This photo shows part of the area of the San Francisco point between Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. The land was purchased years ago by a group that plans to develop an ambitious condo project called The Preserve. The point used to be covered with trees. Now, it has been graded and roads have been laid out. A few condo buildings have been built, but the economic downturn several years ago has stalled the completion of the project.
Today, a condo project this close to the ocean could not be built due to land use controls, but this project was started before the latest restrictions took effect. I have mixed feelings about this. I like the open space and the woods nearby to provide habitat for monkeys and birds. On the other hand, once the project was started, I would rather it be completed successfully than remain partially built. Moreover, this project has low condo buildings, not a high rise, and fills in the ocean side of the road between the Playa Langosta area of Tamarindo and the main part of Tamarindo. More condos and people in this area will help support more shops and restaurants.
This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the elaborate gardens, with exotic birds, at the villa on Isola Bella, one of a set of theree islands in Lake Maggiore, Italy.