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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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Adventure Tours in Costa Rica

Rock Climbing, Surfing, And Waterfall Rappelling are Some Of My Favorite Outdoor Adventures In Costa Rica

Guest Post by Maddison M.

waterfallRappelDuring my senior year of high school, my Aunt, who lives in Costa Rica, asked me if I would like to spend the summer after high school with her. I was completely stoked because she worked for a Costa Rica adventure tour company for years, so she knows all the cool places to challenge yourself and find your strength in the great outdoors.

I grew up in Southern California and I love the outdoors and just about any outdoor activity. In school, I played sports, but I was more interested in sports found outside of school like surfing, skiing, and rock climbing. I love the feeling of challenging myself. Competitive sports are ok, but when I am challenging my body, it is something I am doing for the pure enjoyment of it. I’m not interested in scoring points or whose team wins.

Since my aunt owns a vacation condo in in the Los Sueños Resort (which she rents out to vacationers through the vacation property management team HRG Vacations), trips to Costa Rica are all the more exciting. When I’m not pushing myself climbing rock walls, rappelling down jungle waterfalls, or surfing the killer waves in Playa Hermosa nearby, I’m relaxing in the resort’s gorgeous swimming pools, golfing, getting a massage or sunning myself on the beach.

I’ve had some amazing adventure trips in Costa Rica with several awesome tour operators that HRG is connected with and always sets up:

  • Desafio Adventure Company: This place takes you to the middle of a thick rainforest behind an old church in La Fortuna. The whole trip takes about four hours to get through. You get to rappel down a series of eight waterfalls. The guides take you on the smaller ones first to get you used to the equipment and then take you down the more challenging ones.
  • On the North Pacific side of Costa Rica, there is a canyoning tour set back in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It’s in the Pailas sector in north Guanacaste. This adventure tour gives you a variety of challenges. I like maneuvering my way through rivers, ponds, waterfalls and even rappelling down canyons! They use nylon ropes with a figure eight on this tour to send you rappelling a full twenty meters down into a canyon. You then climb back up the rock wall. Funny enough this canyon is called the “Colorado River Canyon”. If you need help going back up the rock wall, the guides will help you.
  • I always look forward to visiting the Strangler Fig. Now you may think that that sounds like some kind of haunted house or horror movie, but it’s not. The Strangler fig is kind of a creepy plant though because it kills its host tree slowly by strangling it from sunlight. Basically, the strangler fig starves its “victims” in order that it can grow and thrive. So this one adventure place on the Osa Peninsula allows you to scale 100 foot waterfalls on your way to the strangler fig where you will get to climb the fig up roughly 70 feet to see an unparalleled view of the Golfo Dulce. You’ll view this gorgeous body of water and surrounding greenery from over 450 up. The degree of difficulty that you face climbing the strangler depends on which root you decide to climb.

 

Every time I return to Costa Rica I look forward to seeing what new adventures my aunt will cook up for us! In fact, when I graduate from college, I plan to head back to Costa Rica for a year long internship at a permaculture farm on the East Coast near Limon. It won’t be the luxury of Los Sueños on the Pacific, but I’m always happy no matter where I’m at in Costa Rica, and you can bet I’ll get my little luxury vacation at Los Sueños in, at some point, while there.

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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.