If you are considering visiting Costa Rica on holiday be sure to add Tamarindo tours to your list of things to do. This article will discuss some fun and interesting facts about Tamarindo that are a must see for every visitor to Costa Rica.
1. Tamarindo was at number four in the category of “Top Travel Destinations Central America 2013” on TripAdvisor.
2. The number one sport in Tamarindo is surfing
3. You may get to see whales – there are two humpback whale migration seasons in Tamarindo. In December to March the humpback whales can be seen heading south and in August to October humpback whales are seen heading north.
4. Crocodiles sometimes swim around the mouth of the river on the north end of Playa Tamarindo.
5. Leatherback turtles are the largest reptiles in the world and can be found in Playa Grande, which is next to Playa Tamarindo.
6. There are about 12 hours of daylight every day in Tamarindo. They sunsets at 5:30 p.m. and there is a beautiful sunset to be enjoyed. It is said that most residents make it a point to watch as many sunsets as possible. Sunrise is at 6 a.m. and it must be noted that it is against the law to make any disruptive noises before 6 a.m. in Tamarindo. However, that being said it is possible to be awakened by an egg truck delivery clamoring down the street at 5:59 a.m.
7. Coffee was born here -Costa Rica and Tamarindo have a strong coffee culture. It is said that mothers add a bit of coffee to infant’s milk and even to young children’s drinks too, however, this may be a myth. It is very common to drink coffee all day or at least have a fresh brew around 3 p.m. each day. Tamarindo and Costa Rica are a coffee lovers’ Paradise.
8. Take a chill pill – Tamarindo and most of Costa Rica will school you in taking it slow and learning to slow down. A word you will be quickly become acquainted with if you stay long enough is “manana”. This word does not mean tomorrow however it usually means ‘not today’. This basically means whatever it is, it is not happening just yet and so everything takes a little longer, and as a result this forces you to slow down. One blogger stated that as a result of the slowing down, once you have embraced it you will wonder what all the rush was about in the first place!
9. Smile it is the Costa Rican way – for most travelers, where they come from greeting and any such interaction is unwanted attention, hence on the subway, in buses, trams streets and even in elevators most people have blank stares and earphones which are very uninviting for greetings and or conversation. In Costa Rica, however, not acknowledging a passerby is considered to be plainly rude, and as such it is common to be greeted and expected to greet back, and Costa Ricans smile so, smile and be friendly too.