http://www.tamarindorentals.com/featured/playa-tamarindo/
Guanacaste Gardener

Guanacaste Gardener

GUANACASTE GARDENER

bringing Local Farmers to your Table at Finca Ilsa Angel, La Garita Veja ,Guanacaste

I’ve been plugging away at gardening this  3 acre property outside of Tamarindo since 2014 and lived in Guanacaste for 15 years all the while putting up a vegetable garden of varying ambitions at each home I lived in over the years.  Guanacaste is first and foremost a farming community, However for us Guanacaste gardeners accustomed  to gardening in Northeastern climates the climate presents many new challenges. 6 months of dry and super hot then 6 months of often monsoon like rain make it tough going. Some of us die hards keep on plugging with our vegetable gardens. With 3 new acres devoted solely to cultivating fruits and vegetables outside of Tamarindo this feature is devoted to my  efforts there. Anybody with a green thumb will want to check in once in a while to see how things are growing or stop by for fresh heirloom tomatoes sweet corn and fresh herbs. We will  continue to add Our local providers and our locally sourced   meat and dairy  products are currently available at the farm. Stay tuned as we add local providers

On Twitter and instagram follow

#guanacastegardener

 

Get InvolvedDonate

FINCA ILSA ANGEL 

 With many years of effort under my belt vegetable gardening in Guanacaste its time to get serious. This gardening blog  began in November of 2018 upon my return home  to Costa Rica after an unexpected 3 years back in the states. Its good to be back  in the garden.

Guanacaste gardener video blog 1

September 2019, La Garita Vieja 

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Over 50 Local providers

Nunc dictum pulvinar porta. Interdum et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum primis in faucibus. Curabitur tortor lorem, lacinia in nunc eget tristique volutpat urna.

100% Organic

Curabitur tortor lorem, lacinia in nunc eget, tristique volutpat urna. Pellentesque suscipit dolor metus, eu cursus sapien molestie non. Sed viverra mauris molestie purus hendrerit. Curabitur tortor lorem, lacinia in nunc eget, tristique volutpat urna.

Local Merchants

%

Organic

Locations

Guanacaste can be a dry unforgiving landscape for gardeners

 

– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

Mauris porta nulla vitae aliquam luctus. Vestibulum non tempus libero. Sed ultricies diam ligula, vitae vestibulum lectus.

 

– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

Mauris porta nulla vitae aliquam luctus. Vestibulum non tempus libero. Sed ultricies diam ligula, vitae vestibulum lectus.

 

– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

Mauris porta nulla vitae aliquam luctus. Vestibulum non tempus libero. Sed ultricies diam ligula, vitae vestibulum lectus.

 

– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

Special Events

08 Sep 2017

Organic Crops Showing Event 2017

Maecenas lectus purus, pulvinar sed rutrum id, laoreet cursus nibh. Duis eu purus at convallis vehicula.
08 Sep 2017

Organic Crops Showing Event 2017

Maecenas lectus purus, pulvinar sed rutrum id, laoreet cursus nibh. Duis eu purus at convallis vehicula.

Latest from the Blog

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt. 

Guanacaste Gardener

Guanacaste Gardener

I've been plugging away at gardening this  3 acre property outside of Tamarindo since 2014 and lived in Guanacaste for 15 years all the while putting up a vegetable garden of varying ambitions at each home I lived in over the years.  Guanacaste is first and foremost a...

Casa Leon

Casa Leon

CASA LEONPlaya Avellanas 6-8 bedroom home*** PLEASE NOTE - Casa Leon is listed as a 6 bedroom home, but can be rented as a 4-8 bedroom home with varying prices. Ask our reservation manager for more details. *** This 8 bedroom 8 bath luxury home sits only a few steps...

Skydive Pura Vida

Skydive Pura Vida

Skydive Pura vida is  owned by our good  friend Clem Major and  is located an hour south from us in beautiful  Puntarenas. Trips are easy from Tamarindo..David "Clem" Major was introduced to me by my best friends Andre and Lisa Vander. Clem, Lisa, and Andre were...

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Become a Merchant or Donate Today!

