Join us in Costa Rica for our wedding!

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The Date: November 24th, 2018

It's set! With a little luck, we ended up securing the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We visited Tamarindo at the same time in 2017, and we were told, "it's the best week" to be in the Guanacaste. 

The Time & Place:

The location we have selected for our ceremony & reception is Pangas Beach Club, located in the small town of Tamarindo. 

Your evening will be spent enjoying tropical cocktails and fresh flavors of Costa Rica, while you watch the waves crash on the beach and dig your toes in the sand.   

  • Ceremony: Starts at 4:00pm

    • Unplugged: During the ceremony (est. time, 35-45min), we're requesting that you deposit your phones as our pro photo-video professionals will have some amazing work to share with everyone.

    • Attire: "Beach Formal" Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer night is appropriate. We're certain things will loosen up in the evening.

  • Cocktail Hour: While the wedding party and family have photos taken near the beach, please enjoy a nice cold drink by the bar.

  • Reception: Starts 5:45pm-10pm

    • Join us as we celebrate together with great food, drinks, and music as the sun sets on Tamarindo Bay. We can't wait to have you there with us!

*There will be transportation provided from Tamarindo on the day of the wedding to Pangas Beach Club.  Shuttle times will vary depending on lodging location. 

Wedding Weekend Festivities

  • Rehearsal Dinner - Friday, November 23rd:

    • Close family will be joining us for dinner the night before our wedding.

  • Sunset Catamaran Tour - Sunday November 25th:

    • The newlyweds will be taking their family and friends on a sunset cruise through the pacific ocean to continue their wedding celebration. The cruise will take place on a catamaran boat that can accommodate up to 80 people.

    • The cruise begins around 1:00 PM and continues until sunset.

    • Includes:

      • Snorkeling & gear, swimming, sailing, sunbathing

      • BBQ Lunch, as well as vegetarian options

      • Open bar with premium liquors, beer and wine.

What to do in Tamarindo:

When you’re not spending time at the beach, check out these spots we discovered while in town. Click the button below to read our blog, Taste of Tamarindo.


Our Wedding Registry

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For those who cannot attend the wedding, you will be missed greatly. At the very least, we would like to find a time to celebrate with you before we embark on our jounrney. As we prepare for our next chapter, we're calling upon our friends and family to contribute via the online registry site ZOLA. 

Thank you in advance for your help. 

Click HERE to make a contribution.


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Traveling to Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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We recommend flying into Daniel Oduber Quiós International Airport, also known as Liberia International Airpot (LIR).  This airport is similar to Chicago’s Midway Airport, for the fact that it's very small with only 7 gates. So, there's a slim chance of getting lost!  This airport has full amenities, one very expensive restaurant (Players), a sub sandwich shop, gift store, currency exchange and a duty-free shop. That's all. 

*Eat before returning to the airport.  

The following airlines fly into Liberia Airport:  

  • Air Canada

  • American

  • Delta

  • United: Currently, this is the only airline running direct but they come and go on Saturdays. (subject to change)

  • Southwest: Expect short layovers in Texas or Florida (as of '17). We flew SW to and from Liberia and it was a breeze. This will likely be your cheapest and best option. FLIGHTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE (5/31)

Ground Transportation:

A private or shared transfer is about 1 hour to Tamarindo.  Once we know when everyone will arrive we will work with a shuttle company to arrange group transportation so it will be cheaper!  


Accommodations: 

Below you will find a list of preferred locations where you can arrange your stay for a night or as long as you'd like to stay in Tamarindo. 

Iguana Surf Beach Hotel:

  • This is a BRAND NEW hotel that was built by the Iguana Surf Group.

  • It's right on the beach, about $124/night and has all the amenities you would expect from a hotel. Including a cafe looking over the beach.

Wyndham Esplendor Tamarindo:

The view from hotel pool deck

The view from hotel pool deck

Esplendor pool and ocean view hotel rooms

Esplendor pool and ocean view hotel rooms

Esplendor was just built a couple years ago. It offers some of the best views in Tamarindo. The caveat is that it's at the highest point, looking over the town. Meaning, this requires a trip up and down the mountainside (est. 15min from city center, via car). It's a bit bumpy and off the beaten path, but it was so beautiful we strongly considered it for a wedding venue. 

*Free shuttle offered to center of Tamarindo & Langosta Beach Club for guests

Pricing:

  • Concept Ocean View (2 ppl): $118/night (as of summer 2018)

  • Triple Ocean Room (3 ppl): $160/night

Tamarindo Diria

  • Standard Twin Room (4 ppl): $162/night

  • Lagoon Poolside Double Room (4 ppl): $182/night

Looking for an all-inclusive option? 

There's a beautiful all-inclusive resort that was just built near Tamarindo. The Westin Golf Resort & Spa is about 30 min North and is near Playa Conchal. 

CLICK HERE if you want to see the Westin Resort. 


AirBnb's:

We're working with TripAdvisor.com's top-rated group, Iguana Surf Rentals and Shop, who happen to manage 11 properties listed in Tamarindo. They also opened a brand new hotel in town, which is located on the beach. We were able to have some properties reserved from Wednesday, Nov. 21st-Wednesday, Nov. 28th, however they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

These will be booked through us and Iguana Surf’s Airbnb’s page. Iguana Surf Rentals owner, Lindsey, who you're welcome to contact. Her email is Iguana@iguanasurf.net, feel free to reach out to her regarding the locations below. 

*As of June 2018 the locations below have been released from their "hold" status. You can still book any of the properties below if you'd like. Please just check for availability* 

CLICK HERE to save $40 on your 1st AirBnb. 

