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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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Something for Everyone in Costa Rica

A vacation in Costa Rica has something for everyone.

Costa Rica is a land of abundance. The small region is known for its wealth of rainforests, tropical climate and wildlife species relative to its size. The variety of natural beauty is echoed by the variety of ways to entertain and amaze its residents and visitors. When you want a one-stop vacation destination for adventure, relaxation and exotic tropical excess, Costa Rica is the place.

HRG Vacations is an all-inclusive vacation planning organization. The staff at HRG can plan your trip from beginning to end. They will pick you up at the airport, transport you to and from Los Sueños Resort & Marina on the Central Pacific coast, and set your reservations for activities and tours. There are many ways to unwind at Los Sueños Resort:

Outdoor adventure tours
 
There are many thrilling ways to see the jungle and its  treasure trove of wildlife including white water rafting, eco-canopy tours, motorized canopy tours, sky walking tours and zip line tours.
 
White water rafting is an exciting trip down a rushing river over waterfalls and around large rocks. It takes concentration and strength and gives a great adrenaline rush.
 
The canopy tours consist of visitors riding in a metal basket high up through the jungle trees, offering views of the birds, monkeys, and other tree-dwellers as well as beautiful panoramas of greenery and rivers running through ravines. The basket safely surrounds you while you enjoy the scenery from up high.
 
Eco-canopy tours provide the benefits of the motorized tours without harming the environment. You, the visitor are the motor, pulling yourself along the steel cable.
The sky walk gives you an on-high view of the jungle and its inhabitants as well. Instead of riding in a basket, you are walking across a swinging suspension bridge much like the natives used to build from rope.
 
Zip lining is another adrenaline rush to experience. See the jungle as you get the feeling of flying like a bird. Your tour guides help you zip from tree to tree as you hang from your harness attached to a steel cable. No basket, no walkway, just you, your harness and the open jungle air!
 
Outdoor relaxation activities
 
All outdoor activities are not appropriate for all people or all times. If you are looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the warm Costa Rican sun and green jungle scenery, you will not be disappointed. Many activities are available like golfing, snorkeling, river tubing, horseback riding and coffee tours.
 
While golfing and snorkeling, you will see unique wildlife. Some examples are monkeys and birds in the jungle beside the golf course and multiple tropical fish, coral, and marine wildlife like sand dollars and starfish while snorkeling.
River tubing is a slow drift down a smoothly flowing river. Horseback riding is an equine jungle trek that leads out to a trot along the beach. Your horse may even like to swim!
The coffee tour is appropriate for any activity level. It is educational and delicious. Try some of the local blends while you are there!
Sport fishing 
Out on the wild blue, you will have to opportunity to catch marlin, grouper, sailfish, swordfish, dorado fish and yellow belly tuna.
Spa days

Spend your day being pampered with tropical herbal scents. Enjoy massages and facials, manicures and pedicures in this gorgeous tropical setting.

 

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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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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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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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Early July Fishing Report Los Sueños Costa Rica

Fishing Report First
Weeks of July

 

Alexis Chamorro and his team XTA -SEA went out fishing offshore from Golfito in two days of fishing they saw 55 Marlins; 40 of those where bites and they released a total of 21 Marlins, which is approximately 3 or 4 marlins per minute. Alexis said that there is no doubt that this was his best day of fishing and he has been fishing since he was 10 years old.

Laura Thomas of Hoos Your Daddy said that because of the rainy afternoon, there was a good deal of natural sediment in the ocean so that resulted in good inshore and offshore fishing; they were catching some blue marlin tuna, generally weighing in between 30 and 80 lbs, and some wahoo too.

Maverick charter reports catching sail fish, grouper, and  tuna and one Saturday early in the month they had 2 double header on blue Marlin and 3 sailfish .

Finally Michael Alligood reportedly caught a couple of nice tunas, one which was around 100lbs and 2 for 2 on sails

So it seem that fishing has been consistent for both inshore and offshore! That is great news for this time of the year and yet another good reason to visit Los Sueños Resort.

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