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Gearing Up for the Los Sueños Triple Crown 2018

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Get Registered! Los Sueños Resort and Marina has announced the dates for the 2018 annual Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown billfish tournament.

SportfishingCosta Rica is known globally as the billfish capital of the world, where most of the sports fishing tournaments are held during peak season, January – April. With just 89 days till kickoff, its time to secure your spot in the 2018 Los Sueños Triple Crown billfish tournament. The calm waters and short distances to the fishing grounds put Los Sueños Resort &  Marina at the top of the big-game fishing destinations. Three three-day legs are set to kickoff Jan. 17 2018, Feb. 28 2018, and March 21, 2018 respectively. A recent rule change now permits five fishermen per boat, including one professional angler, with a sixth team member in reserve. A sixth angler may be registered at a cost of $500, however, only 5 are permitted on the boat per day. For more tournament rules, check out the official Los Sueños Tournaments website. From Los Sueños Marina, you can match your wits and skill against blue, black and striped marlin, as well as big Pacific sailfish. Costa Rica is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to make a grand slam—catch and release three different species of billfish in a single day. Back at the marina, Los Sueños Resort has plenty to offer in offshore amenities: accommodation in one of the resort’s fully equipped luxury vacation rentals, golfing on its championship 18-hole course, La Iguana, or a full-service training center and spa. While you’re busy reeling in a record-setting catch, the non-anglers in your party can tour the canopy on ziplines or in trams, try their hand at whitewater rafting or explore the jungle on foot, horseback, or an ATV. If they prefer a slower pace, they can lounge poolside or wander down to nearby Playa Herradura, Playa Jaco, or Playa Hermosa for a day on the beach. If fine dining and nightlife are your idea of the perfect end to a great day, the resort has a variety of options. On the other hand, you can try one of several recommended restaurants and bars in nearby Jacó, Herradura or Hermosa. Whatever you choose to do after a day of sport fishing, Los Sueños Resort is the perfect choice for it. The Tournament at a Glance Leg 1: Jan. 17 – 20, 2018 Leg 2: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2018 Leg 3: March 21 – 24, 2018 Organizer: Ashley Bretecher Phone: (866) 865-9759 Email: info@lstournaments.com Website: http://lstournaments.com/   To download the tournament guide: http://lstournaments.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-Tournament-Guide.pdf Prizes: The total cash prize purse will vary depending upon the number of entries in each tournament. Cash prizes go to the top three boats (based on overall billfish release points) as follows: 50% first place, 30% second place, 20% third place.

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HRG Buying Property and Moving to Costa Rica

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What you need to know about moving to Costa Rica and taking, or replacing, your belongings.

When buying property in Costa Rica and moving down, it can be tough to decide; buy new things, or ship down the old. When moving to Costa Rica,  and bringing all your belongings, shipping costs and import duties can be extremely high. Because of that, we recommend shipping what you absolutely cannot live without (your grandmother’s china, that magnificent painting you picked up in Vienna, or the 1967 Fastback Mustang that was handed down to you by your dad), and replacing all the rest. Having said that, we’ve put together a short guide on how to choose a good moving company, what to ship and what to leave behind, and where to shop for replacement items once you settle in Costa Rica.

Shipping your stuff to Costa Rica

Shipping the stuff you can’t let go of is easier and less expensive than you might think. First, start with a good shipping agent; they can help you decide the size of container you’ll need for the belongings you want to ship, and also walk you through all the paperwork to get smoothly through customs once you arrive in Costa Rica. There are two standard size of shipping containers: 20 feet and 40 feet. You’ll be surprised to find that they cost about the same, though the bigger is just a little more. If you don’t have much, you could just ship only a pallet, which would then be included in another, multi-user container and could save you a bundle.

Bringing your belongings on your flight to Costa Rica

When bringing items such as clothing, your laptop, and small odds and ends that you feel you must keep with you, do a little research and find the airline with the most generous baggage allowance policies. For flying to Latin America, I’ve found Avianca to be the best when it comes to this. Extra bags will come at a fee, of course, but you can usually take as many as you can afford, usually up to 10. Finally, don’t use a regular hard sided suitcase. You can get giant, softsided (thus lighter) duffle bags on Amazon or at any sporting goods store; each bag must be under 62 inches.  Remember, you’ll be allowed only 50 to 70 lbs per bag, depending on airline and ticket class.

