This weekend sees the start of the summer tourist season on the Nicoya Peninsula with Thanksgiving weekenders arriving from San Jose and abroad.
Here are my suggestions for inexpensive family fun if you should be heading across the gulf this weekend.
Head to the beach just north of Santa Teresa, known as ‘El Pinon’ at mid to low tide for some incredible snorkelling in the enormous rock pool. There is parking close by and the last time we went, there were lots of fish swimming with me and my two children. Excellent fun but remember to time it right, as the tide can come back in really quickly.
Turtles are laying eggs and little babies are starting to hatch (a full report on this from me next week) but if you happen to be in Montezuma this weekend you might be able to see this for yourself! Call Jepo at Olingo Tours on 87071782 for more information.
For those in search of a more traditional Thanksgiving dinner this evening, go no further than the wonderful beachfront Florblanca Hotel. Call 2640 0232 for times, prices and reservations.
Friday afternoon at Commercial plaza, Playa Carmen, will be alive with music to celebrate the reopening of both Product C and Chop It restaurants. The latter is under new management from the team that created Brisas Del Mar and there will be food tasting, DJ’s and fun for the kids.
Every Saturday afternoon, there is the community Organic Market beachfront in Santa Teresa from 3pm. Situated at the public access in-between Luz de Vida and Tropico Latino. You will find the very best local organic produce, cheeses, coffee and some amazing chocolate too. There are also local artisans selling items ranging from clothing to coconuts and you will be entertained by some very talented drummers and musicians too.
Sunday sees the return of Beach Family Gathering’s Sunday lunch at Rocamar Beach Lounge, Santa Teresa. This is where locals and tourists come together for an afternoon to enjoy some tunes, get together with the family and enjoy a day on the beach with Capoeira classes for children, hooping, drawing, beach rugby, outdoor children’s cinema, lamb burgers, kids menu, beautiful beachfront lounge and mixed down with beautiful music, live DJiing and more. Please see Facebook.com/purasonicaradio for more information or call Rocamar Beach lounge on 2640 0250
Dahlia Nahome is a wife and mother of two who left the rat race of the London advertising world for the beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula .
As well as running her rental business, www.costaricanvacation.com & www.purasonica.com (a web radio station playing chilled music 24hrs a day & whats on Santa Teresa guide with her husband) she also enjoys writing about and raising the profile of the Nicoya Peninsula & Costa Rica and has work published on various travel blogs.
You may reach her at dahlia at costaricanvacation dot com.