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Hotel Capitan Suizo
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Best for: Beach, Family, Honeymoon
Located directly on Playa Tamarindo, one of the country’s loveliest beaches, Capitan Suizo is a charming boutique hotel offering couples and families a relaxing Pacific Coast escape for a few days after exploring Costa Rica’s wildlife and volcanoes.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
While many of Costa Rica’s beaches are either wild or unsafe for swimming, Playa Tamarindo is a happy exception, and a stay at Capitan Suizo will allow you to bask on white sands, play in the warm water and indulge in a range of water sports. It’s a great and economic option whether you’re on honeymoon or travelling together as a family. The hotel consists of 22 superior rooms, eight bungalows and a four-bedroom suite, set amongst exuberant tropical gardens. All are spacious, furnished with local materials, regional artefacts and antique photographs, and benefit from a balcony or terrace facing the Pacific Ocean.
The open-air beachfront restaurant, serves up an imaginative fusion of European cuisine with local influences, and a few days a week the restaurant offers live marimba bands and dancing, while in the dry season you can enjoy a barbecue or a private candle-lit dinner on the beach. Take a short stroll through the gardens and spot howler monkeys, colourful birds and butterflies on your way to the spa, where you can enjoy a lava stone massage listening to the gentle murmur of the waves.
Most of your time at Capitan Suizo you will probably be spent relaxing by the pool or on the beach, where there is safe swimming, surfing, kayaking and sailing, and the hotel can organise snorkelling and scuba diving trips if you are interested, and longer excursions to see the bubbling mud pools of volcanic Rincon de la Vieja, boat safaris in Palo Verde National Park or visits to the indigenous pottery villages of Guaitil and San Vicente.
When to go
The summer season (November to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain- but there should be less of it. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit- you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Rincón de la Vieja 4 Waterfalls Hike
Enjoy a full day hike through beautiful scenery that incorporates the best this region has to offer: intimate and breath-taking waterfalls, lush forest and stunning views of the volcano.
Tamarindo Mangrove and Estuary Tour on Kayaks
Explore the winding mangroves surrounding the coastline of Tamarindo. Spot swinging monkeys, scurrying lizards and towering trees from the water on either single or double sit-on-top ocean kayaks. The estuary is full of wildlife so get your camera ready!
Barra Honda National Park Caves Hike
Barra Honda National Park is home to a number of well maintained hiking trails. The limestone caverns that have been created hold stalacites, terraces and other geological formations.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde, Rincon de la Vieja and Guanacaste
Visit some of Costa Rica’s most sensational national parks on this active outdoors itinerary. Enjoy everything from rainforests to volcanoes, before relaxing on the stunning beaches of the Pacific Coast.
Panama City, San Blas Islands, Bocas del Toro, Puerto Viejo, Turrialba, Arenal and Tamarindo
This 19 day itinerary combines the highlights of Costa Rica and Panama in one trip. Discover hidden paradisiacal islands, active volcanoes, lush rainforest and secluded beaches. Get off the beaten track and discover some of Central America's best gems.