We enjoyed our stay at the Copamarina March 5-12, 2012. We agree with the complimentary things said here on TA about the resort which is undergoing a million dollar plus update as I learned on Twitter @copamarina. I want to skip right to information I had a difficult time finding out about the resort so your stay can be as relaxing as ours.
Getting to Copamarina: We rented a car (highly recommemded) at the San Juan Airport. Be sure you have a GPS as you will be driving on a 7 lane freeway which is like driving around LAX at rush hour. Have one person monitor the GPS carefully because it is easy to get off on the wrong exit in San Juan. Next you will drive over the mountains on a well maintained highway through terrain like I64 and I77 through West VA, complete with those semi runoff ramps. After you cross the mountains, it becomes drier and resembles the area south of San Jose, CA. Rt. 52 was a good road. Soon you will think you are driving through dry New Mexico followed by oil refineries in Ponce. There was a lot of road construction on 52 and 2 near Ponce, but traffic kept moving. You get a mini tour of the USA going to Copamarina.
The road into Copamarina: We had no trouble finding #333 into the Copamarina. We made sure we arrived in the daylight after reading reviews here. It is twisty, but stay on your side when going around curves and cars can easily pass. White lines are painted on each side of the road. We thought this road was like driving on a country township road in Eastern Ohio. No potholes like Ohio, though! It has a very good surface. As you pass the big park, you will know you are almost there.
Checkin: Very welcoming and well trained front desk staff will greet you and answer any questions. (They have a nice booklet about the Dry Forest Reserve next door.) Don't miss the cold water with limes on a table in the open air lobby. It is very refreshing. Check if your room safe will require an actual key so you don't have to go right back to the lobby.
Laundry: There is one washer and drier which take quarters located near the spa.
Las Palmas Restaurant: This is one of the areas that has recently been completely upgraded. It is beautiful and the views while you drink at the bar or dine are fantastic! There was a large scuba training event going on when we first arrived so dress was very casual--Tshirts and shorts. There was a lovely beachfront wedding Saturday night so some guests were dressed in just a bit more resort style then. All of the fresh seafood dishes were very good. Alexandra's was closed until the weekend , but dishes from it were suggested by the gracious servers each evening. The house green salad was huge and there is enough to share. I also made a meal from the spinach and club salads. The $12 breakfast fruit plate also was a great choice to share. The scrambled eggs portion size can feed a small family. I am still adding fresh, high quality cinnamon to top my homemade oatmeal here at home. Be sure to request it. Thank you, Copa chef! Best of all is the cafe au lait made with Puerto Rico's finest Yaucono coffee. (Yaucono or Alta Grande are also provided in the rooms for the coffeemaker.) You will enjoy the sun sparkling on the water at breakfast and the sound of waves during your candlelit dinners. You can see Jupiter and Venus shining brightly overhead in the wonderful dark skies. And as another reviewer noted, don't miss the coconut Mojitos!
Groceries: The Economart in Guanica is quite the experience! You will see a huge Burger King sign as you drive on 116. Turn down the street right by the Burger King and it will take you down to Ave. 26 de Julio where you will find cars stalking the parking lot for a space. Go around the corner and park down the street by the arena. This is not just a little carryout; it is the grocery store heart of Guanica. We bought drinks, fresh fruits, and food for lunches. People at home warned us about prices in Puerto Rico, but food here in the countryside was priced similar to prices in Ohio. (Gasoline just down the street was 96 cents/liter.) The Yaucono coffee is behind sliding glass doors at the front by the checkout lanes. This coffee sells for $12 dollars for 8 oz. in gift stores in Old San Juan; it is $5 for 8 oz. or $3 for 4 oz. here at the Economart. Other guests said it was locked in cases by the checkouts in nearby Yauco. By the way, the Yauco shopping plaza is right by Rt. 2 so you can very easily find it, too!
Swimming: I was able to swim laps in the main pool. The other pool is 3ft. 6 ins. deep so you can swim the breaststroke down the center. There are great clean hottubs that are not overly hot for meeting other guests and exchanging travel tips. If you want a perfect beach for lengthy strolls, choose Eagle Beach, Aruba or Cancun. If you want peace and a laid back visit, this is the place. We snokeled off the beach and pier. The much discussed sea grass is not slimy like "seaweed" found in Ohio and Michigan. There are plenty of starfish. Children had a great time in tide pools.
Rooms: Bldg. 2 has been updated with new bedding and it looked like new tile floors. Good Wifi is included in the resort fee. We had a new large flatscreen TV with HBO and many channels. It is true that you can hear the neighbors through connecting doors. One night we think someone must have called the front desk at 10 PM, because the newly arrived neighbors tuned their happiness down as if someone had thrown a switch which made us laugh!
We do hope to return with family to the well run Copa some day. We have made a lot of people jealous with our lovely photos. I will be happy to attempt to answer any questions you may have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On Puerto Rico's undiscovered Southwestern coast is one of the Island's best-kept secrets. This beautifully landscaped, 20-acre tropical resort is situated on an isolated 3/4 mile crescent of Caribbean beachfront. The resort offers the finest in relaxation, dining, diving, sailing and eco-tourist wonders to create the perfect vacation experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copamarina Beach Hotel Guanica
- Copamarina Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Copamarina Beach Resort Puerto Rico
- Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa Puerto Rico/Guanica