so after nosara we decided to drive to tamarindo. i was interested in tamarindo mostly because tripadvisor was highly recommending it, and the beaches were apparently unreal. we booked an oceanview room at the diria resort right on the main strip.
(our room-bright and clean)
(our balcony with a sweet view)
(this is something i have always wanted to do!)
price: i think $275 a night for the oceanview
bathroom: tiny and shabby
pool: there was a huge pool with a swim up bar, then another smaller pool basically in the lobby. they were nice, though mostly full of families
breakfast: included. it was a buffet, but nothing fancy. i sort of felt like i was at one of those all inclusive resorts in cuba, but not a great one.
location: right on the main strip of restaurants, trashy tourist shops, smoothie bars. maybe some people would like this, like if you don't have a vehicle. but it does make the resort seem super touristy and dirty. this resort was directly on the beach though, which was a plus. but when the waves were good for surfing, there were a million beginner surfers out there. the beach was super crowded. i would have been loving it on a spring break trip in university. the beach chairs were $15 to rent a pair for the day. we did this.
notes: if you walk the two steps to the beach from the resort, you can walk along the beach, and there are tons of little bars where you can have a beer with your feet in the sand. that was cool. we walked down for mojitos and coconut cream pie at nogui's sunset bar because everyone on tripadvisor recommended it. it was perfect. the drinks were super strong, and the pie was full of actual pieces of coconut meat. also, j rented a surfboard a lot while we were there. it was i think $10 to rent the board. sweet deal.