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Punta Islita Hotel

Region:Guanacaste Beach

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Transport Time to/from Guanacaste Beach
Option 1: By land
Bus: 7 hrs
Option 2: By air
Hotel to/from airport:15 - 60 mins
Plane & bus:1:10 hrs


Frommer’s Costa Rica 2001: "Set on a high bluff between two mountain ridges that meet the sea, the remote Punta Islita is isolated and luxurious. Each room has a king-size bed, a stocked mini-bar and a private patio with hammock. Suites come with a sitting room and private two-person Jacuzzi. The beach below is a small crescent with a calm, protected section. It is about a 10-minute hike, but the hotel will shuttle you up and back if you don’t feel like walking. There’s even a small bar down there for when you get thirsty. When you are this isolated, the meals better measure up, and so far, Punta Islita has met the challenge. The emphasis is on fresh seafood in light, nouvelle French sauces, but the steak inn two-pepper sauce is also excellent."

Discovering the Best of Costa Rica, Media Wiley, 2005: "Perched on a high, flat bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Punta Islita is very popular with honeymooners and rightly so. The rooms are large and luxurious, the food is excellent, and the setting is stunning. If you venture behond your room and the hotel's inviting hillside pool, there's a long, almost always deserted beach for you to explore, as well as a wealth of activities for the more adventurous."

This resort complex is located south of Carillo and Sámara on the Nicoya Peninsula near the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge. Rooms have private patios with hammocks, some with outdoor jacuzzi or private pool. The beach is below the lodge after a 10-min. walk or short shuttle ride. Good nouvelle French-style seafood in the lodge's Palapa Restaurant. There is a cascade swimming pool with Jacuzzi, swim-up bar, restaurant, boutique and conference room. Tennis courts, driving range, gym and spa are also featured. Hot climate.

We offer many different types of rooms and villas. At our Beach Club, you can enjoy a day of relaxation and fun, where you can also find snacks and your favorite drinks. Transportation to and from the beach is provided.

Enjoy your food accompanied by a beautiful sunset view of the surrounding beach, vegetation and good atmosphere. All meals are served in our Palapa Restaurant, which offers international cuisine and special Costa Rican dishes. Box lunches are available for those who travel or have an excursion during the day. At Punta Islita, we like to make the evening meal a special occasion. Resort casual dress is suggested. Enjoy a delicious Margarita or any of the bartender's tropical cocktails while relaxing at our infinity pool.

Jun. 2, 2009“I was ''shocked'' to see how everything was well-coordinated, especially the flights and transportation.”
Dear Luis: Indeed, times fly! Our trip was absolutely fantastic! Costa Ricans are so welcoming and friendly, and the wildlife is great (but the rain is wet...). We have only good things to say, and to thank you for so many good advices! I think that the biggest success was having Diego Blanco with us. He is a superb guide, and together with Randel the driver they made an excellent team. We (also our 4 kids) regretted not having Diego for the rest of the trip (we needed him especially in Corcovado). Comments regarding hotels from my perspective:
1. The Lost Iguana Hotel was an excellent recommendation for spoiled people like us! Just a marvelous place.
2. Punta Islita was also outstanding, especially having the 2 casas with the private pool. Please note that the main infinity pool is off limits for kids, please make sure to mention it to future travelers. The kids adored spending 4 days in Punta Islita, but my wife and I ended up regretting not spending a couple more days in the humid, air conditionless La Paloma in Drake instead of having the relaxed days in Punta Islita. The zip-lining is indeed very family-friendly, non-scary at all. People who look for more adrenalin rush (not me) should go somewhere else.
3. Monteverde Lodge - great restaurant, food and hotel garden.
4. Tortugero Lodge - exciting garden and trails, but I suggest emphasizing to travelers that the beach should be off limits as not only dangerous but extremely dirty.
5. Finca Rosa Blanca - another success, especially if you take the coffee tour.

Itinerary planning: I was "shocked" to see how everything was well-coordinated, especially the flights and transportation. There was only one "glitch", and it was in our favour: instead of flying Drake - San Jose (and getting our bag with clean clothes) -Tortugero, we had a direct flight to Tortugero without realizing it until touching the ground. Luckily Nicole in La Paloma suggested to have our clothes washed and dried for a ridiculous fee (8$ per basket). Highly recommended!

The only disappointment that we had was Corcovado. Our guide wasn't so enthusiastic as the others. I was hoping to get in the deep secluded forest, but we were taken to the nearest official entrance. Although it was a half-a-day trip with provided lunch, it ended up to be the less exciting tour with almost no wildlife (but beautiful beaches). I would have much preferred touring the more remote (Southern?) entrance and spend a longer day in Corcovado. Luckily, the following day we had a great day snorkeling at Cano Island with Roy, who was a great guide. I will email you some pictures in a separate email (although you're probably tired of wildlife pictures).

Again, thank you for getting us such a great experience, and PLEASE tell Diego that our kids don't stop talking about him. Apparently he became a role model for them. Should one of you visit Canada, please email us prior your arrival.

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