Costa Rica, Latin America – Hotel Bosque Del Mar

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Hotel Bosque Del Mar

Costa Rica, Caribbean

 

Travel tips to Costa Rica

 

Let yourself be captivated by the enchantment of the Bosque Del Mar hotel and be surrounded by a natural paradise that captures the tranquility of the forest and merges it with the fervency of the beach in an experience of perfect harmony. Enjoy the luxury accommodations and relax. No matter what you want to do, Hotel Bosque del Mar has a unique experience for everyone.

Their History

The hotel’s family started opening Tilajari Hotel Resort in Arenal Volcano area in 1989, later in 2003 they bought a unique beach front property in Guanacaste, called Cabinas Playa Hermosa. This legendary lodging company was the first established in Playa Hermosa during the 60´s.

The old fashion cabins were popular due to their excellent location right in front of a great, pristine beach. They were also characterized by a good restaurant and beautiful gardens with enormous trees.

Once the family bought it, the property changed from cabins to hotel, earned the new name Bosque del Mar, Playa Hermosa and started the project of a total renovation extended by the next 5 years. All rooms were renovated, new furniture was brought in and the family built the swimming pool, jacuzzi and the Junior Suites, improving progressively the quality in services. Later in 2008, the Ocean Front and Garden View Suites were finished to complement the Junior Suites, and a new main building with high level restaurant, lounge bar, conference hall and a Penthouse floor were introduced.

By the end of 2008, Bosque del Mar reopened featuring completely brand new high level facilities, but kept the charm and intimacy the property originally offered.

Playa Hermosa Bay is a great and peaceful location for beach lovers, not overcrowded and offers a gorgeous view of Pacific Ocean. Just few kilometers away, there are also other beaches to explore such as Playa Panamá, Ocotal and El Coco.

Accommodations

Guests can select from a variety of room offered by the hotel which are designed specifically for the commodity and relaxation of their guests. Browse their four different lodging options and pick the one that’s best for you.

Junior Suite

With a delicate environment characterized by Earth tones details, full of nature around and privacy, there are 20 Junior Suites with garden front terraces. The design of this kind of room offers a bedroom with 2 queen size beds and a bathroom, plus a separate living room with mini bar.

Less than a minute walk from the beach, their Junior Suites are a great choice for families because every two rooms are connected by a door in the terrace, so you can be in touch and close enough if you are travelling with friends or family but still keep your privacy and own space. Terraces are also a nice detail with these rooms as each one has a garden-pool view.

The Junior Suites are also preferred by couples due to its intimacy and modern but cozy design, making it the perfect hideaway for a romantic and relaxant stay.

Garden View Suite

Comfort, space and elegance are three factors to describe this kind of suite. Steps away from the beach, the restaurant and the swimming pool and with a close view of their tropical gardens, their six Garden View Suites each have an amazing bedroom with 2 queen beds and a living room with a pleasant sofa bed.

Garden View Suites were designed to blend modern convenience with cozy and eco-friendly elements in its architecture. There is an obvious sensitivity and respect towards the surrounding environment, trying to share this with the couples, families and friends who normally stay with them at Bosque del Mar.

Ocean Front Suite

Right in front of the beach they have the new Ocean Front Suites, featuring a bedroom with 2 queen size beds, a comfortable living room with mini bar and a sofa bed in addition to a spacious bathroom. Separate, a nice wooden terrace shares the amazing view with a great open air jacuzzi exclusively for each suite.

The Ocean Front Suites are surrounded by tropical gardens and the vibrant Pacific and scenic Playa Hermosa (Hermosa Beach) are just few steps away. Technology, details and fine design are characteristics in this kind of suite, ideal for honeymooners or couples. Small families are also welcome here due the space and beds available.

Penthouse Suite

Sophistication and comfort are easily detected in the Penthouse Suites, which are located on the third floor of the hotel´s main building. They have called the whole floor as NANKU (Chorotega indigenous word for “home”) emphasize the welcoming feeling guests experience, as if they are staying in their own beach house with a master bedroom suite, an additional room, two suites, kitchen, living room and more. Main suite NYURI (“bird” in Chorotega) have terraces and open air jacuzzies and are available individually rented with a smaller additional room.

