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Tamarindo is a city of Costa Rica located on the north coast of the Pacific, where the Nicoya peninsula forms a curve in the ocean. It is a peaceful place with sheltered beaches and gentle waves that laps long stretches of sand. Hotels in Tamarindo offer sea views, large swimming pools and straw cabins for relaxing in the shade. Playa Langosta is a peaceful place that is popular with surfers. Its waves close to the shore are ideal for beginners, who can take a couple of classes to learn. Experienced surfers can look for larger waves, which are found at the river’s mouth. However, bathers do not need a board to enjoy the waves. Swimming and body-surfing are also very popular. The calm sea is excellent for taking a boat trip. Sailing on a catamaran while watching the sunset is an unforgettable experience.

Activities and food in Tamarindo

Travellers have fun doing simple activities such as swimming, sunbathing, walking along the beach or relaxing with a drink under a palm tree. Vendors offer fresh coconut water all along the coast. They open the coconut husk, put a straw and it’s ready for drinking. Another popular drink is the Kombuchaan effervescent tea that has many benefits for health. The hotels in Tamarindo include more intense pastimes such as beach volleyball, football and canoeing. Other options include giant chess, table tennis and outdoor massage. The hotel's delicious culinary specialties include lobster, prawns, Mexican tacos and Spanish paella. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always on the menu. Those who wish to buy other products can visit the Tamarindo farmers market, where local farmers sell their own crops and visitors can buy souvenirs, popular art and jewelry.

Extraordinary Wildlife

Many visitors to Costa Rica would like to know more about its rich and diverse fauna. The best hotels in Tamarindo assist their guests for organizing one day trips to natural parks teeming with flora and fauna. Just to the north, Las Baulas National Marine Park is a paradise for leatherback turtles, the largest sea turtles in the world. Weighing up to 700 kg, the turtles go ashore to lay their eggs into the sand. Anyone visiting the park during nesting season from October to March is guaranteed to see them. Other species arrive to the coast during the rest of the year. A raft trip along the river estuary in the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge allows you to see ocelots, howler monkeys and caimans that live in the dense mangrove trees. To contemplate the underwater life, travelers can practice Snuba diving, a new sport where divers breathe through an air hose connected to the surface. This makes it easier than scuba diving, no certification is required, and you can see everything from eels and octopus to whales, in the calm sea of Tamarindo.

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