Modern Condos Steps from Beach with Courtyard Pool
Playa Tamarindo, situated along the northwestern coast of Costa Rica, earned a starring role in the 1994 surf documentary The Endless Summer II thanks to its world-class waves. In one spot—a rollicking river-mouth break beside an estuary—the waves can reach as high as 12 feet in November and December. Today, the area has grown in popularity with American expats, but the waves have stayed the same. About 120 meters inland from the beach, the Mango Center Suites are conveniently located for surfing and sailing.
The hotel partners with local surf schools for lessons that focus on body movements. With an adventure package, you can choose to either attack the waves for yourself or take a canopy tour of the lush Costa Rican rainforest. For an extra adrenaline rush on these tours, you can flip your harness upside down.
Alternatively, there’s a cooking package, which includes a class led by a professional chef. You’ll learn how to prep regional dishes such as beef tenderloin with jalapeño chili and yucca-root croquettes. Next is a bartending lesson, which teaches you to mix cocktails made with guaro, a sweet local liquor made from sugar cane. You’ll top it all off with a four-course meal and a knife-throwing competition with the chef.
Cooking classes take place in the property's central courtyard, which is decorated with potted palms, stucco archways, and blue-tiled fountains, giving it a Spanish flair. At the center is a shallow pool, which has a rippling waterfall that spills across two levels. Upstairs are the two-bedroom condos, which were built in 2008. Decorated with marble counters, stainless-steel appliances, and microfiber couches, they feel more like urban apartments than hotel rooms. There’s also a six-person dining table.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Surfing Beaches Framed by Forested Volcanoes
Guanacaste, which forms the northwestern province of Costa Rica, takes its name from the Guanacaste tree. It’s an umbrella-shaped plant; it’s also known as the earpod tree due to its unusual seedpods. These trees blanket the slopes of the Guanacaste and Tilaran Mountains, which are two ranges of steep volcanoes situated east of the coastline. Tamarindo, along the Pacific Coast, lies between tropical jungle and idyllic beaches.
Although Playa Tamarindo is popular with surfers, Playa Grande has fewer crowds. It’s located inside Marino las Baulas National Park. Starting in October, this area serves as a major nesting ground for leatherback turtles, and on night tours, a ranger leads groups out to see the mothers and their hatchlings.
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