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Tamarindo Beach
Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach

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1,138 Reviews
Free admission
Costa Rica

The Basics

This beach has become one of the most developed on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Some visitors say the beach town has lost its authentic charm, while others enjoy the modern restaurants, nightlife, and creature comforts. Regardless, the mile-long, crescent-shaped beach offers plenty of space to sunbathe; the shallow, calm waters make for good swimming conditions; and sailing, kayaking, fishing, and surfing are all popular activities. All-terrain vehicle tours and sailing cruises are also available.

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Catamaran Sunset Cruise of Tamarindo Beach
Catamaran Sunset Cruise of Tamarindo Beach
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$105.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The crew made it fun!
Smaller boat with a great crew of two. Very attentive, professional and they made it fun too. Traditional Costa Rican food with fresh fruit. An open bar with just about anything desired.
gcrispin59, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Tamarindo

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Amazing!
Heidi_M, May 2021
Canopy Tour In Tamarindo Beach
What an amazing experience! The views and zip lining was an incredible experience but it was our tour guides that made it the most memorable. Hector and Eduardo aka King Kong and David such wonderful guys. I would say this is a must for anyone visiting Costa Rica.
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Amazing day in a beautiful location
LaurenG, Mar 2021
Buena vista Mega Combo Tour at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano from Tamarindo Beach
The whole day was great! The hot springs are stunning, with the chance to enjoy a massage listening to the sound of the waterfall. The zip lining and water slide were so fun and even the food was delicious! 100% recommend
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Best tour ever!
Heather_G, Feb 2021
Buena vista Mega Combo Tour at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano from Tamarindo Beach
Best tour we have ever done!! We got to experience a variety of activities in one day! Our host Rainer was amazing. He told us lots of information about Costa Rica and was there to guide us through our day with such kindness. If you are contemplating which tour to do while in Costa Rica I highly recommend this one! PURA VIDA!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Surfers take note: Waves are said to be best close to the estuary.

  • There are many facilities and lodging options in the town of Tamarindo, or you can head across the river to Playa Grande for a more quiet atmosphere.

  • Parking can be difficult to find and parking guards will sometimes charge a fee.

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How to Get There

Located on Costa Rica's northern Pacific Coast, Tamarindo Beach is five hours from San José by car and only an hour from the international airport in Liberia. There are also two public bus routes to Tamarindo from San José and Liberia, as well as shared shuttle options from both cities.

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When to Get There

Although the temperature is always mild, high season is November through April when days are warm and sunny. This is also nesting season for leatherback and green sea turtles in nearby Playa Grande, where observation tours are available. The summer months of June through September often see torrential amounts of rain.

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Nearby Barra Honda Caves

Located inside Barra Honda National Park, a 1.5-hour drive from Tamarindo, these well-preserved limestone caves feature stalactites, stalagmites, and other calcareous formations. They are a big draw for eco-tourists and climbers, but keep in mind, you’ll need to be outfitted with the appropriate climbing gear and be accompanied by a guide to explore the caves.

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