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Bahia Pez Vela Resort
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We had looked at a ton of properties, but this one seemed to offer it all - near town, an onsite restaurant, plenty of room, but right by the beach. The house was just what we wanted. The beach was steps away, exceptionally clean, and there was NO ONE there. (Definitely recommend going during the start of the rainy season.) The beds were super comfortable, there were plenty of ceiling fans, and air conditioning if we wanted it. The view from the master bedroom and the large guest bedroom were of the beach and the ocean. The kitchen is well stocked and huge, plus there is a gas grill on the patio. The patio is covered so you can enjoy the afternoon rains without getting soaked. We had another couple staying with us, and we all sat on the patio enjoying the sound of the ocean, the birds, and the monkeys. There is nothing better than waking up to howlers at 5am! They hang out in the trees adjacent to the beach. The pool is just steps away from the house, and it is gorgeous. The on-site restaurant serves good food, but be brave and venture out. There are some great local places, like the soda across from the police station by the dive shop in Coco, and the soda on the beach in Playa Hermosa (take the primero entrance and follow it down to the beach - the soda will be left of where you park. It isn't cheap, but we had some awesome whole red snapper there.) For margaritas head to Father Rooster's just down the road. Snorkeling is really good there too - our friends saw eagle rays, spotted eels, puffer fish, and many others. The great thing about this house is that it is near a lot of things. (Check out zip lining at Witch's Rock Canopy Tour and have Memo from http://www.memo-adventures.com/ take you on a horseback ride off the beaten path at Buena Vista.)

The service was wonderful - the air conditioning went out in the lower level of the house, and they had someone out to look at it right away. This was the weekend and they determined it couldn't be fixed, and by Monday we had a new air conditioner. I can't say enough about this house and Kelsey was great. Maybe I'm sabotaging myself with this review, because now everyone will want to stay here. Kelsey, save us a week next year!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

We just finished our eleventh visit to Bahia Pez Vela. We've stayed at many places in Costa Rica, but this is the best by far. Beautiful grounds, private beach with great snorkling and tide pools, fun swimming pools (including some fabulous private pools at some of the homes -- check out Villa 4 or 12 for great set- ups) and warm and attentive staff. Alyson bridges US and Costa Rican cultures beautifully, Cesar knows the best tours and restaurants, and Dany manages the restaurant, which has the best food, service and pina coladas in the area. Villas are remarkably spacious -- great set up for families or couples -- and well stocked. The area is beautiful with views of the inland volcanoes, island studded bays, and flowers galore. We felt safe and cared for --and sort of like the Four Seasons and Cheers, staff make a point of knowing your name!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Once we got over the culture shock and the a/c started to work in the villa and the toilet was fixed we could finally relax. The housekeeping was not the best, old dead bugs on floor, villa could use some TLC. The grounds were very nice and well kept. If you dont want to be around lots of ppl there is a pool by villa 30, very nice and quiet. Black sand beach took getting use to, wear sandals on beach! Burnt my feet running to the water, HOT! Tip, get a gps to get to the villa's. The villas are hard to find and you will question if you are on the right road, what road there is, the road goes from paved to unpaved. You go through 2 gaurd gates before the villa's. We will go back but we will ask them to check the villa so that everything works right for sure. The internet is spotty. Everyone was very nice and helpful. Never ate at picante because it was so fun to go to Coco beach to eat. Soda oasis has the best burgers, Congo for banana pancakes, and villa italia for nice italian food. Have fun!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

My family and I stayed at Bahia Pez Vela for approximately one week. We had a villa that had a view of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding bay. The villa was perfect for our needs, we had a washer and dryer, fully stocked kitchen, two and half baths and three bedrooms. I was initially worried that the space might be too small for all of us, this never became an issue. The common areas were spacious enough to accommodate us all. The grounds of the property were immaculate and stunningly beautiful. The beachfront pool area was our favorite, and the beach itself was unforgettably beautiful. In addition, having a restaurant and bar within mere feet was a big plus. The staff at the restaurant was friendly and inviting, cheers to all of them and congratulations to Danny and his new baby. Allison was also a great help, she helped my cousin plan a surprise bonfire on the beach for his wife and all of us. Nothing like sitting on a black sand beach watching a bonfire and a distant lightning storm out in the ocean, truly unforgettable! Much thanks to Cesar for helping us arrange our tours and airport transfers! We have all agreed that coming back to Costa Rica is definitely on our agenda and we would not hesitate to stay at Bahia Pez Vela again!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

the accomodaations are outstanding, plenty of room, clean, modern, great views and wildlife galore. Highly recommend the accomodations and the lovely Picante restaurant.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

We stayed here and really enjoyed the property. The beach and restaurant are beautiful. The team that works there, especially Ceasar were awesome!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank stephaniew387
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laMachona, Director de Recepción at Bahia Pez Vela Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2012

Thank you very much for your coment. We really apreciate it. We are glad to know you had a great time here at our Hotel. See you in the future!

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

This is our fourth trip to Costa Rica. Each time we have chosen to base ourselves out of a villa at Bahia Pez Vela. This trip we were traveling in a group of 5 - my wife and I, our 3 year old and my parents. We booked a different unit via VRBO this trip (#2) then in the past. We have typically stayed in Villa Mariposa (#10), which is adjacent to the pool and had spectacular views. This time we were once again beachfront, but had the advantage of a big "lawn" for our 3 year old to play in with the neighbors children.

The units all vary in types of beds in each. Villa #2 had a queen in the master, ocean-facing bedroom had two singles with trundle slide outs, and the street-facing had two single beds. The unit was clean and well-equipped. The owners had stashed a bunch of baby gear: high chair, pack & play and tons of children's books and toys. It was very well-received by our little one. In addition, they had sit-top kayaks available for us which were a neat perk over past trips to paddle the coastline.

The restaurant on site, Picantes, next to the pool, has seen better days. Mostly from lack of use. It is the end of the road and few people are coming out from the other resorts. On this trip, they no longer serve breakfast and open at noon. We ate one night there and it was fine. For families staying in other units (being on the ridge), not having to leave for lunch is a nice perk. Plus adult beverages make basking in the pool quite nice.

Our nearly two weeks of constant sun and warmth was good as always.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Bahia Pez Vela Resort

Address: Playa Ocotal, Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playas del Coco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Playas del Coco
Price Range: $275 - $428 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bahia Pez Vela Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bahia Pez Vela Resort is located on a secluded bay on the Papagayo Gulf near Playa Ocotal, only 3 miles from Playas del Coco and about 30 minutes from the Liberia Airport.Our Resort has 40 privately owned Villas that are used for vacation rentals. We have both beach front and ocean view Villas, all are 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath, fully furnished with full kitchen plus laundry facilities. The Villa prices range from $240 to $750 depending on location, season, and amenities.Our Picante Restaurant is next to 3 of our 4 swimming pools that overlook the black sand beach and the bay. It is available for weddings, meetings and other special events.Bahia Pez Vela Resort features snorkeling in our bay, easy pick up for fishing tours and a convenient location for enjoying Guanacaste area attractions and tours.We are sure that our Resort is a perfect resource for you, your family & friends. ... more   less 
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