Entries by Erin Raub

Destination: Green Season? Planning Your Costa Rican Destination Wedding for the Rainy Season

A Costa Rican destination wedding – there’s something inherently romantic in the thought of it, isn’t there? You have a wedding vision in mind. Chances are, it includes the melodies of crashing waves and harmonizing bird song. There’s soft sand and cerulean backdrops to your photos. And, most likely, your dream day includes the warm […]


The Costa Rican Casado – What’s That?

Open up a menu in almost any Costa Rican restaurant, and you’ll be greeted with the casado. Casado? Your Spanish-to-English dictionary says that means “married.” Who says what now? Welcome to Costa Rica’s national dish and most popular lunchtime special, the famed casado: white rice, black or red beans, cooked veggies (aka picadillo), and/or salad, plus […]

Destination Joy: 9 Tips to Identify Perfect (for you) Tamarindo Vacation Rentals

Tamarindo vacation rentals are not created equal. That’s not to say that some are better than others, but rather that some homes are suited to some guests and other homes are suited to other guests. Okay, and some are not suited to anyone. (We don’t list any of these, thankfully!) This post is about all […]

Property of the Month: Casa Ilios

Who says you can’t have it all? It’s a warm afternoon. The sun is shining – and by shining, we mean it’s bright and shimmering over the pool and ocean – and the Pacific has whipped up a salty sea breeze. The curtains are billowing, beckoning you poolside. Sunset is scheduled for T minus 45 […]

Off the Beaten Path: A Visit to Guaitil, the Pottery Capital of Costa Rica

Guaitil – pronounced, more or less, wy-teel – is the Costa Rica you’ve probably never heard of. And yet, you should have. Everyone should have. Because Guaitil is one of those special kinds of places that you cannot experience anywhere else. This is your invitation to step back into a thousand years of tradition, to experience […]

4 Costa Rican Wedding Traditions to Incorporate into Your Tamarindo Wedding

In this wonderfully modern era, every country has its traditions – some, that persevere and others, that time has long forgotten. These traditions are never more pronounced as when they comes to life’s big moments. And here, in Costa Rica, there are many wedding traditions to which we cleave, for the joy they bring, the moments […]


Romantic Dinners in Tamarindo – 7 of our Favorite Spots

From twinkling fairy lights to crashing surf, lantern-lit tables to bamboo palapas for two, the most romantic dinners in Tamarindo serve up more than just a delicious memory. Because romance is not just the meal; it’s an experience. An experience of dim lighting and stolen moments, great views and memorable moments. It’s about setting the […]

Costa Rica Family Vacation: Your [Almost] Complete Guide to Tamarindo with Kids

You’re enjoying a wonderful holiday season – by the way, happy holidays from the Stay in Tamarindo family! – and you’re loving your time together with your loved ones, whether you’re gathered with just your nearest and dearest or gathered with extended family and friends. And now, you’re thinking (and even talking) about that Costa Rican family […]