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    Tulemar’s New Sportsfishing Directory

    Whether you’ve never fished in your life,  you have fished only a handful of times, or you’re a seasoned fisherman, Costa Rica’s fishing scene is one you don’t want to miss. While Quepos has always been a major fishing port, the new addition of the Marina Pez Vela has launched the sport into major popularity for newbies and serious sportsfisherman alike.

    With many boat options, as well as many different tours options, it can be overwhelming to narrow down what is best for you and your crew. We understand how this feels, so we decided to help solve the headache by creating a sportfishing directory that can be used by Tulemar guests, or even those who choose to stay elsewhere!

    This directory breaks down the best of the best boats, tour companies, and tour options so that you can go into the decision fully informed and confident with your information. All of our boats and companies have been vetted thoroughly to ensure your safety and fun.

    You can take a look at the directory here.

    As always, you concierge will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have during your planning process. Don’t be hesitant to reach out them at any time! Are you hoping to eat the fish you catch? Many restaurants at the marina and around town will be happy to prepare your fish fresh for you — just ask you concierge about the best place to go!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Paddle 9 Making a Splash with Giants of the Tropic

    Maybe you’ve heard of them from Fox News or Daily Mail, maybe you’re one of their nearly 50K Instagram followers, or maybe you’ve never heard of them before today. If the latter is true for you, we introduce to you the guys who make our palms sweat while simultaneously making us want to swan dive like Pocahontas off the nearest 100-foot cliff… Paddle 9.

    Paddle 9, a tour company based out of Manuel Antonio, has been making waves on social media and in the news for their adventurous spirits and addiction to adrenaline. Founded in 2012, the company started guiding tours that include waterfall jumping and stand-up paddle boarding. They are family friendly and have a little something for everyone, but Paddle 9 really started gaining media attention when they collaborated with daredevil cliff jumpers & social media influencers Robert Wall (@robert.wall), Justin/Jay Briggs (@brggsy), and Alex Shirley (@alexsquirrely) which unexpectedly led to the filming of an awe-inspiring documentary titled Giants of the Tropic.

    Paddle 9 first came across the cliff jumpers on social media in 2017 and thought they’d be perfect to work with, but they weren’t entirely sure what a collaboration with them would look like or if they could even pull it off. The way the story played out has left us inspired, to say the least. So, who better to tell the story than the man who spearheaded the entire operation: Co-owner of Paddle 9, Matty Rosenthal (@mattyruggz).

    Tulemar: How did you originally find out about Robert, Justin, and Alex, and how did this partnership come to fruition?

    Matty: We found them via Instagram. We originally found Robert Wall’s account because he was making a big statement on social media in the cliff jumping community. He was featured on several extremely popular social media accounts and he caught our eye. Brian Galloway (founder of Paddle 9) and I took a shot in the dark and I sent him a direct message to his Instagram account to see if he’d be interested in a possible collaboration. At first it said “seen” and no response, so we figured he was a “diva” and he wasn’t going to respond! However, a week later he messaged us, and it turns out he wrote out the response but where he was living he had awful internet and his response never came through! Once he realized it didn’t send, he re-sent it and was extremely interested in hearing more about the opportunity we were proposing. We communicated back and forth, and he told us more about his “crew” and their manager who worked for Volcom (@volcom) at the time, Hope Lane (@hopeisdopee). Everything snowballed from there…We set a plan for them to come to Costa Rica, we sent them a travel stipend to go towards the cost of their plane tickets collectively, and we put them up in our Paddle 9 house in Manuel Antonio for 3 weeks. In exchange for these accommodations we were to receive exclusive rights to any content that came from this 3-week campaign, and anyone else we worked with must also tag and/or give proper credit to Paddle 9.

    T: So, was it in your original plan to film the documentary Giants of the Tropic?

    M: The actual film itself was not the original plan…It sort of organically happened, as did many things that transpired during this campaign because the right people were put in to play on this project. In fact, two films were made during the campaign. The first one was by Robert Wall, which started with cliff jumping footage from places all over in the United States and ended with Costa Rican waterfalls including Nauyaca and Magia Blanca in the Peace Lodge Waterfall Gardens. Alex Shirley completed the first ever decent off Magia Blanca, followed by Robert then Jay (they played a game of “rock, paper, scissor to see who went first), so this was incredibly exciting and historic for us! We premiered Robert’s film at The Marina Pez Vela (located in Quepos, Costa Rica) during his 3-week stay.

    Giants of the Tropic was its own animal. When this project began to come to fruition, we realized that we needed to come up with some concrete scheduling as far as waterfalls and places to check out in Costa Rica. I will be the first to admit when I am in over my head, and I was in over my head! So, I decided to enlist the help of another group I had been in contact with via Instagram called Overland Cruisers (@overlandcruiserscr). These guys are a group of friends based out of San Jose, Costa Rica whose weekend mission is to go on as many adventures as they can in their 4×4 vehicles. Whether it be waterfall chasing, a new hike to some incredible view, or camping on a remote beach, they are always doing something while producing incredible content for social media.  Fortunately for us most them are photographers, some by hobby and some semi-professionally. You can check out their work on Instagram at @tagphotocr @de_ride_photography @andresmiranda92 and @andres_elizondo.g.

    I reached out to Overland Cruisers when I realized the film was happening and that I couldn’t maximize its potential by myself.  I sent them a message on Instagram and we set up a weekend excursion to explore waterfalls. This was to scout out and decide on some awesome places to send the cliff jumpers upon their arrival, and beyond that we wanted to get to know each other and see if this collaboration would be a good fit. Luckily, we really hit it off, and after spending time with the group it was clear to me that this team was perfect for the job. The collective work ethic of everyone involved in this project was incredible. Every single person brought something to the table. I really can’t commend everyone that was a part of this project enough… The way some things came together – from weather conditions to content we got at all the different places – it was almost like the universe was in support of this project.

    T: We love stories like this! If you had to name one thing that inspired the documentary the most, what would it be? What do you feel was the documentary’s main purpose?

    M: The campaign itself was the inspiration… The strangers becoming friends and ultimately family, the good vibes and beautiful places we ventured to, the waterfalls we conquered, and the history that was made with first descent at Magia Blanca.

    The purpose was that we wanted to bring positive exposure to the cliff jumping community and we wanted to bridge the gap between cliff jumpers in the United States and other countries by telling our story in an inspiring and exciting way.

    T: It seems like a lot of work went into this project… Probably more than you anticipated originally. What did your schedule end up looking like during your 3-week campaign with Overland Cruisers and the cliff jumpers?

    M: During the 3 weeks the cliff jumpers were here we had a great outline for the bigger excursions. These were usually taking place on weekends to accommodate the Overland squad’s work schedules. Naturally we always liked to have a bigger crew because that means bigger energy. So, the places featured in the film usually were shot between Thursday and Sunday. Costa Rica is not the biggest country and traveling to and from certain locations can take a lot of time due to road conditions and infrastructure, so many of our days would start at 4am or so.

    In between larger excursions we would shoot locally in or nearby Manuel Antonio and Quepos. Whether it was at the Manuel Antonio beach or shooting some little cliff jumps at Maracas in Nahomi Parqueo. We got some awesome footage of the guys just goofing off and doing gymnastics in public. You could basically point a camera at them and just watch what would happen!

    As far as obstacles we encountered, we were extremely fortunate. For the most part we had great weather, our waterfalls all ended up being jumpable, and locals were willing to meet up with us and show us the way to hidden gems. Everything was amazing and went surprisingly smooth.  However, we did have a few scenarios that had us a little concerned…

    T: Oh no. Do we even want to know?

