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Tamarindo at a Glance

Ideal for:

  • Families
  • Couples
  • Adventure Seekers
  • Nature Lovers
  • Relaxation 

Nearby Activities:

  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • White Water Rafting
  • Canopy Zip Line
  • Sailing
  • Diving the Catalina or Bat islands

Nearby Attractions:

  • Palo Verde National Park
  • Guanacaste National Park (Rincon de la Vieja)
  • Tenorio Volcano
  • Santa Rosa National Park
  • Las Baulas Marine National Park
  • Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge
  • Rio Celeste
  • Corobici and Tenorio Rivers

Special Features:

Great beach to capture a cultural experience in the midst of a beautiful surf town. Lots of restaurants, souvenir shops and overall a calm beach great for swimming for all ages

Fast Facts

Region: Guanacaste & The North Pacific
Closest Airports: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and Tamarindo airstrip
Altitude: Sea Level
Average Temperature: 75-92º F (23-32º C)

On average the town of Tamarindo has a population of 500 but during the busiest tourist weeks the population can reach 5,000. Keeping intact its laid back surf appeal it’s easy to submerse yourself in this colorful beach town full of culture and fun. The beach is known worldwide as being among the best for surfing and active beach goers. Combine this with the golden color sand, amazing sunsets, upbeat ambiance and then you realize Tamarindo is perfect for travelers of all walks of life.

Being only 45 minutes from Liberia airport and having a wide variety of activities also make Tamarindo a convenient vacation destination. Just north of the beach is the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge which consists of many mangroves and is home to howler monkeys, sloths, tropical birds and crocodiles. Also very popular November through April is the nesting of the leatherback sea turtles in the nearby Playa Grande. So you see you can be in the mix of all that is going on but get out and explore the natural side of Costa Rica with ease.

The beach is one of many bays lining the Pacific Coast. To the south you have Playa Langosta and to the North Playa Conchal. Langosta is very rocky and Conchal a calmer bay. In between you find Tamarindo which really is a nice mix of the two.

Attractions & Places to See

Activities & Things to Do

Tamarindo is a great spot that offers a wide variety of activities. Fun for the whole family, solo traveler or couples. It really is one of the beast beaches that appeals to most travelers. Diverse and rich with wildlife, adventure, and stunning sunsets.

Day Trips

Wildlife & Nature

Howler monkeys are common to see in the treetops along Tamarindo beach. Morning and afternoons are when they are most active. Dolphins and whale watching are popular offshore. It is also common to see the Leatherback turtles nesting in nearby protected Las Baulas Marine National Park in Playa Grande.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Tamarindo weather wise would be Mid November through August. If you are interested in seeing the Leatherback turtles then September through March is a key time to travel to Tamarindo. For those interested in surfing June through October provide great waves.

13 years and counting every August the Surf n’ Turf surf and golf charity contest takes place. With 100% of the profits donated to CEPIA, a non-profit geared to bettering the lives of local school children and teens.

Each September the Tamarindo Marathon takes place which attracts visitors worldwide.

Where to Stay

There are a wide variety of hotels in Tamarindo, ranging from hostels, condo rentals, luxury boutique hotels and budget friendly motels. Something for everyone.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Restaurants and bars abound here in Tamarindo. You can find small sodas that serve the typical casado which consists of beans, rice, salad, maduro and your choice of meat, chicken or fish. You can find pizza parlors, ice cream shops and a large selection of specialty dining as well.

The nightlife is very lively in Tamarindo. You will find hotels with casinos, bars and discos for dancing.

Services & Infrastructure

Public transportation: Yes, bus transportation hourly to nearby towns and Liberia.
Public amenities: Yes along the beach you can find a few public showers, but there are no public bathrooms. Restaurants may charge a small fee to use their facilities, if you are not a customer.
Shopping: There are local supermarkets, fun souvenir shops and beach vendors.
ATMs: Yes
Gas stations: Yes
WiFi or Internet cafés: Yes
Cell Phone Reception: Reliable Reception
Restaurants: Many restaurants with a good mix of local sodas and wide scope of specialty restaurants.
Nearest medical facilities: Pharmacies located in town and general doctor clinics. The nearest hospital is the Cima in Liberia about 1 hour away.

How To Get There

Fly: Two regional airlines fly into Tamarindo airstrip from San Jose. Sansa and Nature Air.
Bus: Public buses to Tamarindo leave San Jose at various times of the day. Currently there are 4 departures between 7:00am and 3:00pm. The estimated travel time on bus is over 6 hours. From Liberia the travel time is about an hour and public transportation leaves hourly.

Drive: It will take you approximately 5 hours to drive from San Jose International Airport to Tamarindo. Take the Panamerican Highway #1 north, to reach Liberia. At the main intersection turn left and follow the signs to Flamingo, Conchal, & Tamarindo. Just to follow the signs on this road and  after passing Filadelfia and Belen look for the road signs to Tamarindo,

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