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					    Devon & Jamey’s Guide to Costa Rica
Hey all,

Below is a list of things that you can do & see while staying in Costa Rica. We’ve also
included a list of restaurants that can be found on the Los Sueños resort as well as some
restaurants that are close by.

We hope you find this helpful and we’ll continue to update the website and this document
as we learn more information. So check back often!

We can’t wait to see you all in beautiful Costa Rica!

Love,
Devon & Jamey
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Passports
Don’t forget your passports! Everyone (even the little ones) must have a valid passport to
enter Costa Rica. Please note if your passport expires within 6 months of your date of
travel (in this case April) you will need to renew your passport prior to traveling.
Turnaround times for passports can currently take as long as 3-4 months due to backlogs
in the system, so please plan accordingly!

Weather
Costa Rica is a tropical country and experiences only two seasons: wet and dry. The dry
season is generally between late December and April; the wet season lasts the rest of the
year. San José and the Central Valley get an 'eternal spring' with lows averaging 15°C
(60°F) and highs averaging 26°C (79°F). Both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are pretty
much sweltering year-round - get ready for some bad-hair days.

Money Tips
You can pay for tours, parks, hotel rooms and large-ticket items with US dollars. Meals,
bus fares and small items should all be paid with colones.

It's increasingly easy to find ATMs (cajeros automáticos)

Holders of credit and debit cards can buy colones and sometimes US dollars in some banks.
Cards are accepted at most mid-range and top-end hotels, as well as at top-end
restaurants and some travel agencies. All car-rental agencies accept credit cards. Visa is
the most widely accepted, MasterCard less so and Amex rarely. Some hotels might charge
a 7% fee for using credit cards, in addition to government and service taxes.

Sample Price Guide
Loaf of bread: US$ 0.50
1L of bottled water: US$ 0.75
Small bottle of beer: US$ 0.75

Drinking Water
Municipal water supplies in Costa Rica are excellent.
Water purification standards are similar to those followed in North America and Europe.
Water from rivers and streams is not safe to drink without purification.

Inoculations
No inoculations are currently required for travelers from North America to Costa Rica.

Safety
Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America. Wealth is distributed more evenly than
in North American or European countries. Simple living is common, but education, health
and welfare systems are very good and freely available, making abject poverty rare,
reducing crime.
Things to Do!

Canopy Tours
The Canopy Tour is perhaps the most uniquely Costa Rican adventure. Modeled after a
pulley system designed by an American wildlife biologist who was looking for an efficient
way to move study his subjects up close, today’s canopy tour is an adrenaline-pumping
ride through the treetops via a secure system of zip lines. There are multiple canopy tours
located within minutes of Los Sueños Resort.

The less adventurous at heart can still experience the rainforest canopy through tours that
forego the zip line in favor of a semi-enclosed aerial tram or an integrated network of
suspension bridges.
Costa Rica Luxury rentals staff will gladly recommend the tour that is most appropriate for
your group in terms of degree of difficulty and tolerance for heights and speed! Please
note that for your safety reasons, there are minimum age and height requirements for the
zip line tours.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Manual Antonio Park is widely regarded as the gem of the national parks system. This
tropical dry forest is located on a peninsula, surrounded by crystal clear Pacific waters and
white sand beaches.        An extensive trail system will lead you through a variety of
ecosystems, where wildlife viewing opportunities abound, particularly for the three - toed
sloth and capuchin monkeys.


Carara Biological Reserve
A mere 20- minute drive north of Los Sueños, Carara National Park offers endless wildlife
viewing possibilities. This transitional forest is home to one of the few remaining breeding
grounds for the majestic scarlet Macaw, most easily spotted in the early morning and late
afternoon hours. The Tarcoles River and the mangroves that border the park are home to
the gigantic American crocodile, which can be observed from the bridge or aboard a tour
boat, where local guides interact with these monstrous creatures in daily feeding sessions.

