A Guide to Costa Rican Microbrews, Craft Beers & Artisan Alcohol

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Have a yen to quench your tropical thirst. We have a few (okay, many!) Costa Rican microbrews, craft beers, and other brews for you to try.

In the land of sun and fun, you’ll likely to crave an ice-cold one. That’s our motto, at least.

It’s true – if you’re like many of your fellow travelers, you’ll often be on the hunt for some chilly refreshment. Luckily, craft beer and Costa Rican microbrews are readily available and pairs perfectly with Costa Rican fare and the warm tropical sun.

You’ll quickly discover that there’s one MAJOR player in Costa Rican beer: the Florida Ice & Farm Company (FIFCO), which produces all of Costa Rica’s more mainstream, standard brews, including those that maraud under the brand names of Imperial, Pilsen, and Bavaria.

Since you can find those everywhere and on every menu, we thought we’d highlight a few of the harder-to-find, you-may-have-to-ask-for-them Costa Rican microbrews, craft beers, and artisan lagers that we’ve grown to know and love.

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Don’t Travel with the Big Guys: 7 Reasons to Book with a Local Vacation Rental Company

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Call us biased, but we know there are plenty of reasons to go local – to work with a local, in-the-know company to choose your vacation home, Tamarindo tours, experiences, and other details of your trip. Here are seven of them.

As you plan your Costa Rican vacation – the Tamarindo tours you want to experience, the flavors you can’t wait to taste, the accommodations that inspire your dreams – one of the very first decisions you’ll make is all about the logistics: Where will you reserve that vacation?

Usually, that decision comes down to two major players: The Big Guys – major travel agencies, publically traded companies, etc. – or The Local Guys: small companies, rooted in their communities and overflowing with local know-how.

At the outset, we’ll cop to our bias: At Stay in Tamarindo, we’re firmly in the latter category. We are firmly a local company. The Big Guys don’t throw their weight behind us. We don’t have huge marketing departments or major advertising dollars to throw around.

We do have heart. And, therein lies the truth behind our bias: We know local and, therefore, we understand its distinct advantages. After all, we live in Tamarindo. We visit our rental homes. We do quality checks on all our recommended Tamarindo tours, excursions, and attractions.

So, yes, we’re biased. But if you’ll give us a chance, we’re pretty confident you’ll end up biased, too.

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Breathtaking Photo-Ops for your Costa Rica Destination Wedding

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You. Your betrothed. And your Costa Rica destination wedding. It’s a match made in paradise.

There are a few must-haves when it comes to any Costa Rica destination wedding: Love. Your betrothed. Vows.

And photos.

Yes, you need photos. Beautiful photos. Awe-inspiring photos. Epic photos. Photos, photos, photos. Record ye all the memories. Because, part of the allure of a destination wedding is the remarkable beauty of your chosen destination. (Cough, Tamarindo. Cough, cough!)

Anyway… Photos. Photographs are the imprint of a moment, a feeling, a milestone. Because, in the moment, your emotions sweep you up. You can’t commit every moment to memory because you’re too busy experiencing the actual moment. And that’s exactly as it should be. Don’t observe; experience.

Everything else is for the photographs. And so, with that in mind, here are five of our favorite photo ops for your Costa Rica destination wedding:

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7 Costa Rican Christmas Traditions for your Holidays in Tamarindo

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Don’t throw a sand-ball at us, but we’re saying it: we prefer sand-men to snowmen! Because, there’s just something special about lighted palms, roasting pork, and the holidays in Tamarindo.

Look out your window. If you see anything but sunbeams, palm trees, and blue skies – okay, maybe there’s a wispy cumulus cloud in there, somewhere! – then we’re guessing you’re not in Costa Rica. You’re not spending the holidays in Tamarindo.

At least, not this year. But, there’s always the promise of 2020!

Because, here’s the truth: the holidays in Tamarindo – Christmas in Costa Rica, generally – are a festive time of year. A special time of year. A twinkling, joyous, and inclusive time of year.

There are the lights and trees and carols, and then there are the only-in-Costa-Rica holiday traditions – all the making-some-memoriesnever-forget-your-trip details that transform December into such a fun month to travel abroad. You’re going to love it.

And so, with fun and festivities in mind – and in the spirit of inclusion, all sans creed or doctrine – we present seven of our favorite Christmas traditions. So, no matter what you celebrate (or don’t) back home, you can join in the joy during your holidays in Tamarindo.

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4 Tamarindo Tours & Activities You Can Only Experience Here

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Looking for some of our favorite, only-here Tamarindo tours? Mangrove kayaking definitely makes our list.

