Occidental Grand Papagayo Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Pros

  • Located on the beach
  • Multiple upscale restaurants included in the all-inclusive
  • Beautiful sunsets, and great views from some rooms
  • Full-service spa (for an additional cost)
  • Several bars throughout the property

Cons

  • No golf course
  • Rooms and bathrooms aren't particularly modern or luxurious

Bottom Line

This 169-room all-inclusive beach resort offers plenty of bang for the buck, with a big pool, outdoor massage huts, a poolside lunch buffet, multiple bars and upscale restaurants, and a slice of Costa Rican sand. The adults-only resort is geared toward couples looking for a quiet, romantic stay.

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 Location

In northwestern Guanacaste, just south of the Hilton Papagayo

The Occidental is located on the Papagayo Gulf in northwestern Guanacaste, a dry, sparsely populated area of the country that's known for its beautiful beaches (including ones where sea turtles nest), surfing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and its string of large resorts. The region is home to seven national parks, including Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, where visitors can hike past boiling mud pots and smoking fissures. Guanacaste has a lower elevation than other areas of the country and an arid climate, so there are no rain forests here, but the dry tropical forests are still wild-life rich: Visitors can spot howler monkeys, sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and iguanas.

  • 35-minute drive from Liberia Airport; $56 per person roundtrip on the van service arranged through the hotel
  • 3.5-hour drive from San Jose International Airport

 Bottom Line

This 169-room all-inclusive beach resort offers plenty of bang for the buck, with a big pool, outdoor massage huts, a poolside lunch buffet, multiple bars and upscale restaurants, and a slice of Costa Rican sand. The adults-only resort is geared toward couples looking for a quiet, romantic stay.

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Address

  • Playa Buena, Golfo de Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Room Types

  • Deluxe Ocean View Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Grand Concierge Deluxe
  • Grand Romance Deluxe
  • Royal Club Junior Suite
  • Royal Club Master Suite
  • Royal Club Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 160
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Address: Playa Buena, Golfo de Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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