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Discover Yourself in Tamarindo

Hotel & Resort | JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa | Lisa Iannucci | April 13, 2016

Discover Yourself in Tamarindo

PHOTO: Let the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa be your launch pad for exploring Tamarindo (Courtesy JW Marriott)

In the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Tamarindo was once a quiet hamlet reserved for fishing. But vacationers have now discovered its sandy beaches, tropical dry forest and landscapes.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is the only internationally branded hotel close to Tamarindo, where guests can stay in a hacienda-style resort.

There is a “Pura Vida” laid back atmosphere about the Tamarindo town, but rest assured it’s not because there’s nothing to do. On the other hand, there is something for everyone.

Park It:  Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park is the closest national park with over 34,800 acres of land. Explore the park, which is to over 300 species of birds, including the elusive quetzal – which means ‘large brilliant tail feather’ – and cougars, monkeys, and kinkajous. Enjoy a full-day hiking tour past mud pots, fumaroles and volcanic craters and, along the way, you just might see Howler and Capuchin monkeys.

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Turtle Landfall: Until November, hundreds of thousands of female Olive Ridley sea turtles make landfall over the course of about a week. They lay and bury about 100 eggs each and it is a sight to behold.

Monkey Around: The Monkey Park Wildlife Sanctuary is a refuge for injured or sick animals. Here you can see monkeys, spider monkeys birds and more.

Hang 10!: Costa Rica is all about the water so get in and paddle to Capitan Island for snorkeling or head to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, a boutique surf resort located beachfront that is perfect for advanced surfers. There are so many water activities to choose from in Tamarindo including fishing, white water rafting, sailing, snorkeling and more.

Zip Away!: New Monkey Jungle Canopy Tours is a great way to fly through the landscape and top it off with an awesome Tarzan yell at the end.

Sunday Bikers: Want to enjoy the Costa Rican landscape? Hop on a bike and drive along the Costa Rican landscape through 8 mile trails, while you take it easy and look at all the beauty in front of you. A 4WD ATV tour can also take you on to roads that aren’t easily accessible and you’ll drive through mud and rivers, through mountains and beaches. You will end up on the beach taking in views that you’ll never forget.

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Explore: Exploring the neighboring cities and countries is a great idea and just a short distance away is Nicaragua, Costa Rica’s northern neighbor, which is extremely close to Guanacaste.

Watch the sunset: Plan on spending some evenings right on the beach watching the sun go down. The color of the sky and the sun setting over the ocean is one of the most beautiful parts of being on Tamarindo. 

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