Buying new stuff in Costa Rica

Though there is a smaller selection and import taxes make items a bit more costly in Costa Rica, but at the end of the day, you’ll save a bundle buy just buying all new stuff once you arrive. When I came down over 20 years ago, it was nearly impossible to find things, but now there are many more options to choose from with Walmart, Pricemart (our version of Costco), Ashely Furniture, Crate & Barrel, La Artistica, and more. Appliances (referred to as “electro domesticos” or “linea blanca”), furniture (muebles), and household goods like sheets, towels, dishes, kitchen ware, and more can be found at a number of stores in the San Jose area.

  • Gollo– appliances, furniture, and electronics
  • Pricesmart – membership shopping (like Costco) for appliances, furniture, gardening tools,  electronics and more
  • Walmart-  like a Walmart Superstore, many of the typical things you’d find at any Walmart in the States, though selection will be more limited.
  • Casa Blanca- appliances and some furnishings and electronics
  • Simán, located in Multiplaza, is a huge department store similar to Macy’s  for home furnishings, knick knacks, bedding, art, kitchen ware,  and appliances
  • Cemaco- furnishings, lamps, kitchen ware, small appliances, bedding and bath.
  • Ashley Furniture– furniture and interior design
  • Crate & Barrel- the usual Crate and Barrel fare
  • La Artisitica -furniture, mattresses and box springs, interior design
  • Jiron – just beds and bedding
  • Akiro for home and office furnishings
  • Zara Home, located in the mall, is good for home decor
  • EPA is our version of Home Depot; you’ll find gardening supplies, tools, some household furnishings, lamps, and more.
  • Pequeño Mundo for inexpensive furniture, dishes, decor, kitchen items,  odds and ends

For used items visit Encuentro 24, Mercado Libre,  or Craig’s List online. Don’t count on big savings, though, like you find in the States. If you’re buying a household full of items, and you have a residency cedula, you can go to Golfito (about a 6 hour drive) and save big on televisions, kitchen appliances, and more. In Golfito there is  a duty free zone, and thus the savings are huge. You can also find alcohol, clothing, and other items here. Don’t have a cedula? There are a number of people there willing to let you use theirs. You’re entitled to c1,600,000 per year (approximately) of purchases. Finally, you can drive about an hour out of San Jose to Sarchi and get custom made, locally sourced wood beds, dressers, tables, and more. Buying property and moving to Costa Rica can be a wonderful new adventure, and filling your new home with all that you need for daily comfort can be a good deal of fun. Be prepared to pay a little more, and to visit a lot of different stores to find the best deal and all that you need, but enjoy the ride and have fun with it. Between shipping, flying down with, and buying new, you’ll have your new Costa Rica household put together in no time.

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Why Los Sueños Resort Should Be Your Next Getaway

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4 Reasons why Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the perfect getaway.

We can think of dozens of reasons why Los Sueños Resort & Marina should be your next getaway, and we thought we’d share a few with you.

Regardless of whether it’s a long weekend escape or a veritable “stay-cation,” Los Sueños Resort has much to offer for single travellers, couples, groups, and families alike.

Here are our top 4 reasons why Los Sueños Should be your next getaway:

 

It’s close and convenient.

We love that Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport is just a short, direct flight from so many major U.S. cities; even better, though, is that Los Sueños Resort is just an hour’s drive away, after landing in Costa Rica. This close distance makes it easy to choose Los Sueños for a short weekend away or a nice long vacation.

In the future, Los Sueños Resort will be even closer, as Juan Santamaria International has plans to begin building a new airport next year in the Orotina area, which will place the resort just a half hour away once the project is completed. According to a recent article in the Tico Times, this airport is scheduled to be fully operational by 2027. Yes, that seems like a long way away, but for those who fall in love with Costa Rica and Los Sueños, this is great news for investment opportunities.

There is plenty to do.

Los Sueños Resort & Marina is perfectly situated to allow visitors to Costa Rica to take advantage of all that this beautiful country has to offer. From sport fishing to golf, river rafting and rainforest canopy tours, there is a mountain of eco-adventure activity to be had in and around the resort.

Regardless of whether you’re the lounge lizard type who prefers spa days and sunbathing, or the adrenaline junkie who can’t get enough of the rush offered by ATV tours, waterfall rappelling, and surfing, Los Sueños, Costa Rica has plenty to offer, making it the perfect Costa Rica vacation spot.

A vacation rental is so much better than a hotel.

