Punta Leona was recommended by friends who live in San Ramon as a quick day trip if we wanted to see a beach while visiting Costa Rica. The drive took 1.5 hours going and 2 hours returning (many trucks on the hills in the evening slow the return trip a bit). Roads are not clearly marked and directions on the website were not accurate but we used a combination of GPS and paper map to find our way well.
We paid for day passes since we were staying at a hotel in San Ramon. They were $50 USD per person for the day which we learned when we arrived because this information is not on the hotel/resort website. This fee only provides access to the resort and lunch so bring beach and bathing towels with you. We learned that we could rent towels for the day at $5 USD per towel. If you lose or do not return a rented towel, you will be charged $20/towel.
What we wish we had known before we arrived:
1. You need to bring a photocopy of a passport (if you are not a Costa Rican citizen). You will need it to enter the property.
2. The receptionist at the activities center where we purchased the days passes does not speak English (I speak very little Spanish so we were challenged to understand what our entry fee included). I decided to go to hotel reception and received help from Karen who was fluent in English. She was so helpful. Whenever we had an issue with language we returned to her to ask questions. She was great.
3. There are two beaches on the property. Almost everyone on staff recommended we spend the day at Playa Blanca.
4. A bus/shuttle is free and available to transport you around the property (e.g. from beach to beach, pool to restaurant, etc.). Because it runs only every 30 minutes, we decided to park at Playa Blanca and go and come from there.
5. I can't emphasize enough that if you do not speak Spanish, the day may be frustrating. So be sure to visit Punta Leona with someone who can translate for you or bring a pocket translator along to help.
Erik at the main gate was wonderful! When we arrived without passport copies (because we did not know we needed them), he worked with us to figure out a way to get us on the property. I always travel with an image of my passport in my phone so he allowed me to connect my iPhone to his computer at the main gate. We downloaded the image, made a copy and were on our way. Erik - you made our day!
Finally, even though we had challenges throughout the day, we enjoyed our day at the beach. The water was just the right temperature, the smoothies we bought at Playa Blanca tasted great and the pool was clean and refreshing. We also saw and photographed wildlife which made the visit exciting.
I highly recommend Punta Leona for locals (Costa Ricans) and those who are fluent in Spanish. If you don't speak Spanish, you may have a difficult time.
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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