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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.

    Pura Vida,


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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!

    Pura Vida,


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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.

    Pura Vida,



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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!

    Pura Vida,


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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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  • A Piece of Paradise: Homes for Sale in Tulemar

    Are you looking for a new vacation home and investment property? Lucky for you, Tulemar currently has real estate available! It is very rare that Tulemar has homes for sale, but as we continue to build and grow, we currently have several units and lots for sale that are in need of awesome homeowners (like you!).

    Tulemar is the premier resort development in Manuel Antonio. It is the only gated and secure, 33-acre resort with privately owned bungalows, casas and villas, and its own beach. There are nature and hiking trails leading through the jungle areas complete with plaques describing trees and vegetation. You will see as much wildlife in Tulemar as you do at the National Park including all three types of monkeys, sloths, exotic birds, insects, and other wildlife.

    Sound like something you’d be interested in? Check out our available homes and lots below!

    *Note: This is our availability as of January 2018. Please check here for updated availability

    • Buena Vista Select Villa
      • $750,000
      • This unique villa has two units that can be rented separately or used together. Situated on the hillside, this villa has incredible ocean and jungle views.
    • Buena Vista 2-Bedroom
      • $774,000
      • The Two Bedroom Premium Villa is a luxurious, 2 story, 2-bedroom retreat nestled into the hillside with ocean and jungle views.
    • Buena Vista 3-Bedroom
      • $799,000
      • With approximately 3,000 square feet total, the villa is luxuriously furnished and has amazing ocean and jungle views!
    • Casa Las Nubes
      • $2,460,000
      • Casa Las Nubes is a stunning luxury villa nestled in the jungle hillside with 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths in over 4500 square feet with a lot size of 11,646 square feet.
    • Lot #17
      • $589,000
      • One of the most desirable lots in Tulemar is now available! Choice location and panoramic ocean views, with only one adjoining neighbor.
    • Casa Mirasol Sale in Progress
      • $1,399,000
      • Casa Mirasol is a beautiful Spanish Colonial style home, situated on a large private lot in Tulemar.


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  • Taste of the Tropics: Guaro Sour Recipe

    One of the best parts of a tropical vacation is plopping down in the sand with the sun on your face and a cold drink in your hand… And, if you’ve been to Costa Rica, you know that the cold drink of choice is none other than a guaro sour.

    Guaro is a popular sugar cane liquor traditional to Costa Rica. The most well-known drink made with guaro is called a guaro sour. Guaro sours can be found in nearly every Costa Rican restaurant, each one with its own twist. It’s a drink that you’re sure to never get sick of, and more than likely is one that you’ll want to duplicate once you’re at home. So, we tracked down a simple & delicious guaro sour recipe so you can continue that tropical feeling long after your vacation has ended.


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


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

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


    Pura Vida,


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  • Virtual Home Tour: The New Tulemar Bamboo Villas

    The new Tulemar Bamboo Villas are nothing short of luxurious, and are the perfect place for your next romantic getaway, honeymoon, or solo adventure. We could go on and on about how many rave reviews we have on TripAdvisor, but we’ll let those speak for themselves. Check them out here!

    Have we piqued your curiosity yet? If you’re interested to know what the hype is all about, we’ve broken down the villas in this virtual tour so you can experience them for yourself, without even reaching for your passport (but keep that handy… More than likely you’ll be needing it soon.)

    The luxurious design of these villas is a mix of mid-century modern and tropical beach house. Each private villa is 3 stories tall, combining indoor/outdoor living and a private plunge pool for each villa. The main floor includes the outdoor living area with a large daybed, twin sun loungers, a desk area, and a bathroom with an outdoor shower by the pool.

    The second floor is an open air mezzanine with a kitchenette complete with refrigerator, 2 burner stove, microwave, sink, coffee maker and kitchenware perfect for making a quick breakfast, snacks and drinks, but also large enough to cook a meal or to bring in a private chef for a special dinner. The dining area seats 2-4 guests, perfect for a meal with friends!

    The third floor includes the master bedroom with a king bed, seating area, TV, balcony and large bath with a walk-in raindrop shower, twin vanities, separate toilet area and a walk-in closet.

    Oh, and did we mention this place has AMAZING ocean views?

    You’ll have the services of a private concierge throughout your stay. Massage by your pool? Dinner suggestions? Tours and activities? We can make it happen for you!

    Need a little more convincing? Check out this oh-so-kind review by Shelly from Dallas, TX:

    “These villas are beyond words! I have never experienced another vacation rental like it; totally open air, private, super romantic, and situated in the jungle (wildlife everywhere!) with the best views I’ve ever seen. It’s beautiful, modern, but with all the comforts of home – and then some! A kitchenette and good sized fridge, stove top if you want to cook at home, full wireless, AC in the bedroom (the only place you really need it) and a HUGE his and her bathroom with rain shower.

    The resort itself is like its own world, you’re right in the middle of Manuel Antonio – walking distance to shops, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. – but when you step inside the Tulemar gates you walk into the jungle. Monkeys, sloths, lizards, scarlet macaws, toucans… and more. As if all of this wasn’t perfect enough, the service was the best we’ve ever experienced. We can’t wait to come back!”

    Interested in booking a vacation at our Bamboo Villas? Contact our reservations office, or head over to our Bamboo Villa webpage to learn more!

    Pura Vida,




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  • Jeff Corwin at Casa de Frutas

    At Tulemar, all our guests are VIP… But sometimes some just happen to be more well-known than others. For example, Jeff Corwin.