    M: Well, the first substantial waterfall I planned to take the crew to was Nauyaca waterfalls about an hour outside of Manuel Antonio. It’s extremely well known in Costa Rica by locals and tourists. This waterfall has a 60-foot jump from the top of the first waterfall, and a 160-foot waterfall on the upper level, but it is not jumpable. We were so excited to get some epic video and photos from here. However, when we pulled into the gas station to fill up for our trek to the waterfalls, we ran into our first snag of the day. Per usual, I shut the truck off while we filled the tank, but when I attempted to turn the truck back on the alarm system malfunctioned and disengaged the engine! I could not get the truck to start, we tried everything. We tried to disconnect the alarm from the battery, we tried letting the car sit and resetting for increments of 5, 10 and 15 minutes, we asked the gas attendants if they had any ideas and when they had none, we asked if they could call a mechanic to come check it out. Unfortunately, no one seemed to have any idea what could be wrong. I did recall that sometimes this can happen when the remote battery runs low, so remembering this and mixing with my frustration l started clicking the unlock button while simultaneously banging the remote against the car! It was both mildly strategic and completely out of frustration, but it worked!  The truck fired up and literally everyone cheered. I was afraid that this was foreshadowing for the rest of our day, but fortunately we didn’t run into any further snags during that trip.

    The second obstacle – and absolutely the most daunting – was the weather the first time we went to La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  It was pouring rain and the visibility was next to zero. As we examined each waterfall it was clear that only one appeared jumpable, Magia Blanca (120 feet), which has never been jumped before. Although it appeared to be the perfect place to jump, the weather and water levels were not cooperating to allow the boys any chance at all of depth checking the potential landing zone. So, we ended up leaving without jumping any of the waterfalls and while we had hope, I really think none of us thought it would work out.

    T: You mentioned earlier that these boys were the first ever to jump from Magia Blanca. It sounds like your fate took a turn for the better?

    M: In the following days we experienced other waterfalls and adventures that you can see in Giants of the Tropics, but at the end of the day all our minds were on Magia Blanca. We couldn’t help but think how incredible & historical it would be to jump this waterfall. Not only has it never been jumped, but no one has ever even been allowed to jump it. It would be a record for two of the jumpers for highest waterfalls they have ever jumped and ultimately it would have tied the entire campaign together perfectly.

    To our surprise, while we were trekking around to the other places, we got a call from the manager of La Paz Waterfall Gardens that the weather forecast was looking good for the coming week and that they were feeling fairly confident about a depth check and a potential jump being possible. So, that night we made our way up towards La Paz Waterfall Gardens and stayed in this cozy lodge near the park the evening before. Spending that evening with the whole crew knowing that tomorrow could be a day we make history together was a really special part of the trip. When we woke up the next morning the sun was shining, the skies were blue, and we hit the road feeling hopeful about our day.

    When we arrived at La Paz, the boys still had to do a depth check, and because the water was so violent during our previous visit we were worried about whether a depth check would be possible this time around. As we made our way down toward the base of Magia Blanca you could already hear that the roar of the river was much less than our previous encounter… This was a very good thing!  As the waterfall started to show itself through the jungle we could immediately see that the water levels were substantially more inviting, so much so that the boys felt confident in doing a depth check! Upon realizing this was actually starting to become a reality and history could be made on this day, tensions and anxieties rose.

    We had an employed a paramedic for this day, and him, Robert, Jay, and Alex all got in the water and made their way around the right side to the rocky ledges where they were able to get right under the falls to the side of the potential landing zone. With only a pair of goggles, Robert jumped into the water and swam to the bottom. Alex went after him and both confirmed the best news ever: The pool was 15 feet deep and a sandy bottom, which meant it was safe for them to make a decent from the top of Magia Blanca! Although all of us onlooking couldn’t hear what they were saying, their body language said it all: This was going to happen. Robert, Alex, and Justin were going to be the first three human beings to ever jump or be allowed to jump from Magia Blanca…

    To see the history unfold you can watch Robert Bog The Milkman, Squirrely, and Brggsy in Giants of the Tropics. And, if you’re wanting to try your hand at being a cliff jumper, ask your personal concierge about the Paddle 9 tour during your next stay at Tulemar!

    Hoping to see more collaborations with the cliff jumpers and Paddle 9?  Word on the street is that they are doing round 2 in 2019. Stay tuned and keep checking back with @Paddle9 and @Tulemar for updates!

    Pura Vida,

    Tulemar & Paddle 9

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  • Coming Soon to Tulemar: SolAngelo

    Take a sneak inside SolAngelo, the newest and largest villa in Tulemar opening March 23, 2019.

    This 4-story home is nothing short of luxurious. Perched on the hillside, SolAngelo has stunning ocean and jungle views and surrounds its guests with all that the Costa Rican jungle has to offer. With open air social areas and closed off air-conditioned bedrooms, you get the best of both worlds in this villa.

    If you are looking for the perfect rental to accommodate your large group, SolAngelo sleeps up to 14 and has plenty to entertain everyone you’re with. This villa has a private pool, a soaking tub in the garden, a yoga/fitness deck, BBQ, is handicapped accessible, and even comes with an elevator. There are 4 suites, 4 full baths, and 2 half baths for maximum comfort and space. SolAngelo is even family friendly and safe for little ones!

    We would love to gush about how beautiful the architecture, decorations, and surrounding of SolAngelo are, but why take our word for it? Take a look yourself:

    Interested in learning more or booking? Click here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • 10 Reasons To Stay At Tulemar

    If you’re not quite convinced Tulemar is the right place for your next vacation, we totally get it… We’re picky too and we admire your high standards. Luckily, we are confident that we can meet and exceed those expectations of yours. Not convinced? Check out these 10 reasons why you should stay in Tulemar:

    1. The Tulemar Beach
      • Yep! We have our own beach! Not only that, but the beach is fully equipped with free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards, towels and wait staff.
    2. Personal Concierge
      • Each rental comes with your own personal concierge who will help with all the planning and details, as well and make your dinner/activity reservations, help with grocery shopping, and assist with anything else you need on your trip!
    3. No “Hotel” Building
      • If you’re coming to the jungle, why stay in a stuffy hotel room that keeps you away from nature and wildlife? We have a unique collection of individually owned bungalows, casas, and private villas that put you right in the middle of the action!
    4. Ocean Views
      • We’ve heard that vitamin-sea is good for the soul, and we can’t agree more! That’s why our amazing hillside location allows you to have panoramic ocean views from any of our rentals.
    5. Resort Pools
      • Yep, pools with an s. We have four gorgeous pools equipped with towels, wait staff, gorgeous views, and plenty of wildlife. One is even for adults only if you’re wanting a little peace & quiet.
    6. Dining Options
      • We have a full-service restaurant plus our Beach Bar and Grill, as well as 15 incredible restaurants within 3 blocks of our front gates! Feeling like a homebody? We’re also close to the grocery store if you have a hankering to cook your own meal in your fully equipped kitchen.
    7. SLOTHS (and other wildlife)
      • We understand this doesn’t even need an explanation, but we enjoy overdelivering, so we’re going to give you one anyway. There’s a reason The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica’s research and release facility is located inside Tulemar – we have just as much, if not more, sloths and wildlife than Manuel Antonio National Park. Not only can you see sloths, but you can also see monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaws, iguanas, and other amazing wildlife daily!
    8. Nature and Hiking Trails
      • You can easily explore the flora and fauna of Manuel Antonio on any of our several hiking trails right in Tulemar. Prefer hiking in a group? Enjoy the trails during one of our daily Sloth Walks guided by The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica!
    9. Free Shuttle Service
      • Since we are located on 33 acres, we understand the thought of walking from point A to point B can be a little daunting after a long day of sun and cervezas. Luckily, we have a free shuttle service that can bring you to and from the beach, as well as anywhere else within Tulemar.

