Although my trip to Costa Rica this time was shorter than I would’ve liked it to be, I had the opportunity to see parts of the country I (surprisingly) hadn’t seen before and OH MY GOD it was beautiful.
It was apparent from the moment we were within miles of the beach why so many people from around the world travel to and often relocate to Costa Rica. Warm weather, a beautiful environment and welcoming locals all add to the intoxicating atmosphere. We were in Tamarindo for only three days and I desperately wish we could’ve stayed more.
We stayed at the Tamarindo Diria, a very well located hotel on the Tamarindo beach strip. I found the hotel browsing Trip Advisor and I must say it lived up to all expectations. We even received a complimentary beachfront room upgrade because we traveled during low season and they had extra rooms available.
Tamarindo is a small town and the Diria hotel is essentially in the middle of it. Several hotels, restaurants and shops line the beachfront, and the street that runs parallel to it is where you’ll do most of your wandering if you go. Which you should!
It sounds odd, but we didn’t do that much while we were there and it made me so happy! Often times, vacations don’t feel like vacations because you put yourself on a tight schedule in order to see and do literally everything. Since I used to live in Costa Rica and have visited before fairly often, I wasn’t as concerned with planning a ton of activities, but more with just relaxing and taking in the view – which was amazing!
I wanted so badly to spend the entire day on the beach that it started raining at one point and I stayed, determined not to spend the rest of the day in my room. Several people left (because, god forbid, you get wet on the beach), but I stayed out there, piña colada in hand, taking in the ocean air. A little bit cliché, but so, so wonderful.