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Get Ready for Summer: Planning Your Family Vacation at Los Sueños Resort

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Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica is the perfect summer vacation spot and it’s not too early to start planning now

 

With the summer school break just right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your family summer vacation to Costa Rica. A short distance away from the U.S. and Canada, with several major airports offering direct flights to Juan Santamaria International, Costa Rica is paradise perfect for family adventures, and it’s a no-brainer to book your escape with HRG Vacations at Los Sueños Resort & Marina.

A vacation rental at Los Sueños Resort and Marina makes a perfect base camp for your Costa Rica summer holiday, and there is an endless list of things to do for everyone in the family. Los Sueños’ private 600-acre rainforest reserve is an exotic backdrop for the resort’s clustered communities, while the crystal blue Pacific Ocean beckons from your private balcony. HRG offer fully furnished condos, homes and villas, all available to make your stay in Los Sueños, Costa Rica absolute perfection.

Resort facilities include a 200-slip marina where you can book sport fishing charters, sunset cruises and offshore excursions to nearby Tortuga Island for snorkeling, jet-skiing, banana boat rides and other water sport fun.

The Beach Club, with its free-form pool, shaded palapas and white sand beach is exclusively for the use of Los Sueños’ residents and guests.

Golfers in the family will appreciate La Iguana, an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Ted Robinson and surrounded by the Costa Rican rainforest.

In addition to the onsite activities, Los Sueños Resort offers even more to do offsite.

Zip-lining or tram-lining through the rainforest canopy is a great way to check out the treetop inhabitants. For the more daring family members, a nearby ropes course adds to the adrenaline with a Tarzan swing, swing walk and more.

Other choices include whitewater rafting on the Savegre River (Class II/III), ATV tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.

Manuel Antonio and Carara National Parks are nearby for hiking and wildlife watching, or the entire family can hit the beach for sunbathing, boogie boarding, stand up paddle boarding, and surfing.

With daily housekeeping, personal grocery shopper and chef services available by request, no one in the family needs to lift a finger. The Marina Village has restaurants and retail shops, as well as wine and grocery stores like Jimmy T’s Provisions or Los Sueños Wine & Spirits. Finally, the village is also home to banking and business services (in case you have a mind to buy a yacht or a condo while you’re in town).

Within Los Sueños, transportation around the resort is most fun by golf cart. Depending on ages, even the kids can get around on their own. The concierge staff at HRG can help you book tours, transportation, child care, surf lessons and more. As local residents, HRG staff can steer you in the right direction because they know the territory.

Los Sueños Resort is a family-friendly slice of paradise; everyone in the family can be comfortable and relaxed in spacious digs for the entire gang to spread out and enjoy; in other words, not at all like a cramped hotel room! In most cases, your rental will include most of the gear needed to enjoy everything Los Sueños and the Jacó area have to offer—no need to pack much more than your clothes.

With all the personalized service on offer, it’s the perfect combination of location and convenience. After all, it is your vacation, so why not relax in style at Los Sueños, where your dream vacation becomes reality?

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Expat Living: Best Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Learning Spanish

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You can learn Spanish; or at least get by for living in Costa Rica

