jueves, 25 de diciembre de 2014

Merry Christmas!!!!!

 We love welcoming guests from all over the world to experience the holiday season here at Sueño del Mar Bed & Breakfast in Tamarindo, Costa Rica! There’s no better way to enjoy your Christmas season than with a fresh tropical fruit juice, home-brewed cup of Costa Rican coffee, and a fabulous three-course breakfast here on our breakfast terrace! After breakfast you can wander down to the tide pools for a relaxing soak in the warm ocean or just bask in the sun on our cozy beach chairs.

If traveling alone on the holidays doesn’t sound like your ideal vacation, bring your friends and family! Our hotel accommodates up to 16 guests, including two suites that offer room for four guests each. If you’re in the holiday spirit and don’t want to miss out on a Christmas tree, don’t worry! We have our very own Christmas tree that we put here at the hotel just to liven up the Christmas spirit and make sure everyone is feeling merry!

Wherever you are celebrating this holiday season, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday full of love and happiness! Feliz Navidad!

martes, 16 de diciembre de 2014

Sueño del mar: Great spot for snorkeling in Tamarindo!

Our boutique bed and breakfast is situated in a great spot for snorkeling in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. The best time to snorkel is around mid-tide when the waves are fairly gentle and it’s easy to navigate through the reef.

In the reef in front of our hotel you can see a variety of sea life including lobsters, eels, star fish, crabs, and several species of fish. Here are some of our favorite ocean friends:

Brittle Starfish

Blue-striped Angel Fish & Damsel Fish

 Puffer Fish

Butterfly Fish

 Hermit Crabs

This is just a small sampling of the creatures you can see out in the reef just steps from us here at Sueño del Mar. If you don’t feel like bringing your snorkel gear with you, don’t worry! We have some masks and snorkels you can borrow!

Our beachfront hotel in Playa Langosta is the perfect setting for your next Costa Rica vacation.

Images courtesy of Google Images.

viernes, 5 de diciembre de 2014

Sueno del Mar Sweet & Sovory Breakfast Options!

If you’re looking for sweet and savory breakfast options to start your morning, here at Sueño del Mar Bed & Breakfast we offer you both! When you first step onto our breakfast terrace we will greet you with a cup of Costa Rican coffee or herbal tea. Our very own in-house chef Lili will prepare your meal, starting you out with a plate of fresh tropical fruit. Here at Sueño del Mar we always have the freshest selection of local produce with an assortment of fruit usually including mango, banana, papaya, watermelon, and pineapple.

Following your first course of fresh fruit is usually the savory portion of our breakfast. Each morning is different, but one of our favorite savory dishes is a typical Costa Rican breakfast plate of fried eggs, gallo pinto (beans and rice dish), and fried plantains and cheese.  

Remember to save room for a third course of breakfast, as Lili likes to send out something sweet to complete the meal. The dessert portion of our breakfast is always homemade and fresh out of the oven and can include anything from cream cheese-stuffed french toast to warm fruit pastries. One of the yummy options is also a fresh banana pancake, which never disappoints! 

When deciding on a place to stay for your Tamarindo, Costa Rica vacation, consider our boutique bed and breakfast where we can spoil you every day with a three-course breakfast on our breakfast terrace tucked in our gardens overlooking the beach!


jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends from the United States! Here in Costa Rica we call Thanksgiving the Dia Accion de Gracias, and though it is not a Costa Rican holiday we definitely like to take the time to reflect and be grateful.

What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving? We are thankful for the sunshine that graces our beaches and gardens and warms our souls. We are thankful for the staff here at our hotel who keeps our property beautiful and ready to greet our smiling guests from all corners of the world. We are thankful for being in Costa Rica, where Pura Vida really is the way of life here, which is why this country is always ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. Lastly, we are thankful for our guests, new and regulars, who come to our beachfront bed and breakfast every year to rejuvenate, relax, and enjoy all our property has to offer. If you have visited us, thank you! And if you are considering paying us a visit, we thank you as well! Wherever you are, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

viernes, 21 de noviembre de 2014

The beginning of high season 2015!!!

Now that it is the beginning of high season here in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, we are excited to welcome back old friends and make new friends with guests coming to visit our boutique bed and breakfast for the first time. Along with high season comes wedding season, and we couldn’t be more excited to get back in the swing of things by welcoming some wedding industry friends to our boutique hotel for our three-course breakfast! Sueno del Mar is open to the public for breakfast daily, and you will not be disappointed by the spread we provide on our breakfast terrace looking out to the beautiful beaches of Playa Langosta.

