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Margaritaville

Margaritaville

4 star hotel
Playa Flamingo, Playa Flamingo, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste Costa Rica 2050, Costa Rica
120 rooms
FREE Internet

Rocket Frog Divers

5 star dive center
Onsite Show address

Playa del Coco, Playa del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Resort Highlights

  • Margaritaville is an eco-aware beachfront resort offering views to die for: from the golden sands of Flamingo Beach look out to blue ocean and lush green mountains
  • Stunning variety of marine life accessible from this stretch of paradise, including turtles, mantas, sharks and macro creatures, across over 22 dive sites
  • Laid-back feel, with thatched-roof shades and garden seating, with national parks and wildlife reserves nearby offering relaxing day trips in between diving
  • Lots to do on-site too, including a cinema, spa, fitness center and games room, so if you're tired from your trip to see the mantas of the Catalina Islands, just come back and chill
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Dates & Prices

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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
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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 terms

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 35% (downpayment)
  • 90 days before trip start: 65% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

January 7, 2018 – December 22, 2018: Cancellations must be received outside of 15 days prior to arrival. Any cancellations received 14 days or less will forfeit one night’s room + tax.

No shows will be deemed as cancellations and will be charged 100% of the total room + tax reservation. 

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Resort Description

Margaritaville is located in the Guanacaste region, on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. 

Formerly Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa, this hotel is set back from Flamingo Beach- one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Enjoy a combination of golden sands, blue ocean and green mountain landscapes. Beneath the waves, look out for turtles, manta rays, reef fish, macro life and sharks. 

Playa Flamingo's guestrooms provide authentic and eco-friendly Costa Rican comfort. The grounds are comprised of well-kept gardens with outdoor seating and a pool with sunloungers and thatched-roof shades. 

The hotel offers an ambient dining experience in their beachfront Arenas Restaurant and a fun poolside bar where you can enjoy tropical cocktails, fruity drinks and light snacks.

Facilities include a games room, cinema, casino, tennis court, spa and fitness center. Activities such as snorkelling, horse riding, cycling, darts, table tennis and fishing are offered. 

The Guanacaste region has several national parks and wildlife reserves to explore!

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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

  • Best dive vessel in the Guanacaste region (36ft, 2x 300 HP Yamaha engines)
  • Daily dive trips to 22 local sites, fresh fruit on board
  • Regular diving around The Catalina and Bat Islands 
  • Recreational and professional PADI training
  • Experienced, multilingual dive masters and instructors
  • Maintenance station, rental equipment, WiFi
  • Free pick up in new van

Description

Rocket Frog Divers is a PADI 5* IDC based in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.

The dive operation is proud to offer their customers the absolute best dive vessel in the area. Built with the sole purpose of diving in mind, the Pacific Express is 36 feet long and is fitted with two 300 HP Yamaha engines.

Dive trips depart daily to local and specialty dive sites (The Catalina Islands and The Bat Islands) in less than half the time of other local dive boats. Refreshments and fresh fruit are available during the surface interval. 

PADI recreational and professional courses are offered, including night, Nitrox and wreck specialties. Divemasters have in depth knowledge of the local marine ecosystems, and training is provided in English, French and Spanish. 

Facilties include a shop, gear maintenance station, rental equipment and storage space, air-conditioned classroom, filling station, WiFi and fish ID book selection.

Free pick up in Rocket Frog Diver's new van. 

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 100% Aware

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Karaoke
  • Jet Skiing
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Sauna
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival

  • The closest international airport is Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR).
  • The ride from the airport to the hotel is around 1 hour.
  • Airport transfer is available for an additional charge or you can catch a taxi. 
  • There is free parking at the hotel.
Departure
  • You can catch a taxi back to the airport or arrange a transfer via the hotel (advance notice required, additional cost).

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