Volcanoes

Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs is situated in the northern plains of San Carlos and is
considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas. We highly recommend
that you choose a two or three-day tour to this region, as the lava flows are most
impressive when viewed late at night, weather permitting!
At the base of the cone, you will find a number of natural hot springs bordered by dense
rainforest, an unbelievably beautiful setting for one of the most relaxing experiences on
earth! Costa Rica Luxury Rentals staff will be happy to coordinate private tours
Poas Volcano Featuring geothermal activity and one of the largest craters in the world, it
supports one of the most beautiful lagoons in the country. The vibrant turquoise waters are
best viewed early in the morning, when cloud cover isn´t much. The surrounding national
park boasts an extensive trail system that offers beautiful views of the Central Valley and
San Jose metropolitan area. Poas is easily visited in a half-day tour, although we highly
recommend that you combine it with a trip to the town of Sarchi, famous for its
woodworking and handicrafts markets.

Monkey Tour
Come and discover the wonderful natural beauty of the Damas Island Estuary. Enjoy and
exciting, fun, informative and ecological tour at the Mangrove. You will see different species
of birds, mammals and reptiles in their natural habitat. Their main attraction is the white
faced monkeys.


Aerial Tram Pacific
The Aerial Tram Park is located in the Central Pacific Coast, is an eco-tourism project of 222
acres (90 hectares of forest) that will allow visitors to discover the hidden secrets and
hanging gardens of the Tropical Forest from a different perspective. A cascading 40-feet
waterfall, giant rainforest trees and panoramic views of the ocean are all part of the ride on
the Rain Forest Tram. The one hour-long ride on open-air gondolas and in company of a
naturalist guide takes visitors to a maximum height of 130 feet above the rugged valley.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe in the Herbarium, a complete selection of
medicine, aromatic and condiment plants, learn about their practical use and unique
characteristic. Also colorful and beautiful tropical flowers of different shapes are part of the
Heliconias Gallery experience. The tour takes half day.


ATV Tours
Take a ride on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and explore the beautiful Costa Rican rain forest
and several great looker points where you can appreciate views of the some Costa Rica’s
most popular beaches around. Enjoy the feeling of driving up and down mountains and
hills, of crossing rivers, of being surrounded by the luxuriant vegetation of the forest with
its huge centenary trees.
Look around discovering the wildlife: tropical birds, howler monkeys yelling in the trees,
iguanas crossing your paths and enjoy the beauty of Nature that is making Costa Rica
famous all over the world.
The ATV tour is an unforgettable excursion and it is good also for absolute beginners who
want to try something different.
Mangrove & Crocodile Adventure
Discover first-hand the wonders of nature in the Rainforest. This adventure takes place on
the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica along the Tarcoles River.

The area is surrounded by mangroves and located in a transitional forest, where literally
hundreds of mammals, birds and reptiles flourish.

You can also observe a great variety of sea birds, macaws, toucans, etc. plus a great
amount of crocodiles of all sizes.

Sky Walk Villa Lapas
Experience the energy of the rain forest during a one and a half hour hike on the
suspended bridges of the skywalk’s 1.5 miles length.



Bijagual Waterfall Hike Tour
For those who enjoy a good hike, this tour offers great views thru scenic rural Costa Rican
sites. Amazing bird life that can be contemplated from very close distances

Plummeting from the cliffs deep in the jungle, the Bijagual waterfalls await to be discovered
by explorers willing to take the challenge and extract the secrets of its location. Climbing
the small range between Carara National Park and the Protected Zone of Turrubares, the
road to the Bijagual is a rewarding experience, filled with breathtaking views of the Pacific
Ocean and the coastal fishing villages, alternating with dramatic changes in vegetation

The jungle trail leads visitors to within a few hundred meters from where the roaring sound
of the waterfalls blends in with the calls of the Toucans and Red Macaws. Explorers will
experience the pleasure of nature with a plunge into the pristine pools at the base of the
waterfalls. Then continue to be followed by the exploration of this mystical site, and the
observation of the abundant wildlife

Kayak and Snorkeling tours
Herradura Bay and nearby beaches are renowned for their calm waters. The best way to
explore the rich coastline is through a guided tour in an ocean kayak or a 40-foot long
outrigger canoe (for groups up to eight people, perfect for those with young children). Half-
day tours depart from the beaches north of Los Sueños Resort and include ground transport
paddling instruction and refreshments.

