Archive for the ‘Guanacaste’ Category

Deep Sea Migration: The Whales of Costa Rica

Posted on: November 20th, 2016 by Sugar

There are few experiences more majestic, more awe-inspiring, than encounters with whales. The powerful sight of a creature so large it defies your sense of proportion, the sense of connection with another intelligent being, leaves an indelible impression. Costa Rica More…

Help girls break the cycle of poverty

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by Sugar

A sad fact about beautiful Guanacaste: it’s the poorest province in Costa Rica and women and girls in particular feel the burden. Single mothers are commonly the sole earners for large families, with domestic violence a constant problem. The teenage More…

Green Season

Posted on: July 9th, 2016 by Sugar

Costa Rica’s Green Season lasts from May to mid December. You can expect rain, and you can also expect to see the country don its most vibrant colors when even the trees seem breathe with the fullness of life.

Sugar Beach High Season

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Sugar

Costa Rica High Season: peak beauty, absolute relaxation, pura vida.

Feliz Navidad

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by Sugar

Christmas in Costa Rica, a country that loves its celebrations, is an especially festive time. The Navidad holiday season lasts from the beginning of December with the Festival de la luz / Festival of Light and lasts through the arrival More…

Happy World Water Day

Posted on: March 22nd, 2015 by Sugar

  In honor of World Water Day, let’s take a look at something near (very near) and dear to us: waves. Not all waves have the same characteristics and they can often seem to have particular personalities. If you’re going More…

Where Natural and National History Meet: Santa Rosa National Park

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Sugar

  The Santa Rosa National Park occupies a unique place among Costa Rica’s protected areas. In addition to being one of the last, nearly complete representations of Guanacaste’s natural heritage, it is also the site of historical drama that took More…


Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Sugar

Sugar Beach will be open this weekend, taking a break from our restorative hiatus. We can’t think of a better way to start the season than with the annual benefit, Hike for the Cure, Saturday, November 2. It’s just ¢6,000 More…

Weddings Costa Rica

Posted on: August 14th, 2013 by Sugar

At Sugar Beach we know weddings. We know a wedding should be one of the happiest events in the life of any couple, and with proper planning it can also be one of the most relaxed. Relaxed? you ask. A More…

Bullfighting in Costa Rica

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by Sugar

  What most people know about bullfighting comes from the Spanish tradition of corrida de toros, literally “running of bulls.” One thinks of the matador decked in satin and jewels, participating in a highly stylized ritual in which a bull More…

What were your first steps like?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2013 by Pablo Herrera

What were your first steps like? Your mom probably was circling you like a hawk with the video camera, your dad practically begging you to ‘come here buddy’ as if you were a dog, and you, confused why you were More…

Beach House

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Sugar

Now through June 15 receive a 20% discount for a 5 night stay, or a 25% discount for a 7 night stay in our newly renovated Beach House. The Beach House at Sugar Beach is located on the secluded Southern-most More…

Women’s Empowerment Program

Posted on: January 23rd, 2013 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach is proud to support the Women’s Empowerment Program (Mujeres Activas de Potrero, MAP), a program created by the local non profit organization Abriendo Mentes (AM). Over the past four years we have seen the positive impact that More…

Watercolor Weekend, January 25 – 27

Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Sugar

Discover what you can do with watercolors during our special Sugar Beach Art Weekend. The Watercolor Workshop is open to artists of all levels. The focus of this weekend course is on fundamentals. We’ll work with figure drawing and discuss More…

Join Us For Art Week, Jan. 22 – 29

Posted on: December 2nd, 2012 by Sugar

Art Week offers an inspiring small group adventure suitable for novice and experienced painters alike. Explore Costa Rica’s abundant nature, Guanacaste’s “cowboy” culture, and the quiet beauty of the northern beaches. Sketch, paint and relax. January 22 – 29 *Intinerary More…

Announcing our Tico Special

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Sugar

Book now for our Tico Special, just $69 per person November 18 – December 18. See our reservations page or contact Sunsets on the house!

Sensational Sunsets

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Sugar

We don’t mean to brag (we totally do), but we know sunsets and the sunsets you’ll find at Sugar Beach will take your breath away. Like snowflakes, no two are quite alike. Please take a stroll through a very short More…

Guaitil Pottery: A 5,000 Year Old Tradition

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012 by Sugar

The town of Guaitil, located in San Vicente de Nicoya, Guanacaste, has for more than 5,000 years produced some of the world’s most stunning pottery. Today, residents use the same traditional and ancestral techniques of the Chorotega indigenous groups, a More…

188 years of traditions and culture

Posted on: July 20th, 2012 by Sugar

This July 25 Guanacaste celebrates 188 years of being part of Costa Rica. What makes this day so special? We have fiestas, dances, parades, bull rides, and of course plenty of tasty food. But what all of this truly means More…

Sofia’s Turtles

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Sugar

As we transition from Dry Season, also known as High Season, we’ve asked our staff to relay some of their favorite experiences. This one comes from manager Sophia Granados Chaverri, a city girl who has learned to love nature at More…

Every Year On Good Friday

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by Sugar

Easter, throughout the greatly Catholic countries of Latin America, is celebrated with masses, processions and the traditional rites that accompany the resurrection of Christ next Sunday. In Costa Rica the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Jose started the week’s festivities with More…

Tico Chef

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012 by Sugar

Gorgeous photos by Marco Gonzalez Murillo, a wonderful chef we know from San Jose. Please visit his blog to see more.

January in Guanacaste

Posted on: January 15th, 2012 by Sugar

January in Guanacaste

Hummingbird Wars: Size Doesn’t Really Matter

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by Sugar

There are few birds that draw gasps of delight quite like the hummingbird. With deft, precise motions, these brightly coloured birdlets move quickly from flower to flower, wasting no time in extracting the sugar-rich nectar they depend on for energy. More…

Twilight of the Turtles

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by Sugar

There is a reason the leatherback turtle looks so ancient. As a species, she has lived on the earth for more than 65 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. The oldest and largest living reptile, the average leatherback More…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…