    Last but not least….

    1. We are in the heart of Manuel Antonio
      • Manuel Antonio has been recognized as one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you’ll get to be right in the middle of it all! Plus, there is plenty of shopping, groceries, ATM, dining, and beaches within easy walking distance.

    Now that we have you convinced, we can’t wait to see you soon!

    Pura Vida,


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  • How To Make Tulemar’s Famous Pineapple Edible Art

    Summertime is here, which means it’s time for backyard bar-b-ques, parties by the pool, and gatherings with friends. Looking for the perfect party treat? We’ve broken down how to make our famous edible pineapple art so you can be the hostess with the mostest this season.

    First, check out this amazing video of Anthony, our “do-it-all” man, creating this masterpiece!

    Step 1.) Clean your prep area & wash your hands

    Step 2.) Cut approximately 3 inches off the top of the pineapple, remove the skin from the fruit and shape the fruit into a ball

    Step 3.) Using a knife, remove the bottom leaves of the crown

    Step 4.) Remove all the fruit from the inside of the pineapple body and dice into 1×1 inch cubes

    Step 5.) Place the cubed fruit back into the hollowed pineapple body

    Step 6.) Cut a small piece of carrot in the shape of a bird beak and attach to the fruit ball of the crown using a toothpick

    Step 7.) Use googly eyes, felt balls, or beads from a craft store to create eyes on each side of the carrot beak

    Step 8.) Rest the bird on the side of the pineapple body using the leaves or toothpicks for support

    Step 9.) Impress all your family and friends with your culinary creativity!

    We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to send your photos of your edible art to us on Facebook, Instagram, or at social@tulemar.com.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tips for Visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park

    The Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica and it hosts hundreds of tourists every day. If you’re considering visiting the park there are several options for your tour, and we know that can be a little overwhelming! We are here to break down your options so you can make an informed decision on the best choice for you and your family.

    First, you can choose to walk through the park by yourself, or you can hire a guide to help you spot wildlife and to educate you on the area. Your guide can either do a private tour, or you can join a small group tour. If you choose to hire a guide, this can easily be arranged by your concierge, or you are welcome to find a guide on your own via the national park website, referral, or other platform.

    We recommend hiring a guide for your first tour as you will see and learn more than without one. Each guide carries a state-of-the-art telescope so when wildlife is spotted they can get you a clear view! They’re also trained professionals at finding wildlife that is easily missed by an untrained eye. Interested in seeing a sleeping bat, a baby lizard, or a hardworking caterpillar? Your guide can spot it all and give you a front row seat to the action.

    If you’re not interested in hiring a guide you can still enjoy the park without one. It’s still likely that you’ll see monkeys, lizards, sloths, and other wildlife during your hike. You can enjoy the park’s gorgeous surroundings and your walk will end at three stunning beaches that are exclusive to park goers, so be sure to wear your suit and pack a beach towel!

    Whether or not you hire a guide, your concierge can arrange transportation to the park for you. Your transportation will drop you off at the ticket booth right at the entrance of the park. However, if you choose to drive your own car or take the bus, we warn you that the process may be a little more chaotic and overwhelming. Expect to see many “officials” in bright vests and caps signaling for you to park in specific areas or purchase tickets from them. While they may look official, know that they are not official park attendants. You can simply tell them “no thank you” and follow the signs and crowds to the parking area and ticket booth. If at any time you feel harassed by someone claiming to work for the park, it’s likely they don’t, so same rules apply!

    A few additional things to remember:

    1. They do not sell anything inside the park. Sodas and waters are permitted (no alcoholic drinks), and you may bring packed sandwiches or pre-cut fruit. This is to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible.
    2. Bring sunscreen, as well as your swim suit and towel if you plan to stay at the beach.
    3. The entrance fee is $16 for everyone 12 years of age and older; children 11 and younger are  free. Cash or Visa cards are accepted.
    4. The park closed on Mondays and is open from 7AM – 4PM every other day.

    Any other questions? Your concierge can help you with anything you need! We hope you have a wonderful visit to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Virtual Home Tour: Villa Mot Mot

    It’s summer break, which means it’s the season of sun, fun, and family vacations! You may already know that Tulemar is the ultimate place to make your family memories… After all, we have a private beach, 4 pools, tons of family friendly activities, plus a personal concierge to alleviate any of the stress that is inevitable during a family getaway. But, what about the stress of choosing the perfect home for your family to stay in? We are here to alleviate that for you as well! Meet Villa Mot Mot….

    Villa Mot Mot is the most popular one bedroom family villa in Tulemar for a number of reasons. It may only be one bedroom, but it can sleep up to 5 people with the help of a trundle bed in the living room (perfect for the little ones!).  The design of Villa Mot Mot has families in mind: a bedroom with 2 queen beds, the trundle in the living room, and a spacious bathroom that connects the two rooms is ideal for a family that values a little more space than what is offered at your standard hotel. The best part? It’s large balcony has a fully furnished living room, dining area, hammock, & bar-b-que! Just imagine mom lounging in the hammock reading a good book while dad grills burgers and the kids play cards at the table. Perfect family memory? We think so!

    Hoping to get some great views of the ocean during your stay in Manuel Antonio? Lucky for you, Villa Mot Mot has inspiring ocean views from the balcony. You may never want to leave your villa!

    Have family friends, aunts and uncles, or grandparents that want to join the fun? Below Villa Mot Mot is the equally as beautiful Mot Mot Hideaway. It has its own private entrance and sleeps 2 people, so any tag-a-longs have a private place to stay without sacrificing proximity!

    Summer won’t be here forever… Check out Villa Mot Mot and start making the best family memories of your life.

    Pura Vida,


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  • The Return of Scarlet Macaws to Manuel Antonio

    If you have ever visited Manuel Antonio, you are probably no stranger to the loud and majestic scarlet macaws. With the wing span of nearly 5 feet and a squawk that can’t be ignored, these birds are great at demanding attention and drawing a crowd. If you’ve never experienced seeing scarlet macaws in the wild, you’ll be sure to be in for a treat when visiting Tulemar… They make their rounds every day around the property, and we are confident it won’t be long before they’re one of your favorite animals in Costa Rica!

    We absolutely love having the scarlet macaws around, but did you know they haven’t always been here? It was only a few years ago that these incredible creatures were reintroduced to their habitat in Manuel Antonio after capture and deforestation caused them to go nearly extinct. Thanks to the conservation organization, The Ara Project, previously captive scarlet macaws have been released into the wild in Manuel Antonio and other southern Costa Rican towns. Thanks to The Ara Project, there are a couple dozen scarlet macaws in Manuel Antonio, and they’re never ones to shy away from putting on a show!

    Here is a little history of The Ara Project and the reintroduction of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica, taken from thearaproject.org:

    Over 30 years ago Margot and Richard Frisius were inspired to settle in Rio Segundo de Alajuela, Costa Rica after travelling the world over many years. There they established a conservation center for parrots, Amigos de las Aves, to help stop the alarming decline of these magnificent birds in Costa Rica.

    Over time, confiscated macaws were donated to the center by MINAE (Ministry of Environment and Energy) and from other private donors who had unwanted pets.  Many of the birds were in poor condition and heavily imprinted on humans.  Although these birds were unsuitable to release to the wild, they were rehabilitated and given the opportunity to reproduce, with the hope that their offspring could return to the wild and fly free.

