Deluxe Rooms Specials

3 Nights Paradise Getaway

Escape to paradise, where breathtaking sunsets and palm-lined spotless beaches greet you every day. Pamper yourself and reconnect with your inner peace among the beauty that surrounds Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas. Pay for 3 nights accommodation in one of our deluxe rooms and receive a $100 credit to our Cala Moresca open air restaurant, where you can dine under the stars. In addition complimentary daily Yoga Class!

Valid from June 01st thru December 19th, 2014 applies to Deluxe Rooms reservations only.


When to Travel to Tamarindo, Costa Rica

The answer to the question, “When should I travel to Costa Rica” is a tricky one. There are a few factors that might affect your decision on when to visit our beautiful Central American country. Also, understand that the Tamarindo area on the north Pacific coast has a climate that is far different than other parts of the country – so when you plan your vacation to Costa Rica, consider whether you’re destined for one location or if you’ll be traveling around.

The main factors to consider when deciding when to come visit Costa Rica are weather, price and tourism.

Understanding the Costa Rican rainy season and dry season

The Tamarindo area of Costa Rica, which is in the province of Guanacaste, has two seasons: a rainy season and a dry season. The rainy season is usually from May to October, and the dry season from November to April.

During the dry season, it normally doesn’t rain at all. From mid-November until January, the temperatures are slightly cooler than in the height of the Costa Rican “summer”. That summer extends from February to April, when the daytime heat is quite remarkable and the nights can’t really be described as cool.

The rainy season starts out slow in May, when it doesn’t actually rain too much – we’ll see showers some afternoons. Often we experience a mini-summer again in June and July, and then by August, we’re in full-fledged rainy season. What that usually means is the days are hot and sunny, then afternoon showers provide a very welcome relief. The most rain falls in late September and through October.

You might notice the Costa Rican tourism industry often calls the rainy season the green season. It’s a very appropriate term. With such dryness during the summer, much of the green vegetation disappears, although flowers are in full bloom. Then, once the rains start, the landscape explodes into a lush, green paradise, with abundant groundcover, vines and grasses popping up everywhere.

How the time of year affects prices in Costa Rica

The warm, dry days of summer mean the peak of tourism season, especially between mid-December and Easter. As a result of the seasonal tourism boom, expect to find prices for almost everything to be higher. You’ll be hard-pressed to find good deals on accommodation during the dry season.

Hotels including Cala Luna post green season special rates during the lower tourism months, often from August to November. (Prices spike again slightly during June and July when summer holidays affect North America and Europe, and national holidays bring Costa Rica’s city folk out to the beaches.) We offer special rates and package deals at this time of year. In 2014, we’re combining accommodation with services here at the hotel, such as spa services, restaurant deals and surf lessons. Check our website to see the green season special promotions at our boutique hotel near the beach.

Tourism high season in Tamarindo

Most tourists visit us in Costa Rica when the weather in other countries is less than ideal. The winter months in other parts of the world translate to tourism peak season here for us – that’s from December to April. As mentioned in the previous section, we also get a bit of a boom in June and July.

Christmas and Easter time are especially busy in Tamarindo. Tourists come from other countries to enjoy the beautiful weather while on holiday with their families, as well as families from the cities here in Costa Rica, who like to vacation on the beach. Fail to book your room far in advance and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place to stay in Tamarindo during these holidays.

Contrarily, low season for tourism coincides with our rainiest months: September and October. Those who visit at this time of year enjoy access to long stretches of beach where you’ll see few other people, an easy time booking tours and activities, and an even slower pace than what is normal here. If you book tours during low season, you might even be treated to a private tour with no other visitors coming along! For locals, this low season is very relaxing and enjoyable.

The conclusion is that the best time for you to visit Tamarindo depends on what is most important for your vacation. But trust us – any time you visit, you’ll be treated to gorgeous natural surroundings, friendly people, and a sense of peace that is native to Costa Rica.


Cala Luna introduces its new website

Ideal beachfront location?

Check.

Awe-inspiring architecture featuring native woods and beach-sourced decor details?

Check.

Spectacular year-round weather?

Check.

Brand-new website so you can find out everything you wanted to know about our hotel, about Tamarindo, and an easy booking process?

