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Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Hotels

Hotel El Velero

Pros

  • On the beach
  • Affordable
  • Friendly
  • Informal

Cons

  • Tiny pool
  • Most rooms lack views
  • Some rooms are dark and boxy
  • Can be noisy

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

This laid-back hotel is right on the beach, and, though nothing fancy, it has comfortable rooms and it's an excellent option if you're watching your expenses. The palm-shaded, open-air bar and restaurant is often hopping with local expats and visitors exchanging fishing, boating, and real-estate stories. The Canadian general manager is an ebullient host, full of local lore and advice. Rooms have tropical decor with terra-cotta tiles, bamboo furniture, and large windows. Those on the second floor are nicer, with high, sloping wooden ceilings. Only two rooms have ocean views, but you're likely to spend plenty of your time in one of the many chairs and hammocks overlooking the beach, some of which are a shell's toss from the surf at high tide. The hotel runs daily snorkeling and sunset cruises on its own handsome 38-foot sailboat. In the restaurant, jumbo shrimp and always-fresh mahimahi are fixtures. Come on Wednesday or Saturday for beach barbecues. Drinks are two-for-one every day during happy hour, 4 to 6 pm.

Hotel Information

Address:

2nd entrance to Playa Hermosa, on beach road, Playa Hermosa, 50503, Costa Rica

Phone:

/2672–0036

Hotel Details:

  • 22 rooms
  • Rate includes No meals

Updated 04/14/2014

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