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Superbowl Sunday, a Golf Tournament by night, and Los Sueños Costa Rica

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A Golf Tournament by Night + Superbowl Sunday in Los Sueños, Costa Rica; it just doesn’t get much better then this!

A golf trip in Costa Rica can provide everything you need to get away from it all – a few nights far from home, a relaxing, leisurely game where you and your buddies can catch up and unwind, and definitely a day of sport fishing. Top all that off with great food and wonderful amenities, and you’ve got yourself a golf trip to remember. Imagine, though, combining all that with the Superbowl this February 4, 2017. That’s right, you can enjoy Superbowl LI 2017 via the big screen from the comfort of your luxury vacation villa or condo in Los Sueños Resort, right after a long day of superb golfing. Of course, we don’t know who’s going to the bowl yet, but they’ll be playing in Texas, and you can watch them from Costa Rica.   The 15th edition of the La Iguana Invitational is open, by invitation only, to La Iguana Golf Course Los Sueños Marriott Members, residents and owners in Los Sueños Resort, boat owners with slips in the marina, and professional golfers from around the country. The tournament will be held on Superbowl Sunday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00am and going on through the night. A different experience, you will be golfing with neon balls at night. For more information about joining the tournament, you can contact the La Iguana Golf Course directly.   Los Sueños Resort is the perfect place for a golf trip. Not only does the Los Sueños Resort offer beautiful vacation condos and villas with fantastic amenities, it also has a first-class golf course that makes for a worthy game. The La Iguana Golf Course is a naturally challenging, 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson. And, as if that were not enough, the course is set in paradise. La Iguana backs up to the rainforest, and also features spectacular ocean views. So what does a jungle golf course mean for your golfing experience? It means that the rainforest is part of the course itself. This is not a walk on a hilly barren green – this is an exotic place, with brightly colored flowers and lush green tropical plants. This is a place where a monkey just might steal your golf ball, and you may see a macaw peering down at you from a banana tree as you tee up for a hole. A place where you can experience the rainforest as you play against a seaside backdrop. The La Iguana course is deceptively challenging. Fortunately, there are PGA-qualified golf professionals on hand to help you, and you’ll have access to state-of-the-art golfing equipment and a huge putting green and driving range. And what is a golf game without a solid challenge, anyway? HRG Vacations offers great golfing packages, which include a stay in a luxury condo, unlimited golfing for two days, and airport transfers. The rates are reasonable, and the golfing is great year around, so of course you can come any time, but we do recommend making a Superbowl weekend out of it. For those times when you’re not on the course, there is plenty to do. Whether you want to hit the spa for a deep tissue massage or head out for a zip lining adventure, an ATV trek through the mountainside, or try your hand on a sport fishing trip, you can do it all in or near Los Sueños Resort and Marina. If you get hungry after a long day of golfing, Los Sueños offers 12 restaurants, all of which will cater to your door should you feel like staying in. There are also lots of great restaurants nearby where you can get some great local cuisine. And if you’re looking for something to after-hours, the breezy beach town of Jaco – known for its great night life — is just a few minutes away. Why not plan a long weekend at Los Sueños Resort and join in the golf tournament to boot? Call today to make your reservations; it could be the best boy’s weekend away you’ve had in a while.

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Costa Rica’s National Parks

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Costa Rica is abundant with national parks and preserves

Costa Rica is the proud home of twenty-seven national parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 32 protected zones, 15 wetland areas/mangroves, 11 forest reserves and 8 biological reserves, plus 12 other conservation regions protect the distinctive and diverse natural habitats. Nearly 5% of global flora and fauna, representing 12 life zones, live in an area about the size of West Virginia. The six national parks below capture some of Costa Rica’s amazing biodiversity and all are within a few hours’ drive of Los Sueños Resort and Marina.

 

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in northern Puntarenas province sits on the Continental Divide, where mist produced by the high humidity at elevations of up to 5,200 feet collected on the branches of the tallest trees, supports a stunning range of biodiversity. Extending across eight distinct biological zones, the reserve is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. There are several ways to explore the reserve, on foot or exploring the canopy via skywalk or zipline. Well-maintained trails vary in difficulty from easy to moderate, and with thick moss covering nearly all surfaces, sturdy hiking boots are necessary.