Check. Finally.

It was a long time coming, but at last Cala Luna’s website matches the upscale, luxurious ambiance of our hotel. We recently published the new site, featuring a plethora of great subsections for you to check out. The goal was to better communicate with our guests past, present and future about what Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas stands for, what we offer to you, what to expect when you arrive, and plenty of information about Costa Rica and the Tamarindo beach area.

We invite you to thoroughly browse our new website, and to share your feedback. We’re always striving to better serve our guests and we believe that our new site is just one platform we can utilize to do so.

The new calaluna.com: Connecting you with our hotel, our tours, our community and our philosophy

Our new website is home to a pandora’s box of information that we trust will be useful and informative to you. Just a few examples of new information we’ve added are:

• Tabs to describe each of the tours we organize for our guests at our beachfront hotel. Some are 100% unique: they’re not available through any other agency or hotel, such as the La Senda tour that includes a horseback ride and a visit to the property of one of the hotel’s owners, where there’s an organic farm and the world’s biggest labyrinth.

• Descriptions of some one-of-a-kind romantic experiences we organize for our guests, including secluded dinners by candlelight on the beach with a private waiter, honeymoon options, and wedding planning services.

• Information about our yoga classes, which happen in our outdoor studio, and our relaxing spa treatments.

• Details about our deluxe hotel rooms, private villas, poolside lounge, open-air restaurant and other amenities available right here at our boutique hotel.

• A history of how Cala Luna came to be, with information about our owners and the philosophy that drove them to open this spectacular hotel.

• The nitty-gritty details for your stay, including our privacy policy and the terms and conditions.

Throughout the site, you’ll find photographs that show you around our beautiful property so you’ll feel at home here even before you arrive. You’ll also become acquainted with our philosophies, most of which are rooted in Symbiosis and respect for nature.

Cala Luna blogs: An easy way to interact together

Another new element of our website is this blog section. From here, we hope to communicate more personally with you, keeping you informed about what’s going on at the hotel, passing along details of any special events or promotions coming up, and sharing a friendly perspective on what it’s like to work at Cala Luna and live in the Tamarindo area.

We’d love to see you interact with us through this blog, or in whatever way suits you best. You can find our contact details on the Contact Us page, and we invite you to engage with us through our Facebook page, or through Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. Whichever platform suits you, we’re there as well, and we’re always listening to your questions and comments. We’d even love to hear your personal experience with us at Cala Luna, or your suggestions on what you’d like to see included on our blog or on the website.

Of course, better than all that, we’d love to have you join us here on beautiful Playa Langosta, just next to Tamarindo beach, on the coast of sunny Costa Rica. Until then, Pura Vida!


Things to do in Tamarindo

A Costa Rican beach town where you’ll never be bored

Sometimes people find it shocking that it’s impossible not to get bored in a tiny beach town with a fraction of the services and attractions offered by the world’s other top tourism destinations. In truth, Tamarindo is but a village with a full-time population of only about 500 people. But rest assured: when you arrive here you’ll find plenty to do, to the point that when it comes time to leave, you’ll find you haven’t yet checked everything off your to-do list.

The beach. Going to the beach is an activity in itself. When you’re staying at Cala Luna, you have easy access to two beaches: Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. The latter is just at the doorstep of the hotel, and you’ll likely spend many an evening there, watching the sunset.

Tamarindo beach has a completely different vibe. Whereas Langosta is quiet, secluded and rocky, which makes swimming difficult, Tamarindo beach is a bustling length of sand bordered by small hotels, restaurants and surf shops. The sandy bottom of Tamarindo bay means there are always a ton of people splashing about in the waves next to beginner surfers, kayakers and stand-up paddlers.

Spending a whole day at the beach is easy and rewarding. You’ll meet men and women selling pipas (little coconuts which they’ll open so you can drink the fresh coconut water inside), artisans, people selling granizados (snow cones) from colorful carts, surfers, bikers, dog owners, kids playing soccer and any number of other visitors from across the globe. There’s really no reason to leave the beach. The mornings are quiet and the afternoons are hot. But not to worry – there are plenty of bars right along the sand so you can cool off with a tropical drink under the shade. Then, around 5:30, choose your spot to settle in and watch a consistently gorgeous sunset, decorated with silhouetted fishing boats, surfers and soaring pelicans.

