Occidental Grand Papagayo All Inclusive

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Playa Buena, Papagayo, Guanacaste
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This beachfront 4-star All Inclusive resort on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is surrounded by a tropical forest with wild parrots and monkeys, 8 km (5 mi) from Playas del Coco village, and 12 km (7 mi) from the Congo Trail Canopy Tour. read more
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Great small resort! Service is fabulous! Food is better than a lot of resorts ive been to. Resort has a lot of hills and walking but our room was in building 17 which is as far from the lobby as you can get. Kept us from getting too fat on the trip. A few buildings show signs of the resorts 30 year age but they are making great strides to fix the place up. Avoid the invitation to view their vacation club! Very pushy salespeople who insist you sign NOW. If your looking for natural beauty and a relaxing, quiet resort this is your place, If you need a magnificent room with white sand beaches and crystal clear water then keep looking.
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Nov 27th, 2007
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

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Papagayo Peninsula, Papagayo, Guanacaste
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Set in verdant surroundings along a coastal hillside, this luxury Four Seasons resort on Peninsula Papagayo is 29 mi (47 km) from the Liberia city center and main financial district. read more
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Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa All Inclusive

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Playa Arenilla, Papagayo, Guanacaste
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Situated near the airport, in Papagayo, this all-inclusive resort is close to Panama Beach and Hermosa Bay Beach. Area attractions also include Coco Beach. read more
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The Hilton Papagayo resort is about a 25-30 minute (by taxi, private car, or rental car) drive from the Liberia airport. Standard taxi cost was $50 each way, though you should be able to get them to $40. The resort is very nice and sits on a relatively secluded beach on the west coast of Costa Rica. The Hilton has a good selection of restaurants, you need to make reservations at least 2 nights in advance. Food selection is pretty good, the Papagayo burger is great. The resort has shuttles to get around, just call the office and a shuttle will get you within 5 minutes. Part of the resort is situated on a bit of a hill, it offers lush, green scenery. The only bad thing about the resort is the location, it's a bit secluded from everything, which is great you want to get away from it all. If you're looking for touristy things off the property like restaurants or shopping then you will have to arrange transportation by taxi, rental car, or shuttle bus, and the transportation isn't particularly cheap. Be careful if arranging transportation with any of the independent guys down by the beach, they are not affiliate with the hotel and there are no guarantees that they will show up, especially if you pre-pay them (we had an issue where we pre-paid $25 for airport transportation and they didn't show up...we were lucky to catch a ride with another couple that had planned transportation shortly after us). For tourist type shopping and sourvenirs you'll want to go to Coco Beach, it's a 20 minute ride away, from the resort, transportation cost is around $50 roundtrip. As for excursions there is no shortage of options, we did one of the canopy tours that included zip-lining, horseback riding, lunch at a local restaurant, and the geothermal spa/mudbath situated off the side of one of the volcanos. That was arranged through Issys tours with one of the tour guys down on the beach, cost was around $125 per person but that's always subject to change. The trip took about 6 hours and the tourguides were very good. The people at the resort were very nice and helpful, the bartenders were good about getting drinks in a timely manner. I'd highly recommend this resort if you're looking for something somewhat secluded, but if you're looking for something in the middle of all the action then I'd say to look somewhere else. Personally, I and my wife enjoyed the resort and our trip very much.
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Oct 12th, 2007
Sol Papagayo Resort

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Panama Beach Panama, Papagayo, Guanacaste
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Situated near the beach, this resort is close to Hermosa Bay Beach and Panama Beach. Area attractions also include Coco Beach and Ocotal Beach. read more
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Really enjoyed the stay at Sol Papagayo resort at Panama Beach/Costa Rica. Not only was service really nice, but the kitchen staff was very accomodating to us, since we are vegetarians. The location was awesome, in the forest, and to our surprise when we were having breakfast in an open dining room, a troupe of howler monkeys about 20 of them, came by and gave us a show on the trees above us. Incredible. Also as we were taking pictures of the monkeys, we noticed the calm bay and the ocean right there, 30 feet from where we were standing by the pool. Safety also was a great asset to this hotel. Will be back again .
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Jan 22nd, 2008