 

 

Corcovado National Park, on the Osa Peninsula, preserves the largest primary tropical rainforest on the American Pacific coast. Its remote location has helped preserve it as habitat for many endangered plant and animal species, even as the park’s popularity as an ecotourism destination grows. Scarlet macaws, resplendent quetzals, red-eyed tree frogs and tapirs are among the hundreds of species that inhabit the park’s 13 ecosystems. A certified professional guide must accompany all visitors.

 

Arenal Volcano within Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the most recognized in Costa Rica. The conservation area (290 square miles) encompasses eight of the 12 life zones in Costa Rica. Hiking, boating, cycling, bird watching and natural hot springs add to the volcano’s steady geothermal display. Birdwatchers especially should pay a visit; most of Costa Rica’s 850 bird species can be found here.

Piedras Blancas National Park, formerly part of Corcovado, helps protect the last remaining lowland tropical rainforest on the Golfo Dulce. In addition, Piedras Blancas is one of the few jaguar habitats in Costa Rica. Bordering Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, Piedras Blancas and Corcovado create and protect an important ecologically diverse biological corridor in the Golfo Dulce. Many rate Piedras Blancas as a premier bird watching park because many birds from throughout the Americas gather.

 

Los Quetzales National Park encompasses 3 rainforests and 14 ecosystems along the Cordillera de Talamanca. Reaching altitudes of nearly 10,000 feet, the mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the park to rival its colorful namesakes. Here, brightly colored, long-tailed green and red quetzals are plentiful, belying their nearly mythological rarity. Other avian residents include the colibri, with its cone-shaped nests and hummingbirds. Squirrel monkeys, sloths, jaguars and pumas are also plentiful within the park.

 

Santa Rosa National Park, founded in 1972, is part of the Guanacaste Conservation area that protects a great deal of the last tropical dry forest in the world. Ten distinctive habitats, deciduous forests, littoral woodlands, evergreen forests, mangroves, marshlands and savannahs, can be found within park boundaries. Lush in the green season, the park becomes a topical dry forest in the dry season with well-marked trails. Playa Naranjo and Playa Nancite are two of several stunning beaches. Playa Nancite is an olive ridley turtle nesting site, while Witches Rock at Playa Naranjo offers some of the best surfing in the world.

Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, encompasses rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. The park’s roughly 680 hectares are crossed with hiking trails, which meander from the coast up into the mountains.

 

For such a small country, Costa Rica leads the world in environmental conservation, in land, species and government programs. HRG’s dedicated concierge team can help you arrange a visit to any of the parks on our list or help you choose from the many choices available to you. They’ll take care of all the details, from door-to-door.

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Surfing Costa Rica – What You Need to Know

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Costa Rica is One of the World’s Hottest Surfing Destinations

Surfer-Mal_PaisCosta Rica is a mecca for surfers around the world – and for good reason. The country features over 800 miles of coastline, with beaches on both its Pacific and Caribbean sides. Its prime location provides multiple surfing sweet spots for those of every age and ability.

Starting Out

Even if you have never set foot on a surfboard, you can still have a fantastic surfing experience in Costa Rica. Most commercial surfing spots offer lessons and camps, one of the best being Jaco Beach, right next door to Los Sueños Resort & Marina. In Jaco, you will find a number of qualified trainers, many of whom are champion surfers themselves. You will also find tame waves that are perfect for just starting out.

Novices

Tamarindo, which is also located in Guanacaste, is one of Costa Rica’s top surfing and party destinations. So if you are looking to surf and have a great time out on the town, this is the place. Tamarindo is great place for beginning surfers, as it the ocean has a sandy bottom (meaning a softer place to land) and smaller waves. If you would like to try out your skills somewhere quiet and low-key, the El Parqueo section of Playa Avellanas, which is close by Tamarindo, is an uncrowded stretch of beach with only a few bungalows and a single restaurant to speak of. El Parqueo’s sandy shore and long smooth waves make it ideal for beginners. Playa El Carmen in southern Nicoya, just next to Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, has few crowds, and its sandy bottom and calm waves are perfect for beginners.

