I stayed here with a friend for two nights. We arrived at night which made it hard to see the sign but luckily I had a phone card and Christina gave me accurate directions and even cooked us a delicious late dinner (chicken carbonara). It is almost a kilometer east of the coastal highway, in the small town of Portalon, with an easy to identify gate and 24 hour secure parking. The grounds are expansive, with the pool and restaurant towards the side and the bungalows spread out enough to enjoy some privacy and hear the sounds of the rainforest. It is not within walking distance of the beach, but there is a waterfall that you can walk to and swim in that is only 1 km. away.
The room itself had a comfortable bed, great water pressure and hot water, and had plenty of space for the two beds, a dresser, table, and our gear (surfboards, backpacks), and we had a porch to set stuff out to dry. The wifi was excellent around the pool and restaurant, but was inconsistent in the room. It felt very safe and nice to be in a part of Costa Rica not overrun with tourists. From there it was only a 15 minute drive to Dominical to go surfing or 30 minutes to Quepos (plus another 20 minutes to Manuel Antonio National Park, where we hiked for the day).
One final reason why I chose to stay here is because they are involved with 'Pack for a Purpose', a non-profit that helps local communities collect books/medical supplies from travelers staying at participating hotels. Overall it is a great value and off the beaten track, so you still feel like you are in the real Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'La Palapa EcoLodge Resort', surrounded by tropical gardens is located in a virgin Tropical Rainforest, with 149 acres (60.5 Hectares) of land, in the Central Pacific Coast of Portalon in Costa Rica, offering an incredible wildlife variety of fauna and flora. A perfect place and the paradise for passionate wildlife lovers. Our airy bungalows are painted with warm colors and decorated with unique original objects imported from North and Southern Africa, to create a very warm and special atmosphere. All are non-smoking, have very comfortable beds, ceiling fans, private terrace with bamboo table and chairs, cool tiled floors, private bathroom with hot shower, large furnished living room with an extra bed, fitted kitchen with refrigerator and screened windows that let in gentle breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep. The La Palapa Resort is considered one of the most beautiful and well kept in, Quepos-Matapalo-Dominical and Uvita area, with grounds and tropical gardens beautifully maintained and clean, by dedicated staff that deliver the best service every day. What makes a great Hotel is one that makes you want to stay forever... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort Costa Rica/Portalon