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An intimate beachfront hacienda where you can lounge in privacy amidst the palms and tropical flowers or mingle with other guests on our shady veranda by the sea. Sueño del Mar is a tribute to the country's meditative lifestyle. Each of our six rooms is lavishly rustic, complete with wooden beds, Guatemalan textiles, stucco walls and Balinese-style outdoor showers that allow you to commune with nature. Whether you're searching for adventure or a laid back holiday, Sueño del Mar is the perfect place to call home.
Sueño del Mar...
Sueño del Mar offers oceanfront rooms and cabinas with light, airy comfort and eclectic decor. Our famous gourmet breakfast is included with your stay.
Tamarindo and Langosta are located in the province of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast, also known as the gold coast thanks to the ever-blue skies and blazing sun of the region's summer months, that run from January to April. Tourism is one of Guanacaste's mainstays, alongside the more traditional agriculture and cattle ranching that dominates the landscape. Herds of wandering cows can often be seen on the roadside, shepherded by young cowboys on horseback.
Summer is when the trees drop their leaves and explode into bloom, creating a beautiful canvas of bright colors across the landscape. This is also fiesta season! Each town hosts this carnival-style celebration in turn, with bull-riding, amusement rides, music and dancing. It's a true taste of regional culture that is not to be missed.
In the green season, which run from May to December, the temperature remains a balmy 80-90F. Mornings are usually clear, with afternoon showers to clear the air that quickly washes the land in greenery and usher in the winking fireflies at dusk.
Best known for its excellent surf, this area is at its busiest in the summer, when the good weather, great waves and offshore winds make it a tourist mecca. There is no shortage of nearby beaches to choose from, whether it's to surf, relax in the warm sand, or go snorkeling with turtles, rays and a host of bright tropical fish.
Both Playa Langosta and Playa Tamarindo are popular surf beaches, as are Avellanas and Negra to the south, and Playa Grande just across the estuary. Playa Grande is also one of the most important nesting beaches for the endangered leatherback turtle, which grows to about 1.5 meters (5 feet) or more in length.
Tamarindo is a bustling small town with restaurants, shops, nightlife and most amenities. There are several small grocery shops (called “Supers”) scattered throughout, and a North American-style supermarket, Auto-Mercado, where a wide array of fresh produce and big-name brands can be found, along with a deli counter, wine, beer and liquor.
Restaurants range from “tipico” – traditional – fare, to fresh-caught seafood and upscale dining. A handful of fast-food restaurants have also made their way into town, but there is no end of choice when it comes to eating out. Local bakeries turn out fresh-baked bread and pastries, and beachfront restaurants are crowded at sunset as everyone gathers, cocktail in hand, to watch the setting sun sink beneath the waves.
Shops sell the usual array of local souvenirs, and a range of wares such as beach wear, fine crafts, art, jewellery and more. There are several pharmacies to choose from, as well as medical and dental clinics. There are four banks in town, all of them with ATMs, though these are only available until 10pm.
Buses run through town connecting with nearby towns and the country`s two major airports, and there are shuttle services that provide direct, air-conditioned trips to most major destinations within the country. Tamarindo also boasts a small airport, with two airlines offering multiple daily flights across Costa Rica. Car rental companies are numerous, but it`s recommended to book in advance during high season.
Mere minutes along the road, Langosta is Tamarindo`s sister-town, but with a quieter, more residential emphasis. There are a few restaurants and grocery shops tucked away, but Langosta is dominated by luxurious homes and boutique hotels.
Less developed than Tamarindo, the tropical flora is more luxurious here, and the howler monkeys can be heard singing their hoarse challenges at dawn and dusk from the treetops, accompanied by the furious chatter of parrots and other songbirds. Playa Langosta is also much more secluded than the adjacent Playa Tamarindo, with a few surf breaks in among the rocky volcanic outcrops.
There is little that can`t be found between Langosta and Playa Tamarindo – please ask our front desk if you need more information on our local amenities!