Tamarindo Costa Rica Travel Guide

Guide to hotels, tours, water sports and restaurants in Tamarindo Costa Rica

Tamarindo Hotels and Resorts

Hotels

Since Tamarindo and its neighboring beach of  Playa Langosta are small, most hotels and resorts are within walking distance from the beach. Among Tamarindo’s beach front hotels are surf camp Witch’s Rock and the resort Hotel Tamarindo Diria. Playa Langosta is home to the deluxe award winning hotel Cala Luna, and the beachfront Tamarindo Occidental, an international chain. Dry season (December to April) is busy and you will need to book your hotel far in advance.

Tamarindo Costa Rica Hotel Directory

Tamarindo Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and Breakfasts

A bed and breakfast is a great way to meet locals. Many B&Bs are located on the beach, and breakfast will likely feature delicious fresh fruits, gallo pinto and Costa Rica’s famous coffee. Villa Amarilla is a beachfront B&B set in beautiful gardens. Sueno del Mar is located on the beach in quiet Playa Langosta. Although a B&B is a perfect lodging for families and solo travelers, it is especially suited for those on a honeymoon.

Tamarindo Bed and Breakfasts

Houses for rent Tamarindo Costa Rica

Vacation Rentals

A vacation rental is a good lodging option, especially for family vacations or corporate retreats. Many come with private chefs, nannies and a concierge. For those who would you rather cook your own meal while on vacation, there are several grocery stores as well as a grocery delivery service. The Casa Bali in Langosta is a luxurious vacation rental on the beach of Playa Langosta. Casa Leo Loco in the mountains of Tamarindo has incredible views of not only Tamarindo, but Playa Grande as well.

Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo and Langosta

Fun things to do in Tamarindo Costa Rica

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Although there is nothing wrong with lazing on the beach all day, there are many fun Tamarindo water sports as well as tours and excursions.

Nothing beats the trill of zip lining above the tree canopy, discovering deserted beaches by horseback, exploring the jungle by ATV or snorkeling among large schools of fish. Tamarindo is famous for its surfing and there are breaks for both the expert surfer as well as the novice. Tamarindo has been a mecca for sportfishing since the mid 70’s. Inshore fishing for Snapper, Roosterfish and Tuna makes for a fun half day. For the more intrepid fisherman a full day will target large Tuna, Sailfish and Marlin. From October through February the endangered Leatherback Turtle will come ashore on Playa Grande to lay her eggs. Volcanoes, caverns, and waterfalls are just a short bus ride away. And the very best way to enjoy Tamarindo’s many glorious sunsets is with cocktail in hand and breeze on your face while sailing on a large catamaran.

Nightlife is vibrant, and there is always a live band playing somewhere. Tamarindo is a multi-cultural community which makes for great dining experiences. Make sure to start your day with Costa Rica’s famous Gallo Pinto and a cup of Costa Rican grown coffee.

 

VERY VERY Important Vacation Words

Don’t speak Spanish but would like to communicate? There are many words that will help such as Si for Yes, Hola for Hello and Adios for Goodbye. But we have rounded up some more important words for you. Make sure to practice them before your Tamarindo vacation and put them to good use while you are here.

"Gallo Pinto"

A delicious Costa Rica breakfast made with eggs, plantains, rice and beans.

"Cerveza Fria"

Cold Costa Rica beer, preferably a frosty bottle of Imperial.

"Donde esta mi hamaca"

“Where is my hammock.” To be used at any time of the day or night.

"No quiero salir"

“I don’t want to leave.” To be used before heading back home.

"Mas por favor"

“More please.” Can refer to anything, from food, to drinks, to fun.

"Pura Vida"

If spoken at the appropriate time then you’ve successfully mastered your holiday.

Costa Rica travel tips

Costa Rica passport requirements

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 more months after your visit to Tamarindo Costa Rica. And no, your birth certificate will not be accepted. Also you might need to show proof of exiting Costa Rica like a return flight ticket. The Costa Rica Immigration website has a pdf document outlining requirements per country.

Vaccinations

You won’t need to get special vaccinations. It is a good idea to be up to date on standard vaccinations though. You do not want to end up in a hospital with measles. Do bring bug spray and be sure to apply it, as there is both Dengue and Chikungunya.

Money tips

The national money of Costa Rica is Colones. If there were such a thing as a ‘second national money’, then it would certainly be the US dollar. Almost everywhere you will be able to pay with dollars. But you may not always get a good exchange rate. Make sure to have plenty of 20s; 100’s are harder to cash.

Visa is widely accepted and there are plenty of ATMs where you can withdraw money. Local banks will change dollars. The lines might be long but they offer good exchange rates.

Before your visit ask your local bank if they charge a foreign exchange fee. Don’t forget to tell you bank that you are traveling to Tamarindo Costa Rica so they don’t get surprised by your purchase of a piña colada on the beach in Tamarindo and cancel your card.

Renting a car in Costa Rica

Many international car rentals have offices in Costa Rica, such as Avis, Economy and Budget. It’s best to rent from an agency directly and not through Expedia, as they might not be exactly aware of local laws. You can find car rental agencies in our Tamarindo Transportation directory. Be prepared for sticker shock, renting a car is not cheap, and you will have to get insurance.

Liability Insurance is mandatory and must be bought at the agency. Liability Insurance is attached to the car and not the driver, therefore a policy from your home country cannot be used.

Collision Insurance is not mandated by law, and it does not cover glass or tires. Therefore the car rental agency will add a refundable deposit to your rental. If you do purchase Collision Insurance from them, the deposit will be lower. A large portion of available credit on your card might be taken up by a the rental deposit. It can take a while for the deposit to get refunded back onto your card, so plan accordingly.

Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation

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