Sueño Tropical Playa Carrillo

Villa - Entire home/apt · Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Close to three of the best beaches in Costa Rica: 2 minutes to Playa Carrillo, great for swimming, calm, many palm trees, no development; Playa Camaronal, best surfing in the world, nature reserve and turtle protection area, and Samara, with shopping

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Close to three of the best beaches in Costa Rica: 2 minutes to Playa Carrillo, great for swimming, calm, many palm trees, no development; Playa Camaronal, best surfing in the world, nature reserve and turtle protection area, and Samara, with shopping

The Space

Note: Please contact us with any questions you may have and to confirm availability prior to making your reservation. The calendar is hard to manage and sometimes shows full when we have space for you.

Located at the edge of the jungle, with howler monkeys you can hear every AM and at dusk, and iguanas and other critters around, El Sueno Tropical / Tropical Dreams is an intimate 16 room resort set in 3 acres of tropical gardens. There are 4 buildings that house 4 units per building. There are 8 standard rooms with two twins, or a king or queen bed, 4 deluxe rooms with 2 queens beds or a queen and 2 twin beds, and 4 two bedrooms apartments, with a queen or king in each bedroom, some have 2 twins in the second bedroom, and all have a twin in the living room, sleep up to 5. We have a portacrib available for tiny ones. We are secluded but walking distance to the village of Estrada, old-time Costa Rica at its best, all our staff walk to work from there. We are on a bus route to Carrillo and Samara, and from there to all of the country. All rooms and apartments are beautifully decorated, and have cold A/C, ceiling fans, soma have a wall safe, cable TV, and coffee makers, with a hammock hanging in each front porch, and also WiFi throughout the property. Online working or social media catchup by the pool is the way to live. There is a free-form Italian tiled pool and a separate smaller pool for kiddies or adults to chill. We are located close to 3 world-class beaches-beautiful Playa Carrillo, which is a sheltered bay with small waves, great for kids, stand up paddling, and offshore world-class fishing, great place for a sunset swim as well; Samara is well-known for shopping, bars and restaurants, a small touristy beach; Camaronal is a well-kept secret, undeveloped, incredible right break for world class surfing, and it is a turtle refuge with arrivadas or desovadas, the laying of eggs, then the births about 20 days later. El Sueno Tropical is a short distance to many area activities, zip line/canopy tour/rappeling, ocean and river kayaking, surfing and standup paddle boarding, dolphin watching and snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, bike, scooter, motorcycle and ATV rentals, 4 x 4 adventure tours, gyrocopter tours, cooking, dancing and Spanish language classes, inshore and offshore fishing with professional captains or the fisherman who does it every day for a living, or you may want to stay in and relax by the pool with drinks served poolside. Hotel El Sueno Tropical offers many wonderful amenities including 2 swimming pools, restaurant and full bar. Great food, tapas, grilled fish and meats, and a brick lined pizza oven with over 30 types to choose from, all creatively prepared from fresh local ingredients--exotic fruits and vegetables, catch of the day seafood, grass fed beef, pork, and poultry. Good stuff!

Lots of wildlife to see on the property and be sure to hand feed our pet deer, we have three on site, Rosie, Bruiser and Spike.

Also nearby is La Selva Bromelia Gardens and Animal Rescue Center to see a lot of the local wildlife. 4:00 is a good bet--feeding time!

Enjoy laid-back luxury at El Sueno Tropical!

We can arrange weddings or vow renewals at sunset in Playa Carrillo, we have one happening December 21, watch for pictures shortly after, catered, with flowers and palms. We are providing a hairdresser, manicure and makeup for the bride, and we can do it for the groom as well (;-)

Standard Room Sleeps 2 $60
Deluxe Room Sleeps 2-4 $80
2 bedroom Villas Sleeps 5 $100

These are year-round prices and include a complete menu breakfast, fresh seasonal fruit, orange juice, eggs any style, ham, sausage or bacon, toast, home made jams and jellies, pancakes and french toast, a great way to start the day

Under new ownership and reopening December 1. Please disregard all the old reviews on Trip Advisor, we should havensomemsoon here, as we have airbnb guests coming later this month. Meanwhile, look to your right and click on "Jose" and read about our sister property, Vida Tropical Bed and Breakfast in Alajuela, since 1999. The perfect stop-over as you start or end your trip to Costa Rica. We promise the same level of attention and service at our new location.

