**Note: I am leaving this note prior to my review of the resort in the hopes of helping out fellow travelers. Every Costa Rican says you need to go to Manuel Antonio National Park. We went in the afternoon and did not see much, in fact we saw much more wildlife in the actual resort, but we did speak to a family who went in the morning who saw lots of wildlife. Regardless, we signed up for a guided tour through our resort, which was $45 a person (we had 6 people total)…we couldn’t have felt more ‘ripped off’ at the end of the tour. We did receive some interesting information, and there were a few things included, but nothing that warranted a total of $270 (and I am all about splurging on trips). Also the tour was very dragged out, and when you have limited time in a country, time is very valuable. If you do decided to go, I would recommend just going to the park without a guide, or hire a guide independently**
**Note 2: We signed up for zip lining through the resort, which not only was our favorite activity but was also a great value! For $75 you received transportation, zip lining, snacks and lunch! So, although we were disappointed in the resort for setting us up with the overpriced Manuel Antonio tour, we were beyond pleased with this day, and it shows you can still trust the resort.**
Ok, back to the resort ☺ We loved the Tulemar!! From every resort we saw and everyone we spoke to, Tulemar seems to be the best resort in the area by far! The views are breathtaking, the wildlife is exciting and the customer service was great. We really enjoyed our room; the bed was comfortable, air conditioning was very powerful and the shower had plenty of hot water and good pressure. There was limited closet/unpacking space, which was fine, and the resort sent up more hangers upon request. The resort is very centrally located, and close to other beaches. Literally right outside the main gate you can get to several restaurants, bars, grocery store, and/or bank in under 5 minutes walking time.
The resort beach is fantastic! Definitely gives you a sense of luxury. Comfortable chairs, umbrellas upon request, snorkeling gear, boogie boards, kayaks and towels! The actual water is very calm too. My only complaint is the beach bar takes forrrrrrever to get a drink. Even if you are the only one up there it takes a long time! We learned a phrase while we were out there called ‘Tico Time’, which just means service takes a bit longer than usual, it seems to be part of the laid back culture, which is great, just can be inconvenient. Not all places are like this in the area, and considering the great customer service at the resort, we were very surprised to see that it didn’t trickle down to the beach bar.
So, I know the website says the resort is steep, but I had thought ‘perfect, great workout’….ummmm, no, the resort is VERY steep!! Not really walk able unless you are looking for a very intense workout. That being said, the steepness is what gets you the breathtaking views, and they have a shuttle that 9 times out of 10 got to us in record timing. All of the drivers were great too…Michael was our favorite ☺
Pretty much, if you are looking for a room with a view, some great beach time, with a feeling of luxury…book with Tulemar.
Restaurant notes: Salsipuede- great happy hour, great view, authentic food, tico time. Barb Roja- happy hour, great sushi, great view, great service, pretty Americanized…NOT on tico time. Café Milagro- great breakfast, very cozy, beautiful garden, get the banana pancakes.
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