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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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10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

Make your trip to Costa Rica count

To help you make the most out of your trip to Costa Rica, we’ve created this travel guide that can promise you a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.Costa Rica is a popular vacation destination with its wide array of environmental and cultural attractions.  As you plan your vacation, be sure to check out the premier luxury Los Sueños Resort, featuring a spa, championship golf course, gorgeous views of the ocean and marina, and more!

 

10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

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Learning to Surf in Costa Rica

What an incredible Costa Rica Surf trip!

Guest post by Daniel B.

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When my buddies and I decided we wanted to learn how to surf,  we thought, what better place to do so than in Costa Rica? We decided to stay at the Los Sueños Resort  after researching online. With only five days to vacation we hoped to get as many surf lessons in as we could, although after hours of looking at the HRG Properties and Rentals website, and reading all about the resort and all cool tours and activities, we realized that there was much more to do than surf while in Costa Rica.

The HRG representative I spoke to over the phone was more than helpful. He facilitated the booking of our Los Sueños condo over the phone and scored us a discount on our 4×4 SUV rental from National Rental Cars. He then proceeded to provide me with much more information regarding the many activities offered at Los Sueños  by the HRG team. After sharing the information with my buddies, we knew that the trip would be a blast!

Picking up the vehicle next to the San Jose airport couldn’t have been easier. The drive from the airport to Herradura beach was beautiful and very scenic, only taking about an hour and twenty minutes. Roughly twenty minutes before reaching our destination we stopped at a bridge where there was a small congregation of tourists taking pictures over the railings. There we were able to observe at least a couple dozen giant crocodiles below. We couldn’t believe our eyes; they were huge!

Upon arrival at Los Sueños Resort and Marina, we were even more blown away by the luxurious accommodations of our vacation condo. Ten times better than the pictures, it was fully equipped, and unbelievably comfortable! We checked out the local grocery store, a five minute drive back towards the main road, which was very upscale; they had everything we needed in order to fill our fridge for the rest of the trip. Once back, we went down to the Los Sueños Beach Club for the sunset and enjoyed a few Mai Tais.

The following morning we met up with our surf instructor and drove about fifteen minutes south to Jaco Beach to catch the morning session. There we spent nearly three hours in the water “learning the ropes” of surfing. To say the least, sitting on our boards out in the blue-green warm water was magical. I was surprised how easy the instructor made it, and I was able to catch a handful right away. The feeling of surfing was so profound that I fell in love immediately. The instructor informed us that he lived and surfed in Hermosa Beach, about fifteen minutes further south from Jaco Beach, and that we should check it out.

After finishing our first lessons, we did check out Hermosa Beach. Again, the scenery along the drive was breathtaking. The absolute sheer beauty of Hermosa Beach with its black volcanic sands, the lush vibrant green jungle jetting out all the way to the beach from atop the rocky cliffs, toucans flying overhead through the air, and giant palm trees protruding out and over the beach towards the ocean, all made for a perfect, picturesque moment. We lunched at a local restaurant called The Back Yard and were informed by our server that there were literally dozens of beach break points stretching for miles down the coast. We all agreed right there, and then, that we would master surfing and return here again and again without a doubt.

The third day we went on an ATV tour, which was organized and scheduled for us by the HRG tour office. The guide showed us some awesome view points in the Jaco hills, where we were able to see all sorts of wild life. Later that night we hit the Los Sueños Marriott Casino, the Stellaris, where I won a hundred and fifty bucks! Not a very big casino, but plenty of beautiful “chicas” tending the tables made up for it.

The fourth day, we hit Jaco Beach for some more surf lessons. I was able to stand up at least a dozen times! Words cannot describe the feeling of sitting out there on a board. The instructor swam nearby in complete silence, allowing us to fully absorb the essence of surfing: the warmth from the sun on our backs, the slow rise and fall of the sea, the intense silence with all but the soothing sound of rolling, crashing waves, and the occasional squawks of pelicans flying above; we were truly in heaven.

Later that day, a few of us called up the spa and had in-house massages, which were absolutely amazing. Then later, after dinner, we went out to Jaco to check out the nightlife. There were many different spots to check out, and we did our best to “bar-hop” through them all.

On the fifth day, we drove a little over an hour south to Manuel Antonio and visited the National Park there. Again, we saw all sorts of wildlife—monkeys, iguanas, a sloth, and some pesky raccoons that made an attempt for the food in our bags. You’ve got to watch out for them! It was fun; I cannot recommend strongly enough that you visit this magical place.

The next morning, with bags tied down on top of the SUV, we bid our farewells and made our way back to San Jose for our flight home. What an incredibly extraordinary vacation; thank you Los Sueños HRG for making it so.

 

 

 

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Singles Tours Costa Rica

Costa Rica Couldn’t Be More Perfect for the Single Adventurer

singles-VacationsIf you are single, you love to travel, and you seek outdoor adrenaline rushes interspersed with party nights and beach bum days, you want to come to Costa Rica with a singles tour group. You’ll meet new friends and have all of the experiences named above.

Los Suenos Resort and Marina is a luxurious resort on the edge of the Pacific Coast that is ready to be of service to your singles’ travel group. As a single person, you know what it’s like to work hard and take care of yourself. Your singles trip to Costa Rica is a time for you to slack off, live it up, and let someone else do the work.

