Travel safe with these next tips

You should not take any extra belongings that are worth a considerable amount money. Bringing too many valuable items on a trip just increases the chance that some of them will be lost or stolen.

Once you know where you are going, put in some time to learn your destination. Find a good map of your destination, and take some time to learn about the geography and the main attractions. If you’re familiar with it, once you arrive, it will be easier to maneuver through the area.

If you’re traveling somewhere where you’ll need tickets, like amusement parks or a play, look for ways to have them ahead of time. Just avoiding the time you will wait in line makes up for the small online printing fee. If the park uses a timed entry system, you won’t need to wait in line to enter, either.

Provide yourself with what you need to be comfortable on a flight rather than counting on the services of your airline. Consider packing your own pillow or blanket, as well as headphones. The airline versions are not very comfortable. If it is allowed, perhaps you should bring some snacks.

Do not hope that an airline will make you as comfortable as necessary on a flight. If you think you will need them, bring your own pillow, headphones and blanket. Don’t go hungry! Bring your own healthy snacks on the plane!

By traveling, educate your family. By taking time and preparing, there is nothing to fear from the developing world. It is a great way to show other cultures to children. You can gain tolerance and understanding for different cultures while abroad.

Don’t forget to pack clothespins on your next trip! While not on your typical travel list, a handful of clothespins can prove very useful.

The bell hop and housekeeper should be tipped appropriately. Generally, you will give one dollar per piece of luggage, and anywhere between two and five dollars a day for housekeeping. If you treat the staff well, then they will treat you well.

Rental firms typically require customers to be at least 18 years old, and some even have a lower age limit of 25. Additionally, many car rentals charge a higher rate if you’re under 25, and most require a credit card to be on file. Senior citizens aren’t allowed to rent cars in some cities. When you make your reservations, make sure you ask if they have any age restrictions.

Not everyone finds it affordable to stay at fancy hotels, and you may even find yourself in a one-star or less hotel. If you are uncomfortable with where you are staying, bring a rubber doorstop. You can slide it under your door for your hotel room all night long (as well as using the chain and lock). Intruders can break a lock or chain, but the doorstop will make is much harder to get into the room.

Get yourself a National Parks Pass if you think you will be visiting often. Each pass costs only 50 dollars and is valid for an entire year at any national park.

Bring an extra passport picture when you take a trip abroad. It can take time to replace it if you lose your passport or it gets stolen. When you have an additional photo with you, you’re one step ahead of the requirements. If you keep an extra photo in your wallet, then you have a headstart on the replacement process.

If you use the information from this article, traveling near or far can be fun. You can use this helpful advice to make your traveling less stressful.

Traveling Can Be Fun With These Simple Tips

Are you planning to travel? You need to plan for it well if you want to enjoy a trip. You can never know everything there is to know about traveling, but you can improve your chances of experiencing a trouble-free trip.

What to do in Tamarindo? (for the ones asking me lately).

Tamarindo ATV Adventure Details

A brand new fleet of Honda ATVs has recently been purchased and made available for tour members, providing you with the necessary equipment to spend a day cruising along rugged trails and romping through dry tropical forest. The tour will lead you along the stunningly beautiful beaches of Tamarindo, Langosta and Avellanas, and then take you up into the mountains, where you’ll pass a number of gorgeous trees, including Guanacaste, Pochote and Teak trees. If your eyesight is keen, you might even be able to spot monkeys, birds, or armadillos hanging about one of the trees. As a tour member, you’ll also be introduced to traditional life in the small towns of Hatillo, El Trapiche and Guatemala, and will end at the tour company’s small private farm. 

This tour lasts 2 1/2 hours, although all day tours are available as well. Tours leave daily at 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing, swimming suit, towel, sneakers/water shoes, insect repellent, and camera.

 

What this Tour Includes ATVs, safety helmets, guide, refreshments, and roundtrip transportation from Tamarindo, Pinilla and Conchal.
 

Kayak and Snorkeling Combo Details

The kayak and snorkeling adventure is a great chance to enjoy the clear blue waters and undersea wildlife of Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean.  On the 2.5-hour trip you will head out from Tamarindo Beach and travel to a nearby island.  Once there you will delight in swimming amidst the colorful coral reef and tropical fish. 

At least two people are needed to run the tour.  Single or double kayaks are available.

You must be over 18 years of age to go on the tour without an adult signed waiver, and children under 10 may not go on the trip for safety reasons.  

The tour will be canceled due to bad weather conditions.  The departure time is tide dependent.

