10 Reason To Choose Los Almendros


1. Los Almendros is Playa Ocotal’s Best Ocean Front Value!!!

Los Almendros rental rates are lower and “Customer Satisfaction Ratings” higher than our beachfront competitors.

Rate Comparison:
Los Almendros has two Playa Ocotal ocean front competitors, Ocotal Beach Resort and Bahia Pez Vela. A comparison of their 2015 rental rates is provided below:

Hotel Room Hotel Suite 2BR Condo 3BR Condo
Ocotal Beach Resort $1937 $2294  n/a n/a
Bahia Pez Vela n/a $2277
Los Almendros de Ocotal $1193 $1566

Price Comparison Rate Notes:

  1. The above rates are based on High Season rates for”Superior” rated accommodations and a travel party of four (4), all over 12 years of age.
  2. Bahia Pez Vela and Los Almendros de Ocotal provide their guests a fully equipped kitchen.
  3. Bahia Pez Vela rental units are 3 or 4 bedrooms.
  4. Rates include 13% government taxes.
  5. Rates taken from each resort’s official websites in January, 2015.

Customer Service Ratings
TripAdvisor calculates a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) based on trip reports filed by vacationers. The 2014 CSI of Playa Ocotal’s three resorts are shown below:

Los Almendros de Ocotal 96.8%
Bahia Pez Vela 95.9%
Ocotal Beach Resort 68.7%
Average of all Coco/Ocotal Hotels & Condos: 88.4%

Los Almendros has an outstanding customer staisfaction rating and Playa Ocotal’s lowest rental rates.  Costa Rica travel guides and travel agents consider Los Almendros de Ocotal Guanacaste’s best beachfront value!

2. Convenient Beach Front Location:

convenient beachNo long Walks to the beach:
Long walks to the beach carrying coolers, beach towels and snorkeling gear diminishes, what would otherwise be, a delightful vacation experience.  All Los Almendros condos are only a 2-3 minute walk to the beach.

Many tours depart from Playa Ocotal:  Fishing,  diving, snorkeling and other ocean tours depart daily from Playa Ocotal, 200 yards from the entrance to Los Almendros de Ocotal resort. If friends or family members prefer not to participate in an ocean activity,  the rental vehicle is available for shopping or to enjoy one of Guanacaste’s many land based activities.

Lack of public facilities:
Playa Ocotal is a very small and intimate beach.  Playa Ocotal does not have any public restrooms, drinking fountains,….  Having a beachfront condo only 2-3 minutes from the beach is convenient for families with children.

Restaurant Next Door:
The popular Father Rooster’s restaurant is next door to Los Almendros de Ocotal. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.  Father Rooster’s serves good food and excellent drinks in a casual atmosphere. The bilingual wait staff is friendly and very attentive.  Father Rooster’s is a great place to enjoy your favorite tropical drink while watching a beautiful Costa Rican sunset.

Fall asleep to the sound of the surf:
Whether it’s a mid-day nap or going down for the night, you’ll enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean surf and Guanacaste wildlife.

3. Modern Condos/Villas

modern villasPremium Interior Decorating

All Los Almendros de Ocotal condominiums and villas are individually owned and decorated. Each unit is nicely furnished with decorating schemes that vary depending on the tastes and preferences of the owner.

Fully Equipped

All units are air conditioned and have fully equipped kitchens, cable television and telephones.

Standard & Superior Condos

All of Los Almendros’ two and three bedroom condos are well equipped.  We offer a few “superior” condos at a 10% premium.  The “superior” condos offer:

  • Premium furnishings
  • Flat screen TV
  • Private Wi-Fi
  • A/C in living room & bedrooms
  • Security safe
  • Deadbolt locks on all doors

Free Internet

Free internet service is available to all guests.  The covered gazebo above the main pool is a Wi-Fi hotspot and is a comfortable work area for guests with portable computers and iPads.

Ocean View

Every condo has a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean from the rear patio.  The patios are a favorite place to relax.  Los Almendros guests enjoy using their patios to observe beautiful Guanacaste wildlife and to listen to Playa Ocotal’s gentle surf.

4. Blue Flag Beach

blueflag beachBlue Flag

Playa Ocotal proudly flies the Blue Flag awarded by the Costa Rican government to the country’s cleanest and most eco-friendly beaches.  The Blue Flag program is highly competitive. The Blue Flag is only awarded to beaches that meet the Tourism Council’s very stringent water and beach cleanliness standards.

Community Involvement

The Ocotal community turns out in large numbers every year to participate in beach clean-ups. Local businesses contribute trash containers that beachgoers are encouraged to use. Employees of Los Almendros de Ocotal and The Ocotal Beach Resort routinely patrol Playa Ocotal and are committed to keeping the beach clean.

5. Top Rated By TripAdvisor

Top Rated Ocean Front Development

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel information website.  TripAdvisor calculates a Customer Satisfaction Index for vacation properties based on customer trip reports.  As of January, 2015, Los Almendros de Ocotal’s four year Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) was 95.8.   Our CSI for 2014 was 96.8.  In Northern Guanacaste, no beachfront “Specialty Lodging” earned a higher quality rating (PlayaOcotal, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama).

Los Almendros management and staff are dedicated to maintaining our resort’s exceptional customer satisfaction rating.   We take pride in being Playa Ocotal’s #1 rated beachfront resort.

