Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TENNIS - Where to play Tennis in Costa Rica - COURTS / CLUBS / Hotels / Residencies

PUBLIC TENNIS COURTS 
(and one of THE BEST!!!!)
Pozos de Santa Ana
PARQUE VALLE DEL SOL (inside the residential area)
I consistantly hear REALLY positive things about these courts - nice facilities, good trainers and many have said it’s better run than many of the private clubs! They have 10 semi-slow courts - 2 covered/lighted and 8 open air.
COST: Mon.-Fri.-3,000-c/hr, Sat. and Sun.-4,000-c/hr. They also have racket rentals, racket stringing service, locker rooms wtih showers, drinks for sale and a sports shop.
And an 18 hole, 18 hole, Par for course: 72, professional championship GOLF COURSE (2-282-9222 x218) designed by Tracy May, under the supervision and advice of Club Corporation of America (CCA) and International Management Group (IMG). They have Golf Cart rentals, Driving Range, Putting Green, Golf Academy, Gold equipment rental, Golf Lessons, a Pro-Shop, Snack Bar.
HOURS:
LOCATION: 1700 meters West of Banco Banex off the road off the Pista heading towards the airport
Escazu - Centro - Rosa Linda
Not sure of the name but there’s a pubic court in Centro Escazu.  To get there - go up to the main cemetery (at Snoopy’s bar) and head West.  Go down 1 block to the end of that street (at the 2nd cemetery) and turn Right and it's on your Right about 50 meters.
HOURS: 6am-5pm.
COST: 1,500-c/hr.
RESERVATION: It’s MUI COMPLICATED - First you have to call the Escazu Sports Committee (2-289-9432 - note - NO ONE in their speaks any English). Then, MY understanding of this is you HAVE to go to their office between 8am-5pm (up the hill from the Scotia Split in Centro Escazu behind Escazu High School / Liceo Escazu) to pay, receive a receipt and the key, then you go play and if no one is right after you, you have to take the key back (otherwise you just pass the key onto the next person).

Jaboncillo area


San Jose - Sabana Park
3 courts and pick up games from 8-9am


HOTELS
There are a few hotels where non-guests can pay daily:

Escazu
Real InterContinental
Their 1/one TENNIS COURT (outside, lit, synthetic surface) IS open to non-hotel guests by reservation.
COST: Daily - 6am-6pm-5,000-c/hr, 6-9pm - 7,500-c/hr. (xt. 2159)
The hotel also has a Fitness Center, Spa, Pool, Internet $10 an HOUR!!! 


NEAR SJO AIRPORT -
Alajuela
BEST WESTERN IRAZU (2-232-4811-courts xt. 2761 /  2-290-9300-hotel)
Their 2/two lit TENNIS COURTS ARE open to non-hotel guests by reservation*
COST: Non-hotel guests pay a $130/year Membership Fee and can use the courts whenever they can get a reservation. Lessons - 7,000/hr. PRO: Gilbert (8-821-8835) who speaks good English.
LOCATION: Km 3 Autopista General Canas
For hotel guests, the property also has a Pool, one of the largest Casinos in Costa Rica, Denny's Restaurant, Hertz Rent-A-Car, La Cantina Bar, tour desks by Gray Line Costa Rica, souvenir shop, Pizza Hut, and Burger King "touch button" for delivery service, Laundry service, room service, Gym, landscaped gardens, massage and sauna.

Belen
El Rodeo (2-293-3909 / http://ElRodeoHotel.com)
Their 1 TENNIS COURT IS open to non-hotel guests by reservation.
COST: 2,000-c/hr. HOURS: 6am-6pm (no lights).
For guests - the hotel also has a Pool, Jacuzzi and Conference Rooms

Belen (San Antonio de)
MARRIOTT (2-298-0124-courts / 2-298-0000-hotel)
Their 3 TENNIS COURTS are NOT open to non-hotel guests. Lessons - $30/hr.
LOCATION: 700 Metros West of Firestone Tire factory.
GOLF COURSE with a Driving Range, rentals, lessons, Practice Range.
For hotel guests, they also have 2 Pools with pool bar, 4 restaurants, a Gourmet Coffeehouse, a pool bar and grill, a lobby lounge, Sauna and Whirlpool.

