Tamarindo, Guanacaste

Typical Holiday Celebrations in Guanacaste, Costa Rica!

It seems these days that you can find just about anything on the internet. This is NOT true when it comes to Guanacaste national fiesta schedules!

What to Expect Learning to Scuba Dive in Costa Rica: Getting Certified

Costa Rica is an unbelievable place for diving — and when it comes to seeing huge open water animals,  few places in mainland Latin America beat Guanacaste’s Pacific Coast.

Halloween in Costa Rica: Trick or Treat?

Halloween is rubbing off on Costa Rica with each passing October. After all, who can resist an opportunity to be creative and get all dressed up for no reason?

Fun on Lake Arenal

We love living on the beach in Guanacaste but every now and then, it’s nice to go up to Arenal lake to cool off and spend some time with my Uncle Frank.

Where Does the Word “Butterfly” Come From? Top 5 butterflies in Costa Rica.

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” — Anonymous
Ever wondered were the word “butterfly” comes from? No one knows for sure, but here are a few theories:

The Biggest and Baddest Sport Fishing Catches in Tamarindo & Flamingo, Costa Rica.

I took this photo one of the first times I ever went sport fishing, when I was 26. The boat captain convinced me it would be a “great idea” to jump in the ocean with my waterproof camera as the first mate held this sail fish still for a photo. PROBABLY a bad idea considering I could have been impaled. Luckily I wasn’t, and I got a cool photo out of it! Totally worth it.

Mud Therapy? Why Medicinal Clay Is Good For Your Skin.

You’ve seen those spa treatments where they cover your body in mud or clay from head to toe and call it therapy. But does it really do anything, or is it just for show?

Living in Costa Rica With Mamón Chino – The most addictive fruit on Earth.

Mamón chino are sold on practically every corner in Costa Rica between the months of July and October. If you’ve ever tasted these spikey, irresistible sweets then you’re probably an addict, too.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica Breakdown: Six of my favorite birds in Guanacaste

Guanacaste, Costa Rica is kind of a big deal when it comes to birdwatching. This region provides a much different and dryer habitat than other bird havens (like the Central Valley, the Caribbean or the Osa Peninsula), so here you can expect to find lots of unique species that you might not  be able to easily find anywhere else.

Costa Rica Real Estate Market Update Video With Costa Rica Realtor Becky Clower in Guanacaste. July 2014

What sort of decline/increase have you see in the number of potential buyers who have contacted you in the last six months in comparison to the previous year?

Guanaba What? The history and health benefits of the soursop fruit

It’s guanábana in Spanish, and graviola in Portuguese. In Cambodia it’s prickly custard apple, in Thailand it’s Brazilian paw paw, and in the US it’s soursop fruit. Whatever you call it, this strange-looking fruit is finger-licking good and offers an impressive range of health benefits.

Why you should care about the Annexation of Guanacaste

Guanacaste is one of the most important provinces in all of Costa Rica — and not just because it’s the country’s busiest tourist sector. This region is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches, the best hiking trails and arguably the most beautiful farmland in Central America.

How to Spot Howler Monkeys in Tamarindo

Howler monkeys are super common in the Tamarindo area. Here are Blue Water’s favorite tips to pretty much guarantee finding them.

Costa Rica Deep Sea Fishing in Flamingo At Its’ Best

Flamingo Beach is one of the most popular destinations on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific Coast. The beautiful white sand beach is stunning and this is a favorite spot for deep sea fishing.

From Corporate Lawyer to Tamarindo Backpackers! How I escaped the Rat Race!

I just returned to Tamarindo after a quick trip to my hometown of Chicago. At home and in Tamarindo, people are always asking me how I came to live in Tamarindo and own Tamarindo Backpackers. So I thought I would share my story here.