ABOUT US

 

Beach or Mountain? We’ve got both! Strategically located in the middle of the forest, 5min away from the beach. If you’re looking to have a great time while being super spoiled, you came to the right place. Welcome to Hotel Pumilio! A hidden gem you will want to hold on to. 

Leap into happiness for a memorable vacation. Whether you want a family adventure, a romantic getaway, or some relaxing time surrounded by nature, Pumilio is the perfect place for you. Our goal is to make the best out of your trip. We would love to be a part of it, make you feel like royalty, help you book the best and safest tours and give you all of our local insights.

We invite you to read our reviews online, and hear from other guests experiences!  Here's a little bit about our beloved hidden gem and why you'll have the time of your life here:

Breakfast? We’ve got that covered its included! We offer all the typical breakfast elements from around the country like famous gallo pinto, sweet plantains, natilla and tamales. We also have an egg and waffle station, local fresh fruit, a variety of cereal and yogurt, bread, ham & cheese, as well as side dishes, such as bacon, sausages, etc. Of course we offer Costa Rican coffee, tea and fresh juice as well.

Eating in or dinning out? You’re in the best place for that. Taste the best dishes in Jacó with our service Gastronomic Adventures! You’ll have the opportunity to order plates from different restaurants and we will serve them in your room, terrace or by the pool. If you feel like going downtown, we can recommend the best places at any price range.

Looking for snacks? Take anything you want from the mini bar (located at the store), and we’ll charge only what you consumed. We have very competitive prices!

Celebrating a special occasion? Let us know in advance. We love to plan surprises for you and with you!

Looking for gifts or souvenirs? Shop the legit local items at the best prices. At Pumilio Store you’ll find many brands from designers around the country, the typical (and not so typical) merchandise, as well as great quality beachwear. Everything is personally selected by our owners and our guests love it!

As for the rest… The idea is that you have a great time! Water is 100% potable, we offer daily housekeeping service and free Wi-Fi inside the suites, and throughout the hotel. We also have free parking and if you book your activities with us, we offer free transportation downtown anytime you’d like!

Your happiness is our priority! If you have ANY special requests or comments while you are here, we promise to go above and beyond to accomplish them. Please ask, we love to help!

 

SOLAR PANELS 

 

We are different and are committed on making a difference

In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint, and help Costa Rica become the first Carbon Neutral country by 2020, we have made an important investment in Solar Panels. Today, they produce 70% of the hotel’s electricity, which is great but not enough. We want to make a greater impact to make OUR world a happier place and for that, we need your help.

There are some tiny things you can do that will make a HUGE difference. Every single one of us counts and can decide to make a difference every second of every day. Don’t wait any longer!

So, here’s what you can do:

  • Turn off the lights when you are not using them, especially when you leave the room.
  • Make sure the doors and windows are closed when the A/C is on, its SUPER important.
  • Turn off the A/C when you leave the room (we’ll turn it back on before you’re back if you ask us to)
  • Reduce: say no to plastic bags, avoid plastic and Styrofoam containers as much as you can, as well as overly packaged goods.
  • Re-Use: Water at Pumilio is clean and drinkable; feel free to refill your bottle! (We have really cool canteens and cups in our store if you didn’t brought one)
  • Recycle: below the information board, you will find the different recycling beans, please feel free to use them and ask our staff if you have any questions about this.
  • Don’t waste paper. Let us know if you would prefer your bill emailed instead of printed, we would gladly do it this way!
  • Hang your towels if you don’t need us to clean them every day, we will still clean your bathroom and arrange them nicely.

At Pumilio, we are incredibly grateful for the amount of extraordinary nature that surrounds us, which is why we are committed to maintaining it and giving back. All of our amenities are Eco-Friendly, the solar panels are up and running and we are now spreading this love onto our guests. You can be happy to know that while you’re here, you are using green energy and we promise to continue improving our ecological footprint as much as we can. Any comments and/or suggestions are more than welcome and much appreciated.

Did you know? Every hour, enough sunlight blasts the earth to power the whole world for a year. It is estimated that by 2050, solar energy will be ‘accessible enough’ to power everything we use: lights, hot water, cars, computers, phones, etc. and there will be no ‘need’ to pollute the planet with oil, coal or gas. For now, lets make an effort to be ‘Eco-Friendly’ and keep our energy consumption as low as possible. Together, we can make a huge difference!

THANK YOU for helping us save our planet! We invite you to continue with these simple things when you’re back home.

With love,

The Pumilio Family

HOW IT ALL STARTED

 

So here’s the story….

Hello friend! We are Fernando & Laura, the founders of Pumilio. We have 3 kids, 3 in-laws and 1 grandson! Here’s how it all started…

When our kids were much younger, we used to go to our friends house in Pueblo Nuevo, Jacó (where Pumilio is located), and we loved it. We actually loved it so much, that as soon as we could, we bought some land really close to their house, and built our own house.

We started going to our beach house almost every weekend. That home was always bursting young people, and we loved it. We found this was a great way to be around our children and their friends while “controlling them” in a safe and healthy environment, as they were growing up.

The environment was very chill, very peaceful. Some kids used to spend their mornings surfing and their afternoons playing sports. Others, used to just chill around the swimming pool all day while getting tanned. The smell of BBQ was always part of our evenings and at night, our house would turn into a board game extravaganza.

Several years later, we purchased the lot next door with the idea to build a boutique hotel. After all, we loved this place, its magic enchanted us since the beginning and we needed to share this beauty with more people!

