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Playa Tamarindo

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Though Playa Tamarindo is under continuous development, most of the hotels built here are smaller than those at Playa Flamingo. Still, the place is attracting more and more people, particularly surfers. Several surf shops have opened up in town. The beach itself is a long strip of white sand with little vegetation growing along it, so the village is somewhat dusty. Warning: The surf can be quite heavy and there are lots of rocks jutting out of the water offshore. Keep your distance from the estuaries or you might find yourself carried out to sea by the currents.

Playa Sámara and Surroundings

The area immediately surrounding Playa Sámara can be divided into three sections. First, there is Buena Vista, a large, uninhabited (and thus quiet) beach a short distance north of crowded Sámara. Next is Playa Congrejal , which is more or less the northern extension of Playa Sámara and has a few hotels and restaurants. Finally, there is Playa Sámara itself, a pretty beach that is protected by coral reefs and thus has calm waters perfect for swimming. The village of Sámara, located alongside the beach, offers a fairly broad range of services for the region.

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