Nearby the Villagio Flor is la Playa Penca, a gorgeous white sand beach that was very sparsely populated for the whole time we stayed. Everyone in the area is nice, and not at all pushy; it seemed like most had nothing to do with the tourist industry. This would be a great place to escape, if you knew the area and had a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Neither of these explain us. We had been led to believe that we could get a shuttle from Liberia airport to Potrero, but that's simply false. Even if true, we would have been SOL if we had to find our way for the last mile to the Villagio, because it's still a distance more, on unlit dirt roads.
Lack of transportation was a big impediment during our stay. Taxis were pretty much the only option to get anywhere, and they were all shockingly expensive. If we had driven, I don't know how we would have found the place.
Another issue was the total lack of guidance available from the staff. Getting information about eating establishments, excursions, basic transportation, mobile telephone service, even the location of their beach-side hut, was an exhausting process. The place is really geared towards serving the sparse needs of their residents, and we felt like an afterthought.
If you're coming from out of country, stay in Playa Flamingo or Tamarindo; your trip will be much easier and more varied.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A solo 800 metros de una de las playas de arena blanca mas bonitas de Costa Rica, se encuentra ubicado el hotel Flor de Pacífico, que ofrece un concepto de descanso y tranquilidad para sus huéspedes. Con sus casi 200 villas equipadas y rodeadas de bellos jardines, Flor de Pacífico es un lugar de descanso y relajación. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villaggio Flor De Pacifico Costa Rica/Playa Potrero