Iguana Surf Condos

Backyard-Surf Condos

Backyard-Surf Condos

Villa Chameleon Deluxe Studio w/ King Bed and Full Kitchen

Villa Chameleon Deluxe Studio w/ King Bed and Full Kitchen

The Surf Condos are on 1 lot and have a common area with a pool, patio with grill. Think of each unit as a fully furnished studio apartment (kitchen, bedroom, restroom and wifi). Leti and I will be staying here and are going to view it as the central hub for hangouts. More on that later. 

*Prices listed were last checked on 1/21/18

Here's a look at the 5 units available at Iguana Surf Condos. 

  • Casa Komodo <<BOOKED>>

    • 1 condo: 1 bedroom, 2 beds (1 queen, 1 queen), sleeps 4; range in price ~$129/night

  • Casa Iguana <<BOOKED>>

    • 1 condo: 2 bedrooms, 3 beds (1 king, 1 queen, 1 single (bunkbed), sleeps 5; range in price ~$161/night

  • Casa Gecko <<BOOKED>>

    • 1 studio / 1 bedroom: 1 bed (1 king), sleeps 2; range in price ~$117/night

  • Casa Chameleon <<BOOKED>>

    • 1 studio/ 1 bedroom: 1 bed (1 king), sleeps 2; range in price ~$122/night

  • Casa Salamander <<BOOKED>>

    • 1 studio / 1 bedroom: 1 full or 2 singles, sleeps; range in price ~$116/night

Casa Gia

(we stayed in this exact unit in '17)

  • 1 duplex condo: 2 bedrooms, 3 beds (1 king, 1 queen, 1 single, 1 L shaped couch (possible pull out)) sleeps 6; range in price ~$160/night

Casa de Los Murales/Sunrise 19

  • 1 condo: 3 bedrooms, 4 beds (1 King, 1 queen, 2 singles) sleeps 6; range in price ~$180/night

Diria Resort Gardens

(Directly on the beach in the middle of the town 2 total)

  • 1 villa Ground Floor: 3 bedrooms, 3 beds (1 king, 1 king, 2 queens), sleeps 8; range in price ~$294/night

  • 1 villa Top Floor: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds (1 king, 1 queen) sleeps 4; range in price ~$222/ night <<< BOOKED>>>

Near Playa Langosta

Casa Del Madero 

  • Leti and I got a tour of this house and it's one of the most amazing places in the Tamarindo/Langosta area.

  • If you have enough people (sleeps 10-12) we can get the place for $11,000/week. If you were looking to be a baller of Tamarindo, here's the way to do it.

  • WHOA!

Casa Salita

  • 1 Villa: 4 bedrooms, 9 beds (1 queen, 1 double, 1 double, 1 king, 2 singles, 1 king, 2 singles) sleeps 12; range in price ~$324/night

You're not limited to the options above, as there are many other properties listed online. Feel free to locate the best option for you by visiting AirBnB.com or any of your favorite rental/hotel sites. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask for help. You can call us or email us directly at richardandleti@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE to save $40 on your 1st AirBnb. 


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FAQ

  • Costa Rican currency. What's it like?

    • Local currency is known as Colónes (CRC).

    • $1 USD is equivalent to about $569.09 Colónes (as of 1/21/18).

    • A lot of vendors in Tamarindo accept USD (restaurants, juice bars and excursions). It is a good idea to bring smaller bills ($5s, $10s and $20s) which you can pay for most items (like the grocery store) and a receive Colónes back.

    • Most places accept credit card too! Remember to alert your local bank before the trip.

    • FYI: Some US banks won't exchange Costa Rican change back to USD.

  • Will my electronics work in Costa Rica?

    • Yes! Costa Rica has the same voltage and outlets as USA.

  • Will my phone work in town?

    • Tamarindo has WiFi in A LOT of their apartment rentals, hotels, businesses, and restaurants! If you want to have data throughout your entire travel trip, we recommend you reach out to your cell phone provider and purchase an international data plan. AT&T offers one for $10.00 a day.

    • We decided to purchase a data plan for 1 phone, knowing we would be renting a car, and that we would need GPS to get around. We recommend using the app WAZE, as it worked the best for us!

      • Many AirBnB locations were even listed in their system.

  • Rent a car?

    • You do not need a car to get around Tamarindo. If you plan on staying in town you can rent golf carts if you're looking for faster ways to get around.

    • The city is walkable. From one side of the bay to the other would only take you about 15-20min to walk through.

  • Do I need to know Spanish?

    • No, you do not! Most people who you will communicate with speak enough english to help.

      • Download the google translate app, and sync the Spanish dictionary to your phone for offline use.

    • Do as the Costa Rican's do: The popular phrase "Pura Vida" means "Pure Life" or "Simple Life" in english, however this phrase is a way of life for people who live there. Whether you choose to great someone in passing, or if you'd like to say thanks to a server you can replace it with "Pura Vida" to show your gratitude.

  • What will the weather be like?

    • November is considered their “wet season” aka their “winter”. Usually the rain will stop early or mid-November depending on La Niña and El Niño for the year. Despite being "winter" the daily temperatures hover between the mid 80s to mid 70s at night.

  • Do I need any shots?

    • Vaccinations are not required to enter Costa Rica. However, as with many foreign countries, the CDC recommends Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines 6-8 weeks prior to travel, but this is up to the discretion of the traveler.

  • Is Tamarindo good for families?

    • Yes! There's lots to do, it's affordable, and kid friendly.

  • Does Costa Rica have Zika?

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask for help. You can call us or email us directly at richardandleti@gmail.com.