HOW EARLY DO I NEED TO MAKE MY RESERVATION?
Reservations depend on the tourist season. We recommend that you make reservations as early as possible, especially for reservations between the months of December through March. During the high season, reservations are typically made at least three months in advance. During the low season between the months of April through November, we recommend booking at least one month out. See more on our Rates & Reservations or Book Now.
How do i make a reservation
Easy! Just send us an e-mail or give us a call and we will be happy to get your trip booked!
How Long Should I stay?
We recommend staying a minimum of three nights to enjoy all that La Paloma Lodge has to offer.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
We recommend packing light-weight clothing, sandals that can get wet, hiking boots and/or good walking shoes, sunscreen, a flashlight or headlamp and a hat. Dinner attire is casual. There are very few biting bugs, however if you are a person who is bothered by insects you should bring insect repellent.
DO I NEED TRAVELERS INSURANCE?
If you are traveling with valuable camera equipment, computers, jewelry etc. we recommend that you consider purchasing traveler's insurance. It will insure against trip cancellations, theft or loss.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN DIVING EQUIPMENT?
We provide all diving equipment including wet suits and slip-on fins. We also have more rigid strap fins to be used with booties. Our equipment is Sherwood. Water temperature is approximately 83-84 degrees, but sometimes cooler in deeper water, so you may want to bring your own dive "skin." Click here for more information.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
Temperatures on the coast range between 73 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Evening temperatures are usually around 75 degrees. Our driest months are between December and May. You'll want to bring a rain jacket or poncho for our green season (June-October).
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK?
We recommend light-weight clothing, hiking boots and/or good walking shoes, sunscreen, reusable water bottle and a hat. There are very few biting bugs, however if you are a person who is bothered by insects you should bring repellent. We provide a packed lunch.
Once You've arrived
Meals are served family style in our beautiful clubhouse. Our menus consist of fresh fish, shrimp, chicken and beef. Vegetarian meals are available upon request and we will always try to accommodate your dietary needs. We serve plenty of fresh fruit at all meals along with our delicious homemade bread. We offer continental and a la carte breakfast options, healthy lunches, an afternoon snack and 4 course dinners. All meals are included with lodging. Drinks are not included in the packages.
Due to our fragile ecosystem, we are dedicated to minimizing plastic waste, so please bring a refillable water bottle to use throughout your trip. We have a reverse osmosis purification water system together with UV light to ensure that our guests have the purest water.
To maximize your experience in our tropical paradise, we do not have phones or wifi in the rooms. If you're loved ones want to contact you, we can pass along messages through our office in San Jose. Internet is available from the clubhouse at the lodge but keep in mind that due to our remote location, it is not always reliable.
We are fortunate to be graced with the prevailing westerly winds, cooling the lodge and allowing for ideal sleeping conditions. All of our rooms and ranchos come with ceiling fans. We have recently added air conditioning to our Sunset Ranchos and Superior Rooms, but we find many of our guests still prefer to fall asleep with the windows open, listening the sounds of the ocean.
What to do
La Paloma is located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We are a short walk from secluded beaches, tropical rainforest and Agujitas River. Relax in your hammock, read a book poolside, explore our grounds or check out one of the many activities available.
Our beautifully tiled 10-meter swimming pool is the perfect way to cool off after a long hike or spend time relaxing and watching the sunset.
Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage in the comfort of your room. Our certified massage therapists offer Deep Tissue and Swedish massages. Choose from 60 or 90 min massages.
While tipping is a common practice in the tourism industry, it is no expected but of course, is always appreciated. There is no need to bring cash to tip housekeepers, luggage handlers, boat handlers etc. If you choose to tip, we recommend you wait until the end of your trip. We have a tip pool that gets divided among all of our employees. The exception to this is our guides, if you wish to tip one of our guides you have the gratuity added to your final bill and it will be given directly to him or her. If you do choose to tip, we recommend a 5$-10$ tip per day/per traveler. As for the guides, a 10$-20$ gratuity is typical.