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“Pura Vida by the Pacific”

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La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Pavones B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“Pura Vida by the Pacific”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

Fantastic! Angela and Marshall have an absolutely awesome place. It's beautifully landscaped and the grounds are meticulously maintained. We stayed in Casa Brisa Pacifica. (Angela upgraded us ) This is the large house on the property next door. We felt right at home. The staff cleaned the house every day and took care of anything we needed. It was truly a week in paradise. The pool was perfect, especially when the tide was up and the surf was too rough to go on the beach. We had a full kitchen in this house so we had the option of cooking our own meals if we wanted but with La Pina only a five minute walk up the road we found ourselves dining there several times during our stay. Homemade pasta and pizza to die for. Perfect for families. We had six people in our group. Can't wait to go back. I don't think we'd ever think of staying anywhere else in Pavones.

Room Tip: Not a bad room in the place!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

My wife and I have nothing but positive things to say about La Ponderosa. Angela and Marshall will make you feel right at home, and provide everything you need to make the most out of your stay, whether you are there for the waves, the world-class wildlife, or just to relax. We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in La Lora and couldn't have been happier.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melrose, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

I just got back from my trip at the Ponderosa. Marshall and Angela do a great job of making you feel like you are home. Steve and I scored good waves the entire trip. Why would you want to stay any where else in Pavonnes. The meal plan is to die for. I never had a bad meal. Thank you for the good vibes,, good times, and good food. We will be back soon.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

We stayed at ponderosa for 7 nights in a poolside cabina and it was so relaxing. We had several swims in the pool everyday, it's spotlessly clean, surrounded by jungle with a view to the beach - absolutely loved chilling here (also the wifi connection is strongest there). Most people that stay here have a car, we didn't, so ended up hiring bikes in town for the full week which turned out to be one of the nicest bits of our trip, cycling along the beach everyday. The rooms are perfect! AC along with cable tv and DVDs to watch at night, and so big. Didn't eat here at all so can't comment on the restaurant food, we choose to eat in town before or after activities. The owners property is stunning, along with some very cute animals. Loved Pavones and very happy we chose to stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Loved the poolside cabinas as the have views of pool and ocean.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Golfito, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Just got back from two nights a la Ponderosa. rooms were extra nice for surf town, beautiful grounds, swimming pool, did not eat much at the restaurant, but it was nice and clean with coffee out every morning, and rec area to use.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Capitola, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

We just returned from our Trip to Playa Pavones!!! It was the second time we visited the area, and it was really important for us to find a family friendly place. The pool was amazing for my 3 year old! The rooms and grounds are very well maintained. The comfort of the A/C, shade from the tree, our patio area (El Tucan Room) and convience of the dining area/play area fully stocked with water, choclate milk, treats, and beer was fantastic. The staff treated my daughter like a "princess", and the owners (Angela and Marshall) made some very nice exceptions and recommendation for us during our stay. ((Thank you!!!)) We are planning to visit the area in 2015/2016, and based on what I know about Pavones... our family will be staying at the La Ponderosa...

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

I visited La Ponderosa on September 2013 and I can honestly tell you that it's one of the nicest places I have ever seen. The room, el Nido, was small but cozy, AC, TV, etc. worked great and was very private; the gardens are very well kept; everything is very clean, the place is beach front; the pool is clean and very well maintained; and they even have a 24/7 mini bar service.

I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a relaxing vacation in the wonderful south of Costa Rica. The owner, Angela, gladly helped us out on the phone and once we got here.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort

Property: La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort
Address: Pavones Beachfront, one mile south of river | PO Box 81-8250, Ciudad Neily, Pavones, Costa Rica (Formerly Cabinas La Ponderosa)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Pavones
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Pavones
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort offers beach front accommodations in the pristine Southern Pacific side of Costa Rica. A great place to see wildlife with 14 acres of gardens and jungle with trails to waterfall and ocean view tiki hut. Pure relaxation: with option of all-inclusive meal package or a la carte meals at on-site private restaurant, massage, swimming pool, game room or yoga. Adventure: world class surfing one of the longest waves in the world, horseback riding, jungle tours or great fishing. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Cabinas La Ponderosa Hotel Pavones

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