The thing we love the most about staying in Los Sueños for a Costa Rica vacation is that the vacation rental properties offered by HRG are like being in a home away from home; but even better. With luxury furnishings and spacious digs, gorgeous views of ocean and forest, every property in the HRG portfolio is a portrait of comfort and convenience. Fully equipped gourmet kitchens, fine linens, and top of the line bath products; staying in a rental property is so much more than staying in a hotel.

It’s in the rainforest, but still, has all the creature comforts of civilization.

Everyone loves visiting the rainforest, but let’s face it:  it’s not always great to be so far out in the jungle that you can’t even get a decent bottle of wine, or access the Internet. One of the things we love the most about vacationing (short or long term) in Los Sueños resort is that it’s right in the rainforest and next to the sea, but we still have access to a great grocery store with imported, as well as local, products, dozens and dozens of excellent restaurants, high speed Internet and good cell phone communication, well paved roads, emergency medical care,  and most any other creature comfort you’d expect to find in the city- minus the noise, pollution, and  congestion, of course.

 

We could probably go on and on about the dozens of reasons Los Sueños Resort is the perfect escape, but we won’t bore you; we’ll just invite you to come down and discover them yourself! Book your next escape now; experience the perfect Costa Rica vacation.

 

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Best Beaches Near Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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A big part of visiting Costa Rica is enjoying its beautiful beaches.

 

There are numerous beaches near Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica, so wether you’re into swimming, sunning or surfing, there is a little something for everyone. The good news is, some of them are even quite hidden, and the less crowded (in our opinion) the better!

Here are a few of our favorite beaches, in and around, Los Sueños Resort & Marina

Los Sueños Beach Club

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Los Sueños Resort’s very own white sand beach, located within- and accessible by- the exclusive multi-million dollar Los Sueños Beach Club. With a massive, free-form swimming pool, swim up bar, kiddie pool area, Alfresco Restaurant, and playground, this beach pretty much has it all. Protected by the Herradura Bay, this beach is perfect for swimming.

Herradura Beach

Right outside the main gates of Los Sueños Resort, turn right toward the ocean. At the end of the road you’ll find a great swimming beach, kayaks for rent, and a few beachside restaurants. This beach tends to be a bit crowded, but it’s fun for lunch and for sunsets. This is a good beach for swimming as it is protected by the bay.

Playa Escondida

This is an excellent point break just beyond Los Sueños Resort & Marina, has plenty to offer for rights and lefts, and the waves are best at high tide. Beach club members of Faro Escondido can access the break from the beach; visitors can rent a boat from Playa Jacó or Playa Herradura, and make their way around the cove to the break from the water. This beach is best for surfing, sunning, and swimming (you’ll have to walk down the beach from the break).

Playa Manta

From Los Sueños Resort, drive along the Costanera highway toward San Jose. Immediately before Punta Leona Resort, turn left onto the unmarked dirt road at Soda Nimar. Continue along for 10 minutes. You’ll pass fields and also pass through the Punta Leona Resort where a security guard may stop you and take down your license plate number.  Just let them know you’re headed for Playa Mantas, which is right next door to Playa Blanca. Upon arrival, you’ll find a small parking area. There will be a guard who will charge a small fee to watch your car for the day.  This beach is great for swimming.

Playa Blanca

This beautiful beach is technically located in Punta Leona, North of Los Sueños Resort along the Costanera, and thus part of the Punta Leona resort. However, all beaches in Costa Rica are open to the public. If you’re a guest at Los Sueños Resort, just follow the directions to Playa Manta, then once on the beach – during low tide- you can cross over the rocks onto Playa Blanca. This beach is great for swimming.

Playa Hermosa

This long stretch of beach is great for intermediate to advanced surfers and those who love long walks and lounging in the sun. Sprinkled with restaurants and hotels, you’ll be able to easily find a spot nearby a place to eat. If you prefer a more secluded area, just drive down the outer road beyond the Hermosa village till you find the perfect spot, grab your stuff and pull up a piece of sand! This beach is a surfing beach; do not enter the water without some kind of floatation device.

Playas Esterillos Este and Oeste

These beaches are a bit further down the road at about a half hour to 40 minutes from Los Sueños Resort. The good news is, they are far less crowded than Herradura, Jaco or Hermosa; the not so great news is that there are far fewer places to eat and drink; though there are a few bars, restaurants and hotels sprinkled along the way. These beaches are best for surfing and sunning.

