Everything about La Paloma was absolutely perfect. Even before we arrived they were very helpful in making sure everything we booked was right for us. Once we arrived it was beyond anything we had hoped for and we genuinely hope we can return one day. The waitstaff was incredible as well as all the tour guide who took us out on our excursions. Getting there was definitely an adventure, but that is exactly what we were looking for.
For those adventurers who like to explore out of the beaten path to find the real rain forest experience without compromising the confort!! Great place with lots to do with a personalized service. Great food and views. Recomended.
A small plane flight from San Jose, a four wheel vehicle drive through a couple of small rivers, a short boat ride and a climb up to the peaceful lodge and villas hidden in the dense foliage.... and it all worth it! The warm welcome, outstanding guides and tours in the area and the candlelit dinners make this place very special. We enjoyed looking at animals with Carlos in La Sirena, whale watching and snorkeling with Arnoldo at Caño Island and playing in the big waves at the nearby beach.
Intimate eco-lodge with excellent accommodations, location and service, and good food. Family style dinners (several large tables) promoted a relaxed social environment during the evening - guests from all over the world with diversity of interests added to the experience. We stayed 3 nights - wouldn't do any less, and recommend min of 4 nights really, as it takes time to get there and back, and includes 2 excellent tours (rainforest and snorkeling) that take up two days. The Lodge arranged our transportation getting there via Taxi from Dominical area and then boat from Sierpe (per our request), which was wonderful. Flew back to San Jose from Drake Bay. Nice combo. Reiterate others' comments that it is isolated, which is the point. You definitely slow down and totally relax - early up for tours (if desired) to beat the heat, mid-afternoon nap, 6:45 (sharp) family-style dinner, and early to bed for us! This is not really a place to hang/swim at the beach, as beach (a short hike down) is swimmable but small and a bit exposed to the waves. But fabulous for everything else! Warning - hard to come back to work!…
I've first stayed here in 1995, when Sue & Mike had barely built the main lodge and a few open-air thatch roof cabins with amazing views over the Pacific to Cano Island. It's certainly come a long way since then, but the views are still amazing, the food and service top notch, and the easy access to Corcovado National Park and Cano Island are as good as it gets. This is the best place to come for good scuba diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica, and the best base for hooking up with Tracie "The Bug Lady" Stice and Gian Franco and their very unique night tour. This is our top choice in Drake Bay and you really can't go wrong.