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Stay in Tamarindo

Rental Agency Stay in Tamarindo represents some of the best vacation rentals in Tamarindo, whether you are after jaw dropping views of a magnificient coastline, the proximity to shopping, dining and nightlife, or simply the relaxing in one of the remarkably beautiful and well appointed homes. Stay in Tamarindo specializes in large groups, family reunions, weddings and corporate retreats and offers online booking service. Several of the rental homes are located within such proximity to each other that they easily rent together for large groups.

Destination Overview: Playa Junquillal Travel Guide

Playa Junquillal’s surf is absolutely epic – and for experienced surfers, only! (But please don’t swim.) Read all about it in our Playa Junquillal travel guide. For those who crave long walks at sunset and afternoons lounging in tide pools, ecological Blue...

Property of the Month: Casa Costa Blanca

Casa Costa Blanca is one of the most prestigious luxury vacation rentals in Tamarindo Step into another world – into a beachfront paradise, a luxury community, an exotic wonderland. Step into Casa Costa Blanca, one of the most prestigious and spectacular vacation...

7 Reasons Why Green Season is the Best Season in Tamarindo

Did you know that late Tamarindo green season (September, October, and November) are some of the best months for Tamarindo fishing? October update! Tamarindo fishing is absolutely booming this month, and we’ve been reeling in mahi mahi, sailfish, tuna, rooster fish,...

Costa Rica Turtle Watching: Ostional Wildlife Refuge

Looking for the best Costa Rica turtle watching tour? There’s no better place than Ostional Wildlife Refuge. When was the last time you visited one of the world’s most important anythings? Welcome to Ostional Wildlife Refuge which, according to the World Wildlife...

Property of the Month: Casa Serena

Casa Serena is – yes, we dare say it – one of the most luxurious vacation rentals in Costa Rica We’re excited to announce (and launch) our new monthly feature: the Featured Property of the Month – one exceptional vacation rental in Tamarindo every month, each chosen...

7 Fun Facts about Costa Rican Independence Day (September 15)

Costa Rica’s flag stands for opportunity, peace, and generosity, among other national traits – all key characteristics celebrated on Costa Rican Independence Day September 15, otherwise known as Costa Rican Independence Day or el quince de setiembre, is just around...

5 Ocean-View Tamarindo Vacation Rentals with Air-Conditioning

The only thing better than this view is this view with air-conditioning! What’s the only thing better than an oceanview or oceanfront home in paradise? An air-conditioned oceanview or oceanfront home in paradise! For when you want all the benefits of the tropics...

Tamarindo Day Trip: Guide to Diria National Park

How about a howler monkey welcome to Diria National Park? Guanacaste is home to eight national parks, each known for their vast habitats, natural beauty, and varied wildlife. You’ve probably heard of many of them: from leatherback turtle beaches at our own Las Baulas...

4 Ingredients for an Unforgettable Trip to Costa Rica

Want to plan an unforgettable trip to Costa Rica? Don’t forget to “pack” your sense of adventure! Want to have a perfect trip to Costa Rica? Well then, we have the fool-proof recipe: four “ingredients” necessary for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime vacation. The...

5 Apps to Download for your Trip to Costa Rica

You are where?!? You’ll always know, as long as you download our favorite app for your trip to Costa Rica! You carry your phone everywhere, so why not make it work for you during your trip to Costa Rica? Yep, we’re talking about a few hard-working apps that will make...

18 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

Working on your list of things to do in Playa Flamingo? We have 18 suggestions. Stretching a mile long, Playa Flamingo is crescent-shaped proof that paradise exists: pristine white-sand beaches, shade-lined coasts, and turquoise sea, teeming with spotted rays,...

5 Great Tamarindo Restaurants to Take Mom on Costa Rican Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a meal at one of the top Tamarindo restaurants Did you know that the date of Mother’s Day varies around the world? And here in Costa Rica, we celebrate on August 15. That’s right – today! And Costa Ricans take their moms so seriously...

