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Off the Beaten Path | 3 Unique Activities In Tamarindo

By at August 1, 2016 | 2:25 pm | 0 Comment

Off the beaten path

With the Off the Beaten Path series, we always try to bring you a different perspective, attempting to sway you from the typical tourist journey. Every time we think we’ve exhausted every last nook and cranny of Tamarindo’s off trail experience, there is something else to do. Some of these are smaller adventures, not so full to warrant a full blog outlining the

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Off the Beaten Path | The Pizzerias of Tamarindo

By at June 27, 2016 | 10:33 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Pizza

In the restaurant business there are a few things which bring a better profit than the rest, and we're not talking about steak or seafood. The shortlist starts with selling booze, but includes breakfast food, desserts, and pizza. It’s for this reason that tourist towns, from Asia to Latin America, are usually loaded with lots of these outfits. What separates one

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Off the Beaten Path | The Music of Tamarindo

By at May 23, 2016 | 4:46 pm | 1 Comments

Off the beaten path | music

Wherever there’s food, there’s bound to follow, music. This is never truer than in Tamarindo. In fact, Tamarindo has so much soul, you can discover music wandering in between food venues, loitering on the streets or floating on sunset cruises. After the sun sets, one of the defining features of this tourist town are the many sounds which ride on the wings of her

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Off the Beaten Path | Under the water

By at April 22, 2016 | 4:41 pm | 0 Comment

off the beaten path - under water

Don’t surf? Don’t worry. Not everybody comes to paradise in search of overhead waves with a good curl. There’s plenty you can do in the water in Tamarindo that doesn’t require balance or fighting riptides. You don’t even have to be certified to do any of it, but you should probably be a decent swimmer. There is a whole ‘nother world in Tamarindo, one most

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Off the Beaten Path | Rincón de la Vieja

By at March 18, 2016 | 7:36 am | 0 Comment

Rincon de la Vieja

Rincón de la Vieja translates to The Old Woman's Corner. Lest you think this name bizarre, here is the explanation from Wikipedia: reference to a local legend about a girl whose lover was thrown into the crater by her father; she became a recluse living on the mountain, and was credited with powers of healing. True, it's still bizarre, but Yellowstone or Potholes

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Off the Beaten Path | Not Your Average Potato

By at February 22, 2016 | 3:39 pm | 0 Comment

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Face it, taters are boring. You know, potatoes? Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew. In your life, you’ve probably enjoyed enough taters to build a bridge to Ireland. Taters are good. Just ask the Karl Childers. But boring, right? Perhaps we're off track, no? There are two schools of thought about this lovely tuber. On one side of the argument, there was

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Off the Beaten Path | Sunset Tours

By at January 23, 2016 | 3:46 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Sunset Tours

Last time we went off the beaten path, we found ourselves down a road that wasn’t a road at all. It was the Tamarindo estuary tour. You can read all about it here. Today we are going to stick to the water theme, but we're going a little deeper and farther. Grab your sunscreen and your best sarong. We’re going on a sunset tour. As of this writing, there are

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Off The Beaten Path | Tamarindo Estuary Tour

By at October 23, 2015 | 11:07 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Estuary

We are in the heaviest part of the rainy season, or as some prefer to call it, the green season. It’s October. For those in the know, this is a great time to visit Tamarindo. Everything is inexpensive. Hotels are unbooked. Cars sit unrented. Attention is very personal this time of year. The question is, if it’s so slow, is everything open? Not everything, but there is

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Off The Beaten Path | The Ostional Arribada

By at September 28, 2015 | 3:32 pm | 0 Comment

Ostional Arribada

Here’s the bad news: if you’re reading this, you’ve missed the big event this year: The Arribada. The good news, you can still see Olive Ridley sea turtles in Ostional until November. If you don’t know about the Arribada, check it out: hundreds of thousands of sea turtles make landfall over the course of about a week. Every one of them is female, and the

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Off The Beaten Path | Vendedores Ambulantes

By at August 24, 2015 | 4:22 pm | 0 Comment

Ambulantes photo

Call them Hawkers, Street Vendors, or Higglers. Selling things on the street is a time-honored tradition, around much longer than today’s food trucks. People have been buying food from street vendors since the invention of the street, practically. It’s true, the ruins of Pompeii show that the city was abundant with food vendors. As far back as Greece, we have evidence

