Tamarindo travel guide

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You're Going to Love Tamarindo

Known for its beautiful beaches and peaceful atmosphere, Tamarindo is a tropical idyll on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

Stunning surf spots, unbeatable fishing, and plenty of infrastructure for luxury travelers make Tamarindo a popular spot with visitors young and old from around the world.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Tamarindo

1. Spectacular Beaches

Costa Rica is epitomized in Tamarindo, which boasts stunning tropical beaches like Playa Conchal and Playa Flamingo that unfurl up and down the coast.

2. Blue Water Fishing

Fishermen and women from around the world come to Tamarindo for its stunning fishing grounds and its fleet of ships captained by locals.

3. Surf's Up

Surfers have seen Tamarindo in their dreams. With perfect breaks dotting the region, there's no better place to catch a wave.

4. Small-Town Atmosphere

Tamarindo is entirely walkable and offers a welcome respite from crowded city life.

5. Great Restaurants

While visitors can expect plenty of great Costa Rican specialties, the town also has a French bakery, La Panaderia de Paris.

Where to Eat in Tamarindo

Top-rated restaurants in Tamarindo include Longboards BBQ and Pangas Beach Club. The average cost of dinner for two in the city is about ₡50,000 at a low-key restaurant.

When to visit Tamarindo

Tamarindo in May
Estimated package price
$491
2 travelers
Flight to Tamarindo
3 nights at hotel
Tamarindo in May
Estimated package price
$491
2 travelers
Flight to Tamarindo
3 nights at hotel

Tamarindo is tropical, so the weather is pleasant all year long. Mid-November through August will provide the best weather, while September through March is leatherback turtle season.

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How to Get to Tamarindo

Plane

The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR), located in Liberia, is about 45 minutes from town. Taxis and shuttles abound, but a local bus from Liberia is the best way to see the countryside and costs about ‎₡2,000.

Car

The city is connected to the rest of the country by the 155. Although hilly, the route is fine for driving and reaches San Jose in about four hours.

Bus

Buses operate throughout the country. A 6-7 hour ride from San Jose with Alfaro bus company costs approximately ‎₡5,700. Do note that tickets can sell out two months in advance.

Airports near Tamarindo

Airlines serving Tamarindo

United Airlines
Good (2,303 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,753 reviews)
KLM
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (269 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,536 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (287 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (452 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (568 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,609 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,099 reviews)
Avianca
Good (634 reviews)
Frontier
Good (1,479 reviews)
Southwest
Good (1,427 reviews)
Sun Country Air
Good (127 reviews)
WestJet
Good (254 reviews)
Air Transat
Good (48 reviews)
Sunwing Airlines
Good (5 reviews)
Edelweiss Air
Excellent (7 reviews)
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Where to stay in Tamarindo

Both budget and luxury hotels can be found in Tamarindo. Budget-friendly options include Blue Trailz, which also has a surf camp. More upmarket options such as Hotel Jardin del Eden are popular among luxury travelers.

Popular neighborhoods in Tamarindo

Calle Central - the main beachfront avenue is filled with shops and restaurants and plays host to a farmers market on the weekends.

Playa Langosta - this area, a bit off the main drag, borders the Las Baulas National Park and contains numerous resorts.

Playa Grande - just north of town, this area is home to a wonderful beach and some more laid-back hotels and restaurants.

Where to stay in popular areas of Tamarindo

Most booked hotels in Tamarindo

Villas Macondo
Excellent (8.8, 636 reviews)
$62+
In the Shade Hotel - Coworking - Adults Only
Excellent (8.8, 495 reviews)
$99+
Las Avellanas Villas
Excellent (9.2, 30 reviews)
$77+
Hotel Luna Llena
Excellent (8.4, 181 reviews)
$112+
Tamarindo Blue Apartments
Excellent (8.3, 270 reviews)
$80+
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Excellent (8, 528 reviews)
$196+
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How to Get Around Tamarindo

Public Transportation

There is no public transport in town, and everything can be reached on foot.

Taxi

Taxis start at about ₡640 and go up by ₡1,200 for each mile.

Car

There are Alamo, Budget, and Hertz outlets in town. Prices come to about ₡1,500 per day for a small SUV.

The Cost of Living in Tamarindo

Shopping Streets

While Tamarindo does not have any malls, there are many shops and local vendors in town, especially along the waterfront in the town center. Costa Rican crafts are a popular purchase. Those looking for a summer dress can expect to pay about ₡25,000.

Groceries and Other

Tamarindo's grocers are plentiful and well stocked. The cost of a dozen eggs in town is about ₡1,500, while a loaf of bread will run about ₡1,000.

Cheap meal
$7.89
A pair of jeans
$43.91
Single public transport ticket
$0.88
Cappuccino
$2.14
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