South Pacific

The main attractions of this region include the beaches, marine life, such as whales and dolphins, mangrove swamps, reptiles, sport fishing and surfing.  Also hiking the national park trails, professional and amateur diving, trekking to the top of Costa Rica’s highest mountain Chirripo, the impressive waterfalls in protected areas and botanical gardens are some of the most popular.

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge has been described by guests as "pure magic", ¨a secret treasure¨, "absolutely spectacular" and as "the loveliest place in Central America¨. It has become the perfect jungle retreat for ecotourist visitors seeking adventure off the beaten track.
The lodge is surrounded by the dense wilderness of Piedras Blancas National Park in Costa Rica's remote southern zone where guests can enjoy activities such as hiking, birdwatching, horseback riding as well as boat and kayak trips in nearby Golfo Dulce.
The hotel accommodations have a native rancho style with a roof made from 70,000 palm fronds and it features a spacious, open living room, library, bar, an haut cuisine restaurant, a chlorine-free pool fed by a crystal-clear jungle stream, beautifully landscaped tropical gardens which attract more than 200 species of birds, colorful butterflies, coatis, monkeys, iguanas, and many other animals plus a 10-mile long network of well-marked trails, most of which lead through fascinating, untouched primary forest.

Rooms:
14 standard rooms: which offer a private bathroom with hot water shower, ceiling fan, full screening and a terrace.

Features: Spacious open living room, library, bar, restaurant with high-standard cuisine, beautifully landscaped tropical garden, chlorine-free pool fed by a crystal-clear jungle stream, 10-mile long network of well-marked trails most of which lead to fascinating untouched primary forests.

Food & Beverages: The hotel’s restaurant offers haut cuisine praised for refreshing tropical cocktails and fruit juices, fresh exotic vegetables from surrounding gardens and freshly caught fish from Golfo Dulce.

Whales and Dolphins Ecolodge is a wonderful hotel where you’ll be able to see these beautiful animals in the neighboring beaches of Uvita and Dominical in tropical Costa Rica. Strongly dedicated to the principles of conservation and ecotourism, the Whales and Dolphins Ecolodge is a full service resort with all the amenities needed to fulfill the expectations of those who enjoy marine wildlife and nature, but do not want to miss the comforts left back at home. This four star hotel blends the elements of nature and marine wildlife expertise, combined with excellent hosting, to guarantee an enriching and relaxing experience, for all their guests, without ever leaving any expectations to the side, because here everything is included, be it peace, adventure or a little bit of both.

The lodge has the best ocean view of Whale Marine National Park. From its terrace it is also possible to see Isla del Caño and Corcovado National Parks.

Rooms:
4 suites and 16 standard rooms (one specially equipped for handiccaped people).
All the rooms have private balcony with stunning ocean views, AC, fan, private bathrooms, safe box, minibar, phone, sat TV and hairdryer.

Features: Two swimming pools: one for adults and one for children.
World class restaurant.
Rainforest bar.
Observation deck.
Gift shop with local and international products .
Internet,Gym,Parking,Laundry,Library.

The Hotel is a realized dream of Tom, from Munich in Germany, is the result of careful planning and research of the best way to create an exclusive and cozy boutique hotel amidst the surroundings of exuberant tropical jungle forest, in the lobby of the Earth’s most ecologically diverse area.

Astonishing views all along the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica are the red carpet that leads to this intimate and warm construction in Colonial and Native Costa Rica’s style, a celebration of the encounter of cultures, where the best of both worlds meet, keeping the glamour and elegance of a modern and civilized world, and evoking the spiritual world of the indigenous cultures that inhabited our small yet rich country.

Looking over the treetops towards the crystalline Pacific Ocean with sandy and deserted beaches, is "CUNA DEL ANGEL" (Cradle of an Angel), nestled in a private and remote area. The owner made every effort to create a unique ambience in the tropical colonial style with endless details and a personalized service with a smile coming from the heart. It's 9 km south of Dominical, in Puertocito, between the coastal road and the only 500 m distant Pacific Ocean in the south of Costa Rica.



Hotel Lapa Rios ocean viewSet in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one's idea of paradise.

Lapa Rios was built by John and Karen Lewis as a private nature reserve. A Minnesota couple driven by a vision, John and Karen liquidated all their assets to finance the purchase of a large tract of rainforest and to build the small supporting tourism project. Today a conservation easement elaborated by The Nature Conservancy and Cederena ensure that this rainforest will be preserved into perpetuity. The Lapa Rios reserve is connected through a corridor with Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula.