Cariari
Melia Cariari (now DoubleTree??)- 10 Tennis Courts, championship 18 hole Golf Course, small Casino, Disco, Olympic-size Pool, Health Club, Sauna, Whirlpool, Gym, Conference Center, 3 Restaurants (from Country Club next door??)

DoubleTree  -  Plus Golf at Cariari Country Club

Ramada Inn Herradura

La Garita de Alajuela
Martino Resort and Med Spa (http://HotelMartino.com  /  2-433-8382)  -  Spa area with Sauna, steam bath, a big, very good equipped and all around glazed fitness area with view of the surrounding gardens, as well as a big swimming pool. To the hotel also belong an Italian Gourmet-restaurant, tennis-court, conference room and casino.??????

San Jose
Corobici Hotel - Casino, Spa, Convention Center, Tennis Court, Fitness and Beauty. 3 minutes from downtown SJ

Bougainvillea Hotel  -  Heredia  -  INCREDIBLE gardens throughout the grounds!!!

Arenal
Tilajari Resort  -  6 Tennis Courts, on 35 acres along the banks of the San Carlos River with 76 hotel rooms and an open-air restaurant, Conference Rooms, pool, hot tub, bar, satellite tv.

Four Seasons Papagayo  -  Also Golf.  Located south of Carillo and Samara on the Nicoya Peninsula near the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge



Punta Islita Hotel - Guanacaste  -  cascade swimming pool with Jacuzzi, swim-up bar, restaurant, boutique and conference room. Tennis courts, driving range, gym and spa are also featured



PRIVATE CLUBS/COURTS
ESCAZU
BELLO HORIZONTE COUNTRY CLUB
(2-228-0924)
2 tennis courts, pool area and Restaurant.
MEMBERSHIP: $120/year, 6 months - $70. Maintenance: 10,000/mth. Court time: 1,500-c/hr.


SAN JOSE
Costa Rica Tennis and Sports Center Club and Hotel
( http://CostaRicaTennisClub.com / http://CRTennis.com / 2-232-1266 / 2-232-3867 / hotel@CRTennis.com / servicioAlsocio@CRTennis.com).

This is a private club that is only open to members, people staying at the hotel right there (below) or go with a member (4,000 colones/day)

They say they’re a World Class Sports Centre with 9 lighted outdoor TENNIS COURTS and 3 indoor TENNIS COURTS, high-tech GYM with everything from dance classes, to aerobics, spinning and they say the best fitness equipment! They have a SPA with Sauna. They have 2 SWIMMING POOLS (1 for training, 1 for fun), a Gymnasium with BASKETBALL COURTS (where they sometimes play the senior basketball world championships), training walls, volleyball court, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, fronton court, squash, BOWLING ALLEY (with 8 lanes), POOL TABLES, ping pong and table games.
They also have 2 Restaurants, 2 Bars, and 5 Conference Rooms.
COST TO JOIN: I called in and even went and was told it was $2,000/year with no additional fees but both times they were mighty vague on who all that included as I heard them to say that was for the FAMILY (immediate). No say!

HOTEL - Their Hotel Costa Rica Tennis Club
(http://CostaRicaTennisClub.com/rooms.html / 1-888-790-5264 / 2-232-1266) has got to be one of the BEST DEALS in town with rooms with basic decor, Air-Conditioning, Phone, Cable TV, Safe and their rates are only: Standard Room - $60, Superior - $65, Suite - $70 and that rate INCLUDES taxes and breakfast PLUS use of the Tennis Club and Gym!!).

LOCATION: It’s about 1/2 way down the South street that runs parallel to the Pista - across from Sabana Park in Sabana Sur - across the street (on the same side) as the Controlaria (the pyramid-like building). Universal is at the eastern end of the street closest to San Jose.


