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  • Tulemar Beach Wins Award for the 15th Year in a Row

    While thousands of tourists flock to Costa Rica each year to experience its lush jungle, exotic wildlife, delicious food (gallo pinto, anyone?), and friendly people, we are willing to bet that the majority of these tourists are highly looking forward to relaxing on Costa Rica’s amazing beaches, too. After all, our very own Manuel Antonio beach has been ranked top in the world for yet another year.

    It’s no secret that Costa Rica is blessed with some of the most gorgeous natural landscapes there are, but the wonderful people of Costa Rica work hard to maintain these surroundings so they can go unspoiled for years to come.

    Costa Rica has several programs in place to encourage the conservation of the country’s natural landscape, like the Blue Flag Ecological Program (Bandera Azul Ecológic), meant to protect the nation’s coastal ecosystems, prevent beach pollution, and honor those who are doing their part to keep Costa Rica a top destination in ecotourism.

    Every year, the Blue Flag Ecological Program grants a prestigious award to beaches with a minimum of 90% in categories including water quality, coastal sanitation, tourist safety, beach access to garbage containers, drinking water quality, signage, and more. Beaches that win the award are monitored monthly to ensure their efforts are being sustained throughout the year.

    We are thrilled to announce that our very own Tulemar Beach has won the blue flag award (with a score of 100%) for the 15th year in the row! This means that the Tulemar Beach is recognized as one of the top beaches in Costa Rica for its cleanliness and ongoing sustainability.

    Have you been to the Tulemar Beach yet? If not, come see what makes this place so wonderful!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Kendall Waston Presents Donation to Local Children’s Futbol Team

    At Tulemar, we love all our guests, and it’s so special to us when we get repeat guests. It feels like seeing an old friend!

    We recently had some amazing repeat guests at Casa de Frutas that hauled soccer supplies all the way from Montana to Costa Rica to donate to the local children’s futbol club. With the help of their wonderful concierge, Chris, and the club’s coach, the supplies were presented to the eager kids by none other than professional Costa Rica soccer star, Kendall Waston!

    Here’s what Casa de Frutas had to say about it on their Facebook page:

    Visiting from Montana…..this family stayed in Tulemar a few years ago and returned with a week’s stay at Casa de Frutas…..deep sea fishing was high on their list…..along with surfing (twice)…..and canyoning…..but what really made a huge impression was the generous donation of equipment this family made to the local children’s soccer team…..they even brought in one of the team members of the Costa Rican national team to make the presentation…..what a wonderful gift!

    Thank you so much to our amazing guests and Kendall Waston!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Housekeeping at Tulemar

    As the times have changed, so have travelers’ expectations. What once used to be as easy as flipping the door hanger from “do not disturb” to “housekeeping please” to get your room made up, now isn’t so easy. Oftentimes, housekeeping is only done upon request, and even then it may be a quick clean and trash empty.

    At Tulemar, we take great pride in our housekeeping staff and what they contribute to our guest experience, and we are proud to say that none of that has changed or will change (with the exception of a little extra sanitation precautions here and there, of course!).

    What you can expect

    Our private villas all come with their own staff. They can work directly with your concierge to make sure they swiftly get in and out of the villa (oftentimes while you’re at the beach or on an excursion) without bothering any of your relaxation or privacy. But, if you’re the type who likes to make friends, don’t be scared to say “hola”! They absolutely love seeing our guests’ smiling faces and you’ll love getting to know them, too.

    The staff will keep your villa sparkling clean, and they even will do your laundry and bring fresh flowers into your villa! Their impeccable service in conjunction with your doting concierge will have you feeling like royalty during your stay.

    All our other accommodations come with a team of rotating housekeepers. You may not have  the same housekeeper each day, but you are always guaranteed a spotless clean!

    These amazing housekeepers are superstars around the resort and make lasting impressions on our guests. But don’t take our word for it! Here’s what guests are saying about their housekeepers on TripAdvisor:

    “Absolutely amazing. 8 of us stayed in villa kiskadee. The house and view are both stunning.
    Our concierge Javiar is the best. He took care of everything from organizing our excursions to giving us a ride from the beach. He was always available via what’s app if we needed anything or had any questions. Javiar really went out of his way to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed.

    Maria and Jon our housekeepers are so awesome. They work so hard to make sure the house is spotless everyday. The fruit displays and fresh juice they made daily were beautiful and delicious. Both Jon and Maria were quick to help us with anything we needed.

    Jose is an incredible chef. He cooked in our house three of the nights. Everything he and his wife made was spot on. We wished we had booked him for our entire stay.

    Henry the grounds keeper kept everything outside looking great and quickly fixed the heater in our hot tub when it broke.

    I can’t say enough about how awesome all the staff is. From the drivers to waiters to beach attendants everyone was amazing.

    The amount of wildlife In Tulemar is incredible. Monkeys, sloths, macaws, & toucans could all be seen on or near our balcony.

    Can’t say enough good things about the resort and staff. Thank you to everyone who made our stay impeccable!”


    “We stayed at Casa de Frutas in Tulemar in January and had an absolutely incredible experience.

    Chris took amazing care of us and was always sure to check in and make sure we had everything we needed. He went above and beyond and always did so with a great energy that made us feel very welcome and at home.

    Marina, Yadira and Tony were always floating around making sure the property was looking top notch and were always very friendly and helpful.

    The property is absolutely stunning and has been kept in great shape; we will be back.”


    “This was one of the best trips I have taken and I have traveled! The accommodations, staff, wildlife, sunsets, excursions; everything was top-notch. The house was stunning. Every detail was taken care of and the décor is perfect, both beautiful and comfortable. The view is amazing. Our concierge, Luis, was so attentive, funny and on his game. He helped us enormously with questions, excursions, reservations, and well, everything. Many thanks as we changed our minds often:) Our beach trips were so easy with the always smiling David to greet us, set us up with chairs, towels, umbrellas and drinks. He is so kind. He went out of his way to send me sloth pictures when he heard how interested I was and how hard I found it to capture their pictures. And speaking of sloths, I highly recommend the sloth walk by the Sloth Institute. I learned so much, especially how to spot them. They are doing great work to research and protect sloths. We had wonderful yoga classes with Ashlee. I had more than one wonderful massage with Kalendy. Bliss. Memo shuttled us around like a pro and made us laugh every day. The housekeeping team, though they cleaned the whole house every day, were somehow magically barely seen or heard and yet the house was immaculate at all times. I don’t know how they managed that, even when we were there at the same time. And again, so kind and sweet. The overall genuine curiosity and friendliness of the staff was exceptional. Plus toucans, macaws, monkeys, geckos, iguanas, whales, Agouti, sloths, the biggest grasshopper EVER, the flowers, all of it was such a treat (well maybe not the grasshopper). I will definitely go back and highly recommend.”


    Pura Vida,


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  • A Note From PAWS

    You may already know that our amazing Tulemar homeowners have some organizations near and dear to their hearts that they collectively support. These amazing organizations help keep Manuel Antonio the special and safe place that it is.

    One of those beloved organizations is PAWS – Pets of Aguirre Welfare Shelter.

    Like many others, PAWS has been through a lot of ups and downs over the past couple of years. An up: have a record year of adoptions! A down: losing their rescue and adoption center.

    If you’ve already been to Manuel Antonio, you may be aware of how important PAWS is to the area. Without them, the population of stray, unhealthy, and potentially dangerous animals on the streets multiplies.