What to Bring: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, waterproof camera.

What this Tour Includes Kayak and snorkeling equipment, drinking water
 

Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour Details

While inside the park, you’ll also be given the chance to walk through a dry forest that contains some 2% of the world’s biodiversity. Along the trails, search for monkeys, birds, sloths and more. 

Following the hike, the tour will make its way to the city of Liberia. Here, you can walk around the city center and enjoy glimpses of what was once called the “White City.” Liberia enjoyed this title because of its white adobe houses, white dirt roads, and locals who were known for wearing white to counteract the effects of the region’s extreme heat. While in Liberia, you’ll enjoy a tour of historic places and have the opportunity to buy souvenirs. 

What to Bring: Running/hiking shoes, camera, spending money, and sunhat.

What this Tour Includes Water, entrance fee, and lunch in Liberia.
 

Safari Float Tour on Corobicí River Details

In these class I waters, you’ll leisurely float down the river making it ideal for spotting monkeys in the tree tops and iguanas on the riverbanks. 

On this river journey you’ll enjoy calm waters where you’ll be able to appreciate the lush vegetation and bird and animal life. The group will have a picnic lunch on the riverbank, allowing for time to take in the tropical sun and scenery. When your jungle safari adventure comes to an end, you will be returned to your hotel.

Important: A minimum of two people is required for booking.

What to Bring: Tennis shoes or sandals, a bathing suit, pants (depending on weather), binoculars, a camera, sunblock.

What this Tour Includes Lunch, a bilingual guide, round trip transportation, safety equipment.

 

Tamarindo Fishing Tours Details

Choose a five hour half day tour or a nine hour full day tour on one of three available fishing boats.  The Talking Fish is a 38’ Topaz Express with a seven person limit. The OutCast is a 27’ Dusky with room for four people.  The last option is the Salsa, which is an 27’ Escapade with a four person maximum.  All of the boats come with comfortable seating in shaded areas and all of the equipment and technology needed to catch large Pacific fish.   

With year round fishing in Costa Rica, you will have the chance to catch sailfish, 
three species of marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish, snapper, and grouper.  Full days are recommended for offshore bill fishing. 

Multiple boat charters are available for large groups.  Packages for small or large groups can included transportation and accommodations in Tamarindo or San Jose.

What to Bring: Fishing license @ $15 per person, valid for 8 days, may be bought on line on the Incopesca website. The link is http://www.incopesca.go.cr/carnets/tramites/solicitud.aspx Please note that the 8 days begin on the day you buy the license. As the passport number is required on the license please remember to bring your passport with you on the boat.

 

What this Tour Includes Beers, soft drinks, bottled water, bait, ice, 20 to 130 pound tackle, life jackets, snack on half day tour, complete box lunch on full day tour
 

Borinquen Adventure Day Details

The tour begins with a horseback ride up mountains and through plains. As you ascend you’ll enjoy fantastic views of Guanacaste’s Pacific coastline and the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Following this portion, you’ll get geared up and prepare for your canopy tour. Accompanied by professional guides, this tour will have you flying high through the treetops and zipping across canyons. There are ten cables to ride, and at one point you’ll even cross paths with a large and impressive waterfall. This is an excellent location to take pictures or cool down along the pool’s crystal-clear waters. 

Next, you’ll be treated to a delicious lunch at Borinquen’s restaurant. Their carefully selected menu, drawing off both local and international traditions, will satiate your hunger and help you regather your energy following the canopy tour. 

The final activity is undoubtedly the most relaxing – you’ll finish off your journey with a soak in Borinquen’s geothermal hot springs. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s wilderness, any tension that may have developed while traveling will easily melt away while soaking in the springs. 

What to Bring: Swimming suit, warm clothing, hiking/running shoes, sandals, change of clothing, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, money, and hat.

What this Tour Includes Horseback riding, canopy tour, lunch, hot springs, water, guide, transportation, and entrance fees.
 

Rincon de la Vieja National Park Guided Hike & Liberia City Tour Details

Spanning 14,084 hectares (34,800 acres), Rincon de La Vieja National Park is filled with a wide range of natural wonders that includes nine volcanic craters, pristine tropical forests, waterfalls, and hot springs. The park extends over six life zones, and not surprisingly, has a huge amount of biodiversity. 

As a tour member, you’ll have the opportunity to spot such creatures as howler monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and even pumas. Your naturalist guide will help to interpret and inform as you hike along the park’s trails, ensuring an exciting and educational day spent in one of Costa Rica’s most magnificent national parks. 

