From the border of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, we took a bus down to Liberia. From Liberia, we rented a car and drove down to our Airbnb in Tamarindo. It was a pretty place, not too far from a couple of beaches.
We got settled in, and then headed into the beach area of Tamarindo. We checked how much it was to rent surf boards for a day, and looked around some, before we headed back to our house. We spent the rest of the day relaxing, and then called it a day.
The next day, my papa and I went out to do some reconnaissance of the area. Our first stop was two beaches called Danta and Dantita. Both were beautiful beaches, especially Dantita. We went for a swim here, and the water was silky smooth and surprisingly warm. Then we hiked back to the car and got some great fajitas at a roadside restaurant, them drove to Playa Avellanas. We swam here also. The waves were great, and we decided we would come back the next day with surfboards and see what happened.
And the next day we came back. We rented two surfboards in Tamarindo, strapped them to our rent-a-car, and drove down to Avellanas. There, we headed out to the waves.
Neither Zoe or I had ever surfed before, but we figured out the basics pretty quickly. Within an hour or so, I was able to consistently catch waves, and occasionally stand up. We spent a while at Avallenas, figuring it out, before we were worn out and headed home.
We spent an hour here, and then headed to the beach in Tamarindo, where papa and I went surfing and found ourselves caught in a rip current, so we had to fight our way back to shore. We did get a few good rides, though.
The next morning, we got up early and made the most of the few hours we had left with our surfboards before we had to return them at noon. Then we spent the rest of the day at the house, packing up and getting ready to move on.
The next morning, we packed our stuff into our rental car, drove to Liberia, and then caught a bus to San Jose.