Curridabat
Indoor Tennis Club (2-225-9344 / http://IndoorClub.com) - indoor - 8, outdoor - 3, POOL (indoor and outdoor), BOWLING (8 lanes), RACQUETBALL (indoor - 4 courts), GYM (Spinning, weights, aerobics), Basketball (indoor), Pool tables, Currently Renovating a lot of the property.
HOURS: Tennis 6am-9pm
COST: Membership - $7,000, Annual $3,500 for the family. Members only, reservation required for tennis.
LOCATION: In front of Mistubsi and Citron and TCBY and EPA

Escazu
Costa Rica Country Club (2-228-9333 /  http://ElCountry.cr)
TENNIS (indoor and outdoors), GOLF (9-hole), RACQUETBALL, POOL, BOWLING, GYM. VERY exclusive/private and EXPENSIVE to join! No day passes.

BelenClub Campestre Español - Club del Sol (http://facebook.com/ClubCampestreEspanol  •  http://ClubCampestreEspanol.com  •  2-293-9046  •  2-239-0827).  3 TENNIS COURTS, POOL, SQUASH, MiniGolf, PoolS (including 1 moderate temp. and one Semi.  LOCATION:  150 Metros North of the cementerio de la Ribera Belen (Heredia).

Cariari
Cariari Country Club (2-293-3211 / http://ClubCariari.com) - TENNIS (12 courts), GOLF (18 hole - considered one of the best in ALL of Central America), POOLS (Olympic-sized - 50 meters long and 25 meters wide, 10 diving stools and 3 small pools for kids and adults), GYM, JACUZZI, SAUNA, STEAM ROOM, Clubhouse, Beauty Salon, Restaurants, Basketball, Beach Volleyball Court

Moravia (San Vincent)
Barrio Americano - Club La Guaria  (2-236-7229  /  http://ClubLaGuaria.net)
LOCATION:  400 metros Oeste de la Princesa Marina de Moravia.  300 metros al este de “Romanas Ballar” por el semáforo.  Costado norte del Club Acceso a Casa Club y salón principal

Desamparados
Naranjo Tennis Academy (2-276-9012 / orange@racsa.co.cr) - Clay and hard
Lomas de Ayarco Sur - Swedish Tennis Academy - 3 with lights and roofs



GATED COMMUNITIES
Alujuela (San Rafael de) 
Campo Alto (http://concasa.com) - just 800 meters from the new highway being constructed

Curridabat
Condominio Hacienda El Gregal - TENNIS, Clubhouse.
Pinares
Santa Lucia - TENNIS, Rancho, Bbq.

Los Reyes
Escazu (San Rafael) - Alambra
Escazu - Villa de Valencia
Escazu - Hacienda
Escazu - Pamplona
Escazu - Rosalinda
Escazu - Cerro Alto
Escazu - Bello Horizonte - Pool, Tennis Courts
Escazu - Monte Plata

Flamingo - Flamingo Marina Resort

Guacima - Los Reyes (http://LosReyesCR.com) - TENNIS (6 - 3 lit), GOLF (9-hole, Driving Range and Putting Green, guys-Par 70, gals-74 - Pro Mr. Carlos Viquez), POLO (3 fields), POOL, Clubhouse, GYM, Sauna, Aerobics, Water Aerobics, Cycling, SOCCER, Vollyball, Basketball, PingPong, kids games, Horseback Riding, Restaurants. I’ve heard they’re 60% Ticos/Latins and 40% gringos!

Heredia (San Isidro de) - Lomas del Zurqui has TENNIS COURTS, a GREAT Clubhouse with a large POOL, SQUASH courts, GYM and good security. The home sites are large and there are homes built on about 40% of the area so far- some are available for rent.

Jaco - Punta Leona - TENNIS, ping pong, 2 Beach Volleyball, 2 LARGE POOLS (one kiddie pool), 2 great beaches and a beautiful rainfforest surrounding it.

Santa Ana Condos and Santa Ana Park Apartments


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