10 Days in Los Suenos

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Marriott Los Suenos

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by travnaace23 on September 10, 2005

If I could choose one word to describe Costa Rica, it would be diversity. Costa Rica has such a wide variety of things to experience, from zip lining through the jungle to climbing to the top of a volcano or enjoying the views on the beach of a pacific sunset.

I was a guest at the Marriott Los Suénos. To get there, we drove through the ultra-scenic mountains between San Jose and Playa Herredura. It’s about a 2-hour drive from the closest international airport, San José international airport (SJO). The hotel is in a private community. There is a golf course, spa (Poseidon), marina, and a water-purification centre. The hotel is in a walled area that is basically half of the beach and was beautiful.

It’s designed in a refined Costa Rican traditional fashion. The pool is beautiful and great for kids to play in. The rooms are also very comfortable. The doors are made from distressed wood and other elements of the room design convey the feeling of tropical luxury.

The hotel staff is very accommodating and there is a group of people whose only job is to keep you entertained. They give Latin dance demonstrations, classes, and local fruit samples. They really do a good job keeping everyone happy.

The area also has a lot to offer. There are many ATV tours, canopy tours, croc tours, and more. The nearby city of Jaco is a cool place to visit, not to stay. There are many stray dogs. There are golf courses, a spa, a marina, and lots of land. Every morning we would wake up early and hike to the top of the mountain. From there we saw the most beautiful views.

Marriott Los Suenos Beach & Golf Resort
800 meters west from Herredura entrance
Playa Herraduras, Costa Rica
+506 630 9000

Croc Tour

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by travnaace23 on September 10, 2005

At the hotel, like most, they had a booth with brochures for tours. Wanting to experience Costa Rica, I asked the concierge which would have more local flavor. They recommended the crocodile man tour. This was a very good tour for bird-watchers and croc enthusiasts. Getting there was quite an experience. After getting off the main road, it is about a mile to the tour office. This is situated in a quaint little town. There are two seemingly rival tour companies that offer the same exact tour, so choose whichever you want. You need reservations. They take you out on the river and tell you about the wildlife. Then you see scarlet macaws and other birds. They have binoculars. The finale of the tour is when they feed the giant crocs. When I say giant, I mean giant. They get the crocs to jump up to this man's hand when he smacks a chicken on its nose. It's cool, but I'll let you see it. After I got back, I was watching the Discovery Channel, and there was a documentary called "The Crocs of Costa Rica," and they actually went on the tour we did. There was a different tour guide though.


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