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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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The small city of Tamarindo is located along Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast, in the popular Guanacaste region.  In recent years Tamarindo's beach's popularity has exploded as the Guanacaste region has drawn increasing numbers of foreign tourists, and hotels, restaurants and shops have quickly sprung up in the town.  Those who enjoy sporty outdoors activities will be pleased with the options available in Tamarindo.

Tamarindo Beach
Tamarindo Beach: an expanse of white sand bracketed by rocky headlands, soft hills rising behind and the rich, blue ocean waters.  You can swim in these waters, but beware of sharp rocks hiding beneath the surface.  The best water for swimming is found at the southern end of Playa Tamarindo.

Canopy Tour
Sail between the trees high above a tropical forest just outside of Tamarindo.  Pinilla Canopy Tours will pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the forest, where you'll receive safety instruction and don a harness to ride on the zip line.  

If you're an experienced surfer you'll want to take a crack at Tamarindo's waves, and if you've never tried but always wanted to, this is the time to learn!  There are several surf shops in the area where you can rent boards and wetsuits and hire an instructor.  A few to try are Kelly's Surf ShopBlue Trailz Surf Shop and  Secret Spot Surf Shop.

Boat Tours
If you’d like to relax on the deck of a boat, cool drink in hand while the wind whips through your hair, then check out one of Tamarindo, Costa Rica's boat tours.  It is not uncommon for guests to spot whales, tortoises or dolphins in the course of their tours.  There are many tours in the area, but a couple to try are Marlin del Rey Sailing Tours and Blue Dolphin Catamarans

Scuba Diving
Those who want to explore the waters around Tamarindo can look into the Agua Rica Diving Center, which offers snorkeling and scuba diving tours and certification and rents equipment.

If you're in the area between late September and Februrary, head to nearby Playa Grande to swim and see the giant nesting leatherback sea turltes.

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