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Improvements in Tamarindo Aiport

Improvements in Tamarindo Airport

2500 arrivals on a daily basis

Tamarindo Airport has a new asphalt folder on the landing strip.  The new 900 meters of asphalt enables the arrival of aircraft, increases safety levels and improves the aesthetics. The community is pleased with the improvements in Tamarindo Airport.

The Diriá Group – owners of the property – installed the new track. They also fenced the access ramps and the parking area of the aircraft.

David López, Manager of Sansa in Tamarindo, explianed that about 2500 domestic and foreign tourists arrive at the Guanacaste Beach Airport on a daily basis thanks to six daily commercial flights plus other charter flights.

“This is a long-awaited project for the entire community and tourism industry in the area that is the main source of income and employment for the entire region, so we are more than satisfied that this work has been completed ” said the local manager of Sansa.

The opening of Tamarindo Airport  took place  35 years ago and since then, has allowed trips from the Central Valley in only 45 minutes.

“This improvement  means more safety conditions and a better aesthetic for customers who will reach a place that meets the ideal conditions for transporting people” said Lopez.

Top ten nationalities that visit our Hotel

Top ten nationalities visiting our Hotel

We have visitors from all around the world.  They come to Tamarindo to enjoy the weather, waves, food and great vibe. This is the top ten  nationalities visiting our Hotel Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas.

It is based on our visiting numbers in 2016:

  1. Costa Rica 47,69 %
  2. USA 42,97%
  3. Canada 1,91%
  4. Brazil 1,30%
  5. Argentine 0,80%
  6. France 0,73%
  7. Spain 0,70%
  8. Mexico 0,67%
  9. Denmark 0,29%
  10. Netherlands   0,26%

 

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Eric enjoys one of the top 5 surf spots at Costa Rica.

Top 5 surf spots at Costa Rica

We asked our friend Eric Atkinson, founder of Salty Sols Surf School, which were his top 5 surf spots at Costa Rica. This is what he wrote for us. Enjoy the waves.

1- Witch’s Rock

One of Costa Rica’s best beach breaks, if not the best!!! Beautful location, most people that are going to surf this spot will go by boat leaving from Playa Coco (about a 40 min boat ride) or from Playa Flamingo (about an hour and half boat ride).  Some people prefer to make the drive in from National Park Santa Rosa, which you will definitely need a 4×4 as the road is pretty gnarly to get all the way down, if driving in, you may want to bring a tent and some supplies to camp a night or so and surf as many barrels as you can possibly handle!

Upon arriving in boat you are already anxious enough as you have seen videos and heard stories of this amazing place, and if you are going when there is a decent swell in the water, you will really start to get pumped as you are flying in the boat over the open ocean swells and know that you are gonna score this place good! You see the big huge white rock that serves as your barrel heaven backdrop.

Witch’s Rock has several main peaks that work pretty well depending on swell direction and tides, it is a very consistent beach break that works with Swell direction from the South and North and lots of offshore winds hit this part of the coast. More often you will be surfing with good strong offshore winds, beautiful lefts and rights, surfing it with long period swell in the water expect some serious paddle outs and for the barrel hungry.

This place has big ones and plenty of them! And then if you want to surf one of Costa Rica’s juciest right hand point breaks, just go 20 minutes north by boat and, if the swell is decent and out of the South West, Ollie’s Point will put a smile on your face for days!!!

The nice thing about these spots if you go by boat is that Wtich’s Rock is usually surfed at higher tide and Ollie’s at the low tide. So it is a full day of surf and fun for everyone!

2- Nosara (Guiones)

Playa Guiones is another of the top 5 surf spots at Costa Rica. It has a  really consistent beach break that has a wave for everyone. It seems like it’s one of those places that people go and even if the conditions aren’t the best, they always have fun. This area is very pretty, the beach itself is about 7 kilometers long, with waves for every skill level, fun for shortboarders and longboarders alike. It can get busy here, but since there are so many peaks, you can usually pick a spot that is less crowded and just paddle out and always score some waves.

