Logbook: Playa Tamarindo
Water splashing in my face, salt burning my eyes, sand itching at my skin, my legs tired from jumping up repeatedly, I had the time of my life! Can you guess what I was doing?
During Semana Santa, which is kind of like our spring break, I went with some friends up to Playa Tamarindo! Playa Tamarindo is a beach (playa means beach) that is on the upper east coast of Costa Rica. They nickname it “Tama-gringo” because gringo means white man and a LOT of tourists come to Tamarindo because it is so beautiful!
How far did we travel this week?
256 kilometers = 159 miles
How far have we traveled on our journey so far?
1257 kilometers = 781miles
How did we get around this week?
We rented a small private bus to get out to Tamarindo, an almost six hour drive, but once in Tamarindo, the town was small enough that I walked everywhere. Our hostel was about a ten minute walk to the beach.
What was the most interesting place we visited this week?
This Week’s Travel News: (short story about what happened this week)
When we finally arrived in Tamarindo, we were all anxious to get to the beach. We had been looking forward to it for weeks now and could not even see it from our hostel. The cheaper hostels are farther from the beach, but still within walking distance. We checked into our hostel, changed clothes, and hit the beach! The sand at this beach was a lot softer than the other beaches that I had visited. I swam for a little bit and then decided to lay and read on my sarong (a thin towel that you can wear as a dress cover-up). I saw something out of the corner of my eye move quickly near my foot. I jerked up to find a bunch of little crabs crawling around and diving into the sand!
Weather Tally (# of days for each weather type):
What is the air temperature right now?
It was about 80 degrees Fahrenheit or more at the beach. The beaches are significantly hotter than Heredia.
How was the weather this week?
Sunny and beautiful!
What animals did we see this week?
I saw the tiny black crabs that wanted to sit and read with me on the beach as well as lots of fish and some starfish!
What was the coolest thing we saw in nature this week?
The coolest thing in nature that I saw this week was the sunset from a sailboat.
This week’s nature news:
On the beach, there are tons of people selling things. They sell a variety of things that range from jewelry to various tours. A woman approached me and told me about a sail boat tour. You sail for six hours and return back after watching the sunset from the ocean on the sail boat. They also stopped at a private beach for an hour while they prepared dinner for us. I decided to do it! Only one friend went with me because it was a little pricey, but it was worth it. I met some of the coolest people on the boat. It was small so we all got to know each other. When we stopped at the private beach, we snorkeled and saw hermit crabs. Then we returned to the boat for dinner and the beautiful sunset view.
What languages are spoken here?
Mostly English, unfortunately for me, but I did meet a nice friend from Venezuela who spoke only Spanish with us after we told him we were students studying Spanish.
What type of money is used here?
Dollars and colones
How much does a bottle of water cost?
$1.50 = 750 colones
What was the best meal this week?
I made all of my own meals to save money. So I mostly lived on tuna sandwiches. But on my last night, I went to dinner and we had pizza that was very American. In Costa Rica, they put too much sugar in the pizza sauces normally! But since we were in a tourist area, everything was very American.
What music did we listen to this week?
Spanish Salsa! We went out dancing and they played a mix of pop music and Salsa. I got to dance the Salsa!
What activity was the most fun this week?
What did I read this week?
I started reading a book that I bought written in Spanish about the Dominican Republic.
What games or sports did I play?
Surfing should count as a sport, it was difficult!
This week’s news:
I learned how to surf! The Venezuelan friend that we made was telling me about surfing. I asked if he would teach me and he said yes! I was so excited because he was going to give me the lessons in Spanish. We all headed out to the beach together and I brought the surfboard I had just rented. I think that he used to teach surf lessons because we were out with a lot of other people who were learning with companies (very expensive companies too) and he was telling me to do the same things I heard them telling their students. However, I got to do mine in Spanish! Surfing was more difficult than I thought, but I stood up for the first time after just 45 minutes, which apparently was really good for my first time. I stood up about four times total during our hour and half surf session. The most difficult part was dealing with all of the salt water in my eyes and nose. It burns! Also, you should wear a shirt over your swimsuit and board shorts if possible. I wore a tank top over my swimsuit, but a friend did not and her stomach was scratched up. My knees were scratched up the next day for about a week after. But it was so fun and worth the pain! If you ever get the chance, you have to try it!