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Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific.
The thatched and extremely comfortable bungalows all have terraces with hammocks, and the focal point of the main lodge is a hardwood stairwell soaring up three storeys from the restaurant floor so guests can see out over the dense rainforest canopy down to the ocean. All the man-made structures blend beautifully into the surroundings, and the fact that Lapa Rios enhances this special location rather than detracting from it is entirely down to the vision and dedication of the American owners John and Karen Lewis. Overlooking the sea, the property catches the cooling tropical breezes, as do the jungle bungalows below, which are connected by walking paths. The overall decor is rustic but comfortable, with locally made bamboo furniture adding to the relaxed feel. Activities at Lapa Rios are focused around the rainforest and the nearby ocean and include jungle hikes, bird watching, ocean kayaking, horseback riding, catch and release sport fishing and surfing.
Why we love it
Lapa Rios is keen that its guests interact with the local people, and can arrange all sorts of activities, from playing soccer with locals, to attending local dances, planting trees, and making tortillas.