Tamarindo is know for its glorious beach, surfing, and tourist services, including fine dining, banks, shopping, and tourist activities. Its wide, crescent-shaped, gently sloping beach, with multiple surf breaks, has warm water all year. This photo was taken from the heart of the Tamarindo beach looking north to Cabo Velas at the end of the bay. The palm trees from the Tamarindo Diria resort provide the shade from the rising, morning sun.
Between Tamarindo and the point to the north shown on this photo is Playa Grande, which is the nesting site of the endangered leatherback turtles, who return to Playa Grande each winter to lay their eggs.
Much of the ocean area shown in this photo is protected as part of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste - Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica's many national parks.