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  • Close Sloth Encounter at Tulemar’s Private Villa Casa de Frutas

    Can you think of any other animal that is quite as adorable as a sloth? They’ve become very trendy lately, and for good reason! They’re curious, smiley, sweet, and oh-so-cute. We have guests that come all the way to Tulemar just in hopes of seeing one of the many wild or rehabilitated sloths we have on site thanks to The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica. (FYI, it’s VERY likely to see them during your stay – sometimes from your very own private villa!)

    For our recent Casa de Frutas guests, their wish for seeing a sloth up close and personal became a reality when a curious little sloth decided to pop by their villa to say hello.

    To their surprise, the sloth took a liking to the rain chain right outside the Casa de Frutas dining area. Because of the open-air concept of the villa, he was as close as he could get to being inside their rental. It made for great pictures and wonderful experience for the family. Check out their pics:

    While the sloth looks adorable, and possibly even hungry, we want to remind all guests to never touch or feed the wildlife. This is for their safety, as well as yours. Remember, we are visitors in their home!

    Have a fun story to share about your stay at Tulemar? E-mail us at social@tulemar.com for a chance to be on the blog.

    Pura Vida,


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    Tulemar in the News: Coastal Living Magazine

    At Tulemar, we do coastal living right… Which makes it a no-brainer that we’d be featured in an article by Coastal Living magazine.

    The article came after news broke about our TripAdvisor listing winning the award of #1 Hotel in the World. As if that news wasn’t big enough, having a feature in Coastal Living was the cherry on top of our tres leches cake!

    When it comes to booking a vacation, where you stay can be just as important as where you go. Some might base their decision on a hotel’s killer swimming pool, while others are lured by the swoon-worthy spa.

    But if what you’re after is overall greatness—based on feedback from millions of travelers around the world—you might want to add the off-the-beaten-path beaches of Costa Rica to your vacation bucket list. According to TripAdvisor’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards, the one hotel that earns the most positive report card in 2019 isn’t a big-name chain in a big-time tourist destination. It’s a 33-acre “jungle resort” in the Costa Rican town of Manuel Antonio.

    Perched on the Pacific Coast with a beautiful private beach, the Tulemar Bungalows & Villas is a part-hotel, part-residential development surrounded by greenery and wildlife. With just eight resort-owned bungalows, the majority of stays are privately owned vacation villas managed by the resort. On TripAdvisor, the property’s earned a near-perfect record from traveler reviews, with almost 3,000 five-star ratings.

    And we can’t help but think that—coupled with the property’s stunning accommodations—it’s the unique beauty of the setting that sets it apart. Perched on a hillside, much of the rental units are surrounded by tropical foliage and gifted with views of the Pacific. There’s a draw for wildlife enthusiasts, too: Because of its rugged location, Tulemar is also home to the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica, which aims to enhance the conservation of wild and captive sloths through research and education.

    Naturally, sloth (and monkey and macaw) spotting is as much an activity here as is lounging on the sun-soaked beaches. Which, in and of itself, explains why Tulemar should absolutely have a place on your travel wish list.

    Want to book now? According to TripAdvisor, you can slip into this sloth sanctuary and seaside paradise for an average cost of $243 per night, with stays including full kitchens, living rooms, and oceanview terraces.

    To see more from Coastal Living, check out the full article here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Casita Panorama

    Tulemar’s Casita Panorama is cozy, airy, and absolutely perfect for a relaxing getaway.

    The one bedroom, one bathroom casita sleeps up to 3, and – as the name suggests – has breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and jungle.

    We think this casita is incredibly relaxing and serene, but don’t just take our word for it! Take a step inside yourself…

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar Resort in the News: Forbes Magazine

    If we can’t be on the cover of Forbes Magazine (Hey! Don’t give up on us yet!), we’ll settle for an article.

    Recently we have been getting some media features, and we’d be lying if we said we aren’t proud of an article in Forbes that features Tulemar’s gorgeous – if we do say so ourselves – resort.

    TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has released its eagerly-anticipated Travellers Choice Awards for  the Best Hotels of the World based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected during the last year from travelers worldwide – and it features many surprises.

    Now in its 17th year, the awards determined by an algorithm based on all reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor users, are divided into nine categories including Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family and All-Inclusive.

    The total number acknowledged amounts to 7,812 properties in 94 countries.

    Sounds like a lot? TripAdvisor fields an average of 390 million unique visitors a month with more than 280 new reviews posted on the site every minute. Hence the big numbers.

    The winners of the Travellers Choice Awards vary from a luxury hotel built inside ancient caves in Cappadocia, Turkey, and a Riad in Marrakech, Morocco, to an island resort in Belize, a spa in the Austrian Alps and deluxe suites in Spain’s Canary Islands.

