Sugar Beach is a curious spot. During our stay, the place was nearly deserted until our last day, a Friday. The beach is absolutely gorgeous, with herons diving in the surf, and the loveliest Pacific sunset imaginable. The food, was outstanding, and very reasonably priced. We really enjoyed the open-air restaurant, very comfortable and welcoming, and a perfect spot to watch the iguanas and the colorful birds that liked to stop by. The place fell short, however, where our children were concerned. There were DVD's and board games to borrow from the front desk, but not a single piece of beach equipment--no boogie boards, no kayaks, nothing. I could see a stack of boogie boards near the desk but was told they could not be borrowed. We couldn't even find a towel. We had to make our way with great difficulty to the neighboring resort, which has a wonderful center for surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and bike riding, with a very welcoming crew. But it was so difficult to get back because of unreliable taxi service, and heat in the 100 degree range, that it undermined the outing. The pool at Sugar Beach, by this point, was paradise, and that is where we stayed the rest of our time there. All in all, a mixed experience. I would have enjoyed it more if I had not had children to keep busy. It happened to be extraordinarily hot during our stay, and our rooms were like ovens, so we needed air conditioning all night. Thus no sounds of surf or sea breezes. We stayed in a house on the far end of the property and its interior bore absolutely no resemblance to the photos on the website--a completely different kitchen. We wanted an accessible facility, and it was steeply ramped in places and with stairs in others. In general the resort was manageable but we would have done better in regular rooms, which are spread across the resort in smaller units. It would be more enjoyable at this resort if you had your own car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are one of the few small hotels in Guanacaste, with a pristine secluded beach, surrounded by nature. Enjoy breathtaking views and experience the Pura Vida lifestyle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sugar Beach Hotel Costa Rica/Playa Potrero, Guanacaste