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La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort

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Pavones Beachfront, one mile south of river PO Box 81-8250, Ciudad Neily, Pavones 60704 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 12/31/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 12/31/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort offers beach front accommodations in the Gulfo Dulce on the pristine Southern Pacific side of Costa Rica. La Ponderosa a great place to see wildlife, with acres of onsite gardens and jungle trails. Find Pure Relaxation: with on-site private restaurant, massage, swimming pool and game room. Find Adventure: with local activities such as surfing one of the longest waves in the world, horseback riding, jungle tours or great fishing.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Restaurant
Beach
Badminton
Highchairs available
Massage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Game room
Hiking
Billiards
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Buddy C wrote a review Feb 2021
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Where do I start? From the second we pulled in, Marshall and Angela made us feel like family. The room was very comfortable and the grounds are simply amazing. La ponderosa is a piece of paradise, inside of paradise. Every single person that works at la ponderosa, is super friendly and very accommodating. We will stay at La ponderosa every time we visit pavones. I give it a 10 out of 5 stars. Great time with great people and a lot of laughs.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Angela McCarthy, Owner at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Responded Feb 21, 2021
We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you soon. We love it when guests are here but already planning their next trip! Thanks for posting a review! Pura vida, Angela
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Elisa H wrote a review Jan 2021
Manhattan Beach, California45 contributions
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La ponderosa was beautiful and just what we needed after a long journey to Pavones. The grounds are spectacular with hundred year old trees towering over you. They have trails around the property to see all sorts of birds, fruit trees, iguanas, frogs, monkeys and a quick trek up to a beautiful lookout over pavones beaches. Our rooms were spacious and clean, with glorious AC. The pool was nicely designed and clean. I was able to hang out in the pool one morning and watch scarlet macaws and toucans in the tree above me. The food is fantastic and the fruit is grown on property! This was exciting to me snd you can really taste the difference. The stay was made special because of the owners, a wonderful couple who helped us at every ask. They got us taxis, surf boards, bikes and helped us get a night jungle tour and umbrellas when it rained. They really went above and beyond and I enjoyed seeing the photos in the dinning hall of their lives and building the hotel. We had a great stay and will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Angela McCarthy, Owner at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Responded Feb 21, 2021
Thanks for your review and comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the property and your room. It's amazing how many birds and animals you can see from the pool patio sometimes ;) We hope to see you again. Pura Vida, Angela
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travcat235 wrote a review Dec 2020
West Palm Beach, Florida40 contributions16 helpful votes
I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect place if I tried. They had everything here, gorgeous rooms with views, wildlife, jungle trails with waterfalls, exotic plants and animals, luxurious landscapes and pool, delicious authentic food, and early morning pre-session coffee that is to die for! The property seemed to be very secure, and the locals were all really nice. The owners of this place are very special people, it’s just incredible what they have imagined up and created (no doubt hand in hand with the skills and support of the local community). We hope to come back soon!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Angela McCarthy, Owner at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Responded Dec 5, 2020
Thank you for the review. The best compliment is when guests leave wanting to come back! Hope to see you soon. pura vida Angela
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maude074 wrote a review Jul 2020
Santa Ana, Costa Rica8 contributions6 helpful votes
We travelled down for a short break in the heart of the CV19 crisis, looking to escape San Jose. The hotel is a real gem, lots of personal touches, delicious home cooked breakfast, gorgeous garden, family games room, screened balcony overlooking the pool and beach beyond and all immaculately maintained. But what really makes this place special is it's story and the ongoing hands on management from the owners. What started as a simple surf shack built by two Floridian surfers has, 30 years later, grown into a fine hotel, built bit by bit using local materials and local people and still overseen by Marshall and Angela with great care. One of my favourite places that I have stayed in my 6 years of living in Costa Rica and definitely makes the trip all the way to Pavones worthwhile.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Angela McCarthy, Owner at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Responded Oct 7, 2020
I am so happy you discovered and experienced our corner of Costa Rica. Thank you for the kind words and compliments. We hope to see you again. pura vida Angela
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RichandBonny wrote a review Apr 2020
St. Petersburg, Florida51 contributions21 helpful votes
This is a small resort, across the street from the beach. There is a small road in front, but not too much traffic. The beach, however, is not swimmable due to the rocks. Beautiful sunsets!! We had an upstairs room that was quite large. Having the screened balcony was nice, although some of the foliage blocked the view. The pool area was small, but very nice. Pavones was about 10 minutes away. There, you can watch the surfers, eat in the restaurants, and they have a few grocery stores with some yummy breads & pastries!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from pavones, Owner at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Responded Apr 3, 2020
We do have AMAZING sunsets, best enjoyed from the beach. Also, the beach directly in front of La Ponderosa has a 100 meter wide sandy area that is great for swimming. I'm sorry you didn't know about this, I will make a point to tell more guests about this in the future. The town center does have some great owner operated eateries and, as you mentioned, some tasty bakery goods. Glad you enjoyed your room, the pool and exploring the PAVONES area during your short stay. Thanks for your review, hope to see you again. pura vida, Angela
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PRICE RANGE
$116 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
cabinas la ponderosa hotel pavones
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Cabinas La Ponderosa
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasPavones
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Which popular attractions are close to La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
Nearby attractions include Pavones Surf Shop (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Bruschetta, Cafe de la Suerte, and Tico Mex.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Pavones.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.