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Dive Review of Aqua Rica/Hotel Diria Tamarindo in
Costa Rica/Tamarindo, Guancaste

January, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Christopher Watt, MA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 7500
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New England, Florida Keys, Red Sea, Turks & Caicos, UK, Italy, Bermuda
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 45    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives ranged from 45-55 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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No rinse tank on the boat, although rinse water available upon request
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4 stars
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Value for $$
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A trip report about my diving experience in Tamarindo, Costa Rica during
early January 2014.  We booked this holiday through a travel agent who used
Bill Beards, a company that has been booking holidays in CR for many years
(including diving). 
We were on a 1 week family trip = Wife, Kids (19 &17) and me.  We spent
2 nights and 2 days in the Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna area followed by 5
days/nights in the surf/beach town of Tamarindo.  This was our first trip
to Costa Rica.  With 2 divers and 2 non-divers in the family, we were
looking for a New Years holiday that offered a mix of adventure activities
with some diving thrown in.  Costa Rica certainly delivered on this front.

After flying into San Jose via Miami from Boston, we started the trip in
the Arenal/La Fortuna area (3-4 hour transfer).  We stayed at the Royal
Corin hotel, which we enjoyed.  Views of the nearby volcano from every
roomalthough it was clouded in during our time there.  One of the great
features of the hotel is the pools that are heated (not sure of exact
tempbut at least 85-90F) by the local geothermal activityreally nice to
relax in following an active day (largest pool has a swim-up bar).   On Day
1 we did a New Years Day combo of a zip-line canopy tour in the morning,
followed by white water rafting on the Rio Balsa in the afternoon.  Both
very fun with lots of smiles for both parents and teenagers.  I bought a
new GoPro Hero 3+ the night bef ...
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