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.
We were three couples that had decided to try a beach getaway from our condo in Ajijic. We took a 5 day 4 night trip to this resort.The check in was very smooth and the staff at the front desk were great. Fast and very courteous.Staff took care of our luggage and off we went. When we went to our room we weren't comfortable with being so close to the pool and we were moved. This was a better choice because the room was larger and had two beds.The two things I noticed the most was how friendly and genuinely happy the staff seemed. You couldn't walk by any of them without getting a smile or a hello.Secondly how very clean everything is. There are constantly cleaning and the place is spotless.The beach and bay area are large and one of the nicest cleanest beaches I have been on. It's easy to get in and out of the water as there is very little wave action. The drop off is gradual and the water stays shallow for a little ways.The food and variety is great. They have a mix of Mexican and American food and all the staff work exceptionally hard to make your meal enjoyably. Three pools to choose from and all were kept very clean.The entertainment was better than most places I have been and I enjoyed it very much.My only regret about this place was having to leave it! Happy Camper
We stayed at Decameron Los Cocos from January 14-28. We selected this resort after reviewing the many comments posted on TripAdvisor. We expected to find a pretty good place. Boy, were we surprised. It was absolutely awesome!From the moment we arrived at this 3-star all-inclusive, and throughout our stay, we were made welcome by the friendly, efficient, multi-lingual Alexandra and the entire Los Cocos staff. The warmth and generosity of their Mexican hospitality is unlike anything I have every experienced. The housekeeping and gardening staff – maids, sweepers, moppers, polishers, and gardeners – keep this older complex gleaming and lawns well-manicured. It is commendable that the entire complex – both indoors and outdoors – is spotlessly clean; especially considering that our building was located right on the beach, and many guests track sand in on their shoes. Not sure how you do it, but I appreciate your efforts.This all-inclusive has Mexican - as well as North American - inspired food that tastes better than all of my previous 5-star all-inclusives. My partner has multiple food allergies and must avoid common ingredients including: dairy, eggs, gluten, and corn. The staff was always willing to identify the ingredients used in specific dishes. She always easily found foods that she could eat... and it was all incredibly tasty! The service in the buffet-style restaurant was above and beyond anything we could ever have anticipated. Wait staff were friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. When we travel, we like to explore local cultures... and to be appreciative guests. Some North American guests do not realize how important tipping is in Mexico. Mexico's minimum wage is $4.50 Cdn per day, and even small tips of 20 pesos (or $1.36 Cdn) makes a huge difference in their lives. Each day, we tipped at least 20 pesos each to our maid; our wait staff for breakfast, lunch, and supper; and, at least one general cleaner/gardener. For only $6.80 Cdn per day, we showed our appreciation to the hard-working, accommodating, and welcoming resort staff. There is so much to explore in this region of Mexico. We loved the local communities of Rincon de Guayabitos, La Penita, Los Ayalas, and Lo de Marcos. While many fellow travellers enjoyed Decameron's outstanding bus tours; I am an artist who requires frequent stops at atypical locations... and local taxi-cab owner, Julio Rodriguez, solved our problem. The highlight of our trip was a daylong private taxi excursion with Julio to a nearby hot springs in the back-woods, and a sea-side lunch at Chacala.. For day trips, we would recommend Decameron's economical bus tours, and private tours provided by local taxi owners such as Julio.
The staff is still the best there is, friendly, and accommodating. The cleanliness of this place is second to none. Cleaning, painting and improving is always being done. My problem with this year was #1 the coffee. Yuck!!! They changed to those vending machines you see in bus depots or hospital waiting rooms. So the coffee is instant machine coffee. The solution was to join all the other Decameron customers at the OXXO that is right beside it for a good cup of coffee. #2 the reservations for the only a la carte used to be fair. You want a reservation you line up in the morning and book it. This time we lined up and on several days 2 of the seating were full before those in line even had a chance. When I looked in at one of those "booked" times only 4 tables were being used.
Los Cocos is good but my stay was ended with a 3 or more hour visit to the Police Station. NEVER GOING BACK BECAUSE OF IT. We were headed to the Royal DeCameron in Bucerias(44kms south) and I had spoken to Jose about this a few days prior. On the day we were checking out I told Jose we wouldn"t need a Taxi as my friend's were headed into Puerto Vallarta that morning. Well that set up the event where the Transito Police waited until we were picked up by our friends and then the Police stopped us a few blocks away. They took my friends Identification and we were told to follow them to the Police Station. My friend was told he had violated the rule that no one can pick up a hotel guest except for Taxis and he had to pay $8000 pesos.(I think it was a made up rule on the spot, total B.S.) The taxi driver was already at the Station and insisted we put our luggage in his taxi. I refused not wanting to leave my friends. Luckily my friends knew a Mexican lawyer and after 3.5 hours it was agreed we put our luggage in the taxi and pay $450 pesos and after we left my friends were allowed to leave...no fines imposed. This absolutely ruined my vacation and was upset for several days afterwards. SOOO if you think about it the Taxi ultimately got his $450 fare...but... I will NEVER go back there, even though I had 3 nice stays at the DeCameron Los Cocos. Each time I spent $3000 to $4000 pesos on taxis plus the amount of the Hotel for 2 weeks. I hope the DeCameron can let the Taxi Drivers(Mafia) know that they will kill their business if they continue this BS. Please share this info with others so they dont find themselves in trouble like us!!!!!- If you get a ride from a friend do it down the street from the Hotel.-Dont trust the Bell Boy named Jose.-Dont let the Taxis know about your plans.I feel so sad my Friends who wanted to help us by giving us a ride had to go through this ordeal.
Let me start by saying that I really like Decameron Los Cocos! It is my second visit and I will go back, hopefully for longer than two weeks next time.This is an older hotel in four buildings (plus one under reconstruction) in a small town. Six years ago, I would have described it as a fishing village with some hotels, but there are fewer fishermen and more tourists now. The town is three blocks wide and about a mile and a quarter long stretched along the beach. The guests are either older Canadians or Mexican extended families. Many are repeat visitors; one couple we met are there for nine weeks and this is their sixteenth year. Transfer from the airport was close to an hour and half. It will be twenty or thirty minutes quicker when the road construction is finished.The rooms are basic, but clean. The beds are hard but comfortable. Water was warm but not hot. Building 1 and 2 (plus 5 when rebuilt) 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 an check out were quick and easy. There is wifi in the main lobby and in the lobby of Cocos 1 but it is incredibly slow and really unusable for much of anything. There are coffee shops and restaurants in the area which have better wifi for the price of a coffee if you really must look at Facebook. I could get e-mail in our room (1108) if I left my tablet on when I went to the beach, so it does work, but extremely slowly.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 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 strong and not to everyone’s taste. Oddly, it is not available in mid-afternoon, but Oxo across the street sells coffee.The second restaurant is not open yet as building 5 is being rebuilt, but the snack bar next door has reopened. It has a limited selection from late morning until around 5:00 including burgers and fries. The construction work was not at all disturbing while we were there. No heavy machinery visible.We did not reserve for the à la carte restaurant, although we had lunch there a time or two. It is a bit of a climb (about 30 stairs) up from the lobby. The lunch buffet is more limited than at the main buffet, but I thought the food a bit better. Soups were always good.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 is Modelo (Clara and Negra) and the dark rum is Bacardi. There is a selection of tequilas and 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. 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.There are three small pools (with a fourth at the building under construction). 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.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.
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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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