    Macaw numbers worldwide have been plummeting for many years and Costa Rica is no different. Formerly present over 85% of the country (Forbes 2005) there are now two main isolated populations of Scarlet Macaws remaining in Costa Rica, the largest occurring in the Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA) with an estimated population of 800-1200 individuals and between 400-450 individuals in the Central Pacific Conservation Area (ACOPAC) (Dear 2010). Numbers of Great Green Macaws have recovered slightly in recent years because of intensive conservation efforts, although there were still only an estimated 290 individuals left in 2009 (Chassot et al) There are believed to be only 25 to 35 breeding pairs left in the country, with worldwide numbers less than 1000 individuals. Both are CITES Appendix 1 species.

    The project continued for many years and the collection of birds grew. Sadly, Margo Frisius passed away in 2008 at age 87, leaving Richard, in his 90s, alone to run the project. Around that time he decided it was time for someone else to continue the work, prompting the beginning of the Ara Project. When Richard passed away in 2010 the birds were placed in the care of the Beruite family and other collaborators, who had an ongoing association with the birds and could ensure the birds’ long-term well-being.

    Starting in the late 1990s the release of captive-raised macaws was initiated by the project’s collaborators, and several releases were carried out over the course of the following decade. The first releases of Scarlet Macaw started in Northern Costa Rica, in Palo Verde region, and at the Curu Wildlife Refuge on the southern end of Nicoya Peninsula. Many of the released birds survived and active nesting was documented in July of 2004. Although administrative challenges and high rates of poaching in the area ended Ara’s involvement, as of 2006, the population consisted of 11 macaws, including 9 adults and 2 juveniles fledged in 2004, 5 years after release.

    Subsequent releases were undertaken on several occasions in the Osa Conservation Area, and where community outreach was given high priority. There, dozens of released Scarlet Macaws have continued to thrive and the population has begun to grow. Most recently releases have been initiated in the Punta Islita area, where a growing population of the birds has also been established.

    Reintroduction efforts for the Great Green Macaw was initiated on the South Caribbean region of Costa Rica in 2011, and continues to date with several dozen birds now living successfully in the wild.

    Hoping to see some scarlet macaws while visiting Tulemar? Have no fear! These birds make an appearance nearly every day.

    Pura Vida,


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  • The History Of Quepos & Manuel Antonio

    At the bottom of the hill that Manuel Antonio rests on, you will find the small but lively town of Quepos. This is the town that is home of Marina Pez Vela, a buzzing farmer’s market, a beautiful and well-loved Catholic church, and dozens of shops and restaurants. While Quepos and Manuel Antonio are now the home to many expats & locals – and draw thousands of tourists in annually – it hasn’t always been that way.

    Quepos has experienced waves of hardships, change, and adaptation. Its name originated from the indigenous Quepoa Indian tribe which originally inhabited the area in the 1500s. However, by the end of the 19th century, the Quepoa tribe had unfortunately been nearly wiped out by disease, warfare, and slavery during Spanish colonization.

    As Spanish settlers made Quepos their home, they cultivated the Costa Rican soil and used the land for banana plantations, which supported the area’s economy for years. In the mid-1950’s, natural disasters and disease destroyed the banana plantations, which forced farmers to switch from bananas to palm oil as a main export. To this day, you will see acres of palm farms on your drive into Quepos!

    While palm oil is still a prominent export for the area, Quepos & Manuel Antonio took a turn towards tourism in 1972 when the Manuel Antonio National Park was established. This bio-diverse park drew attention to the area and spiked the interest of avid travelers. To accommodate these new tourists, by 1980 Manuel Antonio had some rustic cabinas, a few luxury villas, a beachfront bar, and the restaurant El Barba Roja, which can still be visited to this day right next to Tulemar!

    By the 1990’s, gay men were one of the cutting edge groups to move into the Manuel Antonio area and helped to develop the town into one of the country’s hottest destinations. This was the small spark that lit the fire of expats and tourists flocking to the area. This uprising has molded the area into what it is today: a bustling destination for adventure tourists, eco-tourists, surfers, sports fishermen, families, and of course, local ticos who take pride in their resilient town.

    If you’re looking for a place rich in history and full of breathtaking bio-diversity, Quepos/Manuel Antonio is the perfect destination for your travels!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar Romantic Getaway Giveaway

    There is nothing more important to us than our guests, and to show some appreciation we are giving away a free 4-night stay for 2 in our luxurious Bamboo Villas.

    Not familiar with the Bamboo Villas? Check out the video of them here.

    Our contest will run from June 15-July 1st, 2018. On July 2nd we will choose a lucky winner who will be treated to a 4-night stay with a guest between Sept-Nov 2018 or 2019.

    Want to enter? Just fill out the entry form here! Don’t forget to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram  so you don’t miss any future contests!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Bamboo Villas

    Tulemar’s Bamboo Villas are absolutely perfect for romantic getaways, honeymoons, or even just a solo adventure. They have three stories, endless views, and guarantee plenty of wildlife sightings. There are countless details that make these villas extra special, including their open air concept, private infinity pool, modern and sleek design, and their personal concierge, Brian! We didn’t feel that photos did them justice, so we created a video tour for you to get the full experience of how luxurious and romantic these villas are… So, take a few minutes to share the views with us, and to meet the Bamboo Villas’ very own, Brian!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Take the Quiz! Which Activity Should You Book?

    Costa Rica has a lot to offer, which is why it’s such a popular tourist destination for people all over the world. If you’re looking to relax, explore, have an adventure, or learn something new, you’re in the right place! But, what if you’re limited on time and can’t decide the best way to spend your days in Costa Rica? You’re in luck! We’ve created a (very scientific) quiz to direct you to the perfect activity to book during your stay.

     Are you a morning person or night owl?

    1. Night owl all the way!
    2. The mornings are my favorite.
    3. Neither! I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

    What’s your favorite drink?

    1. A glow-in-the-dark cocktail.
    2. An iced latte.
    3. Red Bull.

    Which shoes do you have to pack when going on vacation?

    1. I don’t worry about shoes! I prefer being barefoot.
    2. Vegan sneakers.
    3. I don’t care as long as they’re comfy while on-the-go.

    What’s your spirit animal?

    1. A dolphin.
    2. A sloth.
    3. A scarlet macaw.

    What’s your ideal date?

    1. A canoe ride at sunset.
    2. The zoo.
    3. Roller blading through the park.

    If you answered mostly #1…

    You come alive in the evening and love the ocean! We suggest booking a nocturnal paddle boarding tour with PaddleVision. PaddleVision offers the only nighttime stand-up paddle boarding tours in Manuel Antonio, where you can experience the ocean after dark. You’ll head out before sunset so you can enjoy the magical colors of the sun on the water, and then you’ll paddle in after dark as the LED lights on your board light up the ocean. This is an adventure you won’t want to miss, and it’s sure to be an experience you’ll never forget!

    Includes transportation, snack, water, and photo package of your session
    $65 per person

    If you answered mostly #2…

    You love the mornings, and prefer living life at a nice leisurely pace. We suggest booking The Tulemar Sloth Walk with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica! This is the perfect tour for the whole family. In an hour and a half guided walk through Tulemar, you will join Sloth Institute researchers as they spot sloths, monkeys, birds, and other wildlife found in Costa Rica. You will have an opportunity to learn about the animals, as well as learn about The Sloth Institute’s mission.