    Please take a moment to read the note from PAWS below outlining some updates for the upcoming year and a request for donations:

    In 2021 we have a record year and great success with our PAWS spay/neuter and vaccination program. We are happy to report that we have organized and financially subsidized the spay/neuter of over 2600 dogs and cats already in 2021. We are so thankful to all  those who donated to us so that all these surgeries could happen this year and we are grateful to the five local Vets who perform all these surgeries for us.

    Sadly a few months ago we had to close our rescue and adoption center and that was a big blow to us as an organization. We had to close because the Veterinarian who owns the property and facilities there and who had been helping us run our rescue operations there told us it was too much for her and that she wanted to do something different on that land. Now the property is being turned into cabinas to rent to tourists which is sad to us but there is not much we can do. These days our PAWS dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are being cared for in our seven PAWS foster homes and given in adoption either directly from the foster homes or at our weekly adoption events in Quepos. We do have reason to celebrate here as well though because we had a record year with rescue and adoptions. 533 PAWS adoptions completed this year as of today. That means 533 dogs and cats and puppies and kittens taken from bad situations and made healthy, vaccinated, spay/neutered, and then given to the most responsible owners we can find. We are so happy we were able to help all these animals and we thank everyone who donated to us to allow this to happen.

    If you are impressed with our work this last year and want to see these efforts continue in 2022 please consider making a donation to us. All that we accomplished in 2021 was all thanks to the generosity of those who have donated to us this past year and for that we and the animals we serve are eternally grateful. Financially, at this moment, we are sweating because we know we do not have the money we will need to pay our December Vet bills which we are currently accruing. We are a small group of volunteers and we receive no government assistance to pay our bills. We rely 100% on donations to keep going.

    Donations can be made on our website www.pawscr.org or via paypal (donatetopawscr@gmail.com). If you are in Costa Rica and prefer to donate to us locally please let me know as we have a bank account at Promerica.

    Thank you for your consideration! Sincerely, Dominique & the PAWS Team 🐾 Remember you can also follow our work on Instagram @petsofaguirrewelfareshelter

    Pura Vida,
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  • Still a 5-Star Experience in Tulemar

    There’s a lot that a pandemic can teach you, and as we continue on with this “new normal”, we continue to learn and grow to adapt the best we can.

    But, it’s no secret that a lot has changed. Some for the good, and some for the not-so-good.

    While we have learned patience, the importance of health, and how to appreciate the little things, we also have found ourselves not getting to see friends & family as often, feeling anxious and scared, and sensing a lack of warmth in human interactions on the occasions we do get out of the house.

    It seems that what once was an enjoyable experience – going out to eat, chatting with a stranger at the grocery store, or shopping for a new pair of shoes – now oftentimes seems cold, impersonal, and downright frustrating.

    We can’t say we blame the hospitality and retail industries…Most of these employees are overworked, short-staffed, and tired of dealing with disgruntled guests all while just trying to make ends meet!

    It can feel like the issue is cyclical, and we – as well as our guests – keep asking “how can we get things back to normal?”.

    If you’re feeling this way, too, we have good news!

    At Tulemar, our standard of service remains the same as always. We were incredibly fortunate enough to maintain our same workforce throughout the pandemic, and as we begin welcoming guests back to Tulemar we are as happy as ever to continue providing 5-star service to each of you.

    This includes our knowledgeable reservations team to help you book your trip, the amazing personal concierge team to help you with all the details from the moment you book until the moment you leave, our kind and thorough housekeeping staff that keep your villa sparkling clean through the duration of your stay, and all our supporting staff such as the shuttle drivers, private chefs, and beach staff to offer smiling faces and exceptional service while you’re here.

    But don’t take our word for it! Here is what other guests are saying on TripAdvisor:

    “What a beautiful villa in a fantastic setting! If you are looking for privacy along with wildlife then look no further than Villa Kiskadee at Tulemar. The Villa was very appointed with beautiful panoramic views from every room. Everyday we were greeted by Sloths, monkeys, exotic birds, iguanas and more! Honestly the property offered better wildlife experience compared to visiting the actual Manuel Antonio park. But our trip would not have been nearly as good if not for Javier (our wonderful concierge), Jose (our amazing chef) & Maria (our lovely housekeeper). Truly these 3 made our trip and work so hard to ensure you have a lovely stay. Highly recommend” – @mc1220


    “Wow what an awesome resort!!! We were blown away by everything the resort had to offer. The grounds were gorgeous, the wildlife jaw dropping, and the location is amazing. The resort is nestled not only in the jungle, but is seamlessly part of it! We saw wildlife (monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds) from our balcony every day. You will see them everywhere in the resort. We stayed in a 1 bedroom cabana suite, that was perfect, and had a panoramic view of the ocean from the expansive balcony. The beach was a short hike down, or a really short golf cart ride, and was spectacular. It’s a private cove, that feels like it’s all your own. Bar and food service are available, and the guys on the beach work tirelessly all day to make your day at the beach, “a day at the beach”. The food and drinks were also fantastic. The Tule Cafe was the only restaurant open at the time, but it has enough choices that it really didn’t matter. We tried some other restaurants in the area, and honestly we liked the resort Cafe the best! The ceviche is amazing, and the fresh fish was always tasty.

    With all the amazing features Tulemar has to offer, the crown jewel is by far its workers and service. We have NEVER had that type of service before at a resort! Our concierge Fabio was amazing. He set everything up for us, even our Covid tests. Fabio took all the stress out of our stay, and made sure our vacation was perfect. He provided rides to the beach, restaurants, did some grocery shopping, set up excursions, and just made our stay overwhelmingly enjoyable. The maid service made sure our room was clean and tidy every day. The service too and at the beach was awesome. And our service at the restaurants was on point. A special shout out to Christopher, Giovany and David, but everyone was amazing and friendly, taking the time to chat with you, give suggestions, and point out wildlife.

    Best resort we have stayed at in our lives. 10/10!!” – tommZ5943RA


    “This was our first trip to Costa Rica. We would highly recommend Tulemar. This was also our first experience to have a dedicated concierge. Ashley worked with us from the time we booked until the time we left. She made it wonderfully easy and every recommendation she had for us was absolutely perfect. The Tulemar property was awesome including the pools, house and especially the beach. In short, trip of a lifetime! Thanks to Tulemar and Ashley!” – 396lawrencef

    Ready for a luxurious and pampering Costa Rican vacation? We are ready to host you! Book now.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Quepos Airport is Back & Better Than Ever!

    After a long (and we mean LONG!) time waiting, the renovations to the Quepos airport are finally complete, which means you can now get to/from the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area and other parts of Costa Rica faster and easier than ever.

    In 2017 it was announced renovations would be made to the airport. However, the airport faced several setbacks due to issues with labor, leaving it in a less-than-desirable state. If you’ve happened to travel between 2017 and 2021, you may recall the rocky runway!

    Unfortunately – even though the airport was operable during this time frame –  its poor state and lack of proper runway contributed to fewer flights, many of which would end up canceled due to weather and poor take-off & touch-down conditions.

    Now, thanks to the $2.7 billion renovation, the new airport features improved perimeter fencing, a parking apron, a new rainwater system, and – you guessed it – a beautiful new paved runway.

    “This is the new runway at La Managua aerodrome in Quepos,” said President Carlos Alvarado, who attended a small ceremony at the airfield. “Complying with the safety regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to this improvement is added an area for parking for Bravo-type aircraft, leveling of security strips, perimeter fencing and a new rainwater system throughout the terminal.

    “The most important part of the work done at this aerodrome is the promotion of tourism that translates into support for families and tourism companies, large or small, in Quepos and nearby cantons.”