    The #1 hotel in the list of 2019’s “Top 25 hotels in the world” is the Tulemar Resort & Beach, located in Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica, and described as “a 33 acre resort with a collection of over 50 accommodations ranging from rustic bungalows to luxurious private villas, surrounded by jungle and  wildlife: you’ll see monkeys, sloths and exotic birds throughout the property and on our hiking trails.”

    Check out the full article here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • The Sloth Institute at Tulemar Saving Lives with Sloth Speedways

    If you’ve ever been to Tulemar, or even just Manuel Antonio, you may remember seeing colorful ropes connecting the treetops. These ropes aren’t placed by mistake. They are “sloth speedways” that have been cleverly placed by The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica to help sloths (and other wildlife!) get safely from tree to tree.

    You may wonder why these animals need these ropes to effortlessly migrate when the ropes were never a necessity before. Unfortunately, rapid deforestation has caused sloths to lose their ability to acquire food & safety easily, which has led them to depend on crossing busy roads or using electrical wires to get from point A to point B. These methods of migration have proven to be dangerous to sloths, and puts them at severe risk of injury or death.

    The Sloth Institute – which has its research and release facility right inside Tulemar’s property – has dedicated themselves to building “sloth speedways” in areas that are high traffic for sloths and monkeys but have become nearly inaccessible. These speedways have helped the creatures continue their natural migration patterns, and has saved many lives!

    If you’re interested in learning more about The Sloth Institute and how you can help in their efforts to saving sloths, visit their website here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Casa Del Mar

    Casa del Mar is one of Tulemar’s best family units, and its casual luxury has guests always coming back for more. With two full suites with open-air showers, a jacuzzi tub on the large patio with ocean views, and the open concept main floor with a large kitchen and living room (and day bed for extra guests), this home has it all! But don’t take our word for it. Take a step insider yourself!

    Pura Vida,



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  • Tulemar Resort in the News: INSIDER Magazine

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Tulemar has been making headlines lately, and we are having trouble keeping it a secret. One of the most recent articles was published by INSIDER Magazine, and it has us feeling pretty dang flattered. So naturally, we have to share it with our favorite people: YOU!

    The INSIDER article starts by saying:

    Hotels can make or break a vacation. But thankfully for stressed tourists, TripAdvisor just released its annual Travelers’ Choice awards.

    The list breaks down the best of global travel, including must-see destinations, restaurants, and hotels. At the top of this year’s list is Tulemar in Costa Rica, which was named the top Travelers’ Choice hotel in the world.

    The resort is filled with unique amenities, including access to a private beach and close proximity to a sloth-rehabilitation center. Here are 10 photos that will make you want to book your next trip there.

    Interested in seeing the 10 photos that INSIDER is referring to? You will need to head over and take a look at the article yourself! You can find it here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • 3 Animals You are Sure to Hear in Manuel Antonio

    If you are reading this blog, it’s probably safe to assume that you have done all the research you can to fully prepare yourself for your upcoming Costa Rican adventure (lucky you!). We are guessing that you’ve made a list of all the best tours to experience, the most delicious restaurants in the area, and which animals you are sure to see.

    But, have you prepared yourself for all the animals you are going to hear while in Costa Rica? It’s something that is often not thought about until you arrive in the jungle and you hear what sounds like a gorilla outside your bedroom window.

    Spoiler alert: That’s not a gorilla… It’s one of the animals on our “noisy” list below! So, prepare to be prepared even more than you already thought. Here are our 3 animals that you are sure to hear while in Manuel Antonio:

    • Howler Monkeys
      • Howler monkeys are the world’s loudest land mammal, and they’ll make sure you know it. Referred to as “Costa Rica’s Alarm Clock”, these guys love to warm up their voices first thing in the morning as the sun rises. Their loud growling, howling, and grunting sounds so intimidating that some people even mistake it for a gorilla (don’t worry, we don’t have those here.). But don’t be fooled, the Howlers are as harmless as they are noisy!
    • Geckos
      • We certainly hope you don’t have a phobia of lizards, because little house geckos are abundant in Costa Rica. They can be found crawling on your floors, walls, and ceilings, and they are excellent at keeping the insects at bay.  They don’t consistently make noise, but when they do  they make sure you hear it. Their high-pitched chirping may startle you the first time you hear it, especially if you are sitting in the comfort of your home and not expecting to hear a little animal sound! But don’t worry, it’s just a little gecko letting you know he’s about to eat the troublesome mosquito that has been scouting you out.
    • Scarlet Macaws
      • If you’ve never seen a Scarlet Macaw, you are in for an absolute treat. These majestic creatures love to put on an air show, and the best part is they always announce when they’re coming. Their loud prehistoric squawk can be heard from afar as the Macaws round the corner for a gorgeous fly by. It’s the perfect heads up that they’re on their way and you should get your camera ready!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Mirador Escape

    Video Tour of Tulemar’s Mirador Escape

    Mirador Escape is the perfect property for couples, solo travelers, or families with young children. This 1 bedroom suite has some of the best views in Tulemar, a spacious bathroom, a large open kitchen, and even a BBQ grill.

