Join Liz in Tamarindo, Costa Rica! This Central American beach town is famous for the gorgeous beaches, drinking coconuts and drinking (way too many) Imperial beers. Here are a few key facts about this highly coveted area in Costa Rica.
How to get there? You have 2 options for travelling to Tamarindo. The first option would be flying into San Jose International Airport, located in Costa Rica’s capital city. From there, you would need to take an approximate bus to Tamarindo, which is an approximate 8 hour ride. The second option, and easier option, would be flying into Liberia Airport which is located on Guanacaste (the province Tamrindo is in) and it’s only an hour into the city. [Note that most flights are cheaper flying into San Jose]
Is it expensive? In terms of Central America, Tamarindo is viewed as slightly more expensive than the average city. In recent years, it’s become pretty touristy (for good reason!) and becoming more and more so everyday. With that said, prices have been rising. However, there are many small towns on the outskirts of Tamrindo that still offer low priced everything! And in the city of Tamarindo, it is still very possible to have a full meal for 10 colones. And of course, the Imperial beers are always affordable at 2 colones each!
Whats there to do? Hit the beach! Tamarindo is known for their beaches. There are miles and miles of white sand beaches with crystal clear water. There are always a ton of beach parties going on, and the beers are always flowing! You’ll also find many locals walking along the beach selling “cocas”, which they break open right in front of you, stick a straw in it, and you get to enjoy the sweetest tasting coconut water you have ever tried! If you hang out at the beach for a while, there are always awesome sunsets to watch. And then, once the sun has set, the bonfires start! Its super fun to sit around the campfire with new, or old, friends and enjoy the night under the stars!
A few language pointers: “Ticas” are women and “Ticos” are men! You’ll hear this word more than you hear anything else! Well, I lied…you will hear “Pura Vida” more than anything else! Pura Vida is the Costa Rican way of life, technically it means “Pure Life”, which is a pretty good translation. They just live simply and enjoy the natural beauty of their country, and invite everyone else to do the same while there!
Liz says: Tamarindo is awesome! I had the greatest time teaching down there and met some amazing people! The Costa Rican people are so hospitable and caring about everyone, so they will help make you feel at home! If you’re a beach bum, this is the place for you! If you’re trying to learn a new sport, the surfing in Tamarindo is unbeatable! I attempted surfing and it went better than expected, so I challenge you to do it, too! (Because if I can do it, then you definitely can do it). Definitely try to get a bonfire or two in and spend some time gazing up at the stars in the evening. They were the brightest and clearest stars I’ve ever seen. Lastly, you’ll never miss a party when you’re in Tamarindo because they are happening everywhere and all the time! It is the party central of Costa Rica, so be prepared and bring your dancing shoes! Spending time and getting to know the beachy city of Tamarindo was the opportunity of a lifetime and I highly suggest visiting or finding a teaching job to anyone!
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