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Lapa Rios Lodge by Böëna

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Starting at $600 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 5 Nights

Book a unique rainforest experience when you travel to Costa Rica with the help of the Lapa Ríos Lodge by Böëna. It features open-air bungalows and a lodge that are tucked into a 1,000-acre private reserve in the southern rainforest near Corcovado National Park. Your family will never forget this special vacation.


Eco lodge room at Lapa Rios Lodge
Eco lodge room at Lapa Rios Lodge

Nature and nurture converge at Lapa Ríos Lodge by Böëna, a place where you can spend the morning exploring the rainforest and the afternoon on the beach, or vice versa as the mood suits you. Located on the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica near Corcovado National Park, Lapa Ríos sits at the spot where the Golfo Dulce joins the Pacific Ocean. It offers both jungle/ocean adventures and idyllic retreat.

Positioned on a private rainforest reserve that stretches to 1,000 acres, the lodge sits 350 feet above sea level, giving guests spectacular views from every angle as they look down into the forest and out to sea. Lapa Ríos hosts 17 private bungalows, which lie along three forest ridges. In harmony with its surroundings, the lodge uses materials harvested from the land. You'll see a variety of wood (using only dead trees, no live ones), reeds and fronds for thatching.

The lodge is not solely a luxury getaway; it is part of an ecotourism project aimed at conserving its little corner of the rainforest and proving that tourism can be a viable alternative to logging and deforestation. Lapa Ríos Lodge by Böëna has earned the highest rating from the country's tourism bureau for the many ways it promotes, as well as practices, sustainability.

Families, honeymooners and other travelers can enjoy a wealth of activities here. The reserve is home to stunning waterfalls and three pristine beaches, where you can enjoy surf lessons, ride horseback on the beach and learn to kayak in quieter waters. The rainforest is home to four monkey species and plenty of exotic birds, such as toucans and macaws, as well as tree frogs and a variety of additional creatures that number in the thousands. Endangered animals, including jaguars, pumas and scarlet macaws, also call this area home.

Lapa Ríos guests can enjoy a dip in the lodge's salt-based pool, relax and stretch with massages and yoga, and enjoy meals in the on-site restaurant. Included in your stay are your choice of a variety of on-site, guided walks for all activity levels and ages; participants may see a variety of wildlife and learn about the rainforest and its inhabitants on these excursions. The lodge provides walking sticks, binoculars, rubber boots and water bottles for all. Don't miss happy-hour presentations from guides who recap the day's fun and are available to answer questions.

Key Features

Waterfall Rappelling at Lapa Rios Lodge
Waterfall Rappelling at Lapa Rios Lodge
  • Set in a private nature reserve
  • Overlooks the Golfo Dulce & the Pacific Ocean
  • 16 Beautiful Oceanview Bungalows
  • Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes
  • Catch and Release Sport Fishing
  • Lapa Rios is built in harmony
  • Number one Eco Lodge in Costa Rica
  • All sit down style meals included in rates
Starting at $600 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 5 Nights


Airport Transfers
Breakfast Included
Daily Maid Service
Family Friendly
Gift Shop
Hotel near Beach
Hotel near Forest
Packages Available
Restaurant On Site
Security Box
Smoke Free Rooms
Tour Desk


Sounds of the Rain Forest
We stood at the edge of the rainforest, and our guide Valerie told us, "...Open your senses and the rain forest will come to life


Luxury Room at Lapa Rios Lodge
Luxury Room at Lapa Rios Lodge

Let the distant sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep each night in one of 17 luxury bungalows that make up the guest quarters at Lapa Ríos Lodge by Böëna. Open-air rooms are all equipped with magnificent ocean views and ceiling fans; however, there is no air-conditioning, which detracts from the nature experience.

There are three baths to enjoy at each bungalow. One is outdoors and two are inside. Indoor showers offer you the choice of a cool, waterfall-like water stream or a more conventional shower with solar-heated hot water. Roomy and bright, each bathroom features a screened bay window for a unique spot to sit and view the rainforest.

Bungalows are screened to allow the sounds and smells of the forest and ocean in, and you'll awaken every morning to the cries of howler monkeys and a fresh thermos of hot coffee ready and waiting just outside your door.

As you make your way to the lodge, rainforest animals will remind you what a special place this is and bring a smile to your lips as you face the day. Refuel at the breakfast buffet and consider the day's agenda. If you need access to the Internet, there is a small area near the main lodge with Wi-Fi capabilities.

Starting at $600 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 5 Nights


Yoga, Chi Kung and Massage – Work out the kinks with four different massages and two spiritual exercises.

Bird Tours – Offered in the morning and evening, these guided tours are timed for maximum bird sightings.

Night Walk – Explore the nocturnal rainforest with a flashlight and guide to point out frogs, bats, insects, kinkajous and other creatures.

Local Medicine Tour – Guides explain medicinal use of rainforest plants as you learn about Costa Rica culture.

Starfish Walk – Marine biology is the focus of this ocean-side tour; look for starfish, sea cucumbers and land crabs.

Hikes – Choose from three medium-to-hard hikes with different focuses that include waterfalls and rainforest flora.

Matapalo Tour – This is a wildlife hike along beaches and secondary forest areas with a guide to help you spot area creatures.

Plant a tree – Get the family involved in conservation with the simple act of transplanting a seedling.

Carbonera School – Join local children in a primary school built by the lodge for an authentic cultural experience that your kids will enjoy.

Twigs, Pigs and Garbage – Tour the reserve and learn more about its sustainable way of life.

Surfing – Lapa Rios is located next to amazing surf spots that are usually very uncrowded.

Tours Offered

ATV Riding
Bird Watching
Canopy Tours / Zip Line
Dolphin Watching Tours
Family Friendly Tours
Horseback Riding
Jet Ski / Wave Runner
Mountain Biking
National Park / Reserve Tours
Night Hikes
Scuba Diving
Surfing Lessons
White Water Kayaking
White Water Rafting
White Water Tubing
Wildlife Viewing


Prices Starting at $600 (USD) / night
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Location & Map

Osa Peninsula & Drake Bay Map
Osa Peninsula & Drake Bay Map
Lapa Rios Lodge by Böëna is overlooking Playa Carbonera in Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula

Customer Reviews for Lapa Rios Lodge by Böëna

Overall Rating
5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
Based on 1 review

5 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 55 of 5
From: United States8/5/2009
"Lapa Rios is a true eco-lodge. Just after we arrived we were treated to a wonderful lunch with a beautiful view of the rain forest as well as the ocean. Upon walking to our room we were very excited to see a Toucan in the trees no more than 10 feet away from us. It took only 2 days for us to see all the types of monkeys, sloth, Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, Frog, Lizards, many other birds and even some snakes, at a safe distance of course. Every morning the forest came alive with all the buzzing, bird calls and the Howler Monkeys. The beaches are also extremely beautiful and we even got some great surf at Matapalo. The staff at Lapa Rios understand what they have and they are blessed to be working in such a beautiful place. We cannot wait to go back."
Number of times you have visited this Hotel?
How friendly were the employees?
5 (very nice)
Would you stay there again?
Languages spoken at Hotel?
Spanish, English
How many times have you visited Costa Rica?
More than 5

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