While it’s true that you don’t have to speak Spanish to live in Costa Rica, you’ll be better off if you can speak and read Spanish when conducting your business affairs or just managing your daily life. Having some Spanish in your repertoire may not equip you to conduct intricate legal transactions, but it will help you follow the process and know when to ask questions. Besides all that, it’s a great way to discover and appreciate Tico culture. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, there are other options available: language software programs and online classes, as well as the usual tapes and workbooks. Regardless of how you choose to learn Spanish, what you want to learn is Latin American Spanish, not Castellan. Dialects vary from country to country and region to region, but in Central and South America, no one speaks the Spanish of Spain. If you have time before you move to Costa Rica, you may want to consider signing up for a conversational Spanish class at your local community college. The pace is slow and steady but the cost is relatively cheap. You can also hire a tutor or sign up with a language school. For software programs, Top 10 Reviews ranks Fluenz Spanish at number one for beginners; Rosetta Stone comes in fourth and Pimsleur Spanish Unlimited at fifth. All are $150-$200. CNET puts Rocket Spanish in first place; Pimsleur, second, Rosetta Stone, fifth and Fluenz, sixth. Both sites evaluate for teaching tools, extras and price. If you’re looking for an app, CNET rates Babbel Mobile for Android, Duolingo and Rosetta Course at one, two and three. Babbel, available in offline mode for smartphones and tablets, has an extensive vocabulary list, by category, with images and voice recognition. Duolingo is fast paced and uses picture-matching vocabulary, plus it’s free. Rosetta’s app also uses word/picture making in the early lessons, as well as voice matching help for pronunciation. The price is steep, but Rosetta is a reliable brand. Aside from learning the vocabulary and grammar, you’ll need to get used to the rhythms and sounds of Spanish. One of the best ways to do that is through radio and television. Listen to Spanish language programs—my favorite trick is to watch a baseball game with Spanish-speaking commentators. You can follow the action visually while training your ear. Familiar movies and TV shows with Spanish soundtracks are another good way to listen. Whatever way  you choose to learn, it’s all for nothing if you don’t speak. In general, most Ticos are pleased you’re making an effort; they’ll gently correct you and not laugh or sneer at your efforts. Learning a language may not be easy, but you did it once in your life, so you can do it again. Living in Costa Rica can be one of the most amazing chapters of your life; it will be so much better, though, if you can read the book and communicate about it, as well.

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2017 Los Sueños Family Spring Break Vacation

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There is plenty to do at Los Sueños Resort during your 2017 spring break family vacation

Los Sueños Resort and Marina makes a great family destination for Spring Break. Los Sueños’ luxury vacation rentals include fully furnished, very spacious, luxury condos or vacation villas; there’s no need to cramped up with the entire gang in a hotel room. A vacation rental at Los Sueños Resort is a good choice for families with members of all ages. The concierge staff can arrange for unique necessities, such as portable cribs and highchairs; they can also help organize family tours and activities, babysitting services, golf cart rentals and more.

Between the swimming pools, tennis courts, and private beach club, there are plenty things to do even if you never leave the resort. The Beach Club, for guests’ exclusive use, is a 2-acre facility that includes a free-form pool, Jacuzzi, fountains, swim-up bar, the Al Fresco Restaurant, and an elevated, white sand beach with shade palapas and a children’s playground.

Farther afield, there’s even more to see and do. One of the most popular tours is ziplining, good for ages 7 and up. Guides point out the points of interest, including the canopy inhabitants. Families with very young children can try the aerial tram, where the guide, an expert in local wildlife, will explain the plants and animals as you travel through the treetops. The nearby Jacó Ropes Adventure Park offers a bit more adrenaline with its zipline, teak bridge, Tarzan swing, swing walk and more.

An ATV tour will take even the most inexperienced rider (suggested for families with teens, rather than little ones) can take you and the kids farther afield.

Horseback riding is another option; guides will lead your group through the rainforest to nearby waterfalls and pools.

Mountain bikes are perfect for the active family, and present a special kind of fun challenge for discovering all that the rainforest has to offer.

The surf break off Jacó Beach is gentle and perfect for beginners who ready to learn. Surf shops and schools will help the most inexperienced beginner catch a wave. For experienced surfers, Hermosa Beach is just down the road and has more challenging breaks.

Tour operators at Los Sueños Marina offer sunset cruises, snorkeling trips to nearby Tortuga Island, crocodile and mangrove cruises, and of course, Costa Rica’s famous sports fishing. Other boat trips include a crocodile tour on the Tarcoles River and a monkey-spotting mangrove tour in the swamps near Damas Island.

Finally, there is always the beach:

Playa Esterillos is just 25 minutes away, a long stretch of black sand beach where sunbathing, long walks, surfing and shell seeking are the perfect way to spend the day.

Playa Blanca is just to the north; you’ll need to take the dirt road just before the Punta Leona entrance and head for Playa Manta- there will be guards, so just let them know you’re on your way to the beach. You’ll find parking at Playa Manta and then you can make your way over the rocks to Playa Blanca; be sure to bring a picnic basket, some blankets and maybe even a hammock so that you can make a day of it.

Manual Antonio National Park in just over an hour south and has two gorgeous white sand beaches, which are perfect for swimming as they are enclosed in a cove and don’t present heavy undertows or crashing waves. The best part though, is the abundance of wildlife. Watch out for the monkeys! The mischievous little stinkers will steal your stuff looking for food!

