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Just Back: Tacos in Tamarindo

If you follow the dusty, pebble-scattered dirt road to Playa
Langosta from Tamarindo on Costa Ricas dense Pacific coast, youll
observe a small stop sign jutting from tropical foliage, demanding you to halt—for
tacos. The sign serves equal parts recommendation and warning, as its
the last place to catch a bite before Tamarindos ubiquitous eateries
give way to Langostas private beach estates.

Tamarindo is a surf town. This ethos is on full display at Playa
Tamarindo where surfboards are stabbed upright into the sand like candles on a
birthday cake and bobbing bodies float offshore in seek of a ride. Just off the
southern end of this beach is Taco Stop, a humble open-aired taco hut run by
two Argentine brothers, Juan and Francisco, who dole out delectable fish tacos
during the day and hang ten in the mornings and evenings (serving hours are 11
a.m. to 4 p.m.).

That a Mexican bedrock is mastered by a pair of Porteños in
a country foreign to both simply adds to the mystique as perfectly charred
slivers of white fish come out cradled in thin, homemade tortillas mounted with
cabbage, diced tomatoes, cheese and a smothering of salsa verde. Baked-in-house
tortilla chips accompany every order along with guacamole whipped with Costa
Rican avocados. The frothy fresh-fruit smoothies are blended with locally
sourced sweet bananas and dewy watermelons. The chalkboard menu says they have
burritos and salads, but I couldnt bring myself to find
out.

For a real surf and turf, grab a two-hour surf lesson from
Fran (self-proclaimed best looking instructor in town) for 30 bucks, then post
up at his shop and claim your post-wave-cruising tacos that come included.

Nate Storey is a Research Assistant at Travel + Leisure

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