Decameron Los Cocos
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From our experience, it seems vacationers either love or hate this resort. It's located pretty far north of Puerto Vallarta in a small fishing village which is either a positive or negative depending on your tastes. It's a 3 star with good value and often comes up at a very attractive price. If you are looking to relax in an authentic Mexican setting, this is a great place for that. Lots of charm along with friendly service in a lovely Mexican atmosphere. However, if you're not comfortable in a 3 star resort or want to be closer to Puerto Vallarta, then the Decameron Los Cocos probably isn't the hotel for you. Take a look at their sister resort, the Royal Decameron Complex in Riviera Nayarit, its our most popular, value resort in the Puerto Vallarta area.
Overlooking beautiful Rincon de Guayabitos Bay, the very affordable Decameron Los Cocos is a colonial Mexican style property that spreads out over many acres of a typical Mexican fishing village. Located right on the beach front in the midst of this fisherman's village, Decameron Los Cocos is the ideal location to enjoy the most spectacular vacation or romantic honeymoon. A great all inclusive resort to sit back and relax and enjoy a real Mexican way of life.
Location: On a small beach in Rincon de Guayabitos Bay, 90 minutes to downtown Puerto Vallarta, 20 minutes from the Beach Club and 60 minutes drive from the airport.
This is an update of a review I wrote a year ago. We are just back from three weeks at Los Cocos, for my third visit and my wife’s second and we will go back, hopefully for longer next time.This is an older hotel in five buildings. Road construction has been completed, but it was still over an hour from the airport. The guests are either older Canadians or Mexican extended families. Many are repeat visitors.The rooms are basic, but clean. The beds are hard but comfortable. Water was hot. Building 1, 2 and 5 (newly constructed) are on the beach, 3 is across the road (but has larger rooms) and 4 is up the hill and has the superior rooms. Check in and check out were quick and easy. The wifi is considerably better than last year. It is free, and available in the lobbies of buildings 1 and 4 at least, and works around the pool in building 1 as far as La Iguana bar.The main buffet restaurant is excellent. There is good variety and food is generally tasty. Fish and pork are always available and usually chicken. Beef is sometimes on the menu, but is sometimes tougher than we are used to in Canada. There is always some Mexican food, which we found usually to be the best choice. The food is warm but rarely hot. The coffee is much better than last year and is available from early morning until mid evening.The second restaurant has reopened for breakfast and dinner most days of the week, and the snack bar has a limited selection from late morning until around 5:00 including burgers and fries. The menu at the second restaurant is more limited than at the main buffet, consisting of mainly Mexican food. Very nice empanadas some evenings and always freshly done taco fixings.I ate dinner at the à la carte restaurant once and it was a very nice meal, although perhaps not worth getting up early enough to reserve as the food in the buffets is always good. It is a bit of a climb (about 30 stairs) up from the lobby. The lunch buffet there is more limited than at the main buffet, but I thought the food a bit better. Soups were always good.The latest the restaurants are open is 10:30 at night, but from 7:30 in the morning until then, food is always available.There are three bars, open from 10:00 a.m. on. The main one is La Iguana which is across from the buffet along the beach. Los Pelicanos is also on the beach but quieter. There is another at Cocos 4 which we stopped at on the way to lunch at the upper restaurant and I never saw anyone sitting there. The disco serves drinks after the other bars close until 3:00 a.m. The beer on tap is Modelo (Clara and Negra) but they also have Corona in bottles and the rum is Bacardi. My wife tried five types of tequila and there may be others she didn’t. There is a selection of other liquors.The beach has a constant flow of walkers and vendors. It is about 30 minutes to walk to the far end where a stream bed divides Rincon de Guayabitos from La Penita. The beach is fronted by restaurants, trailer parks and hotels. Few of the hotels are higher than four stories and most seem to host Canadian seniors in large numbers. Lots of beach vendors sell everything from food (shrimp, fish, ceviche, nuts, candies) to inflatable beach toys, clothing and handicrafts. Pretty much anything can be bought on the beach, although probably at a higher cost than at one of the many shops in town. Pesos are preferred, but Canadian or U.S. dollars can be used. Canadian