 

Los Sueños is a family-friendly vacation community, with everything you can imagine might be needed for a perfect Costa Rica family vacation.

 

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2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown is a Wrap

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The final leg of the 2017 Los Sueños Triple Crown wraps up another stellar year, and Team Agitator takes the big prize.

The 2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown is in the books. Fifty boats—the most ever—released 509 fish: 462 sailfish and 47 marlin. While sailfish were in short supply this year, marlin releases exceeded the total for the last 3 years combined: 7 in 2016, 19 in 2015 and 12 in 2014 for a total of 38.

Going into Leg III of the 2017 series, Agitator led with 12,500 cumulative points. Try as they might, the competition never caught up. Agitator took the Triple Crown in a back-to-back win with a total of 15,000 points, 20 sail, 1 marlin. Team Agitator took home a check for $100,000 as Series Champion and finished the competitive year with 110 sails and 8 marlin. In 2016, Team Agitator landed 83 sails for 24,600 points to win the tourney.

 

Leg III Winners:

  • Finishing in first, Sea Angel took home $86,000 with a total of 19 sail, 2 marlin, 2,900 points
  • First Light came second, earning $51,600 for 17 sails 2 marlin and 2,700 points
  • Fish Tank’s third-place finish earned a check for $34,400, totaling 2,500 points for 5 sails 4 marlin

 

Individual honors:

  • Victor Julio Lopez, of Tranquilo, won InTheBite’s 2016 Captain of the Year, with mates Daniel Arrieto and Hansel Mendez recognized as Mates of the Year in the Sportfishing Championship, International Division. Their win marks a first, the captain and mates are costarricenses, native born Costa Ricans.
  • Top Series Angler: Jonathan Henry, on Big Deal, released 4 sails and 2 marlin for 1,400 individual points.
  • Top Angler of the Year: Scott Richard, Reel Screamer, 4,800 points for 23 sails and 5 marlin
  • Top Female Angler of the Year: Laura Jessen, Fish Tank, 3,800 for 18 sails, 4 marlin, finishing 10th overall in a field of 310 anglers. Laura landed her first personal slam during the competition.

 

The Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown is the final, and many say the best, contest in the yearly sport fishing competition.

The Costa Rican mainland runs northwest to southeast, sheltering the fishing grounds from high winds. As a result, the waters off Los Sueños Resort and Marina tend to be calm, and teeming with a variety of species, making it a top sport fishing destination worldwide.

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A Day With The Family at Los Sueños Resort

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Los Sueños is so full of fun things to do, you don’t even have to leave the resort

Los Sueños Resort & Marina, beautifully overlooking Herradura Bay in the central Pacific of Costa Rica, is probably as close as you can get to the perfect place to vacation in Costa Rica. Though there are so many eco-adventure activities nearby that you’ll be hard pressed to find some down time, there is also much to do right in the resort; if you do feel like taking a break from all that river rafting, ATVing, hiking, horseback riding, and Zip-lining, you can hang right in Los Sueños for a day and still have an amazing time with the entire gang. Her is our top 10 list of fun things to do in a day at Los Sueños Resort & Marina:

  1. Part of the fun in staying at Los Sueños is zipping around in a golf cart all day… golf carts are readily available. Just ask your concierge at HRG and we’ll hook you up!
  2. Prepare an amazing breakfast in the well-equipped gourmet kitchen of your vacation villa or condo; then, enjoy it out on the terrace as you gaze out at the ocean and marina, or across the greens to the forest, and savor a rich cup of Costa Rican coffee.
  3. Head for a few rounds of golf with the entire family- watch for the iguanas, red lapas, toucans and monkeys that will keep you company during your game.
  4. Have lunch outdoors at Bamboo Sushi, alongside the marina; or, eat at La Lanterna on the patio in Marina Village. After lunch, take a stroll along the board walk and check out all the amazing boats that are docked in the marina.
  5. In the early afternoon, head for the exclusive Los Sueños Beach Club. A huge free form swimming pool, with an equally large and shallow “kiddie pool” area, as well as Jacuzzi, the Beach Club is a great place to hang for the afternoon as you enjoy snacks and drinks brought to you at your lounge chair.  Between Al Fresco Restaurant, the swim- up bar and attentive beach club wait staff, you won’t be left wanting for great snacks, meals and drinks.
  6. In the late afternoon, it’s time to head for ice cream cones and sweet treats at La Dulce Vita in the Marina Village. Afterwards, take a stroll around and do a little shopping. At Marina Village, you’ll find an art gallery, a design store, a beach basics and bathing suit shop, Los Sueños wine and spirits, Jimmy T’s gourmet market, souvenir shops and more.
  7. As the late afternoon gloaming sets in, grab a sunset cruise out of Los Sueños Marina, a great way to enjoy the end of the day with drinks and dolphin watching.
  8. Not into boating? A really perfect way to wrap up the day is with a nice long massage at either of the two on-site day spas or right in your own luxury condo or vacation villa. Reservations and appointments can be arranged through your concierge.
  9. After coming in from your sunset cruise, or that wonderful massage, get dressed up (don’t worry, nice shorts and a shirt, or summer dress and sandals will be dressy enough- you’re on vacation!) and head for El Galeon for dinner; its al fresco dining area, amazing food, and exemplary service will leave you feeling pampered.
  10. After dinner, a quiet evening spent “at home” with the family playing charades or Uno is a great way to spend the evening. Or, if you feel like getting out, a night of drinking, dancing and gaming at one of the local casinos is always lots of fun. Need a sitter for the kids? Not a problem; ask your concierge at HRG and they’ll help arrange someone reliable.

With so much to see and do right inside Los Sueños, you don’t even have to leave the resort; but, you’ll want to. Still, it’s always nice to have a relaxing day right at “home.”

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8 Reasons Families Love Spring Break at Los Sueños Resort & Marina

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Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the perfect place for the family during spring break 2017

Family time at Los Sueños Resort & Marina during Spring break is easy and relaxed; parents will never hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored!” or “There’s nothing to do!” during a family vacation in Costa Rica- especially when staying at Los Sueños. Here are eight things to do that the kids will love about Spring Break at Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica. Make friends Kids can make new friends at The Beach club. The beach club has a swim-up bar, large pool, volley ball court and play ground —plenty to keep them occupied. Swim Each Los Sueños Resort community has its own community pool; and sometimes several! Also, vacation villas often have a private pool. The resort’s fantastic Beach Club, a $3 million facility, is exclusive to residents and guests and features a massive free-form swimming pool complete with a huge shallow end for little ones, a swim up bar, the Al Fresco Restaurant, a raised white sand beach, shaded palapas, lounge chairs, tables, great service and more. Mount up A horseback ride to a nearby waterfall at La Quinta Farm has the plant life, wildlife and staggeringly beautiful views to impress everyone, including the kids. A dip in the mineral spring’s waterfall will refresh the entire gang before the ride home. This tour is great for families, as it is suitable for ages 5 and up. Boating Head to the marina, or Herradura Bay, for cruises and charters. Some on-the-water adventures include diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboards, and outrigger canoes. The Tortuga Island cruise offers snorkeling and lunch on a semi-private beach. La Fragata Sailing Club offers private lessons, weekend classes and holiday camps suitable for ages 6 – 16. Of course, for those families with older kids and teens, Sport fishing is an incredible way to spend the day at Los Sueños Resort. Zip-lining Jungle canopy tours are suitable for children 7 and older. Guides accompany the group along the cables to help ensure safety and a positive experience.  For the very young or less adventurous, the aerial tram is a great way to see the forest canopy and guides are available to point out animals and explain forest ecology. Touring on wheels Hop aboard an ATV, mountain bike, or a dune buggy and ride along jungle trails while expert guides share their knowledge of the terrain and its inhabitants. Two tours will take the whole family to waterfalls, rainforest and the beach. These tours are best suited to families with older children. Whitewater Rafting on the Savegre River is for families with kids ages 8 and older. The Class II/III river runs through primary rainforest for an exhilarating ride from a different point of view. Professional river guides provide all the equipment, instruction and supervision to keep your family safe. Hiking Nearby Manuel Antonio and Carara National Parks bring the wildlife into focus and are perfect hiking trails for the entire family as they are easy and fairly short. Manuel Antonio features level, paved paths and white-sand beaches. Nearby Carara National Park is where Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems meet, forming a distinctive biological habitat.   From breakfast to dinnertime, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied in and around Los Sueños Resort & Marina. In fact, if your kids are old enough, they can drive themselves, via golf cart, around the resort which a whole lot of fun all by itself. When you book, just ask the concierge staff for recommendations and to help with booking.

