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5 Reasons to Plan Your Bachelor Party at Los Sueños, Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

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Make your bachelor party the best that it can be when you celebrate the end of your single days at Los Sueños, Costa Rica.

Posh digs for you and the guys at Los Sueños Resort

You and the guys will stay like VIPs at your luxury condo or vacation villa in Los Sueños Resort & Marina; with enough space for the entire gang, every condo and villa in the resort is luxurious, spacious, and fit for a king and his entourage.

Golfing with the gang

La Iguana Golf Course is a great place to spend the day for bit of a friendly competition among you and your buddies. With 18 holes professionally designed by Ted Robinson you can’t go wrong with this fun and challenging course, it’s gorgeous backdrop of prime rainforest, and the company of capuchin monkeys and macaws.

Sport fishing with the boys

Los Sueños Resort & Marina is widely considered to be the best sport-fishing destination in all of Central America, Mexico, or the Bahamas. In fact, some of the biggest names in tournament sport fishing base their operations out of Los Sueños’ 200 slip full service marina. Whether it’s a half day for inshore fishing, or full day for inshore and offshore fishing, you and they guys will have a heck of a day filled with fun and challenging adventure.  Each sport fishing trip includes a bilingual captain and crew, bait, tackle, snacks, lunch, drinks and plenty of exciting opportunities for a great catch. When the day is done, your concierge team at HRG can arrange for a chef to come around to your condo or villa and prepare a delicious meal out of the day’s catch.

Adventure & Discovery

River rafting, Zipline canopy tours, fast and furious ATV rides; there is no end to the fast-paced adventure that Los Sueños Resort and surrounding areas has to offer.

There is no thrill quite like facing the rapids on a swiftly racing river. Costa Rica’s many rivers offer numerous opportunities for you and your buddies to experience whitewater rafting, whether it is your first time on a raft or you are looking to challenge yourselves on some of the world’s fiercest rapids.

When it comes to seeing Costa Rica’s rainforest, nothing compares to seeing the country’s dense foliage and beautiful wildlife from high up in the trees, or flying through the air over the top of the canopy. Want to feel like superman for a day? Book a zip-line canopy tour through your concierge at HRG.

And, last but certainly not least, to really experience all that the mountains and jungles of Costa Rica offer, there’s no better way than on an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. Whether you’re on a smooth beach or braving a muddy, jungle trail, these four-wheeled vehicles give you the freedom of a motorcycle with the ability for off-road adventuring.

It’s party time

Jaco Beach is a town known for the fiesta and all the boys will have a great time meeting up with party girls, whether at the local night club, on the beach, or at one of the many Vegas style casinos. Of course, we know our groom will behave himself and admire from afar, but the rest of the gang is sure to have a great time partying it up in Jaco Beach, only to retire back at your luxury condo for a little R&R after a great night out on the town.

 

Forget about Las Vegas or Mexico; make it Costa Rica. Los Sueños Resort is where the bachelor party of your dreams will happen.

 

 

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6 Reasons to Get Married in Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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Getting Married in Costa Rica saves money, creates memories, and delivers so much more than traditional nuptials on the home-front.

Getting married? There is a bountiful list of reasons why a destination wedding in Costa Rica is a great way to go. From surrounding your nuptials in nature, to spending extra quality time with your nearest and dearest, getting married in Los Sueños Resort is full of blissful, nuptial sweeteners. Here are the top 6 reasons we believe your destination wedding at Los Sueños will be the wedding of your dreams:

Less formality, more fun

According to a recent report from Mintel U.S. weddings, nearly 60% percent of couples want to create a fun, relaxing, memorable party, rather than a stuffy, traditional, formal kind of event. “Destination weddings are especially accommodating for couples steering away from the traditional black-tie wedding,” says Susie Papadin of Alison Events. “The majority take place in leisure locations, which are far more conducive to a casual feel.” A Costa Rica destination wedding at Los Sueños Resort provides all the luxury a couple would want for their special day, while at the same time delivering spectacularly on nature, fun, discovery, and adventure.

Shorter guest lists, as well as spared feelings

Most traditional guest lists weigh in at just under 150 invites (that’s a lot of cake!), while destination weddings average just under 50. Moving your wedding venue to Costa Rica means you can send announcements, rather than invitations, with no concern for hurt feelings. Distant relatives, causal acquaintances, and business associates won’t expect to be invited (and may even be relieved!), thus saving you a bundle on food, beverages, party favors, and venue, and also allowing you a more intimate setting for that most important day.

