Written by Helen Glenn Court
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With its pristine white beaches, jungle foliage, and tropical sun, Tamarindo sits on Costa Rica's northwestern coast in the province of Guanacaste, at the top of the Peninsula Santa Elena. Its bay, formed from Cabo Velas, has become a Mecca for surfers and sports fishermen. Only 45 minutes from Costa Rica's new international airport in Liberia, and just seven miles from a local airport served by two airlines, this is the most accessible location on Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast.

Why Visit Tamarindo?

With a good choice in luxurious accommodations, evening nightlife, and restaurants, it's almost impossible to go wrong in selecting Tamarindo as a vacation spot. Several first-rate golf courses--one a Trent Jones--are within an easy drive. The local wildlife habitats include giant protected nesting areas for giant leatherback turtles and mangrove forests. The forests are home to a breathtaking diversity of fauna such as poisonous dart frogs, Blue Memphis butterflies, macaws, and crocodiles.

Whether you're interested in deep bluewater, reef, or shoreline fishing, you'll find it--and marlin, sailfish, and giant tuna--at Tamarindo. Not only that, but you'll find that your hotel or any number of beachfront restaurants are probably happy to cook your catch for you. Perhaps you'd rather enjoy warm water surfing, scuba diving, or snorkeling.

Year-round, temperatures fluctuate between 80° and 100° Fahrenheit. During the dry season, from November through April, the humidity is low. During the rainy season, the area is lush and green, with afternoon and evening thunderstorms frequent and sunsets spectacular because of them.

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