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Best Sport Fishing Music For the Los Sueños Triple Crown

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A day out on the water from Los Sueños Marina demands a great music play list for the right sport fishing frame of mind

Some occasions demand a great music play list and a day’s sport fishing charter out of Los Sueños Resort is one of them. In just ten days, Leg III of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown competition will begin, and we’ve put together the perfect soundtrack for you and your team. Given the distance from shore, it’s unlikely that streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud or Apple Music will do you much good—cell service/Wi-Fi will probably be spotty; perhaps even non-existent. The best bet is to buy and download from digital music and store it on your phone or other smart device. MP3 Mixx is a good low-cost source, while music lovers prefer eMusic.com. The Apple Store, Google’s Play Store and Amazon are also treasure troves of your favorite tunes. If your captain has a good sound system aboard, you can probably play a CD you’ve burned; if he has a great system, you’ll be able to connect via Bluetooth to blast your jams. Find out in advance; you may need to bring along a good waterproof, Bluetooth speaker. In order to save you some time and effort in your music search we’ve put together our favorite playlist for a day out on the water. Shoving off:

  • Good Vibrations, Beach Boys
  • Take A Back Road, Rodney Atkins
  • I’m Gonna Go Fishin, Dr. John
  • Knee Deep, Zac Brown Band (Feat. Jimmy Buffett)
  • Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett
  • Jamming, Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Buffalo Soldier, Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • People Get Ready, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
  • Boondocks, Little Big Town
  • Three Little Birds, Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
  • California Dreamin’, The Mamas & The Papas
  • Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard, Paul Simon
  • I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash
  • Joy To The World, Three Dog Night
  • Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
  • Beautiful Day, U2
  • Cheeseburger In Paradise, Jimmy Buffett
  • Stir It Up, Bob Marley & The Wailers

Amp it up to bring in the big one:  

  • Truckin’, Grateful Dead
  • Smokin’ In The Boys Room, Brownsville Station
  • Summer Of ‘69, Bryan Adams
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Rollling Stones
  • Sympathy For The Devil, Rolling Stones
  • Honky Tonk Women, Rolling Stones
  • Classical Gas, Mason Williams
  • In A Gadda Da Vida, Iron Butterfly
  • Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
  • Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeplan
  • Shake A Leg, Ac/Dc
  • Takin Care Of Business. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  •  The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Charlie Daniels
  • Gimme Three Steps, Lenyrd Skynyrd
  • Ramblin’ Man, The Allman Brothers Band
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Swimming Song, Loudon Wainwright Iii
  • Crossroads, Ry Cooder
  • Oye Como Va, Santana
  • The Joker, Steve Miller Band
  • Who Do You Love, George Thorogood
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go, The Clash
  • Proud Mary, Creedance Clearwater Revival
  • Start Me Up, The Rolling Stones
  • What I Like About You, The Romantics
  • What I Got, Sublime
  • Comeback Kid, Brett Dennen
  • Bad To The Bone, George Thorogood
  • Welcome To The Jungle, Guns & Roses
  • Back In Black, Ac/Dc
  • Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, George Thorogood
  • My Generation, The Who
  • The Boys Are Back In Town, Thin Lizzy
  • Paranoid, Black Sabbath

Heading for home:  

  • 99 Luftballoons, Nena
  • Walkin’ On The Sun, Smash Mouth
  • Smooth, Carlos Santana/Rob Thomas
  • Free Bird, Lenyrd Skynyrd Live At Oakland Coliseum
  • Hotel California, Eagels
  • A Horse With No Name, America
  • Maggie May, Rod Stewart
  • American Pie, Don Mcclean
  • Dancing In The Dark
  • The Times They Are A-Changing, Bob Dylan
  • Black Magic Woman, Santana
  • Late In The Evening, Paul Simon
  • Brandy, Looking Glass
  • Down Under, Men At Work
  • Dancing In The Moonlight, Toploader
  • Layla, Derek & The Dominos
  • One Love, Bob Marley
  • Take It Easy, Eagles
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder
  • Tequila, The Champs
  • Move It On Over, George Thorogood
  • The Passenge, Iggy Pop
  • Reelin In The Years, Steely Dan
  • Dream On, Aerosmith
  • Friend Of The Devil, Grateful Dead

