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Review of Tulemar Bungalows near Manuel Antonio park in Costa RIca

Review of Tulemar Bungalows near Manuel Antonio park in Costa RIca

Old Apr 24th, 2004, 04:58 PM
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Review of Tulemar Bungalows near Manuel Antonio park in Costa RIca

What a super place! Just a 3 hour drive from San Jose through stunning mountains and along side the coast, it has all of the amenities of a low key resort, yet you stay in these amazing bungalows embedded into the cliffs.

Each one has a stunning ocean view, kitchenette, and mini fridge with air conditioning and a huge bathroom. From the windows, you can often spot monkeys cavorting or toucans preening.

The resort has their own beach (you can get a ride on the shuttle because it is down a steep hill, but that takes only a moment or two) nestled into a cove where the waves are not too crazy. And the water was so warm (in April)!

They have a restaurant which serves all meals during the day. Breakfast was included in the room rate and consisted of a chef cooking eggs, bacon, beans and rice and chicken or beef. There was also a luscious fruit bar, danish, cereal and fresh squeezed juices. The restaurant also served lunch and dinner. The prices were typical for a resort, but included all taxes and a 10% gratuity. The food was good, but I would have preferred less American dishes and more native ones. There are also other restaurants nearby that you can walk to, or take a taxi (5 minutes) into nearby Quepos.

Every imaginable activity was available with transportation from the hotel including horseback riding, canopy tours, ocean kayaking, river boat rides, and fishing.

And best of all, they loved our little ones! Where else but Costa Rica will you find resort employees who are delighted to see your little ones, bringing them special treats and fauning over them like little princes and princesses? The service was wonderful and any problems were immediately resolved. We recommend this place HIGHLY!
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Great to hear. we are planning on staying at tulemar in June with our 3 little ones and you answered all my questions almost... What tours did you do? did you drive or fly there? Were there age limits on anything and would you recommend bringing anything you think the kids might need?
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I read these exact same comments about Tulemar Bungalows some time ago in a different post. It may be a great place to stay, but this review was probably not written by a Fodor's traveler.
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Hi all, I have to agree with Mariaelena. My husband and I took our three teenage daughters to Costa Rica and we just returned last night. We spent the last 4 nights of our trip at the Tulemar Bungalows in Manuel Antonio. This location was the highlight of our trip. We had a Premium Bungalow which was a two storey octagonal building nestled in the forest. We spent hours at the private beach. The girls used the kayaks and body boards. The hotel is a stones throw away from Karolas restaurant. Across the street is an ATM and a pizza place. The pizza owner said that in two weeks he is opening a coffee place with internet. Also, there is a new restaurant next door called, "Cantina Salsipuedes". They offer inexpensive and delicious entrees and tapas. The owners are very friendly and welcoming. We went there twice. Anyway...just another thumbs up for the Tulemar Bungalows! Allison
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