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Once a quiet surf beach and fishing hamlet, Tamarindo is now a beach town with the infrastructure Western travelers have come to expect. Located on the Central West Coast of Guanacaste, Tamarindo still boasts unspoilt beaches and incredible biodiversity — despite the town’s recent and ongoing development. Come for fun in the sun and stay for the laid back vibe that is so characteristic of the region.

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What to Do in Tamarindo, Costa Rica? — The Top Sites & Tours You Can’t Miss in Tamarindo!

Located in the Pacific Northwest region of the Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo offers plenty of fun and excitement — on the sand and off. One of the reasons you’ll love Tamarindo is because it’s so versatile; enjoy a combination of walking, swimming, surfing, and more. So, on the days when you want to be active and try something new you can, but when you need a double dose of relaxation, you can enjoy that too.

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• Estuary Tours: Believe it or not, Tamarindo is more than its beaches — it’s a nature lover’s paradise. Drift down a saltwater estuary in a kayak. Are you viewing the birds and monkeys, or are they viewing you? Listen to the sound of your paddles gently lapping across the water; the overall quiet will help you hear the animals rustling. Be silent and you’ll see where they’re peering out and begin to distinguish the sounds the make. There’s an indescribable thrill that comes from knowing you’re not only exploring nature, but the territory of animals, so be sure to treat this experience with the respect it deserves.

• Horseback Riding: Let the animals themselves give you a tour when you go horseback riding in Tamarindo. Calm, well-trained horses will take you across a variety of landscapes; explore everything from pastures to waterfalls. Because there are horses appropriate for every riding level, this is the perfect activity if you want to try something new, explore the region, and do something a little romantic all at the same time. You’ll always remember the sound of hoofs gently splashing on water, and the surprise and delight you felt when a flock of birds emerged from an emerald green tree to scatter across the sky — spreading their color as though they belonged to some invisible palette…

• Sport Fishing: If you prefer to enjoy a little bit of sport, then choose one of several Tamarindo fishing tours. Cast your line and try your luck reeling in grouper, marlins, yellowfin tuna, and more. You’ll be on the high seas for several hours — plenty of time to craft your story of “…the biggest fish I ever caught!” Enjoy sunlight, snacks or lunch, and plenty of cool drinks…including ice cold beers.

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Moments to look forward to

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We Had a Blast in Costa Rica

I would (and already have) recommend visiting Costa Rica to friends. I hope to go back someday myself. I think Costa Rica is doing a great job with sustainability.
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Discovery Pass
Matapalo Guanacaste

Discovery Pass

15 days | $$

Senior Couple Nature Explorer

We had a wonderful trip. All arrangements were handled promptly and on time. With howler monkeys outside our windows and being able to walk right onto the beach, it doesn’t get better than this.
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Catalinas Islands Diving Tour from Flamingo
Playa Flamingo

Catalinas Islands Diving Tour from Flamingo

22 days | $$$

Epic Coast to Coast Couple’s Journey

Costa Rica was awesome. We do a lot of travelling and this was one our best trips ever.
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Pacific Green Turtle Nesting
Playa Grande Guanacaste

Pacific Green Turtle Nesting

9 days | $$

A Magical Adventure for Two

We visited the Arenal and the Tamarindo areas. Tourism appears to be the only industry that we saw. It is obvious that Costa Rica needs tourism to provide for its growth and environmental efforts. It is refreshing to have seen such little development in those areas. Our lower rating for "returning in the future" is because we typicall do not repeat vacations destinations.
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Panache Catamaran Sailing
Playa Flamingo

Panache Catamaran Sailing

9 days | $$$

A Family Adventure—Volcanoes to Beaches

Great. What a beautiful country. Very impressive on how clean it is and the way of life.
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Diamante Horseback Riding Tour
Matapalo Guanacaste

Diamante Horseback Riding Tour

Adventure Pass
Matapalo Guanacaste

Adventure Pass

Fun at the Ocean Combo Tour
Papagayo Gulf

Fun at the Ocean Combo Tour

Superman Zip-line Aerial Pass
Matapalo Guanacaste

Superman Zip-line Aerial Pass

Diamante ATV Tour
Matapalo Guanacaste

Diamante ATV Tour

Congo Trail Canopy Tour
Matapalo Guanacaste

Congo Trail Canopy Tour

Accommodations

Incredible Stays

Cala Luna Hotel and Villas
Cala Luna Hotel and Villas
Cala Luna Hotel and Villas

The elegant Cala Luna Hotel and Villas are located on the northwestern shoreline of Costa Rica, in the bustling tourist town of Tamarindo. This picturesque region opens a doorway to flat lands, green mountains and rich foliage. Because of the unique climate, the area boasts a tremendous diversity of terrain, from dense rain forests to airy deciduous forests, towering active volcanoes to lush sugarcane fields, and thick lagoons to untouched beaches.

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Capitán Suizo Hotel
Capitán Suizo Hotel
Capitán Suizo Hotel

The environmentally conscious Capitán Suizo Hotel is located in the province of Guanacaste, in the northern Pacific coastal town of Tamarindo. Tamarindo, once a small fishing village, has now transformed into a well developed tourist destination known for its favorable surfing conditions. Besides the countless beach and water activities available, the area is also home to the wildlife refuge of Diria, and the Marino Las Baulas National Park, where leatherback turtles come every summer to nest.

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Jardin del Eden
Jardin del Eden
Jardin del Eden

The luxury beach hotel of Jardin del Eden, or "Garden of Eden" in English, is located on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the sunny province of Guanacaste. The town of Liberia and the international airport are a short drive away from the popular beach community of Tamarindo and this magical hotel.

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Ten North Tamarindo Beach Hotel
Ten North Tamarindo Beach Hotel
Ten North Tamarindo Beach Hotel

This hotel puts you right in the middle of the bustling beach town of Tamarindo. You’ll have a convenient stay, not far from a wide variety of bars, restaurants, and cafes. Of course, it’s also just a few steps from the beach.

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Langosta Villas
Langosta Villas
Langosta Villas

Located just outside the town of Tamarindo on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, the Villas Langosta Condominiums allow guests easy access into the city when they want it, and seclusion when they don’t. Langosta means lobster in Spanish, so it’s no surprise that these condominiums are close to the sea—in fact, it’s just a short walk away.

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The Coast Beachfront Hotel
The Coast Beachfront Hotel
The Coast Beachfront Hotel

Let this beachside hotel welcome you with its friendly staff, colorful and spacious rooms, and incredible access to the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy aquatic adventures and sunset cocktails. Make the most of your time in Costa Rica when you leave your footprints in the sand every day, and take memories of the perfect beach vacation back with you.

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Hotel Luna Llena
Hotel Luna Llena
Hotel Luna Llena

Italian inspired design meets Costa Rica's 'Gold Coast ' when you book your stay at Hotel Luna Llena. Explore Tamarindo's city center on foot as you discover shops and restaurants, then walk to the beach for a bit of impromptu snorkeling. Looking for something a little more rugged? Go on hikes; visit the estuaries of national parks. Luna Llena gives you easy access to both outdoor adventure and beachside fun.

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15 Love Bed and Breakfast
15 Love Bed and Breakfast
15 Love Bed and Breakfast

The unique and sleek 15 Love Bed and Breakfast is located on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the beachside town of Tamarindo. This is a place where the sunsets mesmerize you, the large spans of white sand beach soothe you, and the tropical breezes surround you. The hotel is a unique paradise where contemporary design, nature and a passion for tennis all meet in one place.

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