Can you help us design the ultimate Green Family Vacation?

Lapa Rios along with our sister hotels in the Cayuga Collection are inviting you to come down south and help us create the greatest green and sustainable family vacation in the world! You an apply through the Cayuga Collection website to help us with this vision.

We have seen first hand how a sustainable family vacation can leave a lasting impact on participants and we want your help to show others how green we can be.

Hunting for Starfish

Guests hunt for starfish among the inter-tidal pools near Lapa Rios.

What makes for a GREAT Family Vacation?  We think it is all about these four elements: Experience – Learn – Connect – Relax

  • Experiencing adventures and activities together that become unforgettable memories.
  • Learning about different cultures, learning a new language or other skills,
  • Connecting with the people in the destination and with re-connecting with each other. Listen and share stories and ideas with each other.
  • Relaxing, taking time to do nothing but enjoy the surrounding nature, sounds of wildlife and spectacular scenery.
Waking up to the sounds of the Osa Peninsula

Waking up to the sounds of the Osa Peninsula

What makes for a GREEN Family Vacation?  We think it is about sustainable and eco-tourism.

  • Assist conservation efforts by planting a tree in a private rainforest reserve.
  • Interact with local families in a game of soccer and help out at local festivities.
  • Visit a local school, share stories of where you are from, play some soccer and help with music lessons.
  • Take one of our behind the scenes sustainability tours, discover how we work on being carbon neutral and reducing our carbon footprint. Pick up ideas you can use at home
  • Discover local food and recipes, learn how to make traditional dishes, celebrate local culture and languages
  • Learn how we conserve nature, protect wildlife and help sustain local communities through tourism.

Participating Family Travel Destinations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. 

Triplets visiting Lapa Rios, Osa Peninsula

Triplets visiting Lapa Rios, Osa Peninsula

  • Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula: Literally in the middle of the rainforest, surrounded by nature and wildlife, a true tropical Costa Rican experience.
  • Harmony Hotel Nosara: Laid back with yoga and spa for mum, amazing beach and surfing for everyone else, and the juice bar and sushi bar are not to be missed!
  • Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Inn: Amazing culinary tours, birding, volcanoes, cloud forests and zip lines close at hand.
  • Arenas del Mar Resort in Manuel Antonio: The best of both worlds, with rainforests and ocean on either side,  full service spa,  and outstanding food.
  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Lake Nicaragua:  Choose a lake experience, with swimming, kayaking volcano explorations, exploring the streets of nearby Granada and Baseball with the local kids.
  • Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa: Family Surf Vacation or some horseback riding along the beach.  Staying in your own private casita has many perks.
  • Hotel Grano de Oro in San Jose: Exploring the vibrant capital city of Costa Rica, colonial charm with museums, theater and great restaurants close by.

You can apply here and deadline is May 17th.

Green Season is Upon us!

Beautiful beach day.

Beautiful beach day.

Fun, fun, fun, fun!!

We are excited! can you tell?

And we are so excited because the Costa Rica’s Green Season means days with sunny and warm mornings and early afternoons refreshed in the afternoon and evenings by rain that brings the rainforest around us to its full fledged colour. The Rain Forest really comes alive during this season and our friendly animal neighbors and the flora around us just love to come out and play during this time. Whales coming up from the South to have their offspring to Turtles, Birds, monkeys, reptiles amphibians and humans all sharing one space in complete harmony.

And that sea breeze! let me tell you about that sea breeze!

Not only that but our guests get to enjoy our lodge while saving a ton of money! our rates are about 25% lower than in the dry season and you will also find lower airfares and it also means smaller crowds at the beach and the tours once you get down to The Osa Peninsula via San Jose.

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The green season  begins on May 1st and goes all the way to the 31st of October.

Below you can see our rates for this period:

Book today and see you in a few weeks!






Where are the Whales!?

Lapa Rios Team, Osa Peninsula

The green season is coming up and this means great values and less crowds at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge but sadly it also means that very soon the whales that  visit the Osa Peninsula waters from the Northern Hemisphere will travel back home after giving birth and nursing their offspring (usually at the end of April) and we will have to wait for their Southern counterparts to arrive at the Osa Peninsula in July to be able toagain admire these magnificent creatures.

However, if you don’t want to miss the whales you will be happy to know that our special rates start on April 19th and therefore, you can take advantage of both the great value on booking your vacation for the Green Season and also catching the humpback whales before they go back home.

We have two whale watching tours available at Lapa Rios, both take great care in not interfering with the whales while giving the visitor an experience of a life time.

Enjoy snorkeling and exploring the Golfo Dulce and its lush coastline. A great opportunity to see any of the three species of dolphins (common, bottled-nosed or spotted), whales and turtles. Snorkeling equipment included.