    Jeff Corwin is a biologist, wildlife conservationist, and Emmy-award winning TV host known for shows such as The Jeff Corwin Experience, Going Wild with Jeff Corwin, and Ocean Treks.

    We were thrilled when we were contacted by Jeff’s team requesting several villas for Jeff and his Ocean Treks crew for a week in December while they planned to shoot an episode of the show. Tulemar was the perfect place for their stay since The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica’s rescue and release facility is located on Tulemar’s property.

    Jeff stayed in our gorgeous Casa de Frutas… A nature-fanatic’s haven, as its open air concept in the middle of the trees is perfect for animal watching.  Check out this awesome video Jeff filmed for us about his stay!


    One thing is for sure: We love Jeff Corwin, and we were so honored to be a part of his Costa Rican journey! Looking for more Jeff Corwin? Be sure to check out Ocean Treks every Saturday morning at 9:30PST on ABC!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Where To Eat In Manuel Antonio

    One thing is for sure… Manuel Antonio has no shortage of restaurants. They’re all delicious and (bonus) most of them have incredible views. On top of that, there are plenty of supermarkets in the area, and at Tulemar you can even hire a private chef! While it’s excellent to have options, if you’re here for a limited amount of time it may be daunting to figure out the best route to take for each meal.

    Lucky for you we have a lot of experience trying new restaurants, making reservations for guests, and hearing feedback from others! So, we’ve taken all our intel and broken down how and where most guests choose to do their meals, so you aren’t stuck tired and hungry trying to figure out what sounds best.

    Grocery Shopping
    You will have the option to grocery shop with your concierge upon arrival. This is a great time to stock up on your favorite snacks, drinks, and any food you may want to prepare for yourself during your stay. Not ready to buy a certain something? No problem! Your concierge will gladly do a grocery run for you any time throughout your stay.

    Private Chef 
    We can provide a personal chef for one special meal or for all your meals, whichever you choose! We have three private chefs that our guests love. We will send menus in advance and you can choose which chef you prefer (or maybe several!).  They will then do the shopping, prepare and serve your meals, and leave the kitchen spotless. The chefs can even work with any dietary restrictions and food allergies. Just be sure to let us know. Here is the approximate cost for 4-8 people, plus the cost of groceries, based upon the menu you choose:

    • 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

    Local Restaurants
    First, let us be clear: There is an endless number of amazing restaurants in Manuel Antonio and Quepos. Plus, with the town constantly growing and changing, there are new ones popping up every day! That said, here is a list of some of our tried and true favorites.

    • El Lagarto
      • If you’re hungry and looking for something very unique, this one is for you! Everything on the menu is cooked over a wood fired grill; beef, fish, pork, chicken, and veggies. The flavors are amazing, the portions are large, and the sunset ocean views are spectacular.
    • El Patio de Café Milagro
      • The “Starbuck’s” of Manuel Antonio and one of our all-around favorites! This lively café is focused on coffee, baked goods and delicious meals. At night, it transforms from a coffee house into a bistro style restaurant complete with an amazing menu and a fun bar. Complete with live music 7 days a week, two spacious patios, dining area, and gift shop… This spot has it all!
    • Marina Pez Vela
      • Experience the new Marina in Quepos! It has a variety of great restaurants and shops, all with views of the waterfront. We can even arrange a round-trip shuttle for free! List of restaurants:
        Gabriella’s (Steakhouse) – Runaway Grill (bar + restaurant) – Z Seafood – Mercato di Porto (Italian cuisine) – Sunrice (Japanese).
    • Ronny’s Place
      • This little “locals’ secret” is a must! It sits by itself on a mountain ridge overlooking the ocean and has sunset views you will not want to miss. If you’re looking for great seafood, steak, chicken, or pasta, then this is the spot for you.
    • Marlin
      • Right across from the main beach in Manuel Antonio, Marlin is an excellent spot for great food and good people-watching! Marlin offers a little bit of everything to keep everyone in your family happy: Burgers, sandwiches, Mexican and Costa Rican cuisine.
    • Emilio’s Café
      • Emilio’s is a Mediterranean style coffee house with fresh baked goods, friendly service, stunning ocean views, and delicious meals! This is the perfect spot to sit with a morning brew and enjoy views of the coastline. Emilios has great breakfast, lunch, and dinner… Plus a huge selection of mouth-watering homemade desserts!
    • Barba Roja
      • Established in 1975, Barba Roja is the longest-operating business in the area. This restaurant and bar is fun and festive with a lively crowd! Barba Roja offers a diverse menu with steaks, seafood, burgers, and even sushi…. And their sunset happy hour is unbeatable!
    • Café Agua Azul
      • This is our favorite! You will be greeted with a smile, an incredible view, and a lively staff! Their extensive menu has a little bit of everything including burgers, salads, seafood, nachos (the best!), and pasta.
    • De la Finca
      • De la Finca is a quaint Costa Rican restaurant (also known as a soda) in the heart of Quepos… But don’t be fooled: This small restaurant packs a big punch! The gourmet menu, friendly service, delicious sangria, and incredible presentation will leave you satisfied and impressed. The best part? De la Finca is owned by our very own concierge, Chris. Be sure to check it out and let Chris know what you think!
    • Tulemar Beach Grill
      • Sit under the palms with your feet in the sand without even leaving the resort property! Our casual beachfront café offers lunches, snacks and drinks. The menu includes light, hearty, and traditional choices such as salads, ceviche, quesadillas, burgers, and fish specials. The best part? Sign the check to your villa so you don’t have to worry about your wallet while you’re playing in the waves.
    • Tule Café
      • From early morning until well after sundown, the TULE CAFE is Tulemar’s exclusive, full-service restaurant. Situated adjacent to our original resort pool, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus snacks and drinks. Enjoy great views and refreshing ocean breezes without having the leave the resort property!

