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Help...Los Suenos or MA???

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Help...Los Suenos or MA???

Currently we are planning on staying at the Los Suenos Marriott next month. Looks really nice & I know Jaco is not far. We're hestiating now & are thinking about going to MA instead. Can anyone help with what the big differences are between the two?

We've never been to Costa Rica, so we really have no idea other than what we see online. We'd like to be able to go to a beach, fish, and just see the wonderful nature of Costa Rica.

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1. Re: Help...Los Suenos or MA???

Here is my opinion. The marriot is beautiful as is the marina. I believe that it is a little out of place in costa rica, more like Florida. Fishing out of Los Suenos you will spend 2 to 3 hundred more for the same size boat and many days be fishing the same water as the Quepos fleet. Check more of the trip reports of people that went to MA.

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Another factor is that the beach inside Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica, but the beach at Los Suenos is a big disappointment. Jaco nearby might be OK for surfers but the beaches are not all that great either and the crowd can be a little rough. Just so you're forewarned, the drive between Los Suenos and MA involves some one lane bridges which can tie up traffic.

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Why would anyone want to stay at Los Suenos over Manuel Antonio. Its National Park, its beautiful beaches, the town of Quepos which is so popular with sport fishing.

Los Suenos is just another luxury beach resort, just another Hotel with amenities like not many Hotels have but that are typical of these properties: a casino, a golf course, a beach that can not be compared to the ones in MA, a marina, and Restaurants.

Manuel Antonio is simply a major tourist destination world recognized.

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My family spent 10 days at a villa withing the Los Suenos complex four years ago, and just returned from Manuel Antonio this morning. Both were great but for different reasons.

At Los Suenos, the main appeal was the view from the villa, which was one of the most spectacular of any I've seen. Jaco was a nice beach town with a couple good restaurants and sodas, but a 10 or 15 minute drive. There are some nice parks and botanical gardens nearby, but the town beach is, like crfan said, just ok.

MA, on the other hand, has a lot more going for it. Depending on where you stay, the town beach is a pleasant (if a bit strenuous) walk and just seems nicer than the one at Jaco. It's also readily accessible by bus. There are plenty of excellent restaurants with incredible views of the ocean that are within easy walking distance. MA, and Quepos, also offer a better variety of nature tours - from butterfly preserve to the national park to the Villa Vanilla Farm.

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5. Re: Help...Los Suenos or MA???

They are different but both really nice. Why not do both? The bridge at Paquita is finished and the Parrita bridge almost done, so it's much easier to get between the two.

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We have decided to go to MA instead of Los Suenos, just waiting for hotel confirmation. I think we'll be happier in MA. Seems like there is more to do. The Marriott Resort looks really nice, but I was afraid we might get bored quickly.

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7. Re: Help...Los Suenos or MA???

I think you made the right choice! Manuel Antonio is great, you can also travel to near by Dominical for even lesser touristy beaches. Manuel Antonio never dissapoints. If you need help with confirmations or hotel recommendations let me know! Best of luck.

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8. Re: Help...Los Suenos or MA???

Hi mcostafish, Im glad you decided to go to Manuel Antonio. Enjoy your stay and take as many pictures as you can. Best time to go to the beach? Early, around 8.30 am CR time! up until noon! You will love the visit to the park and the tours, try to do the mangrove boat tour or the hiking and bird watching tour. Pls bring sunblock, comfortable shoes, repelant.

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