Sand and Sea Slugs (or, Pipas and Prostitutes)
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Hey everybody. Several days ago we were in Tamarindo, a strong group of six gringos strolling the beach and cruising the commercial strip. The town is on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the ranching region of Guanacaste.
Tamarindo is pretty well touristed, so it was a bit expensive, but a decent time nonetheless. The beach is very pretty with white sand and some cool rock formations. Beau and Kristen and I spent the first morning scouring the rocks for a new species of tidal marine life. I think we found one, but we didn´t take any pictures and didn´t show anyone else, so you´ll just have to take our word for it.
Our other beach discovery was the existence of pipas (pronounced pee-pahs)...apparently some kind of coconut water that comes in a cold coconut with a straw. My guidebook tells me it´s considered cleansing, and too many pipas can be a powerful diuretic. That said, we didn´t actually try any pipas, but we were quite amused by the one pipa-vendor who strolled up and down the sand all day everyday with a cooler yelling "pipas" in his low baritone voice. At first we thought he was selling "rivers" or perhaps "wepos".
After spending the days finding sea slugs and pipas, we headed out to sample some of the fine Tamarindo nightlife.
Here are a couple of pictures from Tamarindo, mostly the beach and interesting marine life.