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Occidental Grand Papagayo

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Occidental Grand Papagayo

5 star hotel
Blvd. Playa Hermosa 800 metros al norte, 48-5000 Golfo de Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Guanacaste 5000, Costa Rica
162 rooms
YES ($) Internet

Rocket Frog Divers

PADI 5 star dive center
Offsite (Free pickup)
Max 6 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Occidental Grand Papagayo is an adults-only, all-inclusive 5* resort, with divers enjoying turtles, rays, moray eels, pygmy seahorses and more in the stunning Gulf of Papagayo
  • Choose from more than 22 dive sites locally, including the Bat and Catalina Islands, to ensure you return home with broad experience of these rich waters
  • This lovely resort is set within lush gardens in a calm bay, featuring a quiet beach and two pools, making it a serene backdrop to your Costa Rican dive experience
  • Enjoy a slower pace of life at this calm resort (don't come if you love to party!), with gorgeous meals including teppenyaki, Italian a la carte and international buffets
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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:May 4, 2021

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Cleaning and disinfection Strengthened cleaning protocols under the supervision of a new hygienist responsible for guaranteeing complete disinfection of the hotel. Specific audits will be carried out to verify the new protocols before the hotel opens and the usual audits will be strengthened for regular verification by our partners: General safety In areas such as the swimming pool, lobby, buffet, meeting rooms and other busy places, furniture will be rearranged to ensure compliance with safety measures. Safety measures will also be applied for guests and employees. Digital experience Digitalisation of processes and information to increase the use of contactless technology. New food and drink protocols Food service changes to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and employees: improved buffet service with distancing measures and protective equipment for all employees and guests, new Grab & Go concept and improved Room Service. Always ensuring the quality of our food and prioritising local, healthy and organic products. Training and awareness Continuous awareness-building programs to show employees how to protect themselves and training on the new operation protocols to combat COVID-19 and other viral infectious diseases. These programmes will be reinforced by modules from our expert hygiene team.
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Booking process


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


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


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: 25%
  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation



  • Cancellations 121 days prior to arrival – $100 booking fee
  • Cancellations 91-120 days prior to arrival – One night’s room penalty for each property booked and deposit forfeited
  • Cancellations 61 to 90 days prior to arrival – 25% of reservation penalty and deposit forfeited
  • Cancellations less than 60 days prior to arrival – No Refund


  • Cancellations 61+ days prior to arrival – Full Refund
  • Cancellations 31 to 60 days prior to arrival - $100 penalty per person
  • Cancellations less than 30 days prior to arrival – No Refund


  • Cancellations 46+ days prior to arrival – Full Refund
  • Cancellations 31 to 45 days prior to arrival - $100 penalty per person
  • Cancellations less than 31 days prior to arrival – No Refund

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CANCELLATION POLICY: Bill Beard Costa Rica is now extending special exceptions for cancellation requests inside of 30 days of arrival for reservations booked directly with Bill Beard Costa Rica. We will work with each booking to ensure the most positive outcome for our guests. For those guests with reservations outside of the impacted period, please know that we are closely monitoring the situation. We will provide ongoing updates as they are available in the weeks ahead. If your travel plans are impacted by future closures, please know that we will protect your reservation by waiving change fees and allowing you to select alternate travel dates in any available periods whenever possible.

Explore diving around the Occidental Grand Papagayo

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


  • 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


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 Facilities

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

Diving gear

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

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

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 100% Aware

For your safety

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

Resort Amenities


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

Sports & Watersports

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


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

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Air-Conditioning


  • Karaoke
  • Nightclub
  • Jet Skiing
  • Hiking

Wellness & Relaxation

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

Food & drink

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

Resort Description

Occidental Grand Papagayo is an adults only, all-inclusive 5* resort in the Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica.

A week's worth of underwater exploration in this region provides the chance to see turtles, large rays, octopus, moray eels, reef fish and macro creatures. Look out for a pygmy sea horse or neon-coloured nudibranch. 

The resort is set into lush green hills looking out onto a calm Pacific Coast bay. Colonial style buildings with clay tiled roofs house spacious guestrooms with balconies. Two pools are set in the extensive gardens and surrounded by sun loungers. The beach is reachable on foot. 

4 restaurants offer Japanese, Italian and international flavours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 4 bars serve non-alcoholic drinks, beer, wine and cocktails throught the day.

Tennis, archery, chess, volleyball, snorkelling and kayaking is available. The onsite spa offers massage, a sauna, turkish bath and beauty treatments. Cyling, cultural and nature based excursions are encouraged. 

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How to get there


  • The closest airport is Liberia. 
  • The resort will arrange to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the resort (advance notice required, additional cost). 
  • Check in time is 3 pm. 


  • Check out time is 12 pm.
  • The resort will drop you back at the airport on your final day (advance notice required, additional cost). 


  • For diving days, please be ready in the lobby for a 7:30 am pick up.


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