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Tamarindo in 7 days

A March 2005 trip to Tamarindo by cacoates

Quote: Seven days in Tamarindo on my first time to Costa Rica

Tamarindo in 7 days

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Overview

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For surfing, I took two lessons from Iguana Surf, which is right there on the main road, about a block from El Diria. They have three instructors on duty at all times, and they teach classes at 9am, 1pm, and 3pm daily. If you are a first-time surfer, you may not want to go during high tide, which means that you probably want to schedule a morning or late afternoon lesson instead. The price for a 2-hour lesson is and includes board, rash guard, and two hours of instruction/practice. The instructors are incredibly friendly, and they really do want to see you enjoy the sport and get up on the board by the end of your first lesson. For sailing, we used Blue Dolphin company. They go daily at 2pm fro...Read More

El Diria

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Hotel

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I just returned from a spring break trip to Tamarindo with five of my girlfriends, and I stayed at El Diria. The grounds were gorgeous, the beach view and sunsets were exquisite, and the staff was always friendly. The rooms are fairly basic---no Heavenly Bed or luxurious bath products. But they are good enough, since you are out of the room most of the day anyway, and each room has a large balcony facing the ocean. Even in a room with two double beds, I highly recommend only two people in a room, since the bathroom is pretty small and there is only a small amount of storage space in the room for clothes, etc. It was nice to have a small refrigerator in the room to store lots of bottled water. It is ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2005

El Diria
Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Pachanga

Restaurant

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This was a smaller place, but it was really good, and their drinks were great. Like most beach communities, they had a lot of good seafood on the menu. They do have ceiling fans that help keep things cooler. Their waitstaff is really cheerful and makes you feel welcome.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2005

Pachanga
Tamarindo
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Other Tamarindo information

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Story/Tip

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The currency is colones, but feel free to use your US dollars down there. Don't worry about Internet access in Tamarindo. There are four computers in the main hotel area alone. The cost is generally 350 colones (about $.75 US) for 10 minutes. They also are equipped with printers and phone cards for calling internationally. More dining suggestions: My favorite place for dinner was La Caracola, which is at the end of the circle, on the left (to the left of Mambo Bar). It is owned by an Argentine woman, and the atmosphere is lively, and the food is delicious and inexpensive. A chicken burrito was $6, and their guacamole appetizer was out of this world. Nogui's is a gre...Read More