    We don’t know about you, but we are feeling hungry… Buen provecho!

    Pura Vida,


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  • 10 Tips For A Perfect Vacation

    We have a pretty awesome gig here at Tulemar… We constantly get to meet amazing guests, and we LOVE helping make your vacation better than you ever imagined. While we help you with everything from transportation, planning, and booking activities before you even leave for Costa Rica, we’ve realized that there are a few extra details you can do prior to your departure to ensure your trip is nothing short of magical. Go ahead and tuck this list away… you’re going to need it for every trip to come.

    1. Get Your Passport Ready
      • First things first, if you’re traveling internationally: make sure you have a passport! On top of that, check the expiration date. Most countries require your passport to be valid for 3-6 months after your departure date. Nothing will ruin a trip like not being able to board your flight because your passport is too close to its expiration!
    1. Ditch The Expectations
      • If you’re traveling internationally, you’re likely to encounter countless experiences that are outside your norm. Some of these encounters may be shocking, irritating, or set you back… That’s why we suggest that the only expectation you have is that things won’t always go as planned, otherwise you’re setting yourself up for frustration and disappointment.
    1. Plan Activities, But Not Too Many
      • Of course you want to experience all the adventures and activities that your host country offers, but don’t forget to plan a little time for R&R. Often times people forget to schedule time to just sit and enjoy the beach or have a relaxing massage, which can later cause the feeling that you need a vacation from your vacation! Do yourself a favor and designate a day to have nothing on the agenda.
    1. Opt For The Insurance
      • Travel insurance is intended to cover medical expenses, cancelled flights, lost luggage, and other unexpected losses while traveling. There are a lot of companies and airlines that offer travel insurance, and sometimes you can find that some aspects are already covered in your current insurance policy. We recommend that you do your research and decide which policy works best for your needs and concerns.
    1. Eat Probiotics Leading Up To The Trip
      • Even if the food and water quality is supreme in the country you’re visiting, it doesn’t hurt to load up on probiotics prior to your departure. Sometimes just being exposed to something different than you’re used to can set your tummy into a tail spin, and we highly doubt that you wish to spend your entire trip sick! Try yogurt, kombucha, or probiotic pills to give your gut super strength to combat any problems that come your way.
    1. Learn A Few Local Phrases
      • Knowing just a few local phrases can go a long way! The locals will appreciate that you’re trying to speak their language, and often times knowing the basics can help you tremendously while shopping, taking a taxi, or asking for help.
    1. Make Copies Of Your Passport And Credit Cards
      • We can’t think of anything worse than being stranded in a strange country with no passport or credit cards! If for any reason you happen to misplace your credit cards and passport while traveling, having photo copies of your documents will help make your life a lot easier.
    1. Let Your Bank Know You’re Leaving
      • This one is a must! Most banks will shut off your credit card if it is used in a foreign country and they don’t know you’re traveling. This is a great thing, as it prevents fraud and theft… But it can cause headaches if your card unexpectedly doesn’t work when trying to pay for a souvenir, tour, or delicious meal! Do yourself a favor and call your bank ahead of time and alert them of your travel dates to avoid any unwanted mishaps.
    1. Bring Cash
      • So, you called your bank to let them know you’re traveling, but they shut off your card anyway. Now what? Having extra cash exchanged into your local currency will be extremely helpful for emergencies, small purchases, or for places that do not accept credit cards. Pro tip: try to exchange your cash at a bank to ensure you receive the accurate exchange rate and to avoid any extra exchange fees!
    1. Let A Trusted Neighbor Know You’ll Be Gone
      • It can be extremely hard to relax while constantly being worried about things back home. Knowing that a trust neighbor is watching over things, watering your plants, and retrieving your mail will help you rest easy and be fully present for your wonderful adventure.

    Now that you’re fully prepared for your getaway, check out this article on how to get the most of your trip once you’re actually there! Do you have any tips you’d like to add? We’d love to hear them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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  • Guest Spotlight: Logan and Dennis Knoch

    We won’t say that we’re not emotional people… We’ve been known to get misty eyed at the sight of a baby sloth or get overly sentimental when we see an amazing sunset (which happens often here in Costa Rica). But there’s nothing that gets us right in the feelers quite like our incredible guests. We love them. That’s why we got extremely excited when former guest, Logan, mentioned us in a Twitter conversation saying that she’d love to do an interview for our blog. We immediately replied to Logan and asked if she’d be okay with us e-mailing her a few questions, and lucky for us she promptly obliged. Our questions to Logan were straight-forward and we assumed the answers we’d get would also be straight-forward… However, Logan blew us away with her raw and emotional replies.

    Logan and her new hubby, Dennis, visited Costa Rica from Westminster, Maryland in early September. The young couple was here on their honeymoon – which in and of itself makes us feel so honored. We understand the special memories that are made during a couple’s honeymoon, and we are thrilled to hear from Logan that Tulemar didn’t disappoint in making their honeymoon all they imagined and more.

    : We are SO thrilled that you chose to stay with us for your honeymoon! What made you choose to visit Costa Rica and how did you land on Tulemar?