The winds aren’t as consistent here as they are a bit North of here, so usually the early morning hours and sunset sessions will be the most consistent, with light offshore or glassier conditions, although in the dry season this area can also see some hard offshore winds as well, and works ok with low tide and the high tide.

3- Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa and Mal País is another top 5 surf spots of Guanacaste. It is located in the Nicoya Peninsula. It host a number of good breaks, from juicy fat longboard waves, to fast hollow beach break, reef and points. Playa Carmen in Santa Teresa is a favorite amongs the intermediate surfer, longboarders and those who want an easier paddle out and not too strong of current with lots of fun waves, lefts and rights and a pretty consistently good sandbar. Further north up the beach, usually the heavier, faster and more hollow the waves become and usually surfing more at lower tide and incoming. There is some more easy going beach break and an offshore reef break in Manzanillo that is a bit fickle and needs lots of swell to work. Mal Pais has a couple of reefs that work nice with some decent swell, can be shallow in some areas.

4-Avellanas

Avellanas is one of those beaches that also offers a bit for everyone and every skill level. Situated in Northern Costa Rica, this is another beach blessed with alot of good strong offshore winds in the dry season, and works well with swell out of the south and the north.

Avellanas has a variety of waves. With some decent swell in the water you can see nice peeling lefts in front of the parking lot “La Purruja”, left hand reef break that isn’t always super consistent, but when breaking can be a really nice wave. Most people tend to surf out in front of Lola’s restaurant and a bit north of there at Palo Seco, here is beach break offering both lefts and rights and works best mid-high tide. These waves can be fast, fun punchy waves for the shortboarder, or just drop in, pick your line, cross step to the nose on your longboard and get those 10 little piggies over the tip and style your heart out!

Up the beach a bit more you have some nice wave that break in front of El Estero, some nice A frame peaks on it’s given day and at the very north end of the beach, with some decent swell in the water we have “Little Hawaii” This is a right reef break that works best with solid swell and can hold waves up to double over head or bigger, but boards with good volume work pretty well in this wave as it doesn’t tend to be real top to bottom, staying somewhat fat and juicy.

After all this surfing , sit back, relax in a hammock or the wood chairs in Lola’s, people and dog watch and sip a cold Pilsen and pat yourself on the back as you watch the beautiful Costa Rican Sunset!

5- Playa Negra

Pretty awesome right hand reef break, that can hand you one of the sweetest barrels or possibly one of the worst wipeouts you have experienced! Negra is a wave that when other beaches are closing out because the waves are too big, this beast just grows, getting scarier, but still holding and pumping out big hollow barrels.

Negra can be a fun playful wave that is chest to shoulder high or triple overhead and ferocious. So pick your days according to your level. Playa Negra is pretty much one takeoff zone, so 10 or more people in the water here can feel crowded, and is usually surfed by a pretty skilled bunch. best surfed chest high to a couple feet overhead from mid tide to high tide.

Stay 3 nights and pay only 2

Stay 3 nights and pay only 2

Special Offer: Stay in Tamarindo.

Best Western Vista Villas has a new offer: stay 3 nights and pay only 2.

– Valid for stays from April 1st to May 31st.
– Not valid from April 09 to 17 (black out dates).
– Rooms in promotion: Tropical Suite and Superior Ocean View.
– Max: 4 people per room.
– Book directly with us or with a travel agency,
– Not valid for booking through websites, open vouchers nor other companies
– Requirements: 3 night stay.
– It can not be combined with other promotions.
– Subject to availability.
reservas@tamarindovistavillas.com
1-800-536-3241
+506.2653-0114

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Tamarindo Fishing Tours

Tamarindo fishing tours are a great activity because they combine nature, sport and adrenaline.   We talked to  sport fishing tour owners and here is what they  have to say when we asked the following questions:

  1. What do you like most about taking tourists on fishing tours?
  2. What was the weirdest thing/animal that you found fishing?
  3. What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a boat?
  4. What sets you apart from other fishing tours?
  5. What are your services and rates?

