I'm Pet•House Sitting in the Playa Tamarindo area and I went down to the beach area around 10:30am on Saturday - April 19 - the day before Easter - during Samana Santa - one of THE BUSIEST times of the year for the beach areas, and there were hardly anyone on the beach, not many people wandering the streets/shopping in town and not lots of cars on the road!!!!!
Even in the big bus park area where groups park their bus there were only 9 buses parked and I didn't see hardly any parked on the streets or side streets.
I went to buy a bus ticket to depart on Monday and they added 2 additional buses for Sunday and both had seats available on them still.
I talked to a few friends in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and all said they definitely had less people.
A friend in Manuel Antonio said beaches and parks are packed, BUT not as busy as before and there was still some accommodations availability.
All have said that this year more than ever, not a lot of people are eating out or taking tours. Unfortunate for business owners.
Reports had LOTS more businesses open this week in the Central Valley which in the past was literally a ghost town.
Guess many people in Costa Rica are not wanting to part from their $$ as much now.
But what about the tourists??? Next week traditionally numbers go down. NOT a good sign!!
How is it where you are??