Old Reviews – Barcelo Tambor Beach

We traveled from Toronto to San Jose on Jan 16, 2006 and returned Jan 30 2006. A 5 hour flight was followed by a 5 hour bus/ferry ride to the resort. A plane ride upgrade is offered by some Tour Operators. This was our second time here, we stayed there in 2000. Barceló states that this is one of their “Mid-range” hotels and with this in mind we were not disappointed. The grounds and buildings were well kept and we noticed very little deterioration since 2000, they even added a mini golf and a make shift seafood restaurant. This is not “Rock & Roll Central” If you want to party till you puke try Cancun and the like. This is a well run well kept resort. As in all places there could be some improvements. The beds are due to be changed, but I did not have any trouble sleeping after a day in the sun. The 402 room resort is well spread out in several 2 storey buildings. Rooms are typical of hotel rooms with balcony. I did notice some with “no-smoking” signs on the doors.

Food: All the all inclusive resorts that I have been to have a buffet style main restaurant. There was a huge selection each day. Fish, pork, beef etc with a carvery at one end. The Doctor as he calls himself is entertaining and willing to carve up the special of the day for you. Look around smoke salmon with capers, oysters on the ½ shell, pruschutto. The seafood restaurant was ok but the beef restaurant was well worth it. Reservations a must.

Pool: This is the main entertainment area for the resort with exercise class every day, pool bar and restaurant at each end. Big Jacuzzi style area, 2 shallow pool areas for kids and sports area. Lots of chairs/lounges scattered around. Plenty of shade & sun.

Beach: Get away form the noise of the pool here. Lots of room. Plenty of lounges. Beach is good for boogie boards. Waves are not big enough for surfing. Poor snorkeling, Take the trip to Tortuga Island for snorkeling. Great walking. To the right ( looking at the water) is Tambor, Tambor Tropical just past that the Yacht Club with restaurant. To the left los Dolfines and a small campground. Be aware of the tides.

You are in an isolated area of the country. Some of the trips are 8 to 12 hours long. Take the local bus to Montezuma for a day. It is appx ½ hour away 600-700 colones or take a taxi. There is a waterfall there but it is a rugged walk to the falls. Hope you enjoy your stay.

2005- Puerto Vallarta Palladium. 2004- Costa Rica Costa Smeralda, 2003 Punta Cana Dominican Republic Riu Naboa, 2002 Merida Mexico Reef Club 2001

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