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Hotel Capitan Suizo Hotel 0 star
Tamarindo, Costa Rica -
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Margot Millier Section editor

Located right on the seafront, the small and charming Capitan Suizo hotel is surrounded by superb lush vegetation. This is a great place for those who like to be close to nature and free-roaming animals, and provides comfortable bedrooms. It is one of the few hotels located on the large Tamarindo beach. It is one of the Small Distinctive Hotels group.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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  • Well located
  • Rest
  • Charm
  • Nature
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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Capitan Suizo is 1 mi from Tamarindo's small town centre. The closest international airport, Liberia, is 45 mi away, or an hour by car. San Josť airport is a 4-5-hour drive away or a 45-minute flight.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    This small hotel has some thirty bedrooms overlooking the garden which consist of 22 standard rooms and 8 bungalows. None of the private areas has a television. Two long buildings house the standard rooms which, each furnished like the junior suites, measure around 431 sq ft. The two distinct parts of the room are separated by three small steps and a small wall: in one you can recline on a sofa and two large armchairs and in the other you can lie down on a large raised bed. The natural-coloured wooden interior is homogeneous. Facing you, the large picture windows overlook your large terrace and nature itself. Even in the large bathroom with a shower, hair-dryer and hospitality products, guests have a direct view of the vegetation through the windows on each side of the mirror. Available facilities: free safe deposit box, refrigerator with tea and coffee-making facilities and telephone.A word of warning: 11 bedrooms have individual air-conditioning whereas the other 11 have a fan only. Wood is again ever-present in the 8 small red tile-roofed bungalows scattered around the park. Measuring around 861 sq ft, these bungalows are very comfortable and pleasant: they have wooden flooring, furniture, a four-poster bed and picture windows. The bathroom has a jacuzzi and exterior shower.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Opened in 1995, the Capitan Suizo is ideal for anyone wanting to stay in the middle of a dense 6.20-acres park where some of the trees are 80 years old. You will undoubtedly come across monkeys, raccoons, iguanas, squirrels and brightly-coloured birds here. The small and rather concentrated facilities blend in perfectly with the vegetation to be admired as you follow the small winding paths. The swimming pool is a real meeting place and is surrounded by thick cushions on wooden deckchairs. The back-to-nature fitness room only has three exercise machines.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    Between the swimming pool and the beach you can see further away, appetites can be satisfied in the small open-air restaurant belonging to the Capitan Suizo. Take a seat at one of the wooden tables or beside the wide counter to taste the various dishes (seafood and international cuisine) between 12pm and 9pm! Only breakfast is served in the form of a buffet between 7am and 9am.

    Beach 7.95 /10

    Located on the fine, white, sandy beach, it is nice to walk along the very large, wide Tamarindo beach, which is slightly uneven and about 4 mi long. You can even find leatherback turtles in the quieter areas between October and February. Well away from the hustle and bustle of the small seaside resort, the Capitan Suizo is quiet, and only the cries of the birds disturb the surroundings, opposite the small island of Capitan. Add to this the nationality of the owner and you get the name of the hotel. You have a choice between hammocks attached to a few large trees that serve as umbrellas, or deckchairs. Holiday-makers can go scuba-diving and kayaking on the beach. There are a few rocks in the clear water (watch out for your feet!). Even though this really is a superb setting, you do notice the lack of facilities.

    To know

    The hotel attracts mostly American guests, followed by the English and then the Swiss.

    Accommodation advice:
    Do not forget that eleven of the bedrooms have no individual air-conditioning.


    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, golf, kayak, canoe


    • On the seafront.
    • The beach.
    • The grounds.
    • The animals close by.


    • Very few sports facilities.
    • No activities.
    • 11 standard bedrooms without air-conditioning.
    • Ridiculous fitness room.

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