Hotel Capitan Suizo

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 the family owning the hotel is from Switzerland “Suizo”.

In 1992 the owners of Capitán 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 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 and its people’s philosophy was born.

Capitán Suizo is an environmentally conscious Boutique Beachfront Hotel where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. The hotel is set beneath native trees and nestled between rich, organically maintained gardens which home a wide variety of wildlife. In each and every corner of Capitán Suizo one can observe the magnificent beauty of Costa Rica’s nature. Birds, howler monkeys, squirrels, gray and green iguanas, geckos, armadillos, skunks, collared anteaters and raccoons are some of the animals that can be seen almost daily throughout the hotel’s garden. Biologically natural paths and corridors have been kept connected with the outside forest areas to provide wildlife the possibility to continue to travel around in a safe way in order to find habitat and food inside as well as outside the gardens.

With a 5 leaves level award in the Certification of Sustainable Tourism (CST) Capitán Suizo reflects its environmental, social, cultural and economic commitment throughout its operation.

More than 95% of the 70 staff members are Costa Rican and most of them are from the region of Guanacaste. They work with joy and pride to make sure guests have a wonderful experience at Capitán Suizo.

Nestled between lush, tropical gardens, our 35 inviting rooms await you. The six bungalows, six ocean front units, 22 superior rooms and four-bedroom suite, are spacious, furnished with local materials and decorated with regional craftsmanship and antique photographs from Costa Rica. All of them overlook exuberant tropical gardens, face towards the ocean and feature a balcony or terrace. Each room has a king size bed with a tailor-made mosquito net for those who prefer it. Rooms have a comfortable sitting area with a queen size sofa bed (except the 2 Beachfront Garden Rooms) and sliding doors to let the refreshing ocean breeze in.

They all have air conditioning, ceiling fans and wireless Internet access. They 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 spacious bathrooms have a shower, an extra 220 volts wall-socket for European appliances and hair dryer.

All the rooms, except the 2 Beachfront Garden Rooms have been designed and equipped for a maximum of 3 people.

Superior Rooms are equipped with a balcony (second floor) or a terrace (first floor) and a spacious bathroom. The 11 rooms on the superior floors were originally built on a high level to keep them fresh through natural air circulation. This environmentally friendly “Ocean Breeze” option can still be offered in some units if someone wishes it this way.

The 6 bungalows are individually set amongst the nature. Every unit has a large private terrace with a hammock. The spacious bathrooms have a double whirlpool and an outside shower with hot water. 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 in the morning to the singing of the birds, the howl of the monkeys, and the roaring of the sea we can still offer this environmentally friendly “Ocean Breeze” option.

While having the same design and facilities as the Bungalows with air conditioning and the ocean breeze, two of our bungalows have the privilege of being located directly in front of the beach. The ocean front terrace is ideal for a romantic, private candlelight dinner.

The two Beachfront Garden Rooms are situated on the ground floor and both have spectacular ocean vistas. The spacious bathrooms each have a shower and a Jacuzzi. Wide sliding doors open up onto a contemporary, tropical terrace with a wooden deck that offers an amazing ocean view which can be enjoyed while lying in the hammock.

With a breathtaking oceanfront location, direct access to the beach and a spectacular view to the Pacific Ocean, the Beachfront suites are both spacious and cozy. They offer a comfortable living area and spacious bathrooms. The terraces as well as the balcony are ideal for romantic candle light dinners.

Beachfront Suite ground floor
The Beachfront suite located on the ground floor has wide sliding glass doors that fully open in such a way that the extensive wooden terrace is incorporated into the unit. This allows for a unique ocean view and it is perfect for relaxing moments in the hammocks. The elegant bathroom offers a spacious shower.

Beachfront Suite upper floor
The Beachfront suite located upstairs offers large windows, a wide balcony with a hammock and a spacious bathroom with a double sink, double jacuzzi and a shower.

The wide balcony, featuring a hammock, is also ideal for relaxing moments and romantic candle light dinners.

The four-bedroom suite is situated on the second floor of the main building and overlooks lush tropical grounds. There are four bedrooms, all with air conditioning, a safe deposit box and a telephone. One bedroom has a king size bed and access to the balcony, one has a queen size bed and the other two each have two single beds; one with an exit to the balcony. As part of this unit there is a spacious living room which unlike the rooms does not have air conditioning. Thanks to its design and the ceiling fans the inside keeps fresh through natural air circulation. The huge balcony with a hammock invites guests to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. It has two bathrooms with a double sink and an extra lavatory. One bathroom has a jacuzzi, shower, and bidet, while the other has a shower.