    Offered daily at 9:00 AM (except Tuesdays), Mondays & Wednesdays also at 3:00 PM
    $18 per person
    Children 7 and under are free

    If you answered mostly #3…

    You have an adventurous soul and you get restless if you’re not on the move! We suggest booking a zipline tour with Canopy Safari! During your zipline tour you will sail through the canopy like Tarzan as you take in the sights and sounds of the jungle. This exhilarating activity was invented in Costa Rica, and at Canopy Safari you have a variety of ziplines, platforms, and styles to choose from to make sure you get the most out of your tour. Each tour includes breakfast and lunch, and you will have an option to purchase digital photos of your exciting day.

    $85 per person

    If you’re thinking you may prefer a different activity, don’t worry! We have dozens to choose from…. Check out the list here. If you have any questions or want to book something ASAP, just reach out to your concierge and they will get everything taken care of for you. Enjoy!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Sneak Peak in PazAmoré: Tulemar’s Newest Villa

    PazAmoré is Tulemar’s newest villa, and is a dream for anyone looking for modern architecture, unique layout, or even just private and luxurious accommodations within the jungle. Homeowners Glen and Jules built PazAmoré – which means “peace and love” – with three distinct design directions: it must be modern, it must be sexy, and it must be tropical. We are here to vouch that this home is indeed modern, sexy, and tropical!

    This stunning home is three stories tall, and has 3 private air conditioned suites and 4 full baths. The living space of the home is spacious and open air, and each room has ocean views that will take your breath away. Wanting to enjoy some time outside? PazAmoré has a beautiful infinity pool and outdoor seating area complete with a BBQ grill, iron griddle, fire pit, mini fridge, and sink.

    While the design of this home is guaranteed to impress, we believe the magic is in the details. PazAmoré’s homeowners had all furnishings custom-made by a local craftsman, handpicked decorations from their international travels, chose a granite kitchen counter top that encompasses the jungle vibes of Costa Rica, and have created this home from the ground up to be the perfect modern escape.

    One of the most impressive aspects of PazAmoré is the master bedroom suite. The floor to ceiling windows on two of the walls open up to balcony that has incredible ocean views. Plus, there is a full sized lounge swing next to the bed if you’re wanting some extra space to relax while you look out over the jungle! The master bathroom has a walk-in shower that contains a stunning stone bathtub, and floor to ceiling tinted windows so you can soak in the views of the treetops and ocean while you bathe.

    Wanting to bring a bigger group? PazAmoré can accommodate 8-10 people, and there is a king sized day bed in the living room for any extra people who will undoubtedly want to join you on your getaway.

    For more information and to book this home, visit the PazAmoré page.

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  • 4 Things That Make Tulemar Special

    We know you have a lot of choices when planning a vacation. Where to visit? Where to stay? When to go? What to do? We also know that with so many incredible options, you really can’t go wrong with anything you choose. We aren’t here to tell you why we are better than anywhere else, but we do want to tell you what makes us different so you know why choosing Tulemar will make your vacation extra special.

    1. Our Homeowners

      You probably already know that we put love into everything we do, but did you know there is also an added layer of love inside Tulemar? That added layer is our homeowners! Each one of our 50+ villas, casas, and bungalows are individually owned by people who put love into the home by providing unique decorations and special touches. This means that you get all the perks of staying at a luxury resort while also receiving the experience and charm that comes with staying in an AirBnb or VRBO. That’s a pretty irresistible win/win in our book!

    2. Our Concierge Team

      They’re energetic, they’re friendly, they’re eager, and more than likely you’ll view them as part of the family by the end of your trip.  You’ll be introduced virtually to your concierge as soon as you book your stay with Tulemar. From there, your concierge will hold your hand through all your trip planning and your stay to ensure that anything you need is taken care of promptly. Want to plan an activity? Your concierge can handle that! Need to know where to eat the freshest seafood? The concierge will make you a reservation and arrange transportation. Not only will they help you with any of your needs, but they also go the extra mile to make your trip special. Guests often receive little surprises from their concierge throughout their stay, because we truly believe each guest is VIP.

    3. Our Location

      There is good reason that Costa Rica consistently tops the charts as one of the best places to visit. It has an abundance of exotic wildlife, stunning mountain ranges, award-winning beaches and national parks, picturesque waterfalls, and thick jungles with a wealth of flora that make you feel like you’ve been transported into Jurassic Park.One of the jewels of this incredible country is Manuel Antonio: Home of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Tulemar has been thoughtfully built a short 5-minute ride from the National Park, and is situated on a hillside overlooking the ocean among dense jungle crawling with wildlife.  Inside the Tulemar gates you have a variety of amenities, including 4 pools, a restaurant, and a private beach; Plus, our central location makes it a breeze to access anything in Manuel Antonio you want!

    4. The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica

      Nature conservation is extremely important to us at Tulemar, which is why a partnership with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica – which is dedicated to the research, education, and conservation of sloth welfare and habitat – seemed perfect for us. Nestled inside the Tulemar gates is the Sloth Institute’s Research and Release facility. While the facility is not open to the public, Tulemar guests can enjoy daily “Sloth Walks” with a Sloth Institute employee. Plus, the ongoing research and conservation that The Sloth Institute brings to the area means that wildlife is abundant! Hoping to see monkeys, birds, and lizards during your stay? You’re guaranteed to see them at our resort!

    If you need more convincing, browse the rest of our site to see all we offer! We are really looking forward to seeing you soon.

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  • The Manuel Antonio National Park

    It’d be a shame to visit Manuel Antonio and not visit the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park. It is one of the smallest national parks in the country, however, it is one of the most visited due to its large variety of flora and fauna. The park is only 683 hectares, and it contains various jungle hiking trails, a waterfall, and 4 white sand beaches perfect for cooling off and relaxing after a long day of exploring. Plus, at $16 per person to enter, it’s affordable and easy to have a day full of fun and education!

    With the establishment of Manuel Antonio National Park in 1972, the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve, for future generations, one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. Although it is the country’s smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares is unequaled.


    A wonderful option for exploring the park more in depth is by doing a guided tour. We highly encourage this option, as the guides are incredibly knowledgeable and will educate you on Costa Rica wildlife and its conservation. They also have an extremely good eye! The guides will spot sloths, monkeys, and iguanas, but beyond that they will also find tiny tree frogs, crabs, caterpillars, bats, and more, all which are very difficult to spot with the naked eye. With their telescope you can easily see the animals up close, and the guides will even snap a photo for you through the lens, so you can look like a professional nature photographer to your friends back home… In fact, the photo used in our thumbnail was shot with an iPhone through the telescope lens!

    Are you more into plants than you are animals? The rich diversity of vegetation in the park will give you lots to explore. Your guide will educate you on the flora, point out interesting features, and allow you to smell – and sometimes even taste – various species!

    The park has many trails, including a handicap accessible trail. The trails lead through the jungle and ultimately end up at numerous white sand beaches that are perfectly nestled in coves, so they have minimal waves and are clean and beautiful.  The tour of the park can take anywhere from 2-3 hours, and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing and catching some rays, or you can leave the park and head on to your next activity. If you’re in a hurry (although we don’t recommend you are), you can easily walk through the park in 15-30 minutes!

    This is a day activity we strongly suggest, and one we are certain you will enjoy.

    Pura Vida,


    *Park hours are 7am-4pm, and the park is closed on Mondays

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  • 10 Tips For Flying With Kids

    There is no better way to create family memories than by traveling together. Unfortunately, the thought of flying with young children can be daunting, and often times deters families from even trying. Luckily, we have some tips to make sure your family flight is a success. So, go ahead and book that dream vacation… The flight is going to be a breeze.

