We stayed at the Punta Leona for 3 days the first part of our trip to Costa Rica. I knew about the construction and had requested a quiet room. We stayed in the Selvamar rooms and were very comfortable although we did hear the construction starting around 7:30 a.m.. The room was basic with a roomy shower. Only one chair but did have a mini- refrig which was much used. The grounds were very lush and amazingly well-kept considering the amount of work to keep things clean and tidy in a rain forest setting.
We loved the big included breakfast every morning. There were different choices the 3 days we were there and all food was fresh and tasty. The open air dining presented the usual problem of keeping the bugs off your food and in Punta Leona's case the monkeys and coati from stealing unattended items. We enjoyed watching the antics of the monkey's and coati trying to constantly steal food from guest's plates and made sure to have someone at the table at all times to shoo them away.
We visited both beaches and snorkeled at Playa Blanca which was fun. The rocky surfaces at high tide had an assortment of fish to view and having the lifeguard was an added bonus with the ocasional reports of rip tides. I would not swim at the Playa Manatas beach as the water was muddy from the river and lots of debris on the beach. The Playa Blanca was was much clearer and visibility better. I did not like the towel arrangement as you have to go to one location to pick up your towels. The front desk should give you the towels and all beaches should be able to trade out dry clean towels. The resort is too large to have you going back to one location esp. since it was the beach and pool we did not use. It was an inconvience.
We spent all days outside the resort exploring and did not have a chance to hike the two trails. We saw monkeys up close at breakfast and the trees on the resort grounds were amazing.
We did enjoy the butterfly garden tour. Be aware the map location is wrong and it is open to the public anytime. The signage could be improved and made bilingual to increase it's educational purpose.
We found the process of exiting the resort strange and got the feeling most people don't leave to eat dinner out much. The number of guards everywhere made us feel safe but sad that it was needed. The guards were polite and helpful.
I would say having a car is required if you want to do anything besides the resorts and tours offered by the resorts. Walking that long entrance road at night would be creepy. A flashlight to find your room at night was also helpful as the sidewalks are dark in some areas and LOTS of bugs and critters running around.
The rainy season in May was not too bad. We got rained on every night but managed to do almost everything we wanted before it started. The staff does not speak much English and I used my spanish translation phrase book a lot.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel And Club Punta Leona
- Punta Leona Costa Rica
- Punta Leona Jaco
- Punta Leona Hotel Costa Rica
- Hotel & Club Punta Leona Costa Rica/Jaco