A SERIES OF ERUPTIONS AROUND THE CRATER OF RINCON DE LA VIEJA VOLCANO HAS CREATED A SAFETY HAZARD FOR VISITORS WISHING TO HIKE TO THE CRATER.  PERHAPS STABILITY WILL RETURN TO THIS ACTIVE VOLCANO BUT UNTIL THEN NO HIKERS ARE ALLOWED NEAR THE CRATER. 

Important: A minimum of two people is required for booking.  This tour operates only on Tuesday and Saturday.

What to bring: camera, binoculars, long pants, sunscreen, insect repellent, and hiking shoes
Tour includes: naturalist guide and lunch

What to Bring: Camera, binoculars, long pants, sunscreen, insect repellent, and hiking shoes

What this Tour Includes Naturalist guide, park entrance fee, round trip transportation from most of the hotels in Liberia and near around (Extra cost), lunch.
 

Barra Honda Caves Tour Details

Plunging deep into the earth (in some places as far as 787 ft.), the limestone caves at Barra Honda glisten with stalagmites and stalactites, and offer up a wonderful place for adventurous underground exploration.

This guided tour begins with a short hike through the park’s dry tropical forest before heading underground. As you walk through the forest, you may be able to spot coatis, agoutis, anteaters, and monkeys. Descending into caves, you’ll hear the sound of water dripping against rocks and see the twisted, ghost-like formations of hardened calcium all around you. In total, there are 42 caves at Barra Honda, but only one is open to visitors. After an hour of exploring the ins-and-outs of the cave system, you’ll emerge above ground and have lunch. 
This is an all day tour.

A minimum of two people is required for booking. 
 
This tour is not recommended for people who are claustrophobic or afraid of the dark. The minimum age is 10 years old.

What to Bring: Hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, shorts, hat and sunscreen.

What this Tour Includes Guide, transportation, flashlight, helmet and lunch.
 

Surfing Lessons Details

The trained surf instructors will provide safety tips, coaching to learn the sport, and a sense of humor.  Arenas Adventures will get you standing and surfing a wave in your first lesson.  All you need is the ability to swim and have a good time.   

The experience lasts 2.5 hours, and the departure time is tide dependent.  Private or group lessons can be purchased.  Groups can be up to 5 people.  Children under 10 need a private lesson so an instructor can provide extra attention to them.  

Arenas Adventures provides soft-top foam boards.  Fiberglass or epoxy boards must be rented separately.  

What to Bring: Swimming suit, sunscreen, sandals, camera.

What this Tour Includes Soft-top foam board and Instruction.
 
 
 
 
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So there you go, all of what you need to know about what you can expect here in Tamarindo for your activities.
 
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What is Tamarindo?

Seperated from Tamarindo by the Río Matapalo is Playa Grande, an uninspiring crop of pebble-rock seashore with the exception of numerous tide pools that are exposed at low tides.  However, surfing along Playa Grande is ideal—regardless of skill level.  The town hosts several international surf competitions, a testament to the quality of surf available.  Visitors seeking luxurious accommodations can do so south of Playa Grande at Playa Langosta, a pristine white-sand beach near the Río San Francisco.  

As a regional hub, Tamarindo offers a wide-range of extensive services to visitors including sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and horseback riding.  The Tamarindo airport offers visitors in the San José area a seamless method of travel to the area, and Liberia is a close 50 kilometers (31 mi) for visitors already bound on international flights to Nicoya.   

Perhaps Tamarindo’s greatest appeal is its proximity to the Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge, which comprises 1,000 acres (400 ha) of dazzling protected forest, including abundant mangroves and estuaries.  Tours of the fascinating plant and animal life can be arranged from Tamarindo, including canoe tours of costal habitats.  Just north of town is the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, which offers visitors an opportunity to see the world’s largest reptile, the leatherback turtle, come ashore to lay eggs.  Also close by is the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional and Parque Nacional Barra Honda.

Tamarindo’s extensive development has imbued elements of affluent foreign culture from modernist cafés to chic restaurants into the fundamentally Tico culture, making for an appealing combination of both worlds.  North Americans and Europeans in particular will enjoy the many elements of their own culture offered in Tamarindo along with the authenticity of local culture.

Stay within the Tamarindo Costa Rica hotel called Tamarindovistavillas for an outstanding experience and remarkable memories from this lovely town, you won’t regret this decision ever in your life and in face you’ll be keen on coming back if not staying here for the rest of your life.

 

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