Location, Location, Location: It’s a non-issue

What to do when one half of the happy couple is from Dallas, and the other from Brazil, but both live, work, and socialize in Los Angeles? Families and friends will feel happier to meet in the middle than to travel to the home town of one or the other; and, since all will be traveling to that tropical paradise that is Costa Rica, your event will be as fun and exciting for your guests as it is for you.

Blissful not stressful

When your wedding is a vacation in and of itself, the stress level goes down by droves. Destination weddings, by nature, almost compel couples to let go and let the experts handle it all, but also the relaxed, tropical ambience of a rainforest resort like Los Sueños really gets the wedding party in a laid-back mood from day one. One Los Sueños Resort area wedding planner we spoke with said, “We’re kind of a one stop shop; instead of the wedding couple having to speak to florists, musicians, wedding officiants, and caterers, we take care of everything.” As a result, the couple can sit back, relax, get married, and work on nothing more stressful than their tan.

Quality over quantity

Weddings can be exhausting for the happy couple, and often, they are so wiped out at the end of the day that they barely remember having any fun or connecting with their guests. Weddings at Los Sueños, especially when everyone is staying at the resort, provide for plenty of bonding time, and memory making, within the entire wedding party. In one Mintel U.S. weddings report, experts said, “One reason destination weddings are popular is because they allow the bride and groom more opportunity to truly interact with their guests over a longer event.”

Destination weddings at Los Sueños Resort save money

On average, couples save nearly $2,500 when they get married away, rather than on the home-front. Even better, June (traditional wedding month) is green season in Costa Rica. Everything is more lush and beautiful and everything is also less expensive.   With so many reasons to plan your wedding away from home, who wouldn’t want to plan a destination wedding at Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica? For more information about having your beautiful wedding at Los Sueños, reach out to HRG’s event experts today. Regardless of whether its last minute (just the two of you), or a year away with the whole gang, we can help you have the wedding and vacation of your dreams.

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Your Costa Rica Destination Wedding at Los Sueños Resort & Marina

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A Costa Rica destination wedding at Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the perfect way to start your life together.

Destination weddings are increasingly popular, and there’s no more romantic, exciting, or beautiful place for a wedding than Costa Rica. One of the best spots to wed in this tropical paradise is the Los Sueños Resort & Marina in Herradura Bay, Costa Rica. Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, right near the picturesque beach town of Jaco and the surfing mecca of Hermosa Beach, Los Sueños offers dream weddings set against gorgeous ocean and rainforest backdrops, with all the details taken care of by professional planners. What’s more, once the wedding’s over, the honeymoon can begin right away! There are numerous settings to choose for both the ceremony and the reception at Los Sueños. Whether you want an indoor wedding in a truly beautiful banquet hall or an outdoor wedding by the sea, on the golf course, or in one of the resort’s lush gardens, there’s guaranteed to be something right for your event. The Los Sueños area is home to a number of excellent, certified event professionals who can take you through every single step of the planning process. It’s hard to plan a wedding from afar, and it’s difficult to imagine that everything will go smoothly when you aren’t there to supervise. However, no matter what size or style of wedding you want, our local wedding planners can put everything together for you. They can help you choose a venue, recommend a florist, and a photographer (they’ll even book them for you), set up catering, and help arrange for the perfect wedding cake. Having a destination wedding can be somewhat nerve wracking, as you must put a little extra trust in your wedding planners. Also, the logistics of getting the whole wedding party to Costa Rica, and keeping them happy, can be a bit of a challenge. Lean heavily on your concierge team at HRG Vacations and utilize a great last minute destination wedding checklist, such as the one suggested by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.

Your Costa Rica destination wedding checklist will help you stay on top of things:

 

  • Schedule a spa day for the bridal party, at least 2 days in advance of the ceremony.
  • Confirm the hair-and-makeup trial, and wedding day appointment.
  • Select, order, and forward on to Costa Rica: welcome-bag goodies, guest favors, and gifts for the wedding party, and any other special items you’ll want to send down ahead of time. Be sure to ship items in advance to cover any customs delays.
  • Develop your wedding day timeline with your Costa Rica wedding event planner.
  • Confirm the perfect playlist with your wedding reception DJ.
  • Once in Costa Rica, meet up with your planner and officiant to review the timeline, event venue, flowers, and ceremony details, as well as final confirmation on all local spa and beauty appointments.
  • Confirm rehearsal dinner venue and arrangements.
  • Arrange for your wedding gown and bridesmaid’s dresses to be steamed.
  • Distribute welcome bags to your guests’ rooms.

