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“Tropico Latino for Xmas with young Teens...” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Tropico Latino
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
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44 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Tropico Latino for Xmas with young Teens...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

We stayed at Tropico Latino from December 24th to December 28th/ 2011. Our kids are 15 & 13. The location is great with regards to proximity to banks/ grocery/ other restaurants/ etc. All within walking distance.

The hotel itself is sweet, lovely/ lush grounds/ meandering pathways through the greenery...very pretty and private. Take note though...to walk on the gravel paths you def need flip-flops or some form of footwear, lol...or ouch! We were in Garden View Bungalow #4. It was perfect in respect to beach proximity/ proximity to pool/ restaurant/ etc. It's large enough with 2 double beds, coffee maker, small fridge, nice bathroom with large shower. They have air co as well as fans, and a very large deck with table, chairs and hammock. We also had a little outdoor tap area to rinse feet. All in all a sweet little bungalow. There were red squirrels & howlers on the property daily btw. All of the "garden view" bungalows are along the same path that runs from the pool/ restaurant area towards the road. So, even #1 which is the closest to the road in truth isn't that close to the rd. Ultimately, the difference between being in Bungalow 2 or 5 is literally a few extra steps, so don't fret over that. The "beach" bungalow does have an ocean view.....but I don't think I'd pay the extra to be in it over a garden view. Now, there are the standard rooms which are at the back of the property by the parking lot/rd. They are large rooms & the least expensive, but farthest from the beach...but "far" is relative...30 extra steps if you are on a budget ....no big deal. They have a beach front suite unit, and the new Beach house...both more $$$, but very lovely. If you are at the pool restaurant area facing the beach they are off to the right a bit.....very lovely indeed if you have the $$. The 2 bedroom house is in behind these in the jungle, a bit by itself.

Now for the restaurant....it recently changed from Al Chile Viola to Shambala so I think they are trying to find their "footing". Staff was sweet and friendly in the resto, but they were only 2 and thus it was quite slow( we weren't in a rush ). But....we found the portions very small & the prices high in comparison to other places of similar rating. Thus, we didn't frequent the restaurant on the property which was a bit of a pain. They need to adjust their prices....

The reception staff was sweet & helpful( thank you Diego) calling cabs, making reservations for us, etc. Check in and check out was fast & great.

The beach directly in front has a bit of rock formation, but a few steps left or right and its no issue...plus the little pools at lowtide are fun.

Santa Teresa is a cool little town, the beach is very beautiful, especially towards Florblanca. So north of Tropico Latino towards Florblanca is the prettiest stretch(imho).Things are indeed stretched out along the one long, dusty rd. You can walk it, just be careful. We cabbed it to restos further away ie Kikas. That would have taken a good twenty minutes to 1/2 hr. And I would never do it at night.

We ate at Kikas, Brisas del Mar, Vista de Olas, and Gumbo Limbo. Our steaks were fab at Vista de Olas. Our meal at Kikas was great. It was "good" at Brisas which is apparently "the" spot....but our best meal was at Gumbo Limbo. And great, friendly service from owner.

Our bank card did get eaten at one bank, and the other was out of cash. We got our card the next am, and the other bank had $$. It was a bit of a pain in the butt to always be going to the bank to get cash....one doesn't want to carry too much $$$ around at one time, and very, very, very few places take credit card. Keep that in mind with your planning.

Ultimately Tropico Latino was a good choice, and we got our bearing with regards to where things are...the layout, etc. Since in the end we cabbed it everywhere ( with the exception of banking/ grocery ) staying up towards the Florblanca area/ or in Malpais would be no issue. WE chose Tropico because we thought it might be more "active" for our teens, ultimately...it wasn't a dealbreaker.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

My friend and i were looking to have a nice dinner in Santa Teresa for New Years Eve. Hotel Tropico Latino has a lovely restaurant called Shambala and the special menu was incredible. After sharing the gyozo and brussel sprout appetizers we both had the fish ratatouille which was amazing! After some chocolate cake with passion fruit ice cream the party moved to the beach with fire spinning, african drumming, a massive bonfire and hula hooping. The owners of the hotel are the most lovely people i have met in a very long time. The property is so beautiful and i look forward to going back and spending a few nights there. They also have an amazing spa and yoga studio on the property.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here for six days in December. It was our favorite stop on our trip (in fact, we wished we had stayed there the whole time!) It was perfectly located on the beach in Mal Pais, a quick walk to many (amazing) restaurants and grocery stores etc. The food and staff at the restaurant was great, front desk staff (Daniella) was more than helpful - we couldn't have been happier.