6 (+ a Few Thousand!) Tropical Flowers for Your Tamarindo Wedding

What kind of flowers do you dream for your Tamarindo wedding? When it comes down to your Tamarindo wedding details, one of the most enjoyable decisions will come courtesy of your florist: What tropical, exotic, and spectacularly colorful flowers do you plan to carry...

Destination Poolside: 6 of the Best Pools in Costa Rica

Welcome to six of the best pools in Costa Rica One of our favorite things about a vacation in paradise? Doing everything and absolutely nothing. And by absolutely nothing, we mean lounging around some of the best pools in Costa Rica, be it for an afternoon or an...

Guide to Santa Rosa National Park

Witch’s Rock, a famed surf site, is located within Santa Rosa National Park Where isolated beach meets rare dry forest, where rushing rivers flow into lush mangrove forests, where epic waves crash onto rocky islands – this is Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica’s...

What is Guanacaste Day? (aka What’s Today’s Holiday All About?)

What is Guanacaste Day? It’s a celebration of history. Every year, if you’re in town on July 25, you’ll notice a little something different is happening. Schoolchildren aren’t in school. Banks, government offices, and other places of business are closed. People – and...

Tips for Your Destination Wedding in Costa Rica

Avoid these mistakes to plan your perfect destination wedding in Costa Rica You ask, we answer: What do newlyweds most often wish they had known, before they walked down the aisle of their destination wedding in Costa Rica? We’re not wedding planners – although our...

Your Costa Rica Corporate Retreat: 7 Signs That It’s a Terrible Idea

Planning a Costa Rica corporate retreat? Then, here are a few things you should know. If you’re planning a Costa Rica corporate retreat, STOP RIGHT THERE. Because, there are a few things you should know. A few things that should give you serious pause. Costa Rica may...

7 Brag-Worthy Fish You Could Catch While Sportfishing Tamarindo

Rooster fish are hard-fighting (and make for a great photo op!), making them a top catch while sportfishing Tamarindo When it comes to sportfishing Tamarindo, there’s a lot of thrill. Not only do many local boats practice hook retrieval – a true test of skill and...

7 Costa Rican Fruits to Try at the Farmer’s Market

Some of our favorite Costa Rican fruits are exotic, delicious, and colorful! We’ve touched on a few local foods we think everyone must try while in town, but we thought the last item on our list – Costa Rican fruits, oh glorious fruit! – deserved a bit of extra...

Tamarindo Day Trip: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving the Catalina Islands

Costa Rica’s Catalinas Islands are one of the world’s top sights to spot giant manta rays Every year, divers from around the world make their pilgrimage to Costa Rica’s Catalinas Islands – a haven for a spectacular variety of marine life, including giant manta rays...

Looking for Great Tamarindo Meeting Space? Try Pangas!

It’s easy to see why Pandas Beach Club is one of our top choices for Tamarindo meeting venues Located at the northern end of Tamarindo and cozied up to the estuary, the beachfront Pangas Beach Club frames a picture-perfect Tamarindo meeting space: timelessly elegant...

Tamarindo Day Trip: Guide to Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park is famous for its birdwatching (pictured: a roseate spoonbill) One of Costa Rica’s seemingly greatest contrasts, spectacular Palo Verde National Park is home to a resounding dichotomy: rich and vibrant wetlands that simultaneously house one of...

In Our Daypack: What to Carry on Your Tamarindo Day Trips

Here’s what to pack for your Tamarindo day trips. Just add sun! And sand. And Tamarindo. Adventure awaits! Beyond our general Costa Rica packing list, you’re going to want a day pack. Well, at least, you’ll want one if you’re anything like us. We carry our day packs...

Wildly Fun: Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge

Take a kayak tour into the wilds of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge Saltwater jungles. Lumbering leatherback sea turtles. Otherworldly mangrove estuaries. Winding canals. Lizards, running on water. Behind-the-scenes boat tours. Yes, Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge is fascinating...

