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Very nice, but the construction made it less than idylic

by TripAdvisor Member Missypie

Our family of five stayed at the Tulemar Bungalows March 15-18, 2006. I had heard that there was construction and had been assured that it would be completed before we arrived. The construction is no where near complete.

I asked for a bungalow away from the construction and was told that the only one available was the one NEAREST the construction...and oh, sorry, but the air conditioner is broken, too (Bungalow #110-avoid it). The construction workers were literally right outside our windows and yes, they do start work at 6 am. They offered to move us the next day, which they did (to #112, which was fine). I was very irritable that whole first day because I couldn't unpack and it was very unpleasant to have to root around in suitcases for everything we needed. (They did give us a discount for our trouble, which was fair.)

After our move, I started to really enjoy the place. The bungalows are dated, colorless, but roomy and cute. It would have been nice to have been able to have all the windows open, but it was too hot for that. The air conditioning units were VERY VERY noisy, and I really missed being able to hear the birds and other wildlife from our bungalow.

The private beach is much rockier than at the National Park, but it was still a nice feature of the place. We drove our own car down every time, so I have no idea how the shuttle service works.

Breakfast was adequate but not great. The one thing that really really bothered me was that they had the loud "pool/bar" music on all the time...even at breakfast. No listening to the birds in the morning...just loud music (often with lyrics inappropriate for the ears of children). There are a couple of very large lizards that hang out in the restaurant; it can be either alarming or fun (or both) when you find one under your table!

The pool was small (no hot tub) and it was very difficult to get towels. One afternoon at 3:30 pm, my husband got the "last towel." After an hour, they brought out two more towels...and there were 6 of us that needed them. Your reward for the less than ideal pool is that sometimes at sunset, dozens of monkeys travel overhead.

I could see the attraction of Tulemar, but the serenity of the place is currently marred by the sound of lots of heavy construction vehicles lumbering up and down the roads. I'd stay there again, as long as all the construction was done (probably about 4 months from now, from the looks of it).

Memorable beach

by TripAdvisor Member lotusveda

Tulemar is a great place to stay considering the many options in the Manuel Antonio area. The views from the bungalows are the best thing about the room- walls of glass all around. The decor was quite beige; there's nothing special at all going on there. It did seem dated, but so much focus is on the wildlife in the trees outside, it doesn't really matter. The beach at the end of the long hill was worth the ride down- it was a private cove of blue water and rainforest! We lounged the day away sipping pina coladas from the beach bar and played in the warm water. If we hadn't had that experience, maybe Tulemar would have felt overpriced.

The villas are great, No construction noise heard

by TripAdvisor Member holmespoint

The villas at Tulemar are fantastic. There are two companies that have rental property in Tulemar. The newer Buena Vista Villas and Casas are the ones run by Luxury Villas de Costa Rica. The location where the villas are is not under construction. These are very new upscale villas decorated in an Indodesian theme. Fully equipped kitchens (No oven but icemakers) , fantastic balconies, comfy beds with crisp white linens with stone showers an bathrooms. Charlie and Jerome at the villa and Casa pools speak English fluently, mix a mean drink and are generally quite helpful with dinner and activity recommendations. We ate breakfast on site and had dinner room service once. The food is quite adequate but we had better meals of site.
The private beach with padded chairs and drink bar give a private feel without the crowds or cost of Manuel Antonio park. The property is steep, however, the extra effort makes dining a guiltless pleasure.
We did view the Casas where the construction is going on and they are the finests places I have seen anywhere in Central America ( maybe even the US).
The bungalows are run by a different company and are older and not as well maintained. The bungalow pool is older and more crowded.
My only complaint would be that it is so nice in Tulemar you have to make yourself leave to explore the area.

Peaceful, private getaway

by A TripAdvisor Member

The rooms, staff and beach and Tulemar were fantasic. The bunglows are spread out on a hill side and there's a real sense of privacy and peacefulness. Our room was spacious and clean and we loved the panaramic views of the ocean and hillside. This is more like renting a condo than staying at a hotel. It's not like Si Como No where the rooms are clustered around centralized grounds (although the grounds at Si Como No were quite impressive on a short visit).

