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Costa Rica / Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)
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Santarena Hotel

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Santarena Hotel

4 star hotel
Las Catalinas, Camino Las Catalinas, Potrero, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
45 rooms
FREE Internet

ConnectOcean Aquatic Academy

PADI 5 star dive center
Walking distance
Max 4 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Santarena Hotel is a gorgeous luxury hotel heavily influenced by the beautiful old mansions of Havana and Cartagena, with grand terraces, archways and blossom-rich courtyards
  • Direct access to Playa Danta, one of the region's best beaches, along with rooftop terrace and large guestrooms with A/C, balconies and rich wooden floors
  • Great location in the heart of car-free Las Catalinas, with easy access to near-perfect, year-round diving conditions throughout Guanacaste 
  • Divers enjoy a central location between the famous Bat Island and Catalina Island, with giant mantas and bull sharks on offer seasonally, as well as stunning wrecks in across the Tortuga Islands
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55%
  • 120 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 99 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 99 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Santarena Hotel

Best dive sites in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

There are approximately 20 dive sites near to the Playas del Coco shore. You’ll find additional sites at the Catalina, Bat and Tortuga Islands. The dive sites at the offshore islands are the most famous. In particular, Cueva del Tiburón (a.k.a. Shark Cave) near the Catalina Islands is home to several, sleeping reef sharks. Also, Big Scare near the Bat Islands offers up an adrenalin-filled Bull Shark encounters. Closer to shore, Cabeza de Mono is a superb site for watching rays pass by. Punta Gorda and Punta Argentina are other superb dive sites in the area with a healthy variety of tropical fish life.

Snorkeling in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

Because of the poor visibility and lack of coral immediately surrounding the shore, Playas del Coco is not known for its snorkeling opportunities. However, Playa Guacamaya and Nacascolo are both within an hour’s boat ride and feature coral reefs with plenty of marine life. The snorkeling at both of these destinations is the best in the region.

What to see

Playas del Coco is particularly popular for its abundance of pelagic species. You won’t have to wait long before you find something big in the water.

During the rainy season, plankton blooms occur in the Pacific, attracting dozens of Giant Manta Rays, mobulas and migrating humpbacks and pilot whales. Occasionally, a whale shark may float past. Fantastic arrays of sharks, including the Bull Sharks of the Bat Islands also arrive from May to November to feast on offshore bait balls. Nurse sharks hide out in the caves of the Catalina Islands.

Throughout the year, colorful fish and endangered sea turtles cruise along the Guanacaste coast, stopping to lay eggs on the area’s beaches.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Waterfront dive center at Las Catalinas
  • Social and environmental enterprise (ConnectOcean Group)
  • Fantastic conditions year-round
  • Chance to see turtles, sharks, rays and reef fish
  • Marine ecology education, citizen science

Description

ConnectOcean Aquatic Academy is located on the waterfront at Las Catalinas, Costa Rica.

The dive center is part of the ConnectOcean Group, a social and environmental enterprise aiming to raise commitment to ocean conservation and stewardship. Diving and snorkelling excursions are combined with citizen science and marine ecology education. 

Diving in the Guanacaste region offers near perfect conditions year-round. Look forward to the chance to see turtles, sharks, rays and all manner of reef fish. Whale sightings are possible between January and April. 

The team offer a full range of swimming instruction programs as well as Adaptive Adventure Activities for the disabled.

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Cdc

Resort Amenities

Food & drink

  • Private Dining
  • Beer And Wine
  • A La Carte
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Activities

  • Cultural Excursions
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Hiking

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Sports & Watersports

  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kayaking
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Resort Description

The Santarena Hotel is a tropically elegant oasis in the heart of Las Catalinas, Costa Rica. 

Las Catalinas is a car-free town on Costa Rica's Guanacaste Coast that encourages all who visit to engage with nature and the community. This destination offers unbeatable access to the beach, world class hiking and cycle trails, shops and water sports. 

The hotel pays homage to the old mansions of Havana and Cartagena with blossoming courtyards, picturesque archways and grand terraces. 

Facilities include a rooftop lounge, 377sq.ft. swimming pool, a restaurant and an outdoor bar lounge. 

 

How to get there

Arrival

  • Arrange your flights to Liberia International Airport. 
  • The Santarena Hotel work with a private transportation company who will pick you up from the airport (additional cost)
  • In order to arrange a transfer, please provide us with your flight details as soon as possible. 
  • The journey takes around 50 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes by car. 
  • Check in time is 3pm.

Departure

  • Check out time is 11am. 

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