The world-famous Playa Pavones surf break is a 10-minute walk from La Ponderosa, the area's only beach resort and a cut above the usual surfer hangout. Accommodations are very comfortable, and the small but tranquil swimming pool is set in an enchanting garden with an ocean view. Fresh, bright rooms have high-end mattresses dressed in crisp white linens and gleaming tiled bathrooms, and some also have air-conditioning. Two of the three spacious suites have screened-in
porches overlooking the lush garden and pool. A large, two-bedroom villa is also available. If you're not into surfing, there are nature trails winding through 14 acres of gardens and forest, a yoga deck, and on-site massages. Everything is within walking distance, including a swimmable beach, so you don't need a car. Breakfast is not included in the price, but the $35 per person meal plan covers three meals.