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The private beach is a huge plus and we used it every day.

The restaurant was unremarkable and I wouldn't recommend it other than for breakfast. For great coffee and pastries, try Cafe Milagro a few buildings down the road.

We would definitely stay at Tulemar again.

Stunning Ocean Views, Private Beach

by TripAdvisor Member brklyntravelers

We stayed at Tulemar in a bungalow for a few nights, and it was fantastic--the bungalows feel like they are out on the edge of the hill, so you get great views of the ocean.

Our bungalow was very nice--clean, well-decorated, and a good size for two people. It felt luxurious and pampered.

You can call a car to take you down to the private beach, since it is a very steep and long walk--we recommend that you ask the front desk to have the driver call when he has arrived--a few times when they were busy, the wait took 15 minutes, which can get annoying if you are waiting outside.

We loved the private beach--it was quiet and secluded, and in addition to the bar, they provide lounge chairs and umbrellas, boogie boards, and kayaking equipment for guests. We stayed until sunset on both days that we were there, and it was gorgeous.

The pool is also very nice--the only problem is that Tulemar seems to be doing quite a bit of construction (this seems to be happening at many places in the area), so I left the pool area because I could hear the construction and smell gasoline from the trucks. That was the only real downside. We did not hear any construction when we were in our bungalow, but to be safe, I would make sure to request a bungalow away from any construction.

Breakfast every morning was delicious.

We would definitely stay at Tulemar again.

great bed, awful shower

by A TripAdvisor Member

Tulemar has great beds! Great views. Each bungalow has a little kitchenette so it would be great for a long stay. However the shower is horrible! There is absolutely, positively no shower pressure (and we have become experts at removing the flow restrictors in all sorts of shower heads). No can do here. At $270 a nite they have got to get the shower sorted. The rooms were nice but a little steep in price given construction starts at 6:00am! But that is par for the course in Manuel Antonio. We tried to buy a watermelon at a little market and they were going to sell it to us for $8! You can buy 4 watermelons on the side of the road anywhere else in the country for $2.

Beautiful 3 bedroom Casa

by TripAdvisor Member sloth2

We just returned from our trip and loved the new 3 bedroom Casa at Tulemar. The only drawback was the construction noise, which we did get used to. We were in number 411 which was about as close as you can get to the construction. Although even with the construction we did see white faced monkeys and a different type of monkey in the trees right outside of our balcony. There were all types of colorful birds also. The construction does go on from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day but Sunday. The pool was very nice and we usually had it all to ourselves. I have two boys ages 2 and 4 and they would have rather been at the pool than at the beach so we spent a lot of time at the pool. We also enjoyed the hot tub on our balcony. You could just lay in there and watch for the birds and monkeys (along with the construction noise in the background). The outdoor showers in the Casa took a little getting used too but ended up being great as you could look for wildlife while showering. We did walk down a couple of times to the private beach which was awesome! During the walk we spotted 3 toed sloths in the trees and a group of monkeys. My husband was down on the beach one day and heard and spotted a howler monkey. We saw more animals on the Tulemar property than we did when we went to the park.
We ate our breakfast everyday at the Tulecafe. The food was good. We had room service twice for lunch and the food was also good. Not too crazy about the hamburgers though. Everybody was very friendly. The concerige was very helpful and the shuttle driver Victor was super nice. He would take you to the beach or someplace else if it was close to the property. We couldn't really walk to a lot of places with two small kids in tow although it is possible.
Overall we had a fantastic time and would love to go back again, hopefully when construction is done!

Monkeys on the Roof

by A TripAdvisor Member

My husband and I were at Tulemar for our son's wedding. The ceremoney was held at one of the private homes available for rent , Casa de Frutas. It was a fantastic Balinese designed home with custom made furniture and south sea decor. The wedding party stayed at the house while we were at a bungalow next door. The morning after the wedding we were awakened by sounds on the roof which turned out to be numerous white faced monkeys jumping from the trees onto our villa. I woke my husband up to come out to see the wildlife enjoying a beautiful morning. One of the monkeys was a mother carrying her baby on her back! During our 4 day stay that was the only time we saw animals at the resort other than an iguana which seems to reside at the restaurant.

