We just returned from our third family vacation in Costa Rica, and once again, it was awesome.
The Capitan had been recommended to us by a number of sources, including a local travel agent who said it was her number one choice for all of Costa Rica. It was excellent in every way. The rooms are great - large, airy, and a great view overlooking the lush gardens (and wildlife) around the pool. The property is maybe 50 feet from the high tide line on the beach - you can sit in the open air restaurant and have a beautiful view of the ocean, including the rocky island from which the Capitan derives its name. The hotel is an excellent combination of Swiss efficiency and the great Tica hospitality. There are no TVs in any of the rooms, and only a few rooms are air conditioned. You really do not need AC as there is always a good breeze and the nights are cool. The hotel has two computers for guest use and wireless broadband on the property. The ocean is very gentle near the hotel, very suitable for small children. For surfing you need to walk about a 1/2 mile for the bigger waves.
The restaurant at the hotel is pretty good and reasonably priced. Breakfast is included. However, there are some better restaurants in town for the same price - all in all, unless you are too tired to go anywhere, I would recommend eating in town for dinner. Town, such as it is, is a ten minute walk or a $5 cab ride. I highly recommend the Half Orange (Median Naranja) as one of the best meals I have had anywhere.
There is plenty to do in Tamarindo, and our children were never bored. We swam, surfed, boogie boarded, rode horses, used the pool, met people, lounged, explored the town, and walked the beaches for many miles in both directions.
1. It is hard to get reservations at the hotel, especially at Christmas and New Years. You should start working on this 6 to 12 months in advance. I made our two room booking via many emails with a helpful employee named Diego over a period of months.
2. The hotel requires full prepayment and not by credit card - you must use check or wire transfer. Due to Costa Ricas very slow banking system, getting your payment verified by the hotel requires time and patience - even a wire transfer directly to the local bank can take a week to verify, and it is not the hotels fault.
There are plenty of ATM machines in Tamarindo, so you should have no problems with money. Most, but not all, places in town accept Visa. There are many good restaurants. There are many surf schools - I can recommend Witches Rock, which is what we used. There are 2 and 1/2 little grocery stores - the 2001 is a good one in town and like most places it takes local and US currency, and has everything you could possibly want. While the resort is very quiet, there is a good night life in town that goes on until about 4am. Your best bet is to fly to the Liberia airport and hire one of the vans to take you to the hotel - they charged us $70 each way for five people, and the trip takes about 75 minutes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capitan Suizo is an environmentally conscious and future oriented beach hotel. It is an ideal place for relaxation that carries a tropical ambiance and lies amongst a lush garden. With a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is an oasis where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Capitan Suizo is located directly on the beach in a privileged area 1 km outside of town and at the end of the bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capitan Suizo Hotel
- Capitan Suizo Tamarindo