We loved staying at Cocomar! But the place is very secluded...I mean, REALLY secluded. I had read previous reviews & it was exactly what I expected. We very often were the only people on the beach. There are no shops or restaurants or markets within walking distance, but we rented a car, so driving to Parrita (the nearest small town) was no problem. I think this hotel is perfect for just about anyone, with the exception being, possibly younger people who are looking to party (i.e., this is not the place for the Spring Break crowd). There is simply not a lot going on at or around the hotel. We appreciated this, since we relish quiet, relaxing experiences. And having a car, we could drive to anything we wanted to do. Manuel Antonio National Park is a reasonable day trip (and fantastic, highly recommended). Jaco also offers a lot of activities & restaurants for the tourist crowd. One recommendation: if you need groceries, suntan lotion, or any other necessities, buy them at the grocery store in Parrita! Avoid the touristy areas, where the prices are double or higher. Parrita is a lovely, working class Costa Rican town, not geared towards tourists at all. The restaurant menus are in Spanish, the clerks in the stores often don't speak English, & the people walking around are locals, not tourists. But everyone in Parrita was extremely helpful, friendly, & we loved experiencing a genuine Costa Rican town that wasn't all about tourism. Cocomar is comfortable, beautiful, & relaxing.
Traveller from Denver, CO