We enjoyed our three night stay at El capitan after staying in Arenal region at the Nayara Resort. After staying at the Nayara the capitans first impression on us was initially lacking. If you are looking for luxury, this is NOT the place for you. Tamarindo Beach is an up and coming surf town, there are no big resorts here, rather small and quaint beach front boutique hotels and I would say El capitan is the best for this location. The bathrooms are certainly lacking and the rooms are not much to be desired but they do the job. The bathroom and closets are immediately when you enter the room and closed off from the bedroom living area. We stayed in room 37 upstairs with an AC and I couldn't imagine not having an AC simply because it was buggy and the mosquitoes /knats were bad outside. The porch balcony was very nice to sit and relax in the morning and evening and had two lounge chairs with an oil lamp. The room had a small fridge and the bed was - ehhh. The room could certainly benefit from refreshing, but it wasn't terrible and you don't spend much time in it regardless. The pool was awesome! There is plenty of room to get both sun and shade when you want it, it was very quiet with little commotion so nice and relaxing. There was ally of beautiful flowers, gardens, birds, wildlife throughout the grounds. The beach is right off from the pool with plenty of lounge chairs and extra blankets and towels for use. The beach to the left was rocky and at low tide you can venture out for nice walks, great shell collecting, and crab watching. The water was extremely clean and not salty at all and calm so you can just hang there all day. There was plenty of sand. At night the sunsets were gorgeous if it was clear. The breakfast was great. A full spread of fruit pastries breads and costa rican cuisine with coffee. The service was great. We thought the dinner at the hotel was good but expensive and only ate once when we arrived. Every other meal we had in town was I would highly recommend. The walk down the beach to the right into town was about 15 minutes and enjoyable. The town is bustling. The only thing that annoyed us was the locals trying to sell jewelry and crafts on the beach are pests and hound you, they don't understand "no means no" Please go to La Palapa for dinner and get the red snapper and mojitos! You will not be disappointed it was the best dinner we had all week in costa rica. Happy hour was 5-7 and we ate watched sunset and enjoyed it so much! We also ate burritos at Gils' place which was worth the walk up the hill. Bamboo sushi was very good , hip and modern as well. Overall i would recommend tamarindo and the El Capitan. It was clean, the service was good, you have to learn to live with the bugs and ants - you are in Costa Rica people! The monkeys and JoJo were worth the price of admission alone and provided so much additional entertainment. If you want simp, quiet, relaxed, and an easy going vibe close to nature them the El Capitan is for you!
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- Capitan Suizo Hotel
- Capitan Suizo Tamarindo
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