Coming into port:

  • We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You, Queen
  • The Dock Of The Bay, Otis Redding

The best part? Every time you hear these songs, you’ll be back on the water when the bite was on. And, if your team won the Triple Crown, you’ll have put it all to music. Sport fishing crystal blue Pacific waters within an hour’s cruise of Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica, is just about the best kind of day you can have; with the right sport fishing play list, it gets even better.

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Results Are In For Leg II of the Los Sueños Triple Crown 2017

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Another success story for Leg II of the Los Sueños Triple Crown 2017

The second leg of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown kicked off with style. With lines out at 4 pm on Day 1, the unofficial results put Smooth Move (16 sails, 1 marlin) in the lead. When the official results were posted, the nod went to Blue Eagle. Team Blue Eagle’s (11 sails, 2 marlin) and early finish were the deciding factors. Blue Eagle (3rd) and Smooth (4th) led the standings with 2100 points each. Agitator led Big Oh based on time (19 sails each). Thirteenth place Uno Mas (7 sails) and Xta Sea, 32nd, (4 sails) also landed 2 marlin. By the end of the day, 52 boats had released 518 sailfish and 11 marlin.

The end of Day 2 saw Agitator (3700 points) move into first place with 18 sails, for a combined 2-day total of 37 sails and 1 marlin, followed by Blue Eagle (3600 pts) with 11 sails and 2 marlin. Blue Eagle’s 2-day total count was 21 sails and 3 marlin. Outlaw (3400 points) finished the day with 16 sails and 1 marlin, for a 2-day total of 29 sails and 1 marlin.

The combined total for all boats on Day 3 was 628 sails, 16 marlin released. In the Day 3 standings, Dealer’s Choice took first with 24 sails (2400 points) on time over Southern Pride’s 2400 points (19 sailfish, 1 marlin). Agitator (2300 points) fell back to 3rd for the third day with 23 sails and still no marlin.

Leg II totals saw Agitator take first place for the leg with 60 sailfish and 6000 points. Dealer’s Choice and First Light tied on points, 5100), but Dealer’s Choice took second on time with 51 sails, while First Light released 41 sailfish and 2 marlin. The Day 3 total release was 628 sailfish and 16 marlin.

With 2 of the 3 legs in the record books, the cumulative total release for Leg I and II: 2377 sailfish and 255 marlin, more than all of the 2016 combined (1,848 sailfish, 7 marlin). With Leg 3 of the Los Sueños series still ahead, Agitator is in the lead with 90 sails and 7 marlin, total for a total of 12,500 pts. Currently second, Big Oh has released a total of 51 sails and 7 marlin for 11,300 pts. Hot off the stern is On Location, 45 sails, 8 marlin and a total of 10,700 pts.

 

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Never a Better Time to Buy Property in Los Sueños Resort

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2017 is the perfect time to invest in property in Los Sueños Resort & Marina

Costa Rica’s Los Sueños Resort and Marina (sueños is the Spanish word for “dreams”) on the Central Pacific Coast, is planned community of world-class luxury single family villas and condominiums. Grouped in residential communities, at Los Sueños Resort, the Pura Vida lifestyle that so many dream of, becomes a reality.   Los Sueños’ Marina Village serves as a lively town center, with great restaurants, retail shops and business services. La Iguana, the 18-hole championship course, the private Beach Club, and the Under 8teens family activity center are just some of the on-site amenities.   There has never been a better time than the spring of 2017 to invest in a second home in Los Sueños Resort & Marina. Here are some of our top listings that won’t last long in this great market.     Villas

Casa Vista Paraiso

Brand new and fully furnished, Casa Vista Paraiso is a spectacularly luxurious estate at Los Sueños Resort & Marina. Set on the resort’s Eco Golf Estates, its 8,950 square feet snuggle into a forest oasis of 100-year-old trees. With no detail overlooked, this casa is a paradise designed for plenty of outdoor living and family fun. Check out Casa Vista Paraiso here