You will sleep in the Mariott hotel in the heart of the resort. The Mariott’s rich environment is the perfect place to soak up the privileged life. It’s décor of imported Italian tile, wrought iron railings and local Costa Rican hardwood floors and furniture set a tone of elegance rivaled only by the feast for the eyes that you find outside. The Mediterranean-style stone pools and fountains gleam by night while the ocean and garden views amaze by day. Your hotel offers a premier spa experience at the Sibo Rainforest Spa and Retreat where you can enjoy hot stone massages or an organic black forest mud bath.

When you’ve tired of the never-ending luxury your singles travel group will provide you with a rowdy night out in Jaco Beach. Gamble or dance the night away. Jaco Beach is well known for its exciting night life. The bars, beaches and streets are full of highly approachable people. The dance clubs are always full and everyone is out to party and “hook up”.

If you want to get an early start to the day at Jaco Beach, check out the surfing scene. Jaco Beach has played host to many international surfing championships. Surfing instructors are always available to give you a lesson should you need it.

When you’ve had enough of the large crowds, you may want to join your singles group on one of the many outdoor excursions available near Los Suenos. Choose from sport fishing, snorkeling, canopy, white water rafting and zip line tours.

Sport fishing is a source of Costa Rican pride. Costa Rica’s blue waters are home to one of the most fertile fishing grounds in the world. Choose from fishing closer to shore among amazing coral reefs or deep sea fishing where you will fight fish that grow up to hundreds of pounds in size like the mighty marlin and the yellow tuna. The Dorado fish (also called Mahi-Mahi) is a bright blue and yellow color weighing approximately 15 to 33 pounds and can be caught to eat, not just for sport. Now that’s a lot of fish!

Snorkeling at Los Suenos will give you an up close look at the multitude of colorful marine life in Costa Rica. Barracudas and puffer fish, starfish, sea cucumbers and sand dollars abound in the warm coastal waters.

The white water rafting and canopy tours are fresh water and forest adventures to be shared with any new friends you may have made. If you prefer a nature tour to yourself, you will have a great time contemplating the wonders of the rainforest while zipping along a steel cable on the zip line tour. This tour will take you through treetops and over canyons and rivers. You’ll get a birds-eye view of the rainforest and its unique wildlife inhabitants. After all of that activity, you may be ready to spend a day lounging by the ocean view pool, sipping margaritas. Maybe a group of friends or a special friend from your tour group will sit and sip with you.

 

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Group Vacation in Costa Rica

Our Costa Rica Vacation Was the Perfect Church Group Getaway

Guest blog post by Carolyn A.

river-rafting-youthWhen our church’s youth leader said that he and his wife wanted to take the kids somewhere unique, I had no idea he meant somewhere as far away as Costa Rica. Richard and Samantha wanted the kids to pick their own trip destination, though, and Costa Rica was the place. Rick and Sam had the kids write a short essay on why they wanted to visit Costa Rica and most of the kids wrote that they wanted to see the amazing places God has created. They had heard about Costa Rica being one of the most bio-diverse places in the world, and they wanted to feel the sense of awe that they had heard others describe about the wonders God had created.

Rick and Sam thought this was a great idea and brought it to me. I’m the pastor of our church. When I heard that they wanted to visit such an amazing, far-away place, my first thought was, “How will they come up with the money?” Our youth group is small, about 19 members in all, but I still thought it could be a daunting task. I gave them my approval on two conditions. That a portion of the money that they raised would be donated to our local elderly population for the winter food cupboard, and that they would take me with them to Costa Rica. That last bit may have been a bit selfish, but I was determined to work alongside them to raise my portion of the money.

Within 6 months after a few car washes and bowl-a-thons, spaghetti dinners and countless weeks of church bake sales we had achieved a few things. Our church congregation was a bit larger, our local elderly population would be well-fed throughout the winter and we had the funds to go to the Los Suenos Resort and Marina in Costa Rica.

Our first day in Costa Rica was spent admiring the tropical beauty around us. We were in awe of the clear blue of the Pacific Ocean. This was the first time any of us had seen pink or black sand. What a treat! And the first night, it was as if God had painted the skies fiery red for us.

We had planned a few activities for the group throughout our 3 day stay and the second day on the trip was packed with kayaking and canoeing the Hurradurra Bay and zipping through the jungle on zip lines. The zip-line tour was so much fun. We climbed to the treetops, hooked to a cable and slid down through the treetops to our next tree stand destination. Many times the zip lines took us over rivers. We zipped right overtop of crocodiles!

Hiking the rainforest the next day gave us perspective on the uniqueness of God’s creations. Many of us had seen rainforest monkeys in local zoos, but the tapirs, anteaters, and wild boar that we saw in Costa Rica were simply amazing.

On the last day in Costa Rica we were excited to go snorkeling. On our first day while kayaking and canoeing, we had seen the coral reefs from a distance. But snorkeling among them up close and personal was a completely different experience. We were face to face with parrotfish, butterfly fish, and snappers. Thankfully we didn’t see any (shudder) barracudas. Below us on the sandy sea floor, we could see live sand dollars and starfish creeping along in the light of the waning sun.

The Los Suenos resort was a beautiful place and had we not been so focused on the natural beauty surrounding it, we may have spent more time enjoying the many beautiful pools and restaurants. I can tell you one thing, though. I have to go back with my family someday!

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