Our time in Guanacaste was all about
Pura Vida. Guanacaste encompasses the stretch of pristine beaches that make up Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast,” and most tourists make their way to Guanacaste to do some serious beach bummin’.  We were no exception.

We had a condo right on the beach in Tamarindo (booked through VRBO), which afforded us incredible sunset views from the balcony. This area is definitely more touristy, so there are a ton of restaurants and some semblance of a nightlife (unlike other areas we visited). But the main attraction is really the beach, and there is no shortages of beach locales to sample. This blog gives a really great description of the various beaches to choose from. 

PlayaAvellanasWe spent an entire day at Playa Avellanas, a major surf spot, swimming in ocean and working on our tans.  TIP: Whenever entering the water, ask the locals if there are rip currents in the area, and look for signs. We totally missed the signs at Playa Avellanas (though it probably wouldn’t have helped if we’d seen them since they were in Spanish, lol), and my nephew and I got caught in a rip current and had to be rescued by some surfers. Everything ended up being fine, but it was a good reminder — the ocean is powerful and must be respected…

Another cool thing we did while in Tamarindo was go an Estuary tour in Los Baulas Nacional Park. We loaded up the ten of us into four canoes and spent the afternoon paddling around in the estuary, taking in the sights. Not only was incredibly relaxing, but we got to see monkeys for the first time!


Practical Matters                          Arenal Volcano                       Rio Celeste                   Manuel Antonio

Montezuma                     La Paz Waterfall Gardens                    Photo Album

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