You are traveling on holiday to Costa Rica. You want to go to a place with a fun, laid-back atmosphere with lots of amenities and lots of more things to do. Where are you going?
Every time I have asked this question, I always answer in the same way: Tamarindo.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica is located at the start of the Nicoya Peninsula in the province of Guanacaste. It faces the Pacific and offers a wide expanse of beach for sun worshipers and a consistent swell for surfers. The sand is golden and sprinkled with beautiful little spiral shells.
Directly north of Tamarindo Beach lies the Palo Seco Estuary and then Playa Grande, a long sandy beach of the beach, which is also a protected park. This park, the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, is a breeding ground for the huge and endangered leatherback turtle, which weighs an average of 1000 kg (455 kg) and measures over six meters in length (2 m). The leather turtles & # 39; The breeding season is from October to March and most eggs are laid at night. This nature's miracle can be seen at night, but you must hire a guide to legally access the park past dusk. During the day, the estuary between Playa Grande and Playa Tamarindo can be crossed at low tide, or you can hop on a small boat and ferry for a nominal fee.
Many options for lodging and food
As one of the most developed seaside resorts in Costa Rica, Tamarindo offers a range of homes from luxury resorts to simple cottages. There are also several dining options and international cuisine, including some well-known fast food chains, in case you need comfort food. Despite the city's growth, it is still small and accessible without any of the overdeveloped sensations of the Maya Riviera and other parts of the Mexico coast. But don't worry, there are still lots of parties and a vibrant, unpretentious nightlife.
Lots of adventure
Adventure activities abound here, where surfing and fishing are two of the most important features. Tamarindo's uniform yet reasonable sized surf has made it the mecca for both surfers and would-be surfers. There are several surf shops that offer lessons in the range of $ 25-30 for an hour to an hour and a half. Surfboard rentals range from $ 10 to $ 25 per day, with longboards costing more.
Costa Rica fishermen will love all the opportunities in Tamarindo. The species is varied and plentiful, and there are numerous sport fishing charter boats for hire. Planning your trip between April and November is the best choice to avoid the seasonal high winds off the coast of Guanacaste. Despite this, the waters teem with billfish, dorado (mahi mahi / dolphin fish) and tuna year round. For marlin, the best months are June and July – the same for tuna. Dorado is best from June to October.
Other activities include jungle canopy trips on zip lines, ATV tours, horseback riding and mangrove tours in Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge. A variety of businesses in the city can arrange tours, including your hotel in most cases.
Getting to Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo's proximity to an international airport makes it very appealing, especially since you don't have to pass through Costa Rica's congested capital, San Jose. Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia (code: LIR), operated by American Airlines, Delta and US Airways et al., Is located approx. an hour to an hour and a half hour drive from Tamarindo Beach by rental car or taxi.
A great destination
Overall, Tamarindo is a great, fun destination for your Costa Rica vacation – the nightlife is great too. Maybe it's not like & # 39; authentic & # 39; like some other cities, but the range of amenities and activities certainly creates an appealing place to relax, sip a cold cocktail and watch a beautiful sunset as you plan your next adventure.