Our preferred kayak will be launching a white water kayak tour for the 2005 season. Using
inflatable kayaks instead of traditional rafts, you can run an exciting tropical river located
only one hour from Los Sueños Resort. At the end of the tour, you will be taken to a
spectacular waterfall fro swimming. This full-day tour includes ground transport, padding
instruction and lunch.

Horseback Riding
Our recommended tour provider boasts that she has the fastest, happiest horses in Costa
Rica! Morning and afternoon tours take riders to the mountains behind Jaco, where they
will experience breathtaking vistas of the coastline and surrounding countryside.

In high season (December through May), it is possible to visit a private rainforest reserve
that features three beautiful waterfalls.

All tours include a bilingual nature guide and refreshments. Please wear long pants and
closed-toe footwear.
Tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Please contact Costa Rica Luxury
Rentals for further information.


La Iguana Golf Course
Both Esquire and Celebrated Living magazines recently ranked Los Sueños as a top winter
golf destination for its unique playing environment. The 18-hole, par-72 course, designed
by Ted Robinson Jr, plays through the resort’s private rainforest reserve. La Iguana’s
caddies are all trained naturalist guides, who will point out the various wildlife species that
inhabit the fairways, including monkeys, sloth, coatis, toucans and macaws.



Surf Lessons
Surfing is what put Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast on the map, and our local beaches still
attract thousands of visitors monthly.

Playa Jaco (10 minutes south from Los Sueños) is perfect for beginner and intermediate
boarders.
Experienced surfers should head south to Playa Hermosa (20 minutes from Los Sueños),
home to a number of international surf competitions sponsored by companies such as
Roxy, OP, Quicksilver and Billabong

Having the right surfing instructor makes all the difference in your success. Gustavo Castillo
is the primary surf instructor at Jaco Surf School and he has been surfing his entire life.
Gustavo has surfed and competed around the world on the Costa Rican National Surf Team.
Gustavo does not just teach surfing, he lives surfing
White Water Rafting
Costa Rica is the perfect place for the first white water rafting experience since it has
several rivers to offer a combination of reasonable rapids and beautiful floats. These are
even rivers that are great for bird watching, since the lack big rapids and flow through
forest full of birds and the other animals. In fact, all river trips offer chances to see a bit of
the country’s wild life such as iguanas, blue morphs butterflies, parrots, otters, king fishers
and herons.

Tortuga Island at Calypso’s Catamaran Cruise

Calypso Tours is one of the oldest tour operators in Costa Rica. Since 1975, more than 25
years, Calypso Tours has delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors on her World Famou s
Island Cruise.

Enjoy a day in the sun and the palm studded white sand beach and turquoise waters of
Tortuga Island. Calypso’s attention to details and recognition as the tourist industry’s
standard for excellence guarantees a Perfect Day, your holiday vacation in paradise

☼ for spacious comfort, tour limited to 85 people

Sport fishing
Los Sueños Marina is the home port for a fleet of over 25 licensed charter vessels that
specialize in big game sport fishing. The waters off of the resort are considered one of the
prime bill fishing grounds in the world.

Pacific sailfish are abundant, while large black and blue marlins are caught on daily basis.
Meat fish such as yellow-fin tuna, Wahoo and Dorado are plentiful year-round. In-shore
fishing enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to try their luck at catching the
spectacular roosterfish, which averages 90 pounds in these waters!

Costa Rica Luxury Rentals staffs are happy to customize a charter to best meet your needs.
Full and half day fishing tours are available on vessels ranging from 21 to 65 feet. We can
also arrange for non-fishing charters for day trips to Isla Tortuga and Montezuma, as well
as sunset cruises.

Adventure Dining

Adventure dining, at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, combines the natural beauty of
Costa Rica with ¨The Dining Experience of your Lifetime¨.