    Logan & Dennis: This was our first visit to Costa Rica. We wanted our honeymoon to be full of adventure, relaxation, and luxury and we knew Costa Rica was known for all three! My husband is not a fan of all-inclusive vacations. I am a very anxious traveler so we took to Trip Advisor for the best reviews on resorts and vacations in Costa Rica, which brought us to Tulemar!

    T: What home did you stay in?

    L&D: We stayed in the new Bamboo Villas!

    T: Who was your concierge? Do you mind telling us a little bit about your experience with having a concierge?

    L&D: Our concierge was Chris Madrigal. I can’t say this lightly…He is the absolute best. By the time we left we felt like we were leaving part of our family. He was absolutely amazing. I was sick when we left the USA, and unfortunately grew worse in the first few days of our stay. Chris was amazing and brought a doctor to our villa. Throughout our stay Chris booked our excursions, brought fresh flowers, often gave us champagne and made our experience amazing. He was there around the clock to answer every question, or concern. Although, we never actually had a concern. HE IS SERIOUSLY THE BEST. These words just don’t do him justice. Chris, if you see this please know we’re missing you and if you ever want to visit the States, GIVE US A CALL!

    T: What was your favorite part of the trip?

    L&D: Oh goodness, my favorite part? My husband and I are staring at each other trying to pick just one thing. We both agree, our villa was simply a dream. We had amazing excursions, amazing times on the Tulemar beach and we were surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife our entire stay. But there is nothing compared to the view from our villa during the Costa Rican sunset. It is unlike anything we have ever seen before. We were always excited to explore and come back to our villa to just relax.

    T: What excursions and activities did you do during your stay?

    L&D: We did the sloth walk, ‘CAUSE HELLO, who doesn’t love to see sloths?! We also did the catamaran tour! We loved that. While on our tour we saw hump back whales, a mother and her baby. We stopped for snorkeling, swimming, and fun on the water slide. They even provided lunch! And the food is simply AMAZING. That was another great part of our stay. THE FOOD IS SO GOOD EVERYWHERE YOU GO! We also did the ATV tour. We were fortunate enough to be the only two on this tour so we got an intimate experience and learned some about Costa Rican culture. Our tour guide was amazing and we had some messy fun while riding to some gorgeous waterfalls!

    T: Can you tell us about some of the animals you saw during your stay? Which siting was your favorite?

    L&D: We saw many sloths, monkeys, and aquamarine life! Our absolute favorite were two red macaws. They flew at morning, mid-afternoon and in the evening as the sunset. I think they had a nest in the tree outside our villa. My husband and I kept joking that they were also enjoying their honeymoon. We hear they weren’t spotted too often before we were there! But we kept seeing them flying around us frequently. They were absolutely beautiful. I really miss watching them…

    T: What about the surrounding restaurants… Did you get a chance to explore any of them? Where was your favorite place to eat?

    L&D: My husband is a total foodie so we explored the local restaurants a lot. We loved the Tule Cafe. We had breakfast there almost every morning and ate there for two evenings! We really enjoyed Agua Azul which is a more local rooftop bar. We went on our last full day and wish we discovered it sooner! We had great two for one burgers after a long morning spent in the National Park! We also loved Z Gastro Bar in the marina. We went twice for dinner. Their fresh fish is nothing like we have in the states and everyone is so kind.

    T: If you could give one piece of advice for future guests at Tulemar, what would it be?

    L&D: Be prepared for a really hard goodbye. I’m sentimental and my husband always laughs at me, however, I cried leaving. Tulemar is like a home away from home. It is surrounded by luxury and natural beauty. All the staff is extremely helpful and kind. I also recommend a rain jacket! We went during rainy season and life carries on through the rain! So, bring a rain jacket and embrace the Pura Vida life style!

    T: Anything else you’d like to add about your stay in Costa Rica?

    L&D: Honestly, I was a little worried traveling to Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is a safe destination full of beauty. You don’t feel worried traveling the streets on your own and everyone is so willing to help you! If you’re considering visiting this beautiful country, I highly recommend doing your research and picking Tulemar and Manuel Antonio. We stayed quite a long time and really wish we could come back again!

    Logan and Dennis, THANK YOU for your kind words. It was such a pleasure hosting you at Tulemar. We wish you years of happiness and bliss… and when you’re looking for an anniversary getaway, you know who to call!

    Pura Vida,


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    How to Make the Most of Your Vacation

    We are all about relaxation here at Tulemar, but we understand that it’s not always that easy. How familiar does the following scenario sound?:

    It’s been 1 year, 5 months, 13 days, 6 hours, 22 minutes and 17 seconds since you got back from your last vacation, and every second since then you’ve been day-dreaming about your next escape from reality.  The countdown finally ends and you board your plane to paradise, only to find out your brain won’t shut off and all you can think about is work that needs to be done, calls that need to be made, errands that need to be run, and whether or not you left the garage door open.

    We get it. We’ve been there. And we hate it too. That’s why we decided to share some of our best tips on how to fully relax and live in the moment while on your once-of-a-lifetime vacation.

    Tip #1: Digital Detox

    It’s extremely easy to fall into the trap of checking-in back home while you’re away on vacation, especially now more than ever with e-mail, texts, and video calls all at our fingertips. So, put the phone and computer away.  It truly is that easy. If you have a house or pet-sitter back home that you need to check-in with, make a plan to check-in at a set time every day and give the sitter an emergency number (perhaps a friend or neighbor) to call if anything comes up outside of that time. And as far as social media goes… If you’d like to take a photo, snap it quick and plan to edit and post it at a later time so you can fully take in your current surroundings. It may be difficult to be away from your phone the first couple of days….But, like all detoxes, it will get easier.

