Just like being in the US
Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
58Trip End Mar 08, 2012
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Playa Tamarindo was put on the map by the surfing movie The Endless Summer II, the town is totally geared towards tourists (mainly Americans) and ironically enough, it's the Americans that seem to complain the most about 'over development'. We however did not see it and suggested they check out the Gold Coast before commenting on over development.
Surfing is definitely the 'in thing' at Tamarindo, Dave had a surf (with a thousand learners) and we rented boards to take with us to Playa Grande, the next Northerly beach we are heading to next :-)
It was certainly a shock to the hip pocket coming to Costa Rica... Literally everything is more expensive, in some situations double to that of Nicaragua (I.E. Accommodation). Hopefully the budget won't cop too much of a beating.