Tambor

The small fishing hamlet of Tambor sits not far from Curu National Wildlife Refuge. As a laid back, mixed-community of locals and foreign retirees, Tambor is nestled in an open volcanic valley, surrounded by forested hills. Its beach, Playa Tambor, is an exceptional location for swimming. The surf is calm, and the sea is a gleaming aquamarine. Golf, tennis, and other activities are available in and around the town of Tambor, making this a favorite destination for those seeking developed tourism facilities within a quiet town. Day trips to nearby Cabo Blanco Reserve or the Guayabo and Negritos Islands give visitors great opportunities to experience the Nicoya's remarkable wildlife.

Tambor Best Things to Do

Gulf of Nicoya Sport Fishing, Costa Rica
Gulf of Nicoya Sport FishingTambor

Go fishing in the Gulf of Nicoya with a captain who has over 15 years of experience. This catch-and-release tour introduces you to some of the enormous species you can find in this part of the deep blue sea.

Sport Fishing
Montezuma Waterfall, Costa Rica
Montezuma WaterfallMontezuma

Take a hike to see some of the natural wonders hidden in the Montezuma forest. You’ll cross aerial bridges and swim in waterfall pools.

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Area Guide

Located on the southern Nicoya Peninsula coast, Tambor encompasses much of the region natural beauty. An arch-shaped beach opens to the ever-calm Ballena Bay (Bahia Ballena). High bluffs surround the pristine beach and overlook its translucent, aquamarine water. The ocean is home to copious marine fauna. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities among visitors eager to experience the underwater landscape.

Tambor offers a wide range of accommodations. Luxury resorts are certainly the trend. However, some budget lodging is also available. By way of luxury, one option includes an all-inclusive resort that features its own golf course.

Tambor holds the only airport in the southern Nicoya Peninsula, and domestic flights provide seamless access to this coastal hamlet. Otherwise, ferry transportation is available from Puntarenas to Paquera, 28 miles (45 km) away.

Feedback From Travelers

Tango Mar is an excellent resort in a beautiful setting, with great attention to detail. Olga and her staff were excellent in every way.

- DEBRA S, APR 2019

We stayed at Ylang Ylang in Montezuma. It was amazing. The living quarters were like little gnome houses nestled in the jungle. Monkeys everywhere...watch out because they are not shy. The beaches are stunning. The staff couldn't have been nicer. We then flew from Tambor in a 10 seater plane to San Jose which gave us a final look at the beautiful countryside and ocean. It was fantastic.

- JOHN B, MAR 2019

Costa Rica is like no other. From volcanoes to jungle to beach there is no way to be bored! Friendly locals, busy in some places but otherwise felt quiet and secluded. Loved it!!

- CARLYE H, FEB 2019