La Ponderosa Hotel and Resort:

This beach & jungle resort and hotel offers modern beachfront accommodations in Costa Rica’s pristine southern zone. Only about 15% of the property is developed the rest is lush jungle, botanical gardens, fruit orchards and trails leading to a beautiful waterfall. 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. This hotel is the perfect destination for surfers and nature lovers. 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.

L.P. History:

La Ponderosa opened in 1994 as a simple surf camp in the jungle.  In those days the “cabinas” ran only on solar and generator power.  In 1995-96 electricity arrived to the Pavones area, air conditioning was added to rooms.  During the late 1990s we focused on the botanical gardens and nature trails.  In 2005 we renovated the rooms and added satellite TV.  Also in the 2000s we added a custom pool and upgraded.  In 2006-07 phone lines and internet arrived to the Pavones area.  La Ponderosa now offers wireless internet. In 2013 we renovated and upgraded the rooms again.  So, this is the history and the future of La Ponderosa… improving one year at a time. We might be good now but we will be even better next year.

La Ponderosa is still owned by its original founder, a surfer from Florida, USA.

The Game Room:

The big game room makes this hotel ideal for groups, reunions, retreats or families. We have a huge movie library, stereo, dart board, ping-pong table, foosball table, board games and book trade library.


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. The jungle meets the sea on this beach and it 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. Explore twelve acres of nature trails. The resort has well-established trails through our gardens, orchards and forest. You will find staircases and bridges leading to our waterfall and lookout tiki hut. See a map of the grounds on this site.

Our area is home to a Sea Turtle Conservation Project and a Wild Macaw Project. These projects have great people working hard to protect wildlife.

Botanical Gardens:

La Ponderosa has over 10 acres of gardens with a large collection of palms, tropical plants and fruit trees. There are TRAILS to take through the gardens and into the forest. See a gallery of garden photos on La Ponderosa Pavones’ facebook page.


We employ local women and men from Pavones.

Owners, Marshall and Angela live onsite and are 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.

Travel Services:

CAR RENTAL – We can reserve a car for you and arrange pick-up/ drop-off at just about anywhere in the country.

REGIONAL FLIGHTS – We can reserve flights to Golfito and other destinations.

VAN SERVICE- We can arrange for a van and driver to bring your group from San Jose (or other location) to La Ponderosa.

The hotel’s private restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Meals can be purchased individually or as a 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 budgets.  Each room is individually furnished. See a complete list of our accommodations with photos and detailed descriptions on this site.

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