|from Google Earth|
We decided to stay in Tamarindo (also known as TamaGRINGO) which is located on the Nicoya Penisula on the northern Pacific side of Costa Rica. We knew it would be touristy and totally different from where we will be settling in, and actually were a little apprehensive that it would be too Americanized and rowdy for us. Thankfully we were pleasantly surprised. It seems to have a good mix of surfers, tourists, and locals. It is busy, but it was great people-watching, and it never seemed crowded. I'm sure there's quite a nightlife going on there, but since we were back at the hotel each night before it got too dark, we didn't have to navigate through all of that.
|View from our room|
We stayed at a wonderful little hotel called Casa Bambora. It's a small place with 5 apartments that the owner rents out. Each has a kitchen and, best of all, an ocean view! The hotel is located on a hill within walking distance to downtown and the beach. It was fun to talk with the owner (an American who has lived there 20 years now) and some of the other guests--most of which were from Canada.
|View from the hotel patio area|
|At our table|
|Chicken with a pineapple sauce, mashed potatoes, carrots, and mashed taro. It was delicious!|
|From our table, we had a great view of one of the main streets.|
|Another view from our table.|
After dinner we walked the town a bit more, picked up a few groceries, then headed back up the hill before it got dark since the major up-hill part was a dirt path with no lights. Once back at the hotel, we went up to the roof to watch the sun set. It was a great day!