The beautiful beach of Tamarindo is located on the west coast of Guanacaste Province in the North Pacific Coast. This area is very famous for its perfect beaches, clear blue water, and wonderful natural environment and almost ideal weather, make Tamarindo is among the most sought vacation destinations in Costa Rica. Tamarindo is the area’s highly developed tourist township with ample of accommodations to suit every budget. The towns’ population of more than 4,000 people depends on tourism activities. During the past few years, Tamarindo has experienced lot of development. Most of the investments have been made by foreigners who have fallen in love with this area.
The beaches are perfect, and the town is experiencing the ongoing development but still retains a relaxed laidback feel to it, making it a wonderful place for everyone looking to have a leisure time. Tamarindo and nearby beaches have ideal places for surfing and windsurfing. These beaches are perfect for the experienced as well as beginner surfers. Tamarindo Costa Rica is one of the most accessible beach towns on the northern Pacific Coast. As a regional center, this town provides a wide-range of services to visitors including surfing, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, kayaking, boogie boarding, horseback riding and some of the best spots to enjoy Costa Rica scuba diving, visit the greatest appeal to its proximity wildlife refuge of Diria and the Marino Las Baulas National Park, where leatherback turtles come each year to lay their eggs.
The other favorite past time in Tamarindo is sport fishing, with record tuna, marlin and sailfish catches off the coast. For the land loving tourist, golf is a popular option at the Hacienda Pinilla, one of the premium golf courses in Central America.
It is important to note that Playa Tamarindo has strong break currents and hardly underwater rocks, so you have to be careful while swimming here. Also the estuaries to the north and south are very unsafe to cross at medium to high tide. The estuary to the north that separates Tamarindo from Playa Grande is fairly large and canoes can be rented to see the wildlife here. To the south, there is the gorgeous but upscale beach of Playa Langosta, with its excellent Bed & Breakfasts. The majority of the high-end expensive hotels and B&B’s are available along Playa Langosta & south of Tamarindo.
Tamarindo town itself is lively and has plenty of local Tico flavor. You can get several bakeries, vegetable market, pottery stores, an art gallery, a beauty spa and over 40 restaurants, bars and discos with varieties of cuisines to suit each of us. One caution, it has been observed a growth in tourist robberies and rental car break-in is of particular concern. The night life in Tamarindo Costa Rica is varied with beach parties, bars and discotheques. You can try your luck at Casino.
Surfing is good all year-round with the best times in June and July. Playa Grande is another surfing location which is close by. Many people take a boat trip to visit the beautiful white sand beaches of “Isla Capitan” or strong swimmers get there by swimming. The nearby beaches are Playa Langosta, Playa Grande, Playa Junquillal, Playa Negra, and Playa Avellana.
Hotel Jardín del Eden – Tamarindo
Hotel Jardín del Eden is an appealing touch of top class in the heart of verdant tropical gardens. It is located in Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica and offers comfortable accommodations, fantastic ocean views and gourmet dining, along with a fine combination of natural beauty and luxury. In this enchanting small boutique hotel you will enjoy relaxation, adventure as well as water activities. Whether you are looking for an unforgettable honeymoon or planning a luxury vacation to Costa Rica, El Jardín del Eden Hotel will be your number one choice. The hotel has no smoking policy. The hotel offers free breakfast to its guests. They offer standard rooms and budget rooms with all necessary amenities.
Hotel Cala Luna and Villas – Tamarindo
The Cala Luna Hotel is located in Tamarindo and it is one of the best hotels to stay in the area. All rooms have all the amenities expected in a hotel in its class to suit guests’ utmost comforts. Each room has air conditioning, bathrobes, desk, hair dryer, ironing board, in room safe. Guests can enjoy a wide range of hotel facilities such as bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, room service, safety deposit boxes. In addition, the hotel’s guests can enjoy the leisure and sports facilities provided on the premises: massage, pool (kids), golf course (on site), tennis courts, water sports (non-motorized), outdoor pool, garden. With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive and exciting stay.
Hotel Zullymar – Tamarindo
Hotel Zullymar is a place of great tradition as it was established in Tamarindo in 1970′s. The hotel enjoys a family atmosphere with excellent service and an ideal location, right in the heart of the town, just a few steps away from the beach.
Hotel Zullymar is constructed in a colonial style, with tropical architecture. Great palms dot the grounds and offer shaded spaces where you can relax or enjoy a good book, whether it is by swimming pool or in the terrace of your room.
Tamarindo area is full of activities. There are several activities and tours are available to explore the area.
Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour – Liberia
The Santa Rosa national Park is the picture of Costa Rica’s, The Hacienda Santa Rosa. This tour will give you the chance to explore this historical monument.
Barra Honda Caves Tour – Nicoya
This is Cave Exploration Guided Tours and Hiking. Treat your bold side by visiting to the underground caves at Barra Honda National Park.
