About this listing
Jungle lodge, incredible landscaping, minutes from 3 fantastic beaches, cool pool / bar / restaurant / pizzeria, a/c, tv, great service, we take care of all your needs so you have a wonderful vacation
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. 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 queen 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, mini refrigerator (full size fridge in apartments as well as cooking facilities), new 24" TV with cable, and coffee makers, with a hammock hanging in each front porch, and 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, 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, 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. Disregard all the old reviews on Trip Advisor, 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.
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.
This place is a hidden paradise! We had such a wonderfull stay. The pool is amazing, the bigest one we had in our trip. The breakfast is included and just perfect. It is 5 minutes drive from playa Carillo and 10-15 from Samara, wich is a feel good village. This year we came as a couple but we will go back to this place next year with our 3 kids and rent one of the perfect villa. Maria and Jose are lovely, they are pure love. The wifi is good. The shower is hot. This place is really clean and luxurious with all the plants and tree. We saw about 10 monkeys one time in the trees beside the pool: it was magic! This is THE place to live near Carillo/Samara. You need a car for sure... Thank you so much Jose and Maria.
Jose welcomed us with open arms. El Sueno Tropical is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The pool was a delightful relief from the heat.
We saw lots of birds, heard the howler monkeys and fed the deer. The food was outstanding with a top notch chef. The staff were very charming and helpful. I was a bit concerned after reading a recent review, but all was good. The six of us had a fantastic time. Pura Vida!
This was a wonderful place to stay! The feeling of the place was perfect, laid back and fun, but without being commercial or too touristy. The staff was super-nice and helpful, happy to talk, happy to suggest, but not pushy nor intrusive. The room was great. (the beds were only ok, but the hammocks made up for that)
This is a real gem. It's very near to Playa Carillo, which is much better than Playa Samara (unless you want souvenir shops and night clubs). Jose let us borrow a couple of boogie boards, and beach stuff.
Also, the WiFi here was better than anywhere else we've stayed in Costa Rica (important because I had to work part of my stay).
Muy buen alojamiento, rico desayuno y muy copado el anfitrión!
I had an absolute lovely experience at El Sueno Tropical. Jose is a warm and gracious host and Maria and the rest of the staff are truly wonderful. Thank you for an amazing stay Jose! You guys truly made me feel relaxed, welcome and at home. I would definitely stay there again on return to Playa Carillo!
Los apartamentos estaban muy bien y el trato con recibido fantástico.
Los apartamentos tienen todo lo necesario y son muy cómodos, es un lugar totalmente recomendable.
En especial tengo que decir que el restaurante de sueño tropical fue realmente fantástico, una sorpresa que no esperábamos.
Les deseo todo lo mejor.
We were made to feel so welcome by Jose and Maria; they are both very friendly, along with the rest of the staff. We stayed in room number 5 which was basic yet large and clean with a hammock on the porch and had everything we needed. The sparkling clean pool is the best aspect followed by the bar/restaurant area. The breakfast was cooked to order mega food and delicious with lots of different breads and jams. And, we had pizza and (email hidden)! Too fun!
El Sueno Tropical is just a short distance to Playa Carrillo which is a gorgeous “postcard” beach and to the quaint town of Samara. Jose was so helpful and arranged transportation for us to go to Samara for a night. Also, he loaned us a cooler and beach mats for our day on the beach.
Everyone who worked at the hotel went above and beyond. But I must say above all is Jose's hospitality – the best part of El Sueno Tropical.
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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.