Walk the streets. The town of Tamarindo, though small, has a good variety of shops to check out. As you stroll along the only two main roads in town, peek at the menus of restaurants, gaze at the homes and condos for sale in the windows of the real estate agencies, stop at a cafe for an iced coffee and a muffin, buy a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice from the truck on the corner, chat with the locals and peruse the handmade jewelry and souvenirs.

Tamarindo nightlife. After dark, Tamarindo has plenty to offer. Pop in to the sports bar in Langosta to play ping pong, billiards or horseshoes; laugh over a game of mini golf in Tamarindo (hint: it’s BYOB!); and check the posters around town to see what kind of special parties will be happening that night at the bars and pubs around town. Many pubs and restaurants have free live music at night, ideal for dancing!

Out of town: The thrills and scenery of Guanacaste

Hopefully one of the reasons you’ve come to Costa Rica is you love beaches. Get your fill by traveling the Guanacaste coast and visit the secluded and vastly different beaches outside of Tamarindo. Just 20 minutes south is Playa Avellanas, home to huge, twisted driftwood, a boardwalk covered by mangroves and the famous Lola’s restaurant. 15 minutes further is Playa Negra, so called for the swirls of black sand, and the adjoining beach village of Los Pargos. Continue on and you’ll find beach after beach, each one more beautiful than the last. Traveling north brings you to Playa Grande, which also boasts a lovely village, then to Playa Conchal, covered in tiny shining white shells.

As you know, though, beaches aren’t the only thing Guanacaste has to offer to visitors. Just beyond the outskirts of Tamarindo, you’ll find horseback riding, zip lines, estuaries, a monkey refuge, mountain vistas and so much more. Check our Tours section on our website to see the exciting, adrenaline-filled and scenic activities we can arrange for you.

We’re locals

Looking for suggestions of what to do or see while you’re staying at Cala Luna? Our owners have lived in or near Tamarindo for decades, and most of our staff are from the area too. Get advice from a local – ask us for tips on how to make your vacation to Costa Rica truly unique.


Tammy and John Marchant Formerly

We visited for 10 days. Jan 27 to Feb 5 with our two children. We stayed in a two bedroom villa (102). This was the most decadent and personalized vacation any of us have ever enjoyed. Right down to the nice guy who cleaned our pool everyday. We were greater each day by name and with smiles, asking how our adventures went. Recommendations were made to visit Conchel beach by Marlon- that was easily the best fit for our family. He listened to our likes and dislikes and made his recommendation based on us. AMAZING! Ernesto and Carlos at the front desk, greeted us by name every time they saw us, they asked about our day, they provided recommendations and offered incredible service. Carlos at the \”bar\” knew us by day 2! My daughter (13) liked the virgin mango daiquiri and with a simple nod of oermission he would greet her and tease her about putting in \”double the alcohol\” to which she would laugh and tease him back in horror! The young lady who served us breakfast daily- I missed her name- she knew that my son liked cocacola lite for his morning drink and with my permission always presented it with a smile for him. She recognized my husband when he returned form surfing and told us he was back before we even saw him. The kids were thrilled by the birds which showed up at breakfast time and instead of shewing them away – the staff encouraged my kids to give them a treat and to enjoy them. Talk about personal! We swam, we ate like kings and we were treated like royalty! I have Never written a Thank you to a hotel, I have never ever enjoyed a place as much as I enjoyed the Cala Luna. We felt so spoiled. You should have a A++! No other \”5star\” resort comes close to your amazing personalized service! Thank you!! Villa 102

Eleanor and George Frankola

We had a wonderful time at Cala Luna! Everything is so beautiful, and you staff is warm and  welcoming.
We are taking home fantastic memories and hope to return some day,
Thank you.  Pura vida!

Greg & Dawn, Mike & Diane

Thank you for making our children´s wedding perfect! It was a beautiful location, but all of your efforts to take care of the little details – make our guests feel welcome and comfortable – were greatly appreciated.
Many, many, many thanks for an incredible stay.

