Costa Rica Honeymoon, Casa Chameleon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Honeymoon. Weddings. Couples retreat. Enjoy Costa Rica at our Luxury Villas in Mal País. Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

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Gourmet Food in Costa Rica

Excuse us for bragging, but Casa Chameleon’s kitchen is home to one of the best chef’s in Costa Rica, and we’re very excited about it!  Chef Pabro Sanchez and his staff are inspired daily by the beauty of the country and its fresh, native ingredients.  This translates into unique dishes with a creative flare on traditional Costa Rican cuisine.  Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch between activities or a romantic honeymoon dinner, the Casa Chameleon kitchen can deliver it! The best gourmet food in Costa Rica.

We think we serve up the best Costa Rican food,

but don’t just take our word for it – see what our guests are saying about us on Trip Advisor!

  • The BEST thing about this hotel is Chef Pabro Sanchez and his staff. He has created many delicious and creative dishes showcasing local cuisine. – Linda from Cypress, Texas
  • We ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel everyday and the meals were delicious. The chef used locally sourced fresh ingredients to create inventive and tasty dishes. He was also incredibly accommodating to both dietary needs and even specific preferences. – Dylan from Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • To say we were blown away is an understatement… Pabro doesn’t just use the most fresh ingredients (fish caught that day), but the combinations he creates are highly imaginative, with flavors that juxtaposition into the simply delicious.  I’d go back to Costa Rica just to eat his food – seriously! It is that unique and delicious.  – Christine from Geneva, Illinois
  • Pabro and his entire team (including Will, Naomi, etc..) will bend over backwards to please your palate. – Guest from Saint Louis, Missouri

The food selections and staff at the restaurant were probably the highlight of the trip. – Guest from Seattle, Washington

Scuba Diving in Costa Rica: What will you see under water at Casa Chameleon?

Last week, we gave you tips for staying above the water in our post about surfing in Costa Rica. This week, we want to take you on an underwater excursion and show you why scuba diving in Costa Rica should be on your must-do list. You already know that the country is one of the richest in the world in terms of biodiversity, but remember that some of the unique animal and plant species can only be found underwater!

There are numerous diving points between Mal Pais and Playa Hermosa that offer scuba diving for all experience levels, and our staff is happy to help you plan the diving trip that best suits you. Once you’re beneath the surface, you’ll find large schools of colorful fish including angelfish, porcupinefish, and needlefish. As you head deeper into the ocean, you’ll encounter moray eels, manta rays, hawksbill turtles (an endangered species), and whitetip sharks. During certain times of the year, you may even find yourself swimming alongside humpback whales!

For the more adventurous scuba divers, an excursion to Tortuga Island may be in store. The island is known for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and huge volcanic rock formations, and it’s just an hour from Casa Chameleon. After your dive, you can kick back and relax on the beach or go hiking and explore the island.

Guests who are enjoying a romantic vacation or are on your honeymoon in Costa Rica, make note that it’s worth leaving your private villa with plunge pool for this underwater adventure. It’s been said that the best way to observe a fish is to become a fish, so go ahead – dive in!

Surfing in Costa Rica! How to be the Best Surfer in Costa Rica

One thing you’ll quickly learn in Mal Pais is that everyone surfs. In fact, the majority of the Casa Chameleon staff surf in their free time, and they are a great resource for finding the best swells. But what if you’re new to surfing? Or need a refresher?

Sin problema! Mal Pais has waves for every experience level, from clumsy beginners to world-class surfers, and the manager at Casa Chameleon can schedule a surfing lesson for you with one of the local experts. We recently tagged along on a lesson with one of our favorite instructors. Originally from New Jersey, Mark moved to Costa Rica seven years ago, learned to surf, and never looked back. When teaching a beginner, he breaks the process into steps, and he explains why each skill is important to overall success.

Your instructor will help you pick out the surf board that’s right for you, and then you’ll head to the beach for some dry land practice. In this photo, Mark is teaching his surfing student proper placement on the board so he can “pop up” to a standing position.

Once you’ve grasped the basic techniques, it’s time to head into the ocean. You’ll learn how to paddle correctly, how to choose the right wave, and how to approach it on your board. This is when the fun really begins – you’re now ready to start surfing! Yes, you will fall many times while you’re learning, but it’s all worth it when you catch the perfect wave. “This has definitely been one of the highlights of our trip,” said the surfing student.

Just remember the words of one of surfing’s founding fathers, Duke Kahanamoku, who famously said “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun”.

Honeymoon Costa Rica! Our Reasons why you should Honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is ranked as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, and Casa Chameleon continues to win awards for being among the best honeymoon resorts in Costa Rica! So what sets Casa Chameleon apart of the rest?

Casa Chameleon was specifically designed with privacy and romance in mind! The hotel has six private honeymoon villas on site, and each villa boasts luxurious amenities, ocean views, and a private plunge pool. Our staff specializes in personal service, and they will go to extreme lengths to ensure that you and your new spouse have the best honeymoon Costa Rica can offer. Our managers can schedule your activities, like a couples massage or a horseback ride at sunset, and our chef will create custom meals with your preferences in mind. Upon request, our staff will bring your meals and drinks directly to your villa so that you can enjoy them on your patio.

Still not convinced? We’ll leave you with this fun fact – 56% of our guests are celebrating their honeymoon, and 97% of our guests give Casa Chameleon 5 out of 5 stars on Trip Advisor! Book now for a romantic honeymoon Costa Rica style!

How to Crack Open a Coconut

Fresh coconut tastes great and is highly nutritious, but cracking one open is pretty intimidating.  Luckily, the Casa Chameleon staff are coconut-cracking pros, and they’ve agreed to share their secret. Follow the steps below to crack open a coconut like the local Ticos.

Step 1: Pick a fresh coconut.  Did you know that coconuts take about a year to fully ripen?  The best coconuts still have water in them, and the husks will be turning from bright green to brown.  To determine if there’s still water inside, shake the coconut next to your ear.

Step 2:  Carefully shave off approximately one third of the coconut lengthwise.  Because coconut shells are incredibly tough, the best tool for this is a machete.  Keep removing the outer shell until you see the outline of the smaller core of the coconut.

Step 3: Cut a hole in the core and drink the coconut water.  Once you’ve found the core, cut a small hole in it. Put a straw into the core of the fruit, and enjoy the nutritious coconut water.  Stocked with potassium and electrolytes, we’ve heard it’s the perfect cure after a night out.

Step 4: Cut the coconut in half.  After you drink the water, use the machete to carefully cut the coconut in half lengthwise.  This allows you access to the white meat that lines the inside of the shell.

Step 5: Scrape out the coconut meat.  Use a spoon to gently scrape the white meat from the inside of the coconut.  Fresh coconut can be eaten straight from the shell or it can be incorporated into numerous recipes and drinks.  Pina colada anyone?

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