World class surfing, good nightlife
Not the "inexpensive "destination that it once was
Great value if you are willing to travel over bumby roads to get there.
There is a great little island just a kayak ride away from Playa Tamarindo. You can easily see it from the beach and it is a great little workout and you get some sun. Once you get to the island you can snorkel or explore...or even lay out. There are loads of conch shells and what looked like volcanic rock. It is typically vacant and we had the...more
After only a 15-minute lesson on the beach, the instructor from Iguana Surf has me up on the board in the water and riding my first ever wave all the way to shore. "Wow," I think to myself, "surfing is so easy!" That was the first wave. ...By the third, my arms feel like spaghetti noodles and I can hardly even use them to stand up on the surfboard...more
Having stayed at the Peace Lodge at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, I considered Capitan Suizo in...more
I took 2 weeks of surf lessons here in August 2012. After the 2 weeks spending several hours a day...more
I would definitely recommend this resort to people of all ages and from all places. I think it is...more
The Langosta Beach Club in Tamarindo has a bright cheerful sign on the beach advertising “Beach Bistro!” “Pool!” “Happy Hour!”It looked great, so we went inside and ordered a delicious poolside dinner, served by friendly, attentive French chefs. It was an expensive but lovely meal in a beautiful setting looking out over Tamarindo Beach.BUT…Having...more
I spend the Christmas with my family in Tamarindo and we descovered a new restaurant Las Brasas, it's a rustic style whit wood-grill in a natural enviroments.They have a lot of cut of meat and chiken, the chef is Italian and his Pasta is fantastic.We hate here some time,becouse the meat is good and the pasta is perfet, with all Italian ingredients....more
This restaurant is located in the Laguna del Cocodrilo hotel. The setting is in an open air garden lit mostly by candles. It's incredibly romantic but the music makes it fairly lively as well. The real treat here though, is the food. You will not be disappointed.My husband and I had two main dishes, an appetizer to share, a bottle of wine and...more
Tuesday nights the Yucca Bar at the Hotel Pasatiempo hosts an open mike night featurnig local bands that play mostly covers of everything from The Clash to Aretha Franklin, to Santana.You can expect several hundred people to be there with a good sized line of people waiting to get in! Be sure to wear your good sandlesmore
there are plenty of bars in tamarindo and i think we went to every one. But the only i would say is Jersey style was the only club there called Aqua. They gave us bottles for only $125.we got on the stripper poles and have videos to prove it. The local girls get up on the bar and pour free booze in your mouth total spring break style. Love it. Us...more
We just got back from a wonderful 2 weeks in Tamarindo. We used the services of Denise & Paul with Xplore Costa Rica and we can't say enough good about them. They helped us from before our arrival with immediate email response; the airport pickup and tours (Palo Verde - ATV Canopy Combo - Fishing and Sunset Sailing). They were always on time,...more
Make sure you rent a car while in town. Even though you have everything right there in town you'll want to explore the surrounding province. There are so many awesome beaches just within a short car drive. Spend the days exploring other local towns and come back to all the action at night. There are several local car agencies but the only American...more
There are two small local airlines that will fly directly into Tamarindo. The first is Nature Air and the second is SANSA Regional. They both have webiste you can book reservations for in advance. Don't expect big planes though. They are usually 6-10 seater plane. That in itself is a fun experience. They fly direct from San Jose and will save you a...more
I took a surf lesson from Secret Spot Surf Division and was really pleased not only with my lesson (I can surf now!!!), but with the content inside the shop. It wasn't just a "Surf Shop" with boards you can rent and such, but a really cool clothing and accessory store. They had brands from all over the world, including Hurley, Redley, Vans, Sanuk,...more
Visit the studio and gallery of porcelain potter, Martha Cooper Mays.Located on Playa Junquillal, next to Hotel Iguanazul, producing functional tableware and home decorating items. All are made on the potter's wheel, each is unique, "one of a kind" and all related in brilliant colors a flowing hand painted theme.All made from durable, chip...more
With the exception of the Alegria handmade soap shop, there is nothing in Tamarindo that cannot be bought at the airport or at home for less. The prices here are outrageous.We stopped at grocery store in San Jose on our way home and bought the same coffee and salsas being sold in Tamarindo for 70% less. For example, one pound of coffee in Tamarindo...more
Costa Rica charges a $26 pp exit fee at the airport. You will not be able to check in for your departing flight without receipt for this tax. A good idea might be to pay the fee in the terminal when you arrive as it is one less thing you'll need to worry about on your day of departure.more
24 Reviews and Opinions
After visiting Tamarino last year we were horrified with all the changes since our last visit. Lots of construction and new buildings – mostly 5-6 story luxury condominiums, a pizza hut, subway sandwich, TCBY yogurt and a Burger King! Walking around town requires dodging the trucks hauling construction equipment and choking on their dust clouds. We...more
While we only saw one, aligators are present in this area and breed not far from this resort. During our stay we did see one small aligator swimming in the ocean right were we were the day before. They are very hard to spot and look like a stick floating in the water. Keep your eyes peeled and be alert as they will bite!more
I fell into the trap of having to pay too much for souvenirs in Tamarindo. Of the places I stayed in Costa Rica (San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde, & Tamarindo), the souvenir prices were much more expensive in Tamarindo than in the others (I would say at least 25% higher). I walked into virtually every souvenir shop in town to compare prices so I could find something on par with what I saw elsewhere, but didn't succeed.
