A True Jungle Immersion Experience
For a true jungle immersion experience, there can be no better place to spend a week than the bungalows and grounds of Lapa Rios. Perched on a ridge to capitalize on ocean breezes and nestled among the treetops, the lodge makes for a fantastic base for a family looking to experience the tropical rainforest of Central America. The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Central America and the large majority of the peninsula is part of the Corcovado National Park. Home to many rare and endangered animal and bird species, you have the opportunity to see a sloth, scarlet macaws, residential monkey and a wide variety of amphibians and reptiles. The world-class guides and naturalists at Lapa Rios provide you with the opportunity to not only experience the wildlife but enrich your trip by learning about the flora and fauna of this unique area.
A stone’s throw from the beach and the Golfo Dulce, fishing charters for both bluewater species such as marlin, sailfish, tuna and dorado in addition to inshore species such as roosterfish, snapper and grouper can easily be arranged, making this a terrific lodging option for a couple or a family looking for an immersive experience in this unique area with a focus on flora and fauna.
Lapa Rios offers 17 private bungalows surrounded by 1,000 acres of a private rainforest jungle reserve. Each open-air bungalow is uniquely designed and located along a ridge providing for evening ocean breezes in each of the non-air conditioned private bungalows. The open-air architecture and positioning of the bungalows on an ocean-facing ridge allow for constant airflow in each of the private bungalows. Gravel pathways and stair systems connect each bungalow to the pool area and main lodge and attached decks. The main lodge has a spiral staircase to a cupola with 360-degree views of the rainforest canopy and ocean views.
Food and Beverages
Lapa Rios offers an experienced array of chefs that will help you stay fueled and fed during your stay. There are three A-La-Carte meals served daily, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Typical Length of Stay
Guests can customize their length of stay, but the resort recommends a stay of 4-5 nights.
Non-angling Activities and Options
With 1,000 acres of rainforest immediately surrounding the lodge area, this lodge offers an immersive wildlife experience in Costa Rica. Wildlife and birding naturalists are always on property and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge about the flora and fauna and your neighbors while visiting Lapa Rios. Rainforest tours, birding tours, waterfall hikes, and canyoneering, wildlife tours, surf lessons, and sustainability tours can be arranged on site. Additional activities are available and can be booked on site with the lodge concierge.
Internet / Communications
The lodge offers Internet access and Wi-Fi near the main lodge in a designated Wi-Fi area. The bungalows and restaurant do not offer connectivity as Lapa Rios wants you to stay connected to the environment surrounding you and enjoy being ‘unplugged’ during your stay.
How To Get There
Depending on your time of international arrival and departure into/from Costa Rica, we may be able to eliminate the need for any overnights in San Jose. The last flight to the Resort during the high season (Dec 1 – April 20) departs at 3:15 PM and in the low season (April 21 – Nov 30) departs at 10:45 AM. You would need to arrive into San Jose (SJO) two hours prior to those departure times to make the flight to Puerto Jimenez. From Puerto Jimenez (about 25 minutes from Lapa Rios) back to San Jose, the earliest flight departs at 7:00 AM and arrives into San Jose at approximately 8:10 AM year-round. If your connecting flight back to the states departs after 11:00 AM, you will be able to avoid a night in San Jose on your final night. From December 1st to April 20th, the last flight back to San Jose departs at 4:30 PM each day. It is possible to fish from 7:00 AM until 3:15 PM, a regular fishing day, before you depart Lapa Rios in the afternoon.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests can arrive to and depart from Lapa Rios on any day of the week, based on the transfer times and schedules listed above.
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Costa Rica and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
World-class, catch-and-release fishing in the Pacific Ocean for sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin, Dorado, tuna, and wahoo. Guests also have access to the productive in-shore fishing for roosterfish, cubera snapper, Jack Crevalle, bluefin trevally, sierra mackerel, tripletail, and grouper.
Offshore Costa Rica Fishing Species
Marlin — The “lady in the blue dress,” or blue marlin, is the most common of Costa Rican marlin and can be found in the area’s cobalt waters throughout the year. Numbers peak in November and December as well as March and April. Black marlin are most abundant in July and August and few striped marlin is around at the same time.
Sailfish — Sailfish are present year-round and a half dozen hook-ups are common almost any day of the year. From November to May the numbers increase and days of 12 fish or more are common.
Dorado — Any day of the year, most commonly January through May and very abundant November and December.
Tuna — Yellowfin is the main species. The big boys (100 to 300 pounds) can test you any day of the year. If you are lucky enough to come across a school of porpoises offshore, the big tuna swim with them and feed on the same bait fish. Football-sized tuna hang around floating debris or peak in schools in July and August and November and December.
Roosterfish — Twenty-five to fifty-pound fish are very common, and each week, the Resort’s fleet usually catches a few roosterfish weighing 50 pounds or more. The Resort record for roosterfish is 106 pounds.
Snapper — There are a dozen different kinds of snapper in the area, with the cubera being top dog. They average about 15 to 20 pounds with the biggest landed to date is 63 pounds.
Grouper — Bottom fish such as the Broomtail grouper and the Goliath grouper are available throughout the year and are pretty tasty.
Others — Other species caught inshore include but are not limited to: barracuda, several types of jacks, snook, bonito, mackerel, African pompano, bluefin trevally, rainbow runners, sharks, and more.
Boats and Equipment Required
Please contact Yellow Dog for additional details on fishing charter options in the Puerto Jimenez and Osa Peninsula area.
Package Rates: Rates begin at $780 USD/night per Bungalow (double occupancy) and vary based on season and room type. Lapa Rios also offers Special Packages that include Family Deals. Contact Yellow Dog for more details, availability, and pricing for your trip dates.
Three (3) multi-course meals per day, non-alcoholic drinks, transportation to and from the airport, and all on-site guided tours.
What’s Not Included:
Airline Fees and other travel expenses. Guided trips separate from the lodge, and alcoholic beverages.