I chose this photo in part for the dogs, of course, but also because it illustrates two other things about Tamarindo. Yesterday I discussed the building setbacks in Costa Rica that prohibit construction right on the beach. You can see in this photo that even though Tamarindo has been described by Forbes Magazine as Costa Rica's most popular beach resort, the beach even in the main part of town is still quite lovely. You don't have the crowding or construction right on the beach that you see in places like Hawaii or Florida.
But, this photo also shows the pressure of development, as on the horizon are some construction cranes for condos being built.
This photo also gives a perspective to a question I am sometimes asked about whether the beach is crowded. The most popular part of the beach is the part behind me in this photo, as the waves are bigger there because the south end of the beach shown in this photo is sheltered from the ocean waves by the bay. Nevertheless, this photo does show that the beach is not crowded. In the USA there would be a lot more people than this on a beach. In Costa Rica, however, there are only 4 million people in the entire country, most of them live in the central valleys hours from the beaches, and there are two coastlines that run the length of the country. Crowds on the beach are simply not a problem.
Now, what were these dogs staring at? I will show you tomorrow.