Taxi and then boat from Puerto Jiménez to see dolphins, flying fish, sea birds, and maybe a seasonal whale! From the Golfo Dulce (depending on the tide), float up the Rio Esquinas and explore deep into a tree-covered river brimming with shore birds, mangrove swamps and the surrounding rainforest.
4 – 5 hours


A Case for Sea Turtles


baby sea turtle

As you may know Costa Rica is one of the most diverse countries in the world with hundreds of different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects in a relatively small landmass. In this respect, the Osa Peninsula is particularly lucky on how many different animals make it their home. This is the case of  the sea turtles who visit the beaches neighboring Lapa Rios every year.

Sea turtles como to the Osa Peninsula Beaches to Lay their eggs.The southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula are visited primarily by two species of nesting turtles: Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are also occasional visitors.

Bag of turtles

All 7 species of sea turtles in the world are endangered due to human activity and we at Lapa Rios try to educate and inform our visitors about how to protect this beautiful animals. We also organize volunteer teams to take care of their hatching and nesting areas.

It is truly a pleasure to share the beach with them and we hope to do it for many years to come.



Happy World Wildlife Day!

As you may know we are very proud to be located in one of the most bio-diverse areas of the world and we take great pride on this fact.

That is why today is so special to us. On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The first World Wild Life Day was then celebrated on March 3, 2014 with several initiatives around the world led by the UN and other non-profit organizations and this year as we celebrate the second World Wild Life Day we remember that we share this planet with amazing beings and Go Wild For Wild Life!

You can find out more at:


Happy World Wildlife Day everyone!

Green Season at Lapa Rios


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Wow! It has been great to have so many visitors during our high/dry season, we have been enjoying every single of our guests and we probably have on of our busiest years to date.

If you have not been able to escape the cold North American Winter, we have good news for you! the Green Season in Costa Rica begins in one month and during this period of time, between April and November, we have special rates so you can come visit us and enjoy the rainforest in all of its glory!

It is during this season that the green marvelous forest of Costa Rica really brightens up full with life! Many types of birds, sloths, monkeys and other jungle friends There is also less human traffic around the country making it a more private experience for you and your family or friends.

Hiking through the rainforest during the green season is perhaps one of the most fun activities you can do while in Costa Rica, you will feel transported to a land before time with majestic waterfalls and untamed vegetation. Nature will surely leave you in awe.

The beach and waves will still be there, the only difference will be the refreshing rainfall and fresh breeze the area gets in the afternoons.



Bird Watching Optics

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It is no secret that bird watching at Lapa Rios is an memorable experience and one of the resort’s most popular activities.

If you have recently taken up bird watching and you are looking forward to the Bird Watching Tour at Lapa we want to make sure that you have the best information on equipment to make your expedition a great one, and that is why we present you with a couple of options in case you want to invest in your own pair of binoculars.

First we suggest that you invest in a pair of binoculars that are comfortable for you, it is important to consider if you wear glasses as you should be able to keep your glasses on while using  binoculars.

For a person that wears glasses we can suggest the Eagle Optics Shrike 8×42
This is the least expensive good binocular you can buy with enough eye relief to work for a person who wears glasses. With a generous 17.6 mm eye relief, the Eagle Optics Shrike 8×42 offers good image quality and strong build. It’s waterproof, and it comes with the Eagle Optics Platinum Protection unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.

And if you are blessed with 20×20 eyesight but would still like to get a glimpse of those birds as if you were up close and personal with them  we can suggest to you, as your first pair of binoculars the Vortex Viper HD.
Vortex Viper HDThe Viper HDs provide beautifully bright, clear, high-contrast, images. Our favorite model is the 8×42..

And the warranty service is as good as it gets. If the binocular ever fails or suffers accidental damage, Vortex promises to repair or replace it for free.




Lapa Rios is one of Nat Geo’s Unique Lodges of The World!


Lapa Rios is now part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of The World for 2015, the news came yesterday and we could not be more excited and proud.

But what does this mean? Well, National Geographic, in spectacular places all over the world, has found rare retreats where gorgeous accommodation and world class cuisine are just one factor in a much greater equation. This collection is not made of simply hotels but the innovative concepts of dreamers all around the world that have come to life. These dreamers had at the center of their ideas a boldness in their design and detail while preserving the cultural and ecosystems the are kind to host them in their land.

In short, National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the world is a network of world class properties that take cultural and environmental sustainability seriously and support this idea through action.