The staff is very friendly and helpful, the pool is small but in a lovely tree framed setting. The beach is private but accessible only by car or van due to the steepness of the road - the resort provides van pickup. The complimentary breakfast buffet is very good but lunch took too long to be served. I would suggest picking up some staples at the market and having lunch at your bungalow or at the beach.

There are a number of off premises tours available. We enjoyed the sailboat tour very much -saw dolphins and went snorkeling. The canopy tour was exciting and our son liked the horseback tour and the wave runner experience. All in all, a very pleasant setting for a memorable occasion.

Very nice views & really steep walkways and roads

by A TripAdvisor Member

A group of about 40 of us arrived here Feb. 24th and departed the 27th for a Saturday evening wedding on the beach. 11 of us stayed in two of the larger suites near the restaurant. The rest stayed in the smaller single rooms. The rooms were all excellent as were the views from all our balconies. The wedding and reception were beautiful and well planned by a coordinator who may be affiliated with the resort. I wasn't involved in the planning so I don't know.

The only reservations to my highly recommending this resort are: 1) The rooms (individual cabins really) are perched on the side of a steep mountainside with steep walkways and a lot of steps. Even though the walks had good handrails it still would be difficult for an older or limited mobility person. 2) Unless you rent a vehicle (and pay the substantial, and maybe required, insurance) you will spend a lot of time waiting for the resort minivans to pick you up to go anywhere. During the daytime, at least, we passed that waiting time watching monkeys which populate the surrounding fruit trees. Louis, the concierge; Victor, one of the minivan drivers and the lady at the resort entrance were the only folks I found that could speak English very well. However, that was sufficient as the rest of the employees knew about as much English as I know Spanish so our communications, though basic, were effective.

Ocho Locos (eight crazies) en Costa Rica

by bertnspike

"The Rojo Chapeaux, Alajuela to Arenal"

Eight 50-something women, 10 days in Costa Rica. The adventures of Debby, Elizabeth, Lesli, Leslie, Linda, Maria, Pat, and Susan.

October 3, 2005. Eight women (one very drunk & worried about the flight) board a Martinair flight to San Jose, Costa Rica. Several issues, lickings and A, B, C, and Deeeeeeeee's later (ya' hadda be there), they arrived and were whisked away by private coach to Orchideas Inn, home of the Marilyn Monroe Bar, for one night.

Orchideas was very nice. The beds and the food were okay and the two dogs were real sweeties. The grounds were lovely, and a great first introduction to Costa Rica. In the morning the women were picked up by Eduardo, Juan, and a whole mini-bus from Costa Coach just for them.

The ride to Arenal was uneventful. Plenty of beautiful scenery and new sights, with a great stop in Sarchi for souvenir shopping. Sarchi is where most of the souvenirs sold throughout Costa Rica are made. It's also the home of the painted oxcart, and one can view the artists at work. The women THOUGHT they stocked up pretty well on souvenirs and gifts for the folks back home, all at very good prices. Pat bought a humongous handmade salad bowl, and Leslie managed to spend more money than anyone else but doesn't know how she did it. As they neared Montana de Fuego, Juan pulled the bus over to the side of the road and Edwardo pointed out a sloth in a tree.

"The Rojo Chapeaux, Arenal"

Arrival at Montana de Fuego Lodge and Resort was a lovely surprise. The women were given four double junior suites overlooking Arenal volcano, which just happened to be very visible and very active. The cabinas were comfortable, with good beds and nice big bathrooms. Each had a covered porch on the front and a little balcony on the back. There was even satellite TV and air conditioning, a rarity for Costa Rica. Only three drawbacks: no window screens, there were never enough towels, and there was nowhere to put the suitcases but on the floor. The resort had beautiful grounds, full of wildlife, birds, and flowers, always overshadowed by the volcano. Howler monkeys greeted the day at 6 each morning. There were horses in the pasture at the back door and hummingbirds in the heliconias at the front door.