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(Way) Off The Beaten Path | Playa Cabuyal

By at July 31, 2015 | 3:12 pm | 0 Comment

Playa Cabuyal | Off the Beaten Path

When I first heard about Cabuyal (Pronounced Ca-boo-jahl) it was from a taxi-driver who told me it was the best beach in all of Costa Rica. Having seen it since then, I tend to agree with him. He told me how the beach used to be a favorite destination for people during the Semana Santa beach rush, but in recent years it has been seriously tamed by conservationists. A

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Off The Beaten Path | Playa Sámara

By at June 23, 2015 | 2:06 pm | 0 Comment

Playa Samara

If you spend any time talking to Tamarindo’s saltiest dogs, you’ll hear them commiserate about how this town has changed. “It used to be so much quieter.” “There used to be more trees and more wildlife.” It happens everywhere in the world. As we age we feel like the world has grown cold around us. Anyone who’s been to Tamarindo can tell you, this place

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Wedding Traditions

By at May 26, 2015 | 12:57 pm | 0 Comment

wedding traditions

WEDDINGS: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE?   My first catering job was at The Loft in NYC, where a group of predominately Irish Catholic waiters began every gig with the question: Chuppa up or chuppa down? We would set up the chairs, raise the Chuppa, wrap a wine glass in a napkin and place it on the floor where it could be broken by the groom at the end of the ceremony.

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(Way) Off The Beaten Path | Playa Santa Teresa

By at May 26, 2015 | 12:22 pm | 0 Comment

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For many tourists coming to Costa Rica, the hardest part of planning their vacation is deciding what they have time to see. With Costa Rica's incredible coast-to-coast biodiversity, it’s impossible to see everything. If you want to see as much as possible there are two strategies you can adopt: You can plan to tour the country, stopping in areas for periods of time; or

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Ceviche

By at May 9, 2015 | 2:19 pm | 0 Comment

ceviche

Ceviche is a Peruvian specialty made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with aji or chili peppers.  Prior to colonization, there were no citrus trees in the Americas. Historical record suggests that the raw fish consumed by the Incas was marinated in chicha (a fermented beverage made from corn) or in salt and aji. Legend

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Off The Beaten Path | Papagayo

By at April 20, 2015 | 9:47 am | 0 Comment

Papagayo Peninsula

The directions read like instructions to an underground party: turn left at the Do It Center, cross the bridge, and drive through the endless sugar cane fields until you reach the fork in the road. These aren’t the actual directions to Papagayo in case you started loading up the car. If they were, the last bullet point would be something about, you’ll know you’re

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10 Tips for Taking Amazing Underwater Photos in Costa Rica

By at April 3, 2015 | 9:04 am | 0 Comment

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Blog by Tamarindo Family Photos Here are my beginner tips on how to take amazing underwater photos in Costa Rica. 1. Buy a solid underwater camera housing. Read reviews online and find something decent. I use a Canon G10, which is an above-water camera, with an amazing housing that I got for about $250 new on Amazon. This case has lasted me over 5 years and I really

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Off The Beaten Path | Playa Flamingo

By at March 20, 2015 | 2:41 pm | 0 Comment

A Tale of Two Beach Towns   Tamarindo and Flamingo. At one point in time Playa Flamingo appeared to be the place poised to develop on Costa Rica’s "Gold Coast". The best rumor about these sister cities is that Tamarindo was developed largely by one of the three business partners who once shared the dream of Flamingo. When the partnership split up, the land

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Off The Beaten Path | Playa Negra

By at February 16, 2015 | 4:35 pm | 0 Comment

Playa Negra image

About twice as far from Tamarindo as Avellanas, Playa Negra is easily twice as much fun getting to, and promises even better surfing. You may have already heard of it and didn't know it. This spot was made famous by the film Endless Summer II. Welcome to another Off The Beaten Path. Today we are headed south. Playa Negra is the best surf spot you will struggle to find

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Off The Beaten Path | Secret Beach in Guanacaste

By at February 5, 2015 | 10:18 am | 0 Comment

playa minas

Look up “Playa Minas” in Google and you’re likely to get a few hits. Run a search through Google Maps and you may get lost, ironically. But, if you look north of Tamarindo on Maps, along the coast, past Grande and just before Brasilito, you can find Playa Zapotillal. While “Minas" is the name by which most locals know the secret beach, at some point the gods of