National Geographic loved Lapa Rios due to its condition as a  pioneer in eco-tourism, “Offering environmentally friendly luxury and an upscale rain forest experience designed to celebrate and preserve the area’s biodiversity. Today, Lapa Rios is also a haven from technology, a rare opportunity to unplug, slow down, and fully focus on the wild world around you.”

So, what does this mean for you , traveler? well, when you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you’ll be treated to a private lunch in the rain forest with a waterfall as your backdrop. Join a guide for the walk into the forest, learning about the flora and fauna you spot along the way. Then soak up the jungle ambiance over delectable food and a chilled bottle of wine, served by dedicated waitstaff, and top off the experience with a swim in the waterfall’s natural pool.

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Eco-Friendly Swim Wear for 2015

Beautiful beach day.

Beautiful beach day.

Because at Lapa Rios we are committed to sustainable business sowe have made a list for 2015 with the top 4 Eco-Friendly Swimwear companies for you to chose a suit for your next vacation depending on your preferences and favorite vacation activities. We hope this list is of use and you find the best fit for you!

Vitamin A: Believes that style and substance can coexist. Since 2000, Vitamin A is at the forefront of swimwear design with signature innovations: chic details, neutral color palettes, the Little Black Bikini™ (LBB), and the iconic California cut. Now, Vitamin A lightens its environmental footprint, one bikini at a time. Vitamin A uses EcoLuxTM, a exclusive new superfine matte jersey swim fabric produced locally in California, using Repreve® recycled nylon fiber to conserve resources and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber to extend the life of each swimsuit far beyond that of traditional spandex products. Vitamin A also employs waterless digital printing technology, incorporate sustainable fibers like Tencel into our après-beach styles, and choose factories that conserve water and energy use.

You can check out their chic and Eco friendly designs at

Koru Swimwear:  high-end swimwear for sport and leisure. Koru’s swimwear is made  from quality fabrics made in Italy and includes swimwear made from Eco-friendly fabrics with recycled materials and bulk dyed fabric processed without water waste and water pollution. Koru’s designs are fun and chic while remaining functional. The perfect fit for an active vacation in Costa Rica.

You can check out Koru’s playful designs at:

Odina: Odina is highly-functional and fashionable swimwear that is locally made from recycled and reclaimed fabrics. Odina was founded  with the idea of making a suit using Eco-friendly materials that not only complimented a woman’s figure, but also her passions. Odina worled with surfers, not models to get feedback on fit and function.Through the process the Odina team tested a number of sustainable fabrics and a variety of recycled fibers before finding one that met their demands. The various styles underwent the same testing, with many success stories. The result was a suit that was not only ecologically sensitive but looked great on and rose to any challenge.

You can check out Odina’s surf inspired designs at

Faherty Brand:

Faherty Brand is the perfect example of how passion can create a new and innovative business that can also be sustainable, not very different from Lapa Rios!

Founded by 2 borthers, Faherty utilizes 100% organic cotton, and recycled fibers to create their swimwear while thier factory works on a closed loop filtration system to keep waste to the minimum. Faherty draws from everycorner of the world for its designs and patters, from sarapes in Mexico to colorful Indian textiles and Guatemalan bracelets, faherty is never short on inspiration. This is a brand committed to the environment and to the beach lifestyle, always looking for the next adventure.

You can check out Faherty’s collection at

A surfer rides the face of a wave near Lapa Rios eco-resort

Dinner at Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios’ dining tradition has been a passion project for co-founder Karen Lewis since Lapa Rios’ inception. Dining at the Brisa Azul restaurant will be an experience on its own as every dish is prepared from fresh local ingredients and following Costa Rican culinary traditions. Brisa Azul also has an excellent vegetarian menu that will please the most demanding palates. All meals are served a la carte and a typical dinner menu at Brisa del Mar could look like this:
First Course:
Costa Rican Tomato and Tortilla Soup
A creamy fresh tomato soup served with toasted corn tortilla strips along side diced avocado, sour cream and mozzarella cheese
Octopus and Avocado Cocktail
Chunks of avocado and steamed octopus served cocktail style with olive oil dressing that hold hints of fresh garlic and zesty lemon.Entry:
Our Famous Lapa Rios Bouillabaisse
This longstanding signature plate is made with homemade red snapper stock, freshly grated/squeezed coconut milk, and laden with an array of the ocean’s bounty: octopus, calamari and red snapper, along with fresh vegetable chunks. Our bouillabaisse is a simply delicious, complete local Osa meal
Or a vegetarian option:Costa Rican Portobello Risotto
Creamy risotto made with portobello mushrooms, fresh spinach and homegrown basil leaves, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheeseComplemented with our full service bar and a magnificent view of the pacific, this is a dinner you will not forget.