dollars can be exchanged at the hotel but at a poor rate. There are at least four ATMs within a ten minute walk, but the service charge is 109 pesos according to someone we spoke to, so best to bring pesos from home, or at least make your withdrawals in larger amounts. There is a market in town on Mondays in the main plaza which is worth a visit. Lots of things for sale, from coffee (ground and beans) to leatherwork, tee shirts, table cloths and much more. There is a larger market in the next town on Thursdays (La Peñita). Beach loungers at the hotel are adequate in number but a bit uncomfortable. Some people bring or buy plastic air mattresses to put on them. I paid 120 pesos for mine on the beach and it made sitting much more comfortable. New this year is an adequate number of plastic chairs on the beach. The loungers around the new pool at Cocos 5 are a different style and more comfortable.This year we did go to the beach club once. It is a ten minute bus ride away in the next town. The bus (free) leaves at 10:00 and returns at 4:00, but if you want to go late or leave early you can hire a taxi. There is a sign up sheet for the beach club and if not enough people sign up, it is closed. We didn’t sign up, but just showed up for the bus and had no problems. The buffet lunch at the beach club was small, but the food was excellent, probably the best we had at Los Cocos. The bar selection was more limited, with no draft beer, only Corona, which wasn’t really cold.The beach at the beach club is smaller and the ocean gets deeper closer to shore, so better if you are a competent swimmer that at the hotel where some wading is required to get to a depth suitable from swimming.There are four small pools. All are unheated and shallow (1.5 metres/4.79 feet at the deep end). The ocean is warmer but sometimes rough. The pools are in the centre of the buildings are not sunny all day. A swim in the pools is brisk.The staff was routinely friendly, seemed happy to be doing what they were doing and are hard-working. Someone was always cleaning or painting. Evidently, everyone takes pride in the place.If you are looking for a five-star hotel with lots of amenities, or a hotel with exciting night-life for young people, this is not it. Best for older couples or those just looking for a quiet time away. For us, it was a great place for a holiday.
I have been keeping an eye on Rincon de Guayabitos (RDG) for a few years, from the Puerto/ Nuevo Vallarta area. I actually thought perhaps I was about to discover a new gem! Wrong!, This area and wonderful resort were discovered long ago, by Mexicans and Western Canadians. Could not believe how many folks came from Saskatoon!We stayed at the Decameron for two weeks on an Air Transat all-inclusive. Air Transat has clearly upped its game. The flight was on a bigger, spacious plane with a very competent, friendly staff, lots of fine entertainment and good food to purchase! We had no trouble catching their shuttle to RDG.registering was a breeze, with a fine Margarita or beer included.Vincent the AT rep. Is a very capable, outgoing, generous guy.He also respects the Mexican community and provides good advice concerning taxis, tipping and general interaction. His sidekick Salvador leads tours with enthusiasm, humour, knowledge and care.We enjoyed two regional trips in his company.The resort itself is older, except for the Cocos 4, but it it brilliantly maintained and clean. At any hour of the day, someone is cleaning or painting the brilliant, happy colours of the buildings. Staff are attentive, friendly and always looking out for their costs. Just wandering around the resort is simple entertainment itself.Of course, the Beach Club which is a five minute free shuttle away is gorgeous. Great beach, safe water, excellent little beach hikes and great staff providing food and drinks to keep you comfortable.We enjoyed the food at the buffet ( a little too much, to be honest) and the food and staff at La Bamba steakhouse. Guillermo and his crew offer a fun, friendly, competent experience! Our buffet team was wonderful-it was a pleasure to encounter them every day. Thanks to Carlos, Gabriel, Pablo and so many others.Guest ratios varied but the majority were Mexican families who had wonderful, gorgeous kids, lovingly watched over by attentive parents. Just walking the beach, seeing their simple, good values, fun was a boost to our spirits. Sun, sand, waves and swooping pelicans and frigate birds complete an idyllic picture.The little town of RDG, and next door La Penita are easily walked or reached by very inexpensive taxis. Locals are friendly and very helpful with directions. Of course, a smile and a little Spanish go a long way.Simply put, a quiet, beautiful vacation in a great little hotel and a safe, friendly community. It has clearly been discovered for a long time, but not by you! Enjoy!