Intermediate

The Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area of Guanacaste is known for its consistent waves and great weather. While beginners can find some moderate beach-break spots, the reefs, rocks and wave heights make this area a good challenge for those with some degree of experience.

You can also get two different travel experiences – Mal Pais is a small, laid-back surfing village, while Santa Teresa features plenty dining and night life. Both are just a quick boat ride away from Los Sueños Resort & Marina.

Located adjacent to Jaco, just 15 minutes down the road from Los Sueños Resort, Playa Hermosa is a very long, white sand beach that is almost never crowded. This is a laid-back spot dedicated to the surfing lifestyle, and the beach is lined with numerous surf shops and surf camps. Playa Hermosa’s big waves and numerous breaks appeal to intermediate surfers, although under certain conditions the swells are better left to experts.

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There are a number of spots for experienced surfers to challenge themselves on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. One of the best is the “Little Hawaii” section of Playa Avellanos, a break which offers big, Hawaii-style waves that are definitely for experts only.

The tempestuous waves of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast offer some of the world’s most adventurous surfing, and Puerto Viejo is one of the most alluring surf spots for experienced thrill-seekers. It is home to Salsa Brava, Costa Rica’s heaviest and wildest wave, which only a brave few have conquered.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s most challenging surfing spot of all may be Witch’s Rock, located off of Guanacaste’s Playa Naranjo beach, in Santa Rosa National Park. Other than some nearby campsites, there are no accommodations here. If you can brave the flight or drive out to Playa Naranjo, the sailboat ride out to Witch’s Rock, and the sharks and saltwater crocodiles in the ocean, you are tougher than most, and if you can master the powerful waves, you are in the company of a select group of hard-core surfing enthusiasts.

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5 Amenities You Didn’t Know Los Sueños, Costa Rica Resort Offered

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Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica Offers an Array of World Class Amenities – And You Might be Surprised by Some of Them

Los Sueños is well-known for its 5-star accommodations, its excellent restaurants, and its beautiful natural surroundings. The 18 hole championship golf course and 200 slip marina are, of course, also a given.

You may not have been aware, however, that the resort offers a multitude of other amenities that are not expected. Here are five perks that you may not have known existed, but that Los Sueños offers and HRG is happy to set you up with:

In-Home Massages in addition to the choice of (2!) world-class day spas

 

Los Sueños offers two first-class spas, where you can relax your cares away with a massage. However, what many guests don’t know is that if you prefer to stay in, the pampering can come to you.  Upon your request, your concierge at HRG will send a massage therapist to your residence for a private in-house massage – the perfect way to unwind.

Personal Chef

Maybe you are up for some incredible cuisine, but you are not up for heading out. Or, maybe you would like to host a fantastic meal for your friends, family or significant other at home with the catch from your epic day of sport fishing. Whatever your reason, HRG can provide you with your own personal chef – a highly-trained professional who can create fantastic meals of your choice in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Fully-Stocked Fridge

The properties in Los Sueños Resort are equipped with large, American-style kitchens that feature high-end appliances. If you enjoy cooking and entertaining, and you are looking forward to spending your vacation whipping up great delicacies for friends and family, HRG can help. Upon request, the team at HRG can ensure that your fridge is stocked with fresh, delicious, local foods of your choosing. You won’t have to spend time going from store to store in an unfamiliar place – you’ll have the best ingredients right on hand.

Catered Restaurant Meals

Los Sueños Resort features 12 separate restaurants, which serve everything from 5-star international cuisine, to authentic Italian food, or world-class sushi. During your stay at Los Sueños, you can have meals catered to your door from any one of the resort’s restaurants – try a different one every week – or every night!

Clinic

The Los Sueños CARE Clinic is available to serve Los Sueños visitors and residents. The clinic is open from 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week, and has multi-lingual doctors available on staff to treat patients. The clinic also has staff on call 24 hours a day, and a doctor will come to the clinic, your residence, or even your yacht at any time to meet your medical needs.