    • Show up early
      • Keep yourself, and the kids, calm by avoiding the stress that can occur by rushing through the airport. Getting through the airport as a family takes a lot more time than traveling solo, so be sure to budget plenty of time. For an international trip, we recommend arriving three hours early, and for a domestic flight we recommend arriving two hours early.
    • Dress Comfortably
      • Be sure your children are in comfortable, breathable clothing with minimal layers or accessories that can easily be lost while getting through an airport. This will keep them from fussing with their clothing, and it will allow you to have less to keep track of!
    • Book a Window Seat
      • Kids are often fascinated with watching the airplane take off and land. Buy yourself an extra 30 minutes of entertainment by placing your kid next to the window so he/she can enjoy the view!
    • Pack a Light Blanket
      • As we all know, airplanes can get chilly. Pack a blanket or sweater for your child to keep them from getting fussy over the temperature.
    • Come Prepared with Games
      • Be prepared with a few airplane friendly games for when your child starts getting restless. Coloring books, etch-a-sketch, mazes, mad-libs, and games with magnetic pieces are all great for airplanes!
    • Be Fully Charged & Downloaded
      • If you’d like to give your child a phone, iPad, or tablet for them to watch shows and play games on while traveling, be sure your device is fully charged and that any show they want to watch is fully downloaded.
    • Pack Headphones
      • The one thing worse than having a dead iPad? Having a fully charged one with no way to listen to the sound!
    • Pack the Necessities
      • Consider packing a few snacks, baby formula, medications, extra diapers, pacifiers, and a change of clothes.
    • Don’t Forget Teddy
      • Does your child have a favorite teddy or security blanket? Be sure these items are in your carry on to avoid a meltdown mid-flight!
    • Avoid Ear Discomfort
      • Children’s ears are extra sensitive to in-flight pressure. Consider giving your little one children’s Tylenol 30 minutes before your flight and having hard candy, gum, or a pacifier on hand to help alleviate pressure and keep your child comfortable and happy. *As always, consult with a doctor before administering any over-the-counter medicine to your child.

    Pura Vida, Tulemar

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  • What’s the Weather Like in Manuel Antonio?

    The first thing most people ask when planning a trip to Costa Rica is “What will the weather be like?” or “What’s the best time to visit for perfect weather?”.

    These are excellent questions; however, they aren’t that simple to answer.

    Let’s start with question #1: “What will the weather be like?”. Typically, it’s safe to say that Costa Rica will be hot and humid. However, Costa Rica is made up of many micro-climates that make predicting weather here difficult! Most people want to avoid rainstorms during their visit as much as possible, but sometimes weathering a storm is inevitable – we are in the rainforest, after all! In fact, if you try looking up weather forecasts for Costa Rica, they most often will always show rain – but don’t let this deter you. We’ve learned to take those forecasts with a grain (or less) of salt!

    Now let’s tackle question #2: “What’s the best time to visit for perfect weather?”. Technically speaking, Costa Rica does have a dry season and a rainy season. The dry season (also known as our summer) is December-April. During these months, it’s typical to not see as much rain and have sunny blue skies and hot temperatures. On occasion you may have a rain shower to cool things off, but it’s not quite as often as during rainy season.

    The rainy season (also known as our winter) is May through November. During this time you’ll see heavier and more frequent rain and thunderstorms. Typically, however, these storms happen in the afternoon and evening after the day’s festivities are done! While many people hear “rainy season” and immediately write off visiting during this time, there are a lot of upsides to planning your trip during rainy season. For one, there are a lot less tourists, so you can experience less crowded beaches, activities, and restaurants! Plus, the rain keeps things cool and green, and it can be very peaceful and relaxing. If you’re adamant about avoiding rain, we highly recommend not visiting during October and November, as these are the wettest months of the year!

    Whether you’re looking for rain or shine, we know one thing is for sure: fun is in your forecast! We’ll have an umbrella waiting for you just in case.

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  • Tulemar Beach Wins Award for 11th Year in a Row

    It’s no secret that Costa Rica has been blessed with some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. It’s lush landscapes and vast picturesque coastlines make Costa Rica a top destination for tourists and gives the locals a lot to be proud of.  That’s why Costa Rica has several programs in place meant to serve and protect the environment to ensure that locals and tourists alike can enjoy the country’s natural gifts for years to come.

    A perfect example is the Blue Flag Ecological Program (Bandera Azul Ecológic). The program is 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 and certification to beaches that score a minimum of 90% in categories including water quality, coastal sanitation, tourist safety, beach access to garbage containers, drinking water quality, signage, amongst others. Beaches who win the award are monitored monthly to ensure their efforts are being sustained throughout the year.

    At Tulemar, we consistently play our part in ensuring we keep Mother Earth clean and protected, and we are thrilled to announce that our efforts have contributed to our 11th annual Blue Flag Program award and certification! 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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  • Better Than Room Service: Private Chefs at Tulemar

    After a long day of sun and surf, sometimes it sounds best to sit back, relax, and have someone else do the cooking. Often times this means heading out to a delicious restaurant, but what about those days that you just don’t feel like leaving the house?

    Luckily, Tulemar offers private chef service! Our chefs come directly to your villa and do all the preparation, cooking, and cleaning while you relax and enjoy your vacation.

    How does it work? As soon as you let your personal concierge know that you’d like to hire a private chef, your concierge will send you a menu for you to choose your meal from. Your chef will then do all the shopping and arrive at your villa in plenty of time to have your meal ready for you at whichever time you choose. The chef menus have a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and meals can be made vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or accommodate any allergies or specific requests you have!

    The best part? Our chefs can make one special meal for you, several meals throughout your stay, or even all your meals during your vacation. Pricing can vary based off menu choices and groceries, so we recommend checking with your concierge, however, here’s a general guide for 4-8 people:

    • Breakfast – $90
    • Lunch – $120
    • Dinner – $120 to $180
    • Breakfast & Dinner – $220 to $270
    • Full day – $320
    • All Meals for the Week (up to 21 meals) – from $1,000 – $1,250

    Buen provecho!

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  • Traditional Tico Taste: Gallo Pinto Recipe

    If you’ve already visited Costa Rica, then you are probably familiar with the popular national dish called gallo pinto. Gallo pinto is made with rice and beans mixed with spices and vegetables such as cilantro, onion, bell peppers, and salsa. It is most commonly served during breakfast, but it is delicious to eat any time of day. And the best part? It’s simple to make and it’s great for leftovers!

    Wanting to try your hand at this delicious and healthy dish? Here’s a simple recipe for you to try today!


    • 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!

    This recipe is as delicious as it is simple! Feel free to get creative and mix it up to fit your tastes. Try added ground beef, extra veggies, hot sauce, or egg!

    Want the full tico experience? Enjoy your gallo pinto with a cold guaro sour!

    Pura Vida,


    *photos from eatthismuch.com and vegkitchen.com

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  • Tulemar’s Newest Homeowners: Randy & Terri Norwood

    Our Tulemar homeowners are incredibly special to us. They are responsible for bringing individuality and exquisite personality to each of our rental homes, and without them Tulemar wouldn’t be possible. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that we are growing our homeowner family… Meet Randy & Terri Norwood: The newest proud owners of Tulemar’s very own Mirasol!

    Randy and Terri are both native Texans who met in Houston while volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Married for 30 years, they have a 26-year-old son, Brett; and a 28-year-old daughter, Lindsay.  Lindsay and her husband Patrick are proud parents of 6-month-old Sage, who Randy and Terri are working very hard to spoil!

