Aqua Claro and the end of the rainy season in October in Tamarindo?

We haven’t really had any bad rains here for over two weeks now, and this morning when I paddled out the water was clear enough to see the reef on the point break where I surfed.
An amber jack (fish) jumped about 5 feet into the air in front of me, and there was evidence of more fish around. So, my attitude is if the fish are back, then the dry season is upon us. Why? Nature always knows best!
And we are getting great swell due to the southern hemi storms that are still rolling up the Chilean – Peruvian coast, and some days the waves have been overhead with offshore / cross shore winds!
October is usually wet and miserable here in Tamarindo, and many shops and restaurants simply close their door for the month. So, without all the tourists here, we are having some beautifully empty surfing breaks. As an example, this morning there were probably 10 people surfing four breaks in Tamarindo, and earlier this week, about the same amount of people at Playa Grande.
And it should be quiet for a while here, as even the Tico’s from San Jose can’t make it here. With little rain in the forecast many head for the beaches here on weekends. However, it will take up to 9 hours this due to the collapse of Costa Rica’s road infrastructure.

The San José – Caldera remains closed betweeen Atenas and Orotina, the Interamericana Norte at Cambronero is still with “paso regualdo” and the Monte de Aguacate (old road to Jacó) cannot handle the volume of traffic.

For example, a trip from San José to Tamarindo or Flamingo can take up to double the normal time trough the Cambronero and Agucate. An alternate is by way of La Fortuna and Arenal to Tilarán and Cañas. In either case, the 4 to 5 hours normal travel time can easily turn to 8 or 9 hours.
The best news this week was the announcement that Starbucks Coffee, ubiquitous in North America, is set to open its first Central American location in San Salvador later this year. Expansion into the rest of the isthmus is in the works, though the company has not yet released specifics. Maybe we’ll see one here in Tamarindo before long? Right.

October 19th, 2010  in Uncategorized No Comments »

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