Saturday 19 June 2021

Ecotourism in Tamarindo

Sunrise in Costa Rica. Photo ESRM in Costa Rica.

Q COSTA RICA – The following is a blog entry by the twenty students from California State University (CSU) Channel Islands are in the middle of a 10-day trip to Costa Rica.

The group arrived in Costa Rica on Sunday, January 8, 2017 and will be visiting areas such as Las Baulas National Park, the caves at Barra Honda, the Cloud Forest Reserve Monteverde, Arenal Volcano, Tamarindo and Sarapiqui.

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From cr.esrm.zone – We were all excited for the day, anticipating the fun we would have in the tourist town of Tamarindo during our free day.

Fun doesn’t come for free though, so we still had fieldwork responsibilities before lunch. After taking a group picture in our matching tshirts, we split into groups to either survey the tourists or continue surveying the beach.

We then took a two hour bus ride (from the Liberia airport), which grave us front row seats to grazing cows, colorful housing, and green vegetation. Arriving at Playa Grande Surf Camp at 6pm, we were welcomed with our first warm delicious Costa Rican meal. Photo ESRM in Costa Rica.

To reward our hardwork throughout the week, we were allowed to stay in town to explore until 8pm! While we were in Tamarindo we talked with tourists and their experiences with crocodiles using a survey. Some of the questions asked included purpose of visit, previous knowledge of crocodiles, and opinions on crocodile area management.

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Below, we have included an excerpt of CSUCI student Efrain Flores Guerrero’s experience surveying tourists regarding ecotourism issues:

“While walking to Tamarindo, I had to cross the estuary where locals had told me were infested with crocodiles. I saw a few myself swimming the estuary. Once crossed, I began to survey tourists that crossed my path. There were many tourists at the beaches, streets, and local eateries. My plan of attack was to survey randomly but was unsuccessful as the people I asked on the streets were non compliant with the surveys. I believe tourists thought I was trying to sell them local goods. Successful survey tourists on the other hand were quite nice and mainly came from the beach and restaurants. I met people from Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Colombia, and some parts of Canada, such as Calgary. Most were visiting to get out of the cold winter weather. Some were staying as few as 10 days but there were more that were staying for more than 2 weeks. It was astonishing to find out that even though all of them had visited Tamarindo before, only one was truly aware about the crocodiles in the estuary. To some, I had to explain that they were only 100 meters away from crocodile infested waters.”

Some of the students visiting Tamarindo enjoyed the town but saw the effects of extreme tourism within Costa Rica. The beaches were covered with bars, shops, and hotels. We had compared Tamarindo to Santa Cruz, the town we had visited earlier in the week which had been more culturally authentic, but found that Tamarindo catered more to tourists and wasn’t as authentic as imagined. Either way, it was still enjoyable to experience. In contrast, Playa Grande and Las Baulas National Park have done an excellent job of maintaining a natural beach setting with minimal developmental impacts. With Tamarindo so close by, we are grateful that Playa Grande has preserved the nature from ecotourist effects such as modern beach development.

Fun fact: Locals call Tamarindo “Tamagringo” due to the high number of tourists.

Follow the CSUCI trip to Costa Rica on the blog http://cr.esrm.zone.

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