    Tip #2: Go Easy on the Booze

    The worst way to spend a day in paradise? Hungover.  Alcohol can take a serious toll on both your physical and mental state. If you’re prone to anxiety, alcohol can be a big trigger.  Not only will you spend your next day feeling bloated, achy, and nauseous, but your brain will be foggy and anxious as well. Don’t get us wrong, we want you to have fun and unwind… just be sure to do it moderation to avoid any adverse effects the following day!

    Tip #3: Get a Massage

    Of course a massage feels great, but did you know there are several other incredible health benefits to a good rub down? Massages help alleviate anxiety, aid digestion, improve sleep, boost immunity, and even eliminate cellulite.  Oh, hello summer body! The best part? Tulemar provides at home spa services, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your rental to reap these amazing benefits!

    We don’t know about you, but we are feeling more relaxed already.  Wishing you health, wellness, and a bon voyage!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Guest Spotlight: Lauren and Dustin Huffman

    Costa Rica is perfect for relaxation, good food, kind people, and lots of adventure, which is exactly why couple Dustin and Lauren Huffman chose to visit. Coming from the Pacific Northwest in mid-September, the couple was looking to enjoy some warmth & sunshine and wanted a resort that allowed them to completely unwind while also offering some options for adventure. We wanted to know more about their stay and get some great tips for future guests, so we sat down with Dustin and Lauren to get the 411 on their visit.

    Tulemar:  We certainly hope that Tulemar met all your expectations for a healthy mix of relaxation and adventure! You guys stayed in Mirador Escape – how did you like it?

    Dustin & Lauren: We loved it! It was the perfect size for us and we had the most amazing views!

    T: We are so happy to hear that. Who was your concierge?

    D&L: Chris Madrigal… He was amazing! He continuously tried to go above and beyond to ensure that our trip was all that we wanted and then some. He was able to get us booked on a couple of great excursions, surprised us with a bottle of champagne one evening for our anniversary, and gave us homemade brownies on our final evening there.  We really felt as though anytime we needed him he was available.

    T: That’s excellent! Our concierge team is great and they work really hard to make sure your vacation is perfect. We are so glad that you took advantage of some of our excursions. Which was your favorite?

    D&L: The waterfall tour was amazing because it allowed us to see more of the country and things outside of Tulemar. In addition, the hosts of the tour were able to provide us with a lot more insight into the culture of Cost Rica and why things work the way they do. Beyond this, simply wandering the resort was amazing: from the pool and restaurant with amazing views, to being able to walk throughout town to get anything else we wanted.  Most of the time when we travel internationally we are unable to leave the resort due to safety concerns, and this was not even a thought this time around.

    T: Sounds like you guys really got to explore a lot! We heard you also got to see a lot of wildlife during your stay. What was your favorite animal?

    D&L: We loved the titi monkeys! Having our maid come to our room and tell us that the titi moneys were right outside our residence was amazing.  There had to have been 20-30 of them in the trees playing with one another.

    T: Ahhh… the titi monkeys are so fun! Did you get a chance to explore any of the surround restaurants?

    D&L: Yes! We ate at many of the restaurants in the surrounding area. Our utmost favorite was Agua Azul for two reasons: The view and the freshness of the seafood!

    T: Yum! We love fresh seafood! Now, before we let you go, if you could give one piece of advice for future guests at Tulemar, what would it be?

    D&L: Remember bug spray! One of the most fun things to do is watch the sunset each night on your balcony, but if you do not have enough bug spray you will regret it!

    T: GREAT tip! Dustin and Lauren, it was so wonderful having you stay with us. Thank you so much for your time, and we certainly hope we see you again very soon!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Wildlife In Tulemar

    There are many reasons our guests choose to stay at Tulemar. Some guests are on their honeymoon, some are looking for a family-friendly resort with lots of activity choices, and some come because they want to feel immersed in the jungle and are hoping to see lots of the Costa Rican wildlife. If the latter reason resonates with you, then you’re certainly in good company…. After all, our motto is “Where Nature Lives” for a reason!

    At Tulemar, we pride ourselves on the amount of wildlife and nature within our gates. Some people claim to see as much wildlife while staying with us than they do at the national park (of course, we still highly recommend you visit the park!). If you’re curious what to expect when staying with us, we’ve broken down a list of some of the most popular sightings. And don’t worry, we’ll have a pair of binoculars waiting for you at your home.

    Tulemar’s property contains all the flora and fauna that sloths love, which is one of the reasons The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica chose to have their Research and Release facility located within our gates. We offer a daily Sloth Walk hosted by the Sloth Institute where you can see and learn about the dozens of two-toed and three-toed sloths living inside Tulemar.

    In Manuel Antonio, there are three kinds of monkeys, all of which you can see in Tulemar! We have howler monkeys, titi monkeys, and capuchins. These little guys will love to visit you on your patio, but whatever you do, please do not feed them!

    Into bird watching? Great! Not into bird watching? You will be soon! We have over 180 species of birds in Manuel Antonio, including kiskadees, hummingbirds, toucans, and scarlet macaws. Check out this interview with honeymoon guests Logan and Dennis to find out which bird was their absolute favorite.

