Rio Mar at Playa Dominical – It is a small surfers place and the gate way of La Osa Peninsula, the nature paradise of Costa Rica. Rio Mar is a medium sized sustainable and comfortable eco lodge. Situated amidst tropical gardens and forestry, on walking distance to Dominical beach, and right on the banks of the river “Baru”. Rio Mar is located nearby to the 5 important and grandest national parks (Manuel Antonio, Marine Ballena, Chirripo, Corcovado and Cano Island), in those national parks our visitors can enjoy the lovely grey sandy beaches, the grandest adventures in the rain and tropical forest, as well as exciting jungle landscapes, all without traveling long distances from Hotel Rio Mar
A resort in Polynesian style, offering a perfect combination of comfort, nature, and adventure. With four National Parks and three Reserves in the vicinity Dominical is a unique central location for day trips. The area is well known for its surfing, canopying, rafting, whale watching, and birding.
Checking in means; you will disappear, out of normal life, obsessed by adventure and absorbed by nature. There are plans to open a new international airport about 70 KM from the Hotel.
The hotel comprises 6.6 hectare of land (17 acres), in front of the lush tropical river ‘Baru’ and approximately 900 meters from the Pacific beach. About 30 % of the land is used for construction, 40% for a well-designed exotic garden, and another 30% is available for future extensions. Because of its Polynesian architecture and the beautiful natural setting surrounded by tropical forests, Hotel Rio Mar feels like a real jungle resort. The key is Comfort in Nature and Adventure.
The hotel was built in 1993/’94 – but completely renovated in recent years (2007-2009). It offers the following facilities:
The hotel area is gated. The ten outgoing phone lines and all the rooms are operated by a modern central switchboard. There is high speed internet and cable television on the property. Construction and finishing of the accommodation is done in an exotic way with an eye for comfort, natural ventilation, and harmony with nature. It is designed for the well-off Eco-tourist from North America and Europe. The hotel is ICT licensed (ministry of Tourism) with a 3-star rating and recently received a four leaves ICT certification for sustainable tourism. Great comments from Trip advisor.
I hereby declare that I know Mr. Peter Van Hussen, owner of Eco-Realtor Costa Rica Company, for more than 5 years.
During all that time, Peter has characterized himself, among other personal merits, for been a person who loves nature and for working actively in projects, programs, commissions and working groups related to nature preservation and to environmental conservation in general.
During all the years that I worked as an environmental advisor for the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce and for the Municipality of Garabito County, both located in Jacó City, I could observe that Peter was regularly invited to be part of projects and working commissions that had to do –among other topics- with the reduction of the environmental pollution existing in the Garabito County due to untreated sewage waters, with conservation and restoration of the watersheds that exist in the mountain zone of the county, with the problems that exist in the coastal zone, with ecotourism development, with protection and development of the nearby national parks and equivalent reserves, and in general with sustainable development of Garabito.
In all these commissions and working groups, Peter stands out for his excellent ideas and for his very active participation, and for the personal experience he demonstrated because of the jobs he has had and because of the many trips he has taken in his life.
Mario A. Boza
Vice Minister of Natural Resources
Co founder of Costa Rica’s National ParksMario A. Boza
Peter was personally recommended to me by one of his peers – a successful real estate professional – and I quickly knew why. I realized that Peter’s ethics towards responsible stewardship of land was exactly what I was looking for in marketing my unusual property of virgin forest. He listened carefully and understood my desire to search for a buyer intending to preserve the forest in perpetuity, and he already had the connections to advertise to this type of client. I am very impressed by the weight Peter places in responsibility towards a sustainable environment as an integral part of his business.David Reuland