There’s a reason why people who visit Costa Rica’sTamarindo Beach fall in love with it. Or more! The beautiful beaches are a given and so are the beautiful sunsets and exciting water sports opportunities for surfers and all other lovers of the great outdoors. But there’s a lot more to Tamarindo Beach than meets the eye and gives internationally popular beach towns a run for their money.
Located in Guanacaste province, Tamarindo has something to offer to everyone. From the awesome (and slightly scary) massive waves to nature preserves, such as Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas (a national park like no other), the region delights, surprises, and provides exploration opportunities with broad appeal.
Starting with the Obvious: The Beaches
Playa Tamarindo, Playa Langoste, and Playa Grande are all stunning beaches with blue waters worthy of your attention.
Playa Tamarindo’s impeccable white sand contrasts the deepest blue of the ocean for a truly Instagrammable moment. This is the largest beach close to the town of Tamarindo and its namesake, an amazing natural spot that gives you a first glimpse of the incredible local landscape. It is a fantastic place for practicing water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and sunbathing.
Speaking of heaven for surfers and superb surf spots:
Exceptional Surfing Opportunities
Guanacaste is one of Costa Rica’s top surfing destinations and even experienced surfers adore this part of the country.
Tamarindo is very popular for its surfing beaches and massive waves – some of the biggest on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Some of these giants have been known to reach a height of 12 feet, which creates amazing conditions for those seeking an adrenaline-filled experience.
In the Tamarindo area, you’ll find numerous surf schools and courses that let you get acquainted with this water sport. So your experience level isn’t really a factor. Even if you just want to test out the opportunity, you’ll still have a great time and a chance to experiment in one of the world’s finest surfing spots. Many beginner surfers who visit Tamarindo quickly become avid enthusiasts who come back here time and time again.
A Chance to Go on an Adventure (or a Few)
Water sports aren’t your thing? That’s not a problem as Tamarindo enables a variety of activities.
Tamarindo Beach gives you dozens of adventure opportunities you wouldn’t get to experience in another location. Just choose the idea that floats your boat and enjoy!
Have you ever tried zip-lining over Costa Rica’s rainforest? That’s something you can enjoy in this part of Costa Rica. ATV tours, horseback riding (including beach rides), sailing, kayaking, and a visit to Guachipelin Adventure Park are all worth scheduling.
Fishing tours are also very popular in Tamarindo. With a wide range of sports fishing charters to choose from, you’ll get to pick the type of adventure that matches both your budget and your preferences.
While nature is one of Tamarindo’s biggest assets, it’s not the only spectacular thing that visitors are after.
Exciting nightlife and a vibrant community attract visitors looking for fun and wild entertainment.
Those who have been in Tamarindo for a while know that villa parties occur quite often. There are also numerous beach bars that offer a casual, chill atmosphere and some delicious cocktails. Live music, DJ sets, and happy hours are all a part of the experience. If you take off from Witches Rock in the direction of Langosta Beach (Playa Langosta), you’ll come across at least 10 beach bars worth checking out.
Yummy Food, Fun Dining Options, and Great Value for Money
Trying local food is a part of every international travel experience. But Tamarindo offers a lot more than just Costa Rican cuisine.
Are you a fan of super fresh, super delicious seafood? In Tamarindo, you’ll get to try recently caught mahi-mahi, red snapper, tuna, and shrimp. Paired with delicious, spicy local sauces, these natural treasures melt in the mouth, making you crave more.
The range of restaurants also includes Italian, Mediterranean, traditional grills, sushi spots, and even pizzerias or bistros. Some of the restaurants are located by the sea or on the beach and you’ll get to savor delicious meals while soaking in the serenity of the ocean and catching some stunning sunsets.
One final note is that Costa Rica gives you excellent value for money. A moderate budget will go a long way. And when it comes to food, you can have a delicious casual meal for as little as six to 15 US dollars. A formal dining experience usually doesn’t exceed 60 dollars per person and that’s the most you can expect to spend in a fine restaurant.
It’s important to take a deeper look at the incredible value this region holds in the realm of biodiversity.
Did you know that Costa Rica accounts for approximately six percent of the world’s biodiversity, regardless of the fact that its territory occupies only 0.03 percent of the map?
Tamarindo does have a lot to offer when it comes to environmental uniqueness. It is the spot where leatherback turtles, incredible gentle giants, arrive to lay their eggs each year. This phenomenon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that only a few people can have.
The nesting season lasts from October to February. If it is something you’re interested in adding to your bucket list, plan your trip accordingly.
Additionally, the Tamarindo area is the home of numerous bird and monkey species (including the awesome howler monkeys). Lizards and other spectacular reptiles can also be observed if you know where to go. Booking a local guide is one of the best ways to discover the little-known natural havens that have always been the home of incredible creatures.
Apart from the fauna, the flora also shouldn’t be underestimated. The Tamarindo Mangrove and Estuary is a protected area known for the mangrove forests and wetlands.
To sum it up, Tamarindo gives you beautiful nature, adventures, delicious food, and a sense of community. Laidback and peaceful, Tamarindo is an absolute Costa Rican gem that definitely ranks among the country’s somewhat underrated treasures (which is obviously part of its charm).