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Tulemar vs. Conod in Los Suenos

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Tulemar vs. Conod in Los Suenos

Have the option of renting a bungalow at Tulemar or a condo in Los Suenos. Can't decide if we a fmily of 4 (2 older teens) would rather be in Los Suenos or Manuel Antonio? Any thoughts. We want to fish, zip line , see wild life, white water raft. We are traveling in Decmber so many accomoadations are full at that time. Our first trip to Costa Rica and I am really looking forward to it.

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1. Re: Tulemar vs. Conod in Los Suenos

Manuel Antonio...Tulemar can be your place...the natural beauty and tours options is better at Manuel Antonio...maybe in the social aspect is more to do for the young guys at Los Suenos...but they can meet people in another occasions ...they can not meet nice funny monkeys all the time!!

R.A Luis

Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in paradise!!

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2. Re: Tulemar vs. Conod in Los Suenos

Tulemar for sure is your best option.

Nice private beach, beatifull jungle, excellent surf for you sons.

Also there is a lot of good places for night action.

Barba Roja.

Lounche disco.


Byblos Casino and pool tables.

All this places are walking distance to the hotel.

Your sons will find a lot of save action near tulemar.

Marriot is durty beach, big resort, golf, who wants to play golf in Costa Rica. Go out and have fun. Best beach near Los Sueños is Jaco and is very crowd and durty.


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3. Re: Tulemar vs. Conod in Los Suenos

A 3rd vote for Tulemar and Manuel Antonio over Los Suenos. The beach at MA inside the park is out of this world and there is a small white sand beach below Tulemar. The beach at Los Suenos is much less attractive. Los Suenos is a lovely but huge Americanized resort with a great pool, but why go all the way to Costa Rica for that? There are tons of activities in the area around MA and its gorgeous although definitely not manicured. Many of those activites are not as easily available from Los Suenos.

Los Suenos is closer to the airport and if time is short you could spend a couple of nights there and take a day trip to MA, but I think the family would have a much better time if you actually stay closer to MA. Good luck with your planning!

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We also went back and forth with that same issue as we were offered by a friend a 3 bedroom condo in Los Suenos for about $350 a night. Tough decision but after much research and talking to people that had been MA was the place. We also had 2 teens and have to take them into consideration. MA has so much to do. I wouldn't say Costa Rica is the place to plan to just lay on the beach. You stay very busy during the time your there and really don't have time. I failed to mention we gave up the Marriott deal for a 5 night what started out as a garden room at the Hotel Parador. We strongly considered Buena Vista Villas at Tulemar to share with another family. We ended up being 3 families and opted for the easy way out. I visited the grounds of Tulemar. The place is beautiful. You feel like your in the jungle with Luxury accomodations. If you can swing it do Tulemar. It's not only beautiful but in a great location. I don't know how old your teens are but there is a place in Mikanda by the sea called the bat cave. You have to go into the hotel to get to it. It is a very small little bar that actually makes you feel like your in a cave. You can also go out to the pool and check out the view. There really wasn't anyone there when we went but it really is a neat place just to see. Canopy Safari is a great zip line company they make you feel very safe. We stayed in San Jose for our 1st 2 nights just so we could raft the Pacure. It is one of the top 5 rafting locations. If you can work it into your schedule do it. It is a breathtaking trip. We also did the ATV tour to the falls and that was also breathtaking. You ride ATV's for a while through their palm plantations. You then hike to the falls which you can actually swim in. Beware it's COLD!!!! I hope you have a great trip. We did!!

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Great fishing out of MA/ Quepos and the National Park is next door to the public beach with plenty of wildlife- especially monkeys- spotting opportunities.

Tip> The best beaches in Manuel Antonio are inside the park:


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