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Costado Este Aeropuerto | Between Jaco & Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este 90, Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Navarro, Cartago, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several hotels along the beach in Esterillos Este and we decided to try another one and chose the Pelican Hotel and Restaurant. The owner Debby is very friendly as are all the staff especially Marcos, who seems to be the general manager, bar tender, etc. This hotel is not as fancy as some others on the beach but... More

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London, UK
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I loved it here. The beach is just stunning - quiet, hardly anyone on it, the most beautiful sunsets. There are hammocks and swings to sit in, lots of shade. Scarlet macaws flying overhead. The bar has the best margaritas I've had...food is also good. My room was just lovely - bright, clean, newly painted, pretty bathroom. I saw a... More

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El Cerrito, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I really enjoyed my stay here, I actually stopped in on my way to Quepos and made the point of coming back to stay. The beach was foot steps away,awesome and barely anyone there. The drinks were good and the rooms were adequate, simple, clean with hot water, pool, daily yoga and a frig. It was perfect for me and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

I was at the Pelican at the end of January, had to travel alone, and was a little weary... The staff were super friendly, they would go out of their way to please and accommodate you. Debbie and Marcy, owner and co owner, were such fun ladies, they looked after me for the whole week, Marcy helped me and advice... More

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Kimberling City MO
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14 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We enjoyed a tropical drink by the beach at the hotel as we watched a beautiful sunset. The we moved to the restaurant for a great, reasonably priced meal as a light breeze from the Pacific kept the temperature just right. Fun to share travel stories with other guests from the US and Canada.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We had a wonderful time at El Pelicano in December. The food was fabulous and some of the staff were excellent (especially Jason, Paola and Paula the cook). Being right next to the beach really makes the place and I went for a walk every morning. The beach is much nicer than Jaco. My kids loved the waves and did... More

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Location, location, location!! The Hotel and restaurant is just a few steps from the beach, great landscaping and good deck on the pool. We enjoyed a lot on the bar with the great staff and good food. The rooms are clean and comfortable, all with a balcony. For that high price, I would expect better breakfast, we only get fruits,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

The price is great, staff were awesome and friendly and I loved the food. Great Beach! Best rum punch I've ever had, and I recommend the curry chicken. We want to go back again soon. A great place to relax and unwind for a few days or weeks. Some serious tranquility was had by all. Only one critique: Breakfast doesn't... More

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San Jose, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We stayed in Jaco when we should have come down here. We parked here to explore the beach because we heard there were surf board rentals here. There aren't really, but the bartender Marco helped arrange for a local guy to deliver a surf board for $20 in an hour or two. After we went surfing we used their showers,... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a really great place, and I already came back to Pelicanos for the second time. Just one minute from your hotel room to the Pacific (at least when there is high tide). And you can have a kilometer of beach on your own... Simple but clean and nice rooms, great and reasonably priced food and extraordinarily friendly and... More

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Address: Costado Este Aeropuerto | Between Jaco & Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este 90, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
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Pelican Beach Front Hotel is your perfect Costa Rican get away! With its colorful decor and friendly staff this boutique hotel sits on the ‘Riviera of the Central Pacific.’ Because of the unique geographic positioning of our 11-mile long, chocolate-colored sand beach, this is one of the a few places in the world where you can enjoy amazing sunrises and beautiful sunsets as well.  It’s where the jungle meets the sand, and you’re right in the middle of it. Relax on the beach or let our staff help you plan a day filled with adventure: zip lines, canopy tours, surfing lessons, waterfall tours, catamaran cruises, mangrove monkey tours, sports fishing, kayaking, horse back riding, massage or yoga classes, and so much more! Afterward, return to our beachfront paradise for the Daily Sunset Happy Hour. Our casual patio restaurant is open 7am until 10pm to serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our varied menu includes the best coconut curry on the planet. The hotel has 14 rooms and two private homes, a full bar and restaurant all located on Playa Esterillos Este, conveniently located just 30 minutes from Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations, Jaco, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park and only 90minutes from San Jose airport  ... more   less 
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