    We have reptiles aplenty in Tulemar, and we must admit that the lizards around here are nothing short of amazing.  They range from tiny geckos to large and colorful iguanas, which are arguably one of the most spectacular species found in Costa Rica. Not fond of scaly things? Have no fear… These guys keep to themselves, and also help keep the insects at bay!

    These are just a few of our favorite and the most common wildlife sightings, but there are many more animals to discover in Costa Rica and at Tulemar! Which animal is your favorite to see?

    Pura Vida,


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  • The Harmful Effects of the Wildlife Selfie Craze

    At Tulemar, we love social media! It helps us connect and engage with our guests, and it gives us an amazing outlet to share constant photos of adorable titi monkeys or our delicious gallo pinto lunch. But what do we love more than social media? Responsible tourism. Unfortunately, sometimes participating in that perfect Instagrammable moment causes severe harm to nature, which is big no-no in our book.

    To help explain, we have a letter from Sam Trull, Director/Co-Founder of the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica. Read on to learn how you can be a smarter and more responsible tourist…

      Recently there has been a proliferation of wildlife selfies being posted on social media sites, with Instagram alone reporting an increase of 300%. And thankfully, there has been a huge response from the global community on the harm these selfies impose on wildlife. We get that some people just don’t realize that taking selfies with wildlife is simply not only harmful but unethical.

    A recent video uncovered by the investigative work of “World Animal Protection” tells a horrific story.  Trees are being chopped down and sloths are being ripped out of trees and are passed around from tourist to tourist as if they were a toy. These sloths are wild animals and show all the signs of being in stress when taken from their environment. An average tourist thinks that the sloths’ outstretched arms are a sign of the sloths posing when in fact it means they are in high stress mode. There is no way these precious animals will survive very long in these conditions. Unfortunately, their survival isn’t important to those who are profiting from this trade. They can always go and steal another sloth from the jungle.  It’s a vicious cycle full of suffering sloths and dwindling wild populations.

    Every day wild sloths are removed from their jungle homes for no reason other than to make money off of naive tourists. People who travel from far away lands relish the opportunity to get close to and even touch a sloth!  I get it.  A well angled selfie gets many likes on social media and sloths are amazing. I work with them every single day and I never get tired of seeing their sweet faces.  I never forget the honor and privilege it is to work so closely with them.  But the only place I truly enjoy seeing them…is in the wild. The only ‘sloth selfie’ I will take is the one with my sloth necklace or a stuffed sloth.

     But there is good news. There is something you can do about it!  Just say NO to taking selfies with sloths or any wild animal on your travels. If no one is paying for this service, then it will no longer continue. And help educate your neighbor. The best wildlife photo opportunity is one where they are in their natural environment; shot from a distance. You can help save sloths just by saying no and by spreading this message. Be a responsible sloth/wildlife tourist and pledge your allegiance to this cause here:


    Here are other ways you can be a responsible sloth tourist:

    • Say no to sloth selfies. Being touched by humans creates extreme stress for sloths. Never pay to touch, hold, or take a photograph with a sloth.
    • Whisper in their presence. Loud noises are very stressful to sloths, please speak quietly in their presence.
    • Do not use flash photography when capturing a photo. Bright lights are blinding to sloths. Please take photos without using a flash.
    • Don’t loiter around them once you’ve had a good view of them. Sloths freeze when you stop nearby; move along so they can move along.
    • Do not spray bug spray or smoke near sloths. Sloths have very sensitive lungs, if you must use spray, apply away from the sloths.
    • Drive slowly and carefully. Sloths need a lot of time to cross a street. If necessary, pull over and let other vehicles know that one is crossing a street.
    • Support eco-friendly & local businesses. Sloths need trees, a healthy environment and clean water to survive. Anything you can do to help protect the planet, helps protect the sloths.

    Together we can make a difference.




    About The Sloth Institute Costa Rica:


    The mission of The Sloth Institute Costa Rica is to protect and enhance the welfare and conservation of sloths through;

    RESEARCH of captive, wild and recently released sloths including collaborations with conservationists and scientists around the world.

    EDUCATION to generate and disseminate responsible information about sloths.

    CONSERVATION programs that negate human encroachment issues impacting sloth welfare and habitat.

    TSI’s headquarters are located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. For further information, email info@theslothinstitutecostarica.org.

    You can also follow us on our Facebook page @theslothinstitute; Instagram @theslothinstitute ; Twitter at @slothinstitute

    More ways to help:

    1. Donations
    2. Shop from our Amazon Sloth Wish List
    3. Symbolically “Adopt-a-Sloth
    4. Being a responsible sloth tourist!

    Pura Vida,

    Tulemar & The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica

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  • Sibu Chocolate: International Chocolate Awards Winner

    Here in Costa Rica, we love chocolate! So much, in fact, that we used to drink it before we discovered coffee. We hold our beloved cacao beans to such a high regard that centuries ago the indigenous tribes of Central America traded them as currency, and it was just as – if not more – valuable than gold.

    Costa Rica’s lush landscape is conducive to growing amazing coffee, spices, produce, and you guessed it: chocolate. It is for this reason that we are so proud to be the exclusive retailer in Manuel Antonio for Sibu Chocolate, Costa Rica’s premier artisan chocolatier.

    Sibu Chocolate was founded by Julio Fernandez Amón and George Soriano. Their mantra? The chocolate had to be organic, it had to be made start-to-finish in Costa Rica, and most importantly, it had to be good enough to stand up to best chocolates in the world. That mantra has held true, as Sibu Chocolate is now an International Chocolate Awards prize winner.

