Please don’t cancel – Postpone your trip to Costa Rica!

Costa Rican animals: the keel-billed toucan

Come to Costa Rican and get to see lots of wildlife like the keel-billed toucan!

Right now, Costa Rica as many other countries is facing a difficult time. The country and our hard working people depend on tourism. You can do your part  and help everyone out. If you already have a reservation in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, please postpone your trip, instead of cancelling it. Contact our reservations department at reservations@stayintamarindo.com.

Or even better, if you were thinking about coming to Tamarindo, Costa Rica this year and haven’t booked your trip – book now and spread some positivity! We will be happy to give you a 10% discount for your stay in Tamarindo between June and November 2020. This is only applicable for new reservations made until April 30, 2020, restrictions apply.

Costa Rica will even be more beautiful in the next couple of months, as nature has time to heal and animals will be all over Tamarindo again! Don’t miss out!

Together we can make a change, together we will travel again! 

 

Property of the Month: Casa de Luz

Casa de Luz oceanfront vacation rental in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Casa de Luz is the best of many bests: one of the largest private home event venues in Guanacaste, the first solar-powered Tamarindo vacation rental, and more.

Welcome to oceanfront Casa de Luz– the House of Light, Playa Langosta’s luxury jewel, and the most eco-friendly Tamarindo vacation rental.

This solar-powered, on-the-sand, luxury home is the superlative of superlatives: The closest high-capacity Tamarindo vacation rental to downtown. The only beach villa where every sleeping and living space faces the Pacific Ocean and the sunset. The first solar-powered home in the province. One of the largest private home event venues on the Gold Coast. And, one of an exclusive few vacation homes to be fully staffed.

Home to almost every luxury and amenity available in Costa Rica – an oceanfront pool, air-conditioning throughout, a Pacific-view swimming pool, high-speed WiFi, private beach access, and much more – Casa de Luz delivers a vacation, wedding, event, or reunion like no other.

This is a private home, but it’s also part beach resort, part event venue (especially for Tamarindo weddings), and part VIP experience. Casa de Luz represents the ultimate in location, accommodations and service.

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Planning a Costa Rica Surf Vacation? Start Here.

Tamarindo surfing

Planning a Costa Rica surf vacation? This guide will help you narrow down where and when – and where to stay, after you’ve figured out your where and when.

So, you’re planning a Costa Rica surf vacation. You’re excited! You’re hopeful. You’re already shopping for special vacation surfboard wax.

The only problem – you’re not quite sure of where to go. Or when. Or where you’ll stay. Or, well, any of it. Because Costa Rica’s surf is legendary and, whether you’re a beginner who’s only popped up a few times or an advanced surfer looking for your next-greatest challenge, all you’re sure of is that you’ll soon be surfing in Costa Rica.

That’s an exhilarating thing to be sure of. This guide will fill you in on the rest.

Popular Costa Rica Surf Destinations

The good news is that you’ll find both beginner-friendly and good surf almost everywhere Costa Rica. The great news is that you’ll find world-class surf in a few of those areas.

The not-quite-as-good news is that you won’t have time to surf it all. (Well, unless you’re here for a few years.) So, you’ll have to prioritize. At least, for this trip.

Here’s our rule of thumb: Stick to one major surf region per each 7-10 days of your trip, so you have plenty of time to explore, enjoy, and surf every must and many of the if-you-cans. And, be sure to identify all a region’s bucket-list breaks that meet your skill level and preferences.

So, about that where:

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Spotlight On: Ibis Condos at the Tamarindo Preserve & Langosta Beach Club

Langosta Beach Club

Talk about privileged Tamarindo real estate! All our Ibis Condos vacation homes are 1-minute walk to the beach, overlook the Tamarindo Preserve, and have full membership to the Langosta Beach Club.

For most homes, an address goes something like “### Mountain View Ln.”

At Ibis Condominiums, it looks more like, “the exclusive gated community at the crossroads of the Tamarindo Preserve and the Langosta Beach Club.”

Granted, that’s partly due to Costa Rica’s famed absence of bonafide street addresses. But, it’s mostly because it’s such an apt description: Ibis Condos rise from some of the most privileged Tamarindo real estate, under 100 meters to the Pacific, overlooking a 650-acre nature conservancy, and across the way from the Langosta Beach Club (to which you’ll have access).

And we have all 10 exclusive condos available as vacation homes for rent.

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The Best Places to Stay in Tamarindo: 10 of Our Favorites

Tamarindo honeymoon spot

There are so many ways you could define the best places to stay in Tamarindo. We’ve based our list on 10 of them. (And yes, this view is one of those reasons!)

We have a philosophy. A motto, if you will. It goes like this: While everyday life may require compromise, vacation should be the one time of year you can have it all. This should be the one time that you don’t have to settle, don’t have to sacrifice this for that – the time to insist on your wish list and revel in everything you want, no compromise required.

Indeed, this is the time to seek out the best places to stay in Tamarindo and to reserve the one that strums at your heart strings. Because this is your time. That’s our philosophy and we’re sticking to it.

And so, with that in mind, we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorite homes and communities in Tamarindo. And by that, we mean Greater Tamarindo – specifically, downtown, Playa Langosta, and Hacienda Pinilla. (We’ll cover Playa Flamingo in a later post, promise!)

In no particular order:

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Costa Rica Destination Weddings

Costa Rica destination wedding photo op at sunset-min

There’s so much to consider about Costa Rica destination weddings, we wouldn’t want you to miss these five must-knows.

Planning your wedding is Costa Rica is a bit like gliding down a slip-and-slide rabbit hole: You fall hard and fast, often flying past details, information, and tidbits you’d like to return to later.

It’s easy for one of those must-knows to fall through the cracks. So, we’ve pulled together five easily missed, but important details you absolutely want to know about Costa Rica destination weddings:

  1. There Are Four Distinct Wedding Seasons

Playa Naranjo Witchs Rock

Seeking perfect weather? There’s a season for that!

If you’re still in the beginning planning phases, you should know that there are four distinct seasons for Costa Rica destination weddings: High Season, Mid-Season 1, Green Season, and Mid-Season 2. Each has its own benefits and considerations:

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

Costa Rican microbrews and craft beer-min

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

Tamarindo Tours and Activities

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

advice on a destination wedding in Costa Rica

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

sand-man for your holidays in Tamarindo

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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