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Traditional Foods For a typical lunch or dinner, visit one of the country's many sodas – small, family-run restaurants with a few tables and big portions – and order a casado. Here, $4 will purchase white rice, black beans, a small cabbage salad, choice of chicken, beef, pork, fish or fried egg, fried plantains and a natural fruit drink. For an afternoon snack, take a gamble on tamales (meat, vegetable, and cornmeal patties boiled or steamed in banana leaf), empanadas (choice of meat or cheese, covered in cornmeal and fried to perfection), gallos (corn or flour tortillas stacked with meat, cheese or beans) or arreglados (small meat-filled sandwiches). For those that crave a little added spice, try encurtido, a vinegar brine made with vegetables and chili peppers, or chilero, a homemade chili sauce made of peppers, onion and other secret ingredients. Drinks Refrescos or jugos naturales are Costa Rica's most ubiquitous cold beverage, gracing the tables of sodas and fine dining establishments alike. These traditional drinks consist of fresh, local fruit mixed with a bit of sugar and either milk or water to create a refreshing, healthy and delicious concoction. Vegetarians will find many options both at the property and the surrounding small towns around the Nicoya Peninsula.
By Air - A short 25 minute flight takes you to the Tambor Airport, which is located just 5 miles (8km) from Tango Mar. This service is served daily by 2 companies.Also, private flights can be arranged. Transfer between Tango Mar and Tambor Airport cost US$10.00 per person per way.Valid December 20th, 2011 until December 19th, 2012 By Car - Drive for approximately one hour and thirty minutes from Juan Santamaria Airport to Puntarenas. Take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera, in this relaxing trip of one hour and fifteen minutes you can see the Islands, birds, dolphins, etc. Once in the other side, Tango Mar is only a short forty minutes drive on a paved road, through mountains, forests, charming towns and panoramic ocean views. From San Jose - A shuttle service can be provided from San Jose; to Tango Mar hotel. You are picked up at your hotel in San Jose; and drive 2 hours to Puntarenas, second largest port of Costa Rica. There, the driver leave you on the ferry that takes you to Paquera in one hour and fifteen minutes. In Paquera, we will pick you up with our van and drive you in approximately 40 minutes to Tango Mar. Please Reserve your transfer with Tango Mar Reservations.
Spanish is the local Language but english is spoken fluently by many Ticos as Costa Rican citizens are referred to.
San Jose, Costa Rica's capital is the closest major city.
Tambor is one of the smaller metropolises and we're centrally located,so we, citizens of Tambor, are forced to journey a bit to find the nightlife. From Tambor, the basic "Nightlife Breakdown" is as follows: On Mondays it would be best to head all the way down to Santa Teresa and check out Tabu bar and nightclub. This is an open-aired bar situated smack dab on the beach. You'll find a strong mix of locals as well as tourists from around the globe. Monday Tabu is famous for their "Reggae" night! Things usually don't get started until around 10 pm but the party is sure to be there and it will continue until the early morning. On Tuesday we're back in Mal Pais for the "Movie Night" at The Place. The Place is a beautiful bar within a 5 minute walk to the magical beaches of Mal Pais. They have wonderful food and a comfortable seating area for movie time. On Wednesdays you have a couple of options. The most popular spot to catch tourists will definitely be at "The Surf Camp" in Mal Pais. This, too, is an open-aired venue with a large bar and plenty of seats. Wednesday night is "Open-Mic" night for anyone who knows how to play any sort of instrument. On Thursday, you need to head to Tambor for their biggest night of dancing. Situated on the beach of Bahia Ballena is the large "Warehouse" structure called, "Bailar" (or to dance). This, too, is a local event but it should be experienced by everyone. For Friday and Saturday nights, every little town or province will have its hot spots but some are more popular than others. In Mal Pais, you can visit Mar Azul. For Saturday night, you have an interesting series of parties that occurs in Cobano at Las Piscinas and the Disco at Los Delfines. Most Sundays are made to just relax. Head to the beach and recharge the batteries.
Luggage and bags: Small rucksack for your day trip in the rain forest Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring light cotton cloths, good walking shoes, slippers for the beach and a raincoat during the rainy season. Don't forget your sunglasses and head protection. Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant with DEET, good protection for the intensive sun (factor 20). Medical precaution: hepatitis A and B. We didn't bring anything against malaria. Photo Equipment: Bring lots of films or memory cards and a big zoom lens (min. 300mm or 10x optical zoom) for those wildlife shots. Don't forget your video camera for all those rain forest sounds and active wildlife. Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a flashlight because at night it sometimes happens that there is no electricity for short periods Miscellaneous: Bring an adaptor if equipment is not 110 Volt and american standard. Make a copy of your passport and drivers licence and keep the originals in your hotel safe during day trips.
Sport and deep sea fishing offers constant action bringing in sailfish, marlin, dorado, tuna, wahoo and mackerel. On coastal fishing excursions boats travel in sight of Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, with a view of one of the most beautiful nature parks and the exotic birds that inhabit it. Deep sea fishermen are attended by experienced crews who know the local waters and can locate the best fishing sites. Fishing parties frequently experience sightings of whale and dolphin in these waters. Exhilarating snorkeling and scuba adventures are to be found among the reefs off nearby Tortuga Island with their intriguing rock formations festooned with myriad soft corals, sponges, anemones, featherdusters and dancing tropical fish. The Banana Express is a sunken steamboat with interesting aqua culture and lots of colorful fish! And intrepid divers thrill at deep water sightings of majestic manta rays, whales and bottlenose dolphin. Bird watchers and other nature lovers can explore its wildlife on a kayak, slipping silently through the mangroves. You will see herons, ibises, egrets, roseate spoonbills and many other waterfowl. The maritime sanctuary of Cabo Blanco protects many aquatic species, and from a boat you can watch dolphins, manta rays or whales.To explore the direct neighbourhood of Cabo Blanco take a canopy tour on the edge of the nature reserve, or go on a horse tour.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -6 hours
This is the current list of countries that do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Monaco, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Paraguay, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay It is important to note that Visa and Passport requirements change constantly. It is always recommended that you check directly with the Costa Rica Consulate or Embassy in your country of citizenship to get the most up to date and current list of requirements for your visit to Costa Rica. As an added note, always make copies of the photo page of your passport, and visa page (if you have one) and keep those in your luggage or carry on separate from your actual passport. If you don’t need a visa, make a copy of the page where you receive the tourist visa stamp upon arrival and carry that around. Copies are just as valid within the country as the real thing. Also, this way if your passport is lost or stolen you will have an easier time getting an emergency replacement.
The dry season here is from January to March, with February being the driest month. The rest of the year is technically the rainy season, October being the rainiest. There are typically five hours of sun during the rainy months, and eight hours of sun from January to April. The days begin sunny and pleasurable, with rains moving in during the afternoon or night. The average temperature on the coast is 81°F and 63°F up in the mountains. Average day time temperatures along the coast are at their highest between January and May, reaching 90°F, and generally, temperatures never drop below 71°F at night. Meanwhile, up in the mountains, the temperature can drop to 48°F. The relative humidity is relatively constant at 85%. During January and February, it drops to between 75 and 80%, and reaches its peak of 90% in June, September and November. At least the hottest months do not coincide with the highest humidity levels. Winds from the south dominate the days, while the nights are usually calm with slight breezes from the east.
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