Directly in front of the hotel 4 kilometers of beautiful sandy beach invite you to enjoy nice walks or runs.

With the ocean in front of the doorstep you are privileged to enjoy the warm waters all year around meanwhile you observe the pelicans close to you and on distance the gently sway of the boats in one of the most beautiful and safest swimming beaches of this country.

Enjoy the spectacular and famous sunsets Tamarindo very often displays.

Take your own surfboard or rent one directly at the hotel. The beach offers opportunities for surfers of all skill levels to enjoy the great waves that bless this part of the world. Right in front of the hotel is a perfect spot for beginners. Be ready to catch a good wave!

Tamarindo has the best warm water waves for learning how to surf. Whether you are new to the sport or not, the experienced surf instructor will guide you through the basics of this fun an exciting sport and before you know it you will be riding the waves.

Complementary boogie boards are offered for you to play safely with the gentle waves right in front of the hotel.

Take a kayak to explore Capitán island and the Tamarindo Bay.

Use some tools, sand water and a lot of imagination to create your own sandcastle.

There is an outdoor pool table in the shaded area right outside the beach.

A ping pong table is situated in the shade of the trees next to the beach.

The beach in front of the hotel is a beautiful spot to play volleyball.


During the early morning 2 hour boat ride you will visit different canals, watch and learn about the natural history of the wildlife that inhabits this area like the different mangrove species, water birds, monkeys and crocodiles.

Guanacaste is known as the cowboy land of Costa Rica. You can choose to ride through the hills, pasture areas and riversides. You will be able to spot birds, howler monkeys and exotic plants from the dry forest. You will also have the opportunity to pass by a typical Guanacastecan village. The other option is to ride along the beach (Brasilito and Puerto Viejo) and a typical Guanacastecan village.

If you don´t want to take a long ride to experience the Canopy Tour, there are several of them available close by to Tamarindo in the Tropical Dry Forest. They offer pure adventure and exciting experiences at the top of the trees where you will be gliding by cable lines connected to platforms built in the treetops. They also have some suspension bridges between platforms from where you will enjoy the Tropical Dry Forest.

This two hour adventure tour by quad will make you discover paths that you never thought you would ever see. You will enjoy the visit to the different beautiful beaches that this region offers or you will drive by the Tropical Dry Forest and some hills with the most amazing panoramic views of the North Pacific Coasts.

Your destination is the Catalina Islands; one of the best diving spots in Costa Rica. Divers will encounter warm water, excellent visibility and the fantastic diversity of tropical marine life.  Open water program and advance open water program courses are available all year around as well as the introduction program for those wishing to dive for the first time without certification.

This will be a good occasion to search for different spots depending on water and weather conditions. During the tour it is possible to see the wide biodiversity of tropical marine life.

Enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the Pacific beaches on board a sailboat / catamaran. While sailing in the Tamarindo bay the boat will border Playa Grande until reaching a good place to take a refreshing swim or snorkel; it is possible to see dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life. At the end of the trip you will be amazed by the most spectacular sunsets that nature can offer.

Paddling your own kayak through the Tamarindo estuary will give you the opportunity to observe wildlife including wading birds, monkeys and the ecosystem of the mangrove forest.

A beautiful 18 hole golf course is just 20 minutes from the hotel. 

Tamarindo has a high-quality tennis club with two courts and lighting to play in the evenings. The offered classes are with a tennis pro and are available for children and adults.

Out of respect and sympathy towards the culture, the traditions and the character of this country, (which succeeded to place 25% of its total area into conservation), it was only natural from the very beginning for Capitán Suizo to integrate nature and animals with love and respect as well as to contribute positively to the local communities.  

Since February 2011, the hotel has been certified with the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), a program developed by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). In 2013 the hotel achieved 5 leaves, the highest possible level in this certification; reflecting itsenvironmental, social, cultural and economic commitment throughout its operation.

We are a Beachfront Boutique Hotel offering unique and unforgettable experiences, services and a high quality infrastructure. We boast an informal and cheerful atmosphere where animals and nature are integrated with love and respect and where both guests and employees feel completely satisfied, operating under sustainable practices with the social and cultural environments of which we are part.

To position ourselves as the most sought-after Beachfront Boutique Hotel on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica by 2020 with high standards of ethics, quality and personalized service; operating under sustainable practices with the environmental, social and cultural surroundings. We aim to place great emphasis on the protection of flora, wildlife and all natural resources in general due to the effects caused by tourism development.

Hotel Capitan Suizo is a proud member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for local schools we support in need, you will make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

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