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Playa Hermosa or Tamarindo beach?

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Playa Hermosa or Tamarindo beach?

Hi my family and I are traveling to Costa Rica late March and are trying to figure out the best place to stay. We want something Central to the beach and the airport as well as close enough to do most of the tours Costa Rica provides. Primarily horseback riding, waterfall tours, wildlife, and possibly a volcano tour. We are not much into the party scene. Would Tamarindo or Playa Hermosa be a better place to stay for us? Also looking at flights through Copa or United, both have bad reviews but the lowest rates. Has anyone flown Copa?

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1. Re: Playa Hermosa or Tamarindo beach?

First, I love flying Copa & have only had positive experiences with this airline. I fly United frequently since we share a home base. Despite recent negative publicity I would not hesitate to fly with them again.

Playa Hermosa is a better choice if you don't plan to surf & aren't looking for nightlife. It's closer to volcanos, waterfalls and nature excursions. It has a beautiful but dark sand beach.

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2. Re: Playa Hermosa or Tamarindo beach?

We like Copa much better than United--better to avoid connecting in USA if you can.

We also recommend Playa Hermosa, lovely laid back place closer to just about everything you want than Tamarindo.

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