Los Sueños Resort & Marina in Costa Rica is the perfect vacation spot and the amenities are so abundant, you may not ever want to leave the resort!

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Guys Sport Fishing Getaway to Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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No wives and no kids; just the guys, good times, golf and sport fishing in Costa Rica.

It’s been a long hot summer with lots of family fun and backyard barbecues- and it’s been great- but, now that the kids are back in school, its time for a “guys getaway.” Sport fishing, casino gaming, golf, beer, cigars and adventure, and a little more sport fishing are all on the agenda; mowing the lawn, going to the office, taking out the trash are all on hold. At least just for a week or so. Start with reaching out to the team at HRG to help you plan the perfect sport fishing vacation to Costa Rica. With awesomely huge array of condos and vacation villas of every size to choose from, you and your buddies can arrange for the perfect home-base away from home in Los Sueños Resort; from there, you can explore Costa Rica, blow off some steam and get in some well deserved R&R. Here are a few ideas for fun on a great guy’s sport fishing vacation in Costa Rica: Of course: Sport Fishing Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the premier offshore sport-fishing destination in all of Central America, Mexico or the Bahamas. Find out why some of the biggest names in tournament sport fishing base their operations out of Los Sueños’ 200 slip full service marina and in the calmest and bluest waters of the Pacific. Whether it’s a half day for inshore fishing or full day for inshore and offshore fishing, you won’t be disappointed as each trip comes with a bilingual captain and crew, bait, tackle, snacks, lunch, drinks and plenty of exciting opportunities for a great catch. When the day is done, HRG can arrange for an onsite chef to prepare a delicious meal out of the day’s rewards, whether its sushi or some other culinary delight. Golf On those days when you take a break from being out on the water, an 18-hole golf course awaits your competitive nature. Los Sueños Resort and Marina is home to the professional 18 hole, par 72 La Iguana Golf Course designed by Ted Robinson Jr. Landscaped to blend seamlessly with the lush Costa Rica Jungle and Central Pacific Coast line. River Rafting 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. Zip-lining There are many ways to see Costa Rica’s rainforest – by boat, by ATV, by car, on horseback, or on your own two feet. However, nothing compares to seeing the country’s dense foliage and beautiful wildlife from high up in the trees, or flying through the air over a tropical paradise. Want to feel like superman for a day? Book a zip-line canopy tour through your concierge at HRG. ATV Tours 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. Casino Gaming 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 Vegas style casinos too. Right in the resort and in nearby Jaco Beach, too, there are a number of fun casinos to choose from. Drinking and Dining What would a vacation be without great food and drink? With more than 10 excellent restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from right in Los Sueños Resort, and an abundance to numerous to name just minutes away, you‘ll find that the nightlife during your guys getaway sport fishing vacation won’t disappoint. After a long, fun, challenging day out on the water, a great night on the town is just the way to top it all off.   Life may be full of responsibility these days (and all the rewards that go with that), but you still get to have a little bit of time in for you and September is a great time of year to make your getaway and enjoy that annual fishing trip with your buddies.

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Travel Gear For Your Next Costa Rica Vacation

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We love these cool travel gadgets for vacationing in Costa Rica

Staying connected and secure during your Costa Rica vacation is easier than ever with these cool gadgets and gizmos from the makers of tech and travel gear. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

  • The-AMPL-SmartbagIf you’re visiting Costa Rica during the green season, the AMPL SmartBag may be just the ticket at the airport. The water-resistant backpack has a hidden charger that when plugged in can charge seven devices via USB—all at the same time. It will charge a Smartphone before needing to recharge. With extra modular batteries, and complete with an app for that, you can manage which device is charging and which has priority.

 

  • Guess ConnectSmartwatches tend to be instantly visible; however, the Guess Connect attracts far less attention. Its watch face connects to your phone via Bluetooth and a small LED strip displays texts, interfaces with Siri or Google, as well as make and receive by voice. A similar device, goTenna, a pocket-sized 2-way radio, pairs with smartphones to keep Android or iOS devices connected within a 50-mile radius (depending on conditions) without cell service.

