The hotel and city did not have a lot of family activities in the evening.
Once a quiet surf beach and fishing hamlet, Tamarindo has evolved to be the area’s most developed and accessible tourist town. Located on the central west coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Tamarindo offers visitors of every budget a chance to experience the region’s unspoiled beaches and incredible biodiversity in a range of accommodations. Despite the town’s recent and ongoing development, it retains the laidback vibe that is so characteristic of the region.
As a regional hub, Tamarindo offers a wide-range of extensive services to visitors including sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and horseback riding. The Tamarindo airport offers visitors in the San José area a seamless method of travel to the area, and Liberia is a close 50 kilometers (31 mi) for visitors already bound on international flights to Nicoya.
Separated from Tamarindo by the Río Matapalo is Playa Grande, an uninspiring crop of pebble-rock seashore with the exception of numerous tide pools that are exposed at low tides. However, surfing along Playa Grande is ideal—regardless of skill level. The town hosts several international surf competitions, a testament to the quality of surf available. Visitors seeking luxurious accommodations can do so south of Playa Grande at Playa Langosta, a pristine white-sand beach near the Río San Francisco.
Perhaps Tamarindo’s greatest appeal is its proximity to the Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge, which comprises 1,000 acres (400 ha) of dazzling protected forest, including abundant mangroves and estuaries. Tours of the fascinating plant and animal life can be arranged from Tamarindo, including canoe tours of costal habitats. Just north of town is the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, which offers visitors an opportunity to see the world’s largest reptile, the leatherback turtle, come ashore to lay eggs. Also close by is the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional and Parque Nacional Barra Honda.
Tamarindo’s extensive development has imbued elements of affluent foreign culture from modernist cafés to chic restaurants into the fundamentally Tico culture, making for an appealing combination of both worlds. North Americans and Europeans in particular will enjoy the many elements of their own culture offered in Tamarindo along with the authenticity of local culture.
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Tamarindo is a beautiful town. Many activities and a beautiful beach. Several dinning options to choose from. However it does tend to get a bit crowded. Good spot to learn to surf and relax on the beach. Pura Vida.
Tamarindo is a beach lovers paradise. The 36 degrees were necessary when spending time on the ocean. Our tamarindo hotel the Occidental Tamarindo Beach was an absolute hit. The buffet and A La Carta restaurant are so varied and tasty, different choice of food always, with cooking stations, deep fried fish, omelet stations, so many choices of hot and salads, cheeses, homemade ice cream, desserts. The food was endless and delicious
Enjoyed all bars and restaurants we visited. Surf Shack Burgers, Joe's, Latitude all excellent
Tamarindo was a lovely final destination. It takes up a small amount of space but is packed with a lot to do. There were always a lot of people on the main street, but the resort and other locations do a great job and making you feel more removed from the chaos. There is not as much nature right in town because it is so crowded, but the many excursions around the area let you see everything you want. I would highly recommend this location as a final destination for travelers, as it provides an excellent chance to relax and recuperate with a gorgeous view.
We loved Tamarindo too! It was fun to travel to both locations because they were so different from one another.
Beach was rocky right in front of the resort, but we walked up a bit to a better area. The Ticos were helpful.
Beach was lovely, great for beginner surfing and beachcombing. Could rent loungers and umbrella for small charge. Many beach vendors.
Omg all of the food was super amazing! All the locals a friendly too. The beach and the water is incredible. Wear LOTS of sunscreen 😊
Nice beach city that wasn't too crowded in May, but I suspect it gets crowded in high season. Beautiful beaches in the Guanacaste area and awesome food especially mahi mahi, sea bass and ceviche. 😊
Definitely PACKED with tourists. Great if you love shopping, various restaurants and the beach/surfing. Not really our thing, we wished we stayed in the Arenal area more instead of going to Tamarindo.
Tamarindo was great. It is extremely touristy and busy but there is lots to see and do. I can see how this would be the absolute perfect place to come if you were looking for a party and a good time. We enjoyed spending time here but were very thankful to head back to Playa Grande vie the estuary ferries after a few hours of wandering around Tamarindo
We really enjoyed our time in Tamarindo.
We ate at Bamboo Sushi and Dragonfly, both were fabulous food and very friendly people especially at the Dragonfly. We were there over the new year and it was really busy but still fine. We had an incredible time.
I liked this area as you had the beach and were not to far to venture out for some excursions.
People visit Tamarindo for the surf and for good reason! It offers waves for the beginners and experienced alike.
We visited Tamarindo during the slow season in September and it was wonderful. We had the beach to ourselves and the bars and restaurants were never full. That being said, certain shops and restaurants were closed due to tourists not being around, so if you're wanting a bustling, action packed environment, pick another month!
Tamarindo was fantastic. We ate and drank at a few different local establishments and they were all great. I do not believe you could find a bad place in the whole town!!
I would spend more time here. I loved the resort, beach, and busy atmosphere with friendly locals and tourists.
More of a bar and restaurant scene at night, with surfing and laid back hangouts during the day, this place is less about nature and more about the good life, but it was exactly what we had in mind for our stay there.