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#1 Riu Palace Costa Rica
#1 Riu Palace Costa Rica
Liberia
Costa Rica
97 reviews
Disappointing!!!
First off, this was our second time to this resort. We initially travelled there just before the pandemic took over and we absolutely loved everything about this resort and location... we liked it so much that we booked another trip here almost immediately. As much as I still enjoyed my time here, I can't believe how downhill this location went in just a year. The location and beaches are just beautiful and if you are willing to hike along the coast you can find some amazing places to swim, be alone and snorkel. The rooms were clean, the grounds were clean and just like last time the hotel staff were all very friendly. We arrived on a Monday and were all smiles for the first few days... at least until the weekend came. On the weekends they allow locals to come to the resort and let me tell you... be prepared to wait. There were suddenly lines for everything, you couldn't get near the only swim up bar; half the time the food you wanted was completely out because they would absolutely load their plates. They were unbelievably loud in their room until all hours of the night and regardless of calling the front desk, no one cared! The pools were just packed, the beaches were full of cars and tents from locals and it grew frustrating very quickly. The food was the exact same every single day and breakfast was just dinner re-served... runny gross eggs, never saw bacon, never saw breakfast potatoes... just loads of fajitas, onion rings, baked potatoes and pasta. Dinner was basically just a freshly served version of breakfast but at least it wasn't stale and tasteless. The local vendors near the beachfront are annoying BUT they are not pushy and will leave you alone when you say "no" which I was fine with. A few were rude when they saw you doing something (jet skis for example) and would mock you for not using their equipment at their own prices... one even followed me telling me how his family will not eat now because of us. Is this place nice? Yes.. would I recommend it? Yes and no. This is simply MY opinion and others may have no issues with the way things are there. I will gladly go back to Costa Rica but not to this place.
#4 Occidental Tamarindo
#4 Occidental Tamarindo
Tamarindo
Costa Rica
89 reviews
Amazing place to stay !!
We had an amazing stay at occidental tamarindo. The first day we got into our room which was georgeous and clean and very comfortable bed,we walked out onto our balcony to see about 7 monkeys in the trees directly in front of us. They were a family even a mama with little baby on her back! We continued to see these monkeys everynight around 430 5 pm. The beach on our resort was incredible we were a group of 4, 2 couples and we could go down at anytime and find 4 loungers no problem. Langosta is very good surf ao lots of local surfers can be seen surfing on the beach its fun to watch. There is a nice area for swimming on our beach as well and the waves are very fun! The sunset is beautiful like nothing ive ever seen and its such a cool vibe how everyone gathers at sunset to watch how beautiful it is all together. We walked the beach to tamarindo one day about 30 mins then took the road back about 20 mins. The next time we took a 5 dollar cab into town for surf lessons. The food at the hotel was great they had a good variety and a nic grill station everynight. The ommelette station was great in the morning !snack bar was nice too you could just grab a burger,hotdog,chicken wings,fries,nachos n cheese and more to have on the beach or by the pool. Drinks were good and slushy not watery. The staff were extremely nice overall i dont have anything negative to say about here. The only thing that would make it perfect is if the had a coffee bar in the morning maybe they could open the lobby bar and serve their famous costa rican coffee which we could get off the resort but not here. Overall we would all go back here and loved this place !!!

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