Tamarindo Day Trip: Guide to Diria National Park

Howler Monkey

How about a howler monkey welcome to Diria National Park?

Guanacaste is home to eight national parks, each known for their vast habitats, natural beauty, and varied wildlife. You’ve probably heard of many of them: from leatherback turtle beaches at our own Las Baulas National Marine Park to the canals of Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste is famous for its parks. Except one. One that flies decidedly under the radar.

Welcome to Guanacaste’s best-kept secret. Kick off your flip-flops and get out your hiking shoes. We’re going to Diria National Park!

Here, what was once a protected area is now a national park – an upgrade courtesy of Diria National Park’s varied ecosystems, strong conservation efforts, and entertainment value. That’s right, Diria is not only beautiful but also a fun place to visit: Filled with crystal-clear river waters, a majestic waterfall, interwoven trails, and an abundance of birds, mammals, and other animal species.

Diria National Park Overview: 

Location: 10 miles south of Santa Cruz

Founded: 1991 (became a national park in 2004)

Maximum Altitude: 5,905 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level

Area: 13,410 acres

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Telephone: 2686-4968 / 2686-4970

Entrance Fee: $6 adults / $5 children

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4 Ingredients for an Unforgettable Trip to Costa Rica

ingredients to a perfect trip to Costa Rica

Want to plan an unforgettable trip to Costa Rica? Don’t forget to “pack” your sense of adventure!

Want to have a perfect trip to Costa Rica? Well then, we have the fool-proof recipe: four “ingredients” necessary for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

The good news: They’re nothing you pack in a suitcase. They’re all free. And every, single one is not just attainable, but easily “brought.” Here we go!

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5 Apps to Download for your Trip to Costa Rica

5 apps for your trip to Costa Rica

You are where?!? You’ll always know, as long as you download our favorite app for your trip to Costa Rica!

You carry your phone everywhere, so why not make it work for you during your trip to Costa Rica? Yep, we’re talking about a few hard-working apps that will make your travels a little easier, a little more enjoyable and, sometimes, even a little more enlightened.

In order of priority (maybe), from the app that everyone should download to apps for specific (albeit broad) interests, we present five apps we think almost everyone should download before their trip to Costa Rica:

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18 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Playa Flamingo sunset

Working on your list of things to do in Playa Flamingo? We have 18 suggestions.

Stretching a mile long, Playa Flamingo is crescent-shaped proof that paradise exists: pristine white-sand beaches, shade-lined coasts, and turquoise sea, teeming with spotted rays, dolphins, humpback whales, and endangered sea turtles.

And those are just four reasons to visit. In fact, the list of things to do in Playa Flamingo is delightfully rich. From wildlife sightings and adventure tours, to beach combing and smooth sailing, Flamingo Beach is one of Costa Rica’s most action-packed hidden gems.

Hot Tip: Don’t forget our EASY BUTTON! If any of these activities pique your interest, we’re happy to book it on your behalf – absolutely no upcharge or fees! And we promise to make sure it’s the best tour of its kind. Just name the day and our in-house concierge, Cristina (send her an email), will make it happen.

And now, 18 of our favorite things to do in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica:

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5 Great Tamarindo Restaurants to Take Mom on Costa Rican Mother’s Day

Tamarindo restaurants for special occasions

This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a meal at one of the top Tamarindo restaurants

Did you know that the date of Mother’s Day varies around the world? And here in Costa Rica, we celebrate on August 15. That’s right – today! And Costa Ricans take their moms so seriously that Mother’s Day is an official holiday; you’ll find banks, school, and other public institutions are closed today in Mom’s honor.

So, Happy Mother’s Day, to all the moms around the world! If you’re lucky enough to celebrate your mom here in Costa Rica – or if you simply want to raise a glass in her honor – then we’re dishing up five great Tamarindo restaurants perfect for an honorary and celebratory dinner. Cheers!

(And hey, don’t worry! If you didn’t make it down in time for Costa Rican Mother’s Day 2018, then why not start planning for 2019? Whittle down our list of Tamarindo vacation rentals – we’re confident you’ll find an ideal home for your family – and then get in touch! We’ll help you plan the perfect getaway.)

And now, in no particular order:

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6 (+ a Few Thousand!) Tropical Flowers for Your Tamarindo Wedding

Wedding and Event planners in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

What kind of flowers do you dream for your Tamarindo wedding?

When it comes down to your Tamarindo wedding details, one of the most enjoyable decisions will come courtesy of your florist: What tropical, exotic, and spectacularly colorful flowers do you plan to carry down the aisle? Which will decorate your ceremony? What bouquets will sit atop your reception table?

The answer is, almost any flowers you wish. Many grow nearly year-round and offer a wide variety from which to choose – literally, thousands of exotic flower varieties, at a fraction of what you’d expect to pay in the U.S. or Canada.

While your ultimate choice will come down to you, your wedding date, and your florist, we thought we’d send your inspiration soaring with a few of our past brides’ favorite selections:

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