When you book a wedding through HRG Vacations at Los Sueños Resort, you can rest assured that your dream destination wedding will be absolutely perfect.

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Big Companies Choose Costa Rica, and Why You Should Too

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Choose Costa Rica for your next business venture; you’ll be glad you did

More and more people are choosing to buy property, invest, open a business, and live in Costa Rica. The reasons are endless, but just to name a few: Costa Rica is known for its business-friendly investment regulations, abundant nature, beauty and wildlife, tourism industry, conservation and sustainability, a prospering economy, its conveniently close proximity to the States and Canada, and a highly educated, and computer literate, work force.

Many countries restrict foreign business investment as a way of protecting their national business and industry. Special tax breaks are given to local commerce and roadblocks are thrown in the way of foreign investors. Costa Rica, however, takes a positive attitude toward foreign investment. Outside money is encouraged as a way to spur development.

Nonetheless, labor laws and wage minimums are strictly enforced, giving the average Costa Rican employee enough income so that the local economy can flourish.

The end result is that Costa Rica is one of the most business friendly countries in Latin America. Foreign investment and foreign entrepreneurs are welcome.

One obvious result has been the relocation of several high-tech corporations to take advantage of Costa Rica’s educated and computer literate work force. This business-friendly climate has earned Costa Rica the reputation as Central America’s “Silicone Valley.”

Among big businesses that have chosen to set up shop here are the following (to name just a few):

 

  • Gray Line
  • Hewlett- Packard
  • Amazon
  • IBM
  • Intel Corporation
  • SC Johnson
  • Poker Stars
  • Microsoft
  • Nextel/Sprint
  • FedEx
  • Bank of America
  • Sykes
  • Uber
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Experian Marketing Services

 

Any investment that promotes tourism, creates jobs, and does not harm the environment is considered welcome.

To attract desirable businesses, Costa Rica offers generous incentives and tax breaks. Depending on the enterprise, there can be a twelve-year exemption from income taxes as well as waivers on import duties. When ecology is concerned, particularly projects involving reforestation, tax exemptions can be forever.

When it comes to choosing a country to retirement or just your next chapter in life, you can’t go wrong with Costa Rica. To learn more about the ins and outs of opening a company in this beautiful country, you can visit The World Bank’s “Doing Business” page on opening a company in Costa Rica.

To learn more about buying property in Costa Rica, you can reach out to our friendly real estate team here at HRG Properties and Rentals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Costa Rica’s Los Sueños is Perfect for a Long Holiday Weekend

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When you just have 3 or 4 days to escape, Los Sueños Costa Rica is the answer to a great mini-vacation

As we roll into summer, we’ve got a number of long holiday weekends on the horizon, and there is no better place than Costa Rica to get away for a quick escape.

Given Costa Rica’s close proximity to the United States and the increasingly convenient number of short, direct flights from major International airports up north, it’s easier than ever to just pack a small bag and head for paradise.

Three Holidays that will give you the perfect excuse for a mini- vacation in Costa Rica

Memorial Day in Costa Rica

Coming up in just 2 weeks, Memorial Day 2017 falls on Monday the 29th of May. You and the family (or just you and your main squeeze) can grab a quick flight into Juan Santamaria from any number of major hubs in the States and be settled in with a cold drink in hand, watching the sunset from the balcony of your luxury condo by the day’s end, as Los Sueños is but an hour’s drive down.

Independence Day in Costa Rica

Who says you have to celebrate the 4th in the States to be patriotic? Join hundreds of ex-pats as we watch the fireworks and enjoy a celebratory barbecue near the Marina in Los Sueños Resort. With much fun and activity on the agenda, Los Sueños is a great place to spend Independence Day, which falls on a Tuesday this year, making it a lovely 4-day long weekend.

Best of all??

HRG is offering a great deal! Stay 4 nights and pay for only 3!

Labor Day in Costa Rica

Finally, one last escape awaits you at the end of summer.  Labor Day, which always lands on a Monday, makes for a fantastic, final, long weekend summer hoorah. September 4th is the big day this year, so why not start planning now; it’s the perfect way to end a perfect summer, making warm weather goodbyes just a little less painful.

With Memorial Day fast approaching and the 4th of July right on its tail, you might as well start planning those getaways now. Reach out today and let our team help you put together the perfect holiday weekend.