    Randy & Terri own a human resource data processing company in Houston called Alliance Payroll Services.  Terri is very active teaching bible study with Community Bible Study, and in their spare time they love to travel, spend time at their central Texas ranch, and – as mentioned before – dote on their sweet baby granddaughter, Sage.

    In 2007, the Norwood family visited Tulemar for the first time and fell in love with all it had to offer. When Randy and Terri recently decided to buy a rental property in Costa Rica, they of course needed to look no further than Tulemar.  The combination of mountains, jungle, wildlife, and a beautiful beach all in one location was an unbeatable combination for them, and one they knew they wanted to be a part of. This led Randy and Terri to Mirasol, a stunning property within Tulemar’s gates, and a perfect rental property and vacation home for the Norwoods.

    Randy & Terri anticipate spending many years enjoying Tulemar and look forward to this exciting new chapter in their lives. Welcome to the Tulemar family, Randy and Terri… We’re thrilled to have you!

    Interested in being the next new homeowner in Tulemar? Check out our available real estate here… And be sure to check back soon for our virtual tour of the Norwood’s Mirasol!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Virtual Home Tour: Casa Panorama

    The best part about Costa Rica? Okay, that’s a loaded question… But, we know that the endless views are high on the list! If you’re interested in some of the best views in the country, Casa Panorama is the place for you.

    As its name implies, this home has panoramic views of jungle and ocean that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Plus, with two separate private units (the casa and casita), this large rental is perfect for families or groups!

    The entry level of Casa Panorama has two suites: The first suite has a king sized bed, and the second has two full sized beds. The two suites are connected by an outdoor deck complete with a cold water Jacuzzi overlooking the beautiful views of Tulemar.

    The level above the two suits contains a gorgeous entertainment area, complete with a full sized kitchen, dining area, 1/2 bath, and deck.

    The lower level is Casita Panorama, which is a private one bedroom suite that can be rented together, or separate from Casa Panorama.

    This rental is without a doubt a guest favorite. Interested in learning more? Click here!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Spa Services at Tulemar

    Most people take vacations to rest their mind, but what about their bodies? The best way to go back to reality revitalized and rested after a vacation is by taking care of both, which is why it’s important to us at Tulemar to provide outstanding and luxurious spa services to our guests.

    Unlike most hotels and resorts, we do not have a spa at Tulemar. Instead, our services are done in the privacy and luxury of your own home, villa, bungalow, or casa on your patio, pool deck, terrace, or indoors — you choose!

    We pride ourselves on having the best massage therapists in the Manuel Antonio area, each one with an extensive background and knowledge. They provide unique and personalized massages so that you can get the absolute most out of your services. Looking for a deep tissue massage focusing on your shoulders? We can do it! Looking for a light full body rub down? We got you! Wanting a manicure, pedicure, facial, or other spa service? We can absolutely arrange it! Just let your concierge know, and they’ll handle the rest.

    Our services are great for an individual, but if you’re looking for couples’ services or even a group spa party, those options are fully available! We can easily arrange a full spa day, complete with meal and beverage service. Additionally, we can even arrange for a private yoga session before or after your services so you can fully heal both your mind and body.

    We understand that some people want the full spa experience, so if having someone come to your villa isn’t your cup of tea, let us know! We have several great spas in the area that we are happy to refer you to, and can even arrange transportation.

    Go ahead… You deserve to be pampered.

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  • A Partner Resort: Three-Sixty Boutique Hotel

    Looking to get outside Manuel Antonio, but still want the wonderful luxury and views of Tulemar? Meet Tulemar’s newest partner-resort, Three Sixty Boutique Hotel, which was built and is co-owned by the owner and architect of Tulemar’s very own Bamboo Villas.

    Only about an hour away from Manuel Antonio, Three Sixty is an adult-only boutique hotel located on the south west coast of Costa Rica in a beautiful beach town called Ojochal. Ojochal is situated close to the Osa Peninsula and is within 5-20 minutes of several well-known beach towns and beaches, including Dominical, Uvita, Bahia, Playa Hermosa, Playa Tortuga, and Playa Ventanas.

    Experience a complete transformation from the usual vacation at this adult-only hotel in Ojochal, located on the South West coast of Costa Rica. This exquisite destination has captured the most totally encompassing view possible of the coastline, islands, beaches, mountains, and rainforest.

    From every angle, you will find an astonishing panoramic view of Costa Rican nature.  Whether while in the open air reception area, gourmet restaurant, infinity pool, or from your own balcony in your private villa.  Everywhere you look holds an unforgettable sight.

    The luxury hotel has only 12 rooms, which are categorized as premium or deluxe. Every room has a 200-degree view, king bed, indoor rain shower, turn-down service, raw botanical amenities, organic & handmade Simmons Beautyrest Recharge mattresses, Egyptian cotton linens & towels by Rivolta Carmignani, and much more.

    Outside of your room you can enjoy a gourmet meal at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Kua Kua, or have a handcrafted cocktail at Bar 360. Looking to make a splash? Enjoy the hotel’s luxury infinity pool, which is without a doubt one of the hotel’s main features.

    Ready to book?  Premium rooms normally carry a $125 per night upgrade fee, but guests who reserve with Tulemar.com will be upgraded to a premium room at the same rate as a deluxe room, subject to availability.

    Pura Vida,


    *Photos taken from www.hotelthreesixty.com

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  • Costa Rica’s Envision Festival

    Last month marked the 8th anniversary of Costa Rica’s famed Envision Festival, held annually in Manuel Antonio’s neighboring beach town of Uvita.

    Envision Festival is a world class 4-day festival based on 8 pillars: Permaculture, spirituality, movement, art, music, community, health, and eco-building. Each year the festival draws tourist from all around the world to participate in its special offerings and celebrations such as yoga, art, spoken workshops, live music, surfing and much more while connecting with the beautiful natural surroundings only found in Costa Rica.

    Envision’s Mission Statement:

    As a celebration dedicated to awakening our human potential, Envision provides a platform for different cultures to co-exist in sustainable community, and inspire one another through art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and our fundamental connection with nature.

    Many attendees of the festival choose to camp in a tent on-site or stay in lodging nearby. However, if you’d like to only get a taste of the festival and choose to stay off-site away from the crowds, Manuel Antonio is an excellent option. With many Envision shuttles running daily, as well as affordable taxi or private van options, it’s easy to get to and from each town.

    To learn more about the festival, its culture, and ticket prices, please visit www.envisionfestival.com.

    Pura Vida,


    *Photos and video taken from envisionfestival.com

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  • Non-Stop Flights from Amsterdam to San Jose

    European friends, you’re in luck! If you’re not already aware, KLM recently started a direct flight from Amsterdam to San Jose… Which means it is now easier than ever for you to get some sun, fun, and sloths in your life!

    KLM made the announcement that they now offer direct flights twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The flights depart Amsterdam at 3:25pm and arrive in San Jose at 8:05pm. Likewise, the flights depart San Jose at 10:05pm and arrive in Amsterdam the following day at 3:10pm.

    “This new flight, not only will facilitate visits to our country, but also thanks to KLM´s global network, this route will serve as a liaison for Costa Rica to open its doors to tourists from all Europe. This will for sure strengthen tourism in our country, generating benefits to the more than 600,000 persons who work in this activity in direct and indirect manner, and to the communities that find in tourism their opportunity to grow.”

    -Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica

    So, what are you waiting for? We have a cold guaro sour and a room with a view waiting for you!

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  • 8 Tips For Planning a Destination Wedding

    There’s no doubt that planning a destination wedding is both exhilarating and terrifying. There are a lot of details to iron out and plenty of things to consider to ensure your day goes perfectly.

