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How to Take Amazing Monkey Pictures in Costa Rica

By at July 11, 2014 | 5:55 am | 0 Comment

Howler monkey

By: Genna Marie Monkey Photo Tip #1: Ditch your iPhone  I do NOT recommend taking monkey photos with your iPhone. I mean, technically you could succeed – but unless you’re Jane Goodall you probably won’t be able to get close enough to these creatures to nab a phenomenal iPhone photo. Tip number one is to ditch your iPhone and pick up a DSLR

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 10

By at July 1, 2014 | 12:41 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo yoga

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Ten: Tamarindo Yoga In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the different zip lining tour companies and packages available in Tamarindo. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we discussed the surfing scene of Tamarindo

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Off The Beaten Path | How The Locals Eat

By at June 30, 2014 | 3:42 pm | 0 Comment

photo of casado

Sodas Whatever your culinary desire, Tamarindo has developed a reputation as the go-to place for a wide variety of food choices. If you want sushi, take your pick of locations; pizza can practically be found rolling out onto the streets, and the other day a sandwich fight broke out between the hamburger spot and the falafel place! Kidding of course. With restaurants

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 9

By at June 15, 2014 | 12:15 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo sunset tours photo

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Nine: Tamarindo Sunset Tours In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the different zip lining tour companies and packages available in Tamarindo. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we discussed the surfing scene of

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 8

By at June 1, 2014 | 12:03 pm | 0 Comment

Bride on Tamarido Beach

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Eight: Tamarindo Weddings In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the different zip lining tour companies and packages available in Tamarindo. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we discussed the surfing scene of

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 7

By at May 15, 2014 | 11:49 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Scuba photo

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Seven: Tamarindo Scuba Diving In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the different zip lining tour companies and packages available in Tamarindo. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we discussed the surfing scene of

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 8

By at May 5, 2014 | 5:49 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo panorama

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Pt. 8: Spanish 101 for Renters So far in our blog series “Tips for Tamarindo Vacation Rentals” we have given advice on the best ways to find your perfect property, choosing a location, what you might get in each price range, as well as covered what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do. In

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 6

By at May 1, 2014 | 11:26 am | 0 Comment

Bar sign

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Six: Tamarindo Nightlife In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the different zip lining tour companies and packages available in Tamarindo. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we discussed the surfing scene of

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Eggs

By at April 29, 2014 | 8:35 am | 0 Comment

Eggs

IT’S EASTER: LET’S TALK ABOUT EGGS Ever wondered which came first: the chicken or the egg? Well, the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians and Hindus all believed the world was hatched from an enormous egg. Throughout the ages, the egg has symbolized new beginnings and the spark of creation.  Magic rituals often use eggs to promote fertility, restore virility and

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 7

By at April 29, 2014 | 5:30 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Aerial

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Pt. 7: Getting Around the Tamarindo Area So far in our blog series “Tips for Tamarindo Vacation Rentals” we have given advice on the best ways to find your perfect property, choosing a location, what you might get in each price range, as well as covered what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do.

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 5

By at April 15, 2014 | 11:22 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo golf

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Five: Tamarindo Golf In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the different zip lining tour companies and packages available in Tamarindo. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we discussed the surfing scene of Tamarindo

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The Advantages of a Beach Wedding

By at April 9, 2014 | 11:11 am | 0 Comment

costa rica beach wedding

Beach Weddings As a wedding planner in Tamarindo I have found that the number one location choice for a wedding ceremony in Costa Rica is the beach at sunset. It’s hard to find a more scenic and romantic setting than the beach, with the tranquil sound of the ocean, gentle breezes and the sunset creating a spectacular red glow on the ocean and the tide pools that

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 6

By at April 7, 2014 | 5:47 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Vacation Rentals

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Pt. 6: What to do When You Get Here In our last blog in the Tips For Tamarindo Vacation Rentals Series we discussed How To Prepare for Your Trip:  what to bring, what to wear, how to stay connected, or unplug from it all.  With the point being, ask questions, know what to expect,  plan accordingly, and

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Turmeric

By at April 3, 2014 | 11:49 am | 0 Comment

Turmeric

Turmeric is the wonder spice of the moment, a tonic for pretty much anything that ails you. Turmeric is botanically known as Curcuma longa, derived from the old Arabic name for saffron (“kurkum”).  Although the color it imparts to food is similar to saffron,  the plant is actually a member of the ginger family and unrelated to saffron. Turmeric is native to tropical

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 4

By at April 1, 2014 | 11:01 am | 0 Comment

Sailfishing photo

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Four: Tamarindo Fishing In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the different zip lining tour companies and packages available in Tamarindo. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we discussed the surfing scene of

