Tamarindo, the Quintessential Costa Rica Beach Town!
No longer a sleepy surf and fishing village, Tamarindo has great restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, booming nightlife, adventure tours, and many lodging options.
Tamarindo hotels vary in style, but what they have in common is a perfect location, close to stunning beaches and nightlife.
Surf all day and party all night in this classic Costa Rican beach town.
Adventure and Wildlife near Tamarindo
Tamarindo is a great spot for activity seekers with tons to do.
Horseback riding on the beach, zip lining, kayaking, and nature tours are all here. There's sailing, sport fishing, and diving or snorkeling excursions to enjoy. And in town, the restaurants, bars, shopping, and nightlife options will suit every traveler.
When looking for a Tamarindo hotel, there's a range of options. Let your travel consultant know if you want to be near the center of nightlife action or if you prefer a more isolated hotel or resort.
Luxury Beachfront Hotels in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Cala Luna is hard to beat when it comes to laid-back luxury. Ideal for honeymooners and families alike, Cala Luna is one of Tamarindo's best hotels, located in the “suburb” of Playa Langosta, just south of town.
The Tamarindo Diria is steps from the beach and ideally sited close to the center of town. This large, beachfront resort has 239 rooms with comfortable furniture, cable, A/C, and WiFi.
Another option, in the hills outside town, is the Wyndham Tamarindo, with incredible ocean views. There's an infinity pool, swim-up bar, lounge chairs, fitness facility, spa, and restaurant. If you want to head into town, the hotel provides a shuttle to the beach every hour.
The Coast Hotel is right on the beach, with each room just steps from the sand. The hotel provides hammocks and lounge chairs under the trees. There are also complimentary boogie boards. This boutique offers personal attention, attention to detail, and a modern, inspired vibe.
The legendary Capitan Suizo is also beachfront, located close to the Coast Hotel at the south end of Tamarindo Beach. There are 35 spacious bungalows here, each one decorated with local materials.
The JW Marriott Guanacaste is about 40 minutes away from Tamarindo, near Playa Avellana, but deserves honorable mention in this general area. This resort offers a five-star resort experience with four restaurants, two bars, and a full-service spa. An impressive 25,000-square-foot free-flowing pool features a sunken swim-up bar.
With accommodations to suit every taste, Tamarindo is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and savor every moment of your Costa Rica vacation.
FAQs About the Best Places to Stay in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
What is Tamarindo known for?
White sand beaches, water sports (especially surfing), and nightlife!
Is Tamarindo worth visiting?
While it's not like the "real" Costa Rica, or the majority of the country, where you'll experience the distinctive culture, it offers a nice party scene that many vacationers appreciate.
How many nights do you need in Tamarindo?
About four nights would be perfect. It might be nice to split your trip into two locations, adding a rainforest, volcano, or cloud forest to Tamarindo. However, there is plenty to do right there in Tamarindo, so splitting the trip into two destinations is unnecessary.
Is Tamarindo a party town?
Yes, although it's not as brash or loud as you many think. There's places to dance, but also many great, upscale restaurants and bars to enjoy.
Is Tamarindo a tourist trap?
Trap, no, but Tamarindo is geared toward tourists. Its primary focus and offerings are meant for visitors looking to surf and enjoy the nightlife.