Terrific day trips for shopping, surfing or snacking
A great way to get to know Ticos (Costa Ricans) is to enjoy the neighboring towns. Some are more touristy than others, but each has its own special charm and are worth a visit. Your friendly staff at Tambor Tropical can help guide you and arrange transportation if necessary. Most are pretty close by.
Tambor: The small village at the end of the road has a small cluster of shops, restaurants, a market, a church, taxi, car rental agency, golf course, medical center, ranch and its own airport. There’s live Latino music at the Cantina of Tambor. Another fun option is beachcombing right on the beach in front of the property — where guests can find a wonderful collection of shells.
Panica and Surrounds: We can arrange for a guided hike to Panica’s four-tiered waterfall. Take a camera (we’ll pack your lunch) and swimsuit to plunge into the pool below the falls. Beach hikes or an interior trail walk to the “Jesus Tree” will provide variety for guests who just want to roam and discover the area on their own.
Cobano: Just 8 miles away, there are plenty of restaurants and a farmer’s market is held Monday mornings. In mid-February, Cobano holds its rodeo and bull-riding festival. The climax occurs when men, sometimes fueled by liquid courage, tease and run away from the bulls in a ring while folks in the stands cheer them on.
Mal Pais has a beautiful beach, but the waves are better for surfing than swimming. Horseback riding is another popular activity. There are a few restaurants and, like Montezuma, there are a lot of expatriates. It’s a great place to enjoy the sunset.
Montezuma has a definite counter culture vibe, with lots of surfers and backpackers finding their groove on the beach. It is located on the Pacific ocean about 20 miles (or seven miles by beach) from Tambor. There are lots of colorful cafés, restaurants and street vendors selling local jewelry, crafts and other curiosities. A large population of tourists and expatriates have overtaken the number of Ticos.Nearby is the famous “Montezuma Falls,” where the daring can leap from the cliffs and plunge into the pools below. It’s at your own risk, as it’s not for the faint of heart and injuries do happen.
Lake Arenal and Monteverde is a two-day adventure. See the rain forests, bathe in hot springs, and journey in the evening to see the volcano. The tour includes a visit to a coffee factory, breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, hotel, skywalk entrance, and transportation to and from Tambor Tropical.
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