    Take a trip down memory lane with “before” photos of the airport — we think we can all agree we are glad it’s now new and improved!:

    Interested in taking a scenic flight on your next trip to Manuel Antonio? Just let your concierge know, and they’ll happily arrange all the details! Or, you can browse flight options from Sansa here.

    Pura vida,



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  • 7 Reasons to Visit Tulemar Now

    If you’ve been to Tulemar, you know it’s an oasis full of lush jungle, plentiful wildlife, a serene beach, and tons of personal space.

    While we’ve never taken for granted the paradise that is Tulemar, it seems that now more than ever we are grateful for the seclusion, peace, and space our little resort provides.

    As the world slowly opens back up to travel and socialization, many people are desperately trying to find a trip to take where they can escape while also feeling safe and responsible traveling.

    There is a lot to take into consideration: minimal crowds, plenty of personal space, thorough cleaning & sanitation measures, and plenty to do so you don’t get bored!

    Luckily, Tulemar has all that and more.

    Need a little convincing? Here are 7 reasons why Tulemar is the perfect place to visit right now:

    1. Private Villas – We don’t know about you, but, the thought of staying in a big hotel building with hundreds of other people just doesn’t sit well with us quite yet. At Tulemar, all our properties are private and individual…This means you can stay completely isolated during your entire vacation if you want.

      The best part? A lot of these villas are discounted through November 19th, 2021, meaning you can live in luxury with just groups from 2 – 14 people! Click here to view all discounts.

    2. Private Pools – Okay, so a private villa is nice…But you’re on vacation. You want water. Lucky for you, several of our private villas have their own private pool. This means you can splash with reckless abandon while knowing you’re staying safe and healthy.
    3. Lush Jungle – Built on the side of a hill in the middle of the lush jungle, Tulemar is surrounded by more trees and wildlife than buildings and people. It’s basically begging for you to come stay isolated in its presence.
    4. Secluded Beach – The Tulemar beach is a beautiful secluded strip of soft sand and gentle waves. With TONS of space to spread out, you can rest assured that you can safely socially distance yourself from others while enjoying one of the best parts of Costa Rica: its beach!
    5. Personal Concierge – Every group that stays at Tulemar is assigned a personal concierge. The concierge is responsible for everything from arranging transportation to doing your grocery shopping for you. Not interested in leaving your villa during your vacation? Lucky for you, you don’t have to! Simply let your concierge know if you need anything at all, and they will be happy to be of service to you!
    6. Private Transportation – Tulemar works with wonderful transportation companies that can safely get you to and from the San Jose airport to Tulemar in a private – and sanitized – van. With extra precautions being taken during this time, you can rest assured that your trip will be safe, easy,  and clean!
    7. Safety and Sanitary Measures – At Tulemar, we have always prided ourselves on our cleanliness and exceptional housekeeping practices…But now more than ever, we guarantee an exceptionally clean stay. To read more about our new practices, click here.

    As soon as you feel comfortable traveling again, we will have your villa waiting for your arrival! We are more anxious than ever to see you, and we can’t wait to share paradise with you again soon.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Honeymoon in Costa Rica

    There’s a lot to take into consideration when booking a honeymoon: budget, activity options, and location, just to name a few. This isn’t just any regular vacation, after all! All the options and pressure can make the decision overwhelming…If you’re currently faced with the daunting decision of where to honeymoon, we have 6 reasons why you should honeymoon at Tulemar in Costa Rica

    1. Location
      • Located along the Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. From smaller beaches tucked into coves with gentle waves, to the Manuel Antonio Beach bustling with vendors and large waves perfect for surfing, to the secluded and relaxing Tulemar Beach, there is a coastal oasis for everyone. Sand and surf not your thing? Escape to the world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park, the mangroves, or the lush jungle for a waterfall adventure! Plus, with direct flights to San Jose and Liberia from several U.S. cities, getting to Costa Rica is one of the easier international destinations to access!
    2. Service
      • Whether you need help booking transportation, want recommendations on where to go for dinner, or you need someone to run to the grocery store to restock your margarita mix, we have you covered! Every single property booked at Tulemar comes with a personal concierge that will handle every detail for you from the moment you book. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the surroundings…we have everything taken care of!
    3. Romance
      • Nothing is quite as romantic as an evening in Costa Rica. Warm air, unbeatable sunsets, the sound of waves crashing, and the light scent of hibiscus in the air…Need we say more? Plus, your personal concierge may have a trick or two up their sleeve to help your trip feel a little extra special and romantic, too. Coming home to rose petals and a surprise bubble bath, anyone? If you’re looking for a honeymoon that oozes luxury and romance, the incredible Tulemar Bamboo Villas are the perfect spot for you. Voted by Cosmopolitan Magazine as the sexiest hotel in the world, these romantic villas are so good you may never want to leave.
    4. Budget-Friendly
      • Sure, Tulemar is known for its luxury…But that doesn’t mean it has to hurt your pocketbook! With affordable options like the amazing Tulemar Mini-Suites, there truly is a property at Tulemar for every type of budget. Plus, with lots of local sodas (affordable – and delicious – local restaurants) nearby and plenty of affordable or free activities like the Tulemar Beach or the Tulemar Sloth Walk, it’s easy to be budget-conscious while having an amazing time in paradise.
    5. Adventure
      • At Tulemar, we work with all the best excursion companies in the area to ensure you have a safe & adventurous vacation. Waterfall jumping, standup paddleboarding, ziplining, or horseback riding….you can find it all here! Simply ask your personal concierge for recommendations and to book your excursions for you. All you have to do is show up and have fun!
    6. Relaxation
      • Couples massage, anyone? Relax and be pampered with our luxurious spa services — directly in your villa! Afterwards, your can relax and enjoy the amazing views from the comfort of your own villa without having to worry about a thing. Now, that sounds romantic.

    Now that we have you convinced, chat with our amazing reservations team today!

    Pura Vida and Happy Honeymooning,


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  • Green Season in Costa Rica

    Green Season Specials
    We currently have green season specials running through November! You can check them out here.


    One of our most frequently asked questions is “what will the weather be like while I am visiting?”.  And most often, guests will check the weather forecast and panic that it shows rain during the duration of their stay.

    First, do not check the weather forecast! It almost always shows rain and is almost always wrong! Such is life in the rainforest…

    Second, understanding the seasons and weather in Costa Rica can help you determine when you should visit and what you can expect while you’re here.

    So let’s break it down…

    Costa Rica’s Summer

    December through April is Costa Rica’s summer season. You can expect clear skies, little rain (yes, even despite what your weather app is telling you!), big fluffy clouds, incredible sunsets, and warmer temperatures.

    If you are hoping to avoid rainstorms, this is the perfect time for you to visit! But, keep in mind that fellow travelers are having the same thought. So, visiting during this time means more crowds and higher prices.

    Costa Rica’s Winter

    May through November is Costa Rica’s winter season, or, more fondly known as “green season”.

    If the occasional rainstorm doesn’t bother you, we highly suggest visiting during this time, especially May through September. These months typically experience their rain in the afternoon, evening, and/or nighttime when you’re done with your activities for the day and ready to relax and enjoy dinner! An added bonus: these storms make for cooler temperatures and make all the surrounding foliage extra lush and green! It’s common to see more wildlife during this time for this reason.

    If you happen to love rain or are looking to visit at a time when there are very few crowds and a lot of “green season specials” at the resorts, restaurants, and shops, October and November are the months for you! These months are typically very wet with rainstorms lasting all day. Luckily, the rain is warm and will occasionally break giving you a chance to make it to the beach.

    Green Season Specials

    As we’ve mentioned, the upside to a little rainy weather is the excellent deals you can find in the area. Looking for a deal in Tulemar? We currently have green season specials running through November! You can check them out here.

