Villa Siempre, an oceanfront vacation rental, is the ultimate place for a beach vacation, the beach and waves of the famous Playa Grande just outside your door and then the many attractions of Tamarindo and the surrounding towns nearby.
Playa Grande beach is a wonderful place for collecting shells and there is also a wonderful huge rock that you can climb that is surrounded by wonderful rock pools full of shells and marine creatures. There is also a beautiful black sand beach with many wonderful shells in the next cove a short stroll from your house.
If you are lucky enough to be at the beach between January to March - this is also the sight of the Leatherback Turtles nesting grounds and you can arrange special tours to see them come up onto the beach at night to nest and watch the young nestlings scamper to the water at day break.
Tamarindo, a wonderful bustling tourist town, can be accessed by strolling along the beach and catching a boat across the estuary or by car. The walk is about 45 minutes and then very quick boat ride (only available in daylight hours and costs about $1 each way). Many people swim or walk across the estuary but for me $1 was worth the dry clothes on the other side. Tamarindo has many wonderful shops and restaurants as well as a beautiful beach. Our favorite restaurant was the Lazy Wave which has a swing bar (it actually has an area full of hinged swings that both adults and children enjoy).
You can also take a boat ride down the estuary, early morning is the best time, and view the wonderful wild life in the area. We saw all sorts of birds and numerous crocodiles and our driver also found us a huge family of howler monkeys a short walk from the banks.
For those with children a visit to the monkey hospital is a must - the volunteers will let you hold the baby howler monkeys, but make sure you do not go too close to Pedro the Spider monkey as he likes to pull little girls hair.