The epitome of Costa Rica, Tamarindo is a perfect Pacific Coast getaway for families, romantics and groups of friends. With all the tropical charm and beauty you’re hoping for, Tamarindo also caters to the active traveler with ample watersports and jungle adventures. This area is often referred to as the “Wild West” of Costa Rica; much of the inland region is dedicated to ranching and farming. Immerse yourself in the local culture, engaging with the lively people of Guanacaste Province – festivals are a great way to get to know the destination, so consider attending a rodeo or bull-riding event for a taste of the “real” Tamarindo. For the driest weather, visit between December and April.
Surfers and sport fishermen flock to Tamarindo for the record catches of marlin, sailfish and giant tuna, yet these Pacific waters are fantastic for all manner of watersport. Take a guided surfing trip or learn how to surf from one of the ubiquitous surf shops in town. If you’re into fishing, there’s no need to take out a boat. You can surf cast and handline right from the beach in front of your vacation rental, then cook up your catch in your fully equipped kitchen. You’ll definitely feel like a local! Go snorkeling, waterskiing, Jet skiing, sea kayaking, sailing, horseback riding and biking. Visit giant leatherback turtles at National Park Las Baulas. Tee off on championship golf courses. Or head into the rain forest or to a nearby volcano.
With a plethora of vacation rentals, Tamarindo offers accommodations that are low cost, family-friendly and full of amenities. You’ll feel at home in paradise, whether you choose a beach house, cottage, apartment or villa. Consider a beautifully appointed condo across the street from the beach and in the town center – a wonderful balance of beach life and nightlife. Or spread out in a three-bedroom home in the Tamarindo hills, with an oceanview infinity-edge pool, hammock, gourmet kitchen, tropical garden and more. Condo rentals offer all the privacy of your own apartment, but at the same price – or lower! – as a traditional hotel room. You’ll have access to all of the condo association’s or resort’s amenities, often including a golf course, tennis court, private beach access, spa services and more. Vacation rentals are the perfect choice for families, allowing flexibility, privacy and the ability to cook and eat meals on your own schedule. Or, hire a locally recommended babysitter, feed the kids dinner and then head out on the town yourself!