When you are traveling Solo
Traveling alone is an extraordinary experience, it is for sure one of the things you have to do at least once in your lifetime. When you travel by yourself, you open the door to memories of extraordinary, eye-opening encounters, you will more likely see and notice things that you might never have done otherwise.
If you have never embarked on an adventure alone, you might want to give it a try! Solo travel is mind-expanding, confidence-boosting, personal growth-promoting, fun, and exciting, it gives you the opportunity to reconnect with yourself, step outside of your comfort zone, meet new people and have experiences that you might not otherwise have if you were traveling with someone else.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to have such experience, it is the perfect destination for the solo traveler. It is a safe town – of course you always should be aware of your surroundings- but, it is pretty safe overall. People are kind, open and friendly so you will likely make friends for a lifetime, The beach is breathtaking, wild nature all around, you can hear the monkeys at 5 am and the macaws just before sunset, and of course the sunsets are to die for on the pacific Coast. It is easily the best spot for a solo traveler
There are so many things to do in Tamarindo while you are traveling by yourself, and the best thing is that you get to choose whatever you want to do and not have to worry about anyone else. When traveling with more people, we are often selective about suggesting activities that we hope everyone will enjoy and find a good use of precious vacation time, but when you travel alone you get to pick the activities that you truly would love to do,
Today I’m giving you 5 ideas of things to do while you are traveling solo in Tamarindo
Choose any restaurant you want
Eating alone doesn’t mean unhappy and lonely, It can be an extremely rewarding experience. Going to a restaurant on your own allows you to really focus on your food and savor every mouthful. It is by far one of the most important experiences you need to have when you are traveling.
Besides, food is the most powerful way to experience a new culture. You won’t really understand a culture unless you have tried their dishes. Trying new food while traveling opens your eyes and your taste buds to a whole new range of authentic flavor foods that you would’ve otherwise been missing out on.
Tamarindo’s food culture is super versatile, you will find a pot of mixing cultures, and you can taste all this cultures at all the different Restaurants Tamarindo has to offer.
You will find yourself discovering completely new foods that you have never tried before, as well as trying a food you’ve eaten many times before but finding a completely new flavor in it.
It is also one of the best ways to meet new friends, It is always cool to strike up a conversation with a stranger, bond over the amazing new foods you try, talk about what you should try next, and what cool restaurants you should go to while traveling, also meeting the locals and getting the best advices of what to do in town. And the good news is that when you travel alone you get to pick whatever place you are really into trying!
When you travel with someone is normal to keep speaking your own language, traveling by yourself takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you actually try to get involved with other people and in Tamarindo this means in some occasions to speak Spanish!
You can always practice with all the locals you get to meet but you can also join a Spanish school and make friends to practice with!
By Taking a language course you are more than likely to meet like-minded people from all over the world. This situation multiplies your opportunities for practice and learning and gives you the chance for lots of language practice outside of the classroom, which is nearly impossible if you are traveling with a first-language sharing friend from home.
There are some really great Spanish schools located in The Tamarindo Area. There are programs that are as short as a few days and as long as several months. Joining a Spanish language program is a wonderful way to spend a portion of your day learning Spanish and the rest of your day exploring and participating in activities of your choice.
Make the best of your solo trip, see it as an opportunity to invest time in your growth and learn more about the culture and its language, make friends learning Spanish, at the end of your trip you will be hopefully saying a bit more than Pura Vida!
Talking about investing time on your personal growth! What best way than learning how to Surf!
Iguana’s Surf Camp is perfect for those who are looking to share their surfing experience and enjoy all the amazing activities Tamarindo has to offer with other like-minded friends from all around the world.
Each camp is 7 nights/8 days and runs Saturday to Saturday. You arrive all together and leave all together….turning strangers into friends!
Good thing is that Iguana Surf will take care of all the details, accommodation, breakfast, and Tamarindo Tours.
You wont have to worry at all. At the Surf camp you will have a good instructor, you’ll discover how to read the currents, what to do when caught in a riptide, and finally progressing to surfing techniques.
Safety comes first when surfing, and having a surf instructor to help you in the water makes all the difference.
The Instructors at Iguana Surf won’t just teach you how to surf, but they’ll inspire you with good vibes, they will make you feel safe and wonderful and they will and help you love surfing.
Joining Iguana’s surf camp when you travel by yourself is a great idea! You will see that learning to surf as an adult isn’t as rare as you think, every day tons of adults are doing the exact thing as you; they are getting on a surfboard for the first time in their lives! So, there is no reason at all to feel embarrassed or think you will be the only one. Surf camp for adults are most common and they are so much fun! You will not only learn how to Surf but you will be making life time friends as well, Most of the people attending to surf camps are also solo travellers, the social mix is very good, you can find long-term friends while on vacation and even a nice partner! You never know.
Go on a Retreat
Joining a retreat while you are in Tamarindo is a perfect option when you are traveling by yourself because It is a perfect opportunity to have some “me” time. Investing in yourself is the most rewarding thing you can do and it will reflect in your whole wellbeing.
By joining a retreat, you can concentrate on yourself for once, take a step back and find your own space to reflect, knowing you can still have a group conversation at meal times or whenever you want to.
There are many different types of retreats happening all year long in Tamarindo, so signing up for a retreat is an incredible way to venture out on your own. You can spend a week doing yoga, detoxing, or learning how to live a better life, among many different other types of retreats.
Good thing about a retreat as well as a Surf Camp is that everything will be set up for you (accommodations, transportation, food, classes and activities) and you will be surrounded by other like-minded individuals from around the world. While it’s great to travel with and meet a diverse range of people and we can learn a lot from that, it’s also nice to meet people with similar interests. A retreat of your choice has an added wellbeing element that means it’s likely that the other retreat attendees have some similar interests.
Go on a Tour
What better thing to do when you are visiting a new place? While doing a tour you can meet all the beauty and magnificence of Costa Rican nature while having tons of fun and making friends. There are so many things to see and do while in town! You can do an activity you already love or even better try a new one a have a totally new experience! There are many activities for every single taste and need, you will never be bored!
At Iguana Surf We have a variety of tours and packages for your Costa Rican vacation. Our Tamarindo tours include nature, adrenaline, and water inspired adventures. Try some of them or better, all of them! Tours are so much fun that you won’t regret it
Live the Night Life!
Tamarindo’s life doesn’t end at sunset, on the contrary a whole new Tamarindo Life begins with it. Celebrating nightlife is a big part of Tamarindo, It is all about bars, DJs, local karaoke and dancing.
The best is that each night you can plan to do something completely different because there is usually one hotspot for every night of the week, ask the locals for the salsa night, reggae night, karaoke, beer pong and ladies night and schedule your nightlife week! Enjoy Tamarindo’s great nightlife scene after a great day!
Traveling solo can be daunting but it is a great adventure, it is one of the most healthy things to do for yourself, to expand your horizons, open your mind and meet great like minded people It is also the best lesson we can take about ourselves, Think no more! Tamarindo is the best place for solo travelers!!
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