South Pacific Coast Hotels



La Paloma Lodge

At a Glance


  • idyllic setting with ocean views and easy access to beach
  • great service
  • interesting guests from all over the world


  • expensive rates
  • no air-conditioning
  • open cabins mean you will have to contend with some insect visitors

Fodorite Reviews

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La Paloma Lodge Review

Sweeping ocean views, impeccably appointed accommodations, and lots of tropical-foliage privacy make this lodge the area's most romantic. Planted in a jungle garden on a ridge jutting into Drake Bay, the elegant, spacious wooden villas have bedroom lofts, spiffy bathrooms, and large porches with summery furniture. Numbers 1 and 3, aptly called "sunset ranchos," have the best sea views. Four standard rooms in a shared building are anything but standard: they're spacious and luxurious, with jungle, garden, and ocean views. Room D has a wraparound deck overlooking an expanse of jungle that will delight bird-watchers. Take a dip in the small pool, or head down the hill to Playa Cocolito, the hotel's gem of a beach. The hotel runs diving trips and certification courses and offers river kayaking. The flower-filled restaurant serves excellent tropical fare, and there's always afternoon tea and baked treats. The lodge now has the added luxury of electricity with a generator backup. There's a three-night minimum stay; the three-night package ($1,275 per person) is the best bet, as it includes air transportation from San José, all meals, and two tours.

    Contact Information

  • Address: On Drake Bay, near Drake Bay Wilderness Resort Drake, 60503
  • Phone: 2239–0954 office in San José; 2775–1684 lodge
  • Website:
  • Location: Drake Bay

    Hotel Details

  • 4 rooms, 5 villas, 2 ranchos.
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • Closed mid-Sept.–mid-Nov.
Updated: 04-01-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Marvelous Experience

    Great eco-lodge experience. Only 11 rooms. Staff get to know you & you them. Go for of of the better ranchos if possible. Great views, good tours with knowledgeable guides. Snakes, birds and monkeys just outside your window.

    by gpeasley, 4/14/07

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