We had been in Costa Rica for the first time since Aug. 17th, staying in Tamarindo when we decided to hit the road to see more. We took the ferry from Puntarenas over to Paquera and drove. We landed in Playa Carmen after dark and needed to find a place to stay. The first place we tried (which had no AC-we wanted AC) referred Tropico Latino to us. So, we decided to give it a try. It was dark out when we arrived so obviously we could not see the property for what it had to offer. Wandering thru the tropical trails to the office in the dark, I knew we had found the right place to stay. It was like walking through a rainforest...a tropical paradise. The pathways were dimly lit but just enough to see the grounds and it was amazing. It was actually intoxicating!! We checked in to Bungalow No. 12 which was 2 rooms that share a bathroom. We were traveling with a friend. Our room had a king size bed and the other connecting room was a double. The bathroom was huge w/2 separate sinks and a large walk in shower. We walked onto the patio and there was a king size bed out there as well for lounging on during the day or evening while you listen to the music....being the sounds of the waves. The furniture was beautiful, all wood...we were thrilled and it was soooooo quiet which I loved. We could hear the waves and knew that the beach was close...how close we would not find out until morning. When morning came we were was just blown away The beach was RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF OUR ROOM. We walked around to check out the place and with each passing moment we were even more amazed at the beauty of this property. It is a tropical paradise. We saw lots of squirrels and parrots. Our room was nice but not super modern, but it was perfect for us as we did not plan on spending all of our time there. We loved its rustic/local feel. There are numerous activities: yoga/surf lessons/spa/pool/restaurant/plus many more all on site. The restaurant had a great breakfast but for lunch and dinner we ended up eating at Zula's just across the street. We discovered Zula's our first night because the hotel restaurant was already closed. Zula's is great! We met the owner of Zula's and became quick friends with them.
Speaking of nice guys...we had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Marco, just by chance our first morning there. We were enjoying our coffee on the patio when he walked by to check out the morning surf. We said hello and the conversation went from there. Very nice guy. His vision for this property is amazing!! He was very laid back and easy to talk too. We saw Marco a few times throughout our stay, and the day we were leaving he made sure to stop by and ask how our stay was. We thought that was great...he cares for his customers.
It rained also...which was amazing!!!!
As for the town...it was GREAT. Now if your looking for the hustle and bustle of a "tourist" town this is not the place. It is very laid back and quiet! We had a blast during the time we spent exploring. It has everything you need and the beaches were amazing. The surf was epic.../I/we do not surf butweI know good waves when we see them. There are several areas very close for good fishing, snorkeling, tours and boating. We rented ATV's for a day, these were very nice for seeing and feeling the country, I recommend renting these for your entire stay. ....Playa Carmen, Santa Teressa, Mal Pais and a trip to Montezuma and surrounding areas were the favorite parts of our trip.
"Besides laying in the bed watching surf in the morning!"
All in all I would rate our stay at the Tropico a 10...as great. We will definitely be back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropico Latino is an intimate beachfront boutique hotel located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form.Our exquisitely-designed tropical bungalows and suites, built with exotic hardwoods, are surrounded by abundant tropical gardens under an old forest canopy, giving you the feeling of landing in paradise. Immerse yourself in the most pristine natural environment and experience the wildlife of Costa Rica right outside your window. Howler monkeys, hummingbirds, iguanas and bright flowering heliconias are just a few examples of what you will see.All of our accommodations feature luxury amenities, including wireless internet, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, security safe, mini-bar, coffee maker and complimentary coffee. Ask for our new beachfront suite, featuring its own beautiful private saltwater pool and Jacuzzi. Relax poolside or lounge in a beach hammock under a grove of coconut and almond trees as you watch the sunset. You will love it!Tropico Latino resort features a full-service Spa and yoga studio. The Spa offers professional massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, and other services such as acupuncture, manicures and pedicures. What makes our Spa different is that we create our own 100% natural healing and beauty products from ingredients like papaya, cucumber, coffee, coconut, almonds, carrots, honey and mint.Our yoga center offers daily Vinyasa Flow yoga classes and retreats. We have two beachfront open-air decks were you can receive classes while you listen to the rhythm of the waves at the ocean's edge. Yoga lessons will keep you centered, flexible and relaxed during your stay. Our classes are complete with mats, blocks and straps, and are open to everyone, from beginning students to experienced practitioners.Your stay would not be complete without a delightful dining experience. Our open-air beachfront restaurant combines a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere with nationally-renowned organic international cuisine. You will find healthy options on the menu using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and meat.Our commitment with sustainability in Santa Teresa BeachTropico Latino is an environmentally conscious hotel. We coordinate and sponsor the Blue Flag ecological program and sustainable initiatives for the beach communities of Mal Pais, Carmen, Santa Teresa and Hermosa. We are very proud that in 2012 all four beaches obtained the ecological Blue Flag recognition award, which ensures the quality and sanitation of the water, beach clean-up projects, community informational signs, and environmental education. We also are committed to conserve the vibrant biodiversity and richness of the rainforest that surrounds the region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropico Latino Hotel
- Tropico Latino Nicoya
- Hotel Tropico Latino Costa Rica/Santa Teresa