Facilities & Services include

Front Desk is available 24 hours daily, here you can arrange services or asks for any kind of help you need.

Laundry

Transfers

Money Exchange

Tour arrangements

Spa services

Gated parking area

Jacuzzi and pools

Swimming pool and Jacuzzi area is also open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and restaurant staff will be around ready to serve your favorite drink at the pool or right on the beach.

Spa

Spa Services are a highlight in the hotel where the mix of surf sounds and a relaxant body therapy is a great way to enjoy your vacation. Paradise Spa, Body & Health Center is ready to offer you the best service right on the beach or more privately in your room any day you decide from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reserve the service, please contact their Front Desk.

Restaurant

As a great dinning place with beach front view, Niromi offers an open air semi-formal restaurant. Starting the day, Niromi serves breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the rest of the day you enjoy lunch, dinner, your favorite drink or a snack anytime you want until 10 p.m.

Conference halls

Nimpu and Nampi conference halls are located on the second floor of the main building. This service is available for any kind of activity given a prior request.

Wi-Fi

The Wireless Internet Access is available all over the property, so you can use it on any device, whether you are soaking in the sun on a beach chair, enjoying a drink at the pool deck or in your comfortable room.

Ocean Activities

Get drenched and enjoy the hotel’s selection of ocean activities. Let yourself be filled with adrenaline, discover the beauty of the sea or relax while you watch the sunset from a sailboat. You can do this and a lot more in Bosque del Mar. Below, they present you a list with all these ocean activities and other tours you can book with them.

Diving

Divers must check in with Front Desk in advance to reserve their dive days. Rocket Frog Divers will pick you up by boat on the hotel beach. All divers must show their certification cards in order to dive and the diver must also fill out a standard PADI waiver form and information sheet. If you are taking a dive course, a medical questionnaire must be completed prior to taking the course (required to determine if you are medically fit for diving).

 Snorkeling

For those that love to snorkel, guides will whisk you off to one of a few small but nice beaches that they have chosen for you. Expect to see a variety of creatures including moray eels, puffers, little blue fish, angel fish, as well as octopus, turtles and many other types of tropical fish.

Paddle Boarding Tour

Paddle to beautiful sandy beaches, cruise the shorelines, or discover little coves. The tour starts from the Playa Hermosa beach to Playas del Coco, lasting approximately two hours on the sea and then return by car to the hotel.

Sunset Sailing Tour

Pacific Ocean sunsets are not to be missed. Experience a relaxing and unforgettable tour under breathtaking colors while enjoying great music, tropical drinks and snacks aboard a beautiful boat. Make sure your camera is ready for the dolphins show!

Wave Runner (Jet Ski)

Drive your own Wave Runner and feel the adrenaline during the one hour tour around Culebra Bay, Monkey Head, Palmares Estuary and Egg Caves. Maximum 2 People per Jet ski.

 Sport Fishing

The Gulf of Papagayo is located at Costa Rica’s northeast corner and is only a few minutes away from the hotel. It’s one of the most famous places for sport fishing in the world. The gulf is home to a large variety of fish.

Mountain Activities

Go into the mountain and discover unforgettable and astounding views. Immerse yourself in the national parks, which are full of biodiversity. You will be teeming with excitement as you explore the beautiful mountains. Mountain tours are perfect for nature, history, and adventure lovers.

Canopy Tour

This adventure will allow you to see the forest like you have never seen it before. Your adventure will begin from the top of ancestral trees, zipping across the 849 meters of cable, joined between the trees in the forest. Much like a monkey, you will move from tree to tree and hang with a harness (and safety equipment), discovering the forest from a totally different point of view. This activity does not require previous experience.

