Hotel Villa Lapas “Experience the rainforest in comfort”

View of cabins with gardens

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

Introduction: Villa Lapas is an excellent combination of rainforest adventure and comfort. Their 550 acre private reserve with primary Pacific lowland rainforest holds many specialty birds like Scarlet Macaw, Fiery-billed Aracari, Orange-collared, Blue-crowned, and Long-tailed Manakins, and Riverside Wren. Mammals include White-faced Capuchin monkeys, Coati, and Tent-making Bats. Being just a short drive to Carara National Park and the Tarcol estuary and mangroves it also serves as a great base to explore the areas birds and other wildlife. With air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, delicious meals, and free drinks means you won’t have to give up the creature comforts as well!

Location: Villa Lapas Hotel is located in a beautiful forest valley along the Tarcolitos River just two km inland of the Pacific Ocean. It is approximately 5 minutes south of Carara National Park.

Room interior

Swimming pool

Accommodations: Villa Lapas has 55 rooms located in rows, all facing the small Tarcolitos River. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and well maintained, each with air conditioning, private bathroom, and hot water. A dip in the swimming pool at midday is always refreshing. Delicious meals are served in one of two restaurants located on either side of the small river. They have recently built a small Puebla area opposite the river complete with a large dining hall, souvenir shops, bar, and a worship area. The gardens and surrounding forest are excellent for birds and other wildlife. There are also several trails leading out of the lodge worth exploring.

Advantages of staying at Villa Lapas vs. Tarcol Lodge:

  1. Rooms with air conditioning and private bathrooms in each.
  2. Swimming Pool.
  3. Rainforest birding on property.
  4. Drinks including alcoholic beverages (domestic only)
    are included.
  5. Shopping center.

Common Basilisk

Compared to Punta Leona Beach Resort, Villa Lapas is much smaller, less like a resort, closer to Carara National Park, and closer to the mouth of the Tarcoles River.

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