 

  • camelbakIn most cases, Costa Rica’s water is completely potable (and most certainly in Los Sueños Resort), but questionable water has ruined many a vacation in many places in the world. If you’re concerned, or just one of those with an extra sensitive system, take precautions when you’re visiting more remote locations throughout the country. CamelBak All Clear purifies most tap or clear natural water sources in 60 seconds. The 0.75-liter bottle has rechargeable lithium ion batteries and uses UV light to neutralize viruses and bacteria. SteriPens are another option, with no tables or plug-ins, a pen in a glass or bottle makes 16 ounces of water safe in about 48 seconds. It’s especially effective against cryptosporidium, a common cause of stomach problems. The Vapur MicroFilter set, another water filtration system, effectively removes practically all water borne bacteria—for instance, salmonella, cholera and E. coli—and protozoa, such as cryptosporidium and giardia.

 

  • stash_sandalsThe best advice for beachgoers anywhere in the world is to never leave valuables in the car (even if it is locked) and never leave your stuff unattended on the beach. The problem is what to do when everyone wants to be in the water at the same time. Stash Sandals have a nifty little mobile safe in the soles, big enough for cash, cards and keys. The sandals are comfortable enough to wear while keeping your stuff secure.

 

  • packable rainbootsDuring a rainstorm or while hiking through the cloud forest on a day trip, Puddleton’s Packable Rain Boots will keep your feet dry. Far more fashionable than standard Wellies, they come in an assortment of colors and patterns. They also fold up to take leave more room in your suitcase.

 

 

A vacation in Costa Rica is an adventure; these great little travel gadgets will help make it a great one.

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Surfing Costa Rica’s Central Pacific

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It doesn’t get much better than a surf vacation in Costa Rica

Back in the day, surfing Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast wasn’t a common activity. Few locals surfed; most were from California, following the Endless Summer in search for the perfect ride. Oh, how times have changed: a sleepy surfer’s paradise, once known to few, is now world-famous.

Costa Rica’s legendary surf draws multitudes and Los Sueños Resort and Marina, a few minutes from Jacó, is right in the thick of things. You may not be a pro, but surf shops, camps and lessons abound in and around the resort mean you can take advantage of the many nearby breaks. Most beaches are accessible, but keep any valuables with you, especially your passport and drivers license.

Jacó is the place to rent boards, hire guides or take lessons. Playa Jacó is a 2.5-mile stretch of beach with breaks ideal for beginners and advanced surfers. The south end of Playa Jacó is better for beginners and longboarders. The best time to paddle out is an hour or two on either side of high tide.

Boca Barranca, recommended for skilled riders, is one of the longest left breaks in the world. Longboarders can ride more than half a mile when conditions are right. Arrive early, when the swell is not too massive, the drift spreads everyone out. Waves can break all the way to the pier. Warning: watch for river crocs that sometimes join the lineup.

Playa Escondida has an excellent point break with rights and lefts. The waves are best at high tide. A true A-frame with a short barreling right and a longer left, it can be crowded with just six people. Keep an eye on the rock shelf that sticks out at lower tides. Beach Club members can access the break from the beach, while visitors will have to rent a boat from Playa Jacó or Playa Herradura.

Popular Playa Hermosa, recommended for the experienced, stretches for miles with plenty of room on the constant swell that breaks right or left. El Almendro, at Playa Hermosa, tends to have the best breaks; look for the sand bar opposite a huge beach almond or ask a local. Don’t get confused: There are two Playa Hermosas. The one you want is about 5 miles south of Jacó and one of the best surf spots in Costa Rica. The other, in Guanacaste, isn’t a surf beach. Primo surfing is March – June; the biggest waves roll in July – October.

Estrellita Oeste in the Nicoya Gulf tends to be uncrowded. Its exposed beach break includes a long sandy stretch with some lava reefs outside. It picks up more swell than Playa Hermosa and different sections with reef breaks about half a mile offshore. Nearly perfect when the swell is from the south, the best time is the afternoon.