 Rincon de la Vieja National Park

This park is located in the Guanacaste and Alajuela provinces and is part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area. It offers an active volcano (Rincón de la Vieja) in a period of relative calm and is the largest of five volcanoes that make up the Cordillera de Guanacaste. Thanks to its geography, this park hosts a massive forest biodiversity with more than 260 bird species and several mammals such as sloths, monkeys, and tapirs.

Palo Verde National Park

For nature lovers! Come and visit Palo Verde, one of the most important and interesting National Parks in Costa Rica due its 12 different habitats within the park including: mangroves, marshes, swamp forests, saltwater marshes and freshwater marshes. Enjoy a boat trip on the river for 2 hours, watching a fabulous group of wild birds and a vast number of creatures such as howler and white faced monkeys, green iguanas and coatis, anteaters and crocodiles.

 White Water Rafting

The Colorado River is a narrow river where you will pass through canyon walls as you experience water rapids, lush vegetation, wildlife and pristine isolation. Upon your arrival you will receive safety instructions and then board your 2 person raft.

 Horseback Riding

Just thirty minutes from the hotel you can experience a fun horseback ride, enjoying nature in an intoxicating environment, passing through lovely lush dense forests. These forests play host to a fabulous array of exotic plants and wildlife, including many rare and endangered animals and flora.

Coco Combo

Full action adventures include Jet Ski, Canopy and ATV tours around the Artola River, jungles, mud, forest sceneries and many more.

Restaurant

Enjoy an exquisite gourmet meal prepared by their high-level staff in Niromi Restaurant or savor a delicious cocktail in their Lounge Bar Nya. They offer dishes inspired by the Costa Rican and prepared with fresh native ingredients for your pleasure and delight.

Niromi Restaurant

The beach and surf view from the Niromi Restaurant (“forest” in Chorotega native language) boasts a great selection of dishes, combining international gourmet style with Costa Rican flavors. The flavors and top service of the staff make the perfect backgrounds to complete a dreamy vacation by the sea.

Since its opening in 2009, Niromi is also a favorite amongst many residents around the Playa Hermosa area due the gorgeous marble and wood dining hall, original and tasty dishes and a great location right in front of the beach and beautiful gardens around.

Lounge Bar Nya

On the second floor of the main building, the hotel has a modern but cozy beach front area called Nya Lounge Bar. The name comes from old native Chorotega language meaning “tree” as a tribute to the old tree crossing the building structure.

Sustainability

The continuous and progressive improvement has been always the philosophy of the people working in this family. Today, they want to inform you that Bosque del Mar has begun the process of Certification in Sustainable Tourism (CST), promoted by Costa Rican Tourism Institute among the companies in the country.

This categorization is intended to encourage the development of a better standard in sustainable practices. That is, committed owners, management and other staff are to change their attitude and gain an awareness of environmental, social and economic issues to achieve a responsible and sustainable model.

For this process, Bosque del Mar has a Sustainability Committee which voluntarily works with management to ensure correct implementation of appropriated practices in their operation as a hotel and more importantly tries to convey these ideas to the surrounding communities through education and example.

Their practices:

