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Vista Bahia Beach Resort

Playa Panama Golfo de Papagayo, Playa Panama 00506 Costa Rica
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#2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Playa Panama
• Location: only 25 minutes away from the international airport of Liberia, the hotel is nestled on a pristine hillside, overlooking the Papagayo Bay, Guanacaste, with direct access to the beach and spectacular views from all of our roms. We are located at Playa Chorotega, also known as Playa Panama, an exclusive and peacefull place that offers confort, serenity, privacy and quality service. • Playa Chorotega: also known as Playa Panama, offers tourists stunning ocean views and laidback beaches that are within close range of the country’s best national parks. Playa Panama, part of the amazing Papagayo, has more than 3 km of beach at low tides making it one of the best places to swin and relax, awarded with the blue ecologic flag that guarantees the quality and purity of its water as well as the cleanliness of its coast. • Hotel description: a development sorrounded by flora and fauna that offers exuberant nature in an environment of complete harmony with the natural resources that make this hotel the ideal place to rest and enjoy, around monkeys, squirrels, iguanas, butterflies, birds, amazing trees, trails and gardens. • Rooms: we offer spacious suites with comfortable beds, equipped with microwave, refrigerator and coffe maker, dinning/living area, A/C, hot water and ocean view balcony. • The restaurant: The restaurant is located in a stunning rustic open rancho that has been upgraded and detailed to create an incredible ambiance. With a typical menu and some quick meals with delicious taste. Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Open from 7 a.m to 10 p.m. • Amenities:  Nature Sorroundings  Bar  24 hours security  Pool areas  Beach access to Playa Chorotega  Restaurant  Tours Information
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Susan O wrote a review Mar 2020
11 contributions
This property is in a fabulous location, and Playa Panama is a wonderful beach. The resort obviously has seen better days, and now it is falling apart, which is really too bad. It has potential. The apartment hotel suites are very large, and actually quite comfortable. They were clean, but inconsistent as to what was available in each suite. Not every suite has deck chairs, proper towels, kitchen cooking equipment, etc. The pool was having issues, and it was dirty and very cloudy. It closed one day, and appeared to have been drained & re-filled. As for service, there was no information left in the room for wifi or other info, so we had to ask the neighbours for passwords & such. The ladies at the "bar/kitchen" were accommodating, but sometimes were just no where to be seen. So, perhaps they have trouble filling staff positions. Friends liked the food, but after trying the nachos, we didn't bother. One very good point though... Louis booked a fishing trip with two local guys, and they picked us up right on the beach below the condos. They were great, and we caught lots of fish, where others did not. So, if you go with high expectations, don't. IF you are prepared to "make do" with what you have, and just enjoy the location, the large suites, the beautiful view, the quiet, and the wildlife (howler monkeys regularly go through the property)... you will have a lovely time, as the rates seem to reflect the lackluster appearance of the place. Just be prepared!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: 2nd floors have larger kitchens, as the lower ones have accessible bathrooms which take up...
