Like most of the other reviewers, we found Punta Norte to be a beautiful escape on a quiet, mangrove based tropical island. We spent three nights in the Punta del Tia separate bungalow which provided amazing views, privacy and a place to unwind.
Carlos and Carolina were wonderful hosts. Very attuned to what we needed..chatty at times, giving us our space at other times. The boat rides to the various reefs to snorkel or to take a look at Isla Isolte or the funky jellyfish among the mangroves were fun. We especially enjoyed snorkeling with Carmelo who knew where to look for creatures like puffer fish!
As others have mentioned, the actual accommodations are very basic..no fans/ac, a very limited shower facility, and certainly no tv/internet (yeah!) Nice for us, but do know what to expect...and bring a flashlight. Also, there's no "long walks on the beach" from the hotel itself, although they can drop you at a different part of the island that has more land if that's your thing.
And yes, the bugs are dreadfully fierce in the early morning and late afternoon. Our mosquito net was in fine shape, but anywhere outside the cocoon during those times led to some pretty unpleasant biting (our bug repellant wasn't especially effective though we did try). Definitely the biggest downside for us....and we would still go back in a second!
The upsides, however, are many: The water was beautiful. The days were unstructured and were basically arranged on our schedule. That said, if you're a late night person, this probably isn't the place for you. No hassles at all. And as mentioned, the food was delicious....as long as you like seafood, you will enjoy each and every meal. Among other meals, we had crab omelets (homemade bread!), lobster, crab, fresh fish. Yum!
So if you're looking for a simple retreat with great eats, you found your place. Many thanks to the hosts and the staff for a lovely visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is a wonderful place and green, with the best meal of the archipelago of San Bernardo, a place to rest and enjoy the most beautiful marine landscapes! Do not miss it! ... more less