    To help you out, we’ve created a list of tips to help you with your process and to ensure that your wedding is everything you dreamed of and more!

    Consider the Weather

    When picking a destination, don’t forget to consider the local seasons. While many destination wedding locations are in a constant season of summer, hurricane and rainy seasons exist! Perhaps you’re a risky bride and are willing to take the chance…. But, if you prefer playing it safe, we suggest planning your big day during the dryer months.

    • Costa Rica Tip: December-May are ideal months!

    Choose Your Attire Wisely

    There are a lot of factors to consider when picking the perfect dress and bridal party attire. If you’re getting married outside in the heat, you’ll want dresses that breathe easy and keep you cool. Also consider factors like terrain and ease of transportation. You may not want to choose bridesmaid’s dresses that are difficult to pack, or a wedding dress with a long train if you’re going to be walking in the sand.

    • Costa Rica Tip: Try to carry-on any of your irreplaceable garments or accessories in case your baggage doesn’t make it!

    Consider Your Guests

    When planning a destination wedding, be sure to send your Save-The-Dates far in advance to give your guests ample time to plan and budget for your special get-a-way! Also consider guest budgets and try to find a reasonably priced resort/hotel, arrange group airfare rates, and book transportation from the airport to the resort for your guests.

    • Costa Rica Tip: Our knowledgeable staff at Tulemar will help you arrange the best accommodations inside Tulemar, as well as transportation for your guests!

    Understand Local Marriage Requirements

    If you plan to have your destination wedding in a foreign country, there may be a few requirements you must meet first, including time of residence in the country, blood tests, age, and parental consent. If you are coming from the United States, The U.S Department of State website is a great place to start your research on these requirements: Visit the site here.

    • Costa Rica Tip: It’s not difficult to marry in Costa Rica if you are not from here! You just need to ensure your passport if valid for at least six months, and you’ll need to meet with a local attorney and notary to complete some paperwork.

    Know Passport & Visa Requirements

    Most countries require your passport to be valid 3-6 months after departure for you to enter the country, and some countries require a visa in order for you to enter. We suggest checking whether or not you will need a visa for your destination country. Also ensure that your passport is valid. Same goes for your sweetheart, your families, and your bridal party! The last thing you want is someone you love getting left behind.

    Research Local Culture and Cuisine

    Throwing a destination wedding provides ample opportunities to make your day unique and fun! Trying to decide on a main dish for dinner? Stumped on what your signature cocktail should be? Lost on what song will accompany your first dance? Research your destination for local dishes, cocktails, music, décor, and wedding traditions! This will help you add some unique cultural twists to your ceremony and reception that wouldn’t quite make sense in a traditional setting.

    • Costa Rica Tip: Gallo pinto (rice & beans), meat, plantains, and guaro sours are all great food & beverage options!

    Plan Activities

    The beauty of a destination wedding is that your wedding extends far beyond just your ceremony and reception! Your guests traveled a long way to celebrate you, so repay them by researching local activities and planning a few group outings for them to participate in if they’d like.

    • Costa Rica Tip: In Manuel Antonio, there are several beaches to visit, and tons of awesome adventure activities! Speak with your Tulemar concierge to create a list of activity options for your guests so they never feel like they aren’t sure what to do!

    Budget for Unexpected Surprises

    Just as with any wedding, there is likely to be unexpected last-minute surprises… And being far from home where things are familiar gives you less options for a creative quick fix! While we hope your big day is seamless, it’s nice to have a little budget for last minute emergencies in case it is needed in a pinch. If not, you’ll have a little extra fun-mon for after the big day!

    We hope this gives you a few important things consider when starting your party planning. A huge congratulations from the Tulemar team on your engagement!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Virtual Home Tour: Nido de Gansos

    Looking for the perfect rental for your large group gathering? Our incredible Nido de Gansos is the perfect mix of luxury, comfort, privacy, and convenience.

    The exterior of this stunning villa is designed with European influence and has a unique tropical modern design.  The inside is furnished with imports from Italy and is decorated with beautiful indigenous Latin American art directly from the collection of the Gans Family – the owners of this exquisite home.

    Nido de Gansos has a unique design covering 3 levels. The bottom level is where you can find laundry, storage and the house keepers’ workplace; it is not accessible from the main house giving you complete privacy, however, you will have access to the washer/dryer when needed.

    Entering through the front door, you have the option of going downstairs to the sleeping quarters or upstairs to the social level.

    The sleeping quarters contains 3 suites, each with their own bath, balcony, air-conditioning and king size bed. Each suite opens into the media room, perfect for watching TV or the latest movie, reading or taking a nap.

    The social level on the third floor contains the living room, dining room, kitchen and large terrace with the infinity edged swimming pool! There is a small flight of stairs inside that leads up to a small den with another seating area and sofa bed, which can sleep an additional 1-2 children.

    This villa is surrounded by dense jungle to the north and has ocean and mountain views to the west. It is located next door to the Garden House, which can be rented in addition to Nido de Gansos for large groups!

    Interested in booking this rental? Click here!

    Pura Vida,



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  • NEW: Sloths After Sunset Tour

    Costa Rica has no shortage of wildlife, which is one of the main reasons tourism to this beautiful country is so popular! Throughout the day you can experience monkey, sloth, iguana, porcupine, agouti, and exotic bird sightings, just to name a few.

    To allow our guests the full wildlife experience, we’ve teamed up with the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica – which is located on Tulemar’s property – to offer a “Sloth Walk” exclusively to Tulemar guests. During the walk you will see and learn about the abundance of wildlife we have on Tulemar’s property, as well as have an incredible opportunity to see all the Tulemar grounds, homes, and flora & fauna.

    But… did you know that a lot of Costa Rica’s wildlife comes alive after the sun goes down? During this time, the Sloth Institute employees hike through the jungle to monitor and track the sloths to ensure their safety and well-being… And now you can join!

    We are thrilled to announce that starting Feb. 1st, 2018, our brand new “Sloths After Sunset” tour will be available exclusively to Tulemar guests! During this exciting tour, you will be guided throughout Tulemar grounds with a member of The Sloth Institute’s research team in search of sloths and other nocturnal wildlife species. The walks will be held every Thursday at 6pm and will take about an hour and a half. Every participant will be provided with a special eco-friendly flashlight and we ask that all hikers wear closed toed shoes. The cost for Sloths After Sunset is $35 for adults, and $20 for children under the age of 10. This is an excellent opportunity to observe and learn about Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife, and we are so excited to share it with you!

    Questions on Sloths After Sunset? Your concierge can provide you with answers, as well as help you with booking. We can’t wait to see you there!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Giada DeLaurentiis At Mirazul

    Being the giant foodies we are, we were thrilled when we received an inquiry from Chef Giada DeLaurentiis to stay at Mirazul over the holiday season. Giada was visiting with family and friends and we wanted to ensure she had a home that would accommodate everyone, had views, and of course had an amazing kitchen.

    If you’re not familiar, Giada is a daytime Emmy Award winner, Food Network star, author, and “Today Show” contributor. She is a respected lifestyle advisor and authority of all things that either taste good or are in good taste!

    During her stay, Giada enjoyed yoga by the pool with her daughter, Jade, a Costa Rican cooking class, an ATV jungle tour, and of course some old fashioned R&R.

    “The Mirazul Villa is absolutely gorgeous! Clean, modern and perfect for a small group. Mauricio was super helpful the entire time, whether it be setting up fun activities or grabbing groceries from the store. Overall it was an unforgettable and beautiful vacation. Pura vida!” – Giada

    Giada, it was a pleasure hosting you and your family! Please come back anytime.

    Pura Vida,


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