Get InvolvedDonate

Casa Leon

Casa Leon

CASA LEON

Playa Avellanas

6-8 bedroom home

*** PLEASE NOTE – Casa Leon is listed as a 6 bedroom home, but can be rented as a 4-8 bedroom home with varying prices. Ask our reservation manager for more details. ***

This 8 bedroom 8 bath luxury home sits only a few steps away from the beach in the most exclusive gated oceanfront community in Costa Rica: the Avellanas Beach Community at Hacienda Pinilla. Featuring a gourmet kitchen, outdoor BBQ, plentiful outdoor space with sundeck and swimming pool this home leaves nothing to spare. Clients will be taken care of from the moment they book via our in-house concierge service. Clients will have access to the exclusive private beach club at Hacienda Pinilla which features an amazing oceanfront restaurant, huge infinity pool, top tier fitness room, spa and oceanfront bar.

The beach out front is absolutely stunning…white sands, a tidal estuary, more than 5 world class surf breaks, excellent “calm” water for kids and miles of tide pool for exploring.

The bustling seaside town of Tamarindo is a short 15 minute drive from the home and guests can arrange transportation with our concierge for easy access to shopping, restaurants, nightlife and more.

Contact Owner

6 + 15 =

Skydive Pura Vida

Skydive Pura Vida

Skydive Pura vida

Skydive Pura vida is  owned by our good  friend Clem Major and  is located an hour south from us in beautiful  Puntarenas.

Trips are easy from Tamarindo.

David "Clem" Major

David "Clem" Major

proprietor pilot instructor

.David “Clem” Major was introduced to me by my best friends Andre and Lisa Vander. Clem, Lisa, and Andre were fellow pilots in California and originally hoped to open the business together. Andre and Lisa came early to scout the landscape and settled in the Tamarindo area with their young family. When Clem came a few years later the Vanders were ensconced in Villa Real with their son in local schools. In addition conditions in the Tamarindo area were not suitable due to  lack of suitable local runways and wind conditions. So Clem found a suitable location in beautiful Aranjuez Puntarenas an hour or so south of Tamarindo. Clem was a well known Hollywood aerial cinematographer stunt man and pilot and definitely  looks the part. He is a seasoned pilot and sky dive instructor with awards and accolades  that decorate his hangar from all over the world. Clem was so well known and respected in the industry that he was tapped by president Bush’s team and on the jump when Bush made his epic sky dive in his 90s

video carousel

Google Map and reviews

Skydive Pura Vida
4.9
Based on 53 reviews
powered by Google
Dharani Devathasan
Dharani Devathasan
20:57 26 Jan 20
On behalf of my family (sister, brother, boyfriend), I want to say this was by far the best experience we had in Costa... Rica. Thank you Mike and Glen for being so awesome throughout the entire experience and making something so terrifying into one of the most blissful experience of my life. I highly recommend Skydive Pura Vida if you are hoping to do Sky Diving for the first or 100th time, as the service provided by them was nothing short of amazing. Thank you again for making our second last day in Costa Rica one to remember. Dhar.read more
A K
A K
15:43 16 Dec 19
Went on Dec 7 for my birthday and mannnnn this was the best experience of my life so far. David and his team are... friendly, funny, chill, cool and super experienced. Went as a couple. The scenery is some of the best with the coastline and mountain ranges. Super fun, exciting stuff. Cheers to David and his team, PURA VIDA!read more
Olivia Fransson
Olivia Fransson
15:04 13 Dec 19
I am terrified of heights but they made me feel safe and I had an amazing time! So much fun exitement!
Norine Richard
Norine Richard
13:12 24 Nov 19
Truly awesome! Jumping from a little plane with Clem was an amazing experience, the view is beautiful and Clem is so... nice and reassuring!I truly recommendread more
Nathan Michael
Nathan Michael
22:29 22 Oct 19
It was an amazing experience. Scary at first, but got used to it in a second. The jump masters were very nice as well,... I really appreciated that and I’m willing to come back to Costa Rica and jump again!!!read more
Anisha Balasaria
Anisha Balasaria
16:45 21 Aug 19
Awesome experience jumping for the first time. David is awesome and very easygoing and easy to communicate as well as... the other instructor. Would recommend this company to anyone wanting to skydive in Costa Rica.read more
Z E P
Z E P
15:38 15 May 19
The best experience. It was a gift from my girlfriend and I enjoyed every minute of it. The owner and the other... employees are absolute legends, there is nothing to be worried about and the whole place is so comfortable. you get a great video also, we cant wait to be back one day with our own license to jump ! Esher and Dunjaread more
Esteban Loaiciga
Esteban Loaiciga
19:37 24 Feb 19
We had an amazing experience doing our first skydive jump! It should be an obligatory assignment for everybody 😎
Aron Anderson
Aron Anderson
16:54 03 Jan 19
I had a great time skydiving with the instructor Clem yesterday. I'm a beginner skydiver myself and he gave me lots of... great advice to improve my skydiving. He also had rental equipment in good condition for skydivers. I highly recommend this dropzone!read more
Next Reviews

Skydive Pura Vida

Contact Pura Vida Skydiving

7 + 13 =

Contact info
Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

Walking tour

Let’s assume that your beach adventure is beginning in Tamarindo. You will not have to go far to explore some very cool hideaways within walking distance from Tamarindo beach. From there we will work our way “farther afield and get into some serious exploration and some truly wondrous and beautiful finds only a modest drive  or scooter ride from Tamarindo.