    If you’re looking for something cozy with great views, Mirador Escape is the property for you! Have a look yourself:

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  • Nido de Gansos Has a New Look

    If you aren’t familiar with Tulemar’s exclusive Nido de Gansos, you are missing out!

    This 4,000 sq ft villa sleeps up to 8, and has a sleek & clean interior that will exceed your expectations. It has a private pool, daily maid service, a personal concierge, jungle and ocean views, and a tropical design with European influences. The villa is perfect for families with older children or small groups, and now with its updated interior its a hard rental to say no to!

    To take a look at the new photos of the unit, look at the Nido de Gansos landing page here.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Last Minute Savings In Tulemar!

    The holiday season is officially over and we are in the new year… Hello, 2019!

    Some people are still recovering from the holiday chaos, some are setting goals for the new year, and some are trying to figure out what day it is and whether or not they’re supposed to be at work (we feel you, guys.).

    For those of you who feel like they need a holiday from their holiday: we got you. We just released some last minute discounts on some of our best rentals, which means you get a vacation plus you get to be kind to your pocketbook which may be looking a little slim after all your gift giving.

    Our current savings include some large villas for families or friend groups, and some smaller units that are cozy and romantic for a couple or solo traveler. Check all of them out here.

    Tropical beach vacation after the winter holiday whirlwind? This is a tradition we can stand behind.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Costa Rican Tamale Recipe

    Tamales are a Christmas tradition in Costa Rica. These delicious and savory little guys can be found all throughout the country during the holidays — and sometimes even year round, especially in touristy areas.

    If you can’t make the trek to Costa Rica for Christmas, but you’re craving this delicious Christmas tradition, fear not! We found a recipe from our friends at Costa Rica Guide so you can make holiday tamales at home!

    Costa Rican Tamale Recipe

    2 lbs instant corn masa mix
    3 lbs (1.4 kg) pork shoulder roast -or- beef roast -or-
    boneless chicken

    ¼ lb (110 gr) pork lard (or vegetable shortening)
    1 cup (240 ml) corn oil
    1 batch (~5 cups cooked Tico style rice, see ingredient list and recipe below)
    2 ¼ lbs (1 kg) potatoes
    8 cloves of garlic
    ½ lb (225 gr) sweet or hot peppers to taste
    1 large onion (optional)
    2 ¼ lbs (1 kg) banana leaves (corn husks can be substituted, or if desperate aluminum foil)
    coriander leaves (cilantro), salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, achiote (annato)

    Regional Tamale ingedients
    Tamales often include little regional surprises like olives or garbanzos

    If you are adventurous and demand complete authenticity, you must start from raw corn ground for tamales (3 lbs, 1.4 kg Maíz cascado, malido crudo). Soak the flour in water then rinse it well, cook with a tablespoon of achiote, and a little of the garlic and peppers in salted water to just cover until tender then stand overnight. The next day, knead it into dough. You should probably have a demonstration first if you’re going to try this method. For first timers we’d suggest the Masa version described below.

    Chop the meat into large (2″, 5 cm) chunks then brown on high heat in the ½ cup lard or vegetable oil. Add the chopped garlic, peppers, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, 1teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt for the last minute or two of browning, then cover with water and simmer until very tender (2-3 hours). Remove the meat from the broth and reserve the broth. When the meat is cool shred it finely. While the meat is simmering prepare the potatoes and rice.

    Peel the potatoes and boil with salt, cilantro, and oregano to taste until soft. Cool and cut into ½ inch (1 cm) cubes.

    Rice Tico style

    3-5 sprigs cilantro (coriander leaf)
    1 small or half a medium onion
    ½ small red or yellow sweet pepper (optional)
    3 cups (700 ml) chicken broth or water
    2 cups (350 ml) white rice
    ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
    1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil

    Chop cilantro, onion, and sweet pepper very fine. Add 1 Tablespoon oil to a large pan and sauté the dry rice for 2 minutes over medium high flame then add the chopped onion, sweet pepper and cilantro and sauté another 2 minutes. Add water or chicken broth, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer until rice is tender (20-35 minutes).

    To prepare the masa, allow the meat broth to cool until it is just warm. To the dry masa add 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon ground achiote, and mix dry. Then add the vegetable oil, mix with your hands while adding the warm broth. It should take about 2 1/2 cups to make a paste the consistency of mashed potatoes. Mix and add slowly, and if you over shoot on the broth and get it too thin, add a little more masa.

    Wrap the Tamales & Steam

    Diagram to fold tamales in banana leaves
    Diagram for folding tamales in banana leaves

    Wash the banana leaves then cut them into ~15 inch (38 cm) squares. Spread 2 tablespoons of masa paste in the center, add 1 tablespoon each of potatoes, rice and meat. Fold as shown and tie with cotton string. Cook the tamales in gently boiling water for about one hour.

