This family-friendly resort is a sister to the Occidental Grand Papagayo. It is a large, all-inclusive that offers great value—but that value comes with some downsides. The food is passable, housekeeping can be a little lax, and the rooms and facilities show their wear and tear. The resort is set on a steep hillside and regular shuttles run around the property every 10 to 15 minutes. All rooms are exactly the same size, and come with either one king or two twin beds, and a small private balcony. The “premium” rooms here have the best views. The dark sand beach right at the resort is has very calm and protected waters, but they also shuttle folks at regular intervals to and from a nearby white sand beach that is much prettier. The massive free-form pool has a popular swim-up bar. A wide range of organized activities and non-motorized watersports equipment are included as part of the all-inclusive packages here.
- Frommer's Staff