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Corporate Travel Los Sueños Costa Rica

Los Sueños Costa Rica is the Perfect Place for Your Next Corporate Team Building Trip


Fist teamCorporate team building trips are a great way to foster camaraderie, build trust, gain insight, and have fun, and Costa Rica is the perfect place to bring the whole workplace. The country offers numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures, as well as a beautiful subtropical setting and an exciting and energizing atmosphere perfect for motivating and engaging your team. Whether you have a small group of 20 or a group of a thousand, there are options that will perfectly suit your needs.

Costa Rica features a long coastline with a wide variety of beaches; a dense rainforest landscape; numerous golf courses; rugged mountains; and a number of national parks and nature preserves. From kayaking, to hiking, to fishing, to diving, the opportunities for creative and dynamic outdoor team building activities are practically endless. What’s more, Costa Rica’s year-round warm climate makes it the perfect spot to bring your team to regroup and reenergize during cold winter months.

The exact team building events you choose to do are only limited by your imagination. Popular activities include:

Scavenger Hunts

Whether it’s racing to snap photos of wildlife with Smartphones, geocaching, or an old-fashioned hunt for interesting odds and ends, the challenging landscape of Costa Rica makes it an ideal place for scavenger hunts.


Competitive cooking, boat building, tree climbing, kayaking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, and canyoning challenges are just some of the options available for team building exercises in Costa Rica.

Reality-Show Themed Events

Costa Rica is the perfect place to hold a Survivor, Amazing Race, or Fear Factor challenge of your own.

Philanthropic and Civic-Minded Activities  

Whether you want to embark on an educational eco-adventure, take a cultural tour, or engage in a charitable project meant to help Costa Rica’s poor, there are plenty of civic and cultural activities around the country that will help foster good will, and give back to the environment, or to those who are less fortunate.

Custom Activities

If you can dream it up, there’s a way to do it. If you have an interesting idea for a challenge, or you’re planning on a themed event that focuses on a specific value or goal, you can make it happen.

There are a number of companies available across the country that specifically handle planning and hosting corporate team building events. They have options for every budget and every sized group, and will work with you to come up with ideas, or help you implement your own.

And, if you need a respite after your corporate event, you can take advantage of Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches and engaging night life.



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Teaching English in Costa Rica

Learning Spanish While Teaching English in Costa Rica


Learn-EnglishTeaching English, Learning Spanish and having fun; these were the themes of my recent trip to Costa Rica. I teach English to Spanish-speaking children and adults, and they teach me a little bit of Spanish along the way. I took Basic Spanish  in high school,but there is always more to learn, though, and my students teach me something new every day.

This is my third trip to Costa Rica on a temporary teaching job. I heard about this job from a friend who knows that I like to travel. I had just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and my goal was to learn more about the world while I earned a living. My friend lives in Costa Rica, and he sells real estate in and around the Los Sueños Resort and Marina; he suggested that I look into teaching jobs in the area as the town of Jaco Beach, and surrounding areas, is fast becoming one of the hottest vacation destinations in Latin America so the need for English speaking employees is high.

I am a natural teacher. I have fun talking to groups of people and they seem to be able to connect with me while I am teaching and retain a lot of the information I share. I don’t have a teaching degree, though, and I was a little worried that that might stand in the way.

I began doing some research and found that a lot of companies only require a short, one month, TEFL course. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I found that a certificate from this course along with a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college in any subject was all that was needed to be hired as an English teacher in Costa Rica. I was so excited! Three months in a foreign country teaching and getting paid to be there was, and still is, a dream come true!

I was hired at a company that wanted me to teach English to their employees so that they could brush up on their skills. Many of them had, just like me, taken a course before in high school, but they were getting rusty as time passed and they weren’t speaking it as their primary language. The company’s main market is the United States and Canada, and they needed their customer representatives to speak more fluent English.

This past trip, as I mentioned earlier, was my third trip to Costa Rica. Each time I go, I stay with my friend at the Los Sueños Resort and Marina. I absolutely love his two-bedroom condo. HRG Properties and Rentals, the realty company he bought his condo through, does a remarkable job of keeping up with any maintenance that may be required, and when my friend is not in the country they take care of marketing and renting it out for him. When I stay with him, I get my own bedroom and bathroom, and a view of the ocean, resort grounds, and golf course outside. It’s just incredible. I feel so lucky.

My friend has taken me on every adventure tour that HRG offers; and there are quite a few. From jet-skiing and waterfall rappelling to crocodile tours and high in the trees, canopy tours and so much more; we always have fun.

I am already looking for my next teaching job. I’m thinking that I may try to find one that is more permanent this time. I hope one day I can buy my own condo from HRG and live in this beautiful place full-time!

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Costa Rica Coffee

No Other Coffee Can Compare to the Liquid Gold That Comes From Costa Rican Coffee Beans


whole-beanCosta Rica produces the best coffee beans, hands down. I am an official Java Aficionado.  That’s what I like to call myself anyway. I own my own coffee house, coincidentally called Java Aficionado, and I am always looking for coffee beans that can surpass my quality standards for taste, freshness, and continuity of flavor.