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Kroes wrote a review Mar 2020
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We spent 13 days here in January/February 2020 (in unit 29) and had a wonderful time. We saw howler monkeys and magpie jays in the tree right in front of our balcony. And lots of iguanas around. Beautiful view of the sea from our balcony and the beach is just stunning if one loves nature. The unit is very spacious and the kitchen area sufficient for what we needed. As others have mentioned, the buildings and grounds are all in need of renovation and maintenance (maybe even just a good scrub of the walls) but this did not take away from our experience. We walked and snorkeled a lot. After paying USD 200 for a snorkeling trip with one of the operators in the area, we spent many hours snorkeling on our own from the rocks on the beach (Panama, La Playita, Bonita, Buena) without having to pay. It was fantastic and we saw much more than what we had seen on the paid trip! The restaurant at the Vista Bahia was not open while we were there. We regularly bought groceries in Playa Hermosa (walked there and back) and twice took a cab to Playas del Coco. We twice had meals at the campground and a few times bought food from vendors on the beach, most notably, red snapper from Edgar! Quite an experience. This location is isolated which is what we wanted. We were unlucky to have noisy neighbours for the first two nights but after that it was quiet. Ideally, you should be self-sufficient, able to speak Spanish to communicate with staff and have a rental car, if you are not comfortable walking a lot and staying close by. Don't expect much service but our unit was cleaned regularly and the wifi was perfect. If we should visit this part of Costa Rica again, we would definitely stay at Vista Bahia.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Rink64 wrote a review Jan 2020
Thunder Bay, Canada340 contributions106 helpful votes
This is a property that is beginning to erode a bit, and there's no sign they're going to fix it up. The road in and around the villas are basically in horrible condition, and you can see signs of neglect in any direction. All that being said, if you don't mind sharing your villa with a few ants and the odd other occasional random bug, it's still quite nice and spacious with air conditioning too. The price for what you get is actually generous, and the most important thing is if you have a concern and ask for it to be addressed? They action it quickly. The workers are as phenomenal as the owner is neglectful (the lone exception was the maids. they did the bare minimum and did a lousy job, particularly on the bathroom/shower). I'd stay there again in a heartbeat. Short walk to the beach, really nice pool area. Appears to have a Restaurant, but wasn't open as we got there just before high season. Owners: this place needs a lot of TLC. Step up!!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Sam L wrote a review Mar 2019
Los Angeles, California23 contributions6 helpful votes
The hotel grounds are set back from the road, so there plenty of peace and quiet here. We checked in late and the check in area was lowly lit; we were greeted by a lazy dog and a very pleasant receptionist. We were a little taken aback by the room itself. It was a room with two queen sized beds, two chairs, and a desk in the sleeping area, and a couch and a dining table in the kitchen area. The chairs had stains on them and one of the two beds had a distinct creak/crack when you sat down on it. We brought our own sheets and used one to cover the couch. The bathroom area had two sinks, which was nice. But the shower only had about 2% water pressure and the sliding shower doors were moldy and would stick in the tracks. The in-room safe did not work. The breakfast served in the restaurant area was very tasty (their fried eggs in the traditional and Americano breakfasts are of particular note) and the pool area was clean and inviting. Their is a walking path that takes you down to Panama Beach and to a small and cozy beach just below the hotel grounds. The staff were friendly. The hotel's location is a plus - within a 20-30 minute drive to the Liberia airport and a 10-minute drive to the shops and beach at Playa del Cocos. And it was a roof over our head. It wasn't perfect, but it kept us cool in the heat and safe at night. I can't say I'd highly recommend it, but for the price, it was acceptable for a 5-night stay.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
seemyeyes wrote a review Mar 2019
Seattle, Washington303 contributions16 helpful votes
Very nice starting off point. About thirty minutes at most form the liberia airport. Very nice staff they serve food till 9pm on Friday through Sunday. Monday through Thursday its 7am to 4pm after 4 just hamburgers.. about $20 US dollars for 4 to eat breakfast. They just reopened this spot 2 years ago. They are condo type rooms open and expansive with a nice kitchenette; they are updating as the go.... For the price you cant beat this place. You have access to the beach and all. We used it for a jumping off point. Booked three days so we could look at the other available places to stay. The high end hotels eat up all of the bandwidth. You have to search 4 pages in to find other good places like this. Overall we were happy with our stay. Great people.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteGulf of PapagayoPlaya Panama
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vista Bahia Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Playa Hermosa (0.9 miles), Playas del coco (3.3 miles), and Penca Beach (2.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Toucanoos, Restaurante Mar Azul, and Abbocato.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Vista Bahia Beach Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Vista Bahia Beach Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Vista Bahia Beach Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Playa Panama.
Are pets allowed at Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vista Bahia Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Vista Bahia Beach Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.