Top 5 Honeymoon Vacation Rentals, Bungalows and Hideaways

Welcome to honeymoon bliss. Welcome to five of our favorite Costa Rica honeymoon villas. Tucked into Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast (and the jungles of the Osa Peninsula), this spectacular country welcomes honeymooners to some of the world’s most secluded, most...

9 Ways to Upgrade Your Tamarindo Vacation

This moment can be yours. All yours. Welcome to our favorite upgrades to your Tamarindo vacation! So, you’ve done it. You’ve finally booked your trip to Costa Rica. You bought the airfare. You reserved your Tamarindo vacation rental. And you’re thisclose to your dream...

Travel Insurance for Costa Rica: Do You Need It?

Lost you camera on the beach? Luckily, you bought travel insurance for Costa Rica! No credits, no refunds, no substitutions. That’s the standard line in travel – and one that, unfortunately, mostly applies to Costa Rica. As with airfare, event tickets, prepaid hotel...

Tamarindo Day Trip: The Fascinating Rio Celeste & its Waterfall

Tamarindo day trip: Rio Celeste, one of the world’s most incredible sights! Once upon an ancient time, a god decided to paint the sky. Blue, he said, as he picked up his brush – the sky shall be blue. And so, the god chose his paints and began to smear the sky in...

Big Five: More Costa Rican Animals You Can’t Wait to Spot

The keel-billed toucan is one of our favorite Costa Rican animals! A promise is a promise! In our first overview of Costa Rica’s Big Five, we came clean and admitted we couldn’t narrow it down to just five Costa Rican animals. After all, Costa Rica is home to a...

14 Reasons You’d Hate to Vacation in Costa Rica

Buckle up, buttercup. We have the cold, hard truth about that vacation in Costa Rica… Planning a vacation in Costa Rica? We are so sorry. Pura vida, schmura vida. We’ve been in “paradise” long enough to know, Costa Rica’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Want some...

Your Tamarindo Honeymoon: A Guide

You are here: On a Tamarindo honeymoon in paradise! So, you’ve settled on a Tamarindo honeymoon – congratulations! Tamarindo is a wonderful choice for a honeymoon: both urban and relaxed, at once romantic and memorable, both secluded and packed with things to do, this...

Before I Do: 8 Ideas for a Better Tamarindo Bachelorette Party

Can you imagine doing this… in your wedding dress? Welcome to a better Tamarindo bachelorette party! Look, while we all love a good naughty-themed fête, you also want your bachelorette to be Insta-worthy. You want to make memories. Real memories, not just the...

The 7 Habits of Highly Happy Costa Rica Travelers

Want to be a happy Costa Rica traveler? Then be sure to plan at least one “special” something for your trip. You’re surrounded by guidebooks. Your website bookmarks number into what seems like the kajillions. You have ideas, itineraries, and must-dos bouncing around...

9 Costa Rican Foods You Simply Must Try

  Ceviche and patacones (fried plantains) are two of our favorite Costa Rican foods! | By Soytavin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons If you’re anything like us, food is a big part of your travels. You love to taste new things. You look forward to trying...

Only in Costa Rica: 5 Incredibly Cool Things to See & Experience

Only in Costa Rica: Rio Celeste. And yes, it’s as beautiful as it looks! Costa Rica is a special place where dynamics flip-flop: the reality is greater than the expectation, and photos always pale in comparison to your real-life experiences. Indeed, there are so many...

Off the Beaten Path in Costa Rica: Guide to Rincón de la Vieja

Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja National Park is a favorite! Known as the park with a watery skin and a fiery heart, Rincón de la Vieja National Park is one of Costa Rica’s steamiest and coolest attractions, in every sense of the words. Here, still-active volcanoes...

5 of the Best Waterfalls in Guanacaste

Llanos de Cortes is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica, and is easily one of our picks for best waterfalls in Guanacaste There are few simple pleasures more delicious than hiking to a deserted waterfall in the middle of paradise, peeling off...

