Agree with swellinfo, the daria is real nice for in Tamarindo, but I would only stay there a couple of nights then go somewhere else. I stayed at a place in Avellanas, but it is kind of boring there if you don't surf, so we had to go elsewhere to keep wifey happy, same deal in Negra.
I would definitely recommend Monteverde and do the skyline tour. It should especially be cool in January, no rain but cool weather. You can see the Pacific from up there on a clear day.
Rent a car and drive around. Explore the beaches around Tamarindo during the day and then go to Monteverde or another beach. Quepos/Manuel Antonio possibly.
Totally agree with Tommy. Go explore around, don't just stay in Tamarindo.
There are so many awesome things to see in Costa Rica.
Like I mentioned in the earlier post, my brother and his wife got a package that took them to 3 or 4 awesome places, and both of them really enjoyed it.
You wont go wrong here, Gleason brothers from east coast got the sickest pad
stay in santa teresa. rent a quad and cruz all around. the food is good and the people are cool. I stayed at this place with with wife and she had a great time not surfing.
Originally Posted by darippah
Hey check out http://www.ranchoarmadillo.com/ .... actually flying in to CR (Liberia) tomorrow and staying a night at Rancho Armadillo before heading off to Santa Teresa for the rest of our stay. In Santa Teresa we're staying at surfvistavillas.com . I'll let you know how it is, but I've heard nothing but good things about both places. Rancho Armadillo is right by Playa Del Coco, which is basically a great jumping off point to boat over to Witches Rock.
If you can definitely try to stay at a couple different places on the peninsula. Tamarindo is super busy/touristy, while Santa Teresa is more desolate and laid back.
As far as activities there's pretty much everything.... zip lining, cave exploring, white water rafting, horse back riding, snorkeling, just keep searching online!
I just finished packing my board bag...soo pysched! Also, good call on picking CR over PR...PR is cool, but CR is way more honeymoon friendly!
Congrats and good luck!
Anyone know which place is more or less crowded?
I've been to Costa with my wife a few times, including on our honeymoon, and had a blast every time. Plenty to do other than surfing.
If your considering Tamarindo, maybe check out this place. My wife and I stayed twice and liked it.
It's at the South end of Tamarindo and away from the congestion. The beach was always quiet here, and there's someone at the hotel that can setup tours for you.
In Tamarindo we did a 4 wheeler tour down to several surf breaks (Avellanes, Negra etc..) Did a Kayak tour through the estuary, kayaked on our own to a little offshore island, surfed...we always found plenty to do.
The surf in Tamarindo kind of stinks in my opinion. But, when it's waist high in Tamarindo, it can be Head high just a stones throw away in Grande or in spots south.
I probably wouldn't spend the whole time in Tamarindo though. I would head south.
My cousin stayed at this place pretty recently and liked it. Kind of Pricey and secluded if your into that. There is a lesser known break in the area I've surfed that can get good!
I am partial to Nosara (Playa Guiones) as well, which isn't too far south from Tamarindo. Not really that much to do there, but big beach, consistent surf, and a more secluded beach just North that's a nice place to chill.
Check out Sano Banano in Montezuma, we paid a little over a hundred a night for a little bungallo( my wife when she was still my girlfriend), on the beach with thick jungle right behind you, a couple of waterfalls, lots of wildlife. Town is tiny with lots of character, lots of uncrowded breaks if you take the time to look..... You can get a flight to that area from the airport in San Jose and rent a car once in Montezuma to check out other spots. Definitely go explore..... Tamarindo had great waves when I was there but the scenenry reminded me of Cali, I really dug the jungles in Montezuma.
Anyone ever stay at the RIU in Playa Matapalo - Sardina? Do they get waves there?
brb, getting married so I can just take a surf trip :)