Author: Sue Dyle (---.hsd1.ut.comcast.net)
Date: 01-16-10 16:17
Don't bother trying to snorkel at Flamenco-rough water makes it too hard. Just body surf there. I've seen people washed into the corral at the end of the beach a couple of times, its not a pretty sight and it definitely changes your vacation.
Melones has lots of sea urchins, make sure to wear foot protection underneath your fins and watch where you put your feet. No one has mentioned Cable Beach - flat water, snorkeling "ok", easy to get to on the road but someone has to point out the road for you. Behind the Deli El Eden. Carlos Rosario is our favorite for snorkeling but the walk to it is about 1 mile up and down hills. Watch the riptide (at times) farther out-don't go past the buoys. Soldedado is our consistent favorite-flat water mostly, good fish. We've taken our rental jeep there a lot, no one ever told us we couldn't but you won't get anything else other than a jeep up and down that road.
Tamarindo is OK for snorkeling. You can drive right to it.
If you have the time, water taxi out to Luis Pena. A little $$.
You can usually get one of the cabs to take you where you want to go-everyone is pleasant and will give you suggestions. Not sure how much - we always rent a jeep. Rented a scooter a couple of times-didn't get both our fannies up and down the hills safely. Plus hard on your back and you have to wear long pants, shoes, helmets and gloves. They got sick of scraping tourists off the road.
Just "be easy"- sometimes the weather changes one beach but another is good. Be flexible.