Our Favorite Tamarindo Tours on Water

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Tamarindo tours on water offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, if not in Costa Rica (or, really, the world… I mean, just look at that!). Here are a few of our favorites, for every age, every pleasure, and every adventure quotient. Enjoy!

If there’s one thing we can state as absolute fact, it’s that greater Tamarindo is a haven for all things aquatic: Whether you’re a surfer seeking the ultimate barrel, an angler in search of the next big catch, or your little pirate has professed a desire to pursue underwater treasure, the best Tamarindo tours on water promise to fulfill your dreams (and probably stoke a few new ones). It’s just that kind of place.

That may be a big claim, but it’s one we’re pretty sure Tamarindo can fill. After all, where else can you kayak into quiet estuary, swim beside octopuses (fun fact: that’s the correct plural form – true story!), learn to surf on legendary waves, and then sail off into the sunset – all in one day, one week, or one vacation. You set the pace, be it fast or slow, wanton or lackadaisical. Because Tamarindo is the kind of destination happy to let you decide.

And so, we bring you a few of our favorite Tamarindo tours on water: from record-breaking sport fishing and 12-foot white-water rafting drops, to swimming with 20-foot rays and snubaing with starfish, these activities get you out onto the water, into the water, and under the water. Exactly the way you like it.

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Tamarindo Day Trip: Las Pumas Rescue Center

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Jaguars, Costa Rica’s biggest wildcats, are just one of the five big cat species you’ll find at Las Pumas Rescue Center

We like to say that in nature, there are no guarantees. What that means is that, while Costa Rica is an incredibly biodiverse country where more than 25% of all land is reserved for national parks, wildlife refuges, and reserves – habitats to some of the densest wild animal populations in the world – there’s no guarantee you’ll spot a specific animal. Especially if that animal is elusive. Enter Las Pumas Rescue Center, or El Centro de Rescate Las Pumas.

Las Pumas is a wildlife rescue center, taking in the injured, the orphaned, and the illegally captured. Their goal: To provide necessary medical care and rehabilitate these animals, hopefully for release back into their natural habitats. What this means for us: Guaranteed animal sightings and a feel-good, do-good kind of day, where you not only see some animals but put your tourism dollars toward a worthy nonprofit. 

Need to Know:

Location: About 2 hours east of Tamarindo and 4.5 miles outside of Cañas, on the Interamerican Highway en route to Liberia

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Sunday

Cost: $8 children & students / $12 adults

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How to Find (and Choose) the Perfect Costa Rica Wedding Photographer

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Choosing your Costa Rica wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make | Photo courtesy of Toh Gouttenoire

When you’re planning your wedding in Costa Rica, a lot of work goes into the… well, planning! After all, whether large or intimate, fancy or casual, this promises to be one of the most important days of your life. And by important, we mean significant. And by that, we mean you need to be thinking about your Cosa Rica wedding photographer.

Big leap, you say? We think not. Because, at the end of the day (literally), your wedding is but a day – or a weekend or, okay, if you’re going all out, an entire week! – but the memories? Well, the memories last a lifetime. Great photos will help.

We don’t say that to be funny. Photos really do help. Because, in the moment, your emotions sweep you up. It’s hard to commit every minute, every look, every smile to memory because you’re too busy experiencing the actual moment. And that’s exactly as it should be. Don’t observe; experience.

Enter your wedding photographer – Editor’s note: your talented, experienced wedding photographer who really gets you – and his job it is to experience nothing and see everything. That’s why this may be the most important I-do decision you never knew you had to make. Because, while every other wedding decision affects the day/weekend/week itself, your choice of Costa Rica wedding photographer affects how you reflect on that day, for the rest of your life.

So, you know – no pressure.

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Costa Rica Travel Tips: Packing for Rainy Season

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Rainy season travel is some of our favorite. The landscapes are green, the water is clear, flowers are in bloom, and the wildlife is happy. But, yeah, there’s likely to be rain. These Costa Rica travel tips for rainy season will see you through.

So, you’re visiting during the rainy season? Then hoo boy, do we have some Costa Rica travel tips up our sleeve.

Are you envisioning torrential downpours and epic thunderstorms, gray skies and a vacation spent huddling indoors, hiding from another miserable day?

Yeah, Costa Rica’s rainy season isn’t like that.

So, how much does it rain?  Are we talking a few sprinkles or more like apocalyptic, monsoon-level downpours? Does everything shut down? Here’s the short of it: Unless you’re really, really unlucky – as in, once-in-several-years unlucky – it’s not going to rain morning, noon, and night. It probably won’t even rain noon and night. It may not even rain every day.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Hold on to your umbrella, because we’re about to get real about Costa Rica’s rainy season.

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Property of the Month: Pacific Soul

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You are here. Enough said? (Oh, you’re serious? Then feel free to inquire now about Pacific Soul!)

You’ve just awoken. There’s a hint of sunlight streaming in your window but, that’s not what woke you up. What was it? It was something completely beyond anything you’ve ever experienced. Or, at least, anything you’ve ever experienced upon waking.

You’re… rocking. It’s a gentle lap and ebb, lap and ebb. Oh, that’s right! Yesterday, you ditched your landlubber card and today, you’re waking up in Pacific Soul, a spectacular 45-foot private-charter catamaran. A 4-bedroom, 4-bath private catamaran. Floating on the aquamarine Pacific. Your only neighbors: dolphins, sea turtles, and the occasional octopus or two. This. Is. The. Life.

Welcome to the lap (and ebb) of luxury – a true, elusive luxury that only a few will ever have a chance experience. Will you be one of them?

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