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LA PONDEROSA Beach & Jungle Resort

300 meters south of La Bruschetta Restaurant, Pavones - South West Pacific - Pavones, Costa Rica
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Nearest Wave
2km

After surfing one of the longest point breaks in the world you can enjoy pure relaxation with a massage or lounging by the hotel pool. La Ponderosa is owned by, operated by and designed for surfers. The owner has been surfing in Pavones since 1989. He is happy to help with information on tides, wave conditions and best times to surf.

Beachfront location of hotel lets you check the surf conditions while drinking your coffee. Big game room is just the right place to escape the sun and not be confined to your room. Private hotel restaurant is open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a full menu designed for surfer appetites. Meals can be purchased individually or as a package.

This boutique resort 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. Visitors and locals 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.

Location

In a country known for its natural wonders, Pavones represents a special experience.

La Ponderosa is located on the beachfront 1.5 km south of Pavones or "the point”. While in Pavones you have the option of having a local fisherman take you in his boat or what we call “panga” across to Matapalo to surf one of the many right point breaks. Also, when the point is small you can find bigger waves at the Punta Banco beach breaks 3 km south of La Ponderosa (accessed by road). You have options!

A stay at La Ponderosa provides no shortage of adventure. The jungle, the ocean, and the property are all at your disposal. Pavones provides world class waves for surfing and once back at the property, take a dip in the pool or gear up for a game of foosball or ping pong. If you want some adventure then explore the onsite garden and jungle trails trekking among monkeys, birds and occasionally even a sloth along the way. No matter what your day holds, there is no doubt that you will experience excitement and beauty!

At La Ponderosa, we are proud to partner with many locals that provide a number of Pavones activities .... horseback riding, surf lessons, outdoor yoga, guided hikes.

There is really no night life to speak of, there are a few local bars to have a beer. There is an excellent Italian restaurant just a five minute walk and several owner operated local eateries offering a variety of cuisine can be explored with a 5 minute car ride.

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Number of people: 30
Air Conditioning
Bath Towels
Beach Towels
Parking (free)
TV
WIFI (free)
Cot / high chair
Daily housekeeping
Laundry
Massage
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Sundeck
Surfboard hire
Breakfast (additional)
Dinner (additional)
Honesty Bar
Restaurant
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Horseback riding
Volleyball

Extras:

Transportation, meals, surfing lessons, board rentals are not included in room rates.
TUCAN
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

In ‘THE TOUCAN’ ocean view, poolside room guests can retire to dream of tomorrow's waves and the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce.
There is a screened balcony on which guests can recline in a Adirondack chair and savor the sights of the ocean, expansive gardens, lively wildlife, and lush jungle. The view at sunset is special each day and the air becomes sweet and cools to the just the right temperature. Option of air conditioning or open the balcony door and windows to let the tropical air flow through.
TWO FULL beds with orthopedic mattresses and comfortable linens, housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

LA LORA
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

In ‘THE PARROT’ garden view, room guests can retire to dream of tomorrow's waves and the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce.
There is a patio on which guests can relax and listen to the sounds of the sea, perfect in the morning while sipping coffee or tea.
ONE QUEEN and TWO SINGLE beds with orthopedic mattresses and comfortable linens, housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

LA LAPA
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

In ‘THE MACAW’ room guests can retire to dream of tomorrow's waves and the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce.
There is a screened balcony on which guests can relax and savor the sights of the jungle lined ocean, expansive gardens, lively wildlife, and lush jungle. The view at sunset is special each day and the air becomes sweet and cools to the just the right temperature. Option of air conditioning or open the balcony door and windows to let the tropical air flow through.
ONE KING and TWO SINGLE beds with orthopedic mattresses and comfortable linens, housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

EL NIDO
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 5

In ‘THE NEST’ garden view, creek side room guests can retire to dream of tomorrow's waves and the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce.
There is a patio on which guests can relax and enjoy sights of the garden, perfect in the morning while sipping coffee or tea.
TWO FULL and ONE SINGLE beds with orthopedic mattresses and comfortable linens, housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