Highly, highly recommend.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lindsay T
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Seaside Park, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

Upon arrival this place was awesome. We stayed in the beach bungalow 2nd off the beach. No ocean view but the sounds of the surf put me right to sleep. My 6 year old daughter was scared of it only once when the swell was up and pounding. My 6 month old son didn't seem to mind. Mom was alittle uptight about the wide open spaces along the floor and wall but there weren't really any bugs in the place (maybe a few). AC worked like a champ and the beds were ok. They even provided a crib for the little guy. Fridge worked well and was stocked daily with room for a gallon or 2 of water, some Imperials and leftovers. Safe in the room had pleanty of space for all our valuables (GPS, see below). You can choose your own combo. We all loved the pool and the easy, stones throw, access to the beach. Surf was unbelievable every day we were there. Chest to head high, and some days bigger, all 7 days right out front. What a blast. Can't say enough about the beach. Not really for the kids tho. Anyway, restaurant was very good but a bit pricey. Working in the service industry my entire life I would have expected alot more warmth. Last night there I met a friend at the bar that I met earlier in the day. He was also staying there with his family. He told the bartender he would buy my 2 beers as I got them. In the end he says "You (me) pay for 2 and you pay for 3". My buddy says, "no, I wanted to get his beers". The bartender says "well its already written up" and he shows us a handwritten bill. My friend then says "well can't you change it?" With this he gets mad tells us were drunk and walks away. The waitress comes up and says she'll take care of it. We were the only 2 in the place. Not a very accomodating dude....FYI, do not, under any condition, leave anything of value in your car. As I was packing up for the ride back I realized someone had, or attempted to, break into our vehicle. We had nothing in it so its unknown if they were successful getting in. The damage to the vehicle cost me an extra few hundred. Funny it happened on our last night there. Left with much uneasieness about the car but I would def go back. Gotta be smart. For $195 per night I suppose I would have expected alot more but the memories we all brought back were totally worth it.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Local14
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Wasilla, Alaska
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2011

My husband, 9-year old son and I enjoyed the relaing time at Tropico Latino. It was an older, but nicely kept hotel with ample parking and a great location. The grounds were kept nicely and the pool was great. The rooms are a bit out of date, but nice enough. The staff was wonderful and the restaurant was outstanding - especially if you don't feel like going anywhere else. We will go back again!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rrlumb
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houston,tx
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

Stayed here one night. Came in late on a Saturday night off the ferry and the place we wanted down the street was booked so we kinda had to take whatever we could get being that we were traveling with 2 children and a very tired pregnant wife. When we arrived the grounds looked great. We were immediately told that there were only 2 rooms left. One was in the back further away from the beach and we were told that the noise level would be too high because it was closest to the street and that the room we were given right off the restaurant and closest to the beach, would be very quiet. We were tired and just got the room. First off, the grounds are great but the rooms need a lot of work, cleaning and updating. We had a leak in our room that night but that wasn't the worst of it. The blaring music started soon after we laid down in bed and did not stop all night. Found out in the morning that every Sat night there is a party on the beach. Found out our room we were given was in fact not the best we could have gotten. In fact the other would have been much better... Ahhh, put two and two together.... the other room was less expensive, I see now. Money was the hotel's concern. In the morning, husband goes off to surf for a bit while wife and 2 kids try to sleep in and then grab a bite to eat for breakfast. Ohhh, another problem. The 2 orders of pancakes were runny and not fully cooked, and then the order of bacon was practically raw! The dishes were sent back back. The guy running the restaurant that morning apologized and said he had a surprise for my family. Wife explained thank you very much but we have lost our appetite. What was the surprise? Well, it was more bacon and pancakes cooked this time but we were charged for it! This place is no more than a good location if you want to be right on the beach but if you look around- like down the street- you'll find cleaner options with owners who actually care about the guests and the rooms are not as much- like Playa Cielo, it is a really beautiful place and I can't say enough kind words about the owner. Hotel Tropico Latino is a disaster and is way overpriced!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank 6flagssux
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Dallas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2011

