This little place re-opened under new management two months ago and they're gradually renovating sections of the resort. It's quiet, there's direct access to a nice beach and very friendly staff. There were also only nine of us staying that week, so we got lots of attention.
The wildlife even on the property was pretty neat: howler monkeys that tended to hang out in the trees above us (they might wake you up in the morning if you're a light sleeper), iguanas, magpie-jays, frigates soaring and herons wading in the bay and pelicans diving constantly. Beyond that, if you want to do anything, it will cost you money. We had rented a car for the week and so mostly did our own exploring, but the tours they offer tended to run $40-100 per person. From what we heard, most were well worth it (especially the waterfall/volcano one), but the snorkeling wasn't anything too thrilling - a small bit of coral with a reasonable number of fish, a few of which were interesting to look at (I did spot a turtle swimming and my mom saw a ray). If you're looking for nightlife, it's a $15 cab ride into Coco Beach, though the resort staff might take you for $10, if they're going. At the resort, everything closes down by about 9:30.
The food was okay and they were generally happy to indulge special requests (rice and beans, plantain, cheese, eggplant and avocado with hot sauce made a very good combination), but you had the same limited options all week. They did a good job of keeping track of my mother's allergies, but the vegetarian options were few. A couple of the other folks subsisted pretty solidly on breakfast and cheeseburgers. The drinks were good and we gave the blender a good workout with both mixed drinks and fruit smoothies. If you're adventurous, try the fire-guaro - a mix of the local liquor with tabasco and lemon.
The area directly in front of the resort is good for sitting and watching the ocean, but you should walk down past the line of rocks (about 100m) if you want to swim, as the beach gets much sandier there. The next resort is a good deal beyond that, so it's generally pretty quiet.
One of the highlights of the trip was sitting around and chatting with the staff, who were glad to talk and laugh and happy to teach Spanish as much as to strengthen their English (usually solid, but with a few misunderstandings).
- Also Known As:
- Sol Papagayo-Nakuti Hotel Playa Panama
- Sol Papagayo-Nakuti Hotel
- Sol Papagayo Playa Panama
- Sol Papagayo Hotel
- Sol Papagayo-Nakuti Resort Costa Rica/Playa Panama, Guanacaste
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