Old Reviews – Papagayo Beach Resort

My wife and I along with another couple stayed at the Papagayo Resort from March 12-22, 2005. We arrived on Saturday (3/12) by American Airlines through a connecting flight in Miami on time. Getting through immigrations and customs in Curacao was probably the fastest of any trips we’ve ever been on. We put the women in a taxi to the resort and the guys got a Hertz rental car. There was only one person working the counter and several customers were in line before use. We reserved a Nissan Altima and that’s what we got but the car was several years old, not like the new cars in the States. Navigating in Curacao is really an adventure, street signs are almost nonexistent. Before going to Curacao I purchase a detailed map over the internet, it was a life saver. After several days of driving we were able to get around okay and find our way. If you really want to see the island and get to some of the most beautiful beaches you need a car. Taxis also seemed to be in limited supply.

Papagayo was a beautiful resort. The villas are very nice with the master bedroom with a queen bed and the second room with two twins. There is private bathroom off the master bedroom and another bathroom right across the hall from the other bedroom. The only rooms that are air conditioned are the bedrooms, and the rooms have sensors so the a/c only runs while you’re in the room. Don’t worry they cool off within 10-15 minutes after being gone all day. The main/great room at the villa is a combination kitchen, dinning, living and porch. We spent most of our time on the porch there was almost always a nice breeze. The porch had sliding screen/louver panels that can be locked at night or while gone during the day. We had an ocean view room and it did have a view, not the greatest though. The entire resort had beautiful gardens. We ate twice at their restaurant “Seasons”, both times the food/presentation and service was excellent make sure to save room from there brownie desert. Prices did not seem exceptionally high but we’re used to Boston dining prices. The pool at the resort was small, just okay and didn’t get much use and sometimes it was tuff to get a drink in the afternoon. We only stopped by the pool later in the afternoon after returning from the beach. The beach is another story. Papagayo guests use a public beach Jan Thiel, admission was free but you had to pay a daily rental for a lounge chair. The beach itself looked like it was previously a dock or marina. We only spent one afternoon at Jan Thiel. The resort was a 15-20 minute drive from the down town area.

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