Hotel Capitan Suizo - Costa Rica

Costa Rica, Central America

Hotel Capitan Suizo is the perfect place to enjoy beach holidays. It is located directly on the beach in a privileged area, outside of town and at the end of the bay. Despite the growing and development of this former little fisherman village and its surroundings, Capitan Suizo has maintained its original philosophy that includes the protection of native trees and green areas of the property with its lush tropical garden which homes a variety of wildlife and where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Thanks to a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is the ideal oasis to rest, relax and get away from the daily routine.

In 1992 the owners of Capitan Suizo, Ursula and Ruedi Schmid, left Switzerland and moved to Costa Rica with their two children in search of new challenges and new adventures. They fell in love with an untouched piece of land full of tropical vegetation and some beautiful old trees, directly on the beach of a sleepy little fishermen’s town. After three years of “hand made” construction the dream of a small jewel, in touch with nature and in harmony with the country’s and its people’s philosophy was borne.The hotel “Capitán Suizo” owes its name on the one hand to the small island “El Capitán” which lies in front of the hotel and on the other hand to the fact that we are from Switzerland “Suizo”.

The hotel’s philosophy lays importance on supporting the local communities and the local nature and wildlife. More than 95 percent of the sixty employees are Costa Rican and most of them are from the region of Guanacaste. The hotel doesn’t use any pesticides in the garden and thanks to the protected old trees the hotel is often visited by wildlife such as howler monkeys, squirrels, a wide variety of birds, racoons, garrobos, iguanas and armadillos.

Playa Tamarindo is one of the most beautiful beaches of the pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is situated adjacent to “Las Baulas Marine National Park”, which is one of the most important nesting places on the planet for the giant Leatherback turtles. These turtles are the biggest kind of sea turtle in the world.

In recent years the village has become one of the most popular seaside destinations of the country and has experienced growth and development. Therefore, the village offers the accommodations you need to enjoy unforgettable holidays such us a domestic Airport, a variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars, as well as bakeries, supermarkets, car rentals, banks, excellent doctors and pharmacies, two Spanish schools, real states, beauty salons, gym, etc.

Due to the fact that Tamarindo Bay has some of the most tranquil currents of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and therefore considered as one of the safest beaches, it is ideal for swimming and other water sport activities. The place is excellent for kayaking, surfing - or boogie-boarding, snorkeling and diving. Sailboat and catamaran trips are also available. They offer special Sunset-Trips in which one can often enjoy spectacular and famous sunsets of this bay. The surrounding areas of the village are great for bicycling and horseback riding. Golfers can benefit from two beautiful 18-hole golf courses only 20 minutes away from Tamarindo

 The 7 bungalows, honeymoon bungalow, 22 rooms and the four-bedroom-suite are spacious, tastefully furnished and decorated. Some rooms have air conditioning and others are cooled by ceiling fans. All rooms benefit from a balcony or terrace, overlook tropical gardens and face towards the ocean. With a freeform swimming pool, an internet corner, a gift shop and a fenced in parking lot Capitan Suizo has everything you need to comfortable relax and enjoy your beach holidays.


All the units are equipped with a small refrigerator, coffee and tea facilities, direct dial telephone, safe deposit box (included in the price), am/fm radio and a large closet. All the bathrooms have a large shower, an extra 220 volts wall-socket for European appliances, hair drier and a large selection of towels

The 11 rooms located on the upper floor are naturally cooled by ceiling fans as they are built high and in a way that air can circulate very well. All of them have a balcony and spacious bathrooms.

The hotel has 11 rooms with air conditioning which are located on the ground floor. All of them have a terrace and spacious bathrooms


The 7 bungalows are individually set into the nature. They are all equipped with air conditioning and two ceiling fans, one in the sleeping area and another in the living area. Originally these units were designed to keep the inside cool through natural air circulation. If someone would like to enjoy the balmy evenings and wake up to the singing of the birds, the howl of the monkeys, and the roaring of the sea in the morning we are happy for our guest to enjoy these natural beauties for a better price.
Every unit has a large private terrace. The spacious bathrooms have a double whirlpool and an outside shower with hot water

Four Bedroom Suite

The four-bedroom-suite is situated on the second floor of the main building and overlooks lush tropical grounds. There are four bedrooms, one with a king size bed, a ceiling fan and balcony, one with a queen size bed and air conditioning and two with two single beds each and air conditioning. A spacious living room with ceiling fans and a huge balcony invites the guests to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. It has two bathrooms with double sinks and an extra lavatory. One bathroom has a whirlpool, shower and bidet while the other has a shower.


 In the open-air beachfront ‘a la carte’ Restaurant, the chef Roland Brodscholl has been delighting the guests since the opening of the hotel with his fusion of European cuisine and tropical influence. A great deal of importance is given to fresh ingredients and cooking “a la minute”. Over the years, the Restaurant has gained a distinct reputation in the region. During some days of the week the restaurant offers live-entertainment with marimba music and folkloric dance groups. During the dry season the restaurant hosts BBQs and private candle light dinners on the beach.


The Garden is our treasure! The Hotel with its charming and relaxing atmosphere is set beneath native trees and nestled between rich gardens which attract and home a wide variety of wildlife. In each corner of the hotel one can observe the magnificent beauty of Costa Rica’s nature. Birds, howler monkeys, squirrels, gray iguanas, geckos, armadillos, skunks and raccoons are some of the animals that can be seen almost daily throughout the hotel’s garden.


 With the ocean and the beach and all its fun activities in front of the doorstep, a spacious free form swimming pool, a fitness corner and wide selection of activities and tours to choose from both activity loving people and people looking for relaxation under the sun and in the water will feel in their element.

Gift Shop

Experience the exquisite coffee blends and Costa Rican products put together in this beautiful gift store which offers a wide selection of souvenirs, books and traditional art crafts. Our exclusive Cafe Britt store offers all the souvenirs you could need and more. Any article bought in our gift shop store can be sent to your door step anywhere in the world by DHL at no extra cost. Some countries may apply custom taxes.


A internet corner with two PCs, fast internet, skype, headphones, and a printer are to the guests disposal 24 hours a day.

Info Desk

The Info-desk is located near the pool in a cosy outdoor environment. Here our concierge who knows everything there is to know about the hotel, the village, rental cars, domestic flights, taxis and much more, will gladly help make your stay as fun, adventurous or soothing as you wish. We offer various excursions and tours of all types and provide equipment ranging from snorkel gear, kayaks and volleyball equipment to ping pong and board games.

 The beach Hotel Capitan Suizo is located 4 ½ hours by car or 45 minutes by air from San José International Airport. Liberia International Airport is only a 50-minute drive away. (MAPS)

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