My wife and I stayed at Capitan Suizo in Playa Tamarindo for 4 nights in mid April. The room (#32) was very spacious and clean with large balcony overlooking lush gardens and pool. The beach was just beyond the pool. The staff was large in number, friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend the hotel.
The hotel is home to orphaned howler monkeys that are taken care of by the staff, raccoons, a porcupine and, of course, iguanas. The onsite restaurant served a nice complimentary breakfast of fruits, breads, eggs, etc. and, of course, is open for lunch and dinner.
The Liberia airport was recently upgraded and is now very efficient in getting you through immigration and customs. The hotel arranged transportation to and from the Liberia airport ($85 each way) by private van – just over an hour each way.
When returning to airport, stop first at Bancredito in airport terminal, pay the $28 per person departure fee (cash or cash advance on credit card) and fill out departure card before getting in line to check in.
Excursions and other activities (such as surfing lessons) can be booked at the hotel, but I suggest also checking with Xplor tour office in Tamarindo. We did an excursion to Canyon de Vieja ($155 per person or somewhat less with more than 2 persons) which offered ziplining (8 platforms), an hour of rafting through rapids, rappelling and rock climbing and mud bath with hot springs. A buffet lunch was also included. The driver who picks you up at the hotel (7:30 am) stays with you all day and returns you to hotel about 4:00 pm. The excursion was a lot of fun and I would recommend it for those who are looking for an adventurous tour.
A more relaxing tour was the boat trip at the Palo Verde National Park ($85 per person). During the one hour boat trip, we saw numerous crocodiles, birds, howler and white-faced monkeys, bats and lizards. Lunch was included as well as stops at local pottery and wood-making workshops, the town of Santa Cruz and, basically, any other stop you might want to make along the route. Again, we left hotel at 7:30am and returned about 4:00pm.
The town of Tamarindo is a short 10 minute walk via the beach and a few minutes more by road and offers several restaurants (I enjoyed the skewers of lobster, mahi mahi and shrimp and live music at Nibbana), tourist shops, markets, etc.
Rain fell one afternoon and visitors later this spring and summer should be prepared for more rain. The hotel provides umbrellas for each room. Mosquitoes were present mid afternoon, so bring bug spray. Some other tips – bring a flashlight if you plan to walk back to hotel at night from Tamarindo and don’t bother changing money as US dollars are readily accepted.
- 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
- Hotel Capitan Suizo Costa Rica/Tamarindo