- Lightweight, casual clothing appropriate for hiking such as light pants, shorts and shirts. Our dress code at the property is completely informal, so don’t worry about bringing smart clothes for dinner or formal apparel. Bring a couple of extra shirts as hiking can be a sweaty affair!
- Knee-high sports socks (for comfort should you choose to wear our rubber boots for the rainforest hikes). Should you bring your own boots, we recommend lightweight, comfortable hiking or walking shoes that are waterproof.
- Sandals or water shoes
- Bathing suits & sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Light raincoat when visiting during the rainy season
- Basic medical kit (aspiring, band-aids, Imodium, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream etc.)
- Refillable water bottle
- Binoculars (or you may borrow them from reception)
Note: We ask our guests to kindly refrain from using electric hairdryers as this would strain our biodiesel-powered generators. Thank you for your understanding.
Dry Season: December – April
Rainy Season: May – November
The rain, especially on the Pacific coast, typically occurs during the afternoon or evening and is “warm”. We experience a short mid-year mini Dry Season towards the end of July and beginning of August when rainfall decreases significantly for 3-4 weeks. The rainiest months are September and October, especially in the south Pacific region.
Note: The climate in San Jose is often very different to the coastal regions. A medium-weight fleece jacket is highly recommended for cooler nights in and around the capital.
TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL CHART FOR THE OSA PENINSULA
|Avg. Max. Temp. (F)||91||92||92||91||90||89||89||89||90||89||89||90|
|Avg. Min. Temp||72||71||73||73||73||72||71||71||71||71||71||71|
|Avg. Rainfall (inches)||6,30||5,70||8,00||11,00||18,90||17,50||18,90||20,90||22,00||27,70||22,30||11,60|
1. Visa not required for nationals of the USA, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and the UK and its dependencies for stays of up to 90 days.
2. Visa not required for nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Dominica, El Salvador, Estonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Suriname, Taiwan, Turkey, Vatican City and Venezuela for stays up to 30 days.
*Please note: The minimum recommended age for children at Lapa Rios is 6 years old.
We’ve made this choice because we are a low impact lodge that works rigorously to reduce our footprint and effects on the surrounding environment. The architectural design of our ocean-facing bungalows allows for the constant flow of air through the screen walls, creating a fresh, breezy environment. The majority of our guests are comfortable and enjoy their bungalow experience.
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We have no phone land lines at the lodge. In fact, we don’t even play music at dinner. Instead, we ask that you listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night: the crickets, the cicadas and the kinkajous. All this is very intentional. Lapa Rios is in a wilderness setting and we strive to take full advantage of this isolation to concentrate on the peaceful experience.
*If you are interested in visiting Corcovado National Park, due to limited space we recommend booking this external tour in advance.
Should you have special medical needs, please let us know ahead of time. This includes any difficulty walking up and down stairs (there are over 200 steps on the property), and allergies (such as bee stings, nuts, shellfish, etc.) etc. We will endeavor to accommodate your needs.
Remember to bring your refillable water bottle or purchase one at the hotel to stay hydrated while enjoying the rainforest at Lapa Rios. We recommend that guests drink at least 2-3 litres of water per day here in the tropics.
Wildlife is abundant in the common areas and near the bungalows. The bungalows themselves are visited by a variety of small insects and creatures but nothing large or dangerous. Before going to the main lodge for dinner, we recommend that guests turn off all interior room lights so as to attract as few critters as possible. Tolerance of this ever present animal population is a necessary compromise in order to enjoy it here. Nothing is looking to bite human beings – they’re not in the food chain of the rainforest creatures. While you will see many new forms of life, with the ordinary exercise of common sense there should be little risk.
Our cancellation policies vary by season:
Holiday Season – Dec 20th – Jan 5th
– If cancellation is received 91 or more days prior to the arrival date, we will refund 100% of the paid total.
– If a reservation is cancelled between 90 and 60 days prior to the arrival date, 50% of the reservation will be charged.
– If a reservation is cancelled between 59 and 30 days prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– Cancellation policies may apply to modifications or night reductions made 90 days or less prior to the arrival date
High Season – Jan 6th – April 30th, Nov 1st – Dec 19th
– If cancellation is received 61 or more days prior to the arrival date, we will refund 100% of the paid total.
– If a reservation is cancelled 60 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– Cancellation policies may apply to modifications or night reductions made 60 days or less prior to the arrival date.
Green Season– May 1st – Oct 31st
– If cancellation is received 31 or more days prior to the arrival date, we will refund 100% of the paid total.
– If a reservation is cancelled 30 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– Cancellation policies may apply to modifications or night reductions made 30 days or less prior to the arrival date.
In all cases:
– If there is a “no-show” 100% of the reservation total will be charged.
– In the event the cancelled room is resold, reimbursement will be made in full.
– Unused prepaid services (such as airport transfers or tours booking in advance) are non-refundable.
If you are taking a domestic flight to Puerto Jimenez, you’re in for a ride! These small planes are often a new – and memorable – experience. Flying time is under 1 hour, unless there are stops en route. Depending on the airlines’ schedule, you may land to drop off or pick up other passengers in Quepos, Palmar Sur, Drake’s Bay or Golfito.
When you arrive in Puerto Jiménez, our staff will welcome you and take you to our office located next to the airstrip. A cool beverage and restroom stop will prepare you for the remainder of the journey to Lapa Rios.
Upon departing the Lapa Rios office in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle, you will travel along a dirt road for 45-60 minutes, first passing through cattle pastures before heading deeper into the rainforest. Our staff will welcome you, host your check in and offer an orientation around the lodge. If you arrive during a mealtime, feel free to proceed to the restaurant; check in and orientation will follow.
Getting around is also hassle-free. Domestic, carbon neutral airlines like Sansa connect all the regions of Costa Rica. The longest internal flight route is under 1 hour. Roads and highways are well-maintained too, and driving between destinations is unlikely to ever take more than 4 hours.
Importantly, Costa Rica is also considered a safe travel destination. We don’t even have a national army!
If you’d like some advice on where to combine with the Osa Peninsula, we’ll gladly give you some ideas. You can also check out our sister properties in the Cayuga Collection, and design the perfect combination of tropical adventures to suit you.
Medical care in Costa Rica is of very high quality and considered to be the best in Central America. San Jose especially has excellent hospitals, medical facilities and doctors, many of whom have qualified in the US or in Europe.
*Please make sure you bring enough of your personal medications as the pharmacy in Puerto Jimenez only offers basic medical products.
We advise taking out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and any dependents/travel companions for the duration of your stay in Costa Rica. As a minimum, this insurance should include:
– Emergency evacuation expenses
– Medical expenses
– Repatriation expenses
– Cancellation or curtailment of trip
– Damage/theft/loss of personal luggage, money and goods
In case of medical emergencies, most Costa Rican doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance or not. If your health insurance does not cover you for medical expenses while you are abroad, you should consider supplemental insurance. It may also be worth finding out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or if they reimburse you later for any overseas health expenditures.
Carbon offsets are voluntary donations that can be made to compensate, or offset, greenhouse gas emissions from transport, electricity use, and other sources. In an effort to promote sustainable development and tourism, the Costa Rican Ministry of Environmental Affairs has created a program in which tourists can compensate the carbon emissions from their international flights by investing in programs that preserve and reforest natural areas within Costa Rica. You can find more information on the program’s website (http://www.fonafifo.go.cr/) or ask us!