Trópico Latino was opened in 1995 and offers the only accommodation in its category in the area. The hotel is set in a grove of Pochote trees in whose shade lush tropical gardens have been planted. The bungalows, designed by Italian architect Valeria Negrini, combine modern lines and comfort with local materials. A typical palm thatched "rancho" houses the restaurant which overlooks the beach side swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
The hotel Tropico Latino is located at Santa Teresa de Malpais, about four km north of Cabo Blanco Reserve. Malpais is a small fishing village on the west coast of the Nicoya peninsula. A couple of km north is Santa Teresa and further up Playa Hermosa, a great wild, isolated, sandy and shaded beach.
10 spacious comfortably furnished bungalows, each fronted by a wide individual porch with hammocks and with A/C.
The bungalows, designed combining modern lines and comfort with local materials, have luxurious private bathroom with hot water.
Tropico Latino is the perfect spot for yoga lovers with space for small, large groups and private lessons. All levels are welcome
The open air restaurant features fusion cuisine as well as Costa Rican. Fresh caught local seafood receives pride of place.
The hotel, set in a wide and peaceful garden, has a large beachside pool and jacuzzi. Chaise-long and hammocks are scattered between the garden and the beach.
Surfers will enjoy some of Costa Rica's less crowded and most consistent waves. Miles of empty beach breaks as well as numerous point and reef to choose from.
The hotel offers surfing facilities, fishing trips, horseback riding, relaxing massages and wedding events.
|Inshore fishing or dolphin watching excursions in chartered motorized panga at US $15 per boat per hour and a half day horseback tour on a farm the borders of the reserve at US $30 represent outstanding value. Surfers will enjoy some of Costa Rica's least crowded and most consistent waves with miles of empty beach break as well as numerous points and reefs to choose from.|
By car: From San José drive to Puntarenas and take the "Tambor" car ferry to Paquera. Drive through Tambor to Cóbano. In Cóbano drive straight through town and turn left after 1 kilometer to Malpaís. After 8 km. You arrive at a crossroads just before the beach, turn right and the hotel is 800 yards on your left. The hotel is signposted from Paquera. 4x4 is not necessary, but is recommended in the rainy season. Total journey time from San José is 5 ½ hours, as we recommend that you arrive at Puntarenas at least one hour before the ferry departs.
From Guanacaste drive south through Nosara, Sámara and Coyote, ford the Río Bongo and continue through Manzanillo to Malpaís. Several stretches between Coyote and Manzanillo are along the beach, so make sure the tide is low. This route is only possible with a 4x4 during dry season (Dec.-Apr.). There are alternative but more roundabout routes north open year round.
By public transport: Bus to Puntarenas, Lancha or Ferry to Paquera. You can either continue by bus to Cóbano and then Malpaís or the lodge can arrange pick up at Paquera dock or in Cóbano.
Surfers will enjoy some of Costa Rica's less crowded and most consistent waves. Miles of empty beach breaks as well as numerous point and reef to choose from. The hotel offers surfing facilities, fishing trips, horseback riding and relaxing massages.
Malpaís's location between the Central Pacific area and Guanacaste means that it benefits from both the big south swells which hit the beaches south of Puntarenas during the wet season as well as the offshore "Papagayo" winds which create optimum conditions on the Guanacaste coast during the dry season. Another great advantage is the complete absence of crowds; this area is one of the last frontiers of surf exploration in Costa Rica.
When locals refer to Malpaís, they mean the whole area between Cabo Blanco and Manzanillo. The best surf is found on the following beaches:
When the beach breaks get big, the reefs and points start to work. Recommended spots are:
The manager at Trópico Latino Lodge is a surfer and is happy to give you information, advice and directions.
|Rates From $155 - $605|
|Beach Front Bungalow|
|Beach Front Rooms|
|Beach Front Suite|
|Beach Front Studio|
|Garden View Bungalow|
|Standard Room Up|
|Two Bedroom House|
child under 12 free, second child pays $20
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