Your adventure begins with a scenic coastal drive before ascending one of Costa Rica´s
highest mountains. As you traverse the dense rainforest, breathtaking views appear around
every turn. When you reach your final destination, you will simply say…. WOW!!!.
Their open air dining platform overlooks the Bijagual waterfall and miles of pristine
coastline. With your favorite beverage in hand, you may choose to stroll their manicured
trails to view 4 different waterfalls and the diversity of native trees, plants and wildlife. Or,
simply relax and absorb the tranquil sounds of the rainforest

As the sun sets over the mountains, your private table awaits you. Fresh flowers, tiki
torches and romantic music create an unforgettable ambiance. Their cuisine and
personalized service will exceed your expectations.

         Note: Prices and tour times are subject to changes
                    Restaurant Guide
With the unique restaurants and lounges at the Los Sueños
Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, as well as six waterfront
establishments at Los Sueños Marina, choosing a place to
dine is a delightful dilemma for
residents and visitors to our resort.
Nuevo Latino
Arrecife
La Vista
Hoyo 19
Puesta del Sol
Casa del Café
El Galeón
The Hook Up
Terrace Lounge
Lanterna
Bambu
Dolce Vita

El Galeón
Restaurant and Martini Bar has established a new standard
for fine dining in Costa Rica. Our team of international chefs
consistently strives to create unique dishes by fusing
international flavors with a distinct Latin American flair,
incorporating only the freshest local ingredients.
Our bar is well stocked with an extensive selection of
premium liquors, featuring the country's largest collection of
imported vodkas and carefully selected wines from France,
Italy, Spain, Australia, Chile and California.

From El Galeón's open-air dining room, patrons can take in
the spectacular view of the world-class Los Sueños Marina
and beautiful Herradura Bay. The atmosphere is relaxed,
with attentive staff who will go out of their way to make your
dining experience an enjoyable one.

Located on the waterfront at Los Sueños Marina Village.
Seating from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm nightly.
Closed on Wednesdays from May 1 to November 15
and during the entire month of September.

The Hook Up
Up Bar and Restaurant boasts one of the country's
premier locations, offering patrons a 270-degree panoramic
view of Los Sueños Marina, Herradura Bay and the
surrounding mountains.

The Hook Up is a laid-back environment where you can enjoy
a mix of classic rock and Latin pop tunes played over our
state-of-the-art stereo system. Major sporting events are
displayed on seven televisions located throughout the
restaurant, with the most important matches projected onto
the large screen over the bar.

Our menu features traditional American pub food such as
gourmet sandwiches, burgers, tortilla wraps and pizzas, as
well as hearty homestyle breakfasts. Daily specials are more
international in flair and popular theme nights keep Los
Sueños residents, boaters and visitors coming back for
more. Box lunches and party platters are also available with
advance notice.

Located on the second floor of the Marina Entry Building
Food service available from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm, with bar
service until midnight. Reservations are not required. For
delivery service to your yacht or Los Sueños residence,
please call 637-8284.


The Terrace Lounge
Situated upstairs from Lanterna is The Terrace Lounge,
where you will feel the romance of the European-style
ambiance and design. Overlooking the Village, patrons can
relax and enjoy a nightcap – or two- while listening to the
comforting sound of jazz or the tropical beat of local
entertainers.

Lanterna Ristorante Italiano
Bringing the aromas, the charm, and the flavors of Italy to
Los Sueños, Lanterna Ristorante Italiano offers traditional
Italian cuisine against the backdrop of the Los Sueños
Marina. Whether you are in the mood for savory lasagna or
old-world spaghetti, Lanterna’s cuisine will indulge your
strongest cravings.

Bambú Sushi and Asian Cuisine
Travel to Asia without ever leaving Los Sueños. With its
contemporary bamboo-inspired interior and waterfront
location, Bambú diners will feel as though they have
suddenly arrived in the Far East. Sample delicacies from all
over the Asian continent; these exotic and tasty dishes will
leave you with flavors to remember.

