Fodor's Expert Review La Ponderosa Beach and Jungle Resort

Road betweeen Pavones and Punta Banco, on the beach, Pavones, Puntarenas, 60704, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

The world-famous Playa Pavones surf break is a 10-minute walk from La Ponderosa, the area's only beach resort and several cuts above the usual surfer hangout. Recently refurbished accommodations verge on luxurious, and the 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, air-conditioning, small refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi. Two of the three spacious suites also have screened-in porches overlooking the pool. A large, two-bedroom villa with kitchen is also available. If you're not into surfing, there are nature trails winding through 14 acres of magnificent gardens and forest, loaded with birds and specimen plants. On-site massages can be arranged. Everything is within walking distance, including a swimmable beach, so you don't need a car. For rainy days, there's a large game room with Ping-Pong, darts, and a collection of DVDs and a book exchange. Breakfast is not included in the price, but the optional $40 per person plan covers three meals.


  • affordable rates
  • close to beach and town
  • magnificent garden and forest trails


  • tends to attract a younger crowd
  • mosquitoes love the garden when there's no breeze


On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: -2776–2076 | 954-771–9166-in U.S.


7 rooms, 1 2-bedroom house
Rate Includes: All meals

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