 

 

 

 

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Family Reunion Los Sueños Costa Rica

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Paradise is Perfect for a Big Family Gathering When You Book Your Party at Los Sueños Costa Rica

There’s no better place for a family reunion than Costa Rica. The weather is great, the scenery is beautiful, and there’s something for everyone to do. Plus, it’s a chance for family members to truly get away from it all. However, if you want to hold your reunion in Costa Rica, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are some tips for planning the perfect trip: Create a guest list. To truly know how to plan for your trip, you need to know how many people will be able to make it. You don’t have to have a specific head count at first, but a rough estimate is helpful in order to know what size venue you need, and what type of accommodations. Consider your group demographics.  Does your group include a lot of children, or is it composed of mainly adults? Do you have a lot of adventurers in your family, are you more partial to partying, or relaxing on the beach? If your group is really diverse, you can send out a quick poll to find out what everyone would like to get out of the trip. You don’t have to please everyone, but planning activities is easier if you know what everyone would prefer to do. Research activities. It’s important to thoroughly research available activities so that you can create a solid itinerary. Some activities are good for larger groups, while some are best for smaller groups. Some require you to make deposits ahead of time. Some are only available on certain days and times, or during a certain season; some may not be suitable for young children or the elderly; and some may be too taste-specific for everyone to enjoy. It’s a good idea to build some large-group activities that everyone will likely enjoy into your itinerary – a celebration on the beach, a tour of a national park, or a catered family meal, for example – and then create some options for small groups or individuals. When you plan and book in advance, the HRG Concierge Team can help you select the perfect activities for everyone. Research accommodations. Accommodations for large groups are not as readily available as those for smaller groups. It is important to find and book a property well in advance so that you can be sure that you have plenty of space for all. Be sure to ask about amenities — your family members will appreciate having access to spas, golf courses, pools and a variety of dining options. You may also want to find a property with access to a private club or a banquet area for large get-togethers. Scope out restaurant venues. If you plan to do a family dinner on the town, make sure to research venues to ensure that they are large enough to accommodate your party, and that they take reservations. Your Concierge Team can give you great suggestions, and help you with booking well in advance, as well as tell you about any additional fees, special menu options, or large group policies they may have. Of course, at Los Sueños Resort, it is always possible to have terrific dinners catered in your vacation residence. The holiday season is coming up and Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannuka, and New Year’s are a great time for a family reunion at Los Sueños Resort & Marina. Call today and book the perfect vacation villa for you and the family. Be sure to ask about our special holiday season packages.

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7 Fun Adult Activities at Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica

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Kids Are Back in School- Time for a Grown-up Getaway to Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica

Let’s face it: Summer vacation with the kids at Los Sueños Resort can be a blast, but a grown-up getaway without them can be even more fun, not to mention relaxing.

You deserve it; it’s been a long summer, and the kids are back in school; now it’s time for mommies and daddies to get away. So call up grandma, or aunt Sue, or the nanny, and ask her to stay. You’ve earned it, you two, a long, sweet, grown-up getaway.

Here are 7 fantastically fun things to do – just the two of you.

Golf

A day out on the greens is just the ticket for some beautiful, peaceful, quiet relaxation. A little competition between the two of you is always fun, and La Iguana Golf course just fits the bill. 18 holes of championship design, the course is made extra special by the rainforest that surrounds it and you’ll find that you’re accompanied, not by noisy children, but by toucans and monkeys.

Sport Fishing

There is nothing like a day out on the water, fishing for blue marlin, that gets the adrenalin pumping, and the feeling of freedom flowing. No kids, no worries- just you, your partner, and the challenge of the big one. With the sun sparkling off the Pacific and a cold one in hand, you’ll enjoy a day of sport fishing off the shores of Costa Rica, with no worries at all other than where you’ll be having dinner that evening.

River Rafting

For a day of challenging rapids, lots of laughter, grown-up good times, and fun, river rafting in Costa is just what the doctor ordered. There are a number of class III and IV rivers near to Los Sueños Resort and, at this time of year (green season!), the rivers are high and fast, the jungle is lush and green, and the animals of the forest are out to be seen.

Casino Gaming

An evening out on the town is made extra exciting by a night at the gaming tables. With plenty of glamorous, Vegas- style casinos in the area, you’re sure to have a good time and maybe even take home enough winnings to pay for your vacation! Whether black jack is your game, or maybe roulette, you’ll find plenty of exciting fun at the casinos of Jaco Beach, and surrounding areas.

