My son took this photo during his gyrocopter ride last year. I think that the major hotel chains that have located along the "Gold Coast" of Costa Rica's northwest Pacific area, of which Tamarindo is the main resort town, are good for the area. They provide jobs, and the upscale development add to the image of the area.
I also think that the fact that major international chains such as Marriott and the Four Seasons, have located here give reassurance to foreign visitors that the area is a worthwhile place to visit.
I have benefited directly from the Marriott in at least one respect. I have guests staying in our condo soon who are coming to the area for a business conference at the Marriott, but are extending their staying the area by renting my condo. Thank you, Marriott.
This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of three locations on the Riviera Maya: the Mayan ruins of Tulum, the eco-park of Xelha, and a resort on the beach in Cancun.