Dolce Vita Coffee and Sweets
Treat yourself to the true Costa Rican delicacy – coffee - at
Dolce Vita Coffee and Sweets. Dolce Vita offers a wide variety
of coffees, hot and cold to appease even the most eccentric
urge. And every coffee lover knows that great coffee should
be accompanied by succulent sweets. Dolce Vita has it all,
from fresh baked breads to gelato and pastries.

Nuevo Latino
Reflects our desire to unite the cuisine and service of the
Caribbean, Central and South America, with all of its glamour
and vitality, in one place.

We consistently enchant our guests with an enjoyable and
unique dining experience characterized by exceptional service
and unique cuisine that draws from a diverse palette of local
ingredients. Our experienced chefs elevate traditional Latin
American cuisine by embracing influences and flavors from all
over the Latin world and combining familiar and
exotic ingredients using classic cooking techniques.
Enhanced by a selection from our extensive international
wine list and the spectacular views from our dining room, a
meal at Nuevo Latino is certainly a culinary experience to
remember.

Located poolside on the ground floor of the
Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort.
Open daily from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Reservations are recommended, especially during holiday
periods.

La Vista
Restaurant Experience the best in traditional Costa Rican and
international dishes, all served in the relaxed atmosphere
that is La Vista. Choose from shaded, poolside tables or our
air-conditioned, colonial-inspired dining room.

Three nights a week, we feature special theme buffets:
Wednesday - Seafood Festival: a selection of dishes prepared
with the day's catch, including fresh grilled lobster, shrimp
brochettes and various ceviches.
Friday - Oriental Night: fresh sushi made right before your
eyes, as well as a Mongolian Barbecue - select your
ingredients and our chef prepares a stir fry to your liking!
Sunday - Tico Buffet: local ingredients prepared in the
traditional way.

Located poolside on the ground floor of the
Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort.
Open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner.

Theme buffets open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm on
designated evenings.

Arrecife Restaurant
Choose from casual poolside service in our open-air rancho or
simply swim up to our bar. We offer a delicious menu and
refreshing drinks in the enchanting surroundings of our
oceanfront tropical gardens.

Every Saturday we invite you to join us for our BBQ & Live
Jazz night under the stars. Our scrumptious buffet features
fresh grilled shrimp, fish, steak and ribs, plus a delicious
selection of homemade desserts.
Located in the pool area of the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean &
Golf Resort.

Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Saturday BBQ & Live Jazz Night is from 6:00 pm to 10:00
pm.
Hoyo19
Why not come and watch your favourite game on one of our
TV's with a nice cold beer, or simply unwind after a round of
golf with a delicious meal from our extensive menu? Hoyo 19
(the “19th Hole”) offers this and more, with fantastic views of
“La Iguana” golf course and the lush rainforest beyond.

Located in the La Iguana Club House of the
Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort.
Open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
(hours extended for certain sporting events)

Posta del Sol
Enjoy unforgettable sunsets and views of the Pacific in this
sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. We offer a delicious
menu of snacks, appetizers and all of your favorite drinks.
Located on the balcony on the
main floor of the Los Sueños Marriott
Ocean & Golf Resort.
Open daily from noon to midnight.



Casa del Café
Homemade pastries, fresh baked bread, made-to-order
sandwiches, crisp salads and freshly brewed Costa Rican
coffee await you at Casa del Café. We also offer a wide
selection of box lunches and gourmet gifts.

Located in the entry courtyard of the
Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort.
Open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
    Nearby Restaurants
    El Hicaco Restaurant & Lobster Feast
         Seafood
         Open for lunch and dinner
         Seafood with all you can eat Lobster on Wednesdays PM.

    El Pelicano
          Seafood
          Open for lunch and dinner

    El Galeon
         International
         Open for dinner
         El Galeon fine dining restaurant .

  Tsunami Sushi
      Japanese
      Open for dinner
      California style sushi restaurant.

    Wishbone
         Open for lunch and dinner
         Casual Dinning-Warm Atmosphere. Variety menu-w/ good food. Pizza, Fish, Burritos, Full Bar.

				
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