LA PONDEROSA Beach & Jungle Resort

About us

This beach & jungle resort and hotel offers modern beachfront accommodations in Costa Rica’s pristine southern zone. Only about 15% of the property is developed the rest is lush jungle, botanical gardens, fruit orchards and trails leading to a beautiful waterfall. After surfing one of the longest point breaks in the world you can enjoy pure relaxation with a massage or lounging by the pool while your lunch is prepared. Pavones is located in the Golfo Dulce, home to world famous nature reserves. It is a great place to see wildlife. You won’t be disappointed when you wake up to the sounds of the waves and jungle.

Jungle to Beach. Love it! Great accommodations with pool and some of the best food in Pavones. Steps away from the beach, I have been to Pavones several times and I can't see why anybody would stay anywhere else. ~Tony T

Venue Highlights

History:
La Ponderosa opened in 1994 as a simple surf camp in the jungle. Much has changed since those days. We have used our years of experience and installed all the amenities to insure that every guest leaves ready to come back and stay with us again. La Ponderosa is still owned by its original founder, a surfer from Florida, USA.

The Game Room:
The big game room makes this hotel ideal for groups, reunions, retreats or families. Find ping-pong table, foosball table, board games and lounge area. It is the perfect place to escape the sun.

Courts:
La Ponderosa has Volleyball and Basketball courts onsite.

Beachfront Location:
This resort and hotel has a quiet and secluded location just outside of the town center. La Ponderosa beachfront has a sandy swimming area for playing in the water. The jungle meets the sea on this beach and it is a perfect place to relax in the shade and take in the view. Guests enjoy an incredible view across the Golfo Dulce to the Osa Peninsula. You can explore tide pools all along the coast. The beach faces west and is famous for spectacular sunsets

Nature:
La Ponderosa is a great place to see wildlife. Macaws, parrots, toucans, iguanas, monkeys and more can be seen right outside your room. Explore twelve acres of nature trails. The resort has well-established trails through our gardens, orchards and forest. You will find staircases and bridges leading to our waterfall and lookout tiki hut. See a map of the grounds on this site. Our area is home to a Sea Turtle Conservation Project and a Wild Macaw Project. These projects have great people working hard to protect wildlife.

Botanical Gardens:
La Ponderosa has over 10 acres of gardens with a large collection of palms, tropical plants and fruit trees. There are TRAILS to take through the gardens and into the forest.

Staff:
We employ local women and men from Pavones. Owners, Marshall and Angela live onsite and are happy to help make your stay in Pavones one to remember.

Dining:
The hotel’s private restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals can be purchased individually or as a pre-paid package.

Recreation:
Pavones is perfect for nature lovers and surfers. It is just the right place for pure relaxation or tropical adventure.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Our private restaurant is open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

We offer a MENU with a variety of food and drinks.

Meals can be purchased individually or as a prepaid package.

The cost of the optional 3-meal package is $35/person or breakfast & dinner only $25/ person.

Accommodations

We offer a range of different accommodations for different needs and budgets. Each room is individually furnished.

La Palma:
‘THE PALM’ room with ocean view, poolside, ground floor, patio, en suite bathroom, fan, air conditioning, refrigerator, TV with satellite channels, 330 square feet, 3 beds- (one QUEEN bed & two single/daybeds)

La Rana:
‘THE FROG’ room with ocean view, poolside, ground floor, patio, table & chairs, en suite bathroom, fan, air conditioning, refrigerator, small TV with satellite channels, 300 square feet, 2 beds- (one FULL bed & one single bed)

La Iguana:
‘THE IGUANA’ room with lovely garden setting, ground floor, patio, sitting area, en suite bathroom, fan, air conditioning, refrigerator, TV with satellite channels, 315 square feet, 2 beds- (one QUEEN bed & one single bed)

El Nido:
‘THE NEST’ room with garden & creek view, ground floor, patio, sitting area, en suite bathroom, fans, air conditioning, refrigerator, TV with satellite channels, 375 square feet, 3 beds- (two FULL beds & one single/ daybed)

La Lapa:
‘THE MACAW’ KING room with oceanview, second floor, screened balcony, sitting area, all hardwood floors, en suite bathroom, fans, air conditioning, refrigerator, TV with satellite channels, 530 square feet, 3 beds- (one KING bed & two single beds)

La Lora:
‘THE PARROT’ room with garden view, ground floor, patio, sitting area, en suite bathroom, fans, air conditioning, refrigerator, TV with satellite channels, 485 square feet, 3 beds- (one QUEEN bed & two single beds)

El Tucán:
‘THE TOUCAN’ room with ocean view, poolside, second floor, large screened balcony, table and chairs, en suite bathroom, fans, air conditioning, refrigerator, TV with satellite channels, 345 square feet, 3 beds- (two FULL beds & one single/ trundle bed)

Villa El Oso Perezoso:
‘THE SLOTH’ house with two bedrooms, two stories, ocean view, wrap around balcony, private garden, 1.5 bathrooms, 6 ceiling fans, air conditioning, refrigerator, patio kitchenette & dining, TV with satellite channels, 2000 square feet, 4 beds total- (one KING bed & three full beds)

Directions

The hotel rooms or “cabinas” are located where the jungle meets the beach about 1.5 mile south of the Pavones town center or 2.5 miles north of the Punta Banco town center. Guests enjoy beachfront accommodations and have full access to walking trails through 10 acres of lush jungle and botanical gardens. Our private trails even lead to a beautiful waterfall and an ocean lookout.

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