, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Jungle and Beach Hotel with the Fighting Gator Bar and Salsa Restaurant


About the hotel

El Sueño Tropical

Located at the edge of the jungle, but easily accessed, with paved road to our door, El Sueño Tropical is an intimate 16 unit resort set in 3 acres of lush tropical gardens. There are 4 buildings that house 4 units per building. There are 8 large double rooms, 4 larger deluxe rooms that sleep 4 and have kitchenettes, and 4 two bedrooms apartments with full kitchens that sleep up to 5.  All  have coffeemaker, cold split system A/C and ceiling fans, brand new flat screen LED TVs with CableTica, private baths with unlimited hot water and wall safes.  All have front porches with tables, chairs and a hammock. There is high-speed real 5 megs up and down WiFi with many routers for service throughout the property. There is a large free-form Italian-tiled pool for adults with a small wading pool for the small kids, lounge chairs and three gazebos with tables and chairs for relaxing and pool-side dining, and lots of inflatables, noodles, etc.  It is open 24 hours, for your daytime tanning pleasure as well as your midnight dip.

We have the Fighting Gator Bar with lots of cold beer and Sangria, liquours and liqueurs,  and Salsa Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our menu includes typical Costa Rica cuisine, international classics and fusion dishes creatively prepared from fresh local ingredients — seasonal exotic fruits and farm-to-table vegetables, freshly caught seafood, grass-raised beef, and local pork, lamb and poultry. We have over 30 types of pizza from our brick-lined pizza oven which makes perfect crust. Create your own from our extensive list of ingredients, even get behind the counter and flip it yourself!

Salsas restaurant has a wide variety of dishes, much more than our menu, we add new dishes constantly, creatively prepared from fresh local ingredients — exotic fruits and vegetables, fresh sea food from Puerto Carrillo’s local artisan fishermen, grass-raised beef from the hills above us, lean pork from skinny pigs, and all manner of vegetables which grow yearround in the tropics . We have have a great selection of ingredients for our pizzas, and really fine crusts from our brick-lined oven.

Rosie, Spike and Bruiser  are our pet deer that recycle our kitchen scraps and trimmings from our landscaping, and they will eat out of your hand, they are soooo cute.

Playa Carrillo, 2 minutes away, is a sheltered, tranquil, and pristine beach great for a relaxing swim. Playa Samara is next, just 7 minutes away, and 10 minutes away is a killer surf break — Playa Camaronal. Incredible Pacific sunsets. 10 minutes from the resort is the town of Samara. Great nightlife, shopping, and restaurants.


Lots of fun things to do in the area — snorkeling, surfing, StandUP surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, horseback riding, sport-fishing, bird watching, canopy tours, bicycling, ATVS, you name it.  Just south of us, across the Ora river, is Camaronal Turtle Refuge, a pristine beach, where Green, Hawkbill and Ridley turtles deposit their eggs and babies are born all year long, what a sight that is, you’ll never forget it. Many veteran surfers have had waves there they will ride in their minds forever.  Local surfers have kept this a secret for a long time, but determined and adventurous surfers from all over the world have made their way there, worth the trip. Full moons are best, they say.

Relax at poolside

But you may not want to go anywhere or do anything, just lie on a deck chair by the pool, send for a piña colada or a margarita, and read that book you have been wanting to get to. Break for a salad, pizza or  a tapa or 2, then it’s time for a siesta.

World class sunsets, different every afternoon

Happy hour starts as the sun sets glowing its colors through the Malinche tree, as parrots squawk their thoughts to each other, and the tough choice for dinner looms…



Price Range

$80- $120


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