Go Fish Costa Rica http://www.gofishcr.com/  +506 8884347491

Steve Quinn is the owner of Go Fish Costa Rica.

  1. I like the fact that we can meet people from all over the world and in a lot of cases fulfill something off their bucket list. People change when they are on the water, it brings the kid out in them.
  2. One day while fishing we found a girl’s jewelry box floating in a large area of floating debris that we assumed was from the recent tsunami in Japan as some of the debris had indicated that.
  3. Watching a client getting his head slapped by the tail of a big sailfish while posing for a photo prior to getting released back into the water. It was funny because it was my 81- year- old uncle. Followed by a client that got too close to the edge taking a photo and after returning to the boat he realized he had lost his shorts.
  4. We offer a personal touch, always making sure our guest’s are taken care of and we meet each and every one of them personally when we can.
  5. We offer a full concierge service to all our clients and guest’s and our rates are all based on the service they require. We will be sure to take of any needs you can throw at us.
Big Mahi Mahi (Dorado) on a half day fishing from Go Fish.

 

Tamarindo Fishing http://www.tamarindofishing.net  +506 8474 5456

Pedro and Jason are in charge of another Tamarindo Fishing Tour.

  1. I like to show the prospective of the land from the ocean as well as the view of all the sea life.
  2. Thousands of Manta Rays jumping in the air doing back flips migrating south.
  3. The funniest was watching 4 people fighting fish at the same time.
  4. Knowledge of where we are fishing.
  5. Half day $325. Full day $625 (4 people max.)  Our service is fishing we include bait rods reels cooler ice Water and fruit.

 

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Tamarindo Fishing Tour is a family business company.

 

Blue Fishing CR http://www.bluefishingcr.com/  +506-8355-3770

The company was established in 2003. They offer many years of experience in specialized shore fishing, private snorkeling tours, surfing trips and unique beach tours. Blue Fishing Tours offers differentiated sea tours and fishing trips every day of the week targeting a multitude of various fish including Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish, Red Snapper, Rooster fish and a many more species.

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One of the Blue Fishing boats

 

Coyote Sports fishing http://coyotesportfishingtamarindo.com  +506 2653 0068

Since 1993 Coyote Sportf ishing offers fishing experience for people of all ages that enjoy the art of fishing.  Coyote Sports Fishing combine  many years of experience and local knowledge of these water.  The Captain Frank Berrocal is a real fish fan.

  1. Fishing is my livelihood and taking tourists to fish is something I really like to do because I like the sport and I want my clients to have a good time.
  2. Nothing weird has come to me while fishing on my boat!
  3. I’m always busy so nothing funny happens.
  4. My passion for fishing sets me apart from others
  5. Coyote offers ½, ¾ and full day trips on any one of three boats, with prices from $475 to $1600 depending on vessel and length of fishing time.
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Coyote Sports Fishing´s catch
Tamarindo Beach Community

Tamarindo Beach Community

Do you remember your last visit to Tamarindo? Did you notice that beach was clean? Did you see the lifeguards monitoring people in the sea? Did you visit our Oneida Park for kids? Have you seen the Farmer´s Market? None of those things are the result of pure magic. Behind them is a Tamarindo Beach community that works in order to offer you an excellent vacation.

Our hotel is part of the Tamarindo beach community. For several years now, our Manager, Trevor Bernard, has been actively involved in the Tamarindo Integral Association of Development. He works alongside with other entrepreneurs is taking actions that ensure the well being of our community. Its main pillars are: lifeguards, cleaning and recycling, security and the Oneida Park for children. The Board of Directors works for free and meets every 15 days. They coordinate committee tasks and analyze projects from other committed neighbors.

