Tamarindo, Brasilito, Coco Beach

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Tamarindo

The last stop on this trip was the Pacific coast to relax and chill out from an adrenaline packed two weeks. Tamarindo is a nice, yet dusty town in a very nice beach setting. Arriving after dark (yes again), it was not too difficult to find the resort. I think finding Tamarindo is more difficult because there are so many roads to take from the highway, but no worries, my navigator made no errors.

In Tamarindo, we took a selfguided day trip in sea kayaks to an island offshore from the resort. This island is covered in huge shells, most of which had been damaged by the surf. It was fun to explore and look for shells anyway. Landing the kayak in the large waves is a challenge so it's important to pick the right spot.

4x4 not optional!!
Even the leeward side has waves and the broken shells are very sharp. The distance from shore is also deceiving as the island appears much closer to the beach than it really is.

Next day we went to Brasilito and saw a nice quaint town. I really wanted to visit Coco beach and we observed Tico's driving on the beach I followed an overloaded Toyota onto the beach even though the sign clearly prohibited such behavior. There are two obstacle to pass in order to reach Coco beach. The first is to ford a small river. I watched the Toyota almost fail cross, but they made it - barely. I shifted into 4x4 mode and entered the water. It seemed like a good photo-op so D jumped out to capture the moment.

Half-ass Nacho's
The next obstacle is at the end of that beach. It is a short but steep hill to drive over on a heavily rutted track. Again, we watched everyone get out of the toyota and push it up the hill. Thankfully, the 4x4 had no problem with the hill and we arrived to Coco. Coco beach is totally beautiful white sand and even a small market to look for local crafts (well, if you like that kind of thing).

I wanted to rent a catamaran and go sailing since the wind was so strong, but all the sail boats were damaged and not in service. This was a little irritating, cuz the wind was strong enough to fly a hull with two people!!! Argh, missed opportunity. We took lunch was at a little spot back in Brasilito overlooking the beach and the 'no auto's on the beach' sign.

On our way back to Tamarindo, we passed 'Cafe Cafe' at 1400, so we stopped for our daily espresso.

Funny thing, the owner and Barista is from the same city as D's hometown (Milwaukee). So we enjoyed a good conversation with her and her parents who were visiting. The parents had just arrived with a new Espresso machine. Wow, good timing. For dinner we ate at a backpacker hostel in town and the food was great, but we only could eat the nacho's half as big as your ass jajaja (See the pic). We also got hit up by the 'blood pressure' testing people for the third time in the same day each time during a meal.

On the last day, we just relaxed on the beach and wandered around Tamarindo. For dinner we tried a Swiss owned restro in Tamarindo. We met some other travelers, an American that sold his company and moved to Tamarindo, a Tico divemaster, and some other Tica's. If we had more days, they would have toured us to some cool off the path places. This would have been fun chance to dive, but there wasn't enough time.

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Tamarindo
Tamarindo
4x4 not optional!!
4x4 not optional!!
Half-ass Nachos
Half-ass Nacho's
Road out of Monte Verde
Road out of Monte Verde
Coco Beach
Coco Beach
A faster way on these roads
A faster way on these roads
Verde Verde
Verde Verde
Tamarindo
Tamarindo
Tamarindo
photo by: Nico22