We stayed here for a Pura Vida Adventures women's yoga and surfing retreat (which was an amazing experience!). We were in bungalow 8 which was right in front of the beach with a porch for chilling out & listening to the surf roll in. The beach was beautiful if a bit rocky. Confident surfers can rent a board across the street and catch waves in front of the hotel. There is an area with hammocks, chaise lounges, and adirondack chairs for relaxing by the beach. The pool is also lovely. The restaurant is not inexpensive, but the food is incredibly delicious. The restaurant is owned by Emiliano, a chef from Italy, and his wife, Luz. They and most of their staff are lovely and welcoming. The gallos pintos are wonderful, but so was everything else we ate. Like the restaurant staff, the hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Our bungalow was large with a king sized bed and a twin bed. The bedding was not terribly comfortable and it was hard to adjust the a/c to the ideal temperature. The bathroom was large, not well lit and the shower had very low water pressure. We had a few insect visitors, but we were in the middle of a tropical beachside rain forest so weren't surprised by this. The staff helped with bug elimination when we told them about it. The hotel has a beachside open air yoga studio with daily classes available. They also have a spa where we had wonderful massages. I will definitely be planning a trip back here!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank travelgirl75206
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Property: Hotel Tropico Latino
Address: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Teresa
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#13 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tropico Latino 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropico Latino is an intimate beachfront boutique hotel located in Santa Teresa, a breathtaking white sand beach on the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Situated on four acres of unspoiled tropical beach, you will find beautiful swimming areas and also outcroppings of rock where natural tide pools form.Our exquisitely-designed tropical bungalows and suites, built with exotic hardwoods, are surrounded by abundant tropical gardens under an old forest canopy, giving you the feeling of landing in paradise. Immerse yourself in the most pristine natural environment and experience the wildlife of Costa Rica right outside your window. Howler monkeys, hummingbirds, iguanas and bright flowering heliconias are just a few examples of what you will see.All of our accommodations feature luxury amenities, including wireless internet, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, security safe, mini-bar, coffee maker and complimentary coffee. Ask for our new beachfront suite, featuring its own beautiful private saltwater pool and Jacuzzi. Relax poolside or lounge in a beach hammock under a grove of coconut and almond trees as you watch the sunset. You will love it!Tropico Latino resort features a full-service Spa and yoga studio. The Spa offers professional massages, wraps, exfoliations, facials, and other services such as acupuncture, manicures and pedicures. What makes our Spa different is that we create our own 100% natural healing and beauty products from ingredients like papaya, cucumber, coffee, coconut, almonds, carrots, honey and mint.Our yoga center offers daily Vinyasa Flow yoga classes and retreats. We have two beachfront open-air decks were you can receive classes while you listen to the rhythm of the waves at the ocean's edge. Yoga lessons will keep you centered, flexible and relaxed during your stay. Our classes are complete with mats, blocks and straps, and are open to everyone, from beginning students to experienced practitioners.Your stay would not be complete without a delightful dining experience. Our open-air beachfront restaurant combines a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere with nationally-renowned organic international cuisine. You will find healthy options on the menu using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and meat.Our commitment with sustainability in Santa Teresa BeachTropico Latino is an environmentally conscious hotel. We coordinate and sponsor the Blue Flag ecological program and sustainable initiatives for the beach communities of Mal Pais, Carmen, Santa Teresa and Hermosa. We are very proud that in 2012 all four beaches obtained the ecological Blue Flag recognition award, which ensures the quality and sanitation of the water, beach clean-up projects, community informational signs, and environmental education. We also are committed to conserve the vibrant biodiversity and richness of the rainforest that surrounds the region. ... more   less 
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