ADI is in constant communication with the Municipality of Santa Cruz, the Ministry of Health and other governmental entities. They also organize the Farmers’ Market that takes place on Saturday mornings. Residents of our community and nearby areas sell their products and services at the Farmers’Market. You will find handicrafts, clothes, homemade food, fruits and vegetables.

Every visitor can collaborate with the ADI. All our guests at Tamarindo Vista Villas may help by making a 50 cents per room per night donation. Last December with these kinds of donations, we had our best fundraising month. We thank you for your generosity and we hope that more people will join us.

We would also like other hotels, shops, tours, restaurants and business owner to join the ADI in their help to our community.

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ADI´s Board Members
Lifeguard Team
One of our many artists at Farmer´s Market

 

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Recycling Program
Meeting about security with neighbors
Salty Sols Surf School

Great surf lessons in Costa Rica

Salty Sols is the best place for surf lessons in Costa Rica

Eric Atkinson grew up in Missouri, USA, with no waves nearby but he traveled around the world looking for surf spots. He finally found his home here in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Now, he owns Salty Sols Surf School, surf lessons in Costa Rica. Eric loves surfing and teaching so he created Salty Sols to share his love for the ocean with all his students. You will enjoy his class because he speaks perfect English and almost perfect Spanish.  Mr. Atkinson also has three important “P” attributes: patience, perception and persuasion, really important for a good teacher.

We interviewed Eric and he told us some interesting stories about surf lessons in Costa Rica.

Tamarindo Vista Villas (TVV) : What is it that you like most about teaching how to surf?

Eric: Seeing people feel that “stoke” for the first time and enjoying the connection with the ocean. I can still remember my first wave/waves and the awesome feeling of riding for the first time. This brings me back to those days.

TVV: What is it that you like least about teaching how to surf?

Eric: If the waves are pumping and perfect and I’m pushing someone instead of being able to pull into a barrel myself !!!! That would be the only bad thing, and that’s not really bad. We get plenty of awesome days to surf. If the students happen to have one of “those” sessions in their lesson then that’s great for them.  Also, they usually are witnessing some amazing surfing from the experienced surfers at the same time.

There are days when the current can be strong and the water can be cold. But if you are coming from a cold water place, the water always feels like bath water here in Costa Rica. Sometimes it can be frustrating if there’s a ton of people in the water. Or if the conditions aren’t the best. But the number 1 thing I don’t like about being a surf instructor is when you step on a really gnarly thorn right before going in the water for the next 2 hours!!!

TVV: What are the main feelings your students get during the lessons?

Eric: I think first of all surprise. Most are surprised that within a short amount of time they are actually getting up and riding waves. So many have these feelings that they are going to be horrible or they aren’t skilled enough. Maybe a fear of the water. But after some party in the sand with the “pop up”, technique practice, and the instructor´s help in the water, before you know it, they are up and riding and smiling from ear to ear. So I think feelings are changing several times in the lesson. They go from fear or nervousness, to surprise and emotion, to stoked and super pumped that they are now getting wave after wave and ending with a feeling of self satisfaction.

TVV: What is the main thing somebody needs to know before taking  surf lessons in Costa Rica?

Eric: Nothing! Really, no need to know much, just know how to relax and have fun. Maybe that it could be something that changes their life forever…If they live in landlocked Missouri, they might end up moving to Costa Rica!

TVV: Is there any advice you want to give for someone who wants to learn to surf?

Eric: Be confident that with some patience and practice you WILL be surfing! And never take it too seriously, surfing is all about having fun, it is about being a kid again!

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Eric Atkinson surfs with one of his dogs.
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One of Salty Sols´ students riding a wave.

Typical Food In Tamarindo Costa Rica

Some of the type of restaurants in Tamarindo vary from Typical Costa Rican food to downright genius combinations of peanut butter hamburgers.
There are some great restaurants in Tamarindo. From casados to Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, you will be able to find a fantastic variety of flavors to choose from.