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Costa Rica’s Peaceful Paradise: A Soulful Escape

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4 Ways a peaceful Costa Rica vacation can change your perspective, lower your blood pressure, and enrich your life

 

Life is full of challenges, both big and small, but sometimes we can give ourselves a break. Traffic; deadlines; family illness; marital tension; parent teacher conferences; the evening news. A peaceful Costa Rica adventure could be just the ticket you need to escape the stressful realities of the daily grind.

While it’s likely that all will still be there when you return from a “relaxation vacation” in Costa Rica, your frame of mind, your perspective, and perhaps even your physical health will most definitely be in a better place.

Here are 4 ways a relaxing, adventure and discovery vacation in Costa Rica can help.

There is something truly balancing and tranquil about waking up to the sounds of nature every morning. Though I’m not sure why, Costa Rica tends to nudge me awake with the birds each morning, thus giving me time for a relaxing, peaceful, reflective morning. Add the rich aroma and taste of organically grown, Costa Rican coffee and, well…. It just doesn’t get much more sublime than that.

Long walks on the beach, and daily time spent watching the magnificent, daily, Costa Rica sunset (made all the more so with green-season cloudy skies) brings a peace to my soul that no other activity can match. Appreciating the beauty of the Pacific and the consistency of nature’s rhythms lends a deep-seated reassurance that all is fundamentally right with the world, as off balance as it all may seem sometimes when confronted with the daily news and social media.

Sometimes a little bit of pampering is all that is needed to make me feel special. While luxury living and spa days may not be the norm in my default world, I get to take extra care with myself while on vacation in Costa Rica. Ordering in, or dining out, brings sumptuous delights to my palate and healthful nutrition to my body. Body scrubs, detoxifying wraps, and long, deep massage therapy (either at one of the two world-class day spas inside Los Sueños Resort, or the privacy of my vacation condo) takes relaxation and self-care to a whole new level.

Getting out of my head, and into nature, brings my awareness back to earth and lets me re-discover who I am.  The thrill, adrenalin rush, and empowerment of climbing to a tree-top platform and zip-lining through the rainforest canopy is nothing short of therapeutic for the mind, body, and soul. The realization of the perfection that is Mother Earth when I catch sight of monkeys, sloths, toucans, red-lapas, rare orchids, and colorful butterflies is humbling and awe-inspiring.  The Japanese practice of “shinren- yoku”, or “forest bathing,” has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and fortify the immune system; my own experience of hiking through the rainforests of Costa Rica have proven that to be true for me.

Costa Rica has often been called the “happiest place on earth.” It’s easy to see why. In addition to the culture-vibe that is pura vida (pure life), there is also no military (abolished in 1948), and the country is rich with bio-diversity and nature.  Why not escape to Costa Rica for a much needed relaxation vacation; rejuvenate, and get a little bit of that happy for yourself?

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6 Awesome Things About Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is rich with biodiversity, conservation, beauty and culture

With all of the amazing things that make up Costa Rica, it can be hard to narrow down a list of the best of them. Nonetheless, we gave it a go, and managed to come up with our own list of the six absolute coolest things about this Central American tropical paradise.

The beaches

Costa Rica features an incredible 800 miles of coastline, and there is a beach to suit every taste and purpose. On the country’s Pacific side, the beaches tend to be livelier, more populated, and better suited for sunbathing, surfing and people watching. On its Caribbean side, the beaches are quieter, more secluded and more pristine, and are perfect for scuba diving and wildlife watching. From craggy, cliff-side shorelines to tranquil white, black, brown, and even pink sands, every beach is perfectly picturesque in its own way.

The landscape

Costa Rica’s incredibly diverse landscape offers nature-lovers endless opportunities for exploration. Twenty-five percent of Costa Rica is comprised of dense, lush rainforest, much of which is protected and nearly pristine. Costa Rica also features towering mountains, plunging waterfalls, misty cloud forests, and serene marshes. Finally, the country boasts 121 volcanic structures, and is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

The wildlife

While many people visit in the hopes of seeing iconic animals such as the scarlet macaw, the toucan and the capuchin monkey, not everyone realizes the vastness of Costa Rica’s biodiversity. While it makes up only .03 percent of the world’s total landmass, it houses 6 percent of the world’s species. The country is home to 130 freshwater fish species, 208 mammal species, 850 bird species, 1000 butterfly species and a full 34,000 species of insects. And if those numbers weren’t impressive enough, new species of plants and animals are discovered nearly every single day.