If you’re looking for the perfect place for your destination wedding or elopement, come check Sueno del Mar and join us for a relaxing morning. We can help you plan the details for a memorable event over a gourmet breakfast and delicious Costa Rican coffee or fresh fruit juice.

Wedding industry friends joining us for breakfast in celebration of the beginning of high season (from left to right): Jonathan Cooley and Kirsten Juntunen of Four Winds Weddings  Jeff Hooper of Katherine Stinnett Photography, our very own Sol of Sueño del Mar, Katie Stinnett of Katherine Stinnett Photography, Julie Comfort of Comfort Studio and Christina Craft of Funkytown Photography.

Our beachfront hotel in Playa Langosta is the perfect setting for your next Costa Rica vacation.

viernes, 14 de noviembre de 2014

Antares Sailing Adventure Tour

If sailing is on your to-do list for your Tamarindo, Costa Rica vacation, here at Sueño del Mar Bed & Breakfast we can set you up with one of the best sailing adventures around! The Antares is an 80-foot schooner anchored right here in the Tamarindo bay. Not only is the Antares located nearby and ready to take you on a beautiful tour of the surrounding waters, it is also family owned and operated by long-term Tamarindo residents! While you sail into the open waters, you will also be treated with on-board gourmet dining, an open bar, and cozy bean bag chairs to lounge in while you take in the scenery.
The crew will sail you out of the bay to some of the best local snorkeling spots for you to explore. And if you would rather hang out on board and relax in the sun, you can enjoy some live music while sipping your refreshing cocktail. After the snorkeling portion of the trip, you will be served an incredible meal made from fresh, local ingredients. Some of the menu options include fresh tuna, salmon, and plenty of veggie options as well.

Come stay with us at our luxury bed and breakfast here in Tamarindo, Costa Rica and let us plan your next great sailing adventure on the Antares!

Photos courtesy of tamarindosailing.net.

viernes, 7 de noviembre de 2014

ATV tours in Costa Rica!!

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for adventurous travelers, and here in Tamarindo, Costa Rica we have plenty of opportunities to explore! Along with being a famous spot for surfing, Tamarindo is also an ideal destination to check out the scenery while riding an ATV (all terrain vehicle). Set out with a guide to explore the beach, the rugged trails in the tropical forests, and the mountains in and around Tamarindo. An ATV tour is an exhilarating way to check out the area's scenery including several varieties of native trees such as teak and guanacaste trees. While you are admiring the trees from your ATV, be sure to keep your eyes open for wildlife! Howler and capuchin monkeys, several species of birds, and even armadillos may be seen along the way. Most ATV tours also take you on a trip through a Costa Rican town where you can encounter the local farms, markets, and friendly faces.

Here at our boutique bed and breakfast we will be happy to set up your ATV tour! Most tours last 2-3 hours and can be taken in the morning or the afternoon. The ATV company will provide you with a guide for your group, helmets, refreshments, and even round trip transportation from our bed and breakfast. Remember to wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes, as well as sunscreen and insect repellent. If you want to hop in the ocean on the beach portion of your ATV tour, we suggest wearing a swim suit under your clothes and bringing a towel.

ATV tours are a unique way to experience the scenic views and local charm of Tamarindo, Costa Rica! Make sure to let us know here at our bed and breakfast and we will set you up with the best ATV tour guides in town!

Our beachfront hotel in Playa Langosta is the perfect setting for your next Costa Rica vacation.

viernes, 31 de octubre de 2014

Costa Rica Coffee Production

 A major benefit of visiting our boutique bed & breakfast is the gourmet breakfast you are served each morning accompanied by a cup of Costa Rican's finest coffee! There's a reason artisan coffee shops in other countries offer Costa Rican coffee, and that is because it is some of the best in the world. Starting in the 19th century, coffee became one of Costa Rica's major exports and to this day keeps Costa Rica ranked as the 13th-largest producer of coffee worldwide.

So what sets Costa Rican coffee apart? First of all, more than half or the 70,000 coffee farmers in the country are part of cooperatives involved with fair trade organizations. These fair trade organizations help secure better rights and salaries for small farmers and promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Along with being fair trade, the flavor of Costa Rican coffee will definitely entice you to have more than just one cup! The classic Costa Rican cup of joe is usually described as being softly acidic and mild.

