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Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Guanica
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 6, 2005

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Copamarina from February 15th – 20th. This is a wonderful resort for couples and families to get away from it all. Copamarina is in Guanica on the southern coast of Puerto Rico. I would recommend that you drive to the resort from San Juan. Driving is mostly on major highways and you get to see some nice views of the mountains along the way.

We opted for the all-inclusive rate for our room and we where upgraded to a sea view upon arrival. Kudos to the staff! Staying during the week has its advantages. Since we were in-between holidays, the resort was virtually deserted. We felt like the resort was all ours. When Friday came along, the resort started to fill up with families. If you don’t have kids, my advice is to go during the week and leave around Saturday. Our room was very clean and has huge showers. I posted a picture of the sunset from our balcony when we arrived.

For an all inclusive resort the food is very good. As part of the all inclusive rate you get 3 meals a day, all drinks and use of the kayaks. Alcoholic drinks are good, but watered down a bit. Go for the wine at the “Alexandra” restaurant. When it gets crowded during the weekend, breakfast is served buffet style.

Being on the southern coast you have very calm waters. The beach itself at the resort is nice and is very warm. However, this is not a swimming beach… lots of sea grass… but perfect if you want to sit and stare at the water. There is a better swimming beach a short walk down the shoreline. You can check out snorkeling equipment for free. I highly recommend snorkeling or diving in this area because there is a beautiful reef nearby. If you want to go out to the reef, that’ll cost you $45 per person. It is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Reviewed February 22, 2005

We just returned from 3 nights at the Copamarina resort and really enjoyed it. We have a 12 year old and 9 year old and it was fabulous for them. The rooms are nice, the staff extremely accomodating and friendly, but best of all we loved the activities set up by Irving. Each day he plans 3 activities for families and kids. For example beach volleyball, kayak trips, nature hikes, a treasure hunt and all this is included with your stay. It was a wonderful way for our kids to meet other children without going into one of those big hotel "Kids Programs". The grounds are lovely, the area beautiful, the only place I could see room for improvement was in the restaurant where I felt our dinners were a bit of a let down. I would highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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11  Thank teedeeandchelchel
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Grand Rapids, MI
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Reviewed February 20, 2005

We wanted a quiet place where we could sit on the beach, gaze at the sea and get some sunshine on our pale, northern bodies. This was just right! The Copamarina has comfortable, clean rooms; a friendly, accomodating, laid-back staff; gorgeous landscaping and pools; and a nice, quiet beach. The dinners at Alexandra's were delicious, too. We had not expected much after reading other reviews, and were pleasantly surprised! Dinners were no more expensive than dining here, and by stressing that we wanted our meat "very rare" it was perfect.
The beach does have grass in the water, and the bottom is a bit squishy in places, but it's not off-putting or unpleasant. Do get to the beach early to get one of the big beds, they're very cool, make you feel like royalty. We should have gone with the all-inclusive plan, since we never wanted to leave! We did take a trip up to Areciebo and took a "scenic route" instead of Highway 10; took all day but we saw beautiful countryside and many small villages.
Weekends are very busy, lots of families & kids, so if kids bother you, choose somewhere else. But if you want a relaxing, sunshine-filled, lazy vacation at a reasonable price, the Copa is the place - we plan on returning!

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Reviewed February 18, 2005

Cold and windy in San Juan so rented a car and drive south into the calm sun. Arrived 2/15/05 and stayed 2 nites and really enjoyed the interlude. Probably the quietest facility we have ever visited.

Beautiful grounds and nice rooms with unusual windows that we opened to the sea breezes. On a bay with wonderful sailing-rented a hobicat. Beach bottom mucky and full of sea grass. Two pools and two jacuzis, very nice. Everything very well maintained. Lots of humingbirds!

Did not opt for the all inclusive plan and did not regret it. A la carte meals very expensive; with limited selections. Meal service very good. Enjoyed one romantic evening in the restaurant-there was a classical guitarist adding to the atmosphere.

There was one coin operated washing machine and dryer (handy!), and a small work out area and spa. Spent one evening in La Parguera and took the $5 tour of the bay-probably a victim of it's success-not many sparkly plankton left, but $5 worth of diversion, to be sure.

We had no problems driving once we left San Juan and everyone matched our Spanish with their English, with grace. This is probably more of a vacation spot for those who live on the island, but we really enjoyed it!

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Reviewed February 11, 2005

We spent a week at the Copamarina for our honeymoon. Loved it! The gounds are great. The beach is pretty, but not a swimming beach - we knew that before reserving the hotel. The staff were very friendly. Walks in the dry forest were fun. We'd agree with most everyone else that the all inclusive is the way to go. No nightlife...but that was one of the best features - so peaceful. Diving trip was great too - very well run and fun dives.

  • Stayed: November 2004
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5  Thank sjkoen
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Reviewed February 4, 2005

We went to the Copamarina in July 2004 for our honeymoon as a part of a town and country package through the Hotel El Convento in San Juan. By far, the Copamarina was the better half of the package. It's hard to know where to begin in talking about the wonderful things they had there...the grounds are breathtaking, the staff is outgoing and friendly, and the food was excellent. Our room was minimally decorated, but we don't go on vacation to look at curtains and bedspreads anyway, and it was very clean. We went snorkeling through the resort's program, and it was great. We were the only two people snorkeling. We laid around in the hammocks they have strewn about the grounds, the sun beds, the lounge chairs, and felt fully pampered and relaxed. It was everything we could have wanted in a honeymoon.

The only caveats I would add are that if you go, you really should get the all inclusive package, and rent a car. The food is very good, but I can imagine that we would have been upset if we'd been paying as we went. As it was, we were able to have all of the daquiris and margaritas we had fantasized about during February in Connecticut while we were planning our honeymoon, and enjoy a wide sampling of food at every meal without ever thinking of the price. Also, we found Guanica a good hub for exploring the dry forest, the rain forest, Ponce, and the bioluminescent bay, but having a car was necessary for that. Overall, I would highly recommend this resort to nature lovers (it's a green resort) and couples or families looking for rest and relaxation.

  • Stayed: July 2004
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Reviewed January 14, 2005

Copamarina is a beautiful, quiet resort tucked between the desert hills of coastal PR and a calm bay in the Caribbean Sea. Our one bedroom suite had large rooms, an attractive tropical decor and views of the gardens and the sea. All of the facilities, beach and amenities were in excellent condition. This is a quiet resort in a remote area with limited nightlife but an extremely pleasant atmosphere and a great climate. A snorkel and/or diving excursion leaves from the resort daily.

There are interesting sidetrips within a short drive. The resort is next to a national park with easy hikes and great views of the Caribbean. Public beaches (with waves) are on either side of the resort. Gilligan's island was closed during our stay, but would be an interesting spot to snorkel and swim. Nearby Parguera is a small tourist town with 3 or 4 restaurants, boat rentals and nightly cruises to a bioluminescent bay. Don't expect to spend much time in Guanica.

We did not have the all inclusive package, and found the restaurant to be somewhat overpriced. The food was good, the service slow and amatuerish, but the kids were trying hard. Manana

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Additional Information about Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa

Address: Rte 333 Km 6.5 | Caña Gorda Beach, Guanica 00653, Puerto Rico (Formerly Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa, BW Premier Collection)
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Guanica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Guanica
Price Range: $194 - $446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 104
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

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