The southern end of the beach is protected from the full waves of the ocean by an island and reef, which is why the waves are small here and there are boats moored in the bay.
Tamarindo was a fishing village, but there is no dock or pier. There are fishing boats and excursion boats that take tourists out for snorkeling and other trips. To reach the boats, they will bring rafts up on the beach and shuttle the tourists out to the boats through the waves.
This is a late afternoon shot, as you may be able to tell by the sun hitting the boats and waves. After the late afternoon, you know what comes next, of course. I will begin a series tomorrow to share that with you.
Today is Sunday, so that means that we have posted new photos on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. This week we are taking you across the Pacific Ocean from Costa Rica to Hawaii to show you something that we also have in Costa Rica -- an active volcano. (We do not have active volcanoes in the part of Costa Rica near Tamarindo, however.)