Water off the beach is shallow, good for wading but not the best for
Some rooms show their age and lack extensive cleaning
Mosquitoes can be bothersome after sundown
Location is isolated, requiring a car and navigation
along a winding road
Dining at the restaurants can be pricey
Breakfast is not included in the room rate
The 106-room Copamarina Beach Resort is an upper-middle-range property located along a half-mile stretch of white sand on Puerto Rico's southwestern coast. This peaceful property is reached via a serpentine road, and the remote location means that a car is needed to explore local restaurants and nearby sights such as the Guanica Dry Forest or Parguera’s bioluminescent bay. Rooms open to private terraces overlooking the
gardens and the ocean while larger multi-bedroom villas cater to families. The resort has a fitness center, spa, tennis courts, and two restaurants on-site. There are not many other hotels nearby, but those
seeking a more intimate stay with more restaurant choices nearby might consider
the Blue Boy Inn in Rincon or the larger Hilton Golf Resort in
Ponce. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
An out-of-the-way, laid-back, upper-middle-range beachfront resort
Built in 1961 on the site of a former coconut plantation, the
Copamarina Beach Resort is located in a remote and private setting
occupying 20 acres along a half-mile stretch of beach fronting the Caribbean. Most
travelers choose the resort for its chill atmosphere, far away from the busy
San Juan scene. Those arriving by car kickstart the de-stressing process as
soon as they turn off the highway onto Route 333, a winding coastal road that
delivers glimpses of the sea and forces drivers to slow down.
At check-in guests step in to a garden-like lobby with trees,
orchids, and views that stretch over a turquoise infinity pool, across the
beach to the sea. At every turn the grounds deliver a soothing vista with
flowering hedges and slender palms leaning toward the sea. The
half-mile of white, coarse sand beach is arranged with beach chairs,
tables with huge umbrellas, and oversized daybeds wrapped with wispy linen.
The hotel's isolated location keeps most guests on-site in
the evenings. For families, the hotel hosts movie nights on the lawn, beach
barbecues, and other kid-oriented activities. For dinner, the hotel offers a
casual terrace restaurant with a bar facing the sea and a more formal
restaurant where guests can sit indoors or outdoors on a candlelit terrace beneath
a pergola entwined with fuchsia-colored bougainvillea. The property attracts almost exclusively leisure travelers and families seeking a peaceful, laid-back getaway on expansive grounds.
Located along Route 333, a stretch of winding road that runs
along the coast
Located far from the hustle of San Juan on Puerto Rico's
southwestern coast, Copamarina sits at the end of a sheltered bay, adjacent to Balneario Caña Gorda, a public beach that's
part of an environmentally oriented Blue Flag program. The resort, which is popular with eco-tourists, is also adjacent to the
protected 18,000-acre Guanica Dry Forest and close to Parguera's
bioluminescent bay and mangrove canals.
Rooms and villas with Caribbean style, terraces, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and views of the gardens or sea
Copamarina is a low-slung, two-story building with a
collection of rooms that can be entered at the front of the property from
beneath an open-air covered hallway as well as from terraces facing the sea and
gardens. Deluxe Rooms feature views of either the garden or ocean, while Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms are slightly larger and offer unobstructed
ocean views; both types have one king-size bed and a sleeper sofa or two queen-size beds. All of the rooms are finished in similar tropical
style with palm tree prints hung on the walls, bamboo headboards, white linens and blankets, purple
floral accent pillows, and striped bedside rugs. The rooms also have a small
table with two chairs, flat-screen TV, mini-fridge stocked with bottled
water, and closet with safe and extra blankets. The white ceramic tile floors
and the mirrored closet doors indicate the hotel's age, as do the bathrooms
with their plain white tiles. Most of the bathrooms have either
pedestal or floating single vanities and walk-in showers with white shower
curtains. All rooms feature a terrace or balcony with a lounge chair and a small table and chairs.
In addition to the rooms, the hotel offers similarly
styled one-bedroom Suites with private master bedrooms with king-size beds,
two bathrooms, dining areas, living rooms, large terraces, and kitchenettes
with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and glass tile
back splashes. The hotel's three-bedroom Luxury Villas are designed for families and
groups, delivering a true residential feel. They feature huge wraparound
terraces with ocean views, closets containing washer/dryers, cushy lounge
furniture, dining tables, and floor lamps. Two doors from the terrace open into
a living and dining space with a full kitchen with stainless steel
appliances, granite countertops, and a long breakfast bar that seats four. A
dining table centered beneath a modern circular ivory chandelier can seat six or
more while the living area delivers beach-inspired modern style, outfitted with
oversized dark-wood rattan chairs, ivory sofas, and a huge flat-screen TV. A
guest bathroom, two bedrooms, and a master bedroom complete the space. All rooms, suites, and villas have free Wi-Fi.
Two restaurants, a stylish spa, fitness center, and multiple water sports and outdoor activities
Copamarina's Las Palmas Cafe is a modern, open-air restaurant with polished concrete floors, dark brown tables and chairs, and a two-sided stone bar; it's an ideal spot for casual dining and sunset watching. The restaurant serves three meals a day, including a breakfast buffet and lunch and dinner items that range from burgers and sandwiches to pizza, grilled fish, and pasta. The more formal Alexandra restaurant, open for dinner on the weekends, serves sophisticated Puerto Rican cuisine and has an impressive wine list; it's housed in a dining room decorated with colorful contemporary artwork and fronted with floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Other dining options include private dinners on the beach or picnic lunches for day trips to Gilligan's Island, a small island (officially called Caya Aurora) located in
Guanica's Biosphere Reserve that can be reached via a 10-minute boat ride provided by the hotel.
Copamarina also offers a slew of recreational activities including outdoor tennis, volleyball, and non-motorized water sports -- snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding, and kayaking, as well as diving. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the modern and bright gym with treadmills, free weights, Life Cycles, and elliptical machines. Adjacent to the gym is a stylish contemporary style spa with treatment rooms, outdoor showers, and a salon for manicures and pedicures. The hotel's location, tucked at the end of a sheltered bay, is beautiful and peaceful, but the water off the beach is shallow and better for wading than swimming; guests shouldn't expect playful waves. Off the beach, the resort offers two swimming pools, both with kiddy pools and hot tubs. Families may prefer the beachfront infinity pool near the lobby while those seeking a quieter vibe can choose the lagoon-style pool surrounded by greenery. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
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