    The International Chocolate Awards ceremony is held annually and judges companies, chocolatiers, and artisans from 16 countries and several regions of the world. This year, Sibu Chocolate took the silver medal for their apple and lemon caramel covered bonbon… Which we must admit this prize is well deserved!

    Click Here To Watch Sibu Chocolate Featured on Original Fare

    Interested in trying Sibu Chocolate? Stop by our reservations office located below Agua Azul or ask your concierge. They make the perfect gift for someone you love (even if that person is yourself)!

    Pura Vida,


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  • The Sloth Walk at Tulemar

    It’s no secret that at Tulemar, we love sloths! Not only do we love sloths, but we are passionate about their health, safety, and conservation, which is why we are proud partners with the Sloth Institute of Costa Rica. At Tulemar you can find the Sloth Institute’s release facility, and you can often find The Sloth Institute’s staff wondering the Tulemar trails looking for and studying sloths.

    If you’re reading this, we will go ahead and assume you also love sloths (welcome to the club!). And if that’s the case: you’re in luck! We offer a daily “Sloth Walk” available exclusively to Tulemar guests, and trust us, it’s just as good as it sounds. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

    Price: $15. The money goes directly to help the research, rescue, and rehabilitation of our beloved sloths.

    Time and Day: The Sloth Walk is offered every day except Tuesday. It starts at 9:00am and lasts roughly an hour and a half.

    Where to Meet: You meet your tour guide at the Tulemar reception desk and depart from there.

    Where You’ll Walk: The hike begins at the top of Tulemar, passes through trails and roads, and finishes up at the Tulemar Beach!

    During the Tour:  In a short guided hike, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter many beautiful birds, monkeys, and (of course) sloths. Not only that, but your knowledgeable guide will share awesome facts about the animals, the vegetation, and even some of the Tulemar homes!

    So, don’t forget to pack your walking shoes, because our Sloth Walk is sure to be a big hit with anyone in your family! And, if you’re looking for more ways to help The Sloth Institute, here are some great links!:

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

    Pura Vida,


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  • Guest Spotlight: Jackie Medvetz and Carl Lam

    There’s a lot of things we love here at Tulemar: The beach, the jungle, good food, amazing views, and sloths (of course), just to name a few. The one thing we probably love the most, though, is our guests! Carl Lam and Jackie Medvetz are no exception. This young couple from California made Tulemar their last stop on their tour de Costa Rica, and the rave reviews of their stay have us blushing.

    Read on to hear about their visit and to get some great tips for your own stay.

    Tulemar: First off, we are SO happy you stayed with us and we got to know you! You were such wonderful guests. Do you mind telling our readers when you visited and how long you stayed?

    Jackie & Carl: My boyfriend and I visited in the beginning of the rainy season, but all we got were beautiful days with some soothing afternoon showers. Sept 25-Oct 2 were our full dates in Costa Rica and we stayed at Tulemar for our last two nights. Had we known how amazing this place was we definitely would have planned to stay longer!

    T: We are so happy to hear that you loved your stay! What home did you stay in?

    J&C: We stayed in the Bungalows (Unit 114), nestled in the jungle, on the side of a cliff, at canopy level, over-looking the ocean. These bungalows were AMAZING! I repeat AMAZING! The bungalow is mostly all windows offering panoramic views for as far as you can see, but also offers privacy because you’re surrounded by the canopy layer of the jungle. Staying at Tulemar allows you to be submersed into the jungle with all the luxuries of being in a resort. You have the option to hang at the pool, take out the free kayaks, hit the beach, or eat at the resort restaurant with, again, more breathtaking views of the jungle, ocean, and wildlife.

    T: It really sounds like you had an amazing time. If you could choose one thing about your trip that was your absolute favorite, what would it be?

    J&C: Our favorite part about our trip was our experience the last three days and two nights at Tulemar. We were completely content with animal watching at our bungalow, but the second you leave the gated community there are plenty of little shops, great restaurants, and an awesome yoga studio with ocean views, all within walking distance. This part of our trip allowed us to be completely relaxed. We had everything we needed right within Tulemar: a bar, restaurant, pool, beach, kayaks, all at our fingertips. Tulemar puts you in touch with the true beauty of Costa Rica; the nature surrounds you, the animals are everywhere, you have front row seats to the sunrises and sunsets, and then the day is topped off with some evening showers to put you to sleep.

    T: Ah, yes! The animals! Sounds like you saw a lot of them. Can you tell us about some of the animals you saw during your stay?

    J&C: We stayed in the jungle for the duration of our trip, Sept 25- Oct 2, but saw very few animals (aside from our tours) until we got to Tulemar! Let me tell you about the wildlife at Tulemar: it’s truly breathtaking! The moment we arrived at check-in we saw two howler monkeys, a sloth, and a porcupine! Once we got to our villa we had about 15 little titi monkeys jumping from our roof into the trees right outside our window. We saw monkeys every day of our stay. They hang out in the trees and are so close for viewing but pay no heed to humans. We saw about 20 of the little titi monkeys again on our last morning at Tulemar, as well as a mama monkey and her baby walking across a wire near the check in desk. We ate at the restaurant next to our bungalow and the waiter pointed out a sloth in the tree next to us. We also got to see a flock of toucans flying from one tree to another early one morning (so cool)! On the last morning of our stay we were lucky enough to see a few whales out in the ocean from our living room! There’s also tons of iguanas EVERYWHERE! The wildlife is just flourishing here and it’s oh-so-beautiful!

