Fodor's Expert Review Ocotal Beach Resort

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

Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

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 dated, tired, and cramped with furniture. Down the hill to the beach, 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.

PROS

  • lots of excursions
  • lovely views
  • three swimming pools

CONS

  • photos on website make property look way better than it really is
  • spotty service
  • tired and worn property
  • steep hill to climb

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Lively
On the beach
Design
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2670–0321

HOTEL DETAILS

42 rooms, 5 suites, 12 bungalow suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast