Episode 3 of 4. Costa Rica is a country of hotels and resorts. We went to the northwestern province of Guanacaste and arrived at our third destination: Tamarindo. Our experience here was quite different to San Juan del Sur because only a few of the original locals still live in town. Its population is only 500 and most of them are foreigners. Because it is a place of resorts and hotels, it is designed to take in vast amounts of tourists. During high season, Tamarindo can accommodate around 5,000 people. There is no trace of Costa Rican culture. The infrastructure is completely of American style, and downtown is full of shopping malls. There competitive advantage is surfing lessons, and hence the beach is packed with people trying to get their first wave. Street vendors are mainly Nicaraguans who “import” their own ceramics to sell here. By changing the name Nicaragua for Costa Rica they can sell souvenirs to the tourists. At night, music is completely American and European, as well as the food: Smoothies, burgers and pizza can be found in every corner. Resorts are the big guy on campus and are the main provider of jobs for Costa Ricans who commute from towns in the periphery…

This project was financed by The Colorado College Venture Grant Committee.

Music:
Slightly Stoopid - "Sweet Honey"
Slightly Stoopid - "2am"

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