Conservation efforts

Costa Rica is a role model when it comes to conservation. Since the 1980s, the government has introduced a number of financing structures, which have helped to reverse forest loss and protect the species residing there. The country also has over 160 protected areas, reserves, parks and refuges, making up over 25% of the national territory. Costa Rica continues to be a world leader in slowing climate change by protecting its forests and mangroves.

Costa Rica gets 90% of its electricity from green sources; wind, water, and the country’s many volcanos. These efforts have made it a world-leader in renewable energy. Costa Rica aims to be 100% carbon neutral by 2021.

The people

Costa Ricans, in general, are a warm, friendly, educated, polite, and generous. They welcome newcomers, and they are always happy to accommodate, and help others. Not a confrontational culture, Ticos will almost go out of their way to not hurt your feelings. If they think that a “no” will be ill-received, they will typically say “maybe” or even “yes.”  You’ll quickly learn that “pura vida” isn’t just a national slogan; it’s a cultural way of life. One of my favorite local axioms is “tranquilidad ante todo” which roughly translates into English as, “Tranquility before everything.”

The activities

No matter what you love to do, there is an exciting activity waiting for you in Costa Rica. From rock climbing, to whitewater rafting, to zip-lining, or big game fishing, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round. Of course, if you just want to soak up some sun on the beach, enjoy some luxury spa time, or relax in some natural hot springs, you can do that, too.

With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Costa Rica is such a hot eco-adventure destination. Book your next eco adventure vacation now; call HRG and start planning today.

 

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Savvy Medical Travelers Recover in Comfort at Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica

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Los Sueños Resort is paradise perfect for recovering from that cost-effective medical procedure you procured in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s proximity to the United States, along with its reputation for top-notch medical care, beauty, safety and peace, has placed it among the top 5 destinations in the world for medical procedures.

With savings of up to 45-65%, more and more “medical travelers” are choosing to visit Costa Rica for procedures that are either too costly to do in the United States, Canada or Europe, or that have a lengthy waiting list. From dental work to plastic surgery, and more, Costa Rica is a perfect option for those seeking fast, affordable medical care.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) Costa Rica’s healthcare system ranks just higher than the system in the United States. Over the past 30 years, private hospitals have expanded their operations and others have opened in the country; likewise, the government has invested hugely in the health sector.

With hundreds of board-certified physicians, surgeons, and dentists practicing in or near the capital city of San José, health travel has gained a strong foothold in Costa Rica; in fact, over a million Americans travel to the small country annually, and about 15% of those for medical care.

Post-surgical care and recovery can become a relaxing Costa Rica vacation when spent at Los Sueños Resort, which is located just an hour outside of San Jose where most major private hospitals and doctors reside.

Los Sueños Resort has all of the amenities and comforts needed for a tranquil, private retreat during the days or weeks following surgery in Costa Rica. With a private nurse by your side (easily found via recommendation from your doctor or clinic), you’ll be comfortable in a luxury one, two or three-bedroom condo that is situated in one of the beautiful gated communities of Los Sueños.

Many Costa Rica medical travers opt to stay in all-inclusive “recovery retreats” in, or near San Jose, but those who choose to stay at Los Sueños Resort report a much higher quality, peaceful, private, and luxurious experience. Every private, vacation condo in Los Sueños Resort offers a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, high quality furnishings, beautiful interior design, top of the line linens, and private balconies or terraces with beautiful views of the ocean or forest. With all this, it’s easy to see why…..

A $3million private Beach Club facility, multiple restaurants, day spas, an 18-hole championship golf course, a 200-slip marina, private pools and fitness gyms in every community (and most private homes or villas), its close proximity to San Jose, and gorgeous Costa Rican surroundings are just a few of the things that make a recovery stay at Los Sueños Resort the perfect choice.

With HRG’s exemplary concierge team, it’s easy to schedule grocery deliveries, a private chef, a driver, massage therapy, airport or city transfers, and more; all it takes is a phone call.

When you’re feeling better, your concierge can also help arrange easy-going tours and activities in the resort and the surrounding area. Whether it’s a round of golf, a sunset cruise, or a beautiful rainforest dinner at Adventure Dining, the Team at HRG has an extensive list of gentle, non-taxing activities to keep you having fun, and enjoying all that beautiful Costa Rica has to offer.

With all that it has to offer, why would you choose any other place than Costa Rica to get that long-awaited tummy tuck or dental implant? Make it the gift to yourself that keeps on giving, with lovey memories of a peaceful vacation at Los Sueños Resort.

 

 

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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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