Rather than exchanging cash for local currency while traveling in different countries, withdraw some pocket money from an ATM. Banks often have better rates for exchanging money than you will find on your own. You will save money and have more to spend on other things, as a result.
Try to go to the gym prior to getting on a flight. Being on a long flight can be incredibly boring. Your body can become uncomfortable and cramped. The probability of getting cramps is greatly reduced if you workout or stretch before the flight.
Keep a photo of your children on you at all times, in case they become lost. It can be terrifying to lose your son or daughter. It can, however, still happen. Having a photo on you to share with authorities could mean the difference in whether or not your child is found quickly.
When going to foreign countries, be smart about food allergies. If your food allergy is particularly bad, make sure to express this in their language. You can tell any wait staff or food handlers that you must avoid these certain foods or, even in a worst case scenario, you need to be able to tell medical professionals what is wrong, by doing this.
It is important to keep a photograph of your child on you, in case they wander away. A lost child is one of the most frightening things a parent can face. Unfortunately, it can happen. Easy access to a photograph of the child can facilitate any necessary search efforts in they get lost. By traveling, educate your family. There is nothing to fear from the developing world, by taking time and preparing. It is a great way to show other cultures to children. You can gain understanding and tolerance for different cultures while abroad.
Don't forget to pack clothespins on your next trip! Clothespins can be useful when you are traveling. If you plan on leaving your car in the airport while you travel, make sure you pre-book parking at the airport ahead of time. The cost of parking is higher if you don't pre-book. Find out if taking a cab is cheaper than airport parking if you live near the airport.
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. If they have any age restrictions, when you make your reservations, make sure you ask.
Always be kind, and tip your bell waiter and housekeeper daily. This will make your stay much more pleasant. Generally, you will give one dollar per piece of luggage, and anywhere between five and two dollars a day for housekeeping. If you can tip these people appropriately, you will find that you will have a better relationship with the hotel staff during your stay.
It is important that you read over the rental agreement before starting your trip if you plan on renting a car. It may be that you do not even need it, although car rental agents will surely attempt to sell you some insurance. Car insurance policies typically incorporate some coverage in terms of third-party liability. Be sure to double-check your policy prior to leaving for your trip.
If you plan on renting a car, check your auto insurance policy. They don't care if you actually need it or not, even though rental car agents will sell and try you additional insurance. In many cases, you car insurance coverage gives you basic coverage to handle third party incidents. Before leaving home to save money later on, look at your policy.
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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. ############ So there you go, all of what you need to know about what you can expect here in Tamarindo for your activities. Credits go to anywherecostarica.com for this information.
For the last few years, the Circuito Nacional de Surf de Costa Rica (CNS), has been the only countrywide surf tournament and feeder event for surf teams that compete internationally. The CNS all but bypasses the beaches of Guanacaste, with only Nosara on its schedule.
This year, former national surf champion Andrea Díaz of Tamarindo decided that the waves and surfers of Guanacaste should have more than a one-shot contest. Díaz partnered with Chelsea Liaius, founder of the Tide Academy School in Tamarindo, to put together a seven-contest Circuito Guanacaste on Costa Rica's northwestern beaches.
Despite the CNS claim that it skips Tamarindo due to a lack of sponsor interest, Díaz and Liaius were able to garner support from international surf gear company Creatures and board manufacturer Surftech, as well as local businesses including Reserva Conchal, Las Mareas de El Tesoro, Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, Lola's Restaurant, Witch's Rock Surf Camp, Kelly's Surf Shop, Condominios Del Sol at Marbella and Tiki Hut in Marbella.
The opener went down in Tamarindo this past weekend, and upcoming tournaments will take place in Playa Avellanas (Jan. 18-19), Playa Marbella (Feb. 8-9), and locations to be determined March 8-9, April 12-13 and May 10-11.
“As a coach, I wanted my local surfers to get more practice before going to a national event,” Díaz said. “And always I'm thinking about my responsibility with the town I live in. Because of that I wanted to use surfing as an instrument for kids to stay in school, stay healthy and out of the streets.”
The first tournament in Tamarindo this past weekend drew about 150 competitors, including a handful of veterans like former national surf champion Isaac Vega, who won. The even also turned out to be a showcase for the younger talent of the area.
The kids ripped in shoulder- to head-high waves on Saturday, and they even found ways to impress the judges on Sunday, when the waves dropped waist high. Standouts included Aldo Chironos, Dean Vandewell, Malakai Martinez, Serena Nava, Zulay Martinez and Katie Herrman – all under the age of 13. Many of these kids competed in more than one category, a grueling task even for adults.
Martinez was in and out of the water for a fight in juniors, boys and mixed groms. The son of two surfing parents, he is one of the fortunate Tamarindo kids who has been able to make the trek to the CNS, winning the Groms championship for two years in a row. Although Martinez says the CNS brings out a higher level of talent, including some pros, he found the debut of the Guanacasteco Circuito to be professional and accommodating to a new crop of talent in the province.
“Today there are some good guys out there, and I try to do my best,” Malakai said between heats. “I'm stoked to be surfing here because it brings attention to Guanacaste and we can get more sponsors. There are a lot of kids who can't afford to travel to the [CNS], and it costs, my mom says, about $500 a weekend to travel.” The Guanacaste Circuito allows kids to get noticed, which could lead to sponsorships, which then allows kids to advance to the next kind of competition, he added.
Not only did Malakai make it to the makeshift beach podium to collect a 1st place medal for mixed groms, he was took 3rd in juniors and in boys.
Katie Herrman, 9, has already been surfing for two years. She competed in four categories: dolphins – where her father Jeff pushed her into waves (2nd place), paddle-ins mixed groms, mini chicas (2nd place), and junior chicas (4th place).
“I feel like I've been doing pretty good,” she said. “I used to be going down the line, but my turning is better now; I do turns and go off the top ... Yeah, I'm going to be the next champion from Tamarindo.”
Surfing legend Robert August, who starred in the surf film “Endless Summer” and its sequel, “Endless Summer 2,” was on the beach rooting for his daughter Christine. August convinced her to do the Guanacasteco Circuito and gave one important piece of advice: “Go out and have fun.” Having made her competitive debut at the Billabong Festival de Surf 2013 a week ago in Jacó for the 25th anniversary of Mango Surf Shop, Christine did enjoy herself in the junior chicas and mini chicas divisions this past weekend.
“It's great,” August said. “All the kids understand that they just need to go out and do the best they can ... It's a good way for people to get together and say hello.”
To experience this amazing tournament and circuit you can stay in these Tamarindo Costa Rica Hotels. Adding credibility to the festivities – and hired for the rest of the Guanacaste Circuito – was Gustavo Corrales, head judge of the CNS. He is an International Surfing Association certified judge who works in his off time from the Circuito Nacional to certify instructors and judges. The Guanacaste circuit is important, Corrales says, it helps the ISA with a school scholarship program, and is working with the Federacion de Surf de Costa Rica to initiate a program that will fund five underprivileged kids to travel to the CNS contests around Costa Rica. “The Guanacaste Circuito has been great,” Corrales said. “We have the potential for a main circuit in Costa Rica right here ... It's great for the sport and the province. It will raise up the area.” Credits go to Theticotimes.com for this article.