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Sugar's Monkey
Ranked #3 of 6 Playa Grande B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

I had the pleasure of staying here in May of 2011. I ended my trip here to meet up with more friends. The people that run this place are absolutely the most easy-going, accommodating, lovely folks around! Everything from the good eats, crazy delicious cocktails, to the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine just steps away from the beach and it's fabulous surf community. I highly recommend visiting this spot tucked nicely into the west coast of such an amazing country. I can't wait to go back... dream of it often.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

We stayed at PGI for 2 weeks and had a great experience. The bar offered a great collection of surf videos for the big screen; cold beers with a great happy hour, poker night, and an amazing set of specialty cocktails. The dinner menu was a perfect combination of Costa Rican fare, pizza from the wood-burning oven, a BBQ night, and from 9-3pm a smoothie raw bar is open and boasts a great smoothie and home-made granola bars. If you want to change it up, the Mar Bar is open right next store and has a superb breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. The board quiver is well stocked for all types of wave conditions and ability level with the surf break being a quick walk out the door. No car rental needed and the hotel bikes made it easy to get around town. The owner, Justen, made sure everyone had everything that they needed throughout our stay, with a very help staff. I highly recommend staying at the PGI if traveling through Playa Grande.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

This hotel has good vibes. Very chill-ax. Friendly staff and management. The rooms are basic and clean. We had good sleeps and felt comfortable and safe.A 2 minute walk from the beach. Nice bar/lounge/restaurant with ping pong and darts open mostly for dinner. Loved Lynn's homemade granola bars and smoothies in the morning.We ate next door at the sister restaurant Mar Bar for most meals. Justin and Lindsay are a great team and make you feel at home.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

Playa Grande Inn was probably our most pleasant stop of our 10-day trip, great vibe. They have a big screen projector playing surf movies to get you pumped up for sessions. Board rentals are available with a good selection of shapes. Beers are cold and cheap, and the juice bar called RAW is amazing! The current owner, Justen, was extremely helpful when the TSA lost our luggage, and was there to help us whenever we needed it. The food was phenomenal, fresh tuna was our favorite, and the pizza was epic. Location is amazing, only a short walk away from the main peak at Playa Grande. Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone traveling to Playa Grande.

Room Tip: Rooms are a great size/quality for the price you pay, very cozy and clean.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

The PGI has a very mellow, laid back vibe very suitable to an avid surfer's lifestyle.  Not quite a resort but far from lacking anything. The rooms are of a nice size and are air conditioned. The pool is also the perfect size for getting cooled off. The restaurant and bar's day and night wait staff are super friendly (and funny!) The Inn's board rental selection is quite impressive, stocking multiple sizes for multiple wave conditions. My overall experience with PGI was excellent. A must stay place for the cost conscious globe-trotting surfer!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Playa grande inn aka PGI has great food at a great price. Friendly atmosphere with big screen playing surf videos to get you charged up for the waves. Beer are cheapest around. BBQ pizza is brick oven style and really good. Mid day there is a juice bar called Raw. Great smoothies and granola bars to keep you healthy for a long surf. If your visiting Playa Grande Beach stop in to this place.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

We were in Playa Grande for 8 days over Christmas and loved it! The Playa Grande Inn is a great alternative to the busy and touristy beach of Tamarindo. Playa Grande is absolutely gorgeous with amazing surfing waves and room to relax and enjoy your vacation. The Playa Grande Inn is clean with friendly staff and simple efficient rooms. My husband and I would eat breakfast next door then walk to the beach each morning. Everyone would gather for the sunset that evening then enjoy beers, ping pong, cards and excellent wood fired pizza. Playa Grande has 4 restaurant options within yards of each other then has lots of options a short drive away. If you are going to Costa Rica to get away, this is the place for you. The manager Justin has lived in Costa Rica for 6 years, knows the area completely and gives great advice on activities. Chris and Darcas manage the bar and restaurant and offer great affordable options to unwind with every night. This was like a surf oasis and we loved every moment of it! Also, they do laundry for $5 per load. Helen, the housekeeper, left ours folded on our bed, it was great!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: | 250 Meters South of Minae, Cabo Velas, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica (Formerly Playa Grande Inn)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Grande
Price Range: $40 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sugar's Monkey 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical life style Sugars Monkey is a small hostel where you can breath ocean; 150 mt from miles white sandy beach, welcomes its guests with pool surrounded of tropical garden where you can eat fresh and healthy food from our restaurant open from breakfast time till dinner. Eight room with air conditioning, ambient fans, private bathroom, shower and hot water; Two room settings: doble room for two occupancy and large room for four occupancy. Community space, gym and pool table are free for guest, Be Water surf rental and tour will happy to take you into waterworld ....... ... more   less 
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