    What Other Guests Say

    Concerned about weather and want to ask current guests how things are looking? Interested in just seeing what other guests have to say about their Tulemar experience? Join our Tulemar Guest Forum on Facebook!

    The Tulemar Guest Forum is a private Facebook group of 1.2k Tulemar guests (and counting!). This is a great place to ask questions, see guest photos, read guest testimonials, and get advice from fellow travelers just like you!

    Bottom Line

    While Costa Rica does have 2 seasons – one rainier than the other – at the end of the day we are still in the rain forest. You can expect pretty consistent temperatures (the mid-70s to low 90s Fahrenheit) year-round, and rain can happen any time of year. So, we always suggest packing a deck of cards or having margarita mix on hand in your villa in case the rain makes an unexpected visit during your stay! But our personal opinion? The rain just helps you relax and enjoy your lush surroundings that much more!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Architecture and Design in Tulemar

    If architecture and design are high on your list of priorities when choosing a resort or vacation home to stay in, then you’re in luck with Tulemar! With over 50 accommodations, all varying in size, design, and style, there is plenty to choose from when making your first trip to Tulemar, and plenty to keep you coming back.

    Whether you’re into sleek, modern architecture, Bali-tropical design, or rustic and cozy style, Tulemar has it all. Here are a few examples:

    El Escondite, PazAmore, SolAngelo, Bamboo Villas:
    Sleek modern lines, natural accents, and luxurious open spaces that complement and respect the nature that surrounds them. That’s what you’ll get when you step inside one of these vacation homes, all designed by award-winning Costa Rican architect, Andres Brenes. Each villa is unique, yet they all echo the same modern and awe-inspiring style. In these rentals, you’ll find modern – and sometimes even industrial – architecture. But don’t be fooled, each villa is still very warm and inviting with vaulted ceilings, open-air living spaces, and natural accents such as bamboo and stone. Experiencing a stay at any villa built by Andres Brenes is a true treat, especially for those who value unique and luxurious architecture. For those who want to experience more of Andres’s designs, he also built Tulemar’s partner resort, Three-Sixty Boutique Hotel.

    Tulemar Bungalows:
    These classic bungalows give you the sense that you’re in a jungle treehouse. Nestled among the trees, their octagonal shape full of windows soaks in all the surrounding flora and fauna of Tulemar. You’ll experience spectacular jungle and ocean views from every bungalow. These simple and earthy units are very clean and well-maintained. They also come equipped with all of the modern conveniences expected from a luxury resort. Bonus: The majority of the classic bungalows are undergoing simple renovations to help elevate their luxury feel. You can see more here.

    Casa de Frutas:
    Casa de Frutas is a luxurious villa that is nothing short of magical. Its tropical design inspired by Bali architecture and style invites you in and makes you feel at home while also making you feel like Indonesian royalty. The white interior is framed by exposed wood and sprinkled with Balinese accents to create the perfect tropical ambiance for your Costa Rican getaway. With 3 enclosed suites, an open air living space with magnificent ocean views, and a private pool area fit for a VIP, Casa de Frutas is the perfect tropical oasis you’ve been dreaming of.

    Don’t think the design stops there. There are dozens of other vacation homes inside Tulemar that all boast various styles, decor, and design. You can check all of them out here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar Homeowners Support Local Organizations

    If you’ve been to Tulemar already, it’s likely you saw an abundance of wild (and some domestic!) animals in the Manuel Antonio area. Here at Tulemar, we recognize how special and fragile our wildlife residents are, and we also recognize how important it is to help our surrounding community. Lucky for us, our incredible Tulemar homeowners also see the importance of animal welfare, and they have banded together to consistently donate and volunteer with 3 amazing charitable organizations in the area: PAWS, The Titi Conservation Alliance, and Tulemar’s own Sloth Institute of Costa Rica.

    Their generosity helps with the local wild and domestic animals that make Manuel Antonio so incredibly special. You can read more about these organizations below:


    PAWS (Pets of Aguirre Welfare Shelter) is a non-profit animal welfare organization that provides much-needed services to the dog and cat populations in and around Quepos, Costa Rica. The all-volunteer team does the following work each year:

    • Rescues hundreds of dogs and cats

    • Spays and neuters over 2000 cats and dogs

    • Cares for an average of 100 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens to prepare them for adoption

    • Promotes animal welfare education both in the classroom and in the streets

    Want to help? You can make a donation here.

    The Titi Conservation Alliance

    Titi Conservation Alliance believes conservation is a comprehensive process that requires local empowerment. All the projects are designed to create a positive long term-impact for the communities and the environment, while involving them as active responsible partners.

    Titi Conservation Alliance was started in 2001 by a group of business owners within the tourist industry based around Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. Recognizing the need for conservation of their natural environment to maintain prosperity for the local community, this group of entrepreneurs began the Alliance with the mission to promote sustainable development and to conserve the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region.

    Want to help? You can make a donation here.

    The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica

    TSI is a non-profit organization based in Quepos/Manuel Antonio. Their mission is to enhance the well-being and conservation of wild and captive sloths through research and education. They are also dedicated to collaborating with other sloth rehabilitation and release programs.

    How can you help?

    1. Donations
    2. Shop and bring much needed supplies from our Amazon Sloth Wish List
    3. Symbolically “Adopt-a-Sloth” to help send sloths back home and to keep the wild sloths back in the rainforest!

    Thank you, Tulemar homeowners, for helping keep Manuel Antonio’s beloved animals safe, happy, and healthy.

    Pura Vida,



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  • Meet Ashley & Brian: Two New Sloths at Tulemar!

    If you’re hoping to see a sloth in Costa Rica, your chances are high at Tulemar. Because of our amazing partnership with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica, there are sloths aplenty within our resort gates.

    Two of the newest residents are an adorable mother-and-baby-two-fingered sloth duo named Ashley and Brian.

    Ashley has actually resided within Tulemar for quite some time. She has been seen with her new babies over the years, but she and Brian have been spotted frequently in the same area: a beautiful mango tree right outside Tulemar Dave’s home next to Casa de Frutas.

    Typically all the named sloths within Tulemar come from The Sloth Institute as rehabilitated and released wild sloths. Luckily, these wild sloths have never needed help from The Sloth Institute, but because they were spotted so frequently in the same area, the staff decided to have some fun and name them after two of Tulemar’s superstar concierges!

    While Ashley & Brian have never needed help from the Sloth Institute, they did have a close encounter with a recently released sloth: L’il Sebastian. L’il Sebastian decided Tulemar Dave’s mango tree was also his favorite spot to hang out. One day he had to crawl over Ashley to get to another part of the tree and she attacked him to protect her baby. Luckily, no sloths were injured, but it was a great lesson for the newly rehabilitated L’il Sebastian to learn as he is getting reacquainted with the wild!

    If you’re hoping to learn more about and see sloths like Ashley, Brian, and L’il Sebastian, we highly recommend The Sloth Walk offered exclusively to Tulemar guests. And of course, remember to always “look up” while walking around the property!

    Pura Vida,




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  • Hidden ‘Easter Eggs’ in Tulemar

    You may be familiar with hidden “Easter eggs” in movies or Jeeps, but are you familiar with them at your favorite resort?

    While Tulemar’s Easter eggs may not be so hidden or inconspicuous, the resort does harbor special details meant to shock and awe our beloved guests.

    Some of the following Easter eggs you may have already experienced, but have you experienced them all? If not, let’s consider this your new Tulemar Bucket List!

