LONELY PLANET’S TOP ECO RETREATS Witness this spectacle for yourself at Lapa Rios, which looks out over the Golfo Dulce, a tropical fjord where whales and dolphins nurse their young in nutrient-rich, Crayola-blue waters.
HEMISPHERES MAGAZINE Three Perfect Days: Costa Rica. This eco-paradise is the perfect place to embark on a Central American safari, and if you plan well, you can even have the monkeys mostly to yourself.
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER (US) Animal lovers come here for rainforest hikes, bird watching, ocean kayaking, and horseback riding on deserted beaches, plus yoga classes, massages, and lazing in hammocks.
THE INDEPENDENTLapa Rios, which pokes out of the canopy with 16 thatched bungalows, close to Corcovado National Park. Each lodge is open to the elements on three sides, with only a mosquito net separating the beds from the balconies. A communal pool and restaurant invite guests to trade tales of adventure.
HUFFINGTON POSTOn the Osa Peninsula, located in the deep south of Costa Rica, an astounding array of wildlife plays forgetful host to the travelers passing through. As the vast abundance of species go about the daily business of eating and avoiding being eaten, they barely recognize visitors’ existence, which is a photographer’s dream scenario.
TRAVEL + LEISUREOn Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, howler monkeys rule the rainforest and locals still pan for gold.
NEWSWEEKA plush bungalow and a pool await, as well as an observation tower for spying on monkeys and scarlet macaws.
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER (UK)Set in a private nature reserve occupying some 400 hectares of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, the 16 wood, bamboo and thatch bungalows of Lapa Rios overlook the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean.
USA TODAYLapa Rios is a magical escape that enthralled my three outdoorsy little girls, who are still talking about those coatis, agoutis, three-toed sloths, green iguanas and other strange creatures.
CNN MONEYJohn and Karen Lewis abandoned a comfortable life for an adventurous one when they built Lapa Rios.