Andrea has been living in Costa Rica for the last year or so, and just relocated to Playa Conchal (close to Tamarindo). She’s a wealth of knowledge on the area and I just loved soaking it in as we chatted about everything from where to buy gas and groceries, to information on the schools where the ex pat communities send their kids and stories about local pet activism. I met Andrea’s friend who runs spay/neuter clinics very briefly.
I’ve always wanted to be an ex pat somewhere, at least for a time, but it’s never really been in the cards for me. I’m fascinated with ex pat culture and loved the chance to see a little slice of life in Costa Rica through my friend’s eyes. For Andrea, the nearby town of Tamarindo is a bit of a shopping and cultural mecca, so this is where we headed for some girl time – mani/pedis, shopping and lunch, tropical style.
It’s rainy season here in Costa Rica which makes everything look that much lush and greener. Street signs warn you about monkey crossings.
Tamarindo is a beach town with a laid back surfer scene. It’s home to a lot of hostels and while not swanky, there is a certain international attitude that harkens me back to my backpacker days.
I can just imagine meeting up with another traveler in a remote location and having that conversation:
“Where you off to?”
” I don’t know dude, I just spent a month in Tamarindo in Costa Rica. I’m thinking Thailand…”
Note: In my mind at least one of the travelers has an Australian accent. Go with it.
Unsurprisingly for a worldy little travel-scene beach town, along with shops selling bongs and mango-wood schlong shaped bottle openers (natch) there are some genuinely creative and interesting shops and boutiques in Tamarindo.
I fell in love with the locally made original swimsuit and clothing designs at Papaya Con Leche. Also these adorable dolls!
At Dolores there are reversable hand made bags and pouches, some shaped like little monsters. There’s also a great selection of jewelry and on trend clothing.
I picked up a top, a mother of pearl sarong fastener and a tie dyed headband at Azul Profundo which boasts two shops – one for adults and one for kids, both with great selection. I really wanted one of these belts something awful but the real issue was that I wanted all of the belts
Since I couldn’t decide on one, I didn’t get any. I’m going to regret that.
After shopping we ate lunch at Patagonia Argentinian Grill. Argentinian meat is the reason I am not a vegetarian. I was one for two years in my 20s but a date to an Argentinian restaurant did me in and reminded me why I am a carnivore. I cannot apologize. It’s too delicious.
I’m so glad for the extra day I had to hang out with Andrea and grateful to have gotten the tour and met some of her friends here in Costa Rica!
Even the money is pretty here!