I visited Mark's Pacifico Paradise over the Fourth of July and am already planning my return.
First: the property. Mark's Pacifico flat is beautiful open two bedroom two bedroom floor plan with kitchenette and balcony that can easily accommodate two couples for any length of stay in Guanacaste. Our group of four had ample space with plenty of luggage and didn't feel the least bit cramped. The place is immaculate with great linens and towels. The cleaning staff prepared our arrival with excellent touches in the bathrooms and on the beds.
A bit about the Pacifico complex: The property is a 24 hour manned gated community that has meticulously kept landscaping throughout the property and multiple community pools. Its quiet and safe.
Mark's flat boasts the following (1) has slate-type flooring that's cool and comfortable to walk on in bare feet; (2) new appliances including a full size refrigerator with ice maker for all your groceries from the Supermarcado (see below); (3) central air - I cannot understate what a unique benefit this is if you've traveled before to CR before and are familiar with nightlife under a wall unit; (4) full-length curtains for that morning Costa Rican sunlight; (5) your own covered parking space conveniently located in the parking garage underneath the unit; (6) access to the BEAUTIFUL Pacifico Beach Club a few minute's drive to the beach that has awesome dining/cabanas/drinks/beach access/service/AND INFINITY POOLS (plural), and LAST, but certainly not least: Mark's unit is in THE FRONT of the complex making it the best and most convenient on the property for leaving the property on foot to explore Coco, going to Hard Rock, visiting and carrying groceries from the new Supermarcado that's adjacent to his unit, and accessing the Pacifico's various pools. The location of his unit in relation to the rest of the Pacifico complex cannot be understated.
When visiting Guanacaste and Coco its my strong personal opinion you should rent a car with unlimited miles and explore CR. This property allows you to safely park and access your rental vehicle which is a unique benefit. The unit is an easy 2.5 hour drive from the Arenal Volcano National Park and an easy 1 hour 45 minute drive to the Tenorio Volcano National Park which boast some of the best hiking and natural sightseeing in Costa Rica. No matter your destination, the Pacifico is just a short 25 minute drive to Liberia where you can pick up Route 1 which will take you anywhere you wish to go in the country. While we were there we took a day trip to Tenorio for hiking the waterfalls and blue lagoons and an overnight trip to the spas and hot springs along the Rio Tabacon in Arenal National Park and loved using Mark's place as our home base paradise on the beach.
The Pacifico property has the following amenities of which I used every single one: a Subway for when you're hungry and in a jam, an awesome ice cream shop, a beautiful new Supermarcado with full deli, produce, fresh meat and seafood, produce, and liquor/beer, a surf shop that sells sandals, bathing suits, tshirts, and sunscreen, a Hard Rock Cafe with full bar and gringo food, and Citron - a GREAT restaurant with beautiful outdoor seating right on the property that is a must-try while visiting (get the ceviche to start, wok flash fried poached sea bass, and the salmon risotto if I were you). I found the shops on the property to be fully stocked and convenient.
All in all our stay at Mark's property in Costa Rica made for one of the top vacations in my life. Its a five-star way to see Costa Rica no matter whether you're more interested in soaking up rays on the pacific coast or venturing into the rainforest. I strongly recommend this jewel of a place to anyone visiting CR. I can't wait to go back.
We could not have had a better time staying at Pacifico Paradise. The complex honestly feels like a brand new resort with lush landscaping and great pools on site. The condo is immaculate with recent updates and feels incredibly roomy. We sat on the porch every morning to enjoy the Costa Rican coffee and fresh juices from a local purveyor just minutes away from the secured pedestrian gate. Their is also a great grocery right next to the private main entrance, so we were able save a ton of time when we took off for the days adventure.
On foot you are on the main street, Avenida Central, within 5 minutes of leaving the condo and probably another 5-10 minutes to the beach. I found a ton of great spots to walk nearby with local tacos, juices, great restaurant/bars & killer ceviche everywhere we went. I would strongly recommend going to "Pacifico Restaurant Beach Club & Bar" since you will get access by staying here. Their was an additional fee to go to the Beach Club, but its totally worth it. It's outside of the main property and is located on the beach. Its a short cab ride and the view is ridiculous. 2 great pools there and the food & service are spot on. Plus you will not have to fight the crowds for anything here. We spent a day there to relax, swim & catch some rays in a sweet setting. Check out there pics online.
The best part of staying at Mark & Leah's place is that they bend over backwards to make sure you know great drivers for getting around Costa Rica. We hired the drivers they recommended for the short 30 minute ride from the Airport and also the 3.5 hour trip each way to Tabacon. They also provided recommendations for all of the best local fare, snorkeling trips & eco-trips. We took a short trip to the park in Playa Del Penca and spent a day of lounging on the beach and snorkeling here also. Tons of wildlife to see here in the tidal pools and near the outcrop next to the beach. Its hard to believe that this condo is only 30-35 minutes from the airport. If you are looking for a convenient, secure location this is really hard to pass up. Safe travels & Pura Vida!
We stayed in this condo for our honeymoon and it was perfect! It was our first time to Costa Rica and we were unsure what to expect but fell in love with Playa del Coco and Pacifico and would definitely go back and stay in this same condo again. It is very spacious and had comfortable King size beds in both rooms, and has a Jacuzzi tub in the master and both bathrooms have been fully renovated. It has a full kitchen and washer/dryer in the unit which was so convenient for wet towels and bathing suits. The condo is situated closer to the front of the complex so it's very close to all the shops, restaurants and pools. You can walk everywhere and you still get such a local vibe but with the security and safety at Pacifico. You can rent a golf cart or bikes too if you prefer but it's not necessary. The locals are very friendly and we felt safe the entire time. The Beach Club is first class and the food and drinks were so good. This condo is a steal at the price and we will definitely be back!