The Chocolate Hotel and 5 Star Hostel

200 meters East of Pasatiempo, Tamarindo, 5150, Costa Rica
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Forum Posts

Internet - What can I expect in Tamarindo?

by bsurfing

I am thinking of moving to Tamarindo in 2009 for at least 6 months and my work require broadband/HS internet. Does anyone know what is the best internet connection available in Tamarindo? Cheers. Bruno

Re: Internet - What can I expect in Tamarindo?

by dweissnj

There are quite a few internet cafe options in Tamarindo at reasonable cost. If you are planning to install broadband at your 6 mo. residency, you have a few options. Look at for a good review.

Travel Tips for Tamarindo

Eat cheap with local food

by krisfromthevalley

Eat at the local restaurants. They are very cheap and shop at the supermarkets for food if you are on a budget. The restaurants have rice, beans, chicken, and beer all for about three American dollars. Guaro ...........and frescas...drink of choice--alcohol.

Bananas con leche- non-alcoholic.


by balieyes

Playa Langosta : Right and left river mouth break. Works well on big swells. Breeding ground of the giant sea turtles.
Playa Tamarindo: Right hand point and a right and left river mouth break. 5 minutes by car or 15 minutes walking ocks, not for beginners.
• Pico Pequeño: rights and lefts in a sand bottom, small size swell.
• Pico Grande: rights over rocks, big size swells .
• River Mouth: rights and lefts in medium level surf .
• Henry's: very heavy left over rocks, not for beginners .
Little Hawaii : Right rock points. Breaks best on W and NW swells 30 minutes by car or 20 minutes by boaT.
Playa Avellanas: Good rock bottom right in front of a small estuary. Small barrels 30 minutes by car or 20 minutes by boat.
Playa Negra: A right reef bottom break, south of Avellanas. Can hold size 40 minutes by car or 30 minutes by boat.
Playa Grande: One of the best surf spots in Guanacaste 25 minutes by car or 10 minutes by boat.
Witches Rock :Very good lefts and rights on the right side of the estuary mouth from mid to high tide.
"Roca Bruja" :Waves range from 5-10' depending on the season and swell. Beautiful environment: monkeys, coyotes, raccoons and deer. 2 _ hours by car or 2 hours by car and boat.
Ollie's Point "Potrero Grande" : Very high quality rights at a river mouth. There is a left point break on the south side of the bay Only accessible by car and boat 2 _hours.

Great Place to Watch the Sunset with a Drink

by Jase1177 about Copacabana

This place is mainly an outdoor restaurant with a nice view. There are various tables, including low lounge tables, and lounge chairs to enjoy the view in varying states of relaxation. If you are looking for a place to have a drink, snack, or dinner while the sun sets, this a good choice.

On my first evening in Tamarindo, I sat at the Copa having nachos and drinks. The nachos were pretty good, especially the natilla mixed with herbs. I first had a frozen drink that included lemon vodka sorbet, then switched to beers as time progressed.

This is very popular in the early evening, particularly because of the view, so make sure arrive early enough.

Although the food was fair, the prices seemed a little inflated compared to the average and for what you get. Nachos were good.

Horseback riding on the beach.

by CaptainDan

There are so many places that will set up a horse back riding tour for you. It cost about $40 per person for a 2 hour tour along the beach. You also have the option to ride through the forrest for a little bit trying to spot all the Howler Monkeys in the trees.

The best part about renting horses in a more underdevloped country is that they basiclly have no rules for you. The guide let us go where ever we wanted and he showed us how to run the horses at full speed along the water. Now that was an awesome experience but dang did it hurt the family jewels!

Scuba Dive the Catalina Islands

by CaptainDan

The Catalina and Bat islands are great spots for diving. The water is warm and visability is typically around 40-60 feet. I've never seen so many eels at one dive site before. They are an abundance of fish, rays, eels, and some sharks in the water. You can also see a lot of turtles and dolphins follow you as your boat goes to/from the dive sites.


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Address: 200 meters East of Pasatiempo, Tamarindo, 5150, Costa Rica