Descent Into the Past: Barra Honda National Park

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 by Sugar

The Barra Honda National Park in the heart of the Nicoya Peninsula may appear unassuming at first glance, but beneath the sprawling backdrop of dry tropical forest and chattering monkeys a buried treasure lies waiting to be explored: a network More…

Butterfly Garden

Posted on: September 4th, 2011 by Sugar

In June we reported that Sugar Beach was revamping its gardens by installing plants that are native to Guanacaste. These species are well adapted to the local cycles of rain and drought, and they play a key role in supporting More…

Wedding Birds

Posted on: August 25th, 2011 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach Wedding Season is all year round! We celebrated a beautiful beach wedding last weekend, and we have 20 more on the books for the coming months. We have noticed that even our beautiful birds enjoy a surf More…

Mother’s Day Mother Nature

Posted on: August 14th, 2011 by Sugar

Eco Friendly Weddings

Posted on: August 2nd, 2011 by Sugar

With its exotic flora and pristine beaches Costa Rica has long been a popular choice for destination weddings. At Hotel Sugar Beach we host dozens of wedding events each year and many of the couples we have met along the More…

Guanacaste Day

Posted on: July 25th, 2011 by Sugar

Only July 25 Costa Ricans commemorate the 1824 annexation of the Partido de Nicoya, a major portion of Guanacaste Province. The national holiday, known as Guanacaste Day, is celebrated throughout the country with parties, parades, public dances, traditional costumes and More…

Day Trip to The Tenorio Volcano

Posted on: July 10th, 2011 by Sugar

Just three hours from the Hotel Sugar Beach lies one of Costa Rica’s lesser-known marvels, the Tenorio Volcano.  Though it is one of the country’s active volcanoes, it was only declared a national park in 1995.  Since then, trails have More…

Monkey Bridge Fundraiser a Howling Success!

Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by Sugar

Last week’s monkey bridge fundraiser has come and gone, and it was, if we dare say it, a howling success!  More than 75 people from the Potrero, Surfside and Flamingo communities came out to support our cause.  Thanks to their More…

Sugar Beach Goes Native

Posted on: June 26th, 2011 by Sugar

We are revamping our gardens and going native! With the help of ProNativas, a non-profit group based in Monteverde, Hotel Sugar Beach is putting in all-native plants, many of them unique to this very region.  We believe our guests will More…

Green Season Special

Posted on: June 19th, 2011 by Sugar

With the arrival of the May rain, the dry forest turns green and many dormant species spring to life.  Hotel Sugar Beach celebrates this annual renewal with our hard-to-resist Green Season Special.  Rates are just $59 per person for a More…

Monkey Benefit – Please Join Us!

Posted on: June 15th, 2011 by Sugar

Our monkeys thank you.

The Happiest of Hours

Posted on: June 6th, 2011 by Sugar

At Hotel Sugar Beach we pride ourselves on serving cocktails that combine fresh, indigenous fruit with top shelf liquor. There is art in a fine mixed drink, and we are not the only ones to claim that when you cross More…

Birders Paradise

Posted on: May 29th, 2011 by Sugar

Birding along Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast is vastly different than in the cooler, wetter forests of the interior, where volcanoes rise and rain falls nearly daily.  In Guanacaste, where Hotel Sugar Beach is located, the forests are dry tropical, More…

Brides in Bloom

Posted on: May 25th, 2011 by Sugar

It’s been a busy season for weddings at Hotel Sugar Beach – our favorite kind of celebration. Whether it’s an intimate gathering of immediate family, or a party replete with flower girls and second cousins, a destination wedding allows everyone More…

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Posted on: May 20th, 2011 by Sugar

The Rincón de la Vieja National Park is a place of dramatic and varied beauty.  Home to one of the country’s most active volcanoes, the park is made up of shifting landscapes that range from dry scrubland pocked with bubbling More…

