Without doubt this resort offers above average accommodation. The facilities and grounds are well made and maintained. The scenery is wonderful. We had a beachfront room and it was handy both to ocean and pool. We didn't mind the hike up the hill for dinner and breakfasts too much. The view from the deck up there was spectacular. The food was also delicious, the servers good natured and polite. They did little to discourage the begging racoons at our dinner table though.
An atmosphere of constraint seemed to permeate the resort though. I think the way that the resort was designed, strung out laterally as well as vertically, denied visitors of a centre to meet and interact effectively. During our 3 night stay it was hard to shrug off an aloof institutional feel to the place. The security guards present only compounded that sense. Most staff seemed not really happy at work. The Father Rooster cafe/tavern down the beach offered a delightful change of atmosphere but the food didn't quite measure up. (Definitely try their Tica Linda cocktail though.) As well, a short cabride to Playa de Coco village can re-acquaint the traveller with a sense of the real world just down the road.
All in all, Ocotal Beach Resort is a fine comfortable place to hang out for a few days, especially if you are a diver or boating enthusiast.
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- Also Known As:
- Ocotal Beach Hotel Playas Del Coco
- Hotel Ocotal Beach
- Ocotal Beach Resort Costa Rica/Playa Ocotal