How to get to Tamarindo
Tamarindo is easy to get to. Costa Rica has two major international airports. The Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is located in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. An hour away from Tamarindo in Liberia is the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR). American Airlines, Southwest, Lufthansa, Copa, Iberia, Delta, AeroMexico are a few of the airlines that have direct flights from destinations such as Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Panama, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.
If you land in San Jose you can either rent a car at the airport terminal, book a shuttle, take a public bus or fly a local airline (Sansa or Nature Air) into Tamarindo. The drive will be around 4 hours and a flight around 45 minutes. Sansa leaves from the San Jose airport, Nature Air departs from the Pavas Airport.
Many hotels can arrange a shuttle or taxi for you if your arrival is in Liberia. There are plenty of car rental agencies available at the Liberia airport, as well as shuttles, taxis and public buses. Be aware that public buses are cheap, but will make a lot of stops.
Best time to visit Tamarindo
Now that is an easy one: any time at all. It is wet from May through September and dry from October through April. No, it doesn’t usually rain every day in rainy season. And unless there are hurricanes in the Atlantic it should only rain a couple of hours per day. The temperature is nice and warm year round. If you like it really hot, then you should visit in April. But be advised, it gets HOT! For more weather tips check out our Tamarindo weather page.
Tamarindo vacation with young children
Playa Tamarindo is a great family friendly destination. The beach of Tamarindo is big and has many tide pools. Towards Playa Langosta is the hotel Capitan Suizo. In front of the hotel you will find the calmest water and the best tide pools. There are also a lot of shade trees. The other side of Tamarindo’s beach ends in the estuary. Although it may look like a great place to swim, don’t let you kids go in the water as there are crocodiles.
The sun is strong in Tamarindo. Costa Rica is close to the equator and a sun burn can happen quickly. Keep your kids covered in sunscreen. Letting them wear a t-shirt they can swim in, or a rash guard is a good precaution. And don’t forget to put sunscreen on yourself too, especially nose and shoulders.
Tamarindo’s holiday rentals are a great place to stay with a family. You can cook your own meal, have them catered by a Tamarindo chef, or even delivered by a food delivery service. There is a huge variety of vacation rentals to choose from in Tamarindo. Some vacation rentals come with their own chef, concierge and even nannies.
Destination weddings have become very popular over the last few years. Costa Rica is an ideal wedding location because of its sunny and warm weather year round and easy access from international cities. Tamarindo offers many wedding venues and an equally large selection of wedding planners. For those who would like to plan their own beach wedding most hotels will help you set up for your perfect day. Getting paperwork is relatively easy, you will need a local officiant and two non-family witnesses.