What We Love

  • It’s an all-inclusive and adults-only resort perched on a cliff with breath-stealing views.
  • Explore on a guided cycling tour or book an excursion to one of Costa Rica's epic sights.
  • This exotic paradise has bird watching and organized nature walks. Pack your binoculars.

Things to Know

  • The resort is only 35 minutes from the airport.
  • Upgrade to Premium Level for VIP access to restaurants, exclusive lounge, free Wi-Fi & more.
  • The resort gives you a tide schedule, so you know the perfect time to hit the waves!
Occidental Papagayo is an exotic, all-inclusive oasis on Costa Rica’s golden shores with inspiring views, sporty activities, tasty cuisines and cocktails awaiting you. All-inclusive means a stress-free getaway: drinks, food and activities are included in the price of your vacay!

This resort is sure to bring out your adventurous side – hiking trails, ogling at volcanos, rafting down rivers and roaming around tropical rain forests are bound to be on your to-do lists. This paradise also has bird watching and organized nature walks. Don’t forget to stop by the spa for massages, facials, a steam room and all kinds of pampering treatments. Guests who upgrade to Premium Level are given VIP access to restaurants, an exclusive lounge, free Wi-Fi and more! The hotel features bright and spacious rooms designed with everything needed for guests’ enjoyment in an adults-only environment. There are also two international restaurants and a buffet as well as a snack bar and lobby bar to meet everyone’s palate. Whether you want to spend your days relaxing with your significant other or take a memorable adventure, Occidental Papagayo’s adults-only resort is for you!

Property Information

Year Built: 1995
Last Renovation: 2007
Accessible rooms: 2
All rooms non-smoking: 169
Floors: 1
Total rooms: 169


Resort Details


Italian, Asian and more delicious cuisines are served at various restaurants.
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An exercise gym, daily housekeeping, room service and more amenities are available.
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Guests have direct access to the beach along with water sports, gambling, tennis, golf and more.
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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
Advisory *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.
Advisory STUDENT GROUP POLICY • 100 DOUBLE rooms IN HOUSE maximum for student groups at any given time • 25 years old and under are considered “students” for any given time • Minimum age required for check-in is 18. • A refundable deposit of $200/per person (cash or credit card) is required. Group Student bookings • Must be requested through our groups department,these groups will require a chaperon as well as the refundable deposit and all above requirements.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring break-free environment.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 7292 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Awesome!!! Amazing!!!

    J J is the perfect person to book your tours with! He booked us with J C and Manuel for a day excursion to waterfalls, cocoa plantation, coffee plantation and sugar cane plantation, jungle tour with lunch at with the best Costa Rican food. Would book with them again!! Thanks for an amazing experience!!!

    May 16, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Pura Vida Baby!

    My husband and I are two of our friends, another couple, went from Apr 25 - May 2. First off, if you complain about the hills and walking then you didn't do your research. This property is beautifully situated into the hill and has views for days! If you really can't manage the walking involved and want to complain about waiting for a shuttle then book somewhere else. Its clear this property requires physical abilities. We never had an issue! Second, a lot of people say there is limited food selection or that the food wasn't good. I am not sure how picky some of you are as we never had an issue finding enough food and non of it was bad. The best night was mexican night. OMG I wish I could eat those tacos again! Third, people complain about the staff. Don't go with some highfalutin attitude and you'll be alright. Imagine dealing with a bunch of entitled people all day long? You'd get annoyed to by some. We never had an issue with rude staff. A little tip, being kind and a positive attitude goes ALONG way. Also, try and learn a small bit of Spanish. I don't know much but any time I tried to communicate with the little bit I do know the staff perked right up. I also tried asking them for new phrases to add to my vocabulary. Brenda at the bar inside by the pool was my absolute favorite, mi amiga! The beach was great for snorkeling, we brought our own masks. The grounds are full of mango trees that the monkeys frequent for a snack. We spent every day looking for monkeys and were never disappointed. There was a family of howlers that hopped tree to tree. We never waited in line for food and we never had to hunt for a chair. Overall, we had a great time. Don't go with some high expectation or go book something with a higher rating that costs a fortune :)

    May 15, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    I like this resort but it is not for everyone.

    I feel the Barcelo resorts are a good value. If you like to walk the beach, this is not the place for you. The beach disappears during high tide. If you like quiet resorts with no children and limited food choices, this is the place for you. Pay the extra for the premium if you like good booze. The master suites come with a complimentary golf cart!

    May 12, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Don’t Stay Here

    Do not go here. The lobby staff are extremely rude, the food is awful and the pools are hot. We selected and paid for a king size bed and when we got there they said they were fully booked and gave us two double beds. The light didn’t work, tv didn’t work, no hot water and a far walk or long wait to the lobby if you want a shuttle. Getting around the property is extremely difficult. There are hills and it can be very far depending upon your building to walk to the lobby. Shuttles take about 20 minutes. There were a few employees at the restaurant and bar that were amazing. Alonzo, Lilliana, Harry at the Oriental. Christopher, Olman, Alejandro and Michael at the bars and Rafael and the other Alejandro they were the shuttle drivers. Barcelo is the corporation. We will never stay at another Barcelo property. Dates stayed May 3, 2024 - May 7, 2024

    May 10, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Very nice hotel.

    Very clean hotel. Cleaned and stocked daily. Very steep hills. Hard to walk around but there is a truck that will pick you up and take you to the lobby and pools. Nice views. Staff was fantastic. Food was good but limited as it’s a small buffet. The steakhouse was good. We had a lovely time. If you have good mobility I recommend this hotel.

    May 08, 2024