Our family (adults, teens) enjoyed our stay here for about 4 days over spring break. It started out a little rough when we were given a room other than what we had expected, and because the hotel was full, it took a while to sort things out and find a satisfactory resolution. But the staff did make every effort to make that happen, and we ended up with two very comfortable and spacious adjoining rooms with a beautifully serene view over the palm studded lawn and the ocean.
From there on the trip was wonderful -- the days seemed to stretch on forever (in a good way!) when there was nothing we were obligated to do and so many nice places to relax. Even though the hotel was full, it never felt crowded. It's not the kind of hotel where you have to rush down to the pool at 6 a.m. to claim your poolside chairs with a towel. We found that if you mosey down at 10 you'll find a chair just fine. It's not as easy to land one of the mattresses-on-stilts-under-thatched roof, but over the course of our stay we had the chance to sample those too, as well as to relax on chaise lounges under a tiki hut (on the beach or in the water!) and to lounge in the hammocks hanging here and there.
The beach is not good for swimming, but there are nice pools and there's a lovely (free) public beach just a five minute walk down the sand. Even though it was spring break for all the schools in Puerto Rico, that beach wasn't crowded either.
We rented snorkeling equipment that we took out (on a hotel launch) to the small island they nickname "Gilligan's Island." It's actually part of the same public park that is inland from the hotel. If you're a snorkeling expert you probably won't find the underground flora and fauna particularly interesting, but for us novices it was a lot of fun (and pretty easy). There's a loop through two mangrove channels, but do ask when you get the equipment which direction to swim in, as you'll swim upstream in one and downstream in the other and one has a stronger current. It was a quite crowded on the island, but we were told that was because it was spring break, and that it's uncrowded during the rest of the year. Regardless, it was lots of fun.
The kids also kayaked, which was easy to arrange and do. Breakfast and dinner were included in our rate, and we ate lunch at the resort as well as there aren't many other choices nearby. Food was good and most meals were outside. The hotel sits in the middle of another part of the public park, which is actually a "dry forest" and which we heard had interesting hiking. Too hot and too energetic for us.
We loved our stay and will go back if we have the chance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On Puerto Rico's undiscovered Southwestern coast is one of the Island's best-kept secrets. This beautifully landscaped, 20-acre tropical resort is situated on an isolated 3/4 mile crescent of Caribbean beachfront. The resort offers the finest in relaxation, dining, diving, sailing and eco-tourist wonders to create the perfect vacation experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copamarina Beach Hotel Guanica
- Copamarina Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Copamarina Beach Resort Puerto Rico
- Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa Puerto Rico/Guanica