Congress Place: Punta Leona
* Information was taken from: http://www.hotelpuntaleona.com:
Getting there?: Directions for Driving
There are two different Roads that you can choose from to get to Punta
Leona. One Road is the newest and fastest way to drive to the Hotel. The
second and curvier Road is a little longer but it offers a very unique view,
passing by little towns where you can stop and visit.
- New Highway:
Take the new highway to Caldera. Make sure you have change to pay the tolls.
Drive up to Multiplaza Mall and take the Prospero Fernandez Highway, follow
the signs to Jacó and on the last sign to Jacó make a left, you will
encounter the Carara national park, stay on that road for approximately 15
kilometers until you see the Punta Leona entrance on the right.
- Traditional Road:
The trip takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on traffic. When leaving
San José take the main highway (Carretera Interamericana) going North
towards Puntarenas. The highway will pass the Juan Santa María airport. Stay
on the Interamericana for about 10-15 minutes more, until you see an exit
for a town (pueblo) called Atenas. Take this exit and you will see a sign
for Hotel Punta Leona. Continue to follow the signs for Hotel Punta Leona,
Jaco and Quepos, as you go through the towns of Atenas, San Mateo, Orotina,
and Tarcoles. The hotel is located on the right hand side of the road, about
15 minutes after you pass over the Tárcoles River. You will see a big sign
and entrance gate on your right hand side; don't worry you won't miss it.
Don't forget, if you wish to know something interesting things about our country, you can check some websites such as:
Stone Spheres of Costa Rica, "Esferas de piedra de Zona Sur atraen interés mundial" and National Parks.
The rainy season is roughly from April to November. The heaviest rains generally occur during the
months of September & October. The rainy season is characterized by afternoon showers that can last
anywhere between 1 - 4 hours. However, it can rain more or less than this....it is unpredictable. The climate is warm and humid. The dry season is from the middle of November through April and the
rainy season from May to the middle of November. During the rainy season it is generally sunny in the
mornings and then the clouds come in around midday and it generally rains from 1pm-5pm (it may rain
more or less). It rains most days but not every day. Average temperature is 80F, 26C.
We are now in the rainy season so you should bring good rainproof boots for walking the trails (in the
rain) and a good poncho, umbrella or rain gear.
This hotel is located in a lush tropical forest and beaches in shades of white sands, lapped by the emerald green waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is also conveniently located only 90 km from San Jose. Here you can experience nature. This unique complex of the rainforest and beach that combines environmental conservation and tourism, for example, is home to the Conservation "Programa Lapa Roja", now extinct.
Part of the property has been declared by the Government as a Wildlife Reserve, in which live more than 200 species of tropical birds, including scarlet macaws and toucans and hundreds of fascinating plant species and fauna such as white faced monkeys, spider monkeys , coatis, sloths and armadillos. Guests also enjoy three beautiful beaches in shades of white sands, lapped by the emerald green waters of the Pacific. Recently, our beaches were awarded Blue Flag (National Award), the purity of its waters, clean beaches and security provided to the swimmers.
Punta Leona is one of the most important private reserves in Costa Rica in the Mid-Pacific, by its geographical location and conservation plans. This refuge was created 27 years and consists of 750 acres of primary and secondary forest. The reserve is of great biological importance as one of the few areas that are currently in the transition zone between dry tropical forest of the North Pacific and the tropical rain forest of the South Pacific.
Punta Leona is a convenient departure point for other tourist attractions. There are day trips to Monteverde (3 hours), Manuel Antonio National Park (2 hours), Carara National Park (15 minutes) and more.