    If you substitute corn husks, you will need to make slightly smaller tamales, pack the pot full and steam them rather than boiling them, because the husks won’t hold together while floating around.

    We hope you enjoy these delicious tamales, and happy holidays!

    Pura Vida,


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    4 Reasons to Travel For the Holidays

    The holidays are such a special time. They’re full of cheer, good spirits, excitement, and love. They can also be full of chaos and stress, which may sometimes leave you wondering “is it worth it?”.

    We love gifts just as much as the next guy, but we truly believe one of the best things you can do for your family is to forgo the presents take a trip for the holidays.

    Why, you may ask?

    1.) No cooking, cleaning, shopping, or entertaining

    • Have we piqued your interest? One of the most stressful things about the holidays is the chaos of managing your gift list, figuring out when to shop, staying within budget, choosing a menu and planning the time to cook, cleaning up after everyone, then doing it all again the next day! When you travel (ahem, especially to a place like Tulemar…), all that can be taken care of for you! Plan to have a private chef in your villa, or pick a delicious restaurant for your holiday meal. Clean up? No need! Your daily maid service will have your rental looking spotless in no time. Entertaining? Your concierge will handle all tours and reservations so you don’t have to lift a finger.

    2.) Give the gift of memories

    • We truly believe it is better to give experiences vs. things. Do you feel like your toy room is cluttered and your kids already have everything they could ever want, and then some? Giving your family a memory of a lifetime is far more valuable than giving them the trendiest gadget that will get old in 6 months. You’re allowing them to learn and see new cultures, bond with their family, and experience life a little bolder. How can you say no to that?

    3.) An easy place for everyone to meet

    • Interested in bringing extended family along for the ride? Sometimes family members can be scattered about, and choosing whose house to host your holiday can be seriously headache inducing. Plan to all meet in one place so no one gets stuck with all the cooking and cleaning.

    4.) No need to entertain the kids during Christmas Break

    • Do you dread having the kids out of school for Christmas Break because that means constantly needing to entertain them? Hey, just bring them on vacation and they (and you) will be as happy and entertained as can be!

    Pro Tip: If your family isn’t keen on the idea of no gifts, plan to bring a few small things to open while you’re away. Be sure to bring plenty of tissue paper, because it can be used in a “snowball fight” once everyone opens their gifts!

    Happy Holidays and Pura Vida,


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  • NEW: Tulemar Guest Forum on Facebook

    Do you have a trip planned to Tulemar and are wanting some guidance from previous guests? Or maybe you’re a seasoned visitor and want to share all your tips and tricks with future travelers? Or perhaps you are staying at Tulemar now and want to share all your memories with other Tulemar fans. Luckily, we have created the perfect place for you!

    Introducing the Tulemar Guest Forum on Facebook!

    The Tulemar Guest Forum is a private Facebook group dedicated to all past, present, and future Tulemar guests. This is a place to ask questions, share your experiences, and bounce ideas off travelers that are just like you. Want to know the best place for ceviche, how to pack for a trip during rainy season, or how much cash to bring? Come to our guest forum to get first-hand testimonials from fellow Tulemar guests!

    To join, just click here: Tulemar Guest Forum

    And if you’re not already, be sure to follow our Facebook page.

    Pura Vida,


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  • Mirazul Featured on the Cover of Florida Design Magazine

    If you haven’t seen the latest issue if the renowned Florida Design magazine, you’re missing out! Not only does Tulemar’s very own Mirazul have a featured article, but its stunning photography landed it on the cover page. Yes, we’re blushing.

    If you’re not familiar with Mirzul, it is one of Tulemar’s incredible private villas that boasts a guest list of celebrity VIPs. It’s architecture, interior design, and open air concept make it truly one of a kind, which makes it no wonder it landed a coveted spot in Florida Design!

    Here’s a little bit of what Florida Design had to say:

    “THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT COSTA RICA,” KEY WEST-BASED INTERIOR designer David L. Smith says. “The wild life, the climate, the proximity to nature, a rugged rainforest fronted by both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans …” With his early involvement in what would result in a 6,800-square-foot aviary overlooking the sea, Smith still seems awestruck by the grandeur he along with the architectural team and builder created from the jungle mountainside.

    While the well-traveled homeowners could have lived any place, the gated community of Tulemar in central Costa Rica already had an infrastructure for water and electricity supplied to the 33 one-acre homesites. “Yet there were challenges,” says Smith, referring to the strict codes to deal with natural seismic activity and the rolling topography of steep jungle terrain. “But for the owners to see ocelots, sloths, monkeys, and scarlet macaws … it was worth it. This place might just be paradise.”

    To read the rest of the article, visit the Florida Design magazine article here.

    To see more photos of Mirazul and see it’s availability and pricing, visit its web page here.

    Ready to book your luxury vacation? We are always awaiting your call.

