Today, we set out for Tamarindo. The drive from Conchal to Tamarindo is only about 20 minutes, so we weren’t on the road for long. Tamarindo is the most developed beach town in Costa Rica and it is a world famous surfing destination. Beginning surfers can learn easily on the Tamarindo beach. More advanced surfers will enjoy the nearby beaches like Avellanas and Playa Grande.

Above is a picture of our wedding clients, Jenna & Kent, with their surf instructor, Victor. He is one of the best in the area.

There are many very good restaurants and bars located directly on the beach in Tamarindo and the area boasts a wide range of accommodations. Our main picks in Tamarindo are Cala Luna (with 2 and 3 bedroom villas, featuring fully equipped kitchens and private pools), Capitan Suizo, and Tamarindo Diria.

I learned an interesting tidbit about the Nicoya Peninsula today. Apparently, Nicoya is one of the handful of “Blue Zone” destinations. Basically, a Blue Zone is a destination where the occupants typically live to be in their 100s. The folks who created the Blue Zone program scoured the globe in search of the best places for people to extend their longevity. As it turns out, Nicoya is one of the few locations that they chose.

Why did Nicoya make the list? Well, it has a lot to do with diet. Nicoya has a lot of calcium and magnesium in the water, causing residents to have stronger bones and muscles. Locals also have a wide variety of fruits that provide them with tons of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Nicoyans also get lots of sleep (at least 8 hours) and enjoy a relaxed, family-centered lifestyle.

What I gathered is that the Nicoyans really are living the Pura Vida. This small region offers so much beauty and natural riches. If you want to live longer, you might consider the Nicoya Peninsula as your next home!