This is the best full-service hotel on the island, and one of the better options for dining on Isla Contadora. What I like best about the Punta Galeón is that all rooms are in a one-story building spread across a bluff, and all have direct ocean views, sliding glass doors that open onto individual patios, and an elevated wooden boardwalk with benches that hug the cliff and wrap the property. There's also a cool breeze on this side of the island. Guest rooms are a little kooky, look slightly 1970s, and have the feel of a submarine with cantilevered bed platforms, whitewashed walls, and okay mattresses. Rooms are also on the small side, but the connecting patio adds space. Breakfast is included.
The hotel has two mediocre restaurants, the year-round outdoor La Popa, open from 7am to 11:30pm, which offers simple meals, salads, and pastas for $6 to $14 (£3-£7). Their weekend and high-season restaurant, Pelicano's, is open for dinner only from 3 to 11:30pm, and serves fish and meat with creative sauces for $10 to $16 (£5-£8). It's the only restaurant on the island with air-conditioning. The hotel rents jet skis for $85 (£43) per hour.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010