Favorite Restaurants: The Best Pizza in Tamarindo

The best pizza in Tamarindo is cheesy, fresh-baked, homemade, and always hits the spot! Bonnie and Clyde, gin and tonic, yin and yang – the world is full of perfect pairings. And here’s one more: pizza at the beach. We know from experience – there are few simpler and...

Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Costa Rica

Women traveling alone in Costa Rica: go where you want, wear what you want, do what you want! Will I be safe?   This is the Big Question, right? And for good reason: Women traveling alone face some serious (and seriously frustrating) challenges in much of the world....

A Guide to Costa Rica’s Active Volcanoes: They’re Dynamite!

Of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes, Arenal Volcano is the most photogenic Costa Rica is home to an impressive 200+ volcanic formations, some dating to more than 65 million years. That said, only half show any signs of activity at all, and just a handful are classified...

Costa Rican Wildlife Watching: The “Big Five”

Costa Rican wildlife is so varied, it’s impossible to narrow it down to the top 5! Hey Africa, you may have the Big Five of safari wildlife, but Costa Rican wildlife is pretty impressive, too! From gargantuan reptiles, to startlingly-hued amphibians, to smiling...

Destination Overview: Playa Flamingo Travel Guide

Our Playa Flamingo travel guide takes you to this convenient, yet secluded beach paradise This mile-long, crescent-shaped strip of white-sand Playa Flamingo is the Costa Rica of postcards: shade-lined coast, pristine beaches, and turquoise water so clear, you can...

9 Totally Random Things You Should Know Before Visiting Tamarindo

Things you should know before you visit Costa Rica: yes, it really is as beautiful as everyone says! Planning a trip to Costa Rica and, specifically, Tamarindo? You’ve probably read the books. You’ve stalked a few Facebook groups. You’ve scoured the web. Still worried...

5 of the Best Family Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo

Search for your perfect family vacation rental in Tamarindo (Pictured: Casa de Luz) Planning a family vacation to Tamarindo, Costa Rica? Then, you’re probably searching for the perfect accommodations. And that’s where these five family vacation rentals in Tamarindo...

Destination Wedding in Tamarindo: Guest Guide

Congratulations! You’re a (very) lucky Tamarindo wedding guest. So, you’ve been invited to a destination wedding in Tamarindo – congratulations! We promise, it’s going to be a memorable trip. Tamarindo (and its surrounds) is one of Costa Rica’s most popular...

Liberia Airport Guide: What You Need to Know About LIR

Welcome to Costa Rica! (And our Liberia airport guide.) If you’re planning a Tamarindo vacation, chances are you’ll be flying into the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, a.k.a. the Liberia International Airport. And that means you’re in need of a primer – a...

Costa Rica Can’t-Miss: 7 of the Best Tamarindo Activities

Sport fishing is, without a doubt, one of the best Tamarindo activities Are you afraid that, after all your meticulous research and hunt for the best Tamarindo activities and attractions, you’ll miss out on that one, irreplaceable, life-changing, can’t-miss...

Costa Rica Itinerary: Tamarindo Family Vacation

Tamarindo is an excellent choice for your family vacation If you’re traveling to Costa Rica with kids in tow, chances are someone has recommended a Tamarindo family vacation. After all, we’re one of the most well-equipped towns in Costa Rica, with a wide selection of...

Destination Overview: Playa Langosta Travel Guide

Sunset at Playa Langosta. Can you imagine yourself here? This Gold Coast paradise is close to all the action (namely, Tamarindo) and yet just far enough off the beaten path – that perfect combination to yield seclusion and tranquility, but with all the conveniences of...

Weather in Costa Rica: A Month-by-Month Guide

Weather in Costa Rica hack: If you’re traveling during the rainy season, choose the Tamarindo area, one of the sunniest spots in the country The country may be smaller than the state of West Virginia, but the weather in Costa Rica goes big. Sure, we’re a tropical...