Lapa Rios is built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes. The main lodge, housing the restaurant and bar, soars 50 feet and is built of local, natural materials. Palm thatched roofs meet a three-story hardwood circular stairway. Climb to overlook the forest canopy and breathtaking ocean vistas. Comfortable, locally made bamboo furniture adds to relaxation in this tranquil panorama of nature.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful rainforest hotel or eco resort next to the beach. Lapa Rios is a model Ecotourism project that strives to show that “a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down”. Besides winning awards from Conde Nast Traveler and being featured in many international publications, Lapa Rios is a pioneer in sustainable tourism employing only people from the local community and being committed to environmentally sound practices.

Activities at Lapa Rios are focused around the rainforest and the nearby Ocean. Rainforest hikes, bird watching, Ocean Kayaking, horseback riding, catch and release sport fishing and surfing are some of the activities offered. Furthermore, guests can take massages, participate in Yoga classes, relax at the pool with a tropical cocktail or just take a nap in a hammock and maybe observe the birds, monkeys and other animals that come by. For many guests, the highlight is a tour to Corcovado National Park by plane or a night camping in the jungle.

Lapa Rios is an ideal vacation experience for people that like nature and are open to learning about conservation, culture and biodiversity. Honeymoon couples looking for a more active and unique kind of experience as well as families with older children that are looking to spend some real quality time together also enjoy the experience. Think of yourself as a traveler and not a tourist when coming to Lapa Rios. Feel free to explore our website and hopefully some time soon we will be able to share our vision with you.

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Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
If you are planning to visit Costa Rica we would like you to have the most extraordinary experience by staying with us at Casa Corcovado. The lodge is the closest to Corcovado National Park, the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America. Located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica, Corcovado is the "crown jewel" of a world-renowned national park system.

Including thirteen separate ecosystems, almost one hundred species of trees and nearly four hundred species of birds, Corcovado has been called "the most biologically intense place on earth" by no less an authority than the National Geographic Society. Here among the largest trees of Costa Rica, can be found the densest population of tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in Meso-America.

Preserving the rainforest is vital because already one-half of the earth's rainforest has been destroyed at a rate of fifty acres a minute - an area the size of New York state every year. Gone will be the rainforest where 25% of our prescription drugs have already been found and where many others wait to be discovered. The world's first studies of the tropical forest canopies were done in Corcovado. Because of the astonishing variety of unknown life forms discovered within these "hidden worlds" the estimation of life upon this planet had to be increased twentyfold.

The geography of the Osa Peninsula is diverse, allowing for many different habitats and contributing to its spectacular biological wealth. While an undulating landscape of knife blade ridges and steep, stream-cut ravines dominate the majority of the peninsula, many other landscapes can also be found. In the western end of the peninsula, a large uplifted plateau drops off into the ocean from hundred foot high rocky bluffs. Further to the North, vast stretches of mangrove swamp surround the mouth of the Sierpe, a large river that borders the peninsula

The forests of the Osa Peninsula are generally classified as Lowland Pacific Rain Forest. Unlike the Caribbean coast which was historically covered with a long unbroken rain forest, the Pacific coast of Central America typically receives far less precipitation and has many tropical dry forests. The west coast from southern Costa Rica through Panama has rain forests due to the Talamanca mountains which act as a barrier to the moist west winds causing them to precipitate on the Pacific coast and deluging the Osa Peninsula with 350-600 centimeters of rain per year.

Another unique aspect of the Pacific lowland rain forest is that it retains a biogeographical link to the Amazon basin. Many of the plants and animals found on the Osa are more closely related to species found in the Amazon Basin than any other part of Central America or northern South America.
Development and logging have severely fragmented most of the rain forest on the Pacific coast, but the Osa has retained the largest unbroken tracts of this quickly disappearing habitat.The importance of conservation in this area has not been lost on the government of Costa Rica. In 1975 the Costa Rican government created a national park on the isolated Pacific coast of the peninsula. Shortly after that another 330,000 acres of the peninsula were set aside as forest reserves. Most of this land is in the Golfo Dulce Reserve, which runs along the spine of the peninsula. When you add these reserves to the land encompassed by Corcovado National Park the total amount of protected land on the peninsula comes to 430,000 acres, or eighty percent of the peninsula itself.