About this listing
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
Join us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Great food. Happy Hour daily! We highly suggest poolside cocktails.
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.
Be advised that the location on the map is NOT correct, there is no construction at all on Playa Carrillo, no hotels, bars or anything else, and there is no longer an airport there. We are located 2.5 km from the beach on a main paved road, a 2 minute drive. I cannot get airbnb to change this map.
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, 24" TV with cable, mini refrigerator (full size refrigerator and cooking facilities in the apartments), and coffee makers, with a hammock hanging in each front porch, and also high speed 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 $80
Deluxe Room Sleeps 2-4 $100
2 bedroom Villas Sleeps 5 $120
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
we are in a quiet area but not secluded, close to everything, with howler monkeys, iguanas and other critters around
Smoking is not permitted in rooms or restaurant by law. In an effort to conserve water and energy, linens and towels will normally be changed every three days of your stay. Just let us know if you need something sooner. Please supervise kids while in the pool and on the grounds. Mom and Dad: we highly suggest cocktails poolside.
We had a fantastic stay at Sueno Tropical Carrillo. Jose and Maria are great hosts and their place is just perfect : beautiful swimming pool, lovely garden with animals (deers, cats, birds, monkeys ...), sports and beach equipment, delicious breakfast and the best wifi connection in Costa Rica ! Playa Carrillo is an ideal location for exploring the region and Jose and Maria are obviously great travel resources. We also met very interesting guests and simply had a rich and colourful time !
The pool os very Nice and clean. The breakfast is very good and the restaurant area beautiful. Jose is a wonderful host, interesting and with a good sense of humor. The rooms should need to be renovated a little bit. We were a family and we have like a suite. It was great.
thanks for the nice comments, and i anticipated your recomendation, we had been planning to redecorate the rooms, we have new kitchenettes in 3 of them, new shelves in the apartments, bright stuff on the walls, this time of year is great for that.
From the time we walked up to the hotel to the time we left, Maria made us feel welcome and special. Jose was very flexible in as we asked to come a day early and he told us " No Problem". It was so much fun swimming in the pool and watching the parrots and monkeys go from tree to tree. Breakfast was great and we were also treated to great meals made by Juan the chef!! Maria made us "Gringo's" feel like one of the local ex-pats by inviting us to a picnic at Playa Carrillo on the 3rd of July for the Americans and Canadians that live in the area. Our entire stay was trouble free and the beach at Playa Carrillo is fantastic, waves, nice wide beach, and hundreds of palm trees to relax under.
Nice hotel with fully equiped rooms at a reasonable price. The pool is a nice asset, breakfast ok. Maria was very helpfull, we felt welcome
Wir (mein Mann & Freunden-Paar) verbrachten 2 Nächte in einem der grosszügigen Häuser. Die Anlage ist sehr gepflegt und der Pool lädt zum baden ein.
Unser Haus war mit allem ausgestattet, was man sich wünscht. Wir haben an einem Abend selber gekocht und am anderen Abend in ihrem Restaurant gegessen. Wir hatten dort im Restaurant die beste Pizza von ganz Costa Rica - das war aber kein Wunder, denn der Koch war aus Italien.
Als wir wieder nach Samara mit dem lokalen Bus fahren wollten, bot Jose seine Mitfahrgelegenheit uns an.
Wir können die Anlage Jedem weiterempfehlen, welcher gutes italienisches Essen liebt und einbisschen relaxen möchte.
Our stay at El Sueno Tropical was amazing. Jose, Maria and all the rest of the staff were incredibly friendly. The room was big and spacious with lots of space for us to unpack and feel at home. We loved the pool and were very impressed by the dinner we had there one night, in hind sight, should have had more dinners there. The beach was a 5-10 minute drive, but not a problem since we had a car. Loved the town of Samara, but nice to be staying a bit further away. Jose and Maria, continued their hospitality well after we left by shipping a forgotten bag to us in San Jose. Very grateful for their help. Will be back next time we're in Costa Rica.
J'ai séjourné au El Sueno Tropical du 23 février au 2 mars. Nous avions loué une villa. Nous sommes arrivé tard le soir, à 21h et nous avons pu souper quand même, au charmant restaurant de la place, qui était sur le point de fermer. Les pâtes y sont délicieuses ainsi que les petits déjeuners... L'hôte, Jose, est super gentil et à l'écoute de ses clients :) La villa était très propre et très confortable et équipé pour s'y faire à manger. À la demande, votre villa peux être nettoyer à tout les jours et avoir de serviettes propre. La Playa carillo est magnifique et à 5 min en voiture. Notre séjour a été parfait dans notre villa du El Sueno Tropical. Merci Jose :)
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About the Host, Jose
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.