We stayed at the Copacabana Hotel & Suites from July 10 through the 17. We were with two travel companies who took over the resorts. Our agent was great, she traveled with us and let us know up front that the resort was not a 5 star property but that it had character. Our room was a pool view studio. It was small and could have used better lighting but for as much time as we spent in the room is it was fine. Our room was cleaned every day and the maid staff were warm and friendly. The doors on the suites are beautiful they are all hand carved with dolphins, iguanas, mermaids. Really unique and different.
Because this was a take over the entire resort was clothing optional which was great. However I think during non-take over the main pool is clothing and the other pool is nude.
Our goal on this trip was to be able to sight see during the day and have a lifestyle atmosphere at night and that is exactly what we experienced. Most people came back from their tours and the whole resort was ready to party by 6:00 p.m.
We were told that the resort is in the process of refreshing all of the rooms and making some needed repairs around the pool bar area. They were in the process of adding a play room while we were there and even though it was not yet finished (bathrooms were still being installed) they did allow us to use the room so we a couple of fun nights with friends. We were disappointed that the hot tub was not hot, but we got over it and created our own hot erotic fun. Because it was a takeover they did allow PDA around the pool during the day and at night. Not sure that would be allowed during non-takeovers.
The staff was absolutely fabulous, David and Ginger went out of there way to make us feel at home. The owner John was one property the entire week and was attentive to any problems that anyone had. He was personable and friendly and his hotel manager Katia was a gem. The front desk staff were also wonderful and the wait staff and bar staff were always friendly. They did their best to keep us well fed and watered. The staff mainly speak Spanish so there was some translation issues, but at the end of the day we got what we needed and sometimes it was fun just figuring it out.
The food was out of this world! We were worried that with only one main dining room we would get bored with the food, but every night was a different theme and there was always something for everyone. In fact we thought as the week went on most folks would star going out to eat but almost everyone stayed at the resort to eat because the food was that good.
The liquor was domestic brands and although we thought we would have some medium to top shelve available, at the end of the day we all got a good buz and made the best of it. Some folks who wanted a specific brand did go into town to buy it and the staff was also willing to buy it for us, but if they get it for you, you have to pay the cab fare, so it's just as easy and less expensive to buy it yourself during the day.
I would recommend that during happy hour they put out some chips and salsa, or other munchies. Sometimes you just want a little munch before dinner and you don't want to order off a menu.
We had live entertainment every night and the bands were great. One night they did Karaoke. Wow could Ginger sing. In fact we had lots of great talent within our group so it was a pleasant experience. The only negative side is that because the resort is small, and the bands play right outside the rooms, there was no way to turn in before midnight because the music radiated throughout the place. I would recommend have two nights with softer music or no music, and folks who want to stay up late and hear a band can go into town. Those who want to relax or turn in early would have the opportunity to do so.
If you are a beach person this is not the place to go for a beach. The beach was our only real disappointment, but we knew that before we got there. It is black sand and more like grit than sand. It is also a public beach and not well maintained by the locals. However, if you like to walk on the beach, it is a great walking beach with mountainous views and beautiful sunsets.
The town of Jaco is really neat, lots of shopping, restaurants, bars. I loved that you could walk into town from the hotel and that you could shop in the store and not get haggled. We felt very safe walking around the town and although prostitution is legal, you wouldn't even know there were there unless you looked hard for them or visited the famous Beatle Bar, where you can pick and choose your girls.
Overall we had a great time and I would recommend folks who want to see Jaco and have the option of nude sunbathing and some lifestyle fun, to check it out, but make sure if you are not comfortable with singles that you go during couples weeks, otherwise you may encounter more single men with prostitutes.
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