Blue Flag Flies at Sugar Beach

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach is proud to hoist the Blue Flag for the ninth consecutive year. The flag acts as a certificate of good health – vouching for clean seawater, a clean beach, clean drinking water and getting the local community More…

Sugar Beach Hosts Open Water Swimmer

Posted on: May 8th, 2011 by Sugar

Even tsunami warnings won’t faze open water swimmer Renate Herberger, who earlier this year made Playa Potrero one of her stopovers, as she swam the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica to draw attention to the plight of the oceans.   More…

More Monkeys

Posted on: May 5th, 2011 by Sugar

A new family of howlers has moved into the neighborhood. Maybe they heard about the monkey bridge, or maybe word got out that we have extra delicious mangoes this season. Either way the howlers have been content and peaceful. See More…

Daily Birds

Posted on: April 30th, 2011 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach has always been a prime location for birders and bird groups from around the world. Though a small country, Costa Rica is bird-rich, with over 893 recorded species, more than the US and Canada combined. Here are More…

Endless Summer Special

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach is running a special promotion from May through August. When you book three nights you’ll receive an additional night stay for free. The only restriction: must be a minimum of four nights. Take advantage of this great More…

Surf’s Up!

Posted on: April 23rd, 2011 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach is currently running a promotion for local and visiting Guanacaste surfers: Post a surfing picture to our Facebook page (boogie boards and wipe outs count) and we will buy you a drink or one item from our More…

Welcome to the Monkey Bridge

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Sugar

At Hotel Sugar Beach we share our space – the grounds, the trees, our delicious jocote – with many indigenous creatures. You will meet our proud, stately iguanas, determined little dinosaurs and organic bug zappers. You will notice the rascally More…

Cultural Tourism in Costa Rica

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 by Sugar

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, an instigator of change in global environmental practices, there are 10 key sectors to making the world greener. They are inter-related and include construction, agriculture, fishing, tourism and water management.  But environmental awareness More…

Guanacaste: Life Portraits

Posted on: April 9th, 2011 by Sugar

There is a Chinese proverb that says that a book is like a garden carried in the pocket. One assumes this refers to what the end-user, aka, the reader, should feel.  For me, publishing the photo book Guanacaste: Life Portraits, More…

Flamingo Art Festival

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 by Sugar

March gathered some of Costa Rica’s finest artists to Flamingo, as part of the second annual “Festival de Arte.”  The weekend-long festival showcased the work of painters and sculptors from across the country, whose work largely reflected a distinctly Costa More…

Mardi Gras

Posted on: March 6th, 2011 by Sugar

Costa Rica is a predominantly Catholic country, and observant of most major religious holidays, and Easter is no exception.  Semana Santa, or Holy Week, as it is known, is one of the busiest times along the Guanacaste coast, sending hordes More…

Summer Blooms

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Sugar

Along with gusting winds and dry sunny days, summer on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast also brings a profusion of colour to relieve the endless sea of green that marks the rainy season.  December’s infrequent rains give way to January’s More…

Summer Fruit

Posted on: February 19th, 2011 by Sugar

The tropics are well known for their abundance of delicious fruit, and many of the dishes and drinks at the Sugar Beach Hotel restaurant reflect Costa Rica’s seasonal offerings.  Whether it’s a simple garnish of puckery-sweet starfruit, plucked fresh from More…

Fiesta Season in Full Swing

Posted on: February 8th, 2011 by Sugar

Fiesta means party in Spanish, and it is also the name for the lively celebrations of Guanacaste culture that take place each year at the height of summer.  Bearing some resemblance to the carnivals of yore, they are replete with More…

Coatimundi the Clever Forager

Posted on: February 3rd, 2011 by Sugar

No matter where there are humans, there is a raccoon-like creature that will eventually come sniffing around, and the Sugar Beach hotel grounds are no exception.  Our resident foragers are the Coatimundi – known locally as pizote – and this More…