Si Como No vs. Tulemar??

Old Feb 22nd, 2005, 03:47 PM
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Si Como No vs. Tulemar??

We are planning a November trip to CR and will spend 3 days in MA. I am torn between staying at Si Como No and Tulemar. I like the idea of the beach at Tulemar and also the hiking trails on the property. On the other hand, Si Como No has the butterfly farm, 2 pools, 2 restaurants and a shuttle to the park. Any comments from those who have stayed at or seen both properties? I would also like to be able to walk to stuff if this is possible. And, oh yea, I almost forgot, I am somewhat of a princess who likes creature comforts if this factors into the equation. Thanks for any feedback.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2005, 04:00 PM
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I am going to CR in November too and was deciding between both hotels that you mentioned. I have decided on Tulemar only because it got excellent posts across the board on this and Si Como No sometimes gets bashed for being a family place vs. a couple place and also for being overpriced for what you get. But it is considered ecologically friendly and that appeals to people as well. I have heard great things about it. Tulemar is supposed to be more quiet, romantic and secluded - so I guess it depends what you are looking for.

one question for anyone...for a Nov trip - should we book our hotels now? Or is it too soon?
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Old Feb 22nd, 2005, 04:19 PM
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Nov. is a quiet month--you could wait.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2005, 05:25 AM
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I'm a big fan of Si Como No (haven't been to Tulemar). Sally's right that it is eco-friendly--it's rated better than any other hotel in the area by a sustainable tourism board (CST). We were there for part of our honeymoon and the families w/kids didn't bother us--we're going back in May!
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I am always suprized when SCN is refered to as a "family place". We do not like "family places" but loved SCN during a '03 June honeymoon.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2005, 07:32 AM
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It is because they have that kid-friendly pool by the Rico Tico Bar & Grill--with the little slide. Seldom does anyone ever mention the other pool in another location for adults only with the swim up bar and the "to die for" view!
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We spend four days of our honeymoon at Tulemar this past November & I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was absolutely WONDERFUL, and at the off-season rates in November it's a steal. I've got a lot of pictures from Tulemar posted on, email me at [email protected] if you'd like to see them to see what the property is like. By the way, there are also two pools at Tulemar as well. One is for Villa guests only. I would recommend the upper floor of a Villa (which is what we did), as it has all the creature comforts, as compared to the regular bungalows. It's worth the extra few bucks for the deck alone!

There's plenty of restaurants, etc. within walking distance of Tulemar, but I'm sure that's probably the case w/ Si Como No as well. As far as a shuttle to the park, if you are going on a guided tour (which I recommend) more than likely it will include shuttle service to the park anywhere you'd stay, so I wouldn't let that be a big factor in your decision.
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