The World Surfing Games, an Olympic-style team competition, open Aug. 6 – 14, in Jacó. Team Costa Rica is hoping to repeat their 2015 win in Nicaragua. Surfers from around the world compete for individual medals and the World Team Championship Trophy. Don’t miss the action! Book your luxury condo or villa in Los Sueños Resort quickly; it’s going to be a party!

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Summer Escape to Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica

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Beat the heat!Escape the long hot of summer & head for Los Sueños Costa Rica.

 

If you want to beat the heat, heading to a tropical rainforest may not come to mind as a first choice. However, there are more ways to stay cool in Costa Rica than you might think – and none of them involve wandering around an air-conditioned mall all day.

Whitewater Rafting

With the spray of water in your face and the rush of wind around you, whitewater rafting is a thrilling way to beat the heat. The summer months fall within Costa Rica’s wet season. This is the the perfect time to go whitewater rafting, as the rivers swell with the heavy rainfall and create the ideal rush of currents. There are many rivers in Costa Rica, and there are rafting options for those of any skill and comfort level.

Surfing

Costa Rica is one of the surfing capitals of the world, and surfers from all over visit the Central American country to test, hone or learn new surfing skills. With just over 800 miles of coastline, and extensive beaches along both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, there are a wide range of prime surfing spots located all over the country. You’ll have point breaks, reef breaks, beach breaks and river mouths to choose from, and whether you want to take lessons from the experts on the relatively tame Jaco Beach, or you are an expert looking to challenge yourself on the famed Salsa Brava, there is a way for you to keep cool in the surf in Costa Rica.

Diving

You won’t feel the heat underwater, and Costa Rica’s two oceans make it a fantastic place to get a glimpse of colorful undersea life. A multitude of dive companies all over the country offer diving tours and excursions of all kinds. The best spots for diving are on the Caribbean coast, but the area is more secluded and less developed, making tours harder to come by.

Heading Upward or Inland

Costa Rica’s mountains loom thousands of feet high in the air. The air gets considerably colder the higher you go – even in the summer, hiking through the mountains can be quite a chilly experience. Be sure to bring a jacket!

In Costa Rica’s inland valley, you’ll find beautiful green rolling hills, stunning volcanoes, lush cloud forests, and year round temperatures of 72 degrees. Hiking along volcano crests and trekking through cloud forests won’t just help you beat the heat – it will introduce you to some of the country’s most incredible wildlife.

 

 

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Best Things to do During Green Season in Costa Rica: Waterfalls and Rivers

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Green season brings crashing waterfalls and rushing rivers to beautiful Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful shorelines, and for its game fishing, scuba diving and surfing opportunities. However, the country is not all about salt water. Parts of Costa Rica receive up to 300 inches of rain in any given year, and dozens of rivers and streams course across the interior rainforest, cutting through lush jungle vegetation and winding around spectacular mountain, forest and jungle landscapes.

Costa Rica’s rivers have much to offer the sightseer. During the rainy season, they become rushing rapids that beckon daring travelers for a rafting adventure. There are rapids for every skill level, from beginners to those looking for a hard-core adventure.

Those looking for a more low-key way to enjoy Costa Rica’s rivers won’t be disappointed. They can coast along on gentle currents on a one-of-a-kind wildlife tour, where they can see everything from capuchin monkeys to crocodiles. Or, they can simply enjoy the scenery from the safety of the river bank.

Where there are rivers and mountains, there are waterfalls, and Costa Rica lays claim to some of the world’s most incredible falls. From thundering giants that draw visitors from around the world, to clandestine cascades that can only be seen after a trek through the jungle landscape, there are falls of all types to be enjoyed here.

Celeste

The Celeste waterfall is always a spectacular site. The waterfall cascades into a luminous baby blue pool, the color of which is caused by a combination of naturally occurring chemicals. Every so often, lucky visitors catch the falls when they themselves turn a vibrant, glowing shade of blue.