I didn't really buy anything in the other towns because I knew Tamarindo was going to be my final stay before leaving the country. I wish I would have bought more of the same exact items in Monteverde at cheaper prices (even though Monteverde is very touristy).
The only plus I saw here was the higher variety of ceramics than in the others towns. I did find a couple small items that I felt were worth the price.
Luggage and bags:
it's pretty expensive here... bring an umbrella during the rainy season and ALWAYS bring a flashlight... its good to have at night for the roads... so you dont step in potholes... and during the rainy season so you dont step into a RIVER hahah...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: depending on how nice your hotel is... bring flipflops you can take a shower in just incase... bring sneakers for the tours... LIGHT clothing... no thick shirts... flowy skirts are a good idea...
Photo Equipment: little cameras at the store are expensive... bring digital camera and go to Mr. Tom's and get them put on a CD to store them.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: dont bring a beach towel just buy one here... we got one for $8 and its also something to have for a souvenier!!!
Miscellaneous: :) bring bathingsuit... duh! ;)
While at the Tamarindo, Diria Resort I found out from one of the waiters that there was to be a 3 day local rodeo that is mostly attended by the locals. So for a $5 taxi ride I decided to go on one of the days. This was a real treat to see. Upon arrival it looked like a mini carnival with bumber car rides for the kids, a beer tent and several...more
The Nicoya Penninusla offers beach after beach of unspoiled coastline. Tamarindo is the most developed of the beach towns and it takes but a short ride north or south to stumble across less touristy areas. We went to Playa Avellanas because the current at Tamarindo was unusually strong for swimming and begining surfing.Avellanas also has a...more
Scuba Diving is great in the North West portion of Costa Rica. I highly recommend using Playa Tamarindo as your base camp for scuba diving. I did a lot of research while I was there and the best dive shop I found was in Playa Flamingo which is only 15 minutes away by car or they will pick you up. The place is called Aqua Center Diving and is a Padi...more
The beaches along this part of the Nicoya peninsula have a very gradual rise from the sandy sea bed onto the heaps of sand on the beach. Behind the beaches, and separating the two beaches is a estuary and dry marshland. The beaches create a gentle curve along a several mile long stretch. Like any good surf spot on the Pacific Ocean, the waves can...more
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...more
I was learning how to surf in Tamarindo....... and of course I fell ( like most of the time) I hit the board with my face and I broke my front tooth, this was on a saturday afternoon, my local friend Carlos took me bleeding an d crying to a cople of dental clinics, but they were closed for the weekend he called several times and no one answered the...more
Many of the tips I read on Tamarindo included the sunsets. I made sure that I watched a sunset to see what it was like in person. I was not disappointed in the least!!! You must take the time to watch a sunset on the Playa Tamarindo. Whether you do at one of the many restaurants or bars or just sitting on the beach, you will not forget the dazzling...more
Almost everyone who lives in Tamarindo knows a guide who will show you around the country side or arrange a day trip for you. All guides are not created equal. The guide who took us to Buena Vista was less than enthusiastic while the son of our house manager was full of character and national pride. While driving south he was constantly scanning...more