficulties with the locks and screens, well, with the close proximity to the ocean, the salt air will have its effect on everything, and we are obliged to replace them frequently as needed.
At Playa Lapa we have 3 independent solar arrays, a fairly robust power system, that with conscientious use as advised in the Guest Guide, will seldom let you down!
My biggest concern with your review is that you were unhappy with swimming on Carate Beach. I agree, the open Pacific surf can be powerful (which is a delight for surfers). But perhaps you missed my advice in the Guest Guide to swim only at low tide when the ocean is calmest--or perhaps there were just not many "low tide" hours during your short 2 days (one of which was an all day hike in the National Park.) Since low tide advances daily and could occur during the night, I really think you may feel differently if you had stayed longer and had an enjoyable swim or 2.
Again, thanks for the review, and good luck with your property search!
Sincerely,
Helene
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