The Costa Larimar is an excellent, well run hotel in the rarely visited (by outsiders) but beautiful "deep south" of the Dominican Republic. The hotel caters to a local clientele, with a distinct Dominican character. It is located within the city of Barahona, on the water, and right off of the main highway. There is gated parking and full time security, and inside the grounds the street noise disappeared. The urban location is both a convenience and a liability. Since we were using the hotel as a base for exploring the region, we found it convenient to be close to the highway. The beach, although adequate for sunning, is a bit dirty, due to proximity to the city.
We had a package which included breakfast, supper, and drinks, which was perfect for tourists exploring the area. (The coast in this area is breathtaking, sort of a cross between Big Sur and Hawaii)
The hotel was occupied primarily by middle and upper-middle class Dominicans, and the local character of the hotel was evident. The food was excellent, probably the best I have had in an all-inclusive, with a distinct authentic Dominican character. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There was nightly live entertainment, including live merengue, which was quite good.
The rooms were very clean and everything worked well, including the air conditioning. There was free WiFi in the lobby and pool area. There is a nice small pool area, with a swim-up bar. The pool was a bit cloudy, like they were having some kind of treatment problem, but I expect that was a temporary situation.
The one caveat is that since this property is oriented toward a Latin clientele it operates on a Latin clock. If you are the kind that likes to eat late and stay up afterwards dancing or enjoying the entertainment, then you will enjoy this Dominican experience. If you want to go to bed at 9PM you may be kept up by merengue music.
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