Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste is the most accessible location along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, with paved roads leading in and an airstrip serviced 7 days a week by two national airlines:
Sansa and Nature Air provide several flights daily. Private air charter services are available as well.
Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, in Liberia, Guanacaste, is just a 50 minute drive from Tamarindo. The newly renovated and expanded airport offers a variety of international connections, making it possible to travel directly to our area. Shuttle services, taxis and car rental agencies handle the logistics of getting from the airport to Tamarindo.
For those flying into San José who wish to rent a car and drive the countryside, the 4-5 hour drive is easier than ever. Both the newly finished Route 27 from San Jose to Caldera, plus the bridge over the Tempisque River, make the drive shorter and less stressful.
A Natural Wonderland
Tamarindo Beach is part of a bay formed by a cape, and Playa Grande lies to the north of Tamarindo inside the bay. The two beaches are separated by Central America’s largest mangrove estuary, Estero de Tamarindo. South of Tamarindo there is another beautiful estuary, Estero de San Francisco, and beautiful Playa Langosta. These beaches and estuaries are part of Las Baulas National Park.
Las Baulas park is named for the giant leatherback turtle, and the beaches in the park comprise one of the major nesting sites for the turtles worldwide. The Las Baulas Conservation Project at Playa Grande studies the habits and movements of the turtles in an effort to discover ways to aid dwindling populations.
Night tours are available from September through March, allowing visitors to view the spectacle of a female turtle digging her nest and laying eggs. Tours are also available during high tide for visitors to cruise up into the mangrove estuary, where a breathtaking diversity of birds, mammals and reptiles can be seen.