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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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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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Moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rica can be an Awesome Move

Moving abroadCosta Rica is a tropical paradise, and moving there to work or retire is a dream come true for many.

As far as the nuts and bolts of relocation go, moving to another country is in a category all by itself. While it’s exciting to start a new life somewhere completely new, there are a lot of moving parts to keep track of. There’s also a lot to get used to in your new environment. If you’re considering making the big move, or if you’re already in the process, here are some things to consider, and some helpful tips to make the process smoother.

Secure employment.

If you’re in a position where you don’t have to do this right away, fantastic. However at some point, unless you’re retired or you’re moving due to a job transfer, you’re going to have to figure out your employment situation. You can’t legally work in many places in Costa Rica until you become a permanent resident, which takes two years. But you can start your own business, and doing so is very easy.

Learn Spanish.

While many people in Costa Rica speak English and there is a large population of ex-pats, Spanish is still far and away the predominate language. Learning Spanish will help you navigate much more smoothly through your day-to-day life.  You don’t have to be completely fluent right out of the gate. However, learning enough to find ingredients in a grocery store, make transactions in stores, find a restroom, ask for directions, and get help if you get lost, injured or sick will be very helpful as you start out your new life.

Do your homework.  

Research the country and the culture. Learn about the currency and the exchange rate. Find out everything you can about the area you are moving to, including what types of shopping, entertainment, and amenities will be available to you.  Learn about local customs, and about any lifestyle changes you can expect. One way to do some research is to speak to someone who’s already made the move. Another is to hire a relocation service, which facilitates the moving process, and may even have cultural classes to help ease your transition.

Sell your stuff.

You make want to take small items or sentimental items with you to Costa Rica. However, it’s best to sell your furniture and other items and buy everything new once you get there. If you do decide to ship your furniture, be aware that there will be pricey shipping fees and the import tax on used goods ranges from 40 percent to 90 percent of their value.

Become a legal resident.

Securing your status as a legal resident is fairly easy, and will allow you to live in the country legally for anywhere from one to five years. There are income, employment, and other requirements to becoming a legal resident. Do your homework to ensure you’ll be in compliance with any regulations.

 

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Destination Wedding in Costa Rica

Los Sueños, Costa Rica is the Perfect Destination for a Wedding

bride and groom on beach Costa RicaDestination 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 Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort in Herradura Bay.

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!

Theme

A classic wedding is always beautiful, but if you have a themed wedding in your mind’s eye, Los Sueños has several different options, including a Caribbean theme, a rainforest theme, a Night of Lights theme and an Under the Sea theme. If you’re considering a private ceremony, the “Just for You” package is perfect – the resort will help you set up the ceremony, and provide you with a groom’s boutonniere, a bridal bouquet and photography.

Setting

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.

Planning

 

Los Sueños has certified 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, the resort’s wedding planners can put everything together for you. They can help you choose a venue, recommend a florist or photographer (they’ll even book them for you) and help you choose a cake and pin down a menu.

Catering

You do not have to worry about whether your guests will enjoy the food at Los Sueños. The resort will customize your menu to your taste and ensure that it’s beautifully presented. You’ll even receive personal attention from the executive chef. You can also look forward to a well-trained and attentive waitstaff to take care of your wedding party and guests.

Extras

The resort throws in a few pleasant bonuses for the bride and groom on their wedding night. Expect to be treated to champagne and strawberries, special amenities, and a special breakfast for two the morning after your wedding.

When you book a wedding at Los Sueños, the only thing you really have to do is decide what your dream wedding looks like, then count the moments to the big day.

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Costa Rica Adventure Tours

How to Make the Most out of Your Costa Rica Adventure Tour

Canopy TourThere are hundreds of exciting things to do in Costa Rica, and adventure tours are one of the best ways to experience this vibrant country. From crocodile watching, to ziplining through the jungle canopy, to white water rafting, there are tours offering the perfect activity for everyone. That said, the choices can be overwhelming, and the tours can be rugged. We’ve come up with some ways to make sure you get the most out of your tours while you’re here.

Make a Plan

Long before your feet ever touch Costa Rican soil, you should have a well thought-out adventure plan in place. First, research the types of tours available. Next, prioritize the types of tours you would most like to take. Create a loose schedule, with your highest preferences planned earliest on in your vacation, and a working budget, with the idea that you’ll spend most on the highest priority activities. This way, if time or money run out, you’ll have done what you most wanted to do. Have a plan B ready for inclement weather, or anything else that might come up.

