A ten day trip to Costa Rica brought us to Tamarindo. Tamarindao is a tourist/ surfer town with shops to support these two market groups. Be prepared for an hours drive from the airport to the hotel. We opted to stay at the Tamarindo Diri beach resort and specifically the hotel rather than the condo simply because we did not want to deal with making our breakfast every morning. Lazy? No just wanted to holiday. Breakfast is buffet style with ample options and flavourful food. Staff were friendly and pleasant. We did not eat that the hotels restaurant for dinner, as there are ample eating out options throughout the town. Everything is an easy walk from the hotel. The wedding meal was superb, so I can imagine the restaurant menu would have been as wonderful. The hotel/ resort has a beach side and "across the road side" but not an issue. The hotel room we stayed in was on the second floor and large enough for three persons but more comfortable with two.
Maintenance appeared to be a priority with management as touch up and fixing was on gong to keep the property in good nick. It could have been because we were there prior to November 25th which is the early start of their high season. The hotel grounds are lush and well maintained providing a delightful home for the many familys of Howler monkeys. Yes, monkeys on the property but never out of their safe haven trees. They do let you know they are around with their howling but that is part of the experience.
There three pools, one on the beach side and two on the "across the road" side of the property. One pool for family's with children which is quite large and designed with a few niches to afford some privacy. We opted for the adult only pool as it fit right in with a quiet holiday setting. Both pools operate swim up bars but the adult pool bar was closed during our stay. There are two signs designation the adult only pool, one stating "Adults Only" and a second that reads "children must be accompanied by an adult" Humm - Adult Only!!!!!
The beach has charcoal to light grey coloured sand. It is wide and long with ample room for long leisurely walks. When the tied is out the sand is hard packed making for easy walking. We were told to watch for crocodiles during beach walks but all we came across were warning signs at the rivers flowing to the ocean, so they are there. Should you walk to the north along the beach (turn right) from the hotel to the river, there are fellows who will take you up the river to see monkeys, birds and crocodiles for a fee ($15US) that can be negotiated, at least during low season. The boat ride will take about an hour.
The surf is ideal for beginners and novelist surfers. The water is said to have a strong current but as a strong swimmer I did not experience the currents like in other tropical areas such as Hawaii or Mexico's Pacific coastal area. The water is shallow and will allow one to walk a fair way out without getting much above the waist. Large rock outcrops and rocks in general are and can be a concern if care is not taken. If and when you travel to this destination check out the beach at low tide before you run head long into the surf.
The town is typical of a tourist destination, so closing your eyes and turning around and then opening them you could be any place in the tropics. That is not a bad thing it is just as it is. There is nothing historic or culturally distinctive in the town, at least nothing that we could find or told about from our friends who have traveled to this destination in the past.
The Saturday morning farmers market was quaint as was the Thursday evening market. Interesting items but not much in the way of unique local items. Little to no bargaining, as these are not traditional markets like one would come across away from a tourist destination.
The US dollar for the most part is the currency of the day for 95% of the stores. If you go to any of the grocery/ convenience stores they list products in local currency, colones. If you pay in US currency, you will receive either US, local currency or both as change. Money changing is simple, just remember to bring your passport. US currency is key, so to my Canadian readers, leave your Canadian currency at home.
Traveling and staying in Costa Rica is not inexpensive. The Tamarindo Diria room rates are similar to typical destinations in Canada or the US. The products/ souvenirs in the local stores are fixed prices, in US dollars and similar to what you would pay back home. But many of the wood products are interesting and worth searching for that unique piece. Street and beach vendors are typical of any tourist destination but not aggressive. Their prices are not fixed but they will ask way more than they are willing to accept. Most often they will accept about half what they are asking.
While there are less expensive hotels in the area, we would recommend the Tamarindo Diria resort, it is clean, staff are friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Tamarindo Diria is the iconic beach hotel located in Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with its own personality perfect for an authentic Costa Rica vacation. Features direct access to the most famous costa rican white sand beach, front ocean view accommodations, 4 swimming pools, 5 restaurants, 5 bars, and much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Tamarindo
- Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach And Golf Resort
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