What Is Some Typical Food In Tamarindo?

Ever sit down to some typical food in Tamarindo, Costa Rica? Well, if so, chances are it was a casado. But did you ever stop to wonder just why the there’s a piece of meat with the rice and beans, salad and other accruements? After all, who could have thought to put together beef, chicken, fish, or pork with some rice, beans, and a salad, generally made with cabbage? Consequently, in its simplest form—before adding optional cheese, plantains or even French fries—the Casado is a well-balanced mix of protein, fats, carbohydrates and vegetables.

In Costa Rica, we eat this meal so much that we take its origin for granted, assuming that it’s always been served like this.

Yet, there is indeed a tale to be told about this typical dish. The word Casado means married man. So one could look at this delicious plate of food and think, “Hmm, all these various components are married to each other.”

Yet, the story behind the Casado is a little deeper than that. Looking back on Costa Rica’s history in the last century, men worked in the fields, banana plantations, or as cowboys and fisherman. Those who were married would show up for the job with a full complement of food, while the single men’s lunches were skimpier.

In the ‘60s, those who were employed in the capital of San Jose would stop for lunch at sodas (small Costa Rican restaurants) and ask for a big plate of food, such as that they would get at home.

Both these concepts took off, and now you’d be hard-pressed to find any town in Costa Rica that does not have at least one restaurant serving a Casado.

 

A Great Hotel Experience

 

Some hotels have great installations, others have great hospitality. Make sure you know which is more important to you when reserving a hotel.
Great experiences are made when a great hotel offers great hospitality. Check out some of Tamarindo’s great review sites to find out which hotels are the best before reserving.

What Makes A Great Hotel Experience?

So, having been working in a hotel in Tamarindo for some time now, I have often found myself trying to figure out just why many great hotels receive only mediocre reviews, while small dinky hotels seems to get outstanding ratings. I find that the phenomenon can be attributed to the major difference between a great hotel and great hospitality. To me, a great hotel means that the cement, steel, and paint installations are tastefully assembled into a great physical location. While this is a wonderful, and quite expensive, installation, it serves absolutely no purpose unless you staff it with passionate, and friendly individuals. This is great hospitality! Beautiful hotels are actually not too difficult to find in today’s booming travel market, however, truly spectacular hospitality is rare.

For example, here in Tamarindo we have several large hotels that actually have a lot of great characteristics, coupled with stunning buildings, and just steps away from the surf in Tamarindo, however the actual the hotels’ service levels are outright terrible. If you go onto trip advisor and read their reviews, you can find some truly horrific stories about managerial negligence and employees who simply are not passionate about what they do. Quite obviously, if you were to walk into a hotel bar and ask for a Margarita, then pay and not have your change offered to you, you are experiencing some terrible hospitality. This experience will most certainly change your opinion and your overall feeling in the hotel. Now, the hotel might be beautifully laid out, with exquisite architecture, but what does it all mean if you cannot get over the terrible service?

Contrary to the previous example there are a couple of small and simple hotels in Tamarindo, which have much less of a beautiful campus, but boast a spectacular level of hospitality. A level of hospitality in which each team-member do their absolute best to try and make a guest’s stay unbelievable. This is the difference between a mediocre guest experience and a life-long friendship. The hospitality is actually a factor of managerial philosophy. You see, many hotels do not have a passionate leader in place and focus all too often on the bottom line. In doing so, they overlook the most important asset of any business: its employees. Without a doubt, a hotel with a properly motivated team will always provide a higher quality experience for guests than a hotel with “meat-grinder” human resources strategy in which employees are contracted and liquidated every three months just in order to reinforce the busy season.

So, where does this take us? Well, some of the best operations are ones that establish a clean goal of offering a great guest experience, with equal compromise from the owners down to the housekeeper. When making a decision as to where to stay in Tamarindo, remember to always try and gauge whether you are looking for a great hotel or simply great hospitality.