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Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

Bethlehem...
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Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

So it will be an unusual girls' week in August since the "girls" range in age from 7 to 52 years young.

We know what we want to do when we get there, just haven't decided where to stay.

It's a toss up between the Arco Iris and the Pasatiempo. Both have good reviews on TA. Though there aren't recent pics of Pasatiempo.

Any & all opinions would be APPRECIATED!!!

Also...can you really not flush toilet paper???

Thanks,

Tra

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1. Re: Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

Both would be good choices. Pasatiempo has been recently renovated and is looking good! Pasatiempo is ever so slightly closer to the beach. Arco Iris has an excellent and well known restaurant on site - Season's. You can see recent pictures on the Pasatiempo website. Either way you won't go wrong.

Re: toilet paper - It's best if you don't in the beach areas. Most of the establishments in Tamarindo are on septic systems and the plumbing is not of the same standards that you enjoy at home. A plugged sanitary system here is a royal pain and easily avoided by putting your paper in the trash. Although it seems gross and unsanitary, you will get used to it and the local businesses will thank you.

Bethlehem...
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2. Re: Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

Thanks Xplore for the input.

Both look beautiful which is why we are having such a hard time with the decision. We were also trying to look at proximity to town (for walking) on a map but can't seem to find an accurate one.

Didn't want to worry about time restraints either walking back in the dark.

We plan on eating in town for the most part as I think I read that meals are more expensive at the hotels.

(the toilet issue is gonna be strange for the younger ones)

Tra

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3. Re: Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

I really like Pasatiempo...and looks great now days!

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4. Re: Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

Pasatiempo has new management. They are doing a good job. Elena is the owner. Ask for her.

Both properties are nice.

Great explanation from Explore about the TP issue and of course tourists always wonder why is this.

Enjoy Tamarindo. Enjoy Guanacaste.

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5. Re: Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

You have two options, so we can tell you that pasatiempo now is a really good hotel.

And like jose b says:

ENJOY TAMARINDO. ENJOY GUANACASTE.

Bethlehem...
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6. Re: Arco Iris vs Pasatiempo - Please Help Us Decide.

So our decision is....

Arco Iris!

Pasatiempo did look beautiful but there were more recent photos of Arco Iris and the kids liked the Robinson Crusoe feel.

Thank everyone for their help.

Can't wait to experience la Pura Vida.

Tra

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