  • They are pioneers in the area due their water treatment plant, which process all the water hotel uses and treats approximately 70% of it, to be returned and used to water the gardens and to fill toilet tanks.
  • The housekeeping department has a system to “delay the change of towels and sheets “and save water and energy, the information about how this works is in the bathroom of your room.
  • All the printing and writing paper that is consumed in the hotel is classified to reuse in note blocks or delivered to the collector centers.
  • There is a project in process for better managing of the wastewater.
  • The hotel cooperates in their area on projects concerning shelters for abandoned children, indigents and a rehabilitation center for drug addicts amongst other causes.
  • They maintain a constant training program of their staff.
  • The hotel performs preventive maintenance of the electrical installations and equipment, in addition to the regular review of the pipeline.
  • They place a directory of services in each room so that their guest has enough information during their stay.
  • During all renovations and in all furniture purchased and placed, only legal wood species are used
  • They achieved up to 90% decline in the use of chlorine, chemicals and other cleaning supplies, which were replaced by organic and biodegradable ones.
  • The vast majority of their suppliers have signed a letter of commitment to adopt or enhance sustainable practices in their business.
  • The use of disposable crockery and plastic packaging is almost zero and all the garbage bags used in the hotel are biodegradable (D2W).
  • Starting soon, all the bottled water that they sell will be made of biodegradable (D2W) plastic.
  • As a company, they fulfilled all the obligations established by law in terms of social care, wages, insurance and other requirements.
  • They are affiliated with the Costa Rican Code of Conduct to prevent sexual exploitation of children in tourism activities.
  • Their regular analysis of drinkable water certifies the quality for human consumption.
  • They use fluorescent bulbs with low energy consumption in most of the lighting systems.
  • They have Smart Electric System to save energy in each room that turn off lights and A/C every time the guest leaves the suite.
  • All suites have hot water bathrooms thanks to solar panels.
  • The design in each building has been based on maximum natural light use and location of trees in property has been respected, trying to adapt structures to tree shapes instead the opposite.
  • Around 95% of their staff resides is in hotel´s area. This way they support local development and reduces the costs of transportation and fuel consumption.

 

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An Introduction to Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica is just 51,1000 square kilometers, this small country is famous and internationally recognized for its great diversity and concentration of natural resources, as well as its inhabitants’ proverbial cordiality: which is what distinguishes it as far as a special attractive destination for foreigners. Adventure: Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, and rivers. Adventure travelers can choose from a variety of activities such as rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, sport fishing, surfing, and lots more. The most challenging activity will be choosing what to do! Beaches Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the country is surprisingly accessible - one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane). The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport fishing, snorkeling, and sun bathing. The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centers and its beaches are very popular for surfing, for example Esterillos, Jaco, Hermosa, Boca Barranca. In the Golfito region, near the Marino Ballena National Park, surfing fans can find the famous "long lefthander wave." Ecotourism: Considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is divided in 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate ecotourism lovers. The variety of activities includes horseback riding, hiking mountainous paths in the cloud forests, and guided bird-watching tours. Heritage and Culture: Costa Rican culture is in many ways a reflection of its racial diversity. The predominant influence has long been European, which is reflected in everything from the official language -- Spanish -- to the architecture of the country's churches and other historic buildings. The indigenous influence is less visible, but can be found in everything from the tortillas that make part of a typical Costa Rican meal, to the handmade ceramics sold at roadside stands. An important aspect of Costa Rica's cultural legacy is their love for peace and democracy. The Ticos like to stand out that their nation is the exception in Latin America, where military dictatorships have long dominated politics. They take pride in having more than one hundred years of democratic tradition, and almost half a century without an army. The army was abolished in 1948, and the money the country saves by not expending in military issues is invested in improving the Costa Ricans' standard of living, which has fostered a culture of social peace that makes it such a pleasant place to visit.

What to Expect in Costa Rica

BANKS: Banks hours depending on whether they are public or private. Generally, hours are Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm. Credit cards and U.S. Dollars are widely accepted. ATM’s are available in most towns, but can be difficult to locate. CURRENCY: The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available but can be difficult to locate. CLIMATE: The climate in Costa Rica varies depending upon elevation and location. The coastal plains are warm and tropical. Mountainous regions are much cooler and the Central Plateau has a spring-like climate year-round, with little variation in temperature from month to month (the average daily temperature is 75 F or 25 C). DEPARTURE TAX: Departure tax is $29 U.S. Dollars, payable only at the airport when you check in for your flight home. Acceptable forms of payment include cash (Colones or U.S. Dollars), Visa, American Express and MasterCard. DRINKING WATER: The water is potable in most areas; however, it is highly recommended that visitors drink bottled water during their stay. DRIVERS LICENSE: A U.S. Driver’s License is acceptable for up to three months. ELECTRICITY: Outlets are 110-V, with standard US two prong plugs. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport and a round trip ticket are mandatory to enter Costa Rica. Depending on your country of origin, you may enter Costa Rica without a visa. USA, Canada and most European countries have this privilege. TOURISM SEASON: December through April is the dry season, when rain is quite uncommon. May through November is considered the rainy, or "green", season, although mornings are usually quite sunny, with most of the rain falling in afternoon showers. VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations or preventative medications are recommended for travel to Costa Rica. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation. WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS: Water temperatures generally range between 75 – 80°F. Most people find wearing a 3mm – 5mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable.