    Here are 9 Easter eggs at Tulemar that you can’t miss:

    1. Indoor Pool at Casa las Nubes

      • The beautiful Casa las Nubes pool serves as both a pool and a water feature throughout the home at the same time. Starting from outside the front door, this pool flows from the inside out to a covered open-air patio where you can see amazing ocean views. If you are a water lover, this home is likely perfect for you!
    2. Elevator at SolAngelo

      • When a home is as big as SolAngelo, it calls for an elevator! But don’t think this architectural beauty is all technology and no nature: SolAngelo drinks in its surroundings in a magical way. The elevator just makes it easier to get from floor to floor (there are 5 of them!) so you can enjoy all the views!
    3. Hidden Jungle Jacuzzi, Outdoor Shower, & Yoga Platform at SolAngelo

      • Speaking of SolAngelo, 3 guest favorites in this home are its gorgeous outdoor Jacuzzi tucked away in the jungle, its outdoor rain shower, and its spacious yoga platform – perfect for practicing by yourself or having a lesson with a private instructor. Who needs a spa retreat when all you need to care for your body is at your disposal in your rental home?
    4. Hanging Daybed at PazAmore

      • When you think of vacation, do you picture yourself relaxing on a large hanging day bed overlooking the ocean? Us too. That’s why the amazing PazAmore has just that off its luxurious primary suite!
    5. Fire Pit, BBQ, and large yard at PazAmore

      • PazAmore is one of the only homes in Tulemar to have a large, private backyard. But the fun doesn’t stop there! The amazing infinity pool in the backyard also comes with a relaxing fire pit lounge and a large BBQ setup. We have a lot of amazing restaurants in Manuel Antonio, but we have a feeling you’ll be staying in for dinner a lot here.
    6. Open Air Showers at Casa del Mar & Villa Cielito

      • The large, stone, walk-in, open-air showers at Casa del Mar & Villa Cielito are luxurious & fun all at the same time. Enjoy the sounds of the surrounding nature while you wash the day away in style.

        Pro tip: Don’t forget to enjoy the cool-water Jacuzzi on your ocean-view patio, too!

    7. Ocean Views on North Beach Trail

      • If you’re hoping to get some hiking in while visiting Tulemar, you’re in luck! We have hiking trails that run through the resort property and bring you to our secluded beach. The North Beach Trail has 2 lookout points that have amazing ocean views that can’t be missed.
    8.  Waterfall on South Beach Trail

      • Hoping to see a waterfall in Costa Rica? Luckily for you, you can see one without even leaving the resort property! Just head to our South Beach Trail and enjoy the view.
    9. Abundant Wildlife Thanks to The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica

      • It’s no surprise that Tulemar is teeming with wildlife, thanks to two special committees within Tulemar dedicated to their preservation and growth: Our Nature and Wildlife Committee and our Tree Committee that helps preserve their habitat. Additionally, we have our partnership with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica which is on-site at Tulemar. Whether you hope to see a sloth, monkey, macaw, agouti, or an iguana, you are almost guaranteed to spot it at Tulemar!

    There is an entire world to explore at Tulemar, and while these are the “hidden” Easter eggs to be found, we are certain there are a plethora of other treats that are sure to “wow” you! Do you have a favorite special surprise from your trip to Tulemar? We’d love to hear it! Tell us – and share pics – at social@tulemar.com!

    Pura Vida,


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  • A Tulemar Covid-19 Packing List

    2020 has made international travel a little uncertain, and it seems a lot of that uncertainty has trickled into 2021. How do I meet travel requirements? Will I have access to health care? What do I need to pack to ensure I am meeting local health guidelines? What can I buy once I get to my destination? These are all common questions, and ones we totally understand!

    To help make your travel a little easer (hey, it’s what we’re here for!), here is a helpful Covid packing list so you can rest easy knowing you’re prepared:


    • Lightweight & breathable shirts, shorts, dresses, and underwear
    • Swimsuit(s)
      • No need to pack the accompanying beach towel – those are provided at the Tulemar Beach and pools!
    • Sandals and watershoes
    • Hiking boots for Tulemar’s hiking trails
    • Raincoat if visiting during green season
    • Sunhat


    • Insect repellent
      • It is much cheaper to bring some from home!
    • Sunscreen
      • Like insect repellent, sunscreen is much cheaper if brought from home. Of course, if needed, there are plenty of markets nearby to purchase from.
    • Sunglasses
      • Preferably cheap sunglasses that you don’t mind accidentally losing, breaking, or scratching with sand.
    • Phone/electronics charger
      • No need for a travel adapter in Costa Rica.
    • WhatsApp
      • Download this free phone app to communicate over WiFi with your concierge, taxi drivers, etc.
    • Passport


    • Face masks
      • Be sure to bring plenty for the family!
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Disinfecting wipes
    • Thermometer
      • In case anyone is feeling ill you can easily check to see if it’s just the sniffles or something more.

    Rest easy knowing that several of our villas have washers and dryers for anything you need to wash & reuse, there are plenty of markets nearby that are walkable (or, your concierge will go for you!), and we have an excellent doctor with a nearby clinic that wil gladly make housecalls to the resort if needed. Pack these essentials and you should be set for a perfect trip in paradise!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Costa Rica’s Borders are Opening to the United States, Canada, & more!

    We think we can all admit that it’s been a…weird…year. A year full of uncertainty. A year full of adapting to a “new normal”. A year full of missing school graduations, weddings, family gatherings, and vacations.

    It’s no surprise that a lot of us are chomping at the bit to get back out there and explore.

    Lucky for you, Costa Rica’s borders are slowly, but surely, opening up to our foreign guests. And we could not be more excited to get you back to your home away from home, Tulemar!

    We understand that the thought of international travel is a bit daunting right now. Which is why we are very happy to know that Costa Rica has put a few travel requirements in place to ensure that all our foreign guests are safe and healthy:

    • Travelers must present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test. The result must have been received within the 72 hours before their travel to Costa Rica.
    • Travelers must acquire travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay.
    • Travelers must follow all airport and local health protocols.

    Please note that these requirements are always changing! Please check our Covid-19 statement to ensure you are up to date on the current requirements.

    While you can feel safe enterting the country, you also can feel safe at Tulemar knowing that we have extra sanitation measures in place and are following all the protocols and procedures recommended by the Ministry of Health. In addition, with private airport transportation, over 33-acres of jungle to spread out, a secluded beach, and private villas, you can rest easy knowing that you can easily maintain social distance in Tulemar.

    So, who is allowed in? As of now, the following countries and states are permitted:

    The approved countries, as of August 12, 2020 are –

    • Canada
    • European Union
    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • China
    • Japan
    • Thailand
    • Uruguay

    As of September 1, 2020, these states from the USA will be allowed to enter with the same requirements listed above PLUS being able to prove, with a valid driver’s license or state issued ID, your state of residence.

    • Connecticut
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington DC

    Beginning on September 15, 2020, these states will also be allowed to enter following the same guidelines.

    • Colorado
    • Massachusetts
    • Pennsylvania

    Starting October 1, 2020, these countries and states will be allowed to enter following the same guidelines.

    • Jamaica
    • Mexico
    • California
    • Ohio

    On October 15, 2020, these states will also be allowed to enter following the same guidelines.

    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Texas

    On November 1, 2020, all US states will be allowed to enter, following the same guidelines (except the proof of state residency by your driver’s license will no longer be required).

    We have missed all our foreign guests so much and we are so excited to welcome you back to our beautiful country.

    If you’re anxiously awaiting for your country to be allowed into Costa Rica, please refer to our Covid-19 Statement which is updated regularly.