Drinking and Dining

What would a vacation be without food and beverage? The foodies among us will much appreciate the abundant choices of restaurants, lounges, cafes, and bars that are available both inside of Los Sueños Resort & Marina, and out. Whether you’re looking for Italian, Japanese, French, or fusion, the area has much to offer on the food front, and you’ll be happy to enjoy all the delectable offerings, sans kiddos.

Feel like staying in for a romantic, candlelit dinner on the balcony of your luxury vacation condo, sails bobbing on the water just below? Even better! Just give your concierge team a call at HRG, and we’ll set up catering to prepare it all for you, right in your very own kitchen.

Spa Day

There are two wonderful day spas right in the resort, and quite a few nearby. Ask your concierge to schedule your appointments, and set up transportation while they’re at it. From Sebo Spa at the Marriott, to Blush Spa & Beauty Salon you’ve got some wonderful options that are just a golf cart ride away.

Outside the resort, spa junkies might really appreciate Serenity Spa, located just up the hill at Villas Caletas.

Don’t feel like leaving your digs? Ask them to schedule a therapist to come to your vacation villa or condo; what could be better than living in your robe for the afternoon, and then hitting the sack after a wonderful massage?

Lounging by the Pool

Finally, there’s no tropical vacation complete without a day of lounging by the pool. Whether it’s the private pool at your villa, the community pool of your condo, or the exclusive Los Sueños Beach Club (my personal favorite, as it has servers to bring me drinks and delicious snacks from Al Fresco Restaurant & Bar), a day by the pool- book and umbrella drink in hand- is a perfect way to unwind.

 

No kids. Just the two of you. Rest, relaxation, and fun. What more could you ask for? Book your grown-up getaway today and have a long, quiet, beautiful weekend at Los Sueños Resort. After this summer of family fun; you’ve earned it.

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Gearing up for Thanksgiving in Los Sueños, Costa Rica

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Already, it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving at Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica

Spending Thanksgiving in Costa Rica can be an extra special, and unique way, to celebrate the traditional day of gratitude. A holiday that presents a 4-day weekend for many, it’s the perfect time to hop on a plane and head for Costa Rica, out of the cold and into the tropics.

Preparing your own Turkey day feast is easy to do, with plenty of resources nearby to Los Sueños Resort. At Automercado, just down the street, you’ll find just about anything you feel you need to make the perfect traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner. From fresh cranberries to Butterball turkeys, they’ve got it all, and should you decide to go non-traditional you’ll find plenty for that too.

For gourmet items to add to your fare, check out Jimmy T’s Provisions in the Los Sueños Marina Village. And, if you’re not into cooking while on vacation, Jimmy T’s also offers catering and can handle the whole thing for you.

If dinner out is on the menu, there are a number of wonderful restaurant choices in the resort and nearby in Jaco Beach; just ask the team at HRG and they can make reservations for you and point you in the right direction, or even order you a car and driver.

Instead of laying around watching football this year, why not head for Costa Rica? Here is a short list of things you can do on your long Thanksgiving weekend away:

 

  • Go Sport fishing
  • Golf
  • Have a spa day
  • Enjoy the thrill of a zip-line canopy tour
  • Learn to surf
  • Play tennis
  • Lounge by the pool with an umbrella cocktail in hand
  • Go hiking
  • Horseback ride
  • Take an ATV tour

 

Check with our Concierge Team at HRG and book your activities and tours ahead, book your dinner seating, reserve your golf cart rental, and even put in your grocery shopping list; after all, it’s time for a break- why not let the professionals handle it all for you?

Gathering the family around the dinner table, in the rainforest, will create some extra special memories; reach out and book now for the perfect Thanksgiving weekend in Los Sueños Resort & Marina.

 

 

 

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Labor Day 2017 at Los Sueños Resort & Marina

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7 Things to do in Los Sueños Resort During Your Short Labor Day 2017 Escape

 

Labor Day weekend is nearly here and you deserve a break! After all that hard work, it’s time to reward yourself with a long weekend away at Los Sueños Resort & Marina, costa Rica. Considering the number of short, direct flights from the U.S. to Costa Rica, there’s no reason you shouldn’t do it!

Here’s a short list of things to do over a three or four day weekend at Los Sueños Resort & Marina:

Go Fishing!

