Friday, December 19, 2008

Langosta from the air

This photo shows Langosta from the air. The south end of Tamarindo beach is at the foreground at the bottom, then around San Francisco point begins Langosta beach. The mouth of the Langosta estuary is visible in the center of the photo.

This photo shows how it is possible to walk along the beach from Langosta, miles to the south, or around the point to Tamarindo.

As I mentioned yesterday, I took these aerial photos three years ago. Today the view from the air would be different. There are several seven-story condo buildings in the wooded area at the north side of Tamarindo. They are set back from the ocean several hundred meters, but there is one condo building under construction near the point. It will forever change the skyline of the area.

As I mentioned a few days ago, the President of Costa Rica not quite a year ago imposed height and density restrictions on new construction near the beaches in the Guanacaste province of northwest Costa Rica. In the future, there will not be hotels or condos constructed right on the beach. The height limits are graduated from 3 stories to 5 stories to 8 stories depending upon how far from the beach the property is located. About half of each property must be left with vegetation rather than buildings and parking lots.

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