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cableripper 04-25-2013 1:49 PM

Tamarindo Costa Rica
Heading there in less than a month! Any suggestions for those who have been or live there?

surfdoggy 04-25-2013 1:53 PM

We were just down the coast at Nosara about a year ago. Great surfing, cool country, really laid back, nothing commercial there at all. Loved it.

steezyshots 04-25-2013 2:04 PM

Nice I will be there next month too! May 19th -30th Couple days in Guanacaste and then 7 days in Tamarindo

Perfect vacation right after Spring Ride!

tripsw 04-25-2013 10:48 PM

Hellofellows! I live in CR so any specific questions just shoot! One advice is to rent a car and drive around, don't just stay in Tamarindo. That place is also infested with pickpockets so watch your stuff.
If you're planning to visit the Lake Arenal area; I know this really nice place for some wakeboarding ;)
You'll have a great time whatever you do, so ENJOY!

tripsw 04-25-2013 10:52 PM


steezyshots 04-26-2013 10:52 AM

I'll have a car for all 10 days that we are there, how far is lake Arenal from Tamarindo?

tripsw 04-26-2013 10:22 PM

The lake (and my school, close to Tilaran) are about 2 hours from Tamarindo. La Fortuna/ Arenal volcano/ hot springs are another hour 15 mins further. Stop by if you have a chance!

steezyshots 04-29-2013 9:15 AM

Right on Sander, Are you on Instagram?

phatboypimp 04-30-2013 12:40 PM

I spent a week in Tamarindo earlier this year. We didn't do much outside of Tamarindo - although we did some canyoneering and ziplining - which was ok. I really enjoyed seven days of surfing. We had amazing weather and good surf while I was there. Tamarindo is a small surf community - pretty good night life on Fri/Sat and loved every meal we had in town.

Locals were friendly and most spoke pretty good english. If I was to do it again I would only spend a couple days in Tamarindo and explored more of the country.

tripsw 05-01-2013 11:35 AM

steezyshots, no instagram, they don't like nokia.

iamcdn 05-01-2013 11:51 AM

Love Tamarindo. We stayed there (actually a house in Langosta) a couple of years back and still one of our favourite trips despite being robbed. I later found out they are sometimes called Kleptoricans. LOL.

We surfed a lot. We rented from Kelly's surf shop on the main drag and got lessons with Jonathan.

Lots of great food, great people and great fishing. We also went to Avenallas and a couple other beaches.

Pad1Tai 05-06-2013 5:14 PM

Are flying into San Jose then driving to Tamarindo?.. looks like a 4 hour drive..

steezyshots 05-07-2013 10:16 AM

I'm flying into somewhere else, it's about an hour and half drive per google maps. Heading there in 2 weeks!

wakeripper 05-07-2013 11:19 AM

My wife went there a few years ago (I had to work) But she said that Arenal was amazing. There is supposedly a Hot Waterfall near Arenal? I will ask her later but said it was the highlight of the trip. I had 2 of my best friends living there for a year, the stories they told me are insane. My wife and I are hoping to get down there for Thanksgiving this year

wakeripper 05-07-2013 11:21 AM

Riley are you bringing your "real" camera or just a point and shoot. With all the stories i've hear of robberies and such i'm a little leary about taking my camera down there.

steezyshots 05-08-2013 9:07 AM

Just taking a HERO 3 Randy, I am going there to surf!

steezyshots 05-08-2013 9:10 AM

I lived in Guatemala Belize and Honduras when I was 20 for about a year and a half, I am fluent in Spanish and I know all the dirty tricks in the book. I'm not taking my gear because it's heavy and I don't really wanna deal with it.

scwellman 05-08-2013 5:34 PM

You should add time 25% to any driving because the large trucks/busses single lane roads/mtns. and of course the 35mph speed limit on their international hwy. I received 2 tickets within a 5 hour road trip between tamarindo and San Jose. The 2nd stop was total extortion with it costing my last US $150, they asked me to put it in my passport and hand it to them, I declined and said no go ahead and take me to jail and impound the car, the decided to take the $ out of my hand instead. Just saying heads up on Johnny law.

wakeripper 05-09-2013 12:42 AM

I have confirmation from the wife that there are a bunch of hot springs in the Arenal area...put it on the list to do...she said its amazing. She was also none too happy in the fact that i informed her that there is wakeboarding in Lake Arenal....hahaha guess where i will be at least for a bit on one of my excursion days when we get there

tripsw 05-14-2013 2:16 PM

Hola, haven't been online much the last week or so. Regarding hot springs: There's a whole bunch close to La Fortuna/Arenal volcano. The springs is new and luxurious, Tabacon the most beautiful and most popular. There's a whole bunch more. All of them are nice,especially after a day of riding! :)
San Jose - Tamarindo will take longer than 4 hours, probably closer to 6. Flying into Liberia is much more convenient when you're planning to go to Tamarindo.
On the Panamericana and other bigger roads always obey speed limits. Even if you do so they might stop you in your obvious rental car and make up stuff so you'll pay them something. If they ask for $150 or whatever other amount, just tell them you only have $20 or $40 with you. Such an amount normally does the trick. Make sure you don't have hundreds of $$ in your wallet when they ask for your license...

If anyone is planning to visit the Arenal area and would like to trade a set for bringing down some stuff let me know! Always looking for people to bring goods from the US.

cableripper 05-16-2013 12:19 PM

Just got back it was amazing! The Surf was awesome so was the food and nightlife

tripsw 05-16-2013 2:05 PM


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