La Ponderosa:

This beach & jungle resort and hotel offers modern beachfront accommodations in Costa Rica’s pristine southern zone. After surfing one of the longest point breaks in the world you can enjoy pure relaxation with a massage or lounging by the pool while your lunch is prepared. Pavones is located in the Golfo Dulce, home to world famous nature reserves. It is a great place to see wildlife. You won’t be disappointed when you wake up to the sounds of the waves and jungle. Our boutique resort is located right where the jungle meets the sea.

L.P. History:

La Ponderosa opened in 1994 as a simple surf camp in the jungle. Much has changed since those days. We have used our years of experience and installed all the amenities to insure that every guest leaves ready to come back and stay with us again.

The Game Room:

The big game room makes this hotel ideal for groups, reunions, retreats or families. Find ping-pong table, foosball table, pool table, board games and lounge area. It is the perfect place to escape the sun.


Free wireless internet access.


La Ponderosa has Volleyball and Basketball courts onsite.

Beachfront Location:

This resort and hotel 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 and this beach is a perfect place to relax in the shade and take in the view. Guests 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.


La Ponderosa is a great place to see wildlife. Macaws, parrots, toucans, iguanas, monkeys and more can be seen right outside your room. The resort has well-established gardens. Our area is home to a Sea Turtle Conservation Project and a Wild Macaw Project. These projects have great people working hard to protect our local wildlife.

Botanical Gardens:

La Ponderosa has a large collection of palms, tropical plants and fruit trees.

There are paths to take through the gardens.

Also there are many place to sit and relax, outside in garden, while you take in the sounds, smells and sights.


We employ local women and men from Pavones and they happy to help make your stay in Pavones one to remember.


If you are in need of laundry service then La Ponderosa can conveniently meet your needs onsite.


The hotel’s private restaurant is open for guests only.

Meals can be purchased individually or as a pre-paid package.


Pavones is perfect for nature lovers and surfers.

It is just the right place for pure relaxation or tropical adventure. See a list activities on this site.


We offer a range of different accommodations for different needs and preferences.  Each room is individually furnished. See a COMPLETE LIST OF ALL OUR ACCOMMODATIONS with photos and detailed descriptions.

*The plumeria flowers, small sunset and villa photographs on this page by Jim Mayfield