    We are anxiously awaiting to see ALL of you soon!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar Sarongs Are Here!

    ✓ Swimsuit

    ✓ Sunscreen

    ✓ Sunglasses

    ✓ Hat

    ✓ Flip Flops

    ✓ Beach Towel

    Does this look like your packing list for Costa Rica? If so, we don’t blame you! When heading to sun, sand and sea, it’s likely these are the only things you’re thinking of packing.

    But, there is one thing this list is missing: a colorful beach sarong!

    Sarongs are very popular in Costa Rica for both men and women. They serve as swimsuit cover ups, protection from the sun, and a comfortable place to lay on the sand or at the pool.

    You’ll find sarongs in most every souvenir shop in Costa Rica – including your very own Tulemar front desk!

    Tulemar sarongs are now available to guests, and – we may be biased – but we sure do think they’re pretty!

    With the Tulemar logo and the classic Tulemar green colors, these sarongs are perfect to use during your vacation, and they serve as the perfect souvenier or momento for after your trip.

    Check them out:

    Want to get your hands on a sarong during your next visit? Be sure to email reservations@tulemar.com to ask how! Note that these are a limited time product while supplies last, so be sure to get yours while you can!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Cocktails with Tulemar’s Daniela!

    If you’re looking for a good way to bring the Costa Rican tropics to your home, we have you covered!

    With the help of your favorite Tulemar bartender, Daniela, you can now recreate the delicious tropical cocktails that make your Costa Rican vacation a little more “pura vida”. Simply whip up one of these easy cocktails, turn on the Tulemar 24/7 live feed, kick your feet up, and pretend you are relaxing at your favorite private villa in Manuel Antonio.

    Watch the video below to learn how to make a Passionfruit Guajito, a Guaro Sour, and – the most popular drink in Tulemar – a Guaro Ginger Lemonade.

    Note: All these cocktails are made with guaro, but feel free to substitute any liquor you’d like!


    Passionfruit Guajito:

    • Mint
    • Sugar or simple syrup
    • Passionfruit
    • Lime
    • Guaro
    • Ice

    Guaro Sour:

    • Lime
    • Sugar or simple syrup
    • Guaro
    • Ice

    Guaro Ginger Lemonade:

    • Ginger
    • Sugar or simple syrup
    • Lime
    • Guaro
    • Ice


    Pura vida,


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  • All Inclusive in Costa Rica

    Is Tulemar an all inclusive resort? We get this question a lot….And, the answer is no, we aren’t an all-inclusive resort, however, we ARE inclusive in every other way! Meaning, we don’t discriminate and we welcome guests of all backgrounds to enjoy our resort. (Note: if you want to see why we are BETTER than an all inclusive resort, check out the list here!).

    That’s why we were feeling extra proud of our little country on May 26th, 2020 when Costa Rica became the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage.

    This milestone was covered by countless international news associations, including time.com:

    The first same-sex weddings have taken place in Costa Rica, after a landmark court ruling came into effect at midnight. While activists’ plans for a national celebration had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, a late-night television broadcast culminated in the wedding ceremony of Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya. As the brides kissed, guests in attendance cheered and threw rainbow rose petals.

    In 2018, Costa Rica’s constitutional court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and discriminatory, giving the country’s parliament 18 months to legislate or face the ban being automatically overruled. Monday night marked that deadline, and the move has been welcomed by human rights activists across the region.

    “Empathy and love should from now on be the guiding principles which will allow us to move forward,” Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada tweeted shortly after the midnight ruling came into effect. Quesada, who took office in May 2018, had campaigned promising to legalize same-sex marriage; Costa Rica’s 2018 election also saw the country’s first openly gay congressman, Enrique Sanchez, seated.

    Despite opposition from religious groups and a handful of lawmakers, Costa Rica is the first country in Central America to legalize gay marriage, and the sixth in Latin America. But although legislation in recent years has moved to enable gay couples to marry in Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and parts of Mexico, the LGBTQ community still faces widespread discrimination and violence throughout the region. From 2014-2019, least 1,300 LGBTQ people were murdered in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to research last year undertaken by a regional network of gay rights groups.

    Looking to have your LGBTQ wedding at Tulemar? Check out our wedding page here!

    Here, we believe love is love.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Ashley and Fabio Host an Online Concert in Villa Kiskadee

    It’s been a loooong few weeks….For many, it seems that life has been put on hold. We are quarantined at home, we can’t visit family and friends, and we certainly can’t travel to all our favorite places (*ahem*, like Costa Rica!).

    Here at Tulemar, we are feeling it, too. Our day-to-day lives have been disrupted…and while the situation feels heavy, we have continued to approach things the pura vida way. We have found projects to occupy our days, and we can’t help but focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. That light being that one day – hopefully soon – we will be reunited with our beloved guests here in tropical paradise.

    Every day we hope that each and every one of our past, present, and future guests are safe, healthy, and happy. And in an effort to send a little love to you all – and ease any anxiety you may feel from the current global pandemic – our incredible concierge team hosted an online concert on Facebook Live straight from the beautiful Villa Kiskadee inside Tulemar!

    With the amazing Ashley on vocals and the wonderful Fabio on guitar, this duo is nothing short of incredible. And you thought concierging was their only talent! Hoping to get a glimpse of a different conceirge? They entire concierge team (Mau, Brian, Javier, and Chris) all attended the concert in person…While maintaining social distance, of course.

    If you weren’t able to tune into the live concert, have no fear! You can easily watch it below.

    Watch Now

    If you catch yourself singing and dancing along, don’t be embarrassed. We were too!

    We hope you enjoyed the show. Be sure to check back on Facebook often, as there are many more Facebook Live videos to come.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Costa Rican Recipes To Try During Quarantine

    Burnt out on banana bread? Perhaps you’re currenty dreaming of a tropical vacation in a Tulemar villa and are craving some yummy Costa Rican fare as a result?

    If that’s the case for you, what is more Costa Rican than gallo pinto and an ice cold guaro sour?

    Gallo Pinto is a versatile rice and beans dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner….And a guaro sour is a delightful Costa Rican cocktail! Below are recipes to both so you can bring a little Costa Rica to your kitchen today:

    Gallo Pinto:


    • 2 15-ounce cans cooked red or black beans
    • 2 cups cooked rice
    • Short grain white is preferred, but brown can be used to make the dish healthier!
    • 1 white onion, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
    • Salsa Lizano
    • Cilantro


    • Sautee onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic in large pot for two minutes
    • Add beans and salsa Lizano, and let simmer for 5-7 minutes
    • Slowly stir in cooked rice
    • Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, or until all moisture is absorbed
    • Stir in cilantro to taste
    • Serve warm and save the rest for yummy leftovers!

    Guaro Sour:


    • 2 ounces guaro (Cacique is the most well-known brand)
    • 2 ounces simple syrup
    • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
    • 1 lime cut into thin wedges
    • Club Soda
    • Ice


    Put guaro, sugar, and lime wedges in a small glass. Muddle generously. Leave everything in the glass and add ice cubes. Top it off with a splash of club soda.

    *For extra flare, sugar the rim of the glass and add a lime wedge*

    Our suggestion? Make both recipes, then sit down to enjoy them while watching a beautiful Costa Rican sunset via our live-stream! It’s (kind of ) just like being at Tulemar.

    Until we can see you again…

    Pura Vida,



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  • Experience Tulemar From Home During Covid-19

    Things are looking a little different around Tulemar lately…Our secluded beach is bare, our ocean-view restaurant is vacant, our private villas are seeing more monkeys than tourists, and we are all practicing social distancing in hopes of remaining safe and healthy during this trying time of Covid-19.

