Reviewed May 30, 2013 NEW
While I don’t agree with any of the low reviews, I can see where they are coming from. This resort does have some points to keep in mind, so know what you’re getting:
*It’s in the wilderness, and wildlife is going to be everywhere. Bring bug spray.
*It’s a longish drive from the resort entrance to the rooms – getting out takes a while.
*You’ll want a car to get places if you can’t bother waiting for the shuttle.
That said, we absolutely LOVED it here. There is wildlife everywhere, and it’s incredible. We saw wild Macaws flying around constantly, beautiful toucans, and of course the coatis and monkeys. Breakfast was a daily highlight, with a massive buffet of delicious foods served in the open-air restaurant. But the entertainment was great, as dozens of wild monkeys and coatis arrived to try to scavenge your food. We drank coffee for over an hour and enjoyed the incredible opportunity to see nature up close.
Our original plans to drive into Jaco each day changed once we saw just how long the trip back to the resort gates took, but we were perfectly happy staying on property, and enjoying the great beaches and walking trails. No complaints about food or service, we were very happy.
The morning bird hike with Alex is an absolute must do – he’s a gem of an employee and a true ambassador for the resort. We will recommend Punta Leona to any friends who plan a trip to CR, and Alex was a big reason why.
The complaints about needing a car, and noisy wildlife everywhere are true of the resort, but I don’t see the car thing as a dealbreaker, and the wildlife is a plus in our eyes. The room was great and the beds were comfortable, and there was incredible sights for us to enjoy all throughout our 3 day trip. It’s not the Four Seasons – if that’s what you NEED to enjoy travel in a foreign country, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re ready for an adventure with great service and amenities, this is the place!