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Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Written by Raenelle on Sunday, December 7, 2003

We spent about 2 hours at the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, although most of the time was spent getting out of Nicaragua. We headed straight to Playa Tamarindo on the Peninsula de Nicoya where we planned to meet up with some landcruiser friends that we had met over e-mail.

We arrived in the early afternoon, and walked around the little beach town before meeting up with Steve and Jocelyn for a drink and a sunset swim in the ocean. Tamarindo is very small with about 600 full timePeninsula de Nicoya beach residents, but there are always lots of tourists in the busy season (especially December and January). It’s a very friendly town, with lots of restuarants, surf rental shops, gift stores, etc. The beach is a wonderful long stretch of sand and surf, where the water is really pleasant for swimming, and where surfers practice their skills on the waves.

We only spent 2 nights in Tamarindo, but we had a great time! The first night we went out to dinner with Steve and Jocelyn and ate wonderful Mexican food. The following day, we had a wonderful breakfast of bacon, waffles and real maple syrup (believe it or not, that was the first time I have tasted real maple syrup and it was … oh so good!). During the next few hours, Steve and Robin yakked about landcruisers, while Jocelyn spent some time making her beautiful jewellery that she markets in Tamarindo and in the US. She works with semi-precious stones as well as silver and copper where she imprints unique patterns onto the metal and then incorporates the metal into necklaces or bracelets.

In the afternoon, Robin and I headed to the beach where we swam and lay in the sun soaking up some rays. We relaxed and worked on our laptop before meeting up with Steve and Jocelyn for dinner. We headed out of town along a dirt road to a nice apartment complex in the middle of nowhere. There we spent the evening with Ros and Edward, and Christy and Donny and their children. Dinner was most delicious – a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by homemade key-lime pie. We had a great time, and ended the evening with yoga in the parking lot, before heading home.

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