Lapa Rios Ecolodge
The Osa Peninsula is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity; it’s an extraordinary region of primary rainforest and pristine beaches that’s teeming with wildlife, much of it endangered or endemic. At its tip, overlooking the sparkling Golfo Dulce is an incredible eco-lodge, Lapa Rios - part of the Boena group - whose purpose is to protect the 1,000 acres of jungle that surround it and share it with others in an eco-conscious way. Though the 17 luxe bungalows and villas look visually stunning, they’re carefully green, with organic natural linens and solar-powered indoor and alfresco showers. The restaurant dishes up sustainably sourced seafood and tropical ingredients grown on-site (try macadamia-crusted catch of the day with caramelized sweet potatoes and a mango-jalapeno relish for example). Guests wake to the calling of howler monkeys and drink morning coffee in their hammock, as scarlet macaws soar joyfully by. Guided excursions spot sloths, armadillos, teeny poison-dart frogs and endless bird species, as well as sea cucumbers and starfish in marine rock pools. A lucky few may glimpse jaguars and pumas too; even humpback whales out at sea. And on top of night-time rainforest walks and swims in a wild waterfall, guests can learn about the award-winning sustainability initiatives that Lapa Rios runs, which educate and transform local communities and all who visit. Staying here feels good, in every sense of the word.