Why not enjoy non-dinosaur rainforest experiences at our resorts, ecolodges and hotels in Costa Rica
The summer’s mega-blockbuster Jurassic World is certain to draw visitors to Costa Rica who are seeking the inspiration behind the fictional paradise of Isla Nublar and its dinosaurs, but those not wanting to risk being chased by a velociraptor will be more at ease at our hotels and lodges offering of abundant wildlife, luxury properties, and sustainable practices.
Throughout the summer and into the late fall, rates at each of our sustainable luxury hotels and lodges are at their most affordable point throughout the year, starting at $210 USD per night for Latitude 10 Beach Resort. Green Season pricing for Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort pricing starts at $270 USD per night, and Lapa Rios Ecolodge starts at $300 USD per night.
While Jurassic World was notably filmed in Hawaii – and 1993’s Jurassic Park was not filmed in Costa Rica due in part to strict environmental policies and protections of the rainforest landscape – the spectacular landscape of the fictional Costa Rican island has inspired travellers to search out their own Jurassic adventure. Properties such as Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, Lapa Rios Ecolodge, and Latitude 10 Beach Resort offer visitors the chance to get up close and experience the country’s stunning flora and fauna (non-dinosaur).
“The Jurassic Park movies have long been part of the allure of Costa Rica and our pristine environment, but thankfully we have macaws, howler monkeys, and sloths instead of the T-Rex. Guests can enjoy the stunning Costa Rican scenery and rest easy at any of our properties.
Travellers don’t need to be a paleobotanist or a palaeontologist to visit Lapa Rios Ecolodge, on the coast facing the direction of offshore island of Isla del Cocos, the inspiration for Jurassic’s Isla Nublar. Travellers can experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Jurassic Park without the threat of dinosaurs from the comfort of their luxurious five-star bungalow. Unlike the large crowds on Isla Nublar, the neighbours at Lapa Rios are wild monkeys, toucans, macaws, sloths and other rainforest creatures. Nestled in 1,000 acres of rainforest reserve, Lapa Rios has experienced naturalists on site to provide travellers with an authentic local interpretation of the rainforest and its inhabitants. Guests can go birding in the early morning, hike to a waterfall and swim in the pools, learn about medicinal uses of the rainforest, and discover marine biology on the shores with Lapa Rios’ experienced guides or journey off the property for kayaking, surfing, dolphin tours, waterfall rappelling, zip-lining, and horseback riding. Rates at Lapa Rios Ecolodge start at $300 USD per night, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit www.laparios.com.
A short distance from Cabo Blanco National Park, the opening setting of Michael Crichton’s novel “Jurassic Park” and film Jurassic Park, is Latitude 10 Beach Resort located in Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula, provides a great opportunity to experience wildlife and explore the sandy beaches. While guests might not see a Procompsognathus, the small prehistoric scavengers that escaped to Cabo Blanco from “Jurassic Park,” they will likely catch a glimpse of sea turtles, monkeys, pelicans and other tropical bird species as they cruise along the coast to Tortuga Island and the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. Rates at Latitude 10 Beach Resort start at $210 USD per night. For more information, visit www.latitude10resort.com.
Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort located in Manuel Antonio offers stunning hill top views and 11 acres of rainforest inhabited by howler, white-faced, and squirrel monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, and boa constrictors. Although there may not be any dinosaurs to visit on a gyrosphere tour, Arenas Del Mar offers several guided tours of the adjacent Manual Antonio National Park, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, surfing, whale watching, and white water rafting experiences. No matter the age or interest, Arenas Del Mar has activities to immerse guests in the natural habitats of the region’s wildlife and rainforest. Rates start at $270 USD per night for a garden room. For more information, visit www.arenasdelmar.com.