Los Sueños Resort & Marina is one of the best offshore sport-fishing destinations in all of Central America, Mexico, or the Bahamas. For a full day or half day out on the water, just reach out to the HRG Vacations Concierge Team and we’ll hook you up with a charter. English speaking captains and crews, snacks and drinks on board, and an exciting day of fishing for Black, blue and striped marlin, sail fish, tuna, dorado, and wahoo – what more could you ask for?

Go snorkeling at Tortuga Island

For a day of fun on the water, Tortuga Island is just about 45 minutes offshore and full of adventurous things to do. Grab some snorkel gear and check out the schools of brightly colored fish that are abundant around the rock, or better yet, the famous sunken boat!

Sip on a delicious Coco Loco (a run drink made with coconut water and served in the coconut) while the island’s resident peccary, a distant relative of the native pig, will come up to have his belly scratched and take any fruit offerings you might have to give him.

Rock climbing, banana boat rides, stand up paddle, and kayaking are just a few of the other fun activities you’ll be able to enjoy while on the island.  Great for a day trip, HRG can arrange it all; just reach out and ask!

Learn to Surf!

Jaco Beach, just 10 minutes outside the gates of Los Sueños Resort & Marina, is one of the best places in the area to learn how to surf. With gentle waves that are not too much for a beginner, kids and adults alike will have a great time learning the ins and outs of surfing, safety trips, and then finally catching a wave or two.

Surf board rentals are easy to come by in downtown Jaco, and instructors are right behind them. You can book your lessons through the HRG offices, or just head to Jaco and walk downtown he street- you’re bound to find plenty of offerings.

Learn to Stand Up Paddle!

Herradura Bay, just outside of Los Sueños resort is a perfect place to do a little Stand Up Paddle Boarding as the cove and marina keep the waters smooth. Board rentals are readily available on the beach in Herradura, and instructors are just as easy to come by. A fun activity for the entire family – not to mention a great workout for grown ups!- Stand Up Paddle has become all the rage in the last ten years.

Go gambling!

In addition to the beautiful landscape and its colorful exotic inhabitants, the nightlife in and around the Los Sueños Resort includes more than dinner and clubbing; it’s teaming with Las Vegas style casinos too.

Take a crocodile tour!

The Tárcoles River is one of the most densely populated crocodile rivers in the world, and home to crocodiles from tiny baby size, and up to 17 feet long! From the safety of the river boat, you’ll spot crocodiles of all sizes up close and personal, a plethora of different kinds of exotic birds, iguanas, lizards, monkeys, anteaters and more!

Experience the sight of a crocodile feeding, right up close, and learn about the river, the mangrove forest and all of its inhabitants. Tours leave five times per day and you can contact them directly to make reservations.

Have a spa day!

There is nothing quite that says, “I’m on vacation” like getting an in-room spa treatment such as a massage, manicure, pedicure, body scrub, or wrap. Working with only the best in the area, our concierge team at HRG will set you up with the pampered day of your dreams, arranging for expert services from talented local providers, right in the privacy of your vacation rental condo or villa.

 

Labor Day weekend is a great time to get away for a long weekend in Los Sueños Resort; given its close proximity and easy access, its a great choice for an adventure filled escape Skip the humdrum barbecue this year; make it a trip to Costa Rica!

 

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Expatriate Kids in Costa Rica Have Plenty of Education Options

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Moving to Costa Rica could be the most positive thing you do for your kids and their education.

Access to education is a very important deciding factor for families looking to move to Costa Rica. It ranks right up there with medical care, cost of living, and income generation. HRG Properties & Rentals not only lists wonderful properties in Costa Rica, but the majority of the real estate in their listings is located in an area where you can find good educational options for your kids too.

Many people move to Costa Rica for the unique advantages it offers. Simplicity, nature, and a multi-cultural advantage are all things that make life in Costa Rica shine.

However, many parents are concerned about educating their children, once happy settled in the rainforest. Not to worry: Costa Rica has a lot to offer on the education front.

There are many great private schools accredited by both the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and the United States here in Costa Rica.

In many of the private schools, classes are taught in both English and Spanish. Some schools, in the Central Valley, offer classes in other languages too. Placing your child in a bi-lingual private school can help ease the transition from a school in the United States or Canada to Costa Rica.

Public schools in Costa Rica, while excellent, are often crowded, with many students to one teacher. Many expatriates moving to Costa Rica send their kids to private schools for this reason. There are a few good schools located in the Central Pacific area.

