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Safety in Tamarindo

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Safety in Tamarindo

Hi my 20 year old son and his friend are looking to go to Tamarindo in December surfing. They are planning on staying at Bluetrailz hostel. Can someone advise me if this is a safe choice for 2 20 year old males to travel to and surf? Thanks

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31. Re: Safety in Tamarindo

With places like Tamarindo, typically trouble will find you if you go looking for it. Do the right things and avoid stupid situations and you'll probably be fine. We went to Tamarindo in 2006 and had a couple of dealers approach us to sell us drugs - we said no and they moved on. This was closer to "the circle". While, yes, there was sketchy activity, if you didn't engage, you were fine. Just like Mexico. You can go to plenty of places in Mexico and be fine - keep your nose clean, be aware and don't do anything stupid and you'll be just fine. We go to Mexico 1-2 a year and people think we're going to Fallujah.

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32. Re: Safety in Tamarindo

We have owned a condo in Tamarindo for 10 years, have spent a total of several months there with no bad experiences beyond the petty theft, particularly on beach, that is the worst thing about CR. But going I guess going to bed by 10pm most nights causes us to miss the somewhat notrious late night options. (We like to be up by 5 or 6 to enjoy the beautiful relatively cool mornings.) Tamarindo is safer than Paris for anyone who excercises good judgment. Just do what the travel guides tell you to do, and don't assume that beause a local speaks good English, that they are your bosom buddy to be trusted.

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33. Re: Safety in Tamarindo

And don't assume that all "non-locals" are OK because they speak English and act like your buddy. Some of the greatest rip-offs are by "gringos" who take advantage of the assumption that another "gringo" is OK.

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