Visiting Tamarindo Beach
Tamarindo is located in the Guanacaste Province along the Pacific Coast and is one the most popular beaches in Costa Rica. 4 ½ hours from San Jose, Tamarindo gets its name from the tamarind trees that line the coastline. What was once a sleepy fishing village, Tamarindo Costa Rica is now one of the most popular beach areas in Guanacaste. With lots of shops, luxury hotels, restaurants and the classic pura vida feel, there is something for everyone. Surfers love the laid-back vibe of the place while beach lovers delight in the crystal blue waters. The ocean is warm and the sun is hot year-round, ensuring an excellent atmosphere for relaxation and tanning. The perfectly shaped coastline framed by magnificent palm trees is picture perfect. You’ll never forget your visit to Tamarindo.
The surfer lifestyle is very much alive in this bustling beach town. Surfers of all levels can enjoy the waves, but Tamarindo is a great place for beginners. In fact, Tamarindo is home to the first ever surf school in Costa Rica. It is located right on the main beach and comes highly recommended.
Tamarindo Costa Rica is a mecca sports fishing. Fishermen come from all over the world to experience the amazing Costa Rica sport fishing. People have caught record marlin, giant tuna, and sailfish in Tamarindo and many come back from more action every year.
Very close to Tamarindo are estuary waterways, where you can kayak while you observe Costa Rican wildlife. Explore with a professional guide to see this unique ecosystem and maybe even some crocodiles!
Tamarindo is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica for nightlife. There are a variety of bars and restaurants that offer, karaoke, live music, bar games, DJs and dance nights. Ask the locals where the hotspot is each night! You can also almost always find a lady’s night somewhere.
Closest International Airport: Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)
There are many convenient ways to get to Tamarindo. From San Jose you can rent a car, take a shuttle or private transfer. Keep in mind that it is about a 4 ½ hour drive. You can also take a domestic flight with Sansa. It costs about $70 and takes approximately 30 minutes. If you fly into Liberia, you will be able to arrive in about 1 ½ hours by rental car, shuttle or private transfer.
Because it is such a popular tourist destination, there are many dining options available. Be aware that it might be a bit more expensive than other, less crowded, beach towns. Try Longboards BBQ for awesome barbecue sandwiches, La Pachanga for mouth-watering Italian pasta and pizza or NOI Bistro for a great veggie burger! For breakfast, make sure to try Gallo Pinto. The delicious, national dish of Costa Rica!