6. Party in Playas del Coco, Relax in Playa Ocotal

Convenient Access to Playas de Coco

Playa Ocotal and Los Almendros de Ocotal offer vacationers the best of both worlds. Los Almendros is less than 10 minutes away from the bustling town of Playas del Coco. Coco has everything that most groups require to have a wonderful vacation experience…excellent restaurants, modern supermarkets, banks w/ATMs, pharmacies, souvenir shops, clothing stores, …   At night, the sounds of Latin America’s favorite musical groups reverberate through the streets from Coco’s popular bars and restaurants.

Quiet, Peaceful Evenings

Playas del Coco is a fun place to visit and party…but at night’s end, you’ll appreciate the relaxing night’s sleep that guests enjoy at Los Almendros de Ocotal.   Before laying down for the evening, many Los Almendros guests enjoy sitting on their rear patio and listening to the ocean and to the sounds of Guanacaste wildlife. Our guests appreciate waking to the sounds of Guanacaste’s beautiful wildlife, rather than the rumbling of Playas del Coco’s delivery trucks.

Swimming Pools

Los Almendros has three swimming pools. Guests enjoy relaxing in or around the pools. The pool areas are great places to meet travelers from around the world.

Take a nap, read a book or float in the pool…you won’t find a better place to relax than Los Almendros



7. Safe Beach For Swimming

Guanacaste is known for its excellent family beaches.   Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama and Playa Ocotal are three of the best.    Playa Ocotal is a Blue Flag beach that has a gentle surf and no dangerous riptides.   The surf is usually calm enough for children to swim with adult supervision.   Playa Ocotal is an excellent choice for individuals and couples who, enjoy the ocean, but are not strong swimmers.  Playa Ocotal beach is a 2-3 minute walk from Los Almendros de Ocotal vacation condos.


8. Great Snorkeling

Snorkeling From Shore:

Good snorkeling from shore is difficult to find in Costa Rica. Northern Guanacaste has several magnificent beaches that are protected from the pounding ocean surf by the Papagayo Peninsula. All of these beaches provide excellent swimming.  However, Costa Rica travel guides recommend Playa Ocotal for snorkeling.

Playa Ocotal has near-shore rock formations that attract a variety of aquatic life and are easily accessed by snorkelers. The best snorkeling is around the rock formations directly below Los Almendros de Ocotal. Snorkeling equipment can be rented from Rocket Frog Diver’s office in Los Almendros.

Advanced Snorkelers:

Experienced snorkelers enjoy exploring the waters North of Playa Ocotal.  This very unique area is one of the best snorkeling sites in Costa Rica that is accessible from shore.

An experienced snorkeler posted a review on TripAdvisor.com that assesses snorkeling at Playa Ocotal. The review is re-printed below:

Trip type: Couples

Growing up in Hawaii led to a decades-long quest for the best beach in the world, and Playa Ocotal is now at the top of the list. This is a squeaky-clean, black and white sand beach with an abundance of tidal pools and offshore marine life, complemented by a sea cave and a blow-hole, all within its span of 500 meters. Snorkel in crystal-clear water around the rocks at either end of the beach and you will be rewarded and surprised every single day. This was a secluded, quiet get-away for us that will never be forgotten.

The accommodations at Los Almendros are superb. It is an impeccably clean, safe, guarded community consisting of 43 widely-spaced, completely furnished units. The competent office staff is multi-lingual, more than willing to help with any question or request, and you will find that they really become your trusted friends after a few emails, even before you arrive. They are not faking it–that is how they truly feel. The pictures you see online do not do justice to this place. Commercial marketers and hawkers have not yet feasted on Los Almendros. I hope they never do.

If you´re looking for an active night life, there is one restaurant near the beach, but many others are close–a ten minute, $5 taxi ride to Coco. After three weeks, we are sad to leave.

Bill Gale
Meridian, Idaho USA

9. Central Location

Central Northern Guanacast Location:

Los Almendros de Ocotal has a great location. No residential development in Guanacaste is more convenient for groups planning to scuba dive, sport fish or snorkel. Ocean charters depart 200 yards from Los Almendros’ front office. The beach front condos of Los Almendros are:

  • Less than 10 minutes from Playa del Coco.
  • 40 minutes from the Liberia airport.
  • One hour from Liberia, Costa Rica’s third largest city.
  • 1 1/2 hours south of two beautiful Guanacaste national parks that can be hiked as “day trips” from Los Almendros.
  • Close to zip-lines, horseback riding, golfing, waterfalls, hot springs, mud baths, tubing & canyoning
  • 2 hours north of leatherback turtle nesting sites
  • Serviced by Interbus. Interbus operates air conditioned vans and offers door-to-door service from Los Almendros to Arenal, Manual Antonio, San Jose and other popular vacation destinations.

10. Knowledgeable Vacation Planners On Site

Los Almendros de Ocotal’s General Manager (Nino) has been helping tourists plan Guanacaste vacation activities for over 20 years. Nino knows the best tour operators in Guanacaste. He is often able to get guests at Los Almendros better rates for fishing, snorkeling and zip-line canopy tours than are available on-line. Nino and his assistant Stefani speak excellent English. Take advantage of their experience to ensure that you are assigned an experienced, bilingual guide with a reputation for providing excellent customer service.