La Ponderosa

La Ponderosa hotel is one of the most beautiful jungle and beach resort in Costa Rica. It offers modern yet sophisticated beachfront accommodations. The hotel is in the most perfect destination for people who love nature and surfing. Therefore, if you want to surf in the world’s longest point break and visit the famous nature reserves in the world, then La Ponderosa hotel is the right place for you.


Situated in Pavones de Golfito, on the Pacfic Coast in the Golfo Dulce (the pristine southern most corner of Costa Rica), La Ponderosa is about a 7 hour drive from San Jose. From Jaco it takes 6 hour drive and from Dominical it is about 4 hour drive to reach the hotel. If you want to reach the hotel fast, you can go by air and within 1.5 hour you will reach Golfito.


La Ponderosa hotel offers a wide range of accommodations which cater for the various needs of the guests. Inside the hotel, each room is furnished properly. In addition, there is a game room which in turn makes the hotel ideal for reunions and retreats.


  • You will enjoy free Wi-Fi access.
  • There are basketball and volleyball courts onsite.
  • La Ponderosa has a big Game room that makes it perfect for groups, reunions, retreats or families. There is a huge movie library, dart board, stereo, football table, ping-pong table, book trade library and board games.
  • Swimming pool
  • You will also get convenient Laundry and travel services


La Ponderosa has a private restaurant that remains open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can buy the meals individually or as a package. Breakfast and lunch are prepared to order from the menu options.They changes dinner menu daily and prepare the dishes with the fresh seasonal food products which are available. Dinner menu also changed according to the  needs and preferences of the present guests. You will enjoy dinner from 6:00 – 7:00 and must be reserved before 4:00.

Special Groups or Retreats – If you are at this hotel with a group of 5 or more people, you will get the food served in family style buffet at times scheduled around the group’s activities.


While enjoying your stay at La Ponderosa hotel, there are so many activities that can keep you busy. Some of the activities include:


The hotel is a perfect spot for surfing simply because it was specifically designed for surfers. You have an option of surfing at the beach breaks of Matapalo or Punta Banco. In addition, the hotel also offers surfing lessons to guests.

Watching birds:

At La Ponderosa hotel, the garden and trails offer a great spot for watching birds.

Beach Combing:

Searching for stones, treasures and shells can be an endless activity as it is so exciting.


La Ponderosa hotel offers a basketball and volleyball court in its vicinity.

Horseback riding:

The hotel organizes horse riding trips around the beach or the rain forests.


Call: (506) 2776-2076


Tour of La Ponderosa Beach & Jungle Resort from Angela McCarthy on Vimeo.

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