So come stay with us at our boutique bed & breakfast in Tamarindo, and you will be welcomed to the breakfast terrace with a fresh cup of coffee! You can see for yourself why we are proud to serve you our local brew and why you'll want to take a few bags home with you when you go.

Our beachfront hotel in Playa Langosta is the perfect setting for your next Costa Rica vacation.


viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014

Butterflies at Sueño del Mar

Our small country of Costa Rica is full of biodiversity, and along with a plethora of incredible flowers and plants, there is a huge assortment of butterflies floating around our forests and gardens. With over 3,000 species of butterflies and moths in this country, there is no shortage of these beautiful creatures here at our boutique bed & breakfast. Whether you explore the rain forests or national parks of Costa Rica, you will undoubtedly come face to face with a butterfly or two, and here are some of our favorites.

1. Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides)

2. Thick-tipped Greta (Great oto)

3. Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus)

4. Banded Purple Wing (Myscelia cyaniris)

5. Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)

6. Orange Barred Tiger (Dryadula phaetusa)

When you visit our boutique bed & breakfast in Tamarindo, Costa Rica we can show you our Costa Rica butterfly guide and point out the species we have in our beautiful tropical gardens.

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viernes, 17 de octubre de 2014

Pottery from the town of Guaitil

When visiting our boutique bed & breakfast in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, you will probably want to purchase a locally-made souvenir to take back home. One of the oldest and most well-known souvenirs in the country you can purchase is a handmade piece of pottery from the town of Guaitil. Famous throughout Costa Rica, the tiny village located in Guanacaste in less than an hour away from Tamarindo. The people of Guaitil take great pride in their pre-Columbian Chorotega style pottery which is made using the same traditions and techniques of their ancestors. The entire village is dedicated to the production and trade of pottery, as the craft has been passed down from generations.

If you can take a visit to the village of Guaitil while you are in Costa Rica, you can find all sorts of different clay pottery including bowls, jars, vases, pitchers, animal figurines, and platters. The pottery is made by drying the clay first and then crushing it into a powder. Then the potters mix the clay powder with sand and water. Then the piece of pottery is formed, painted, and polished on a stone to make the piece shiny. Afterwards the pottery is allowed to dry and then put into a fire-burning oven.

We hope you are able to take a home an authentic piece of Costa Rican pottery with you after your stay at our bed & breakfast hotel!


viernes, 10 de octubre de 2014

Guanacaste Tree

 When driving to our Bed & Breakfast in Tamarindo, Costa Rica you will definitely pass some of our beautiful vegetation including many fruit trees, flowering shrubs, fields of sugar cane, and some incredible shade trees. One tree that stands out among the rest is the guanacaste tree, the tree for which our region of Costa Rica is named. In fact, the guanacaste tree was declared Costa Rica's national tree in 1959.

The guanacaste tree is said to symbolize stability and growth, as well as the power of Mother Nature.

The guanacaste tree is easily identified by it's very large crown of leafy branches and it's permanent green color. The term guancaste tree means ear tree because the curled seed pods on the trees resemble ears.

The guanacaste tree is important to Costarrican culture because the wood of this tree is water-resistant and easy to work with, which makes it a popular wood for making everything from furniture to oxcart wheels. Medicinally, the tree has been used to treat various ailments such as lung infections and colds, and the extract from the bark has even been used as a soap substitute.

Here at our Bed & Breakfast we are proud to have our rooms shaded by one of these magnificent trees!

Our beachfront hotel in Playa Langosta is the perfect setting for your next Costa Rica vacation.

viernes, 3 de octubre de 2014

Camila & Kenneth Wedding Day

Camilla and Kenneth traveled from Norway with seven of their closest friends to Playa Langosta, Costa Rica for an incredibly intimate, laid back destination wedding here at our bed & breakfast. The bride and groom chose Sueno del Mar Bed & Breakfast not only for their beachfront wedding but also for the entire week-long vacation with their friends. The bride wanted a bohemian feel to her wedding, which is why she chose to have Liquid Weddings decorate with white feathers, simple wooden boxes of white flowers, and white moroccan latterns hanging in the palm trees in front of the beach at our boutique hotel. Following a dinner under the palm trees, the couple and their friends enjoyed a private bonfire on the beach under the stars. If you are looking for the perfect place for a beautiful, intimate wedding, our boutique bed & breakfast is the perfect place!

Photography: Katherine Stinnett
Wedding Planners:  Liquid Weddings.

You will feel right at home at our beachfront Bed and Breakfast located near Tamarindo, Costa Rica.