    Pura Vida,


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  • 4 Reasons Why Tulemar is Better than an All Inclusive Resort

    We often times hear people ask where they can find the best all inclusive resort in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, Costa Rica doesn’t have a ton of all inclusive resorts the way Mexico or the Caribbean do, and to be perfectly honest, we think all inclusive resorts are over rated anyhow! To prove our point, here are 4 reason Tulemar is better than an all inclusive resort:

    1. Personalized VIP service
      • Many people choose an all inclusive resort because they like to not have to worry about anything while on vacation. However, every accommodation at Tulemar comes with a personal concierge that will help you with all your wants and needs while staying at the resort! Want a fully stocked fridge, reservations at the best restaurant in town, a ride to the marina, or personal tour of the National Park? Your concierge will handle all of that, and more!
    2. Food & Drink
      • If you’re interested in having unlimited food and drinks, you can get that at Tulemar! We are centrally located with quick and easy access to all the best restaurants in Manuel Antonio, plus we have a beach cafe, and a delicious restaurant with stunning views on site at the resort. Want drinks served to you at the beach? We can handle that! Plus, all the on-site dining options can easily be charged to the room so you don’t have to worry about your wallet while lounging at the beach or pool.
    3. Freedom
      • With an all inclusive resort, you are boxed into a limited options, however, at Tulemar, your options are unlimited! Explore the town with transportation arranged by your concierge, have a yoga instructor come to your villa for a morning class, hire a private chef for dinner, or explore the authentic sodas in Quepos with no strings attached!
    4. Safety
      • All inclusive resorts are an excellent options for those who want to feel safe and secure in areas that may not be the safest otherwise. However, Quepos and Manuel Antonio are safe towns, and Tulemar is gated and secure with 24-hour security. If and when you leave the Tulemar property, you don’t need to worry about your safety with our recommendations, arranged transportation, and heavily vetted tour companies. You can relax knowing you are in good hands!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Tulemar on TripAdvisor

    One of our favorite things to do is read reviews from our guests… We love hearing about their memories and everything that made their trip to Costa Rica so special, which is why we take great pride in our TripAdvisor page! With nearly 3,000 reviews, our TripAdvisor page is an excellent place to read first-hand experiences from guests just like you! If you don’t want to sift through all 3,000 reviews, here are a few of our most recent:

    “This was the nicest place we have every stayed. Breathtaking ocean views, super clean rooms, air conditioning in every room, and gorgeous interior. The highlights for us was the housekeeping staff would come in and do our laundry and place all nice and neat on the bed or hang them in the closet. The house was spotless everytime we came home. The wildlife was so prevalent on the grounds, we ended up hardly leaving. Get up early and the whole place is alive. Our concierge, Brian, was so friendly and accommodating. Totally reachable at a moments notice to help with anything and even brought us brownies.” – angelhair76

    “To say that our stay at Tulemar was memorable would be an understatement. From our personal welcome from Brian (our concierge) to the stunning accommodations of the Bamboo Villa – everything exceeded our expectations at Tulemar Resorts!
    The Bamboo Villa is an amazingly unique structure – with 3 levels of private space – the first level with bathroom, outdoor shower, private pool and lounge area. The middle area (all open air) with dining table and kitchen (coffee/water included daily) and the highest level with the master suite, spa-like bathroom and balcony overlooking the ocean. From our villa we saw sloths, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, iguanas and tons of birds.
    Above all, what stands out to us about Tulemar is the people. Simply put, they are amazing. Brian Q. is a treasure. His personality, warmth and kindness were incredible. He was available to us 24 hours for questions/issues and needs. He personally drove us to the market so we could stock our kitchen, he arranged our transportation, he brought us a lovely dessert/champagne during some rainy weather and most importantly, he arranged the most lovely settling for us to celebrate our anniversary by planting a tree (as well as making a sign for our tree as a surprise). The service was above and beyond and we give Brian 5 stars!
    We dined at the TuleCafe several times, especially taking advantage of happy hour and sunset. The food was very good and the close location could not be beat! The shuttles around the grounds were convenient, especially with the rain!
    We were very impressed with our outing at Manuel Antonio National Park as well. We spent a full day in the park but remarked that we could have spent 2 or 3 more days exploring the park, animals, birds, and insects.
    Overall an amazing location, beautiful villas, and exceptional staff. Pura Vida!” – travelers1995

    “Split a honeymoon, half at Arenal and half here to relax. Got a great deal and it was an amazing place. Great beach, room, service… Milagro and especially Chris were there for everything. Lots of sloths, monkeys and other animals. Shuttle services was a great touch. Pretty walkable to restaurants too. Really great.” – Kevin M.

    “Staying in Tulemar was the most incredible family vacation imaginable. We had not traveled to Costa Rica before and this trip was beyond our expectations. Our concierge Ashley made sure our excursions were booked, answered any of our questions, and helped us with dinner reservations. She made us feel at home and was a great introduction to the friendly culture we would find all over the area. Our kids still talk about the sloths and monkeys that hung out near our villa, the private beach with warm ocean waves, and the pristine view from our balcony. We compare every vacation to Tulemar! You will not be disappointed!” – garydanawright

    Have an upcoming trip with us? We can’t wait to hear about your stay!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Home Makeover: Casa del Mar

    The Casa del Mar you know and love has had a makeover! It is now new & improved, and better than ever!