Penny Sandveld

It is with a heart full of gratitude that I write to thank you for the warmth and generosity of spirit that has pervaded my stay at your resort. There is an understated elegance to the surroundings and an essence of peace and safety .
The buffet at breakfast never disappointed and the lunches and dinners were a delight. There was a wide selection which afforded someone such as myself, with multiple food sensitivities, wise and   safe choices .
I look forward to visiting you once again, perhaps for a yoga retreat or possibly my own wedding!
Sending love and light and a thousand blessings to you and yours!


Things to do in Tamarindo

A Costa Rican beach town where you’ll never be bored

Sometimes people find it shocking that it’s impossible not to get bored in a tiny beach town with a fraction of the services and attractions offered by the world’s other top tourism destinations. In truth, Tamarindo is but a village with a full-time population of only about 500 people. But rest assured: when you arrive here you’ll find plenty to do, to the point that when it comes time to leave, you’ll find you haven’t yet checked everything off your to-do list.

The beach. Going to the beach is an activity in itself. When you’re staying at Cala Luna, you have easy access to two beaches: Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. The latter is just at the doorstep of the hotel, and you’ll likely spend many an evening there, watching the sunset.

Tamarindo beach has a completely different vibe. Whereas Langosta is quiet, secluded and rocky, which makes swimming difficult, Tamarindo beach is a bustling length of sand bordered by small hotels, restaurants and surf shops. The sandy bottom of Tamarindo bay means there are always a ton of people splashing about in the waves next to beginner surfers, kayakers and stand-up paddlers.

Spending a whole day at the beach is easy and rewarding. You’ll meet men and women selling pipas (little coconuts which they’ll open so you can drink the fresh coconut water inside), artisans, people selling granizados (snow cones) from colorful carts, surfers, bikers, dog owners, kids playing soccer and any number of other visitors from across the globe. There’s really no reason to leave the beach. The mornings are quiet and the afternoons are hot. But not to worry – there are plenty of bars right along the sand so you can cool off with a tropical drink under the shade. Then, around 5:30, choose your spot to settle in and watch a consistently gorgeous sunset, decorated with silhouetted fishing boats, surfers and soaring pelicans.

Walk the streets. The town of Tamarindo, though small, has a good variety of shops to check out. As you stroll along the only two main roads in town, peek at the menus of restaurants, gaze at the homes and condos for sale in the windows of the real estate agencies, stop at a cafe for an iced coffee and a muffin, buy a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice from the truck on the corner, chat with the locals and peruse the handmade jewelry and souvenirs.

Tamarindo nightlife. After dark, Tamarindo has plenty to offer. Pop in to the sports bar in Langosta to play ping pong, billiards or horseshoes; laugh over a game of mini golf in Tamarindo (hint: it’s BYOB!); and check the posters around town to see what kind of special parties will be happening that night at the bars and pubs around town. Many pubs and restaurants have free live music at night, ideal for dancing!

Out of town: The thrills and scenery of Guanacaste

Hopefully one of the reasons you’ve come to Costa Rica is you love beaches. Get your fill by traveling the Guanacaste coast and visit the secluded and vastly different beaches outside of Tamarindo. Just 20 minutes south is Playa Avellanas, home to huge, twisted driftwood, a boardwalk covered by mangroves and the famous Lola’s restaurant. 15 minutes further is Playa Negra, so called for the swirls of black sand, and the adjoining beach village of Los Pargos. Continue on and you’ll find beach after beach, each one more beautiful than the last. Traveling north brings you to Playa Grande, which also boasts a lovely village, then to Playa Conchal, covered in tiny shining white shells.

As you know, though, beaches aren’t the only thing Guanacaste has to offer to visitors. Just beyond the outskirts of Tamarindo, you’ll find horseback riding, zip lines, estuaries, a monkey refuge, mountain vistas and so much more. Check our Tours section on our website to see the exciting, adrenaline-filled and scenic activities we can arrange for you.

We’re locals

Looking for suggestions of what to do or see while you’re staying at Cala Luna? Our owners have lived in or near Tamarindo for decades, and most of our staff are from the area too. Get advice from a local – ask us for tips on how to make your vacation to Costa Rica truly unique.


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