These houses are large, spaced apart from one another, with well-cared-for landscaping all around. People here have the peace of mind of knowing that everything around them is nice and compatible with their home. On the other hand, they do not have the diversity and vibrancy of living in a town with restaurants, shops, etc. within walking distance to one's home. You need a car here.
What do you think? Would you prefer to live or have a vacation home in a master planned commmunity like this, or in a town? There is no right answer, and each of us is entitled to our preferences, so I will share ours.
My wife and I chose Tamarindo and Langosta because we like the community and we like to walk to dinner at any of the 50 restaurants in town. We felt that if we were in a master planned community, we would feel like we were limited to the restaurants at the nearby resorts, which over time would be repetitive. We also like being right on the beach. We did not want to have to drive or walk several blocks ot the ocean.
Also, even though Tamarindo is full of international residents, we feel more connected to Costa Rica because Tamarindo is a living, breathing community, whereas a master-planned community isolated from the surrounding area seems somewhat artificial. To us it feels like a bit of Hawaii or Florida transplanted into Costa Rica, and we want to feel a part of Costa Rica..
Some people choose gated master-planned communities because of the security. Both of our condos in Tamarindo have full time security guards and gated entrances. My wife and I have never felt unsafe walking around town, including walking back at night after dinner.
Today's photo is another aerial view of Hacienda Pinilla taken by my son during his gyrocopter flight. The side of the gyrocopter is visible in the lower right of the photo.