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Off The Beaten Path | Playa Danta

By at January 21, 2015 | 2:23 pm | 0 Comment

Playa Danta

We hope you enjoyed our last article on Playa Avellanas, and that you've had a chance to get down there. With over 1000 kilometers on the pacific coast to cover, this train is moving out. Today we are headed north of Tamarindo, to a beach that even many locals have yet to visit: Playa Danta. Are you a golfer? Do you like big resort towns? Have you been looking for

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Off The Beaten Path | Playa Avellanas

By at December 17, 2014 | 7:24 am | 2 Comments

Horizon Pacific Vacations

We haven't been formally introduced. Hello. We are Horizon Pacific Vacations: regular contributors to tamarindo.com. Our goal here is to contribute information valuable to you. Our recent series, "Off The Beaten Path" took you on adventure, taught you how to eat like a local, how to cook like one, and how to make your holiday food here in the Tropics. We hope

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Off The Beaten Path | Holiday Food Guide

By at November 20, 2014 | 11:39 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Holiday Meals

It’s time to talk about holiday food. Last month we talked about how to cook like a Tico. This month we are going to talk holidays. There are weeks, maybe days left by the time you read this, to get your holiday meals together. Where oh where will you find all the parts in a developing country to make the impressive spread on which you’ve built your reputation?

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Beans!

By at November 9, 2014 | 11:42 am | 0 Comment

Cooking in the Tropics

Cooking in the Tropics: Beans Beans have been an important source of protein throughout human history. Beans have been cultivated in Thailand since the early seventh millennium BCE (predating ceramics), and the oldest known domesticated beans in the Americas were found in Guitarrero Cave, an archaeological site in Peru, and dated to around the second millennium

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Off The Beaten Path | Cook Like a Tico

By at November 9, 2014 | 10:43 am | 0 Comment

cook like a tico

Cooking Tico Style In our article on Sodas, we explored some Tamarindo spots where you can find local food. Now we challenge you to take the recipes to your own kitchen! Discover your own version of Costa Rican food. You could even host a party. Consider this your inspiration point. If you can make these dishes, you'll be on your way to being integrated. To start,

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Off The Beaten Path | Your Tamarindo Halloween Guide

By at October 18, 2014 | 10:17 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Halloween

Your Complete Tamarindo Halloween Costume Guide   “Halloween’s no big deal in Tamarindo,” said no one, ever. If this is your first rodeo with October 31st in Tamarindo, you should be forewarned: Tamarindians take their Halloween costuming seriously. Despite the odds, a sticky warm climate, in a country that does not traditionally celebrate Halloween, Playa

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Off The Beaten Path | Shopping for Clothes

By at October 2, 2014 | 11:26 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Shopping

Your Guide to Clothing Shopping Around Tamarindo It turns out going nude in public is still frowned on. Even in Costa Rica. Even in Tamarindo. The beach may not require much in the way of “clothing” but the elements sure do their best to destroy what we wear. The average half-life of quality clothing at the beach is six months. When it comes to buying new duds in

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Off The Beaten Path | Green Season in Tamarindo

By at October 2, 2014 | 10:18 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Beach

You Should Be In Tamarindo Right Now Wanna know a secret? The green season is the best time to travel to Tamarindo for so many reasons. The real reason it gets called “the rainy season” is because all the people who enjoy Tamarindo this time of the year don’t want to share it. Well, we’ve decided we’re letting the monkey out of the bag. The original list was

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Off The Beaten Path | Food Hunting

By at August 29, 2014 | 3:40 pm | 0 Comment

Food Hunting blog photo

 The Vacation Food Hunt It is written, “Man cannot live on pizza alone.” Fact. Eventually he must go out, make fire, and cook something yummy. Today's savvy caveman is hunting for good deals on quality ingredients. This is no easy task Costa Rica. In Tamarindo there is an art to food-gathering. Oh sure, you can probably find most things at Automercado, if

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Off The Beaten Path | Langosta Beach Estuary Hack

By at July 15, 2014 | 10:05 am | 0 Comment

Playa Langosta

Beach Exploration In our last entry we explored the benefits of eating at a Costa Rican Soda versus a more conventional eatery, covered a few local spots, and discussed how to find them off the beaten path. Today we look at a local “exploration hack,” that leads you to a place where you can enjoy some snorkeling, or fishing. Just a short walk from Playa Langosta,

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