Thinking what would be best for a family like ours, we decided to build suites that could comfortably sleep five guests. Each suite would have an outdoor kitchen, as we love cook. And of course, they would have a big window with a balcony, because the view is just breathtaking…

We finally opened on December 2008 and it has been the most beautiful adventure. We love spending time with our guests and meeting people from all over the world! We keep a close eye at every detail and are constantly improving things around the hotel, just like we do at home… Because to us, this is your second home.

We’ve put a lot of thought to everything, specially into the small details regarding service. Of course, we had to learn a lot about the industry, about our guests and their needs, about finding the right staff, etc. But now, we feel like experts! Our staff members go above and beyond to make your vacation the best one and we are incredibly proud and grateful for their love for Pumilio.

Our kids have all grown now, and every day we enjoy our beach house even more. Mornings are still spent by the pool, and afternoons dedicated to cooking. During the evenings we usually watch a movie together and at night, we enjoy a delicious gin and tonic, rum or vodka in our terrace! They help a lot around the hotel and this makes us really happy and proud. Our younger daughter, who is an industrial designer, just renovated the hotel and we love how it turned out. This has turned into a beautiful family project, which is more than we could have ever asked for.

We hope you are able to visit us sometime soon and fall in love with this magic place, just like we did many years ago.

With happiness from our grateful hearts,

The Pumilio Family

PUMILIO IN THE COMMUNITY 

 

If you read our story, you know how much we love this town. Because of this, our biggest community project is with Pueblo Nuevo Elementary School. There’s 23 smart and hardworking students enrolled. They range from kindergarten to 6th grade and share 1 teacher and 1 classroom. Due to their financial situation at home, many of them drop out. Our mission is to keep them motivated, to keep them in school, and to encourage other kids in the community to join the school as well.

Here’s a bit of what we do... We provide school supplies at the beginning of the school year directly to the teacher. Whenever there’s a kid that cannot afford the uniform, back pack or have any special needs, they always come to us. We actually gave the first pair of shoes for a 7 year old girl last year. We sponsor the soccer team, teach them to reduce, reuse and recycle and sponsor many extracurricular activities.

In December, we throw a big end of the school year party with delicious food, cake, piñata, candy, gifts and prices for the kids, parents and the teacher. We also fund the “Children’s Day” Party, on September 9th. To celebrate Costa Rica’s independence, on September 15th, the kids show off their hand-made lanterns at the hotel, we all sing the national anthem together and that’s the kick-off of their independence day parade.

Want to contribute? At the end of your visit, you will receive a brief survey from us. By completing it, we will be donating $1 USD in your name, to this noble cause. If you’d like to contribute in any other way, please let us know. We invite you to respond the survey and be part of this important effort. Help us gift them a better future!

JACO & THE AREA

 

Pumilio is strategically located in the middle of the forest, just 5 minutes away from Jacó. 

Jacó is located in the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, province of Puntarenas, just one hour away from the biggest International Airport. This 2.5 mile (4km) beach, is known for its dynamic town, amazing surf and nightlife. Centric from the most important national parks, surrounded by stunning beaches and the biggest Marina in the country, Jacó has become one of the most visited destination in Costa Rica.

This small town is filled with things to do: Take advantage of the warm ocean waters and spend your day snorkeling, fishing, kayaking or paddle surfing. Test your adrenaline by zip-lining, surfing, or exploring through the mountains on an ATV. Or just relax and enjoy the views on a Day Trip to Tortuga Island, Manuel Antonio National Park or Carara National Park. If you’re a foodie, dine your trip away with a wide variety of gastronomic options, and if you’d like, join the party at any of the bars and restaurants. 

Make Pumilio your vacations’ headquarters, we would love to help you plan your trip out and book the best tours around the area.

ABOUT COSTA RICA

 

Be part of the Pura Vida experience!

Costa Rica is a small country in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama, with an approximate population of 5 million people in a land area of 51,060km2 (19,714 m2), about 300 km (186 miles) long and 120 km (75 miles) wide.

Known for its big attributes on environmental matters, Costa Rica has been identified by the NEF as the greenest country in the world, with more than 98% of its electricity generated from green sources. The country has only about 0.03% of the world’s landmass, still itcontains 5% of the world’s biodiversity, including 10% of the world’s butterfly species, 10% of the world’s bat species and 20% of the world’s hummingbird species. Making it one of the most biodiverse places on earth. It has the largest percentage of protected areas in the world, with 25% of its land protected, and the deforestation rate is almost zero.

Costa Ricans are incredibly friendly and love visitors, ecotourism is now a major part of the economy. The official language is Spanish, still English is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and local attractions. Many locations abide to international standards and getting around is quite easy. As the Ticos say: ¡Costa Rica es Pura Vida! The unofficial motto that invites you to purely enjoy life. Recently, the Global Tourism Monitor ranked Costa Rica #1 for the world’s best holiday experience.

In a few miles, you’ll be able to enjoy gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests, active volcanoes and a large variety of wildlife. Costa Rica is known for its natural authentic beauty, no artificial ingredients. It produces one of the best coffees in the world. A must try dish is the “casado” (married), composed by rice, black beans, plantains, salad, tortillas and meat, chicken or fish. For breakfast Ticos (Costa Ricans) eat Gallo Pinto, and at Christmas the typical Tamales. You’ll find all of this at Pumilio, and of course, a large variety of fruits. Filled with diverse landscapes, microclimates, National Park’s, beaches, adventure, nature, gastronomy and culture, you’ll sure have unforgettable experience during your vacation in Costa Rica.