Casa de Sueños

Casa de Sueños, at Los Sueños Resort and Marina, faces La Iguana Championship Golf Course. Built for outdoor living, the 8,000+ square foot home provides for gracious living on a grand scale, surrounded by lush gardens and rainforest.  See Casa De Sueños here

Casa Pacifica

Casa Pacifica, in the Vista Tres Bahias community at Los Sueños Resort & Marina, is an executive retreat with panoramic views of Herradura Bay and the surrounding rainforest., yet minutes from an abundance of resort amenities, Casa Pacifica is the perfect escape.  Learn more about Casa Pacifica here

Villa Shapiro

Villa Shapiro, in Los Sueños’ exclusive Altamira neighborhood, offers fabulous views of the Marina, Herradura Bay, and Herradura Island in 6,600 square feet of living space.  Find out more about Villa Shapiro by visiting this link

Condos

Marbella, 1D located close to the Marina, is one of Los Sueños’ upscale communities. This second-floor unit has great views of the marina and the ocean beyond. With 3 en suite bedrooms, powder room and top-notch kitchen, the open floor plan and outdoor terrace provide all the room anyone could ask for entertaining or a quiet evening. See more of Marbella 1D here    Bay Residence, 10B is a rarity in Costa Rica: one of the few ocean-front condos. This penthouse condo, with 2,200 square features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with vaulted ceilings, making a tropical dream come true. The terrace faces the Pacific for great sunsets and ocean views.  Check out Bay Residence 10B   Terrazas, 3D is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath condo in the Altamira community features a large living area that overlooks the Pacific. It’s a perfect place to relax, watch the comings-and-goings at the marina and stare out to sea. Find out  more about Terrazas 3D   With its spectacular sunsets over the Pacific and dramatic rainforest backdrops, Los Sueños’ villas, condos, and eco-homes could be the next place you call home. We think you’ll agree: The dreams of La Pura Vida have become reality.

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Owning a Piece of Paradise: The Benefits of Buying a Vacation Home in Los Sueños Costa Rica

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Owning a vacation home in Los Sueños Resort delivers so much more than a convenient place to land when you want to visit Costa Rica.

So many people visit Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica and dream of owning a vacation condo or home here.  HRG Vacations can help make it happen. Just about an hour’s drive from San José, Los Sueños Resort & Marina showcases luxury condos, villas and sprawling eco-friendly homes—each one with spectacular ocean, jungle, mountain, marina or fairway views. The private resort community sits within a 600-acre rainforest reserve, with plenty to do and see on-site: restaurants, bars and lounges, an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, marina, plenty of retail shops and services.

The region around Los Sueños Resort is a narrow coastal plain fronted by the crystal-clear blue waters of the Pacific and backed rainforest-clad mountains. The surfing beaches extend south to Dominical and beyond. To the north, lie the dry tropical forests of Guanacaste and the cloud forest reserves of Monteverde.

Los Sueños is one of the most popular resorts in Costa Rica. The benefits of vacation home at Los Sueños don’t stop with a luxury base for your own vacations in Costa Rica; location, convenience, income-generation, tax-savings, and a jump-start on an unrivaled ex-pat retirement lifestyle also come into play.

Renting your second home to Costa Rica vacationers can help offset mortgage and maintenance costs, generating income when you’re not using the property. Rental fees vary, but during peak season weekly rental fees equal or exceed the monthly mortgage payment. You may break even with an annual occupancy of about 30% in terms of cash flow.

Depending on personal use versus rental, tax benefits vary. If you rent out your property 14 days or less in a year, you can treat the mortgage on your second home the same as the mortgage on your primary residence. Consult a tax professional or review IRS Publication 527 on vacation rentals for advice on your specific tax situation.

HRG Vacations will take care of marketing and renting out your vacation rental, along with seeing to all the needs of your vacation rental guests. HRG Properties and Rentals can also handle immediate response needs, regular maintenance, and payments for utilities, HOA fees and insurance. The concierge staff is always there assist your tenants with a full range of services.

Los Sueños properties tend to retain their value because of the resort’s location and amenities. Of course, there is no guarantee vacation homes realize higher sales prices, but it’s likely. For more information about Los Sueños Resort and Marina, or the surrounding communities, call our office at 011 506 2637 8484 or call toll free 1 888 490 4581.

 

 

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