Do Your Homework

Once you’ve sketched out a plan and decided what tours you’d like to take, it’s time to research the finer points of your choices, and fine-tune your schedule and budget accordingly. Google the different companies offering your preferred tours. Read reviews of other travelers to find out if the tour is what you envision. To avoid unpleasant surprises, find out what days and times tours operate and exactly what they cost, and research any and all refund policies, required deposits, and guest restrictions. Then, finalize your plan according to your research.

Don’t Overdo It

Costa Rican adventure tours are exhilarating, thrilling, and some of the most fun you’ll ever have. But all the excitement can be a little exhausting. Make sure to plan some downtime, whether it’s walking on the beach, relaxing at a swim-up bar, or visiting a first-class spa.

Be Prepared

The last thing you need is to show up for your adventure tour with the wrong shoes, or to get a world-class sunburn because you didn’t pack the right amount of sunscreen. Do a thorough packing job, taking care to prepare for bad weather, bugs, and sun and heat exposure. Find out what your tours encompass in terms of type of terrain to determine what footwear would be best. Costa Rica has a range of different climates depending on elevation and location, so don’t assume that shorts and a T-short will work for any adventure; light layers are always best. Also, find out what each tour will provide in terms of food and hydration, and plan accordingly.

Relax and Enjoy

With a solid plan in place and all your bases covered, you’ll be free to relax and enjoy. And, if something doesn’t go according to plan, remember to roll with the punches. You’re out for an adventure, anyways, and in Costa Rica, another great one is waiting right around the corner.

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Family Reunion Vacation Los Suenos

Los Sueños Resort is the Perfect Vacation Destination for a Family Reunion

 

Party on beachLos Sueños Resort in Costa Rica is a fabulous place to host a family reunion. Not only is the country of Costa Rica someplace everyone will be excited to visit, but Los Sueños will pamper your whole entourage and make them feel right at home.

With so many exciting activities available in Los Sueños and its surrounding areas, there’s something for absolutely everyone. First and foremost, your family will love Los Sueños’s five-star service, warm welcome, and incredible ocean and rainforest vistas. They’ll also love the beautiful tropical setting and the

For group activities, your family can enjoy bird watching, rainforest and adventure tours, as well as ziplining, horseback riding, diving, kayaking and canyoning adventures.

For family gatherings that are sure to provide an exciting time and lasting memories, there’s Los Sueños Marriot Hotel. The Hotel features restaurants, a lively casino and private meeting rooms – all of which guests of the Los Sueños resort are welcome to use.

There comes a time in every family reunion when everyone splits up for a bit to do some exploring on their own. Fortunately, Los Sueños has a lot to offer individuals or smaller groups in search of some relaxation or some adventure.

For those relatives looking to relax in luxurious style, the Los Sueños  Beach Club offers a free form pool, a Jacuzzi, a swim-up bar stocked with amazing drinks, and its very own white sand beach. Meanwhile, the Los Sueños Marriot offers a first class spa perfect for getting pampered. For those family members whose idea of relaxation is a round of golf on an amazing course, Los Sueños offers the Championship Eco Golf Course, which plays right up to the rainforest.

Of course, you’ll have to bring back souvenirs to remember your incredible trip. Fortunately, in nearby Jaco, you’ll find everything you could want in the way of shopping – from cigars, to coffee, to handmade Costa Rican crafts, there are plenty of treasures to choose from.

For those who’d like to celebrate together into the night, the Los Sueños Marina Village and the town of Jaco offer any number of delightful bars and restaurants. You can catch up on each other’s lives as you drink, dance and dine on international cuisine.

Finally, there’s the sport fishing. If a few intrepid folks in your group want to try their hand at hunting the big ocean game, Los Sueños offers a marina full of boats waiting to take them on an exciting fishing charter.

When it comes to making memories with your family, there’s nothing that will compare to a sun-soaked, adventurous trip to Costa Rica in a luxury resort that feels like home. You’d be doing yourself a favor to consider Los Sueños for your next reunion.

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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.

Challenges

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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Romantic Vacation Los Sueños

Los Sueños is the Perfect Place for a Romantic Getaway

Ten Tips For A Couple’s Trip To Costa Rica

Guest Post by Jordan R.

My partner and I just got back from one of the most romantic vacations I’ve ever experienced. We love to travel to exotic tropical places and Costa Rica fits that bill to a T. We wanted a vacation that had a comfortable homey feel in an exotic location and found just what we were looking for at Los Sueños Resort and Marina.