I went to Costa Rica on a vacation and ended up writing it off as a business trip when I discovered the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation. I had come to my usual vacation spot, the Los Sueños Resort on the western border of Costa Rica, and during a conversation with an HRG staff member, he suggested that we go on the Doka Estate Costa Rica Coffee Tour.

The friendly HRG staff is one of the reasons I love visiting the Los Sueños Resort. No matter what it is you need, they will always do their best to help you out with it. They don’t bug you, but if you are up for conversation about yourself or the local area, or anything really, you can count of an HRG staff member to talk to. They are very helpful.

In this case, the staff member I talked to gave me a great business tip without even knowing it! He was just mentioning how much he liked the coffee from Doka Estate in a morning interaction. I’d just come from my HRG vacation condo renal, and he asked me if I would like some coffee on the house. I replied, with a “no thanks”, and explained that I bring my own coffee on vacation from my coffee shop at home. He told me that I wouldn’t regret giving this Costa Rica coffee a try, so I took him up on it. I was really surprised at how great it was!

I asked him where it had come from, and he explained that a local plantation grows, roasts, and packages it, and sells it locally and internationally. He told me that HRG regularly sets up tours at the plantation. I was so taken with the freshness and quality of the brew he’d given me that I decided to put a little business into my vacation. “Who knows?” I thought.  “I may end up writing this whole trip off as a business trip!”

The day of our coffee tour arrived bright and sunny, like most days in Costa Rica, the sun’s golden rays peeking up on the horizon over the blue ocean and behind the bay island greenery. We boarded the HRG tour van and headed off towards the Doka Estate Plantation. All the way to the plantation I talked with the driver about my coffee business. He told me that he knew the owner of Doka, and would see if he could arrange a special tasting for me when we arrived at the tasting center.

Our first stop at the plantation was out to the fields of growing coffee plants. The natural beauty of the coffee plant’s white flowers and red berries was so beautiful against the green of the leaves and the black hearty soil. I was excited to see the roasting processes of the different flavors and to taste them. When we entered the tasting room, I saw that my HRG driver had stayed true to his word. There was a table laid out with steaming cups of coffee, each labeled with the different roast and bean flavors. There was Breakfast Blend, House Blend, Espresso Italiano, Decaffeinated, French Roast, Peaberry AA, and finally, Chocolate Bean coffee. I tasted them and put in an order. This coffee was so good that I knew it just had to be a staple at Java Aficionado. A big Thank You to my two new friends from HRG!

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Corporate Travel in Costa Rica

Corporate Travel Meets Luxury and Adventure in Los Sueños, Costa Rica.

Corporate-HammockLuxury condo rentals are perfect for corporate travel and when it is time to impress clients, one can’t do better than looking to the pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Los Sueños Resort and Marina, located on Herradura Bay just outside of Jaco on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, is the perfect place to book a business trip when you need a place to wow them.

In addition to the impressive array of restaurants and bars, Los Sueños boasts an 18-hole course, designed by Ted Robinson Jr. and it is in one of the most uniquely beautiful settings imaginable. Everyone knows some of the best business deals are done on the golf course, and image what you can get done with the calming effect of the rainforest all around as you play. With caddies that are trained to point out the unique to the area wildlife, including three-toed sloths, scarlet macaws, brilliantly colored toucans and playful monkeys, business on the golf course becomes more of a pleasure.

Perhaps business can better be accomplished with an umbrella drink in hand while lounging around by the pool. The exclusive Los Sueños Beach Club is one of the premiere amenities of the resort,  featuring an elevated white sand beach, water fountains set among multiple sunning decks, a swim-up bar, a free-form swimming pool and a Jacuzzi complete with showers and changing facilities.

Not much can compare with the spectacular view of the Herradurra Bay and Marina from the white sand beach and it’s a great place for a relaxing cocktail mixer or opening meet and greet barbecue too.  If your corporate trip is a business conference, you can also reserve the Beach Club conference rooms for private events and meetings. Choose from the many food offerings, prepared by international chefs, for your conference, including Asian, Italian and of course Latin American cuisine.

Of course, a corporate trip to Costa Rica would be pretty pointless without some fun in the sun, so why not let off some steam and enjoy some excitement, either after business is concluded or somewhere in the middle of the trip to break up the monotony. Get in touch with your concierge at HRG Properties and Rentals about booking a sport fishing trip, Crocodile Safari or ATV tour; in fact,  there are an abundance of fun, exciting adventure activities to do and some, like white water river rafting, create a great opportunities for team building.

As business comes to a close each day, meeting attendees can have drinks and watch the sun set in the Hook Up Bar and Restaurant which features a panoramic view of the of the Herradura Bay.

Your clients, employees and colleagues will talk for years about their experience with you in Costa Rica at the Los Sueños Resort. Business doesn’t get much better than that!