    Casa del Mar is known for it’s spacious living area, its large deck, and its beautiful suites that provide luxury and comfort for every guest. None of that has changed, and now you can experience the same level of luxury and comfort with updated furniture and details throughout the house!

    All the things that make Casa del Mar unique have stayed the same: the incredible open air showers, the jacuzzi tub on the deck, the views, and the incredible open kitchen are all still there. But now we have added modern furniture and decor, and an incredible swing-chair on the deck so you can enjoy the views in style!

    Check out the new look:

    To book Casa del Mar, contact us here. We can’t wait to see you again!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Budget Friendly Accommodations in Tulemar

    Planning a getaway can be stressful… When is the best time to travel? Where should we go? How do we get there? Should we visit multiple places, or stay in one spot? Add a budget into the mix, and it’s enough to make you want to give up on the idea of a vacation all together!

    Luckily, at Tulemar we have several options of accommodations for you to choose from, which means those budget-conscious travelers have a place to stay, too.

    Here are our top 5 budget friendly vacation rentals inside Tulemar:

    1 – Mot Mot Hideaway

    • Starts at $195/night
    • 1 bedroom
    • Sleeps 2
    • This rustic bungalow is spacious and romantic, and perfect for the 2 of you! It has a large bedroom with a king bed, a spacious bathroom, and a large deck complete with a full kitchen, lounge area, hammock, and breath-taking views.

    2 – Buena Vista Standard Rooms

    • Start at $205/night
    • 1 bedroom
    • Sleeps 3
    • These tropical rooms come with either a king bed or 2 queen beds, a rain shower bathroom, relaxing terrace, and a kitchenette perfect for preparing a small meal or snack after a long day playing in the Costa Rican sun.

    3 – Casita Panorama

    • Starts at $225/night
    • 1 bedroom
    • Sleeps 3
    • This 800 sq ft unit has a spacious bedroom, kitchen, living room, and large deck with complete furnishings and a BBQ grill. With stunning ocean views and a short walk to the beach, what more could you need from a casita in paradise?

    4 – Mirador Escape

    • Starts at $225/night
    • 1 bedroom
    • Sleeps 4
    • With a king bed in the bedroom and a trundle bed in the living room, this unit maximizes your budget! This large suite has a fully equipped kitchen, 2 TVs, living area, and full equipped deck with a BBQ grill. With gorgeous ocean and sunset views, what more could you need to entertain your family?

    5 – Tulemar Mini Suites

    • Starts at $240/night
    • 1 bedroom
    • Sleeps 2
    • This incredible alternative to a hotel gives you the coziness of a suite with all the amenities of our luxurious resort. Enjoy a comfy king bed, gorgeous ocean views, dining area and kitchenette, and walk in shower all while not breaking the bank!

    Looking for more pocketbook friendly options? Check out all our accommodations here and filter by your needs! And, as always, if you have any questions please reach out to us directly at reservations@tulemar.com or at 800-936-9622!

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  • The Farmer’s Market in Quepos

    Tulemar is fortunate to be located near several supermarkets and quick marts should you need any last-minute groceries during your stay, but if you really want an authentic Costa Rican shopping experience, we suggest visiting the Quepos farmer’s market, or “feria” as it is called here!

    The Quepos feria is located in downtown Quepos near the marina (about 5 minutes from Tulemar), and is available every Friday & Saturday, weather permitting.

    Inside the feria you will find handmade clothes, jewelry, shoes, seasonal fruits & vegetables, spices, plants, and sometimes you will even see dogs available for adoption through a local organization called PAWS.

    The feria is an excellent place to stroll around and shop to help support the local community. We highly suggest adding this to your list of activities if you’re interested in experiencing local culture and meeting several hard working locals. Your concierge will be happy to provide you with more information and arrange transportation for you — just ask!

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  • Weddings At Tulemar

    Magical & unforgettable: That’s the experience our guests describe when they book their wedding at Tulemar. Far from conventional and close to nature. What could be more amazing for you and your guests than a wedding on the Tulemar Beach,​ with an evening reception under the palms and the skies filled with a billion stars!

    Tulemar is the perfect setting for your wedding, whether it’s just the two of you or for up to 40 guests. As a private, residential resort and ​because of ​the special and unique venues within, Tulemar may not be suitable for all wedding groups. Our expert wedding planners from Tropical Occasions will answer any questions you may have and guide you along the way, handling all of the details, from transportation to flowers and photography.

    Not wanting to leave? Spend your Honeymoon in one of our romantic private villas​ so you can relive your wedding day bliss over and over during your trip!

