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Roosters in Dreamland
More Than Just Fish
By Richard Thiel — March 2005
Although the fishing out of Los Sueños is world-class by any standard, there’s plenty more to do year-round in the immediate area for nonanglers or when the bite is off. Perhaps the most popular alternative activity is golfing at La Iguana, the Marriott’s on-site course. Designed by Ted Robinson, Jr., it’s a challenging, par-72, 18-hole course that winds through a rainforest, offering the chance to see toucans, monkeys, and scarlet macaws. Greens fees for 18 holes run from $120 to $140, depending on the season.
Also on site are a spa, casino, tennis courts, and fitness center, and you can even enroll in Spanish language and dance classes.
There are plenty of things to see and do beyond the resort’s borders as well, and either group or individual tours can be arranged through the Marriott’s tour desk. A canopy tour is not to be missed. You ride on a tractor up to the top of a hill in the middle of a rainforest, where locals have constructed a network of platforms and cables that stretch between them. Donning a harness, you clip on to the cable and skim from station to station, over the tops of the trees while enjoying spectacular views of the ocean. It’s bothexciting and safe. Cost per person is about $60.
Costa Rica is deservedly known as an ecological wonderland, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Manuel Antonio National Park, just an hour’s taxi south of the resort. Admission is $7, and for about $10 more, you can hire a guide at the park entrance who will not only point out the extensive variety of animals but also let you view them through his monoscope.
If that’s not enough, visitors to Los Sueños can also book freshwater fishing trips, a mangrove and crocodile tour, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, sea kayaking and snorkeling, and a tour of an active volcano. And, of course, there’s always saltwater fishing. —R.T.
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This article originally appeared in the March 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.