There was a great pool area with a full service bar with one side adjoining the pool, so you could swim up for a drink. There was also a covered hot tub, a kiddy pool, and showers. A wide, paved path lead to the sauna, cold plunge pool, and En Gadi spa, where Pat and Susan had hand and foot reflexology and back massages. Leslie had a reflexology foot treatment. En Gadi is pretty expensive by Costa Rican standards; the prices are similar to prices in the U.S.

Late one afternoon the neighboring finca's horses escaped and stampeded through the resort grounds. It was quite entertaining as there were no injuries or damages.

The food at Montana de Fuego was fabulous. The woman all became addicted to the guacamole and not a day went by that at least one of them didn't have an order of guacamole and chips. Staying a the resort can be all inclusive or not. It is such a nice place and the food is so good, it would be worth the all inclusive package. Unnecessarily, everyone went into La Fortuna several times. A taxi was less than five dollars each way. It's mostly a tourist town, only about three blocks long. Plenty of souvenir shopping, a small grocery store, and a pharmacy.

There are a lot of feral dogs all over Costa Rica. In La Fortuna, someone puts big open bags of dog food out in the park for them, and many people talk to them and pet them.

Eduardo had been to Arenal many times and had never seen the volcano. Susan had been there in December of 2004 and never saw the volcano. On THIS trip, the volcano was visible every day, rumbled every day, erupted violently once, and the lava flow was visible at night. That much visibility and action is rare; the women were very lucky to have seen so much.

"Arenal activities"

While at Montana de Fuego, the women took advantage of several of the tours the resort offers. Pat, Leslie, and Susan took the morning volcano ride. Three hours on horseback up the side of Arenal to an observation deck above Arenal's old crater, which is now a lake full of water-lilies. During the ride, Arenal grumbled a lot and spit out some gases and ash. The horses were provided by the finca next to the resort and were in very good condition and well mannered. The same cannot be said of some of the riders. Most had not ridden before and acted pretty silly much of the time. There were 15 riders on the tour, which was really too many. However, it was a good ride with a lot of exposure to the countryside around Arenal and a few good gallops. Susan had some difficulty mounting; no matter how many times she said "Empuje mi culo" (push my *ss), no one would do it, so she pulled all the muscles in her stomach and back getting on her horse.

Maria, Debby, Linda, and Lesli went on the zip-line tour of the rain-forest canopy. It was a wild experience, and they all came back with bruises from hanging upside down and sore arms from braking themselves. All agreed it was wonderful and were glad they had done it. Maria and Linda said "Never again!".

Elizabeth and Leslie went on the white water kayak tour. They returned all wound up, excited, and exhausted. Brave, experienced Elizabeth initially refused the helmet, life vest, and double kayak. When the guides donned their own helmets and life vests, she changed her mind. She ended up falling out of the kayak and getting caught in a hole under a rock. Without that helmet, she might not be with us today. She found several bruises later to attest to her mishap. Both agreed it was wonderful. Coming from rock-less Florida, they found the river to be very exciting.

Susan, Pat, Elizabeth, and Leslie went to Baldi Hot Springs one night for a fabulous dinner, full therapeutic massages, and soaks in the hot springs. That was so wonderful none of them wanted to leave. All four gave rave reviews to both the meals and the massages.

Debby, Linda, Lesli, and Susan went on the boat tour of Cano Negro Preserve, which turned out to be very similar to the Florida Everglades. It's a pleasant, relaxing ride with a lunch break at a local home. Lunch was terrific except for the weird corn juice served as a drink. A nice easy way to end the stay at Montana de Fuego.

