Playa Tamarindo is located on Costa Rica's west coast, on the Nicoya Peninsula the province of Guanacaste. Tamarindo has about 1,000 habitants. Some of the homes of the residents are spread on the hills, overlooking the impressive ocean. The students can find most of the restaurants, hotels, tour operators, surf schools, supermarkets and other mayor businesses on the main roads.
The white sand and crystal clear water of this spectacular beach attract nature lovers, surfers, giant-turtle watchers and sun-seekers all year round. For the active, sports of all kinds are available: kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, ATV 4, horseback riding, hiking, canopy and mountain-biking.
Tamarindo is a small, multicultural town that attracts national and international tourists all year round. This growing town offers many amenities: art galleries, handmade crafts from all over the world, and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes. Tamarindo's night life includes: live concerts, many bars and a casino. Typical "fiestas" move from town to town but are never far away.
Tamarindo as other beach towns on the north pacific coast receives the least amount of rain in the country. The temperature ranges between 72ºF (22ºC) and 92ºF (34ºC) during the entire year. Cool winds from northern latitudes can lower the temperature pleasantly along the coast. It's not coincidence that the majority of Costa Rica's resort hotels are nestled along the shores of the Pacific Northwest where sun is the name of the game.
The summer months or dry season are from December to the beginning of May and during this time is always sunny. The winter or rainy season lasts from May to the beginning of July and from the end of August to the end of November. A typical day at this time of the year has beautiful fresh mornings with sunshine and a blue sky until approximately 4 pm. when it might begin to rain. Showers are no more than one to two hours a day in the evening or at night and it's not unusual to have few days without rain. At the beginning of October some strong Hurricanes from the Caribbean side might cause heavy rainfalls in our area that could last for a few days no more. From mid July to the end of August we have a little summer called "El veranillo de San Juan". The rain stops, and it is summer again until the end of August.
Costa Rica's national costumes, music, food and even the national tree "the Guanacaste", all emanates from this region. The province of Guanacaste is located in the northern part of the country on the Nicoya Península, it is about 140 kilometers away from San José. The coast is indented with bays, peninsulas, and warm sandy beaches that are some of the least visited, least accessible, and yet most beautiful in the country. National parks like Santa Rosa, Arenal National Park, Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Ostional, Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste, Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Reserva Biológica Lomas de Barbudal, Parque Nacional Barra Honda and Rincón de la Vieja are part of this province. No region of Costa Rica displays its cultural heritage, as does Guanacaste. The culture owes much to the blending of Spanish and Chorotega.
Guanacaste is famous for its-spirit filled typical fiestas with traditional corrida de toros (bull riding), topes (the regions colorful horse parades in which the Guanacastecans show their meticulously groomed horses), and night dance parties with live music. The bands usually play Merengue, Cumbia and Salsa. Our students often go to the many villages in the area to participate with the local people in celebrating their "Patron Saints Day". You could be part of the Costa Rican style rodeos and bull riding. This is an authentic experience to be in contact with the Guanacastecans and their rich culture and traditions. From December through May, there is a fiesta almost every weekend in a different town. After May the fiestas are not as frequent.