TAMARINDO BEACH

Depending on what kind of day you are in the mood for you can head either north towards Playa Grande and the Tamarindo estuary or south towards the  Playa Langosta estuary. Either direction will work no matter if exploring is your desire or a 4 star dining experience is more your speed. Crossing the estuary  to Playa Grande on one of the small panga boats that hover there and charge a buck or two to cross opens up a very beautiful walk along the beach side (great shell hunting) or  the ability to work your way through the beautiful paths that cut through the mangroves and come to the Playa Grande beach road. At the very end of this beach road where these paths will lead  is a sleepy beach hotel that I always liked. Once you find the caretaker they are always happy to dig out a cold Pilsen to enjoy by the pool. Quiet and beautiful. Of course, you can also enter from the beach side or continue down the beach.

A word about the Tamarindo estuary

 Spreading our blanket next to the estuary and enjoying the shallow rushing water used to be one of  our Friday go tos. Usually with a nice bottle of French wine at El Cocodrillo just up the path to finish.  Turns out el Cocodrillo is aptly named as in recent years the habit of feeding the Crocodiles (Cocodrillo in Spanish) has created a situation where the animals have come to associate humans with food . This unfortunately led to a few humans becoming food.  Swimming across the estuary as I’ve done many times is no longer recommended.

Please dont feed The Crocodiles!

 

Walking South

Walking south towards Langosta is worth the journey and two features make it so. Just past Nogui’s and El Pescador,  two staunch mainstays at the south end of Tamarindo beach, it’s possible to come away from the water a bit and walk the natural grassy tree laden paths that constitute the meeting of ocean and  land that remains before the secluded beach mansions and exclusive hotels that dot the beach onwards to Playa Langosta begin. Pristine. 

LANGOSTA ESTUARY

This estuary provides the egress for all the water that builds from mountain runoff during the rainy season creating  vast swamps that lie behind Tamarindo and Langosta and almost all beach towns in Guanacaste. This makes the mile hike from Tamarindo worth it as the wild life and serene beauty of this  spot is unforgettable and as far as I know, it’s still safe to swim there. At least it was safe last time I swam there. If I hear otherwise I’ll let you know. So far nothing to report.

Food and drink

Langosta Beach Club

Ok first I must admit to being a bit of a food snob  and was bereft until Arnaud and his wife took over the Langosta Beach Club. Not only is the food first class the view and ambience elevate this to a World Class destination Yes you might spend a couple bucks but you will be accommodated royally in the poolside cabanas that look like the inside of  a Sultans tent each with an inviting champagne bucket and many culinary possibilities. My favorite kind of place. The food is first class in the French style and the beachfront tables are exquisite for lunch while the kids can surf a few feet away. The club even rents boards. My favorite go to day off here was to drink Heinekens with my buddy Andre at The pool bar and order whatever steak was on special that day. I think the last one was stuffed with goat cheese sorrel and mushrooms and  cooked a perfect black and blue which is next to impossible to get done right here unless a fine cut of beef is used. In this case I believe Arnauld was using Argentine beef. You get the picture they take food seriously. Best to reserve a space on weekends and holidays if you want a cabana. Ask for Arnauld

El Vaquero

Ok this was almost a Friday religion with us a few years ago  Sushi and draft beers on the picnic tables behind the Witchs Rock Surf Camp. The house does their own brews and offers a very drinkable Indian Pale Ale thats one of my favorites. Watching the surf and beach action with Playa Grande sweeping off into the distance is a great way to spend a Friday afternoon. Plus the sushi is awesome. A don’t miss  spot.

