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  1. #11
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    Ive been to Tamarindo 4 times in last 2 years.
    No troubles, just dont make yourself an easy mark. New Orleans or Houston much higher chance of getting robbed!

    Friday night at your hotel will get loud, just roll with it and have a good time.

    Walk to Grande or get a ride to Avallenas... head south for heavier waves Negra, Marbella.

    Get lunch from the lady selling home cooked meals out of the back of her car... good stuff!

  2. #12
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    My wife and I stayed there a few years back along with another couple. In regards to the hotel, everything was pretty cool. People were nice and met a few cool folks who were staying there as well. We rented a 4X4 to explore and also took a trip to Ollie's and Witches Rock. We did go a different time of year then you are going but had a great time!

  3. #13
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    You could try Cabinas Las Olas in Play Avellanes. It's a 30 min drive south from Tamarindo. Cool people and good food. Plus there's security. The surf is usually better futher south @ Playa Negra.
    www.cabinaslasolas.co.cr or Tel: 506-658-8315. It's a 300 yd walk across an estuary on a boardwalk to beach.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by chad05gt View Post
    Ive been to Tamarindo 4 times in last 2 years.
    No troubles, just dont make yourself an easy mark. New Orleans or Houston much higher chance of getting robbed!

    Friday night at your hotel will get loud, just roll with it and have a good time.

    Walk to Grande or get a ride to Avallenas... head south for heavier waves Negra, Marbella.

    Get lunch from the lady selling home cooked meals out of the back of her car... good stuff!
    I'd advise, in general, to not do this.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    Tamarindo is a cool town, a little shady after dark, yes, but still a good time. I challenge you to find the real costa rica. It's much cooler than seedy tourist towns. Don't just go to Jaco and Tamarindo.
    Hi Lee...I will be staying between Jaco and Hermosa. I WILL have a 4 wheel drive. Suggestions?

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by mushdoc View Post
    Hi Lee...I will be staying between Jaco and Hermosa. I WILL have a 4 wheel drive. Suggestions?
    Well, it depends on what you are looking for. The night life is pretty much limited to San Jose and the big three "surf towns", being Tamarindo, Jaco, and Dominical. You don't really need to know any spanish in these towns, you can spend dollars and not colones, and everything is priced accordingly. It's where you will see more white tourists than locals.

    You don't even have to branch out very far, from Tamarindo, drive 1/2 hour north or south will get you there. From Jaco, everything between Jaco and Dominical (and south even) is lined with beaches and coves, most with no "access". That coast line is begging you to explore. There are 3 Hermosa's, try to find them all! and also there are at least 2 Maltapolo's too, it gets interesting. Once you get south of Dominical, you have another 3 hours or so of coast between you and the worlds longest left hander, Playa Pavones.

    You have the opportunity to really take a heck of an adventure if you are going from Tamarindo to Jaco. Swing all the way south and stop in at Montezuma, Santa Teresa, and Mal Pies, THEN the ferry over to Jaco. The drive from Tamarindo to Montezuma takes you through plenty of "the real costa rica". I almost died on that unpaved road through the mountains doing a flat spin in a rental diahatsu near the cloud line...

    I know that I'm "there" i.e. "the real costa rica" when I pop into a cliff side restaurant or food truck, pay, do the conversion in my head and go "DAMN that was cheap"
    Last edited by leethestud; Aug 5, 2013 at 03:21 PM.

  7. #17
    If Im going to Costa the two places I MOST avoid are Jaco and Tamarindo. These towns are both fine but super touristy. why nother when there are so many other great quaint places?

  8. #18
    Thanks Lee...that was what I sorta had in mind.Looking forward to just wandering around and exploring.

  9. #19
    DSC_9651.jpgNice views, gets super loud Friday nights for the their "world famous" party, with two kids under 6 we didn't attend just suffered in our room until 2 am. Still got up for an early morn sesh though. Be prepared fro small surf in Feb but beautiful weather and water. DSC_9830.jpg

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    ...You have the opportunity to really take a heck of an adventure if you are going from Tamarindo to Jaco...
    hell, just the small prop plane ride from san jose to tamarindo is an adventure in itself...especially in wet season. We also just drove it once and that was fine.