LA IGUANA
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

In ‘THE NEST’ garden view detached bungalow room guests can retire to dream of tomorrow's waves and the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce.
There is a patio on which guests can relax and enjoy sights of the expansive gardens and lively wildlife.
ONE QUEEN and ONE SINGLE beds with orthopedic mattresses and comfortable linens, housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

LA RANA
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

In ‘THE FROG’ ocean view, poolside room guests can retire to dream of tomorrow's waves and the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce.
There is a patio on which guests can relax in a Adirondack chair and savor the sights of the ocean, expansive gardens and lively wildlife. The view at sunset is special each day and the air becomes sweet and cools to the just the right temperature.
ONE FULL and ONE SINGLE beds with orthopedic mattresses and comfortable linens, housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

LA PALMA
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

In ‘THE PALM’ ocean view, poolside room guests can retire to dream of tomorrow's waves and the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce.
There is a patio on which guests can relax in a Adirondack chair and savor the sights of the ocean, expansive gardens and lively wildlife. The view at sunset is special each day and the air becomes sweet and cools to the just the right temperature.
ONE FULL and ONE SINGLE beds with orthopedic mattresses and comfortable linens, housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

VILLA EL OSO PEREZOSO
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 7

'THE SLOTH HOUSE' has two floors with ONE KING and THREE FULL beds total.

The first floor features an outdoor patio with equipped kitchenette and a casual dining area with ceiling fan as well as hammock and chairs perfect for gathering, conversing, and relaxing. The first floor also has a comfortable living room with air conditioning, satellite TV, one full bathroom, one full bed and one sofa.

After a day of surfing the second story is where the guests can retire to dream of the wonders of the Gulfo Dulce. With two bedrooms and one half bath, the second floor of El Perezoso features 1 king and 2 full beds. Each of two bedrooms is equipped with a ceiling fan and has the options of air conditioning with individual temperature control or open french doors and windows to let the tropical air flow through.

The entire second floor is encircled with a screened in balcony on which guests can recline in a Adirondack chair under a ceiling fan and savor the sights of the jungle lined ocean, expansive gardens, lively wildlife, and lush jungle. The unique architecture of the villa invites the sounds and sights of nature to enchant its guests.
The view at sunset is special each day and the air becomes sweet and cools to the just the right temperature.

Housekeeping is provided daily and laundry service can be arranged for an additional fee.

You can never get lost

When you book you will receive our confirmation email with full travel directions of how to get to us.

We don't provide airport transfers but you can book one easily here: Airport Transfers

  • - Nearest Airport: Golfito
  • - Distance from Airport in kms:
  • - Time from Airport in a car: 1.5 hours
  • - There is no train from the airport
  • - There is no bus from the airport

Punta Banco

Level: All Levels

beach breaks, 3km south of LA PONDEROSA

Surf conditions in South West Pacific - Pavones:

Beginners:

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Air Temp (°C)

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30°

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30°

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28°

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28°

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28°

NOV/DEC

26°

The Golfo Dulce has plenty of waves making it s a great surf holiday spot. The main surf town Pavones is known for its lefts. The main wave has been called the worlds longest left and can run up to 1km on occassion. Its better for turns rather than barrels and there are a good amount of peaks allowing for different take off spots.

Close by, a few kms further south is Punta Banco which has a mix of left and right reef breaks. From here you can keep on going South to Punta Burica and pass by many uncrowded beach breaks and reefs, including Eclipse, a unique rivermouth break.

Across on the other side of the gulf is Matapalo, better know for its left breaks. You an get a boat across from the locals. The surf here includes Pan Dulce, one of Panamas World Class spots, a right point break, The area has a good mix of mellow waves as well as more hollow ones. Venture around the Corcovado national park and you will discover empty surf and beautiful tropical scenery.

Come Surf Pavones with us...

PAYMENT

  • A small deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • Your balance is due to the property 15 days before arrival. The Property will contact you to collect payment. If you book within this 15 days then the property will contact you shortly after you book to collect the balance.

CANCELLING YOUR BOOKING

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  • Your deposit is non refundable but can be used for the same property/surf school within one year of your original booking.
  • You can cancel anytime up to 30 days before travelling and you will be refunded the balance.

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