    T: That is so awesome! The wildlife at Tulemar is our favorite, too. Now, what about our second favorite: FOOD! Did you get a chance to explore any of the surrounding restaurants?

    J&C: There was an amazing restaurant across the street called Café Milagro. It’s low key with a great patio, yummy local plates and delicious plates native to other countries as well. We also had dinner at an awesome restaurant nearby called Emilio’s. It offers amazing views and a fun open air environment. Although we were able to eat at the surrounding restaurants, one of our favorite places was the one right at Tulemar (Tule Cafe) next to the family pool. Their ceviche was amazing, and so were the entrees and dessert. It also has an amazing view! The staff was very helpful and accommodating. Not to mention, the 2 for 1 happy hour beer special can’t be beat!

    T: All of that sounds so great! Any recommendations on what to order?

    J&C: Yes! You’re in Costa Rica, so eat the local food! For breakfast we ate a tico plate every day (don’t forget the Lizano sauce), for lunch we had the casada plate, and for dinner we typically ate some kind of fresh local fish (their red snapper is amazing). For an appetizer we recommend ordering patacones. Don’t forget dessert! The flan and flambe were our favorites!

    T: Sounds amazing! Now, to wrap up: If you could give one piece of advice for future guests at Tulemar, what would it be?

    J&C: First and foremost, definitely make sure to stay at least 4 nights at Tulemar. We stayed two nights and did not want to leave. We were just getting used to our jungle paradise! Although we had an absolutely amazing time doing the activities we did there, had we stayed a bit longer we could have taken more advantage of the free kayaks, snorkeling, and secluded beach. And just a couple more pointers: Wake up early! It’s your best bet for seeing all the wildlife in action and the opportunity to see the sun rise. Also, be sure to bring some bug spray and itch relief just in case you do get bit by bugs!

    T: GREAT pointers! Anything else you’d like to add about your stay in Costa Rica?

    J&C: Fully submersing yourself in the Costa Rican culture is like hitting the reset button. The way of life here really reflects the local saying “pura vida” or pure life. They live simply, take care of their country, and are so helpful to tourists. Visiting Costa Rica is truly a life-changing experience!

    Carl and Jackie – it was a pleasure having you stay with us. Your kind words and amazing tips are so much appreciated. We cannot wait to see you again SOON!

    Pura Vida,


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  • Where Did ‘Pura Vida’ Come From, Anyway?

    Ahhhhh pura vida! We just love that phrase, don’t you?

    If you’re not familiar, ‘pura vida’ (poo-rah vee-dah) means “the pure life” in literal translation… However, you will undoubtedly hear this phrase non-stop in Costa Rica as a term of gratitude, as a response to “how are you”, as a replacement for “you’re welcome”, or even just as a random outburst of excitement. It’s the nation’s unofficial slogan, and beyond that, it truly is a tico way of life: a Costa Rican hakuna matata, if you will.

    We must admit that pura vida sure is contagious. This got us thinking: who is to blame (or thank, rather) for giving us this Pura Vida Fever?

    One would assume that such an iconic expression must stem from a monumental event in Costa Rican history, or perhaps was the catchphrase of a beloved president from long ago.  However, that’s not quite the case…

    All signs point to a gentleman by the name of Gilberto Martinez Solares, the director of a 1956 Mexican film by the name of — what other than —  Pura Vida. The film tells a story of a luckless man who encountered countless misfortunes. Despite his negative circumstances the character would exclaim “pura vida” to keep a positive outlook on otherwise bleak situations.

    Click here to watch a clip from Pura Vida

    The film made its way to Costa Rica in the 50’s, and by the 70’s the phrase had taken popularity and was making its mark as the nation’s motto, perfectly expressing ticos’ zest for life and positive outlook on every situation.

    If you’ve ever visited Costa Rica, it’s easy to see why this idiom has gained such popularity. Down here it’s pura vida indeed. And if you’ve never visited Costa Rica… Well, what are you waiting for?!

    Pura Vida,


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  • 5 Reasons to Never Feed The Monkeys

    There just seems to be something about little monkeys that makes people want to feed them. We see it happen often, and while we completely understand wanting a group of monkeys to swarm you (hello, perfect Instagram moment), we also understand the negative impact that this has on the little guys. If you aren’t convinced, here are 5 reasons why you should never feed the monkeys:

    • You probably already know that the human hand contains A LOT of bacteria. Luckily for us, most of these bacteria have no harmful effect on us. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a monkey. When you feed the monkeys, you transfer harmful bacteria that can cause severe illness, or even death for our furry friends.
    • On the flipside, monkeys carry a lot of bacteria that can be harmful to humans. We don’t only care about our cute compadres– we care about you, too! Please keep yourself safe and healthy.
    • Feeding the monkeys can cause them to become dependent on humans and regular feeding times. If regular feeding times are not provided, the monkeys can get aggravated and aggressive towards humans. Nothing can take a moment from darling to destructive quite as quick as an angry capuchin!
    • Monkeys are very active, and need to travel an average of 10 miles a day to maintain a good physical health. Receiving human food causes the monkeys to stay in one area, which is harmful to their physical well-being.
    • It’s illegal. Do we honestly need to give you any other reason? Feeding monkeys is punishable by Costa Rican law… And something tells us your Tulemar rental is a little more cozy than a jail cell.

    So please… Help us keep our primates pleasant and in tip-top shape, and keep yourself healthy and out of trouble!

    Pura Vida,


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