4 After-Christmas & New Year’s Traditions in Costa Rica

Tamarindo on New Year’s Eve brings fire dancers onto the beach! Costa Rica’s holiday season is unabashedly festive: color, lights, fireworks, and food abound! Happily – and as you may have already noticed, if you’re visiting this season – the celebrations don’t end on...

Costa Rica Beach Weddings: The How, The Where & The When

Costa Rica beach weddings can be everything you dream There is something irresistible about the promise of a wedding on the beach: the warm sun, the soft sand, the tropical flowers, the harmonies of crashing waves… Indeed, Costa Rica beach weddings are the stuff...

7 Picture-Perfect Spots to Hold Your Wedding Ceremony in Tamarindo

Picture-perfect, indeed: Casa de Luz is one of our favorite area wedding venues. What’s the most stressful part of planning a destination wedding? Picking the venue, most likely! Because, while you may have chosen your where, now you’re narrowing down the where of...

Tamarindo Destination Wedding: 7 Luxury Villas to House Your Guests

Casa Puros Dieces is a popular choice among Tamarindo destination wedding guests If you’re planning a Tamarindo destination wedding, you’re likely researching (and researching, and then researching some more!) where to house your guests. You have priorities: You want...

Costa Rica Travel Costs: Activities, Restaurants & Transportation

Wouldn’t you love to lounge near this private pool? Look, we’re realists. And we know that budgeting is a big part of any vacation: How much will it cost? Where can you save money? And, what’s worth the splurge? The good news is, your Costa Rica travel costs are...

‘Tis the Season: Traditions to Celebrate Christmas in Costa Rica

It’s beginning to look a lot like… a tropical Christmas in Costa Rica! There’s no Thanksgiving in Costa Rica so technically, we are go for festivities any time after Halloween. That said, while stores often start promoting Christmas as early as August (we know ­–...

Tamarindo Nightlife: 6 Bar-Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss

Enjoy drinks and a view at the best Tamarindo bar-restaurants There’s something about Tamarindo life that lends itself perfectly to the bar-restaurant vibe: Order up a frosty drink, dig your toes into the sand, and watch the sun go down as you sample some of the...

Destination Overview: Hacienda Pinilla Travel Guide

Hacienda Pinilla’s spectacular beach club offers an oceanfront pool, restaurants, and relaxation Located on the extraordinarily beautiful north-western coast of Costa Rica, under four miles from downtown Tamarindo, Hacienda Pinilla is one of the country’s most...

Tamarindo Day Trip: Turtle Tour to Las Baulas National Marine Park

An endangered leatherback sea turtle crawls toward the sea at Playa Grande in Las Baulas National Marine Park. At a Glance Location: Playa Grande, north of Tamarindo Area: 901 terrestrial acres, 54,000 marine acres Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Telephone: 2653-0470 /...

Tamarindo Restaurant Guide: The Best Seafood in Town

You could be here. Dining on lobster-coconut salad. And not just this, but all of the best seafood in Tamarindo! When you vacation by the sea, you want to dine from the sea. And in Tamarindo, that’s easy. Too easy! Our small town offers dozens upon dozens of excellent...

Costa Rica Travel Costs: The Accommodations Budget

Honestly, why go hotel when this luxurious mansion (Casa Orchidea) could be yours starting at just $92 per room, per night? For most visitors to Costa Rica, accommodations cost represents a huge chunk, if not the largest portion of the budget. Bear in mind that Costa...

Destination Overview: Tamarindo Travel Guide

You are here: Paradise! This Gold Coast mini-metropolis is one of Costa Rica’s hottest tourism hotspots, packed with everything from golden sand and cerulean sea, to incredible restaurants and hopping nightlife. Our Tamarindo travel guide gets your planning started on...

Tamarindo Nightlife: The Best Live Music in Town

Though chill by most international standards, Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s most bustling beach towns. And in Costa Rica, that equates to great entertainment! Specifically, great food, craft beers & cocktails, dancing, and other Tamarindo after-hours amusements....

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