Author: Herb (67.65.139.---)
Date: 01-12-13 14:43
This is a one day trip and you want a winner for your daughter, therefore I would vote for Little Tamarindo. The publico driver will take you right there. You will have a 40 foot walk and you are in the water. Easy access. Shade to the left once you enter the water and go on out....you will find the turtles at 100 yards. When you are done bedazzling your daughter, there may be a publico that is dropping people off and you can ride back into town with them, if not, hoof it to the main road and a publico will pick you up.
Safety.....always be safe. There are no lifeguards! Period! You are your backup plan and rescue. I would get a good snorkel vest for everyone....even you.
I always wear a short wetsuit because I do not like even a little bit of cold, and it enables me to stay in the water for a very long time, (I have seen many people who do not use a shortie) which is why I go there in the first place. Fins are a must, if you are schlepping a mask and snorkel, bring along your fins as well.
Little Tamarindo....easy access, turtles, calm water and a little further to the south, you will see some coral and colorful fish.
Tamarindo Grande is a pretty good hike but has a lot more coral and colorful fish. No publico to take you there, access is a little dicey because of the urchins (when we were there) but a knock out if you and your family really enjoys the fish and coral.
I maybe possible to do both in the same day. Gotta hustle.