Travel Monkey

How to hold your own on the volleyball courts

Maybe you’re not a surfer and still want to be active at the beach, or maybe you’re reminded of your high school glory days every time you walk by the sand volleyball courts, or maybe you’re lured in by the hot athletic girls in bikinis. The beach volleyball temptation is real! Whatever your reason for wanting to play and regardless your skill level, there are a few basics to know so you can hold your own on the courts. –…

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The 5 people you love to hate in yoga class

I’ve practiced all over and I always run into the same types of people. Love ‘em or hate ‘em they are always there. Chances are if you haven’t done yoga, it’s because you are avoiding these people! So here they are “the 5 people you love to hate in yoga class” and I should probably just go ahead and add me in for number 6 since all my fellow yogis will love to hate me after reading this article. 1.…

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Ask yourself one question…

Ask yourself one question. What would you do if you came face to face with a real, live Bigfoot, a Sasquatch a Yeti? This is a question one must ask one’s self when traveling through the wilderness of the great unknown that is Costa Rica. Visualize yourself walking through the dense jungle of Costa Rica. Feel the humidity on your skin. Feel the occasional sun light that peaks through the trees. Hear the sound of howler monkeys, crickets the mosquitos.…

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New York City and Tamarindo – they’re not that different

After living in New York City for nearly 10 years, many of my friends are surprised that I would pick Tamarindo as my new home. But as different as they may seem, there are actually a lot of similarities that can make any New Yorker feel at home. –       Neighborhoods: New Yorkers hate leaving their neighborhood. If you have a friend that lives down in SoHo, good luck getting them to come to the Upper East Side for drinks. Tamarindo is like…

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How to drink free every night of the week in Tamarindo (Girls Only!)

Like many millennials I won’t skip out on awesome travels because I haven’t made my billions yet like Mark Zuckerburg. I’m definitely what you would call a cost-conscious traveler. However, where I’m not like most millennials, at least the ladies, is that I’m not a raging feminist, and it’s for one reason and one reason alone that I hold this view – FREE DRINKS!! That’s right, who wants equal rights when you can get free drinks. Before you totally hate…

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Skip the studio – 5 benefits of a beach yoga practice

When I came to Tamarindo I was disappointed to find that there were not any beach yoga classes. I love my heated indoor studio back in the States, but here I was hoping to find something more and take advantage of the amazing outdoor space. Uninspired by the thought of practicing indoors I decided to venture to the beach for my first attempt at a solo practice. I’ve never really enjoyed a solo practice other than refining specific poses and…

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10 ways living next to a beach will ruin your life forever

Growing up in the sweltering hot and dry summers of Las Vegas, I was perfectly contented with the blessed relief of my family’s backyard pool. This contentment lasted for 24 years. Then I moved to Tamarindo, in an apartment with a walk less than 2 minutes away from the beach. I’m now ruined, mis amigos, forever! A concrete backyard pool shall never again suffice. Living next to the natural, enormous, beautiful (not to mention – FREE) wonder that is the…

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Patagonia Fire

Horrible news for all of us who loved Patagonia Seafood. A fire tore through the restaurant yesterday and destroyed most of the building. I was at Coral Reef hostel just as the fire started, and it spread extremely quickly. There wasn’t much that could be done to save the building since the dry thatch roof caught on fire and spread across because of the winds yesterday. If you want to contribute to help out those employees of Patagonia who are…

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Sprout moving to new location in Tamarindo

My culinary journey in Tamarindo is limited to how far my feet can carry me, so when I found out Sprout was moving to the old FT’s location across from Witch’s Rock Surf Camp I could hardly contain myself. I caught up with Mike to get the scoop on what the new location will be offering as well as get a behind the scenes tour of the almost completed kitchen. Sprout will be open for business starting this Saturday, November…

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