Surfers from all over the globe flock to Costa Rica each year, and it’s debatable among natives whether surfing or futbol (soccer) would be considered the most popular sport. While there are plenty of great surf spots in the land of Pura Vida, Tamarindo stands out from the crowd.
Margaret Schaffner spent the early days of her career among the high-end art community in East Hampton, New York. She jetted off for what was supposed to be a 10-day vacation with friends to Puerto Viejo.
Kathleen Evans and her husband Steve knew exactly what they wanted in their new overseas home. "We narrowed down our top contenders based on a set of criteria we came up with," Kathleen says.
People often ask me about a typical day in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. When my husband and I first movedhere, people asked us what we would do and if we would get “bored” of living in a vacation spot.
A fixer-upper in a foreign country could sound like a big, and potentially intimidating, project to many expats. But for Terry Anderson, this was the best decision for his family—his wife and two children.
After living in Costa Rica for a year-and-a-half, I’ve learned a lot and answered many questions about the experience. Some people are enamored by the concept of picking up and leaving it all behind for a new life in paradise.
Tamarindo is located in the heart of Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast” and one of the country’s most famed expat havens. Iconic images include the sprawling golden beach lined by palms and beach eateries and bars, and the crystal Pacific water dotted with surfers and sail boats.
Many expats come to Costa Rica to escape harsh winters somewhere far north of here, but in Tamarindo, regular sunshine and consistent temperatures are just a few of the many reasons people stay. There’s a great sense of community in Tamarindo.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’d like to take you on a photo tour of my home, the beach town of Tamarindo on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast. This is Playa Tamarindo, a beach that stretches for a mile along the “Golden Coast” that hugs the Pacific Ocean.
"One of my favorite things about Tamarindo is that I can walk everywhere," says Sarah Kahi-Goitz. "I've completely eliminated car-related expenses. When I want to surf I can just throw my board under my arm and be in the water within ten minutes."