El Cocodrillo

 

This one was usually a solo adventure with a book for me or occasionally with my girl.  Coincidentally the bakery and kitchen is run during the day by the mother of Arnauld ( of Langosta Beach Club) and she keeps a solid   affordable wine list and Panini menu and a few french stand by lunch entrees to enjoy at the quiet back tables overlooking the portion of the estuary where they used to feed the Crocodiles. The Crocs have fortunately moved further into the estuary and we no longer feed them. Right? This is one of my true favorites for a quiet beach day and I highly recommend it. 

Playa Grande

is of course next door to Playa Tamarindo but it’s a big beach and I’d recommend coming at it by vehicle although ive done a few entire days there on the hoof exploring and that’s wonderful too if you like a lot of exercise. There are lots of small beach hideaways where you can park your vehicle  and wile the day away without seeing another vehicle. Playa Grande is considerably more laid back and lightly developed compared to Tamarindo. The long beach road that traverses the length of Grande is bordered on one side by the estuary where locals have homes with small docks that ply the canals of the estuary. It’s a cool ride and several pocket communities have sprung up back there. Lovely and quiet with a few hidden jewels

Los Baulas national  park

As you wind your way north along Grande you are in this park which protects the area. There are a sparse few beach homes at this end as most building has been tied up in international court for years. Driving to the very north end offers several little hideaways for your 4 wheel drive vehicle that bring you right to the beach without doing harm. If nobody beats you to it you can enjoy a full day with the beach to yourself except for a few intrepid souls  like me that walk the whole beach from Tamarindo. So private that it’s a favorite spot for nude sunbathing. Also a great spot for surf fishing when the estuary releases, also body surfing, and as I mentioned; Private.

Food 

The Great Waltinis

Talk about private this is one you can get lost trying to find driving. Better you grab a panga  at the Tamarindo side, they will take you right to the dock up the estuary a bit. Great way to spend a day at a nice pool.  Restaurant has typical food and a full bar for cocktails with real glasses.

Los Tortugas

This sleepy  hotel sports a lot  of potential diversions my favorite being the restaurant on the second floor of the hotel  that overlooks the  sparse beach trees and the surf. The setting is unique and  rustic with a fine display of how the indigenous people use  the Impressive native hardwoods. Breakfast here for me was a delightful treat and the fare, like the design, is true  Guanacasteco. The second story beach view and ambience makes this worth the visit However even though its quiet they have a lot of tables and chairs ready. Good for big groups although ive never seen one there. The restaurant services the downstairs pool area that sports a few deliciously deep hammocks and a pretty  path to the beach. Don’t miss the hidden heated Jacuzzi tucked into a lush corner of the pool area great chaise lounges and tables by the pool make this a great place to pass a day.  

The beach bar attached to the back of the hotel is a favorite of mine. 5 stools, a great view,  a great bartender, the best burritos in town, not to mention the nicest owner you could meet. A midwest girl that looks like she stepped off the cover of a California surf magazine which is why she’s here of course.  A Very nice spot! This is a great walk from Tamarindo just look just behind the wooden lookout tower.

A word about swimming  Playa Grande.

Playa Grande is very rough and tumble  beach with multiple wave directions and rip currents.  That’s why its a great surf spot. However,unwar often inexperienced swimmers are lost there every year. 

Please be careful!

Playa Avellanas

If you are ready to see the rural side of Guanacaste then you’re in for a great drive. The journey down these country  farm roads were part of what grabbed my heart during my first visit in 2002. The dusty farm roads give the bucolic picture of a way of life  unchanged in generations. The promise of the sparkling blue Pacific just over the next hill or mountain nearby give this dusty land an almost   magical contrast and a sense of possibility while being transported to an earlier simpler time.

So the trip is great and the prize of Playa Avellanas equally so. Known as a surfers beach this rocky wind swept beach has a very remote  feel and my friends Lisa And Andre and I went one day to find Lolas closed so we hiked a mile or so up the beach for lunch at the Hacienda Pinilla Beach club which is very nice (  real bar glasses)Walk a little further and you can hit The JW Marriott which is even nicer.

All in all a very untamed beautiful beach with a few Elegant options for

Food and drink

Our main reasons for trekking to Avellanas  is of course the fabulous Lola’s beachside restaurant and bar.  Great beach restaurant with a spread out floor plan and a constantly manicured  seating area that transitions seamlessly from natural hardwood tables and chairs   to beach. Good service and an eclectic menu combined with good cocktails make this a very popular spot on weekends I highly recommend the journey to Avellanas.    

 

      

 

Our favorite Tamarindo videos

61527559

Customer Service

Casa Maya Langosta

Get In Touch

We love hearing from new people 

Pin It on Pinterest