Miravalles Volcano Combo Tour – Tenorio Volcano Area
During this tour you will have the privilege to view the sleeping Miravalles Volcano
Safari Float Tour on Corobici River – Liberia
The peaceful Corobici River is placed in Guanacaste, near Liberia. This is an outstanding river for families searching to float down a beautiful and moderate jungle river, enclosed by natural world and flora and fauna.
Tamarindo ATV Adventure – Tamarindo
This tour will give you an exciting and daring way to travel around the natural beauty that Costa Rica is recognized for.
Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano Guided Rainforest Hike – Tenorio Volcano Area
You will be amazed upon seeing the crystal blue water of this river with the surrounding.
Arenal Volcano One Day Tour – Arenal
It is one of Costa Rica’s supreme natural wonders. It carries both the Costa Rica’s most active volcano and its leading lake. The mountains are full of with vivacious rainforests and with different type of the plant, the animals are plentiful. If you are visiting to Costa Rica, Your visit will be incomplete without a visit to Arenal.
Tenorio River Rafting Class III/IV – Tenorio Volcano Area
Enjoy the lush scenery while rafting tour of the Tenorio River.
Palo Verde National Park and Guaitil Pottery – Palo Verde
It is a guided tour, you must have your camera on as you explore the riverbanks for crocodiles, monkeys and a countless varieties of birds on this nature cruise throughout the Palo Verde National Park.
Rincon de La Vieja National Park Tour – Rincon de La Vieja
A wonderful chance to explore the mountains of Costa Rica, you must to hike the Rincon de la Vieja volcano. With trails that range from two hours to eight hours there is something for everyone’s fitness level. Select to hike to the crater of the volcano or make a choice one of the several waterfalls to explore. The visitors can also take a guided tour to the natural hot springs at the nearest Blue Lagoon. This is best way to experience a variety of micro-climates of the Costa Rican mountains. It is great day trip.
Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure – Rincon de La Vieja
This voyage at the Buena Vista Lodge permits tour members to take pleasure in canopy tours and hanging bridges, horseback rides and hot springs all only in one day. You will be amazed to see a 400-meter waterslide through the forest.
Borinquen Adventure Day – Rincon de La Vieja
It is an adventure tour with a thrilling mixture of zip lining, horseback riding, and wet through hot springs.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Experience – One Day Tour – Monteverde
It is entirely a different tour to the Pacific lowlands; you will observe the Butterfly Garden, walk on Suspension Bridges and have amazing views of the natural beauty of the earth.
Tamarindo Catamaran Tour – Tamarind
The Catamaran Tour is a grand activity for family and friends to get pleasure from ocean breezes and shoreline panorama with drinking yummy tropical drinks. You will have the feeling of the wind in your hair and relax in the sun as sailing quietly passes gorgeous bays and sandy beaches.
Nicaragua One Day Tour – Liberia
Nicaragua is located at the northern side of Costa Rica; it is very close to Guanacaste. It is a beautiful country having a rich culture and full of history; Nicaragua provides visitors a distinctive difference to Costa Rica.
One Day Adventure Combo Guachipelin – Rincon de La Vieja
This voyage at Rincon De La Vieja is a thrilling full day journey that takes you a visit to Hacienda Guachipeli¬n Lodge, next to Rincon De La Vieja National Park. There are four major activities during the day of adventure canopy (zip line) tour and rappelling throughout the Rio Blanco Canyon, a tubing exploration on the Ri¬o Negro River, horseback riding journey to the waterfalls, relax at a rural spa with a special feature volcano heated thermal waters, steam and mud bath.
Playa Tamarindo is four hours by car/bus from the San Jose and one hour from the Liberia airport.
From San Jose
If you are coming from San Jose on the Pan-American Highway #1 north, you will reach Liberia. At the main intersection turn left and follows the signs to Flamingo, Conchal, & Tamarindo. In this road just to follow the signs that will lead you to these beautiful beaches. After passing Filadelfia and Belen look for the road signs to Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, Sugar Beach, Potrero, Avellanas and Langosta.
From Nosara / Samara / Carrillo & From Tambor / Montezuma / Mal Pais / Santa Teresa
If you are coming from all these places take the road to Nicoya and continue to Santa Cruz. There are two ways to reach Tamarindo / Conchal / Flamingo:
1- After Santa Cruz look for the road sign to Tamarindo Beach. Continue the road which turns into a gravel road and just follow the signs to Tamarindo.
2- After Santa Cruz follow the main road towards Belen. Once in Belen follow the signs to Tamarindo.
you will find many unpaved roads during you journey that are easy to drive during the dry season (Nov – May). But please note that during the rainy season (May- November) it is recommended to drive with 4×4 only. You will encounter a small river crossing, please be aware that during the dry season it may be easy to cross it, but not during the rainy season.