    Check out photos from past weddings for some wedding inspiration:

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  • Honeymoons & Romantic Getaways At Tulemar

    If you’re looking for the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your honey, look no further. Tulemar has everything you need for the ultimate romantic vacation or honeymoon.

    We have over 50 unique accommodations to choose from to perfectly fit your needs. Our Bamboo Villas are one of the most popular honeymoon units, and we have several other 1 bedroom units if you’re interested in trying something different. And, if you’re looking for a little more space, we have several 2-3 bedroom units, as well as several large private villas that are oozing with luxury!

    As always, every unit comes with a personal concierge that will arrange transportation, activities, and help you with anything else you need during your stay. Want to surprise your significant other with a private chef in your villa? Your concierge will gladly make it happen! Want to get a couples massage by your villa’s pool? Let your concierge know and it will be booked in no time.

    It’s possible you may never want to leave your villa, but if you do you will have access to the exclusive Tulemar Beach, all 4 resort pools (including an adults-only pool), the on-site restaurant, as well as 15 other incredible restaurants within a 3 block radius of the resort’s gates.

    Plus, e have seen so many couples enjoy their romantic getaway at Tulemar that we now offer an exclusive romantic getaway package! For only $49 you will get a bottle of Concha y Toro sparkling wine and Sibu handmade gourmet chocolates, plus you will be surprised one night with candles, flowers, and homemade brownies! If you’re a honeymooner and can provide proof of marriage, you will receive this package for free!

    We can’t wait to help you celebrate your love.

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  • 7 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica in Rainy Season

    Most people go running when they hear the words “rainy season”. We often get asked when the best time is to visit Costa Rica as many people look to avoid the rain here as much as possible.  We completely understand… After all, it’s hard to catch some rays on the beach when there is a thunder cloud overhead. However, we firmly believe that the rainy season here is just as great as the dry season, and if you’re not convinced we made a list of 7 reasons why.

    1.  Cheaper Airfare
      • There are major airline discounts during Costa Rica’s rainy season (May-November). So much so that it’s not uncommon to get airline tickets for 50% (or more!) off the price you pay during high season. That alone is enough reason to visit! We have found round trip tickets for as low as $200 from some U.S. cities.
    2. Cheaper Accommodations, Dining, and Shopping
      • As if saving money on airfare wasn’t enough, you can also save some major bucks on accommodations, dining, and shopping, too! Most places offer rainy season discounts with buy one get one free offers, half off offers, and more. Check out our discounts here.
    3. Less People
      • If you’re hoping to explore the country without hundreds of other tourists, rainy season is definitely the time to do it! You will find that the national parks, the beaches, and the tours are all significantly less crowded, which means you get to experience the beauty of the country and the locals undisturbed.
    4. Better Scenery
      • More rain = more green. In fact, we refer to rainy season in Costa Rica as the green season! The frequent rain provides the perfect atmosphere for lush greenert, plus it feeds the hundreds of incredible waterfalls that can be found throughout the country.
    5. Cooler Temps
      • It’s never cold in Costa Rica, but with frequent rainstorms and cloud coverage, the temps can get much cooler during rainy season! Expect a nice warm day followed by a cool and comfortable night. The average temperature during rainy season is between 75-85 degrees.
    6. More Wildlife
      • With flourishing greenery, less tourists, and cooler temperatures, the wildlife becomes much more active and visible during rainy season! After a nice rain shower you can expect the monkeys to be jumping from tree to tree and the birds to be playing.
    7.  It’s not always wet
      • Many people have the misconception that it rains 24-7 during rainy season. While it may rain most afternoons and nights, it’s common to have a break in the rain in the morning until after lunch.  This is the perfect time to play outside, soak in some sun, and enjoy some activities. Plus, some days it doesn’t rain at all!

    Bottom line is, Costa Rica is the perfect place to visit any time of year… We hope to see you soon, rain or shine!

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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!

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  • Virtual Home Tour: Casa de Frutas

    If you’re looking for a family friendly vacation home that offers privacy, jungle and ocean views, unique & tropical decor, and is the ultimate in luxury, Casa de Frutas should be at the top of your list. The  well-known – and well-loved – home boasts a long list of guests such as Felicity Huffman, Marcia Gay Harden, Janet Shamlian, and Jeff Corwin who have all chosen Casa de Frutas for their tropical vacations.

    This open-air home features a main floor that is reminiscent of a luxurious tree house. It has an open-concept with panoramic ocean and jungle views that are sure to take your breath away. The main floor is the home to the kitchen, dining area, lounge area, and master suite with a king bed, all which have stunning views of your surroundings.

    Below the main floor are two additional suites each with their own outdoor entrance. Each suite has 2 queen beds and are perfect for sleeping families, couples, or children. The separate suites give your group plenty of privacy, however, they provide the convenience of proximity for those times you want to all be together.

    One of the main draws of Casa de Frutas is the outside terrace & pool. The infinity pool, Balinese pavilion, and bar-b-que grill are the perfect place to hang out, relax, and enjoy the unbeatable Costa Rican sunsets!