    However, while many hospitality companies are choosing to temporarily close their doors, Tulemar has remained open so our hardworking staff can use the down time to catch up on projects and get creative with the brand, which means that there are now more ways than ever to experience Tulemar from home while you are in lock-down!

    Our incredible concierge team is dedicated to guest satisfaction, and not having physical guests at the property doesn’t stop them from doing their job. Through Facebook and Instagram Live videos, our conceirge team is passionate about bringing the tropics to you.

    Their videos included answering guest FAQs, touring various villas, and showing off the Tulemar property in unique ways. Want to make sure you aren’t missing out on the fun? Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! The concierge team is offering videos 2 times a week to make sure you’re getting your weekly dose of vitamin-sea from your couch.

    While the concierge team is hard at work making sure our guests are still getting the Tulemar service from home, our reservations team, maintenance staff, and housecleaning crew are all hard at work, too. Whether rearranging reservations, informing concerned guests on the latest updates in Costa Rica, or making sure every inch of the resort is in tip-top shape for when it’s time for guests to return, our team has it under control while practicing safe distancing to ensure their health.

    There’s no denying that we are in uncertain times…However, we are thrilled that our guests, our community, and our country are all taking the appropriate precautions to make sure that we can all get back to exploring again soon. If you’re feeling anxious to get back out in the world, our reservations team is still actively booking reservations for the future so you have something to look forward to. Feel free to contact them for availabilty and booking at any time!

    As always, we cannot wait to see you soon. Until them, stay safe and healthy. We will see you online!

    Pura Vida,




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  • The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica’s “#NoAnimalSelfies” Campaign

    It’s no surprise that one of the most exciting experiences for Tulemar guests to have is to see wildlife right from their villa patio. Whether its macaws flying over your bungalow, monkeys playing in your rental’s infinity pool, or a sleepy sloth hanging next to your private villa….It’s always a treat to see the wildlife in its own environment.

    Often guests say they see more wildlife inside Tulemar than they do in the Manuel Antonio National Park, and a large part of that is due to two special committees within Tulemar dedicated to their our wildlife’s preservation and growth: the”Nature and Wildlife Committee” and the “Tree Committee” that helps preserve their habitat. In additional to these committees is our partnership with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica, which works hard on the research, education, and conservation of Costa Rica’s sloths and other animals. 

    The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica’s newest campaign –  called#StopAnimalSelfies – is to educate tourists on the negative impact of interacting with wildlife, and they are working hard to stop tourists from feeding, interacting with, and especially holding wildlife for photos.

    Posing with wildlife for photos is a trend that has taken popularity over the past few years due to the increased use of social media….And while holding a cute sloth makes for a great photo, the impact is extremely harmful for the sloth and it’s something most tourist are not aware of.

    We asked Sam Trull, co-founder of The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica to share some of the new campaign with us. This is what she had to say:

    The #StopAnimalSelfies campaign was created by the MINAE/SINAC offices of the government of Costa Rica in order to educate tourists about the dangers and cruelty surrounding the wildlife photo prop industry.  Wildlife all over the world are facing an extinction crisis caused by habitat destruction and the illicit trade.  This illegal trade in wild animals can take on many faces with many places even posing as “rescue centers” or “sanctuaries” pretending to benefit animal welfare.  But any place that allows/encourages you to touch, feed, or take selfies with wild animals does not have their best interest in mind.  Luckily, the government of Costa Rica is trying to crack down on this type of animal exploitation by educating tourists to not participate in these kinds of opportunities by asking them to instead take photos with stuffed animals.  At the airports in San Jose and Liberia and a few other locations around Costa Rica you can find selfie stations where you can take photos with stuffed sloths, macaws, turtles etc and learn more about this initiative.

    Here at TSI, we were so excited when we were asked to join this campaign because our stuffed mascot, Freedom, who has been taking selfies with tourists for a couple of years now, has many new stuffed animal friends to help spread the message to #StopAnimalSelfies and to #SayNoToSlothSelfies.

    While we know spotting wildlife is likely high on your list of “must-dos” in Costa Rica, please remember to never touch, feed, or hold wildlife. And if you want a photo with Freedom so you can help spread the message, join us on our daily Sloth Walk or simply ask your personal concierge!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar Staff is Moving On Up!

    The staff at Tulemar is moving on up with not one, but two internal promotions in our reservations team and concierge team!

    For the reservations team, Maria “Mafe” Fernanda Reyes has been promoted. As a beloved employee of Tulemar for years, Mafe’s hard work and dedication to Tulemar has earned her the well-deserved promotion to Reservations Manager.Known for her positive ‘can-do’ attitude, she now oversees the daily operations of the Reservations Team, ensuring that all our guests continue get the Tulemar standard of outstanding service every time they book.
    For the concierge team, Chris Madrigal has been promoted. Chris’s infectious attitude, impressive experience, and keen eye for detail has earned him the role of concierge manager.
    Known for being a favorite among guests, Chris now oversees the daily concierge operations and passes on his knowledge to the concierge team to ensure that every guest receives the exceptional Tulemar standard of service from their personal concierge.
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    Mafe and Chris are excited to serve you when you book your next trip to Tulemar. Be sure to congratulate them when you see them around the resort!
    Pura Vida,
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  • Let’s Make A Deal: Tulemar Edition!

    UPDATE: This contest is now closed.


    If you’ve ever wanted to rent a luxury villa in Costa Rica at a price that YOU decided on, now is your time!

    Casa de Frutas is available April 11th-18th, and maybe it’s there’s something in the air but we’ve decided to do something wacky….

    You name the price, and if it’s the best offer, it’s yours!

    For a limited time, we’ll be taking offers on a week’s stay at Casa de Frutas. Name the price you’re willing to pay, and the highest bidder wins.

    Bidding is open now until Thursday March 19th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. CST.

    This Balinese style villa has 3 suites, a large open air kitchen and dining area, an infinity plunge pool, an outdoor shower, a pavilion with a comfy daybed, and a BBQ perfect for enjoying a cold drink while watching the sun set over the ocean.

    Sleeps 2 to 8 people (children under 10 are not allowed for safety reasons).

    Take a look…

    To Make an Offer:
    Simply submit an inquiry here and in the comment box write “Let’s Make a Deal!” along with your bid for a week at Casa de Frutas (April 11th-18th)

    *Upon notification of the having the best offer, the guest will have 24 hours to complete the booking or the offer goes to the next highest bidder. Once confirmed, this award cannot be changed, moved, or refunded. Taxes and resort fee apply*

    So, what are you waiting for? Vacation awaits, and the price of paradise is in your hands!

    Pura Vida,


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    Video Tour of Tulemar’s Luxury Villa Casa de Frutas

    Have you ever dreamed of staying in an open air oasis overlooking a beautiful ocean view surrounded by a lush jungle full of sloths? We know, it’s specific…. But we’re willing to bet you’re saying “yes!”. Which is why today is your lucky day. Tulemar’s luxury villa Casa de Frutas is just that, and arguably more.

    This tropical-Bali two-story design is the perfect mix of luxurious and comfortable. Decorated with art, furniture, and artifacts from the owner’s several trips to Bali, Casa de Frutas oozes tropical elegance.

    With 3 suites all with ocean views and spacious lounging decks, there is plenty of room for your group to spread out and relax….Yet, with the open-air gathering area and luxurious pool deck, there’s plenty of space for togetherness, too!

    And in case you’re curious if you’ll get a chance to spot wildlife at Casa de Frutas…With The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica’s research facility nearby, there is never a shortage of wildlife sightings right from the villa. Such as this little guy who made his debut on the rain drain chains while guests were enjoying their breakfast!

