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Summer Escape to Los Sueños Resort Costa Rica


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.


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.


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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Secluded Spots in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Romantic Hideaways


Arenal Hanging Bridges park of Costa Rica


Some people head to Costa Rica to experience the nightlife, try the cuisine and mingle with the locals and other travelers. Meanwhile, others head to this beautiful country to escape the everyday and find a secluded spot to relax, get closer to nature, or enjoy a romantic getaway.

If a private corner of paradise this sounds like your dream trip, we’ve got your number. Here is our list of the best private hideaways in Costa Rica.



Hidden Waterfalls

Costa Rica’s mountainous terrain and numerous rivers make it a prime place for some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. While some of these falls are popular tourist attractions, many others are tucked away in the recesses of the rainforest, and can only be accessed by horseback, a long hike, or an ATV ride.

At the summit of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, you’ll find the Cataratas Escondidas, which literally means “hidden waterfalls.” Not only will you get a private view of these cascading falls – you’ll have the experience of standing on the crest of a dormant volcano.

The Nauyaca Waterfalls are tucked away on private property, near a secluded canyon in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific area. Two separate falls cascade into a silver pool that’s perfect for swimming. The falls can be reached by horseback, and the property owner offers daily horseback tours.

Secluded Beaches

Costa Rica features an extensive coastline that extends on both its Pacific and Caribbean sides. There are beaches to suit every preference, from swimming, to surfing, to hanging out alone – or together with your favorite person.

Located just moments away from the Los Sueños Resort is Playa Fantasia, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and most secluded beaches. Playa Fantasia is only accessible by boat, and features white sands and a coral reef perfect for snorkeling adventures.

Surrounded by the jungle and located off a dirt road, Playa Barrigona features a long swath of empty and beautiful shoreline. La Isla de Caño, an uninhabited island 10 miles out to sea from Osa Penibsula, features pristine, unspoiled white sand beaches with few visitors. And perhaps most secluded of all, Uvita’s signature “whale tail” disappears at high tide each day, and reemerges at low tide to expose golden sands perfect for an uninterrupted stroll.

Rainforest Hideaway

If you’re looking for the path less traveled through the rainforest, one of the best places to visit is the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve. Located next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, this is a private park that hosts surprisingly few travelers, and offers intrepid visitors a better peek at Costa Rican wildlife and a view of a practically untouched rainforest setting.

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Costa Rica Vacation Tips

7 Reasons Why You Might Not Have a Perfect Costa Rica Vacation

And How to Fix That

Costa Rica Natural Diversity CollageCosta Rica is a vibrant, warm, and exciting place to visit. However, sometimes people come to Costa Rica and have a less-than-stellar trip.  If this has happened to you, there is good news. You don’t have to give up on Costa Rica.

Here are 7 common reasons why people don’t get the most out of their vacations, and advice on how to have an amazing trip the next time around.


Lack of research.

To ensure that you have the trip you want, you’re best off looking into everything beforehand. Think about where you want to stay, what you want to see, and what activities are available, so that you can build a picture in your mind of what your ideal trip would look like.   
Poor planning.

There are a ton of things to do and see in Costa Rica. If you don’t plan out your trip carefully, you might end up either trying to do too much, or not doing much of anything because you’re not sure what to do. You don’t have to micromanage everything – just figure out the things you most want to do, and create a priority list. Schedule the highest priority things in first, then add in the rest of the less-important things around them.
Omitting details.

Maybe you planned to go zip-lining with the family, but realized when you got there that your children had to be at least 10. Or maybe you booked a hotel on the beach only to realize that the water there was too choppy for swimming. Finding out small, but important details about the location you’ll be staying and the activities you’ll be doing will help you avoid frustrating surprises.  
Poor time management.

When you create your priority list, don’t forget to balance each activity against the amount of time you have. Find out how long each activity will last, factoring in travel time between activities, to make sure you’re not going to be rushing anywhere. And make sure to fit in some downtime so you don’t overdo it and end up exhausted.

Budgeting unwisely.

Find out what everything will cost you beforehand. Don’t forget to include tips, deposits, and pocket money. Then add a generous cushion for the unforeseen.

Packing the wrong items.

The last thing you want is to try to trek through the rainforest in the wrong shoes, be at the top of a chilly mountain with no sweater, or miss a scarlet macaw sighting because you forgot your binoculars. Pack thoughtfully and carefully for your trip.

Coming at the wrong time of year.

Costa Rica may be warm all year, but that doesn’t mean the weather is the same year round. Some activities and locations are only accessible at specific times of year. If you plan to lie on the beach for most of your trip, come during the dry season However, if you’re looking to go whitewater rafting, the wet season is your best bet.   

That being said, Herradura Bay where Los Sueños Resort and Maria is located is easily accessible and the weather is fine year around, even if it is green season and a little rainy during part of the day. Many find that green season is actually the very best time of year to visit as everything is so lush and green.

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Driving During Your Costa Rica Vacation

You May Want to Discover Costa Rica by Driving:

Some Things You’ll Need to Know


CR-drivingDriving is one of the best ways to get around Costa Rica. You don’t have to wait for a bus or follow a guide – you can just jump in and go where you want, when you want. As you might imagine, driving in Costa Rica is not the same as driving in the U.S. The roads are different, the driving rules are different, and the terrain varies widely. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s really a great way to see everything there is to see, on your terms.

Here are some helpful tips to make your road trip smoother.


If you have a valid driver’s license in your home country or an International Driver’s Permit, you can legally drive in Costa Rica. You should always carry your driver’s license and passport with you.

Renting a Car

Renting a car is less expensive than taking taxis or hiring a private driver, but more expensive than taking a bus. You must be at least 21 to rent a car, you must purchase basic liability insurance, and you must have a credit card limit of $1000 to $1500, which will cover the mandatory refundable deposit. Additional insurance options that cover theft and vandalism are also available.

Choosing a Car

Manual transmission cars are the most commonly used in Costa Rica. You can rent a car with automatic transmission for a higher fee, but it may not be as easy to navigate the country’s hilly terrain. If you’ll be driving through major cities and towns, a standard car will work fine. However, if you plan to head for the countryside, a 4×4 is your best bet.

Getting Around

Navigating Costa Rica can be difficult in some places, and easy in others. Cities and their surrounding areas have plenty of easy-to-follow signs and, while you might encounter a bit of traffic and some aggressive drivers, it isn’t difficult to drive around. Once you head into the country’s more remote areas, things get a bit more challenging. There are few to no signs, and it’s easy to get lost. If you do get lost, the locals are really friendly, and are always willing to point you in the right direction. Or, if you prefer a bit more security, invest in a GPS. It will only cost you a few hours a day.

Seatbelts are required in Costa Rica, so keep yours on. The speed limit on major roads is 62 MPH, or 100 KMH, and on lesser roads it’s usually 37 MPH on lesser roads. Officers are standing by at checkpoints to enforce speeding and seatbelt regulations.

Helpful Hints

  • Never leave anything of value in your car while it’s unattended.
  • Always practice defensive driving
  • If this is your first trip to Costa Rica, avoid heading off anywhere you’re unfamiliar with after dark
  • Keep watch for wild animals on the roads
  • San Jose has vehicle restriction laws, which prohibit cars with license plates ending in certain numbers to be on the road on certain weekdays