La Fortuna

This waterfall is a popular, well-traveled site, and for good reason. It cascades nearly 230 feet in a perfectly picturesque setting, and ends into a pol just perfect for swimming.

El Chorro

Those willing to take the three or four hour hike — or a pleasant hour-long horseback ride – up a secluded canyon will be treated to the sight of these majestic falls, which tumble gracefully from impossible heights into the Pacific Ocean. A freshwater lagoon sits just at the bottom of the falls, which is popular for swimming.

Savegre

If you are up for a trek through exhilarating cloud forests and across lofty suspension bridges, then you will be rewarded with the sight of the Savegre Falls. These falls fall 100 feet into a crystal-clear pool, and are nestled against a background of rolling hills and wildflowers.

Nauyaca

Visitors to these falls are in for a treat – these falls create a two-tiered cascade effect, which tumble into a sparkling crystal pool. The falls are located on private property, but can be visited by the public on horseback. Intrepid visitors can dive from steep ledges into the pool, while those looking for a little relaxation can just take a dip in the cool fresh water. .

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Girl’s Getaway in Los Sueños, Costa Rica

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My Recent Girl’s Getaway to Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica

 Guest Post by Celina A.

Sometimes you just need to get away and take your girlfriends with you. A friend of mine once gave me a little business card size note once that said, “If you ever run away, take me with you!” I left that card in my wallet for years because it meant a lot to me.

One day, I decided to take her up on it. I’d had a crazy year at my job. My employers were piling 3 people’s work onto my plate and I knew it was the same with my co-workers. It was time for a well-deserved break! I called my sister, and the friend who’d given me that card, and said; “I’m running away for a whole two weeks! Come with me!”

I had searched around online for different places, but one of the most relaxing and luxurious choices that really stood out to me was the Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Costa Rica. The beautiful green mountains against a blue sky as a backdrop and the blue waters with light pink, or even black, sand drew me and I told the girls, “Let’s go to Costa Rica!”

Los Sueños is situated on the central Pacific of Costa Rica. A master planned community, there is a marina, a beach club, a golf course and a small “village” of shops and restaurants. Never a dull moment, there is plenty to do within the resort, and outside- well, lets just say the adventure never stops. Between river rafting, zip-line canopy tours, horseback riding and surfing, the days seemingly flew by.

A typical day at Los Sueños Resort began when we woke up in our rented three-bedroom condo and grabbed some fresh local fruit from the refrigerator to enjoy while we sipped rich Costa Rican coffee on our balcony as the sun rose. The awesome staff at HRG Properties and Rentals even pre-stocked our refrigerator with local foods and gourmet goodies from Jimmy T’s gourmet shop for us before we arrived!

Now I’m not a sailor or a fisherman, but I do love to eat fresh fish and I’d heard the sport fishing out of Los Sueños Resort & Marina is amazing! So, we booked a day of fishing in advance. Wow. What a day of adventure, and there are really no words sufficient to describe the meal we enjoyed that night in our condo, prepared, of course by the private chef we hired through HRG.

One day we felt like relaxing and playing a round of golf. Let me tell you, the golf course at Los Sueños Resort is one of a kind, with all the wildlife joining in the fun. My girlfriends and I enjoyed an 18-hole game on a gorgeous course that runs next to the rainforest and is flanked on the other side by the ocean. What amazing views! Although we got nowhere near the 72-par mark, the fact that we played on a championship course designed by Ted Robinson is something to brag about. The unique and colorful animals of the rainforest gave us even more wonderful sights to see and sounds to hear while we played.

After golfing, we all treated ourselves to a massage. Upon request, the HRG Concierge Team sent over three therapists, so after our massages we didn’t have to go anywhere; we just lounged around in our robes and drank wine. Costa Rican culture promotes the phrase, “Pura Vida”, which means, “pure lIfe”. The spa therapists that HRG works with base their treatments with this in mind and it works! I’d never had a rainforest massage before that and I’d love another.

If you are planning a “Girls Only” retreat, take a look at Los Sueños Resort. We loved it and I know you would to!

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