Centro Educativo Inmaculada Escuela de Jaco

 

This k-10 school is located in Jaco, just down the street from Los Sueños Resort & Marina in Playa Herradura. Escuela Immaculada is a private bilingual Catholic school with around 100 students, about a fourth of which are North American or European.

 

 

Escuela Las Nubes

 

Las Nubes School is a bilingual educational institution founded in the year 2000, located in the area of Jaco, on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, that offers an alternative academic option and where student development is promoted, yielding a high-level academic formation, motivating the development of life skills and generating attitudes of environmental responsibility, with the goal of shaping people with adequate skills, values and attitudes to reach an optimum role in society.

 

 

Ficus Tree School

 

Ficus Tree is a Montessori-enriched school which combines the Montessori educational approach with other philosophies and practices. Their preschool program now offers a fully Montessori 1-3, and 3-6, program and their elementary program is continuously being enriched with the Montessori philosophy and its use of materials.

 

 

Another great option for expatriate kids is homeschooling. Unlike the old days where you had to wait for the school to send you a big box full of books and the year’s curriculum, most home schooling programs are web-based now. There are dozens to choose from, both with secular programs and religious programs; many with one on one teacher to student ratios.

Worried about your children’s social life and skills? There are plenty of local activities for kids to get involved in, ranging from football (soccer), to karate classes or surf lessons, beach cleanups, and animal rescue programs.

HRG Properties & Rentals has a huge portfolio of listings, ranging from spacious condos to sprawling villas, raw land, and development properties. Costa Rica properties are surrounded by amazing views of the rainforest, and/ or ocean, as well as an abundance of wildlife and nature.

A move to Costa Rica could be the most positive decision you ever make for your family. Surrounded by nature and immersed in an international culture, your kids will become well rounded individuals as a result of being raised in Costa Rica.

 

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Summer Break in Costa Rica- Perfect for Teachers

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Summer Break is almost up! Here are some top discoveries teachers can take back to school from Costa Rica.

Teachers are always seeking ways to inspire young minds; even on vacation. Fortunately, when you are headed somewhere like Costa Rica for the summer, there is practically no end to the inspiring stories, objects and ideas you can bring back to the classroom.

 

Here is our list of ten things teachers can do in Costa Rica that are sure to enlighten and delight.

 

Visit a turtle nesting site.

A moonlight visit to Tortuguero National Park can get you a spectacular view of green turtles nesting en masse. Not only will your students be fascinated by the idea of nesting turtles; the story of the green turtle’s comeback in Costa Rica is a great lesson in conservation.

 

Take a zip line tour through the forest canopy.

Your students will be thrilled to see photos of you zipping along in mid-air. They will also love hearing about what it’s like to be up high in a rainforest canopy, and to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest floor.

 

See an active volcano.

Odds are, your students have never seen an actual active volcano. Up-close videos and photos of a burbling, steaming volcano will nicely complement a lesson about how volcanoes helped build and shape the Costa Rican landscape.

 

Go on a crocodile tour.

What could be better than telling a class full of students that you spent an afternoon chasing crocodiles? Telling them you got this close to one, and you weren’t even scared.

 

Go sport fishing.

Everyone loves a good fish story, and since Costa Rica features one of the world’s most plentiful populations of big game fish, you’re almost guaranteed to have a great one to tell if you head out for a fishing trip.

 

Learn to surf.

Your students will be inspired to hear that you tried something new, especially if it is something as cool as surfing. Of course, they will also love hearing about every time you wiped out.

 

Take a wildlife tour.

This is one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth, and getting kids excited about the capuchin monkeys and toucans you were able to spot on your trip is a good first step toward helping them understand and respect the beauty and majesty of the rainforest.

 

Hunt for souvenirs.

Pretty much anywhere you go, you are sure to find handcrafted, artisanal treasures that are perfect for bringing back to the classroom. Whether it is a large item to keep on your desk or some interesting Costa Rican candies to hand out to your students, they’ll appreciate the thought.

 

Learn a little Spanish- or practice what you already know!

One summer is plenty enough time to learn some key phrases, which you can have fun passing on to your students.

 

Get to know the culture.

While you’re in Costa Rica, make it a point to get to know the locals, and go where they go and eat where they eat. You’ll have a much richer story to tell your students about what life is really like in Costa Rica, and what the people are really all about.

 

Costa Rica is the perfect teacher’s summer vacation. With so much to do, see, discover and learn, you’re bound to have plenty of interesting stories to take back to your students.

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