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Located in the heart of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, this beach-centric and vibrant, multicultural town began life as a small fishing village on Guanacaste’s Pacific coast. Perfect for a beachcombing amble, the town’s main beach, Playa Tamarindo, is vast, long, and beautiful. Green, lush mountains that teem with wildlife provide a dramatic backdrop for the golden sandy beach.
In Tamarindo, all the necessities are mere steps from the beach: bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, and tour operators. Even so, Tamarindo is an adventurous wonderland with all the tranquility of a tropical retreat.
Tamarindo is a lively place by night, with an active bar scene and several top-notch restaurants. By day, it’s all about water sports, with surfing at the top of the list of things to do. Despite being a top surf destination, there are plenty of places where it’s safe for beginners.
“Party and play” is a great way to sum up the experience you can expect in Tamarindo.
Getting to Tamarindo is easy.
Tamarindo can be reached by plane or helicopter. This little town has an airstrip which gives quick access to all the nearby beaches.
You can also fly from Tamarindo to destinations such as Arenal (in 30 minutes), Santa Teresa (in 30 minutes), and San José (in 40 minutes). These are just a few among many other destinations in Costa Rica.
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Cala Luna Boutique Hotel and Villas enjoys a secluded setting just a few steps away from Tamarindo’s Playa Langosta. Using native hardwoods, the resort makes the most of Guanacaste’s dry tropical forest landscape. With only 20 deluxe rooms and twelve 2- and 3-bedroom villas, Cala Luna offers luxurious privacy.
Capitán Suizo, a 5-Leaf luxury eco-hotel on Playa Tamarindo, blends into the natural landscape in its efforts to support sustainable tourism. The hotel’s gardens provide habitat for the local wildlife to roam in and out of the surrounding forest. With a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens and ocean for every room, Capitán Suizo is the perfect setting for private, romantic sunsets.
Featuring panoramic views and minimalist design in a setting of lush jungle green, Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas is an adults-only boutique resort that offers the best in Costa Rican culture and adventure. You can spend 45 minutes driving to Casa Chameleon from Liberia airport. Instead, take advantage of the on-site heliport to whisk you from the airport to secluded retreat with our airport transfer service.
The Westin Reserva Conchal, sandwiched by exotic forest and unspoiled beach, is an all-inclusive, eco-friendly retreat. The all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal secluded location on 2,400 acres balances blissful seclusion with Costa Rica’s indigenous culture. The resort’s helipad is an added amenity for hassle-free airport transfers and heli-tours.
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa at Hacienda Pinilla also has its own heliport, a convenience you’ll appreciate for tours and airport transfers. The resort, near Tamarindo Town, has everything you’ll need: dining, shopping, and beautiful beaches. With seven restaurants on-site, there’s an indulgent, flavorful cuisine to savor. Adult activities include recreational walks, yoga, and dynamic training. Enjoy an indulgent meal at one of our seven on-site restaurants serving flavorful cuisine.
Tapioca, featuring Brazilian street eats, is hugely popular in Tamarindo. As the name implies, tapioca is the star attraction—but it’s not the pudding. Brazilian tapioca is like a pancake or crepe, usually served for breakfast or as a snack, that’s either a sweet treat or savory snack, depending on the filling.
For vegan tacos, chips & salsa, and quesadillas the Green Papaya Taco Bar is a well-known favorite in Tamarindo. The Green Papaya also serves tasty, healthy shakes and non-vegan hamburgers. The reasonable prices are on par with other area restaurants. However, it’s strictly cash only.
Naturally, you’d expect meat (and lots of it) at Patagonia Argentinian Grill & Restaurant. But they also serve Milanese pastas. The Bamboo Sushi Club at Patagonia offers a wide range of sashimi and nigiri sushi, poke bowls, soups, and starters.
El Mercadito de Tamarindo is gourmet heaven–a market-style restaurant that introduces you to tasty food from around the globe. Choose from Chinese, Argentinian, Caribbean, Hawaiian or Venezuelan cuisines. Whether you long for a tasty burger or vegan/vegetarian options, El Mercadito, at the heart of Tamarindo, is a great find.
If you fancy a cold one after an afternoon out, head for Volcano Brewing Company on Calle Cerritos or Paradise Brewing a little farther out in Villareal on Avenida de las Palmas. For a beer and a burger, try Sharky’s Sports Bar on Avenida Central near West Street.
Often deserted, Playa Langosta, just to the south of Tamarindo, is a white-sand beach with tide pools that you can explore for anemone and other sea creatures. If beachcombing is your thing, Playa Langosta is the place to go.
The Costa Rican government created Las Baulas National Marine Park to protect leatherback (baulas) sea turtles’ nesting grounds on Playa Grande, which is about 30 minutes drive north of Tamarindo. The beach is indeed grande, 1,100 acres, and the park includes more than 54,400 maritime acres. From November to April, these giants come ashore at night to lay eggs. Several tour operators offer strictly regulated night viewing sessions.
On the mangrove estuary, Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge protects howler monkeys, wading birds, and crocodiles, among other animals. A kayak tour with a professional guide is perfectly suited to wildlife viewing along the estuary. The tours are an exhilarating experience, especially when you spot one of the 1,000-lbs. crocs or leatherback turtles that can weigh just as much. There is so much to see as you wind your way through the refuge’s network of canals and mangrove forests.
Tamarindo is famous for having some of the best surf breaks globally. Many international surfing competitions are held here each year. The waves are consistent, and there are even places on Playa Tamarindo for beginners to paddle out. On the south end of the beach, the water is calmer for swimming.
Sailing and snorkeling combo tours go out in the morning or at sunset. Your guide drops you at one or two of the best locations, as well as pointing out the best places to find fish and reefs. The Bat Islands and Catalina Islands in the calm Gulf of Papagayo are excellent for diving. You’re likely to see white-tip reef sharks, turtles, dolphins, and giant manta rays in the gulf’s turquoise waters, as well as mega-schools of jacks and grunts.
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