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Onions

By at March 23, 2014 | 11:29 am | 0 Comment

Onions

  I love onions.  Most of the recipes I like start with sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil.  So it is great to know that onions are not only delicious, they are also good for you.  Scanning the web, I found lots of testimonials to the curative power of onions. Onions are one of the earliest known food medicines.  For centuries, onions have been

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 5

By at March 23, 2014 | 11:11 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Sunset

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Pt. 5: How to Prepare for Your Trip The first installment of our Tips For Tamarindo Vacation Rentals series we discussed the advantages of using a professional property management service when searching for a vacation rental in Tamarindo. In part two we covered the various location choices in the area. We

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 3

By at March 20, 2014 | 1:36 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo surfing

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Three: Tamarindo Surfing In part one of this ten part series of things to do in Costa Rica, we discussed zip lining and the different types of tour packages and companies operating in the Tamarindo area. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 4

By at March 7, 2014 | 10:00 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Sunset

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Pt. 4: What To Expect Upon Arrival: Pura Vida! The first installment of our Tips For Tamarindo Vacation Rentals series we discussed the advantages of using a professional property management service when searching for a vacation rental in Tamarindo. In part two we covered the various location choices in

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Avocado

By at February 24, 2014 | 3:57 pm | 0 Comment

Avocado photo

One of the great cultural advantages of growing up in Southern California in the 60s and 70s was the availability of Hass avocadoes in our local markets and even in our backyards.  Alligator pears from Florida – those big, smooth skinned and watery fruits - were the only avocadoes available on the East Coast then.  Times have changed.  There are dozens of varieties

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How to Shoot a Sunset Photo with an iPhone

By at February 21, 2014 | 9:55 am | 0 Comment

How to shoot a sunset photo

You’re in Costa Rica, looking at the vivid pinks, purples and oranges of the sunset. You pull out your iPhone and snap a picture, so excited to show it to all of your friends back home. But when you get back to the hotel, you realize your photo looks like monkey poop. What went wrong? Here are some tips and tricks to taking a stellar sunset photograph with an

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 3

By at February 14, 2014 | 10:40 am | 0 Comment

Vacation Rental pool thumbnail

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Pt. 3: Price Ranges and What to Expect for Your Money The first installment of our Tips For Tamarindo Vacation Rentals series we discussed the advantages of using a professional property management service when searching for a vacation rental in Tamarindo. In part two we covered the various location

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 2

By at February 6, 2014 | 4:57 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Beach Sunset thumbnail

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Pt.2: Location Location Location! In our last article for getting the best Tamarindo Costa Rica vacation rentals we covered the advantages of using a professional property management service to book your rental over using private owner booking services and Internet search sites.  Aside from the security and

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Tips for Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo, pt. 1

By at January 21, 2014 | 1:14 pm | 0 Comment

Aerial photo of Tamarindo Beach

Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals Finding and choosing the right vacation rental property can be a difficult process for even the most seasoned traveler/renter.  Adding the uncertainty of renting in an exotic tropical destination like Tamarindo can present it’s own set of worries and unique challenges.  But that shouldn’t deter you

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 2

By at January 16, 2014 | 1:35 pm | 0 Comment

Tuna dish

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part Two: Tamarindo Restaurants In part one of this ten part series of things to do in Costa Rica, we discussed zip lining and the different types of tour packages and companies operating in the Tamarindo area. In part two, we will discuss the wide variety of restaurants and dining experiences found throughout

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Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 1

By at January 7, 2014 | 4:59 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Zip Line

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series Part One: Zip Lining Costa Rica is a fun and exciting place to vacation and has been delighting visitors for years, thanks to its varied terrain, with lush jungles, mountains and volcanoes, and over 800 miles of coastline. The list of activities and things to do in Costa Rica is long, and planning your trip is

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 10

By at January 7, 2014 | 4:27 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo River Mouth

10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In part three, we discussed property managers and the services they provide in maintaining and renting your vacation

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Cost Effective Wedding Planning

By at December 16, 2013 | 3:59 pm | 1 Comments

Tamarindo Wedding Planning photo

How to Save Money Planning a Wedding in Tamarindo   Weddings should always reflect the individual personalities and priorities of the couple getting married. In our opinion there is no need to go into debt when planning your Tamarindo wedding. The most important factor is personalizing your wedding and making it meaningful. As experienced Tamarindo wedding

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 9

By at December 16, 2013 | 9:11 am | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Real Estate photo

10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In part three, we discussed property managers and the services they provide in maintaining and renting your vacation

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Buying Real Estate in Tamarindo, Pt. 8

By at November 21, 2013 | 3:21 pm | 0 Comment

Tamarindo Real Estate photo

10 things you should know when buying Tamarindo real estate   In part one of this ten part series, we discussed the Costa Rican legal system and how it differs from the U.S. legal system. In part two, we discussed how to choose a realtor. In part three, we discussed property managers and the services they provide in maintaining and renting your vacation

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