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La Paloma Lodge
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I run a small company specializing in wildlife photography. We have traveled to many different countries (Costa Rica several times) and stayed in many hotels, La Paloma is definitely among the best. The hotel is located on a bluff providing a spectacular view of the ocean and the rooms are beautiful, very comfortable and have terrific beds. The food is excellent and as good as any gourmet restaurant I've been to. Best of all, however, is the staff (especially Jose). They could not be more friendly, helpful and accommodating. Even the resident monkeys were cooperative and provided great photographic opportunities. La Paloma easily rivals hotels that cost two to three times the price. I highly recommend the mangrove tour.

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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Can't recommend this lodge highly enough.
Rooms were wonderful, with great balconies, complete with hammock, and reading chairs.
The lodge's common area for dining and lounging was also very nice, with lovely views all around. We saw lots of birds and monkeys just while sitting on the veranda, and on our last day one of the other guests reported an ocelot sighting!
The meals were fantastic, with at least two choices at every meal, and were served family-style to promote interaction between the guests, which was pleasant.
Dinner was preceded by different snacks every night - guacamole, ceviche, plantain chips....
The lodge's sandy beach was lovely and accessible via a series of stone steps and paths.
The pool was small and unheated, but nicely situated.
Best of all were the lodge's very friendly and caring staff. All were good, but Nicole and Jamaica stood out.
We also enjoyed hiking and snorkelling tours with Walter and Randall, respectively, both of whom are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides.
The lodge also provides complimentary kayaks, which we used, and boogie boards, which we did not.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

We recently spent 4 nights at La Paloma Lodge at the end of a 2 week trip to Costa Rica with our 3 boys, ages 8, 10 and 10. It was an incredible all around experience. It felt like everything we did was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we came home much wiser, well fed, and very relaxed.

We stayed in one of their beautiful bungalows. They are simple but spectacular. We loved lying in the hammock or sitting on the porch admiring the endless view of the Pacific, the monkeys and toucans in the nearby trees, and the quiet.

Every day we had a new adventure. We loved our tour of Corcovado Park with Randall, an extremely knowledgeable and engaging guide. We all learned so much about the flora and fauna of the park, and loved his stories and experiences.

We also loved our day of snorkelling with Jose, one of the lodge's wonderful staff. He was amazing with the kids and taught them about how to dive down under water while snorkelling and taught them a lot about the fish and moray eel we saw.

We did a night tour with Tracie the Bug Lady. Again, was thrilled with the experience, the amazing frogs, arachnids, and other insects we saw.

We really enjoyed the canopy tour in Drake Bay (favourite one in Costa Rica), kayaking in the river (with a few crocodiles), boogie boarding at Cocolito Beach, and just enjoying the lodge's beautiful surroundings and vibe.

The food at the lodge was fantastic. Two choices for each meal, apples before dinner, soup, salad, and very delicious gourmet dinners. Meals were served family style at shared tables and we really enjoyed meeting the other like-minded guests and hearing about their travel. adventures.

The staff was great, all the details were taken care of. I would go back in a heart beat.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We recently returned from a 5 night stay at La Paloma. Our group included 6 family members, ranging in age from 22 to 70; everyone thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The main lodge and ranchos are beautiful. Two of us stayed in Rancho # 6, which is a bit of a hike from the main lodge. Individuals with significant mobility problems should take this into consideration. All of the ranchos provide a great deal of privacy and magnificent views of the Pacific.

The food was excellent, emphasizing fresh locally grown fruit and locally caught seafood. The onsite lodge managers (Nicole and Jamaica) are really competent - everything ran like clockwork. All of the lodge staff members are competent and invariably friendly.

During our 4 days at La Paloma, we enjoyed the Mangrove Tour, the trip to Corcovado National Park, and snorkeling near Cano Island. Each of these excursions was definitely worth it. The naturalists/guides employed by La Paloma are excellent (our guides were Randall and Sandra)..due to their expertise and enthusiasm, we learned a great deal, and had the opportunity to see many of the creatures that inhabit the Osa Peninsula, including 4 species of monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, coati mundis, caimans, boa constrictors, and about a gazillion birds. In particular, the Toucans and Scarlet Macaws were unforgettable.

We also spent one day offshore fishing on the Reel Escape. If you enjoy saltwater fishing, or would like to try it, I would definitely recommend the Reel Escape. The boat is scrupulously clean, the captain and crew are competent and hard working, and they do a great job in regard to finding fish.

In summary, we all had a great time, and highly recommend La Paloma Lodge.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Our family travels frequently and we have voted this as our favorite destination thus far. La Paloma Lodge is set in the remote area of Drake Bay which makes this wonderful as it does not have that touristy feel. You arrive by boat and are greeted at the dock by the friendliest staff. Nichole and staff there make you feel so comfortable, they are kind and helpful. The food is fabulous! Fresh fruit, juices, delicious coffee, and several meal choices at each meal. Our room was an amazing two bedroom/ two bathroom/ two floor house set on the mountain, with a porch, hammock and the most amazing view of the ocean. The beauty of La Paloma is that they schedule every activity for you with top notch guides. Our family scuba dived, toured the mangroves, hiked the national park,did the evening "Bug Lady tour", zip lined and went on a sunset beach horseback ride. I would not have eliminated a thing. Loved it all and met wonderful people. The only thing I will say, this is not a trip for someone who does not like the outdoors and is not somewhat physically fit. We climbed a lot of stairs. We left feeling like we walked out of the Planet Earth segment of Costa Rica, we saw and came up close and personal with almost all the animals this beautiful place has to offer. We saw 4 types of monkeys, sloths, toucans, boa constrictors, crocodiles, and much more. A little slice of heaven!

Stayed: December 2017
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Perfect family adventure vacation - setting in more remote part of Costa Rica is amazing - where rainforest meets the sea. Paloma Beach House is a fabulous private property for family wanting 3 BRs and amazing views. House is beautiful, with views at every point. staff is incredibly helpful. We did everything our family enjoys: scuba, rainforest exploration; fabulous horsebackriding; kayaking, exploring, beach relaxing.
wonderful winter holiday experience. Nichole and her team are experts at meeting the guests every needs. Beach BBQ lunches were terrific, and family style dinners at the lodge were perfect mix of fine dining and meeting new people in a relaxed setting.

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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

We spent 6 nights at La Paloma through Thanksgiving week 2017. Everything was wonderful: the location, our rancho, the food, the constant presence of nature's sounds (birds, ocean, monkeys, frogs), animal sightings, the beach, the grounds...everything. The staff was so attentive and accommodating...never intrusive but always ready to answer any question and to provide information necessary for people to be prepared for tours and activities. The food was remarkably delicious and beautifully presented. Every evening included appetizers during a casual social time in which we enjoyed meeting people from around the world, including lovely children traveling with their parents. It was a perfect trip.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
#2 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Drake Bay
Price Range: $352 - $439 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Paloma Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have outstanding views of Drake Bay and the Pacific Ocean from our Lodge. Our standard rooms are large and include a private bath and an ocean view balcony. Our ranchos are one and two-story private cabins that also offer balconies with stunning ocean views. They hold up to 6 people and are very spacious. Some are equipped with a bathroom on both the upper and lower level, and are suitable for families or two couples traveling together. ... more   less 
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