Every vacation, every trip, every escape is a new opportunity. The chance to see something new, experience something different. Your invitation to explore, enjoy, and endear yourself to fresh places, spaces, and activities.

Travel is your path to enjoying the world, as it is. The world, as you don’t yet know it.

And that’s why we always encourage travelers to try something new – to step outside your comfort zone and tick another item off your bucket list.

Enter these Tamarindo tours: four opportunities to do something you probably haven’t done before. Four chance to experience the world, as only Tamarindo can deliver it. These tours and activities are unique to us, unique to right here. And we can’t wait to introduce you to them.

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Attending the BPM Festival? 5 Properties with Last-Minute Availability

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Wondering where to stay for The BPM Festival: Costa Rica? We have five great options. [Pictured: Villa Almendro]

If you’re a music fan, by now you’ve heard that the BPM Festival is coming to Tamarindo. Coming soon, to be precise!

The BPM Festival: Costa Rica – a multi-venue, five-day-and-night dance music festival – will get Tamarindo dancing, singing and moving from January 15-19, 2020. Three-day and five-day tickets are still available.

Go ahead – treat yourself. After all, experiences are the best gifts! And ‘tis the season for gifting.

Once your tickets are in hand (or in your inbox, as the case may be), next up – accommodations! And, luckily, we have a few with last-minute availability:

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8 Questions to Ask Your Tamarindo Wedding Planner

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Choosing the right Tamarindo wedding planner is all about finding the professional who best understands you.

As you begin to envision your wedding in Tamarindo, you also begin to realize how much work goes into the planning: An ocean away and often in another language, Costa Rica wedding planning is an exciting, complicated, and challenging beast.

Somewhere along the line, you decided you needed a little help. Whether you’re in search of a full-service Tamarindo wedding planner or an à la carte wedding coordinator, you seek peace of mind. You want a perfect day. You hope that every detail will be exactly as you imagine.

You just don’t to be the one to worry about every one of those perfect details. And so, the below questions will help you narrow the field to the planner who best complements your vision.

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Q&A: Everything You Need to Know About Costa Rica Wedding Planning

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Costa Rica wedding planning? It’s all in the details, like finding the perfect wedding photographer and capturing some truly once-in-a-lifetime, you’ll-never-forget-this-day imagery.

When it comes to your Costa Rica wedding planning, you probably have a lot of questions. Myriad. Many. A veritable multitude.

Don’t worry – it’s natural! Wedding planning is all about the details, and the details are even more complicated when you’re planning a destination wedding. After all, there are language barriers, and distance, and general country unfamiliarity to contend with – all the little and big things required to make your wedding a success.

And a resounding success, your wedding will be! Costa Rica offers a spectacular backdrop to your “I dos”: Our venues are extraordinary; our marriage requirements, easy; our weather, remarkable; and our photographers, florists, and other professionals, talented. In other words, Costa Rica is a perfect place to get married.

But back to those questions. We’ve pulled together this Costa Rica destination wedding FAQ together, based on our years of experience, expertise and many (myriad, multitudinous…) fielded questions. If you have any questions we haven’t already covered, ask in the comments or get in touch; we’re here to help!

Quick Look:

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Humpback Whale Watching near Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Hey there! Love nature? Then, you’re going to love humpback whale watching near Tamarindo.

When you think of Costa Rica and wildlife watching, you most likely think of monkeys and sloths, toucans and jaguars. It’s easy to forget that Costa Rica is also home to two oceans – okay, technically one ocean and one sea – teeming with wildlife. And you don’t need to be a snorkeler or scuba diver to enjoy it, either.

Did you know that Costa Rica is home to the longest humpback whale-watching season in the world? ‘Tis true: Over two appearances and eight awe-inspiring months, these gentle giants make their home in Costa Rica waters. In Guanacaste waters. Which brings us to the subject of whale watching near Tamarindo: where, when and how?

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Property of the Month: Conchal Penthouse

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You are here. Here, in paradise. Here, with a drink in your hand. Here, overlooking the famously pink Playa Conchal. Here, at our Conchal Penthouse. Here, exactly where you want to be. Welcome!

Imagine with us, if you will, a private ocean-view terrace, still warm from languid rays of afternoon sun. Adirondack chairs beckon the perfect posture of partial recline, partial view-appreciation. Because oh, that view.

Unfolding over Colonial-style red roofs and dense tree canopy, the vista rolls and tumbles toward the Pacific Ocean. And, there – endless blue, punctuated by the occasional sailboat and island. This view – it’s all yours.

Because it’s you on that still warm, ocean-view terrace. You, in that Adirondack chair. You, appreciating that view. You, here. You, in paradise.

Because you have claimed Conchal Penthouse as your own.

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