Costa Rica - "Top Side" Activities and Adventures

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in Costa Rica. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

ARENAL VOLCANO AND TABACON HOT SPRINGS:

Arenal Volcano is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the world today, and is an absolute must see. While here, glide above the trees on a canopy tour, or traverse across the hanging bridges, either will provide you with an impressive view of Arenal. Nature reserves, cavern rappelling and windsurfing on Lake Arenal are just a few of the activities available while visiting this area.

Nothing compares though to soaking in the nearby Hot Springs at the base of the constantly erupting volcano while watching lava flowing down. The warmth of the flowing thermal mineral rivers and the surrounding tropical rain forest will makes this a unique experience!!! Make sure your trip includes at least one evening, as the volcano's magical night show is not to be missed.

CANYON ADVENTURE:

If you want to try something different, this is the trip you are looking for! All that you need is a heart for adventure and we will provide the rest.

The Canyon Adventure will start with a canopy ride in the tropical rain forest. From here you will start descending and enjoying the ride of your life: rappelling wall climbing, crossing bridges, Tarzan swing and via Ferrate. To complete your experience, consider a guided horse back ride to a secluded and crystal clear waterfall where you will have time to swim and explore the surrounding beauty of this natural paradise.

MIRAVALLES VOLCANO AND HOT SPRINGS ADVENTURE:

The Miravalles Volcano will provide the most incredible sights of the Tropical Rain Forest. At the beginning of this hike you will cross a suspension bridge and experience two beautiful waterfalls, while searching for animals and trees with epiphytes, flowers, ferns. Your adventure will continue with a walk inside the crater of this active volcano where you can see the steamy sulfur water ponds, bubbling mud, fumaroles and try the therapeutic properties of the mud and natural hot springs.

MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST:

This world famous reserve will provide beautiful scenery for a great hike through the wonders of the cloud forest. Your guide will search for the most incredible birds and you can admire the prehistoric ferns and the trees full of epiphytes and moss. The treetop walkways are approximately 3 km and cross the cloud forest on 8 different suspension bridges. In addition you will explore a community that gathers more than 20 species of tropical butterflies, a beautiful garden with more than 14 species of hummingbirds and the third largest private insect collection of the world.

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK:

Palo Verde National Park is a wildlife sanctuary. Scientists from all over the world come to study this rich ecosystem that combines rivers, marshland, mangroves and dry forest. Take a river cruise on the Tempiski River, the most important in Guanacaste where you can admire the natural beauty of this park while looking for crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and thousands of birds that migrate to Palo Verde.

TREETOP CANOPY TOURS:

Ever fantasized traveling through the treetops in the jungle, like Tarzan and Jane? Well dream no longer!!!! Safely harnessed, you will soar through the air from one treetop platform to another, free as the wind.... Adrenaline rushing through your body.... Exhilaration like no other as you fly like a bird!!!! You get a new perspective on the world as you see it from the top of ancient trees. From this advantageous position, you’ll enter the habitat of numerous species and you might even find Cheetah swinging from a vine next to you!!! If you only experience one tour in Costa Rica – it has to be this!

WHITE WATER RAFTING:

Costa Rica’s white water rafting will test your courage and challenge your skills. Your journey will typically start where the dry and rain forest blend their beauties creating a magic place surrounded by lust vegetation, home of an enormous variety of animals including migratory birds, butterfly, monkeys and reptiles. With option available from Class I through to Class IV rapids, for anyone interested in rafting, this experience is not to be missed.


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