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Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Hotels

Ocotal Beach Resort

  • Design


  • Lots of excursions
  • Great infrastructure
  • Lovely views
  • Three swimming pools


  • Resort-y
  • Spotty service
  • Tired and worn property
  • Steep hill to climb

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

This large resort spread across a ridge has the best sea views hereabouts and is also one of the best dive and sportfishing resorts in the country. All rooms have ocean views, but those with the nicest views are on the hilltop, even though they may be a bit cramped with furniture. Down the hill to the beach, comfortable triangular bungalows each have two separate suites that share a semiprivate pool. All the rooms have extra amenities such as coffeemakers, and hair dryers.

There's a swimming pool at the top of the property, as well as a pool near the restaurant; be prepared, though, for a steep hike to the biggest one down at the beach, complete with a swim-up bar. You can call for a van to take you back up the hill. The best feature of the restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean and Asian flavors, is the 270-degree view from the terrace.

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Hotel Information


3 km (2 miles) south of Playas del Coco, along paved road, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica



Hotel Details:

  • 42 rooms, 5 suites, 12 bungalow suites
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/14/2014


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Average Rating

By Robert

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  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Dec 23, 2002

Nice place but...

Beautiful location. Food is good (not great) but pricey. Rooms are nice but the adjoining walls are paper thin. Well situated for day trips to several parks & reserves. Oh, and the road is now paved.

By John

  • Service

  • Food

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Oct 19, 2002

Excellent Staff

Compared to other hotels in Costa Rica, this combines service with an excellent location. The dive shop staff are fantastic but need maintenance on the boats. The road there is tough and winds through a Tico village but you get to see how some of the locals live. Bottom line.... quiet, beautiful and great staff.

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