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Los Sueños Resort and Marina is located in Herradura Beach, part of the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Only 10 minutes way from Jaco and an hour and fifteen minutes away from Juan Santamaria International Airport. Inside the resort you will find luxury accommodations and all of the attractions and tours that have made this area so famous.
It´s easy to travel to Costa Rica from the United States, since there are frequent flights from Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Newark and Chicago. From the airport there are different types of transportation you can take: rental car, private van services and helicopter.
If you are coming by boat to the Los Sueños Marina, the coordinates are the following: Lat 9°-38-95N, Lon: 84°-39-80 W. The marina radio channel is 16.
- Los Sueños Resort is located in the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in Herradura Beach, part of the province of Puntarenas.
- The main airport is Juan Santamaria and is located one hour and fifteen minutes away by car.
- Immigration and baggage claim can take up to one hour or more in heavy traffic dates, for example Christmas and New Years.
- Every tourist who enters Costa Rica must have a valid passport.
Information of interest for the Central Pacific area:
- This region of the country goes from the city of Puntarenas to the mouth of the Baru River in Dominical.
- The main towns are: Quepos, Jaco and Puntarenas.
- With beach climate and mountains right next to the coast, there is a large amount of bio diversity.
- Types of forest: tropical forest transition from dry tropical forest to tropical rainforest.
- Main Nature attractions: National parks and protected areas, beaches and rivers.
Main conservation areas of the Central Pacific (ACOPAC):
The ACOPAC has a surface area of 547,785 hectares (approximately 5,478 km2) which represents 10-7% of national territory. This Conservation Area was created in March 1994, it has a length of approximately 140km and it its width ranges from 30km to 60km.
- Carara National Park
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- San Lucas Island Wildlife Refugee
- Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala Wildlife Refugee
- Los Quetzales National Park
- La Cangreja National Park
Arqueological and Arquitectural Attractions:
In the city of Puntarenas there is an older part of town that has historic characteristics. There are several buildings of architectural interest, such as National Monuments, like the old Port installations, Mora & Cañas Park, the main church or you can visit San Lucas Island where the old Penitentiary used to be. The island is one of the main cultural and arqueological attractions of the region, it is actually known internationally.
Language: The official language is Spanish
3 words you must know are: TICO, PURA VIDA and MAE.
Tico (feminine tica, plural ticos, ticas) is a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica. Costa Ricans are usually called ticos by themselves and persons of other Spanish-speaking countries, in place of the more formal costarricenses.
There are two popular explanations of the origin of the term tico. The first is that it derives from the tendency of Costa Ricans to use -tico as the diminutive suffix in Spanish instead of the more common and widely used -ito. Literally -tico, when used as a suffix, in Costa Rican Spanish denotes something very small, as the suffix -ito would. Use of -tico versus -ito depends on the word, as not all of them would be easily adapted to -tico suffix.
However, this suffix is not unique to Costa Rican Spanish, and is also used in standard Spanish throughout (such as in Cuba, Dominican Republic, and even Spain), with varying degrees of frequency. What is unique to Costa Rica is the use of this suffix to also denote affection. Words ending in -ico, -ica, -tico, -tica do not only mean ‘small’, but also denote affection and similar feelings as well.
From a linguistic standpoint, the tico namesake is not the same as the actual suffix utilized in everyday Costa Rican language. The diminutive suffix is actually -itico, containing an ‘i’ that replaces the usual ‘o’ or ‘a’ ending a word.
The second explanation of tico is that it’s short for Hermanitico (‘Little Brother’ with the suffix described above), a friendly and respectful way the people of Costa Rica used in the past (during the Central American war against William Walker) to refer to themselves.
Pura vida, a characteristic Costa Rican phrase, literally means pure life, with connotations that suggest translations such as “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “real living” The phrase can be used both as a greeting or a farewell, as an answer expressing that things are going well, or as a way of giving thanks.
Mae in Costa Rica: The word mae is a Costa Rican Spanish slang term generally used informally to address or refer to somebody and was once used primarily by adults but this has become a common slang term used in various age groups. For females or males, singular or plural (maes). Its use is similar as guey in Mexico, Che in Argentina or dude/man in the United States.
There are two types of holidays:
January 1st (New Years)
April 11th (Juan Santamaria Day)
Holy Thursday and Holy Friday
May 1st (Costa Rican Labor Day)
July 25th (Annexation of Nicoya)
August 15th (Mothers Day)
September 15th (Independence Day)
December 25th (Christmas Day)
August 2nd (Virgen de los Angeles Day)
October 12th (Culture Day)
Gastronomy in Costa Rica unites customs and culinary uses of Costa Ricans. It is a product of a cultural mix that never ends. There is different heritage from our indigenous, Spanish and African ancestors.
Some examples of typical dishes are: Casado, Gallo Pinto, Rice with chicken, rice with seafood, ´olla de carne´, black bean soup, corn turnovers with cheese, chicken or refried beans, Tamales, Palmito cheese, Turrialba cheese and Patacones (Fried plantains)
Gallo Pinto is popular for Breakfast and the Casado is popular for Lunch.
Gallo Pinto consists of rice and beans, these two ingredients are mixed together, there is more rice added than beans, and sautéed until toasted, different condiments are added depending on the version made. It is most common to use black beans and add a traditional sauce called ´Salsa Lizano´.
Casado is a dish that consists of rice, beans, sweet plantain, small salad and beef, pork or chicken.