Tamarindo is a town located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific province. It holds the record for having the driest weather in the country which is one reason for the flocks of tourists that visit all year round. Apart from its white, smooth beaches, Tamarindo is also popular among surfers for the strong currents the beaches are known have. The biggest waves sometimes measure to at least 12feet and are understandably not for beginners. This town’s shore contains two main breaks that surfers find delightful and challenging: Pico Pequeno and El Estero. The rest of the beach provides moderately sized waves suitable for those who have yet to master the art.
Local marine wildlife as well as plants and animals thrive in this town not only because of its ideal weather but also because of the recent boom of eco tourism. Ticos (locals) in Tamarindo are starting to capitalize on the natural beauty of the land and the ecosystem. Trees and other indigenous plants are protected by the law. Coral reefs and other native animals are now seen as potential revenue sources, instead of just living in coexistence with the Ticos. Even today, leatherback turtles go to the shores of Tamarindo to lay their eggs. This is only one of the featured activities in the province’s famed eco adventures.
The temperature in Tamarindo has an average of 80 degrees Fahrenheit – perfect weather for just about any beach activity without worry of bring sunburnt. Humidity is at 50%, giving little chance of rain. Even during rainy season, the beaches are dry despite the little showers that come every now and then.
Because of its dry weather, Tamarindo has a lot to offer for visitors and locals. For swashbuckler guests, there are adrenalin pumping activities to try such as ATV tours, sailing and surfing. For the earth minded individual, there are eco adventure tours, turtle or bird watching and even horseback riding. For seniors who want to take their time and rest, there is golfing, beauty spa and even an arts, crafts and pottery store that sells items you can buy to remind you of your vacation in paradise.