    We could go on and on about how beautiful and unique Casa de Frutas is….And trust us, we want to….But, we’d rather show you! Take a step inside this beautiful villa and see for yourself:

    Ready to book your Costa Rican vacation? Contact our reservations team here!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Private Villa, Bungalow, and Off Property Discounts at Tulemar

    If you’re itching to ditch town after the holidays but you’re tight on money because, well, holidays, then you’re in luck! We have several discounted villas and bungalows for the upcoming months, and we also just released our green season specials with some of the lowest prices we’ve ever had!

    Whether you are looking for something rustic and quaint, or large and luxurious, we have what you need at a special price. Our newly renovated Amapola is offering it’s lowest rate ever at just $175/night, and our incredible Mirazul has a weekly rate of $5495 in January 2020 (regularly $7500/week!).

    With 8 villas currently running specials, there is something for everyone and every budget.

    Head over to tulemar.com/discounts/ to find the specials that best fits your needs, then hurry and book before someone else does!

    We can’t wait to see you soon.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Lonely Planet Names Costa Rica One of the Best Countries to Visit in 2020

    As the current decade rounds out, we are spending a lot of time reflecting on the past 10 years. We are seeing the #10YearChallenge on social media, we are thinking of all the changes we’ve gone through, all the changes the world has gone through, and all the memories we have made here at Tulemar.

    Reflection is great, but want to know what’s better?

    Preparing for the upcoming decade, all the changes you hope to experience, and all the memories you plan to make!

    And if we’re going to prepare for an incredible new decade, why not set the tone with an amazing trip to Costa Rica, which, ahem, by the way, was just named in The Top 10 Countries To Visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet. *cue confetti cannon*.

    There’s no secret why Costa Rica made the list… After all, it has a lot to offer. Incredible views, magical wildlife, friendly locals, diverse topography, and sustainable tourism (hooray!) are just some of the honorable mentions.

    Here’s what Lonely Planet had to say:

    Costa Rica flies the flag for sustainable tourism. This small country’s vast biodiversity attracts visitors keen to spot sleepy sloths in trees, red-eyed frogs paralysing their predators, and whales in the Pacific. Costa Ricans understand the importance of preserving their slice of tropical paradise and have found a way to invite others in while living in harmony with their neighbours – from leafcutter ants to jaguars. Ninety percent of the country’s energy is created by renewable sources, and it could become one of the first carbon-neutral countries in 2020. Adventure lovers can hike volcanoes or ride a zip line, while those craving ‘me time’ can enjoy yoga retreats and spa experiences. The catchphrase pura vida (pure life) is more than a saying, it’s a way of life.

    We love the mention of living in harmony…. Which, by the way, is exactly what you’ll experience at Tulemar!

    Nestled within the jungle overlooking the ocean, you will have the opportunity to live in harmony with lizards, monkeys, sloths, macaws, toucans, and other exotic wildlife in the area! And, with a wide range of varying accommodations, there a little something for everyone here.

    For larger groups, or even smaller groups that prefer space and luxury, we have several private luxury villas to choose from. Most of these come with their own private pools, open air living spaces, luxurious amenities, and a personal concierge to assist you in anything you need prior to and during your stay.

    Prefer something a little more quaint or rustic? We have several 2, 3, or 1 bedroom options that are excellent for your next getaway! All these come with access to a personal concierge and access to all the resort amenities (including our secluded beach!).

    So, gather your family, friends, or just yourself, and head to Tulemar to start your decade off on the right (sandy and bare) foot. Hasta pronto!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Casa las Nubes Luxury Villa

    What do you picture when you think of the word “luxury”? Is it a large luxury villa in a tropical setting? Is it an ocean view from the back patio of said luxury villa? Is it a large private infinity pool that spans throughout the first floor with concrete structures made for walking so you feel as though you’re walking on water when you enter the house? That last question may feel a little too specific, but if it piqued your interest luckily for you we can show you what we mean in our home video tour below!

    Tulemar’s Casa las Nubes is a true work of art, with a curved design that soaks in all its jungle surroundings. Spend time on the patio enjoying the amazing ocean view and wildlife watching. Play in the large infinity pool with easy access from inside the open air house. Relax in your secluded suite. Or, grill dinner while watching the sunset from the pool overlooking the jungle. It’s your call, and as far as we’re concerned there is no wrong choice!

    The villa sleeps up to 10 people, and with 4 suites across 3 levels, there is plenty of space for everyone to have privacy and seclusion.

    Want to take a look at what makes this unique vacation rental so special? Check out our video home tour below!

    Pura vida,


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  • My Tan Feet Stays At Tulemar

    If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, chances are you’ve heard of My Tan Feet. If you haven’t heard of them, they are Costa Rica’s leading travel blog, and they are an incredible resource for planning your trip around the country.  They have vacation guides, travel tips, advice, and personal stories so you can be an educated traveler, and we are beyond honored to have Tulemar featured as a hot destination on the blog.

    Samantha and Yeison, the founders of My Tan Feet, stayed with us a year ago to scope out the property, take a sloth walk, and learn about everything Tulemar offers. They stayed in the wonderful Casa del Mar for 3 nights and wrote an incredible write up of everything Tulemar.

    Here’s some of what they had to say:

    Luxury hotels usually always have excellent service. The employees are nice, attentive and engaging which should be expected for a high end place but at Tulemar, you get much more than quick service. You get your very own 24/7 concierge!

    They meet you at reception, take you to your house, show you around and give you their personal number so that you can always reach them in case you need anything.

    Our concierge, Ashley, called us in the mornings and evenings to check what our plans were, if we needed any recommendations or hotels or tours and just to see how our day was.

    All the employees are incredibly nice and attentive at Tulemar. At the restaurant, the waiters always filled up our waters (a rarity in Costa Rica), the drivers gave us a ride even though they were off duty and the gardener even pointed out a porcupine to us!

    From the moment you enter their property, they treat you not just like a paying guest but as family. They really do go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible.


    So, with some changes happening at Tulemar, it was a no-brainer to invite My Tan Feet back to the resort to cover the news.

    The Tulemar Bungalows are undergoing renovations to become the Premium Bungalows. These Premium Bungalows will provide all the rustic charm of the original bungalows, but with an updated & refreshed feel. My Tan Feet was able to see the renovations happening and wrote a wonderful explanation of all the changes that are happening.

    To check out their article and all they had to say, click here.

    Has their article convinced you to stay at Tulemar? E-mail us at reservations@tulemar.com to book your stay today!

    Pura Vida,


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  • A New Way To Get To Tulemar

    When it comes to getting to Tulemar, there are a lot of options our guests have. From renting a car, taking private transit, or flying a private charter or domestic airline, there are plenty of modes of transportation to choose from when it comes to getting to the resort.

    Now, for those who are looking for a quick and easy way to get to Manuel Antonio, we offer flights from San Jose to Manuel Antonio on a new provider called Skyway.

    Skyway can get you and your family to Manuel Antonio in approximately 20 minutes on a 19-passenger dual engine, turbo prop airplane. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains, palm plantations, and the Pacific coastline along the way. You will land at the Quepos Regional Airport and have a quick transit directly to Tulemar.

    We strongly advise our guests to use the expertise of their personal concierge to determine & book the transportation that will work best for them. With varying flight times, weather, and the diverse topography in Costa Rica, choosing how to get to/from Manuel Antonio can be tricky and your concierge can guide you through the process.

    To learn more about our transportation options, click here.

    Safe Travels & Pura Vida,



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