We started our Costa Rican journeys in Playa Tamarindo. It was refreshing to be in country that works to keep its countryside and coasts clean. Tamarindo itself is a full on party town. The entire town is hotels, bars and surf shops and everywhere you look are muchacho’s with no shirts and muchacha’s in tiny bikinis. While it was definitely lacking in any sort of real culture, the beach itself made up for it. Big and beautiful (if you didn’t look at all the condo developments), there was time well spent there beach combing and soaking up some sun.
Another bonus that we got from Tamarindo was meeting another couple at our hostel who agreed to split on a car rental with us. This is fabulous because 90% of the Nicoya Peninsula is only accessible if you have your own transportation and it would be terrible to have missed out on seeing such amazing coastline. Our group decided that we would take the backroads down the coast that are only accessible with a 4x4 vehicle so it was quite the adventure. We visited several beaches and saw tons of animals and wicked scenery.
We were lucky enough to find a beach all to ourselves to camp out on. It was paradise! Beautiful beach, crashing waves, starry sky and to top it off, a couple of gals who were releasing baby olive ridley turtles offered to let us join them. It doesn't really get much better than that...
On our way back North now after making it all the way to Montezuma at the tip of the peninsula. It will be cool to head into the mountainous interior of this wicked country.