After a lovely stay in La Fortuna, it was time to load up the car and head to Tamarindo (aka Tama-gringo)!
We were only on the road for an hour when Matt started craving coffee. We drove past a bunch of cute places, but Cafe & Macadamia looked like the perfect spot.
The goal was to grab a quick cup for the road, but the manager told us "we are very green" and do not have plastic to-go cups. He then told us to please stay and enjoy the coffee outside on their back patio. Matt and I looked at each other like dah, of course we'll stay.
Wow, so glad we did. The view was gorgeous and the cafe couldn't have been more special. To think us dumb American's were in such a hurry, we almost missed out on experiencing such a lovely place.
Aside from their colorful views, the cafe also had some pretty colorful food too- lots of vegetarian options as you can see. I decided to get a tasty cup of gazpacho which was totally vegan and made with a Vitamix. Yah!!
An hour later, we decided it was time to get back on the road.
After a long but fun drive, we finally started to get close to Tamarindo and...the ocean. The weather was nuts and the closer we got to the ocean, the hotter it got. It went from a gentle warm morning to a HOT & HUMID afternoon.
Auhhh finally we arrived to Tamarindo! Man, people weren't kidding about this place- total surf town. I couldn't even count how many people I saw walking around completely barefoot. I'm only half hippy so that wasn't in the cards for me.
Once we checked into our hotel (El Diria), we changed into our suits and hit the beach! What else do you do in a surf town?!
When the sun goes down, we turn that frown upside down.
There's nothing like waking up to the ocean. Matt and I decided to take a jog along the beach and sweat out some of our beer & booze toxins from the night before. Guess what we saw someone practicing on the beach?
My breakfast pretty much the entire trip. YUM!
Back to the beach...
Put down that coconut girl, it's time to surf! I told Matt I was a little scared and didn't want to break my nose like Cameron Diaz did when she was surfing with Justin Timberlake. Matt looked at me for a solid 5 seconds, rolled his eyes, and then walked off towards the surf stand. What, girl can't be scared of surfing? Maybe I should have said I'm scared of sharks.
Luckily we found a great crew who took us out and taught us well. Even though I only caught a handful of waves, I loved every second of it and...I didn't get hurt! The very best part about Tamarindo is it's SUPER soft beach. Now I know why this is one of the best places in the world to learn how to surf! Look at this yogi and her hubby go!!
After a long day at the beach, we decided it was time to head back to the room, shower and hit the strip for dinner. Another great thing about Tamarindo is you don't need a car. Everything is pretty much walking distance and our hotel was in the heart of it all.
Sorry Costa Rica, I love tacos. What can I say?!
Trying to spend the last of our colons. Matt loved that their currency was called colons. Oh geez.
Thank you for an amazing trip Costa Rica, we can't wait to come back!! Adios, Pura Vida!