Nestled in a tropical forest on the shore of world-famous Playa Tamarindo lays the stylish and environmentally conscious Capitan Suizo– a boutique beach hotel steps from all of the action in Tamarindo but secluded enough for you to feel like you have a pocket of heaven all to yourself.
Playa Tamarindo on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is a paradise that lures surfers and beach lovers alike. Experiencing all the adventure this region has to offer is a must! Within an hour of taking in the scene and soaking up the vibe on Tamarindo beach, this 44 year old decided she was going to try her hand at surfing! I think that’s what Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” is all about. Living life. Trying new things. Not letting our circumstances bring us down. Venturing out to see something new. Courageously doing something that scares us or makes us feel vulnerable. I promise that on the other side of fear lays an abundance of happiness!  
When you tire from all the action on Playa Tamarindo, return to Capitan Suizoand be immersed in an oasis of peace and serenity where your every comfort is catered to. Sit by the inviting pool and sip a delicious cocktail under a canopy of trees that are home to howler monkeys, tropical birds, butterflies and squirrels, as huge iguanas and geckos stroll by.


Sunsets take on magical proportions on Playa Tamarindo and where better to enjoy them than from the comfort of your private terrace or laying on plush loungers on the beach. Personally, I love sunset walks on the beach to take in the incredible views and relish in the stillness that transpires at day’s end. The light at this time is incredible. These images were captured directly in front of Capitan Suizo. Look closely and you will see the sky is painted in two colour schemes; shades of gold and hues of violet and blue. This was one of the most magnificent sunsets I have ever witnessed and I have been blessed to see many. 
To see such beauty in person is to witness the miracle of living and the magnificence of our planet. It makes me more appreciative of the continued efforts by Small Distinctive Hotels who have implemented sustainable practices to ensure they are doing their part to help save our planet so that future generations can experience miraculous moments like this one. It was the butterfly migration when I visited in early August and butterflies danced on the waves as they rolled onto the shore from the Pacific ocean. The scene was magical!  
Be sure to toast the view with a delicious cocktail at the open-air bar and restaurant, which serves an impressive array of tasty dishes. The hotel can even arrange a romantic dinner on the beach. Their talented mixologist makes the most amazing twist on the traditional Mojito with mango and strawberries. I sipped on one every night before dinner.    
This boutique hotel is home to just 35 rooms and private cabins in a privileged area outside of town, at the end of the bay and directly on Playa Tamarindo. I stayed ina  private ocean-view cabin and it was heavenly. To tend to matters of relaxation there is also the Aromas del Mar Spa.

  
One of the things I loved most about staying at Capitan Suizowas its close proximity to all the action on Tamarindo Beach, but when I wanted to enjoy peace and tranquility I simply returned to the property. Beachfront hotels in Tamarindo are few, so this is truly a blessing. 
Capitan Suizo is part of Small Distinctive Hotels; a collection of eight stylish boutique hotels that adhere to sustainable practices while showcasing the diverse regions and beauty of Costa Rica. Experience La Pura Vida with Small Distinctive Hotels. 
A special thank you to Nature Airfor getting me to every destination quickly and safely, while allowing me to take in the most breathtaking views! 

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