"Arenal to Manuel Antonio"

On Saturday, October 8, the bus returned to take the women to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Eduardo told them the drive would take 4.5 hours. Seven hours later, the women began to understand the meaning of "Tico Time". In Eduardo's defense, though, the women did insist on stopping for more souvenir shopping, smoke breaks, Taracoles River crocodile sighting, and lunch. The roads were very bad. There had been serious flooding and major mudslides on the Pacific coast. Several bridges had been washed out and crossing the temporary (very scary) bridges was very slow going, especially for a bus. Poor Eduardo and Juan missed the first half of the U.S.-Costa Rica world soccer match, but Costa Rica won, so they ended up happy anyway.

"The Rojo Chapeaux, Manuel Antonio"

The women had reservations at Buena Vista Villas at Tulemar, a vacation home development between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. There were two 2-story, 3 bed villas and one upper story 2 bed villa for them. Susan and Lesli stayed in the two lower story efficiency rooms with a single king size bed. Lesli felt especially blessed with her honeymoon suite - this was the first time she'd been all alone since her children were born. Everyone else had full villas with kitchens, living rooms, and 2 queen size beds. This place was very luxurious. It does not have the same amenities as Montana de Fuego, but the quality and luxury of the accommodations more than made up for that. The only drawback here was the steepness of the paths around the property (the site is nearly vertical) and the difficulty of maneuvering luggage about.

All of the villas had a big front balcony on each level overlooking the rain-forest and the Pacific Ocean. Each balcony had a hammock, plenty of seating, and a ceiling fan. Each bedroom had a ceiling fan. Each bed was topped with a fluffy mattress pad, which was covered by thick, soft, high-thread-count cotton sheets and a fluffy white duvet. The pillows were new and firm. Each room was air conditioned and had satellite TV. The full villas even had ice makers. The walls facing the ocean were all glass, either windows or doors. There were abundant towels, thick and soft, and arranged in silly swan or flower shapes on each bed. The bathrooms were huge, with both regular shower heads and overhead rain shower heads. There was plenty of room to do laundry and still take a shower, and there was plenty of hot water.

The restaurant here was fine too. The guacamole was not as good as Montana de Fuego's, but that didn't stop anyone from eating it. Elias, the bartender, introduced the group to Guaro, which is a Costa Rican liquor made from sugar cane. Mixed with lime juice and sugar and lots of ice, it makes a very refreshing and very intoxicating drink. On their last night, the women consumed two PITCHERS of it.

BVV has a private beach, reached by a long, winding, slippery path or Tulemar's shuttle van. At low tide the beach was wide and pristine with thousands of tiny hermit crabs. There was a cabana with a full service bar, and plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas and boogie boards and snorkeling gear for the guests to use. At high tide the beach doesn't exist. Coincidentally, the low tide was at noon, so there was ample beach time for all.

Tulemar hosts bands of squirrel monkeys, white-face monkeys, and coatimundis. They visited every day. The squirrel monkeys came to the restaurant several times and to the roofs of the villas. Howler monkeys could be heard in the distance on most days. Birds were everywhere, all the time. Pat, Leslie, and Susan even got to see toucans. There are large iguanas all over the place. Leslie befriended one, named it Fred, and fed it several times a day with any greens she could salvage from meals. Fred started waiting for her to appear. On the last day, she learned that Fred is really Maria and is well known by the staff.

There was a great deal of nothing done at BVV, well deserved and necessary. No one was ready to end the trip, but real life sometimes gets in the way of one's chosen reality!

"Manuel Antonio activities"

Pat, Leslie, and Susan went for a horseback ride on the beach. The guide, a local boy named Walter, was very good and pointed out numerous sloths, monkeys, lizards, and birds. The horses came from Marlboro Stables and were in disappointing condition. They were quite skinny and dirty with numerous bald spots on their rumps and faces. Once the ride started, it was obvious that the horses were not well trained. Leslie and Susan's horses walked as though their feet hurt. Their hooves were quite long and shod, something that cannot be good for beach riding. The thought was that the more riders that pay to ride the horses, the more money there will be for feed and care, so the women went for what was supposed to be a three hour ride.

