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“Not What You Would Expect” 4 of 5 stars
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Poor Man's Paradise
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #28 of 44 Hotels in Osa Peninsula
costa rica
1 review
“Not What You Would Expect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2007

When I went to Poor Man's Paradise I fell in love.
The ocean, the tranquility, the family, everything.
I continually returned summer after summer, vacation after vacation.
But unless you are ready to keep your kids safe please do not go. There are many workers there who do not respect women the way that they should, and I hope that you go with caution.
It is a great place, but the people seem so nice and in the end... need to be watched.
So please, watch you're kids and do not leave them alone with the workers I advise strongly against it from multiple first hand experiences.
It is the only reason which is keeping me from not going back to what is truly paradise.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Deceitful workers
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2007

This was our first stop on the Osa Penninsula and we were not disappointed. Lovely remote setting with great birds and monkeys. We had what I believe is the newest cabin, set apart from the others, and well worth the extra dollars. The pre-arranged tours to Corcovado, and to Cano Island (snorkling) were spectacular. A cautionary note - the sand is extremely hot, and the water can be rough. A quiet, calm beach is only a 20 minute walk away. The service was great, and the food was good.
An informal, comfortable atmosphere

Stayed February 2007
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VAncouver
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2007

We enjoyed our stay right from the start with the boat ride through the jungle - getting further and further away from the kind of tourism I dread.. It is true that the linoleum is peeling in spots but you soon get over that and enjoy the warmth of the family and the glorious beach and Ana the gorgeous Scarlet MAcaw who vists you for breakfast. We are bird watchers and we were thrilled with the variety and colour of the birds right in the garden.
I highly recommend it - it was the highlight of a wonderful vist to Costa Rica. I recommend staying in Tican owned establishments - it is a whole different atmosphere and full of warmth and hospitality. This would not be the most suitable destination for someone who wants 5 star glamour but for the rest it is great.
Amanda - Vancouver

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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san diego
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2007

My husband and I took our three kids (15,13,11) to Costa Rica for ten lovely days, three of which were at Poor Man's Paradise. Our visit to Poor Man’s was truly an adventure and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The property and beaches were beautiful, with an amazing waterfall just minutes away. The cabins were clean and cozy and we were really impressed with the food. The family who runs Poor Man’s was extremely nice and helpful and made our stay even more enjoyable. We went hiking, fishing, snorkeling and boating. I would recommend PoorMan's to everyone. However, I would like to say that the experience is much like camping (although not in tents) with no hot water or electricity after 9:30. We are not campers yet we still enjoyed the stay.

*I would recomend to bring a flashlight because it gets very dark at night.

  • Liked — Beaches / Property
  • Disliked — No electricty after 9:30pm
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring snacks and a flashlight
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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washington dc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2007

We stayed there just for 3 nights but we really loved it. The location is just perfect. Walking distance to Corcovado park and walking distance to the nicest beach on Drake Bay. The place is run by Tico familly and they are just great. They had a great person working for them Katia who was always there to answer all our questions and help. The best thing is that they have horses for 10$ an hour!!!!!!!!!!Also, they rent snorkling gear and organise tourse. The cabinas are not the nicer but everything else is just great.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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St Paul MN
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2006

One needs to experience this place for what it is. The Amaya family has lived in this area for over 40 years and were more or less pioneers opening up this new territory(much like to old homesteading laws back in the last century of the US opening up the west). It is a very interesting story if you can get it out of a member of the family. The resort is part of the old family farmstead(which goes up to the higher land off the beach behind the the resort). In fact the entire beach used to be owned by the Don Concho who gave most of it away to relatives(who sold it in the most part to Americans), the local chuch and the school(which are still on the families old land with a new church now being build on anouther parcel of Don Conchos land that used to be a pasture for the horses). The area around PMP is still undeveloped with no roads or electricity...everything needs to be brought in by small boats from Sierpe that need to land on the beach(very expensive and a bit scary).

The family is truely an experience and the area around PMP is to die for lovely. There are birds of every type for the birders(I am not one), excellent cheap sport fishing with whales and dolphins to keep you company, wonderful places to hike in every direction, monkeys everywhere..etc

As there is no electricity other than a generator that runs at night where is no hot water or AC or TV's in your rooms...but you are in an area that if it had roads, electricity etc would be something else...which is what you can find anywhere.

  • Liked — the uniqueness
  • Disliked — the beach landing
  • Tips/Secrets — go
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Falls Church, VA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2006

My husband and I travelled to Poor Man's Paradise this July with two other couples. We knew it would be rustic with cold water showers and no A/C, but we weren't expecting to be so moved by the experience. Highlights were being followed by a wild scarlet macaw down the beach, dance parties (self-organized) in the bar at night, eating tuna sashimi, and the millions of stars (and the Milky Way) that you can see on any clear night. We all LOVED it!

That being said, I can understand how some people wouldn't like it. You have to approach it with the attitude of doing as much cool stuff as you can, talking to everybody you meet, and having a good time. If you are someone who needs organized fun, TV, spas, etc -this is not your place.

BUT if you love the outdoors, seeing amazing birds and wildlife, becoming part of an extended Costa Rican family, drinking Imperials while salsa dancing in the bar, and a little skinny dipping - you might just love this place too.

The Amaya family that run PMP are a great cast of characters: Pincho is the older brother and boss - his most common facial expressions were "inscrutable" and "bemused".

Consuelo -the sister and nature guide. She is a talented photographer and knows many interesting stories about the plants and wildlife of the area. She may seem a bit aloof initially, but keep trying and you can win her over pretty quickly. When our husbands went skinny dipping one evening, she came up to us (the wives) shaking her head and told us, "they will die". And then walked away. We just laughed, they didn't die and we teased her the next day for being so melodramatic.

Sammy is a player, ladies! He is one of the younger siblings and he takes groups out surfing, snorkeling, and on nature hikes. My friend said he looks like Usher. I don't know about that, but he is cute. And a good dancer. Ask him to show you the sea cucumber if you go snorkeling ;)

Johann in the dining area and Pablo in the bar waited on us every night. They made sure to learn our names and favorite drinks and never forgot to make vegetarian options for my husband.

We found everyone to be very accomodating and flexible. They are a small family-run establishment, so there are limits on what they can do, but if you are flexible and there to have a good time, I'm sure you will. It's up to you, if you are fun and outgoing it will be a good fit.

Tips: bring Febreze -our clothes would get wet hiking or swimming and because of the humidity they never really dry out. So bring Febreze to freshen and enough changes of clothes that you will feel comfortable.

Buy some snacks in Sierpe in case you get hungry between meals -there isn't really any otheer option, but we appreciated having some sodas and chips on hand in the afternoons.

Wear bug stuff - you will get an array of interesting bumps and itchy spots. So far, none of us has had to get anything removed, extracted, or cut off!

  • Liked — The Amaya Family and the location
  • Disliked — Cold showers and general dampness (rainy season)
  • Tips/Secrets — Pretend you are on Survivor and have a blast
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula
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#4 Top resorts Hotel in Osa Peninsula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Poor Man's Paradise 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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