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Apr 11, 2012 - Last days in costa rica

The last few days were interesting we saw a crime scene were the guy grabs a lady's wallet and ran for it but another guy tackled him to the ground and sat on him until the police came it was cool.That night we had pizza it was so good the cheese was bubbling off the dough and they gave us giant knives! The Pizza was so good.I tried surffing it was so hard the board came up and hit me in the face numerous times because the waves were so big it hurt.We got to sit at the bar and have piña coladas they were really pineappley but good. I missed...

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Dec 17, 2010 - Sand, Surf, Sun

Tamarindo has a long, curved beach, mostly sand but lots of clusters of rocks to avoid in the surf. There is an estuary in the north end that reminds me of Port Renfrew. The waves are very much like Long Beach. Other than the beach, there is really no beauty here. No wildlife or vegetation to write about. For a fee, I could tour the nearby nature reserve but I think I will soon have enough of that in my upcoming jungle adventure. My overall impression of the people in this northern province is that they are clean, honest and emotionally...

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Jul 8, 2010 - Playa Tamarindo

We spent three nights at the beach in Tamarindo, a surf town on the Pacific coast. The hostel was really nice and the town had a lot more backpackers than Playa del Coco. Unfortunatel it didn't stop raining pretty much the whole time. The weather was sunny early in the mornings but then absolutely poured every afternoon and evening. We got up early to make the most of the sunshine and tried out surfing again. A couple of locals on the beach offered us surf lessons, but when we declined they told us to go back to our own country... charming....

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Sep 5, 2009 - DAY 15 - Surfing: take two

I woke up early again and went for a short run, which was rather painful after a day of surfing. I was secretly hoping that my hip hurt because I had incurred a debilitating injured, solely so I could sound super cool and tell people that a surfing injury prevented me from running the marathon this year. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), I think it is just a bruise. We did not have to return the surf boards until noon so we hit the waves again after breakfast. Unfortunately, the tide was low in the morning and the waves were awful. Trevor...

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Sep 4, 2009 - DAY 14 - Surfing

After a filling breakfast at home, we headed to the Barcelo to rent surf boards. At first my fear of ocean waves kept me glued to the boogie board. But once I realized that more water was being splashed in my face on the boogie board than would probably occur if I were standing on a board I decided to try surfing. I definitely took my share of digs, but I also caught a handful of waves. Surfing is so much fun! I can see how people visit Tamarino to surf and end up staying here forever. We were starving after a tough battle with the ocean...

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Sep 3, 2009 - DAY 13 - Critter hunt

I didn’t make it through my entire run this morning. My runs are getting longer, and there is only so much time after sunrise that it is cool enough to train. I convinced myself that running on the beach and in crazy humidity counts extra so I stopped ½ mile short. I need to figure something out before my next run, which is significantly longer. A good thing about running in the mornings is that I see all kinds of animals that are not out in the afternoon. This morning I heard monkeys and saw their tracks all over the beach, and saw angel...

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Aug 30, 2009 - DAY 10 - Telenovela

John and I had breakfast at Cala Luna again. Their french toast is unbelievable. After breakfast, John and Trevor swam in the ocean and Tiffany and I hung out at the pool. We were craving burgers so we went the Burger Beach in town. The only thing more pathetic than the sickly looking cows in Costa Rica are the hamburger patties from Burger Beach. I opted for a bagel sandwich at the neighboring snack shack. They claim the burgers were good, but I remain doubtful. However, we did get front row seats to a live Costa Rican telenovela (soap...

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Aug 30, 2009 - DAY 9 - Lights out!

Not surprisingly, the next day was uneventful. Breakfast at “the $6 breakfast place” in town, followed by souvenir shopping, then back home for a nap, and then another nap. The evening was more memorable. It rains about every other day right around 3:30 or 4:00 for about an hour. We watched the HUGE afternoon storm from our deck. Lighting struck the power transmitter just outside out door, which scared the shit out of us and sent us scrambling off the deck. It is not unusual for the electricity to go out during the storms, but this night...

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Aug 29, 2009 - DAY 8 - Toro!

What a fabulous day! It started with a looong (my longest yet) sunrise run. Then a fun day - and night - and late night. We purchased day passes at the Barcelo, the all-inclusive resort down the road. For $45 we were able to use the resort from 8am-6pm, which included all tours and resort activities and amenities, breakfast, lunch, access to the snack bar, and unlimited poolside drinks. Seeing as how we were going to pay $20/person for a guided kayak tour anyway, and the Barcelo offered this very tour with the day pass, we couldn't pass up...

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Aug 28, 2009 - DAY 7 - Playa Grande

Today we went to Playa Grande, the huge (hence the name) beach across the estuary from Playa Tamarindo. We paid 500 Colones, which is the equivalent of about $0.75-$1.00 to take a water taxi across the estuary. The lack of shade made for a hot day! Apparently in February Playa Grande is the most important and renowned place in the world for leather-back turtles to lay their eggs. We hear that there are so many turtles on the beach during this "egg-laying season" that a human literally cannot step one foot onto the beach! The best part...

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Aug 27, 2009 - DAY 6 - Paradise

I am thrilled that I was finally able to go for a long run! I woke up at sunrise and ran back and forth across the town and beach several times (the locals must have thought I was lost!). What a wonderful morning – except for my near-death experience on the return home. Although the tide was high, I thought I could still make it all the way along the beach back to our place. Playa Tamarindo is its own cove, and Playa Langosta is a separate cove. See Where I Live (our place is between Cala Luna and the Barcelo). Turns out the point that...

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Aug 26, 2009 - DAY 5 - Donde estan los monos?

I slept in this morning because I am still not feeling so hot. Tiffany went for a run, Trevor and John played with the boogie board, and I headed back to my tide pools. About an hour in the sun was enough for me, and I spent the afternoon indoors. We headed to town for late lunch of cosado and batidos (the fruit smoothies). Delicious, as usual! I asked John, “Donde estan los monos?” (Where are the monkeys?) Five days in and still no monkey sightings? We looked up at the trees that seemed to be a perfect monkey playground and wondered (a)...

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