Banana Starfruit Jam

February 3rd, 2011


4 ripe bananas freshly picked from the lush back yard

4 Cups chopped starfruit just fallen from the tree

Juice of 2 limes hanging lazily over the patio

4 Cups water

3.5 Cups sugar

Chop up the starfruit and boil with water for 15 minutes or until soft. Mash up the bananas and add to the mixture along with the sugar and lime juice. Continue boiling and stirring off and on until desired thickness, about an hour. Put in jars and serve in the morning with fresh homemade bread from Moreno, the Swiss guy down the road.

Jam is best with organic fruit picked from the backyard of Tierra de Suenos Caribbean Bungalows in Costa Rica!


Travelers’ Choice Award!!

January 25th, 2011

We are proud to announce our new status as one of the top 10 best B&B’s in Central and South America! That’s right! Tierra de Suenos, in the heart of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, has been awarded Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice award. We’re super excited as we sincerely believe our little bungalow haven is a truly special place indeed. Beautiful bungalows designed to be rustic yet comfortable tucked into the magical rain forest and just footsteps away from the pristine Caribbean waters of Playa Chiquita….what more could you want??

We thank all of our loyal guests who have taken the trouble to go onto tripadvisor and write a review about our place. It is these efforts that have helped us achieved such great recognition.

Click here to see the Top 10 B&B’s in Central and South America list!

Our favorite Puerto Viejo Restuarants

January 12th, 2011

Our guests are always pleasantly surprised by the incredible quality and selection of cuisine down here on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We have everything from local Caribbean food to fine Italian dining to Israeli falafel. Here’s a list of Tierra de Suenos top restaurant picks from Puerto Viejo all the way to Manzanillo. Our little village of Playa Chiquita is home to some of the finest but we’ll start with Manzanillo and work our way up the coast to Puerto Viejo.

Maxi’s– For local Caribbean food that’s simply unbeatable Maxi’s out in Manzanillo is the choice. This restaurant/bar is the heart of Manzanillo where tourists and expats are treated like locals and the grilled red snapper will make you sure you’ve died and gone to heaven.

El Refugio Grill– This Argentinian style cafe out by Playa Grande is not only an adorable place run by a sweet Argentinian family but delicious as well. The small menu is always fresh and homemade with the best steak on the coast and authentic chimichuri.

Selvin’s– This is our go-to local Caribbean eatery. Right down the road in Punta Uva, Selvin will personally greet you and then place in front of you a shockingly tasty dish of Caribbean chicken, fish or his famous run down (a traditional fish stew based in fresh coconut milk).

Pita Bonita
– Located in Punta Uva, this new Middle Eastern joint has become a quick favorite. Yummy falafel, hummus and kebab are just a few of the tasty treats you’ll find here.

La Botanica Organica– This fabulous cafe happens to be our closest neighbor right here in Playa Chiquita. With a wide variety of homemade, organic, vegetarian options this is a wholesome place that shouldn’t be missed.

Jungle Love Garden Cafe
– Offering mango chicken, Tokyo tuna, homemade pesto and the finest margarita on the coast, this Playa Chiquita favorite has something for everyone. It’s always a fun night out here with good tunes, friendly owners and unique and yummy dishes.

La Pecora Nera– For an anniversary, honeymoon, or just special evening out this fine Italian restaurant is said to be the best Italian food in Costa Rica, and we agree! If you’re lucky the chef/owner will come out and tell you what you should order. You’ll find this amazing spot in Cocles closer to the Playa Chiquita end.

Loco Natural– World fusion at it’s best. Heading into Puerto Viejo, this funky place offers a variety of flavorful sauces with chicken, fish or veggies and it you like spicy, the plantains are out of this world. Some evenings you’ll find live music as well.

Mama Mia– For the best pizza in town, heading into Puerto Viejo you’ll find this little authentic place serving up thin crust Italian style pizza. So good!

Lidia’s Place
– A few blocks off of the main road in Puerto Viejo this local spot is one of the oldest around with a true Caribbean vibe. Try one of the various batidos (fruit smoothies) and the Caribbean chicken melts in your mouth.

Chili Rojo
– For a taste of Asia this is your best bet. Offering a nice mix of Thai and Japanese with a cheeseburger thrown in the mix you just can’t go wrong. Best sushi in town too!

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica- Top 10 destination……in the world!

December 21st, 2010

Frommer’s top destinations 2011-

“If you decide to do more than sunbathe, you can hike the trails of the nearby Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Cahuita National Park. You’ll almost certainly hear the roar of howler monkeys, and watch parrots fly by. Those with sharp eyes might pick out a three-toed sloth munching on cecropia leaves. There are also zip-line canopy adventures, chocolate making tours, ATV outings, surfing, rich botanical gardens, and good snorkel and scuba spots to keep you busy.”

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New Reception/Dining House!

December 11th, 2010

We are proud to announce the completion of a new and improved front house! Imagine waking up in your adorable Caribbean bungalow,  hearing the birds singing (or obnoxiously squawking if they happen to be parrots), walking down the lush Costa Rica jungle path to find yourself sipping on some of the worlds best locally grown, locally roasted, organic coffee in this spacious, airy and, of course, because it is Costa Rica,  funky, dining house! If staying with us at Tierra’s Caribbean Bungalows, this is where you will check-in, book tours, and get info about all of the amazing activities this Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has to offer. This is also where you will eat a delicious and different breakfast each morning.

Costa Rica Bungalows

Enjoy the spacious front porch!

Caribbean Bungalows

Book your tours here!

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