Over the last 20 years, Tamarindo has become a very lively surf town where there’s loads to do. It’s a popular destination for learning Spanish and surfing, but due to the wide variety of activities which are being offered, it also attracts many others. Here’s an overview of the type of activities that you can undertake, with the most obvious one – surfing – being left out.
Activities with the Spanish school
Twice a week, the Spanish school organizes activities (regularly this is taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays), with most of them being free of charge and others might require a small contribution. On Mondays there are the activities which are ideal for all the new students that arrived over the weekend as it’s a great way to meet with other students. Here everyone gets together to do a football or volleyball tournament, a Costa Rican barbecue or a nice stroll around the town. On Wednesday you will be offered activities like a cooking class (Costa Rica style), dancing lessons or a get-together to have drinks and watch the sunset.
Activities around Tamarindo on land
Renting a scooter or ATV (Quad) is a very popular activity. You have nice routes to drive around Tamarindo, e.g. to discover the many beaches or visit one of the nearby markets. There are also organized tours, where you will drive through national parks on the ATV, incl. some exciting routes through crooks and small rivers.
Also horseback riding at the beach, by sunset for example, is very popular. In the bay of Tamarindo, imagine yourself being on a horse, with the sea, the boats and a sun setting on the background, wow!
Activities on the water
There are several spots, including the school, where you can book any activity on the water. With your new friends, you can book spots at a catamaran or sailing boat (with a crystal bottom) where you can have drinks while sailing around and watch the sunset. Another way to enjoy the day on the water is to take a fishing trip. There are numerous boats which are keen to take you out to the ocean to do some serious fishing and back on land, you can opt to choose a restaurant where they happily prepare the fish you caught, for you.
Costa Rica is known for its natural reserves, full of biodiversity. Within a day you can visit such natural parks and undertake numerous activities. Besides observing the wildlife, incl. toucans, birds, iguana’s (see below) beautiful insects, monkeys and perhaps even crocodiles (it’s safe, don’t you worry!) you can do several ‘active activities’. Go kayaking, do the canopy or do one of the several hikes. One of the most beautiful options nearby (the drive is about 1.5h) would be natural park Rincon de la Vieja.
As you see, learning Spanish in Tamarindo, incl. the surfing will offer you much more. This is going to be an experience you will never forget.