Tamarindo

Guanacaste

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 Catamaran Tour

3-in-1 combo|4hrs

Tamarindo

4.6 / 5.0
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Tamarindo Catamaran Tour

The Marlin del Rey Catamaran Tour is a great activity for family and friends to enjoy ocean breezes and coastline scenery while sipping delicious tropical drinks....

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Tamarindo ATV Adventure

ATV Tours|3hrs

Tamarindo

4.6 / 5.0
Starting At$58
Tamarindo ATV Adventure

Tamarindo is in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This region has sandy Pacific beaches along the coast and tropical dry forest in the mountains. On this tour...

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Tamarindo Estuary Kayak Tour

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Tamarindo

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Starting At$70
Tamarindo Estuary Kayak Tour

The Kayak Tour to the Tamarindo Estuary offers an adventure through a wildlife filled nature setting near Tamarindo in the Guanacaste region.

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Mountain Biking

2-in-1 combo|8hrs

Tamarindo

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$55
Mountain Biking

If you love mountain biking, you'll want to sign up for this tour. You'll be led along over 8 miles (13 km) trails that wind through an impressive Costa Rican...

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Blue Dolphin Catamaran Tour

4-in-1 combo|4hrs

Tamarindo

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$70
Blue Dolphin Catamaran Tour

On the blue dolphin sailing tour, you’ll head out into the Pacific Ocean for a few hours of fun. With both public and private tours available, you can choose...

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Pura Aventura Horseback Riding

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Tamarindo

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$55
Pura Aventura Horseback Riding

Located in the Guanacaste region, the 150 year-old horse and cattle ranch Hacienda La Norma offers a horseback riding tour to explore its 1,300 acres (526 ha) of...

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Monkey Jungle Canopy Tour

Zip Lines|2hrs

Tamarindo

4.7 / 5.0
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Monkey Jungle Canopy Tour

Set on the outskirts of Tamarindo, the Monkey Jungle Canopy Tour offers travelers a high-flying way to experience the forests of Costa Rica. The tour consists of...

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Surfing Lessons

2-in-1 combo|2hrs

Tamarindo

4.6 / 5.0
Starting At$70
Surfing Lessons

Take surfing lessons in Tamarindo from the fun loving instructors of Arenas Adventures.

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Tamarindo Fishing Tours

Sport Fishing|5hrs

Tamarindo

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Tamarindo Fishing Tours

Take a Tamarindo Sportfishing tour for big game fishing with the area’s most experienced captains on top quality sea crafts. Tamarindo, situated in the Guanacaste...

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Kayak and Snorkeling Combo

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Tamarindo

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Kayak and Snorkeling Combo

Paddle from Tamarindo to Capitan Island to enjoy the Kayak Snorkeling Tour.

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Pura Aventura Canopy Tour

2-in-1 combo|4hrs

Tamarindo

3.5 / 5.0
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Pura Aventura Canopy Tour

The two hour canopy tour is a chance for visitors to glide through the pristine forest land of the adventure destination Hacienda La Norma in the Guanacaste region.

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Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel

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Cala Luna Hotel and Villas

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Cala Luna Hotel and Villas

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Hotel Capitan Suizo

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Hotel Capitan Suizo

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Jardin del Eden

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Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

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Lucky Monkey

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Lucky Monkey

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Langosta Villas

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Langosta Villas

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Hotel Flores

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Hotel Flores

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