Interaction with Guests

we love to meet people from all over the world and share experiences

The Neighborhood

we are in a quiet area but not secluded, close to everything, with howler monkeys, iguanas and other critters around

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We booked Sueno Tropical at Playa Carillo just the day before we arrived. What a wonderful place - we feel as if we discovered a secret oasis. Jose and his team were so welcoming - after only 2 days there, we felt like we were part of the 'family'. The rooms are clean and spacious, the property is well maintained and inviting. Sitting by the pool one afternoon, we were treated to a cacophony of jungle sounds - truly magical. Jose was extremely helpful about the area and informative about Costa Rica. Our son was sick and he offered to drive us to the nearest town to go to the pharmacy. And the food! We had the best meal of our whole Costa Rica journey right there at El Sueno Tropical - chef Jonathan prepared a meal that was unbelievable - fresh fish prepared with a wonderful sauce, sautéed vegetables…At breakfast we were treated to homemade banana bread, freshly made jams and wonderful fresh bread. We were really sad to leave this little slice of paradise and we highly recommend a stay here. A wonderful atmosphere, great host, lovely environment.

    March 2014
    Response from Jose:

    dan, u and michelle and joseph are the reason we do this, to meet people like you and share the wonderful experience of being here, please come back soon

    March 2014
  • We reserved Jose's place for our family while in Costa Rica. We found out that our kids don't travel well on the back roads on the nicoya peninsula.

    We tried to make it up to Samara, but for our family it just didn't work out.

    Jose was very kind and refunded our money. He was extremely accommodating.

    Thanks so much!

    Brian & lori

    February 2014
    Response from Jose:

    you are welcome, to see you next trip at sueno tropical

    February 2014
  • nice place, very nice people but too far from the beatch (10 minutes drive)

    January 2014
    Response from Jose:

    hola benoit, it's 2 km from our door to the beach, at 60 kmh (40 mph) it's 2 minutes, at 30 kmh (20 mph) it's 4 minutes, so to take u 10 minutes, u were driving @ 12 kmh (8 mph), doing some sightseeing, or maybe some cattle on the road? maybe u meant to samara? that's 5 more kilometers. anyway, thanks for the nice compliments, enjoyed your brief stay,


    January 2014
  • I had a great stay at Jose's. Recommend this place to anyone looking to stay around the Playa Carrillo/Samara Area. Would stay again.

    December 2013
    Response from Jose:

    thanks, gregory, it was a pleasure having you

    December 2013
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Admiral Farragut Academy, U of Florida and U of Miami
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I was born in Cuba, raised in Florida, moved to Costa Rica in 1997, love to read, travel, grow stuff to cook it and eat it, surf the Net, opened Vida Tropical in 1999, have great people helping: Isabel, my manager for 6 years, is from Colombia, married to Norman, New Yorker from Colombian parents, he owns Jalapeño Central Tex Mex Restaurant in Alajuela. Their son is Nico, born in Costa Rica. Sylvia, from Costa Rica, has been our housekeeper and cook for 10 years. Adilio (Pilo) is also Costa Rican and is there covering late arrivals (after 8) and early departures (from 3 to 7 AM), I'm there only part of the time, the rest I spend now in my new place in Playa Carrillo. We all enjoy meeting the great variety of guests from all over the world. We have one of the world's best breakfasts at both places, with 4 or 5 types of fresh fruit, orange juice, high altitude coffee and assorted teas, white and brown sugar and milk, corn flakes and granola, several kinds of bread for toast, several kinds of homemade jams and jellies, eggs any style, poached, sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, omelettes, frittatas, your choice of plain or with smoked cheese, garlic, onions, green pepper, tomatoes, smoked ham or country sausage, French toast and pancakes with or without fruit or chocolate chips, honey, syrup and Nutella. Include also if you wish a serving of our own version of Gallo Pinto, a mix of rice and beans seasoned with diced veggies and our secret mix of spices, Balsamic vinegar and Lizano sauce, the Costa Rican version of Worcestershire sauce, mighty tasty stuff.
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