It was such a good time that I had to share some tips for those of you who may need help surprising your significant other with a great romantic vacation:

  1. A great place to stay: Los Sueños Resort and Marina has everything you need to enjoy the perfect stay. Our luxurious 2 bedroom condo overlooked the golf course and enjoyed ocean views. We loved spending time on our private terrace and enjoying the meals we prepared in the condo’s gourmet kitchen.
  2. Candlelit Dinners: The first night in Costa Rica, I surprised my girl with a candlelit dinner at the resort’s upscale Italian restaurant next to the marina. I arranged for the resort staff to set it all up for us while we went for an evening walk along the marina. We watched the sunset in all its fiery glory and came back to our candlelit dinner surprise.
  3. Find a unique local experience: We went in search of a local hangout and found ourselves enjoying an afternoon surf tournament at the Backyard Bar and Grill in nearby Playa Hermosa. That’s one of our favorite things to do when we travel. It’s great to experience the culture of the region together.
  4. Breakfast in bed: Surprise her in the morning with breakfast in bed. The hotel provided an expensive bottle of champagne with our villa and I made mimosas. She loved it!
  5. Couples Massage: We love to get pampered and the Los Sueños Resort’s world class Sibo Spa did not disappoint. Though HRG offers a couple’s massage service that brings the massage to your villa, I wanted to make a day of it so that we could have lunch, sit in the sauna, get pedicures and have a facial. It was great.
  6. Take a Horseback Ride:  A horseback ride on the beach together was a one of my favorite parts of the trip. There’s something special about a sunset ride on the beach.
  7. Go fishing:  We spent a day on a boat out fishing and we caught Dorado for dinner! The Dorado is a fish that is better known for its name Mahi Mahi. HRG Vacations partners several captains and charter boats for first class sport fishing trips, either half day or full day. We brought the fish back to our condo and I made dinner. It was delicious.
  8. Do something adventurous: HRG Vacations provides access to an amazing rainforest canopy tour, a sky walking tour and a zip line tour. These are three unique and exciting ways that you can see the rainforest. We took the canopy tour. We rode in a basket through the treetops and saw all kinds of exotic wildlife. The colors, sights, and sounds of the rainforest are amazing!
  9. Set aside some snuggle time: We packed up a beach blanket, a couple of pillows and a basket full of goodies and wine from Jimmy T’s Provisions in the Marina Village and had a romantic afternoon on a beach called Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach).
  10. Visit the pool at night alone: This was one of our most romantic moments. The silky black star studded sky above and us surrounded by palm trees. The only light came from the lit pool. It was beautiful. We talked about our relationship and our future and came away feeling more connected than ever.

 

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Vacation Home Los Suenos Costa Rica

I Bought a Vacation Home in Los Sueños, Costa Rica and I Love My 2nd Home!

by Michelle S.

I had been looking for a vacation home that had adventure and luxury on the water; I found those things, and so much more, when I purchased my second home in Costa Rica. Los Sueños Resort and Marina are simply amazing. This is my own little piece of paradise and I am so excited to have it. In the future I hope to retire here on Hurradurra Bay’s soft sand beaches. In the meantime, the luxury villa I purchased can be rented out, offsetting its cost. Renting it out for a week or a month at a time allows me to pay for its upkeep and use it throughout the year for myself, my parents, or close friends and family.

Los Sueños Resort offers so much to see and do. I am an avid traveler and golfer and I have yet to experience anything like the golf course here. La Iguana Golf Course is an 18 hole, 72 par, Championship golf course that was designed by Ted Robinson! Not only that, but there are 150 unique species of animals just hanging around on the course. The caddies here are trained to point them out. It’s not uncommon to see playful monkeys, scarlet macaws, colorful toucans, and even three-toed sloths. And because I own a home here, this amazing course is just a short walk from my residence. My property management team HRG Properties and Rentals even offers discount golf vacation packages that I am sure to tell all of my friends about.

Golfing isn’t the only sport here. If you’re a more adventurous person, you can take advantage of the sport fishing or surfing. My sons love the beach that is right nearby. Playa Hermosa, just down the road by about 10 minutes, is actually one of the best-known surfing beaches in Costa Rica. Eco-adventure is really big here too. Much of the wildlife and terrain are relatively untouched. It’s an amazing place to stay green and have fun and I could go on and on about the national perks here.

My new selection of fine dining establishments includes food prepared by international chefs. A few examples of the cuisine offered here are Asian, Italian, and of course Latin American. In addition to the fine dining, I love the sports bars with big screen TVs and tropical drinks set right on the bay; it just doesn’t get much better than this.

Getting here is a breeze. Los Sueños Resort and Marina is located a little over an hour from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose’, Costa Rica. A lot of major US cities offer easy, close and inexpensive flights here including Chicago, New York, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas and Miami, just to name a few.

If you have been looking for a second home, I suggest that you consider buying a Costa Rica vacation home here at Los Sueños.

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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!

 

 

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