There were some improvements since last year which made this year very enjoyable. The coffee is back to being good again. The new building 5 is beautiful and so is the pool and lounging area there. The reservation system for the La Bamba restaurant has been improved, its appreciated. The big ship washed up in front of the beach club has been removed. The Decameron Los Cocos, is a wonderful resort if you want to be a part of Mexican culture and the town of Guayabitos. It is a place to relax, and experience Mexico, not a party place. We enjoy the hotel, the town and if you are looking for experiences or tours I recommend Agustine from Guayabitos Best Tours, We've done tours and gone places no one else offers.A couple of the employees to say thank you to for their wonderful work ethic are Hector, from the bar, and Alphonso. Not sure of Alphonso's title but you see him everywhere from early in the morning to later in the evening.
We came to this resort 9 and 10 years ago. Our memories from last trip were so great so we were hoping things hadn’t changed! And we were happy to say they hadn’t- anything that had, was for the better. -most of the people staying at this resort are Mexican families or couples over the age of 50+. This isn’t a party resort at all and being a younger couple we were fine with that! There is bars, discos to go to if you are looking for something to do in the evenings though! - food is great! Lots of variety, freshness. We ate breakfast at la Bamba most mornings, small selection but the lady who runs the grill and Reyes were so enjoyable I’m the mornings! Don’t miss Mexican night Wednesday night- the desserts 😍. The plated meals at la bamba were very good too. And if you want to try restaurants- we tried Salvador’s and Wanda’s burgers they were both good but there is sooooo many options! - the staff is super friendly and helpful. Always going out of their way and took the time to help us learn some Spanish. The activities staff are super nice! I enjoyed the morning stretches at 9:30 in the garden. - was a big fan on beach club. It’s been cleaned up. Quieter and the water is cleaner. You sign up in the morning and a bus takes you- if you don’t want to stay all day it’s a cheap taxi ride back. - the little town of guaybitos is what does it for me. Love that you can walk around any time of day or night and feel safe and have something to see! Can’t wait to come back and planning on taking our young kids next time.!
We are excited to say that we have enjoyed 15 visits to Decameron Los Cocos! It is like our winter vacation home. We love the staff and have always been accommodated in fine rooms. The Beach Club is our preferred daily place! Thank you, Ramon, for this great vacation spot! The staff go to great lengths to decorate for the fiestas and provide a great Mexican experience. The activities staff are always helpful and do a great job with the evening entertainment.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Unlimited domestic beer and drinks (10am-3am)
- Beach Club (bar/snack bar)
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
- Selected non-motorized water sports
- 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at the pool per stay
- Daytime tennis
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
- Free transportation to the Beach Club
- 240 rooms
- Restaurants including 2 a la carte - specialty may vary (dress code & reservations required)
- Snack bars
- 3 bars
- 4 pools including one for adults only and 3 with children's area
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
- Tennis court
- Gift shop
- Beach Club (bar/snack bar)
- Massage service (fee)
- Internet (fee)
- Car rental
Economy Rooms include:
- 1 king or 2 doubles beds
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Bathroom with shower only
- Max occupancy 4 persons no more than 3 adults
Standard Guest Rooms - Same features as Economy Rooms but slightly larger and in a different section.
Superior Guest Rooms - Same features as Economy Rooms but larger and in a different section.
For the Kids - Wading pool, Babysitting (fee), Kids Club for ages 6-12 (available depending on the number of children staying at the hotel).
Honeymoon Bonus - Receive a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit platter. Valid within 30 days of wedding. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required.
Special Feature - Guests receive a complimentary shuttle to "Lo de Marcos" Beach Club located 15 minutes away including a snack bar and domestic drinks.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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Decameron Los CocosRiviera Nayarit,Mexico
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Retorno Las Palmas S/N, Rincon de Guayabitos 63727 Mexico
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