As I mentioned before, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Tamarindo, and feel like we’ve pretty much got the town cased.
This includes knowing where the best place to watch the sunset is.
Actually I should back up a bit, and explain the phenomenon of sunset watching.
Here in Costa Rica, sunset watching is an event. At around 5:30, beaches become crowded with tourists and locals alike who are taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of what is unfolding. It’s actually a really magical thing when you think about it. Even as I write this, I feel sort of deviant because I’m sitting by the pool while everyone is heading down the beach. Note to self…time blog writing better!
Shaun and I have experienced this sunset phenomenon in many places throughout Costa Rica.
In smaller towns we are one of a handful of people who are enjoying the view, in others, it’s a gong show. Tamarindo is one of those places where sunset time is often just crazyness.
Don’t get us wrong, our first night in Tamarindo back in November, we rocked it tourista style. Beers in hand we took countless sunset photos. Selfies, couple shots, yoga poses, kissing photos, name a classic tourist sunset photo and we did it.
Now a days, the need to take 100 photos of one sunset has subsided, and we can appreciate the view without needing to document the moment. That is, if we can manage to see the sunset through the hoards of kissing couples and yoga posers.
So, as I was saying, knowing what Tamarindo sunsets can be like, we made a plan to watch it from somewhere a little different.
Playa Tamarindo is the main beach in town, but if you head south a ways you will end up in Playa Langosta. Right between the two beaches is a rocky cliff. That my friends, is where we were heading.
So with a plastic bag of cold beers (cause that is how we roll), we headed out on our adventure. We made our way down the beach, dodging photo takers, navigating rocks and even photo bombing a wedding. After about a 20 minute hike, we made it. We were two of about 8 people who had the same idea. A far cry from the 100’s of people we could see lining the beach.
To say this was a good idea was an understatement. Not only were we able to watch the sunset in peace, but we also got to watch the waves crashing up against the rocks as the tide came in. It was one of those moments that you know you are going to remember forever.
So, if you are in Tamarindo, and looking for a peaceful sunset watching experience, you now know where to go. It is certainly a bit of a hike, but it is well worth it.
What is your most memorable sunset?
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Warren and I a few years ago went to Hawaii and we saw a beauty there. It was just amazing. I have a love for sunrises too. I could go and watch them every morning I think 🙂
My friend Grace and I hiked Mt. McDonald one morning awhile back and the view was spectacular. Loved it and that makes me smile thinking about it.
Enjoy the rest of your time away and I look forward to meeting and going for a run.
That sounds amazing!
Yes that is one lesson I will bring home with me. I must incorporate more sunset/sunrise time in my daily life. I’m thinking an early morning run to Mt. Doug will be in my future.
Looking forward to meeting you in “real” life!
Hmmm…if it was a weekend one maybe I could join ya. I am in Langford but could make it your way.