house of Surf
Guanacaste’s House of Surf takes its name
from a tropical tree, one that produces a sweet and sour, sticky candy.
Up until just a couple of decades ago,
Tamarindo was simply a small village of fishermen. That is, until those fisherman began to notice how the big
waves, which they struggled to take their boats out against, were attracting a
new species of visitors.
A type that came with long and colorful
pieces of wood under their arms.
At first, only a few adventure seekers were
aware of this “secret paradise”, but with time the secret spread throughout the
planet and the influx increased dramatically. So much so, that it suddenly became a constant parade
of surfers coming and going.
Then, one day, many of
those that came decided to tear up their return tickets and thus the town began
It turned out that it
wasn’t only the Tamarindo fruit that was sticky. Tamarindo, the town, developed
a sort of magnetic effect that enticed all those who came to return, and others
to simply never leave.
Little by little, the
first hotels, restaurants and shops began to emerge and not much later all the
other services that tourists and residents desire followed suit.
Today, Tamarindo (Tama
to the locals) is one of the most dynamic and progressive coastal towns in
Guanacaste, and during the last decade Tama has become renowned as one of the
most desirable vacation destinations in Costa Rica.
This colorful and
multicultural community has the relaxed atmosphere of a tropical coastal
town. This, added to its ample
light sand beach, an influx of good-looking people and an active nightlife,
closely resembles the typical idea that people conjure as “the tropical
destination of their dreams”.
Within the same bay to
the North and to the South of Tamarindo are Playa Grande and Playa
Langosta. These beaches are of
worldwide biological importance as this is where the Leatherback turtles come
to lay their eggs. Near Tama, you
can also find Diria, a small though formidable Wild Life Refuge that nature
lovers deeply enjoy.
The estuary that
divides the bay and separates Tamarindo from Playa Grande also serves as an
entrance to the mangroves and the great variety of fauna that populates them.
While the surf has
been the main growth engine of Tamarindo, there are several other attractions
that have accelerated its growth through tourism development. Beyond the large variety of land tours
available, Tama offers just about any aquatic activity imaginable, with
especially great conditions for sport fishing.
Today the town has
everything, from small B&Bs to
large hotels. From restaurants
that offer typical local food to those that are very refined. The town boasts art galleries, craft
shops, a movie theater, spas and
practically any service or benefit of a large city. Tamarindo is also
famous for its dynamic nightlife, with an abundance of bars for all types and
tastes and casinos in the surrounding areas.
What is there to do in
In Tamarindo, the days are as long as the variety of things to
Surf: In Tama the ocean is generous and offers waves for both the experienced
and the novice. All you have to do
is cross main street and you are at the beach, where you will find moderate
waves ideal for beginners, while just a little to the North, Playa Grande and
its powerful waves await the more experienced surfers.
fishing: Besides being a surfing paradise, the
conditions are ideal for sport fishing. In the last decade Tamarindo has become
famous for the record sized catches of large fish such as Tuna, Marlin and Sail
the Beach: The beach life is very dynamic. The extensive fine white sand beach coupled with the
abundance of sunny days makes this beach one of the most frequented in Guanacaste.
tour: A tour in the estuary that penetrates into the mysterious
mangrove forest is a special experience where one can observe the incredible
diversity of birds, reptiles and mammals.
course by the sea: Golfers
can enjoy two nearby golf courses: one at Reserva Conchal designed by Robert Trent Jones and one at
Hacienda Pinilla (in the picture),
designed by Mike Young.
Refuge: This wildlife refuge
protects the last portion of cloudy tropical forest of the Nicoya Peninsula.
The refuge also protects the birthplace of 3 important rivers. In this refuge you can observe howler
and whiteface monkeys as well as see deer, coatis, tepezcuintles or opossums,
amongst many others.
Baulas National Park: This is one of the
largest breeding grounds in the world for leatherback turtles. They arrive from
October through March to lay their eggs and births can be seen from December
riding, snorkeling, diving and kayak tours are just some of the many other
activities that can be enjoyed in the area.
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