After an hour and a half riding it began to rain. It was obvious that the horses were not happy and Susan was still suffering from painful stomach and back muscles, so they decided to return to the stables. The price was only 35 dollars each, so no refunds were requested, and Walter was assured repeatedly that they had fun and they were pleased with his guiding skills. However, due to the condition of the horses, they would not recommend Marlboro Stables to anyone. Equus Stables came highly recommended, but was closed due to a small mudslide which inundated the barn.

There were numerous trips made into Quepos for souvenirs and to stock the kitchens. Most trips included a stop or two at a bar and/or restaurant. Quepos is essentially a surfer town with many North American visitors and residents. It's much bigger than La Fortuna, with several grocery stores and two pharmacies. Feral dogs in Quepos were numerous and neglected. Their conditions were so bad that Leslie broke into tears on her second visit to town and refused to return.

Susan made several attempts to arrange tours of Manuel Antonio Park, but the conditions of the trails were such that the guides were refusing to lead hikes. Unfortunate, but the weather had really been quite bad and the park had a lot of damage. As an alternative, Susan, Pat, Leslie, Linda, and Debby went on the Rainmaker Preserve hanging bridge canopy tour. That was very exciting. There was evidence of many washouts along the trails and several mudslides, but the hanging bridges were fantastic and offered great views of the rain-forest. One of the largest known colonies of leaf-cutter ants was alongside the trail. Many birds and butterflies were seen, including blue morphos. The guide managed to catch a poison dart frog, and spotted an eyelash viper that was close to the trail.

"The Rojo Chapeaux, Manuel Antonio to Alajuela"

On the morning of the 12th the bus returned for the final leg of the trip, one more night at Orchideas. Everyone was so tired they did nothing but eat dinner, sorted and packed souvenirs and "stuff", and went to sleep.

The return flight to the U.S. was uneventful, though a bundle of walking sticks were abandoned at the airport. Everyone is home now. No one can stop talking about the trip and everyone agrees that they will return to Costa Rica. No one contracted any tropical diseases or got a serious sunburn or brought home anything worse than bruises, sore muscles, and too many souvenirs.

Patrick Hewitt of Costa Rica Travel Exchange arranged the trip according to Susan's specifications, but much better than her original plan. It met and exceeded everyone's expectations. Most of the women had never been out of the U.S. Most of the women had never stayed at a luxury resort. Everyone felt pampered and special. The Costa Ricans all thought 8 lady millionaires were in town, and treated them accordingly, though the trip actually cost LESS than 2000 dollars each, including airfare and spending money.

The women are very grateful to Pat Hewitt and now they know why Susan is Queen of the Women of the Rojo Chapeau. It would be extremely difficult to arrange a better vacation.

Forum Posts

Manuel Antonio - Centraly Located.

by scheuer1

We are planning a seven day stay in the Manuel Antonio Area in February 2006. Can anyone tell me if Monteverde Rain forest is driveable to and from in one day from MA. I know the road to Monteverde is white knuckle. Any opinions or recommendations on Hotels in MA area, we are looking for some seclusion, a swimming pool and to get up close to the flora and fauna for photos and observation. What are the beaches like as far as snorkeling and swimming. Waterfalls, Bugs, crime, road conditions (coastal and mountains). What to do, what to do?
Already did Arenal, Tabagon, Tamarindo, Flamingo, (short rainforest hike; not enough yet), Samara.

RE: Manuel Antonio - Centraly Located.

by RBCal

The drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio is about five to six hours, thus I would not drive to and back in a day.
There are a lot of hotels in Manuel Antonio and it would depend on your budget. Si Como No, El Parador, and Costa Verde are large and expensive ($150 per night or more). Costa Verde is closer to the park and has more wildlife on the grounds. There are many smaller resorts (Makanda, Villas Nicholas, Tulemar, Verde Mar, Mariposa). I would look at their web sites and read Trip Advisor reviews.
Swimming is good at all the beaches, but many have large waves and undertows. Snorkeling on the Pacific coast is not really worth it. The water is not that clear compared to the Caribbean.

