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Semana Santa

What’s about the miracle week in Costa Rica?

Semana Santa is called the current Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday in Latin America. Most of the countries in the world celebrate Easter just a day or at most one weekend. But Costa Rica takes a whole week to celebrate this event. This year Easter Day is the 21st of April and Holy Week is celebrated the 14th of April until the 20th of April. It is one of the country’s most important religious holidays because over 75% of the Costa Ricans are Catholic. The schools are closed, and the cities are almost empty during Semana Santa. Thursday and Friday before Easter Day are government mandated holidays so that families may spend time together. Parades are held in many cities, such as San José, Cartago, Heredia, and Guanacaste, with colourful, authentic costumes depicting the scenes of Jesus’ crucifixion. The Costa Rican usually take the whole week off and head to the beaches. It is not unusual to see the beaches filled with large family groups. It is a special time in Costa Rica, and everything is a bit different than usually. The Costa Rican avoid eating meat during the Holy Week and eat a lot of fish and seafood instead. Families prepare for example rice and shrimp, ceviche and fried fish. The most popular desserts include “empanadas con miel de chiverre”, “miel de coco” and “arroz con leche”. In the past, it was prohibited to sell alcohol on Holy Thursday. This law was changed a few years ago and it is now up to each municipality to set their own law. In popular beach areas like Tamarindo you will have no problem buying alcohol on these holy days.
No matter how you spend the holiday, you are sure to see a variety of religious traditions and a unique aspect of Costa Rican culture.

So, if you plan to visit Costa Rica on Easter you should be aware about some things.
Easter Week sees the country’s busiest traffic so, if you fly into San José you can expect a lot of traffic jams from Wednesday before Easter through Easter Sunday. The beaches are crowded and most hotels are booked months in advance.

If you love lots of activity and people-watching, this time will be perfect for you. You can enjoy the energy – music, food, fun and family. You get in touch easily with Costa Rican people. The best time to practice your Spanish skills! There are also several events during the week at and around the beaches. Tamarindo is never boring, but during Semana Santa it really does become a whole different place.

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If you prefer quiet beach walks, Semana Santa may stretch a bit your patience. You should avoid the beaches and go more into the central valley for example to San José, La Fortuna, Monteverde.

We wish you Happy Easter!! 🙂

Snorkeling at the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste

 

The Province of Guanacaste located in the Northwest of Costa Rica at the Pacific coast offers a lot. You can find some of the most beautiful beaches of the country, national parks, volcanoes and an amazing flora & fauna. It is easy to fly in thanks to the international airport of Liberia. But not only the mainland is great. The underwater world of the Pacific Ocean is beyond description. Beside the famous water sport surfing you can also discover the sea from under the water. Diving and snorkeling is a perfect way to explore the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean. The Catalina archipelago is made up of 20 small islands and it is surrounded by indigo waters. This area offers a spectacular array of marine life and is a paradise for diving and snorkeling. Between December and May you can find especially many devil manta rays but also many other species of rays. Beside tropical fish as the lemon-colored barberfish or the spiny scorpionfish you can also come face-to-face with sea turtles and white-tip reef sharks. Sometimes you can spot Humpback whales, Pilot whales, Orca whales, Spinner dolphins, Whale sharks and Tiger sharks. The best time for whale watching is between September and March.

So, do not wait any longer and book right now our following “tour of the month” and get a $5.00 discount by adding the code “Snorkel” when booking in March. Just let us know and we will arrange the tour for you with our sister company “Kelly’s Surf Shop” here in Tamarindo!

PACIFIC COAST SNORKEL 

Hop on the 54 foot “Golden Venture” fully equipped dive boat and ride out to the Catalina Islands. An experienced English speaking guide will point out the abundant marine life around the islands. Enjoy refreshments as the boat relocates to your next destination.

Tour includes round trip transportation from Tamarindo, instruction, and all necessary equipment.

Monday through Saturday 6:45 AM pickup in Tamarindo. Pick up availble from other locations outside Tamarindo ( additional fees may apply)

Regular price:   $ 55.00

The “Golden Venture” is also available for private groups of 12-20 for afternoon sunset snorkel trips. Contact us for details and rates.

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National park ≫Rincón de la Vieja≪

Untouched nature, a paradise of thermal baths with geysers, bubbling mud pots, an active volcano and a variety of adventure – this is what you will find in the national park ≫Rincón de la Vieja≪!
The translation of the name is “old lady`s nook”. The indigenous people of the Guatuso tribe named the volcano thus. They say that this story is behind the name: a father has thrown his daughter’s truelove into the mouth of the volcano. Since that time, she is living there as a recluse and old witch giving smoke signals.

Ricón de la Vieja

The approx. 141 km² large national park and with an elevations range between 600 and 1.900 m is located in the Guanacaste Province and just around 2 hours’ drive away from Tamarindo. This national park is great for day tours and a must-visit destination when you are in the Guanacaste Province. ≫Rincón de la Vieja≪ contains the active volcano of the same name “Rincón de la Vieja”, 32 rivers and streams and a fascinating ecosystem. Thanks to the incredible variety of flora and fauna you can watch kinkajous, pumas, a variety of monkeys, sloths, tapirs and jaguars. The national park habitats over 250 bird species among them the rare “Quetzal”. Based on the high humidity orchids can thrive here very well. Therefore, ≫Rincón de la Vieja≪ has one of the biggest natural deposits of the national flower “Guaria Morada”. There are also 7 hiking trails in the park. The “Las Pailas” sector is the most popular one and is located in the southern area of the volcano.

So, what do you say? Do you want to go and explore the beauty of Guanacaste?

No problem, we can offer you the two following exciting tours for this great national park! Just let us know and we will book the tour for you with our sister company “Kelly’s Surf Shop” here in Tamarindo!

 

  1. GUACHIPELIN COMBO ADVENTURE

This 12-hour day tour includes a variety of adventure like ziplining, horseback riding, river tubing, a full buffet lunch, hot springs, a volcanic mud bath and the transportation. The zipline course is the best in the area including a rappel, tarzan swing and a rock-climbing wall. The river tubing is 5 km and has a great mix of rapids and ‘lazy’ parts where you can float and admire the scenery. You will be picked up at 6:30 AM from the Sirena Serena Hotel here in Tamarindo and then let the adventure begins!

What to bring: shoes that can get wet that won’t fall off (rafting, tennis, or watershoes), camera, bug repellent, sunscreen, comfortable clothes, change of clothes

For more information check out the following link: http://www.kellyssurfshop.com/en/activity/52858/guachipelin-combo-adventure

  1. RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK TOUR

This 12-hour day tour starts with a 3-hour moderate hike in the “Las Pailas” sector. You will get the chance to see the wildlife and volcanic activity such as bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and a mini crater. The tour also includes a tour guide, the “Oropendola Waterfall”, a typical costa rican lunch, water, soothing hot springs and mud bath and the transportation.

What to bring: comfortable walking shoes and clothes, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat, camera, bathing suit, change of clothes.

For more information check out the following link: http://www.kellyssurfshop.com/en/activity/66002/rincon-de-la-vieja-volcano-national-park-tour

 

And now the best part: when booking the tour in the month of February you will get a 5% discount! You just need to add the code “volcano”.

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Ziplining – free like a bird

What is Ziplining?

Ziplining is an opportunity to enjoy freedom and to explore the world from a different perspective. Did you ever have the dream to fly like a bird through the air and to see the trees from the top? If yes, then Ziplining is the best way to do it! I think most of the people dream about flying like a bird because they feel a kind of caught by the daily routine and they want to be free. Subconsciously they wish to escape the stressful days and to try something new. Ziplining is the way to live one’s dream!

Ziplining is a secured sliding over and through the treetops using steel cables. The cables are mounted on a slope. The gravity assists its speed of movement. The rider is sitting in a harness attached to the cables. You can also call this activity Canopy. Canopy was invented in Costa Rica so, do not miss this adventure on your journey in this lovely country!

This activity is for everyone. It does not matter if you are fit and sporty or not! Everybody has the opportunity to enjoy this awesome activity!

If you want to try this unique adventure just let us know and we will book a tour for you with our sister company “Kelly’s Surf Shop” here in Tamarindo!

  • What is, for example about this tour?

TAMARINDO ZIPLINING

This tour is close to the hotel. Perfect for an adventure that does not take a whole day!
Duration: 2.5 hours
Leaves from Langosta, Tamarindo, Grande, Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo at 08:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM

What to bring:
Water
Comfortable shoes
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray

Includes:
Ziplining & Tarzan swing
Water & snacks
Transportation

http://www.kellyssurfshop.com/en

 

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New Years Eve in Tamarindo

It isn’t a mystery that Tamarindo is a lovely and favoured place. But that what was going on on New Years was crazy.  So many people from all over the world celebrated together. From young to old and from all destinations. The city was full. Party everywhere.

But let’s start from the beginning. In the early evening the most of the people spent time with their friends and family, went to restaurants or just chilled on the beach. The city was more quiet and you couldn’t suspect what happened in the rest of the night. Between 10 and 11 pm the people started to go out. They gather together in the town and especially on the beach. There was a breathtaking fire show and a great firework. The people started to make party outside and around their cars. You could  pretty much just walked around outside and find something fun to do like seeing street vendors or listen to some live music. Also the bars and discos were well visited.

All in one you can say that the New Years Eve in Tamarindo was great and offered something for everyone. Thanks Tamarindo for a great start in 2019!

Lovely beaches in the near of Tamarindo

Playa Grande

Playa Grande is 18 kilometer north from Tamarindo in the district Santa Cruz. The beach is internationally known as one of the best surf spots in Costa Rica and it is also part of the ‘Parque Nacional Marino las Baulas’ – Nesting place of the biggest sea reptile, the leatherback turtle. A great view, sandy ground and big waves make a visit matchless.

Playa Avellanas

Playa Avellanas is also located on the  gold coast of Guanacaste. It is 19 kilometers away from Tamarindo. It is a paradise for surfers with gorgeous waves which can get a height  up to 5,5 meters. Local people call this beach “small Hawaii” because of the white sand and the turquoise water. There is a beach bar with loungers and hammocks and there are a handful of restaurants. It is the ideal place to relax.

Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal is about 21 kilometers away from Tamarindo. Together with Playa Brasilito, this beach is separated by a rocky headland known as Punta Conchal, which gets its name from the sand found here that is composed  of hundreds of millions of tiny shells. The shells feel very soft on the feet and it is wonderful to walk around there. The beach is so long that you find a quiet place for sure. There are also shade giving trees and the water is very clear.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra is located 23 kilometers north from Tamarindo and is also a surfers paradise. It is known for its world-class waves and breaks. But not only this distinguish this beach. There are also several restaurants and Cafés and a great view. Convince yourself and enjoy the laid-back Tico lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

  • Palmsrealty.com
  • Vacationrentalscostarica.co
  • Govisitcostarica.com
  • Costaricasurfing.org

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