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La Paloma Lodge
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at La Paloma with our adult daughter, and thought we were in Paradise. The setting is superb, on a bluff overlooking the ocean with beautiful tropical gardens all around you. The cabins are "luxury rustic", well-appointed and equipped, with panoramic views. The staff is wonderful--very friendly (learned our names immediately) and helpful. The food is very nice, and healthy (a bonus after two weeks of over-indulgence elsewhere.) The tours are excellent, and the guides are top-notch. We snorkeled one day, hiked in Corcovado National Park a second one, and did the mangrove tour the third. Saw monkeys (some very close), all kinds of birds, lizards and crocodiles, spiders, flowers, etc. Thankfully, no snakes (though they exist.)

Bring some kind of rain protection--it's very humid in this part of Costa Rica. We had a big storm the last night we were there, and if it hadn't stopped raining by morning, we would have had a very wet trip back to the airstrip.

We had two complaints. First, there were a lot of insects--I know it's an eco-lodge and they don't use pesticides, but screens on the windows to keep the insects out of the rooms would be a nice addition. Second, we found the tours to be a little too long. Each could have been cut down by an hour or so without losing any of the benefit. By the time we got back each afternoon and showered and changed, there wasn't much time left to enjoy the beach or the pool.

Room Tip: All rooms have views of the ocean. We had one of the two sunset ranchos, which have unbelievable views.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I loved my week at la Paloma. The view was beautiful, the staff was excellent, and the wildlife was abundant. I recommend this to anyone. I loved the Corcovado Sirena trip, and the snorkeling was quite beautiful. There were thousands of fish.

Room Tip: The bungalow is a good walk from the eating area, but great views..
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is such a beautiful place! I can't say enough about this experience. The surroundings are pristine. All of our adventures were wonderful. I would say the mangrove tour and scuba diving were my favorite. The staff were very accomidating. The rooms were wonderful and I loved the monkies sneaking in. Just hide your valuables from them!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

The Osa Peninsula is an amazing place and La Paloma is the ideal way to experience it. The lodge fits in with the surroundings perfectly, providing spacious cabins with beautiful views of the jungle, the ocean, and the diverse wildlife of the area which can often be seen right outside your doors and windows. The staff is friendly and treats each group of visitors like guests in their own home. You are definitely not just a room number here - the staff learns your names before your arrival and clearly takes pride in learning about each group's daily activities and particular interests. The tours arranged through the lodge are fabulous, with excellent guides taking small groups to the various incredible locations in and around the Corcovado national park. The snorkeling at Cano island is spectacular with warm, crystal clear water providing incredible views of everything from sea turtles to rays to a myriad of colorful reef fish. And the night walk with 'bug lady' Tracie and Giancarlo shows guests a side of the rainforest life that is less often appreciated but is an absolute must-see for nature enthusiasts. All in all, La Paloma provided us with an unforgettable experience in one of the most spectacular destinations the country has to offer. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Unforgettable. Great rooms, super friendly service and fascinating tours.
Don't miss the mangrove tour or Corcovado park . Randall is amazing. We logged 45 birds, two crocs, a cayman, big boa constrictor and all four monkeys.We learned much about biology, pharma and zoology.
Definitely do the night walk with Tracie and John - bugs, spiders and snakes.
Access by plane, van,boat and finally the Limousine up the hill makes for a wonderful adventure.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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