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Margaritaville

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Margaritaville

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

Rocket Frog Divers

PADI 5 star dive center
Onsite
Max 6 divers per guide

Package 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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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Aug 20, 2020

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How is the resort keeping guests safe during the pandemic? All Housekeeping staff service and clean/sanitize guestrooms each day. To ensure guest safety in their personal space, our housekeepers are equipped with gloves, masks and proper disinfectants to clean surface and floor areas of your guest room. Guest room cleaning includes using cleaning products and protocols that meet health guidelines and are approved and effective against viruses, bacteria and other airborne pathogens. All "high-touch" areas throughout the resort are now being treated with additional disinfectant/sanitizer on a constant basis (front desk counters, door handles, tabletops, banisters, lounge chairs, etc.). Hand sanitizer is available in the common public areas for your use (lobby, restaurants, bars, and meeting rooms). Guests will find hand washing stations for greater safety and comfort, as well as hand sanitizer, hand soap and paper towels. The laundry staff has increased measures to sanitize and clean linens and towels that will be used during your stay. Staff has received ongoing training in preventing the spread of Covid 19 and the resort will continue to ensure that hygiene and cleanliness remain our top priority throughout every facet of our operation. Every employee is required to enter the resort with a mask, and appropriate PPE equipment required for their position. They have mandatory protocols in place such as hand washing and sanitizing before beginning their shift, and after breaks and meals. The resort has signs in all public areas to assist guests in maintaining physical distancing. We are also maintaining space between dining parties in our restaurants and taking steps to ensure physical distancing in and around our pools. Any guests presenting symptoms of upper respiratory illness such as cough, fever, cold symptoms, will be asked to self-isolate in their room and will be tested for the virus with local government health officials. In addition to the above, we remain available to answer any specific questions you may have. Should you have further questions, please call the resort of email us directly at info@MargaritavilleCR.com or reach out to us via social media. What can I expect upon arrival to the resort? Banana Wind Cafe - Open daily. Breakfast 6:30 am - 10:30 am / Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm / Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Light buffet service and Ala-carte dining. 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill - Open daily. Breakfast 6:30 am - 10:30 am / Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm / Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Dining only. The bar is closed. Capriccio's Pizza Bistro Thursday through Sunday. Breakfast 6:30 am - 10:30 am / Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm / Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Which resort amenities are open? Onzen Spa Update - Due to government regulations, the spa is closed until further notice. Fitness Center - The fitness center is open and is equipment is cleaned after each guest use. Should you wish to reserve the fitness center for your own solitary use, you can reserve a time at the front desk upon arrival or anytime during your stay. Family Center - The family center and movie theater is closed temporarily. Tennis Court - The tennis court is open and equipment is sanitized after each guest use. Complimentary activity schedule - A schedule will be provided at check in of the resorts daily activities. Social distancing is required during all scheduled activities. The tour concierge desk operated by TAM is currently closed temporarily. The photo shop is open and guests may arrange for photos of their vacation. The swimming pools are open and social distancing is required. The swim up pool bar is closed. The beach is open from 5:30 AM until 2:30 PM currently. Complimentary beach chairs are available to guests.
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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: 35%
  • 90 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY: 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. 

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TERMS: New bookings from August, 1 can be cancelled up to 3 days before your arrival date (with Christmas / New Years as an exception - Reservations over those days are non-refundable).

Explore diving around the Margaritaville

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.

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DIVING SERVICES

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

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • 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

For your safety

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

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 100% Aware

Resort Amenities

Great for families

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

Facilities

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

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

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

Activities

  • Karaoke
  • Jet Skiing
  • Hiking

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

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

Food & drink

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

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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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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