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Reviewed January 11, 2012

We just finished a long trip to Costa Rica. We spent 4 days at La Paloma. It was very nice but I think it is important to realize you are in the REMOTE parts of Costa Rica. No A/C, No TV, No Phones, Occasional Internet!! Lots of animals, and Bugs!! The rooms were big and the views great. However, you are Really away from civilization!! That may be great for some. I don't like to sleep without A/C and if you keep the lights on at night, well, you might consider that a FEAR FACTOR challenge.
The food was very good as you eat family style. The activites were excellent. Snorkeling, fishing and exploring the Corcovado Park. We did have a surprise visit from some monkeys who stole my daughters PB+J sandwich. The pool is cold.New Year's Eve, I was in bed by 9:30 and up at 6:00 for a morning tour.
Did I enjoy La Paloma?? Definately. Would I go back? No. I need to be "connected" a little bit more!! But that is my personal opinion

Room Tip: Make sure you really want to be away from everything!!
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank DAVEBUCK
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Our family of 9 people stayed 4 nights in the two Sunset Rancho’s at La Paloma. The rancho was very nice with shiny wood and windows that opened on all sides. We had amazingly comfortable, peaceful sleeps at La Paloma.
The service at La Paloma was the best. Nicole, Jamaica and all the staff were very accommodating and courteous. They were always quick to fulfill any request in a very timely manner. The food was great every day. The lodge always had snacks available between meals which is great when travelling with kids. My only complaint is that the morning coffee was very watery and weak.
All the guides at La Paloma were amazing also. Randall stands out to be one of our favorites. He is a wealth of knowledge in many aspects and a very interesting person to talk to. The night hike with The Bug Lady and her husband was very memorable experience. It was "dumping" rain but we still saw some amazing night creatures and our kids will remember this forever. We used the kayaks at La Paloma and paddled up the river to as far as you can go. We had to get out and carry our kayaks 2 or 3 times to get up past the rapids. This was a bit challenging with the kids but well worth it because the paddle downstream was alot of fun with beautiful scenery. The Cano Island tour was not the best experience for our group. We did not see one dolphin, whale or turtle. And when we attempted on two occasions to go snorkeling we were stung by jelly fish. You cant predict nature and we just had a bad day. We also did the canopy tour which was ok. The drive to the canopy facility in the back of the open air truck, through rivers etc was half the fun. The walk back from town to La Paloma Lodge is fun too.
Our children loved the beach on the property at La Paloma. They spent hours playing in the waves. A group of monkeys came to the beach every day and we would spend time watching them at very close range. The lodge will deliver lounge chairs to the beach upon request. This was quite nice.
Overall, La Paloma is a great, "off the beaten track" outdoor experience. The thing that stands out the most is the "top notch service". Thanks to all of you at La Paloma for making our family vacation special.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

This is a gorgeous, beautifully-designed lodge with several bungalows built on a hill in the jungle, overlooking the ocean. The grounds are luxuriant and verdant, the rooms dreamy and comfortable, the food is excellent, the staff very friendly, yet discrete. There is a small pool with view of the ocean, but a lovely beach is a short walk down the hill. It is open to the public, yet it is so remote there are never many people there. The whole place felt like paradise. You must be fit to enjoy being in the jungle, hiking up and down steps and steep paths, rising early to see the wildlife, trekking half the day in the jungle or be in a boat to go snorkeling or kayaking. You must be comfortable with wildlife all around: everything is open to the fresh air. There are monkeys, lizards, snakes, sloths, crocodiles, birds, bugs, etc. but all is endlessly fascinating and felt safe. La Paloma organized many adventures for us, several of which were included in the package: San Pedrillo Ranger Station in the Corcovado Forest, also Cano Island. However, a night hike with an entymologist was extra, but an amazing experience. The guests tended to be smart, interesting, world-travellers. Perhaps not as eco-friendly a lodge as some, but does fairly well. We were all very happy there with an 11- and 15-year-old. We all loved it and would happily visit again.

Room Tip: Room D: corner room with the wrap-around porch and private views of the jungle and the ocean.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Wow, staying in a "standard" room at La Paloma Lodge is a dream vacation! Our room was gorgeous - spacious, gleaming hardwood floors, wrap-around balcony, hammock, jungle and ocean views, sliding glass doors throughout. The quality of the tour guides was inspiring - every one of them went above and beyond and really, truly knew their stuff. Their love of nature and of their country was palpable. And the service from the staff was impeccable. Nicole and Jamaica made us feel 100% taken care of, in every last detail. The food was great, and the company was wonderful as well. While there, we saw toucans, scarlet macaws, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, crocodiles....really recommend the mangrove tour and snorkeling; the Corcovado Park tour (to first ranger station) was the only disappointment. Walking on our own along the coastal trail from the Lodge to San Josecito Beach was the highlight of the stay for us. Definitely recommend the five night package - four will be too little time here.

Room Tip: I think we were in room D, on the end, so we had a wrap around balcony....
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Our 5 day stay at La Paloma was like a dream. We arrived home last night and are madly trying to figure out how to get back to La Paloma again. The lodge itself is ever so lovely surrounded by incredible views and vegetation and we slept every night listening to the waves of the Pacific and awoke in the morning to the sounds of the jungle coming to life. If the setting and wonderfully comfortable and well appointed bungalows aren't enough to lure you off the couch, then add a few toucans, the voices of howlers, hummingbirds, frigate birds, macaws and troops of adorable monkeys and the lodge is pretty much nirvanna to me. Only adding to the appeal, is an incredible staff, led by Nicole and Jamaica who attended to our every need with good humor and efficiancy and our wonderful guide, Sergio, who taught us so much in the time we were together and has the eyes of an eagle. Did I mention that the food was incredible? We have all had to special order new Spanx to recover from all that homemade bread and all the wonderful meals that arrived on the table each day.
Our excursions were great, led by Sergio. We saw boas and sloths and crocs in the mangrove, good fish at Cano and we went to Sirena in Corcovado and it is sure worth the extra trip as we came face to face with a Tapir, saw lots of monkeys and crocs, and an anteater, wonderful birds and bromeliads and fatastic fungus and vegetation beyond belief.
Every moment was great and I'll be daydreaming when I am at the water cooler tomorrow and the daydream will definitely take place at La Paloma. It's awesome!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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