    Like all Tulemar homes, Casa de Frutas comes with a personal concierge, has easy access to the Tulemar beach, is a quick walk to the TuleCafe, and has access to all 4 of the Tulemar pools. Ready to book your stay at Casa de Frutas? Inquire & book today!

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  • Costa Rica Celebrates its 5 Millionth Tico

    As of September 1, 2018, the 5 millionth Costa Rican was born around 9:30p.m. The rate of growth has been slow and steady for the country. In 1953 the population of Costa Rica was 1 million, and the number has gradually increased over the past 65 years.

    The president of Costa Rica took to Twitter over the weekend to celebrate the milestone:

    “We received #Baby5M! We welcome you with a lot of love; love for you, for your family and for Costa Rica. You came to a country that is working to be better for all people because #CadaPersonaCuenta”

    We welcome you to the world, Baby 5 Million! We look forward to more growth and happiness to come for Costa Rica.

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  • A Costa Rican ATV Tour

    Are you afraid of speed? Are you less of an adrenaline addict and more of an adrenaline avoider? I can relate!

    My name is Lauren, and recently I was told I’d be going on a jungle ATV tour with one of Tulemar’s trusted tour companies. My first thought was “No, thanks.” My second thought was “Carpe diem, Lauren. You got this.” My final thought was “You don’t really have a choice, so stop thinking so much and just go.”

    I’ve always been afraid of ATVs. I don’t like feeling of being out of control, I don’t like speed, and to be honest, I’m a terrible driver. I had never been on an ATV and I figured learning to drive one in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle with other tourists in tow was probably the worst idea ever. What if I want to go slower than the rest of my group? What if I can’t get the hang of it? What if I accidentally get hurt, or hurt someone else?

    As the tour day rolled around I woke up nervous for what to expect. I was picked up at my font door, shuttled to the main office to sign some paper work, then whisked off to the jungle to begin the ride. I was immediately in awe of the surroundings: A picturesque river filled with giant birds and cows with lush palm trees in the background. The area was beautiful which helped to calm my nerves, and I thought at the very least I’ll get some great photos.

    To begin, the tour guide asked if everyone knew how to drive an ATV. I sheepishly raised my hand and told him I had never been on one and that I was, quite frankly, terrified of doing the tour. He grabbed me a helmet, situated me on my ATV, and slowly showed me everything I needed to know to drive safely and have fun. He then brought me out to a field by the river to “test” my skills. This would help him determine how fast he could go during the tour to ensure I was safe and enjoying my time. This also gave me a chance to practice driving and get familiar with my vehicle.

    By the end of my “test” I was already feeling more confident and we headed off to begin our tour. I wasn’t sure what to expect: Would we be driving through rivers? Would we be driving on roads? Would we be driving through thick mud? Will I have to go down steep hills? Turns out, the answers to all my questions was ‘yes’!

    During the tour we drove on wide gravel roads and flat terrain, we drove through shallow rivers, we went up hill, down hill, through massive palm tree plantations, and we gained quite a bit of elevation so that we had incredible views from the top. The best part? I was never scared once. We went fast enough so we could actually end the tour on time, but we went slow enough that I always felt in control. Not to mention, the constant change in landscaping and scenery kept me in awe throughout the entire tour.

    Half way through the tour we stopped at two gorgeous waterfalls. We had the option to walk across a suspension bridge and get photos, and also to jump in a natural pool at the base of the falls to cool off. Afterwards, we stopped for a delicious arroz con pollo (chicken fried rice) meal, which was included with our tour. From there, we had a quick and easy thirty minute ATV ride home.

    I have to admit, by the end I was hooked and already looking to book my next tour! I had a blast and can’t even remember what I was afraid of to begin with. If you are one who is also afraid of ATVs, I highly recommend looking into a tour. Your personal concierge will be happy to answer any questions and to get you booked on the best tour for your needs.

    I hope to see you on the trails!

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  • Video Tour of Tulemar’s Villa Kiskadee

    Are you heading on family vacation and looking for the perfect home that has views, luxury, comfort, and style? Look no further than Tulemar’s luxurious Villa Kiskadee! This 4 bedroom home sleeps 10 people, and provides privacy for your whole group. Every room has its own bathroom and private terrace or balcony, so no one gets the short end of the stick! If your family loves water, Villa Kiskadee has an infinity plunge pool over-looking the ocean, and an outdoor jacuzzi facing a mounted flat screen TV, so you’ll never hear your family complain of being bored!

    Love to cook? Not only does Kiskadee have a large open kitchen, it also has its own herb garden so you can cook with the freshest of ingredients.

    Located in the heart of Tulemar, this home offers privacy while also having the advantages of all Tulemar’s amenities: a personal concierge, 4 pools, the Tulemar beach, and The Sloth Institute next door.

    Want to see more? Check out the video tour:

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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!

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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 Tropic:

    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,

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