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Costa Rica including the Caribbean Village

Between March 26 and April 6, 1999, my wife and I (both around 50 years old) stayed at the Allegro Caribbean Village Fiesta (7 days) and the Hotel Villas Lapas (7 days) in Costa Rica. It is our opinion that you receive good value for your money at both resorts. The Villas Lapas is situated on the edge of the rainforest and is a small quiet resort. For those people looking for a quiet vacation or are interested in nature, especially birds, the resort is ideal. There are 46 rooms (some are small cottages) and a small swimming pool. There is one TV in a common room and a phone at the front desk. Although there were some children there, the lack of activities for children would result in them getting bored very quickly. The meals are very good. The only bar opens at 10 AM and closes at 10 PM. You can get snacks (french fries etc) during the day through the bar. An afternoon tea (coffee with liquors is also available) with sweets is served around 4. The staff is very friendly and willing to assist in anyway they can. You can take various tours, at an additional cost. We went on the Canopy Tour and had a great time. We also visited the Carara Biological Reserve where we saw two Scarlet Macaws and a whole assortment or birds and plants.

The Caribbean Village Fiesta is located south of Puntarenas. The resort is the opposite of the Villas Lapas. Here you have several pools, children's activities and various watersports and classes (Spanish, dancing etc) for the adults. Nobody places any pressure on you to do anything the choice is yours. There is always a bar or restaurant open to get food and drinks. There is even a juice bar where they will combine whatever fruits you like into a cold drink. We found the variety and selection of food to be very good. They have two restaurants on site. An Italian and Seafood. Both require reservations. To reserve you must be at the main bar at 8 AM. The availability of seats goes quickly. Both restaurants would rival any 4-5 star eateries with respect to service, quality of food and presentation. The main buffet style restaurant has numerous "stations" where you can get the daily offering of beef, pork, chicken, fish, pasta as well as local cuisine. Usually the final cooking of the food is done in frontof you and often done the way you like it. The rooms are large and clean. All of the staff are friendly and willing to help. The shows at night are very good and they even have a childrens show that starts at 8pm. There is a disco and casino neither of which we went to.

The unique black sand beach can get very hot during the day so be careful. The resort encourages you, for your own safety, to stay within the boundaries of property but we walked on the beach for a considerable amount of time and had no problems at all. Like any place, it is not wise to be wear a lot of jewelry or flash your money. The swimming in the ocean is OK but most people kept to the swimming pools. There are several kayaks and other watercraft available for your use. To me the downside was that there was no snorkeling.

Again several tours are offerred at an additional cost. We went on the Tortuga Island trip and had a great time. Other people we talked to went to Volcano and enjoyed it while some found the trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, while good, was a long way to go for a day.

Both the Caribbean Village Fiesta and the Villas Lapas are Allegro Resorts properties. They are both well managed and offer good value for your money and we look forward to visiting other resorts within their chain

On a scale of 1-10 we would rate the hotels at 8.5.

Thanks to Brian for this trip report ...
March 1999

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