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Lineup Law and Order: Psycho Surfers Unit

In the surfing lineup system, “kooky” based offenses are considered especially heinous. In the town of Tamarindo, the dedicated “Surftectives” who investigate these vicious “surfelonies” are members of an elite squad known as the Psycho Surfers Unit. These are their stories… You know you just made the “bum-bum” sound in your head even though I didn’t write it; what an original introduction right? 3:53 PM Pico Grande. Bum-Bumm (<<there it is) The high tide today is at 4:30 and the…

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The true reason why groceries are so expensive in Costa Rica

It’s a common complaint I hear from tourists and locals alike in Tamarindo. “The groceries are so expensive here I end up just eating out for all my meals. It’s the same price!” Is this some kind of conspiracy backed by Sharkys to keep grocery prices high so that we are forced to eat their delicious wings every night? The basic reason groceries are so expensive in Costa Rica comes down to one group: the government. Also, I want you…

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Yes, Costa Rica does have a military.

Ticos are an incredibly smart group of people. It’s a well known fact they always rank at or near the top in the “Happiest People” lists. Ticos are so smart in fact that they have one of the largest militaries in the world and don’t pay a dime for it. Costa Rica and the United States entered into an agreement back in 1999 to help combat the growing problem of drug trafficking on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa…

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The Caribbean Costa Rica: the other side of paradise

For reasons I don’t really understand perhaps deep-seated racism or fear of petty theft, the southern Caribbean gets a bad rap. For people who live here and those who have visited, we know these fears are unwarranted.  Costa Rica’s south Caribbean is a magical place that has remained fairly untouched by the commercialism and large chain hotels that you find in the Pacific. For this reason and many others Caribe Sur (South Caribbean) is a picture of true Pura Vida.…

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Is Costa Rica a Third World Country

It is my opinion that the term ‘Third World’ is not relevant anymore.  It certainly does not have a definitive definition and is often times misused. Hear me out… Calling a place Third World really is archaic.  The idea that there is not one world, but three dates back to the Cold War where the nonaligned nations, the predominantly poor nations, were designated the Third World. Present day, people have adopted the term as a way to refer to very…

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Why Costa Rica is a third world country.

Everybody defines a third world country differently. For me, it’s a simple matter of plumbing. If you can flush toilet paper down most toilets in a country, you’re likely sitting on a throne in a first world country. But, if you can’t, you are in a 3rd world country. Before you scroll down to the comment section and hate on this article, hear me out. It’s a question tourists often ask when they visit Costa Rica. “Is Costa Rica a…

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Top 5 things to do on TripAdvisor in Tamarindo

If you’ve travelled anywhere in your life you live and die by the TripAdvisor app. If a place has a lot of positive reviews and ranks near the top, you can be pretty sure you’re going to have a fun time. Here are the top 5 things to do in Tamarindo found on TripAdvisor: 1. Boat Tours You simply must take a boat tour a.k.a. booze cruise while you’re here. You can knock out 3 activities in one excursion! Sailing, drinking,…

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10 times “Pura Vida” will make you go absolutely crazy

Pura Vida is much more than a saying in Costa Rica, it is a way of life. The literal translation is “pure life.” The saying carries a philosophy of no stress, no worries, look on the bright side, get up when you’re down, the glass is WAY more than half full blissfulness. It’s kind of like Hakuna Matata in the Lion King. The Pura Vida philosophy has quite an appeal with locals and with expats (most of the time). For some,…

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