RE: Manuel Antonio - Centraly Located.

by katcat

we got back from Monte Verde Friday, just loved the seclusion and the view of Arenal volcano. we stayed at the Mirador lodge, it was great, with little private cabins, hiking trails to waterfalls, and views of the volcano from your bed. The chef at the lodge is unbelievably talented, the food was the best anywhere in Costa Rica.

Travel from San Jose to Coast

by DaveCH

Does anyone know how quick it is to get from San Jose airport to Jacó?

A friend of mine is meeting me there at the beginning of June, and flies in to SJ at 17.00, wanting to get to the coast asap. What is the quickest way to do it? How much does a taxi cost and should it be booked in advance?

Many thanks.

PS If anyone is travelling/surfing in around Tamarindo/Nicoya Peninsula during last 10 days of May and fancies meeting for a drink or a surf etc, let me know.

Re: Travel from San Jose to Coast

by YVRDave

Hey Dave, you are on vacation - RELAX.
I did it in about 2.5 hours as I remember.
A local taxi was about 80.00 US.
That was awhile ago. They will want to be covered for both ways.
Best bet is to get a large taxi and subscribe more riders from the airport.

Re: Travel from San Jose to Coast

by John_P_LSU

Hmmm.. it depends on where you go. I am only slightly familiar with San Jose, but know about Quepos (Manuel Antonio area) on the western shore.

San Jose is a large city with a poor infrastructure, but as long as you stay in the downtown area, you
will be fine. There are some nightclubs and restaurants in El Pueblo (area in San Jose), which should satisfy your party side.

As far as Quepos and the weather, there will be plenty of time to bask in the sun every day, even though there may be rain for about 1 to 2 hours each day roughly between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. You'll usually be exhausted from all the whitewater rafting, snorkeling,
kayaking, zip lining, mangromve touring, etc. to even notice the rain.

They call it the rainy season because of the daily rains, but its not like the Amazon or anything, because the rains are not long, and they are usually late in the day.

As far as nitelife in Quepos, there are several safe nightclubs in the area, and many restaurants despite the poor lifestyle of the locals. There are quite a few very cheap "resort" hotels ($80-$120 per night) that are full service with great views and beaches. I suggest Tulemar Bungalows, which give you private octagon shaped 800 sq. ft. bungalows with cable TV, big baths, and a cool air conditioner. The wildlife in Quepos is awesome with Iguanas hanging out all over
the place as well as Tucans, and other exotic species. Definitely take an adventure tour or two while you are there and see the rain forests as well as the coastland (very close to each other).

best places for the beach in costa rica

by europalover

hi, i'm going with a bunch of friends to costa rica in the summer. i was wondering what are the best beaches to see there? not only for nature, but also night life? where are the nicest or most exclusive resorts? also, what are the places to avoid for danger?
thanks!
dana.

Re: best places for the beach in costa rica

by vtveen

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Re: best places for the beach in costa rica

by Neilzonwheelz

In 2004 I visited the West coast, Montezuma was a great town, small but had everything, beaches a couple of bars. Some good beaches nearby too. Manual Antonio National Park has two amazing beaches & the town Quepos - 6kms from NP has nightlife options.Plenty of accommodation choices around the National Park. Jaco as so-so, plenty of bars etc.... has a full moon party setup, or did....
As far as resorts go, I think Four Seasons has one right up on the Nicoya peninsula.
If staying in San Jose, El Presidente was excellent, right in the heart of town, about $75usd a night. They have a website.
Enjoy

Re: best places for the beach in costa rica

by Suzie3

You could check out Tamarindo. The following are the top places.
Capitan Suizo
Cala Luna
Tamarindo Diria

There is a 4 Seasons way further up the coast but pretty isolated from other places.

Paradisus Playa Conchal is a huge all inclusive resort about a 30 min drive from Tamarindo.

Up the road from Montezuma is the Playa Tambor.
People like the El Sano Banano in Montezuma.

Manuel Antonio has some very nice places. Not super exclusive but still very nice. Tulemar has its own beach.

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 Tulemar Bungalows & Villas

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Tulemar Hotel
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Address: Costa Rica