Welcome to Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica!
Thanks for visiting tamarindo.com! We hope we can provide you with all the information you need to visit this beautiful corner of the tropics. As long-time residents of Tamarindo, we can offer a wealth of local knowledge about Tamarindo and the surrounding beaches.
The first bit of information with respect to Tamarindo is about how to get here. Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste is the most accessible location along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, with paved roads leading in and an airstrip (TAM) 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 (LIR), 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, Cabo Velas, 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 Leatherback Trust 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.
One of the great things about Tamarindo as a vacation destination is that you don’t have to wait for the weather to turn warm to visit. At 10 degrees latitude, the average yearly temperatures in Tamarindo are tropical. Daily highs and lows vary a bit from month to month, but the swing is not much: highs in the 90’s in the hottest months (Mar.-Apr.) otherwise in the 80’s; lows in the 70’s pretty much all year (once in a while it may actually get close to 70° in the pre-dawn in Tamarindo, but rarely). We’re at the beach and ocean temperatures average right around 80°.
These conditions beg for outdoor activity and Tamarindo doesn’t disappoint, with an abundance of things to do in this marvelous weather: strolling the beach, swimming, surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, boogie boarding, jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sportfishing, bicycling, jogging, hiking, ATV tours, bird watching, estuary tours, zip lining, river rafting, nighttime turtle tours and more.
Even though it is a tiny beach community in Central America, Tamarindo boasts a wide variety of services to make it a one-stop destination. A number of banks and ATMs around town make it easy to exchange money or grab some fast cash for shopping, dining, or activities, although you can use dollars instead of the local colon currency practically everywhere (you’ll often get a lower exchange rate though).
It’s easy to find a great many things shopping, from beach souvenirs and clothing at the tiny shops throughout town to a great selection of groceries at local supermarkets and fruit/vegetable stands to household items and building supplies at the hardware store.
Healthcare is covered with a number of pharmacies around town as well as physicians and dentists and emergency care services. Fees are very reasonable, and it is not uncommon to meet a fellow traveler who has come for a medical procedure vacation.
There are a number of local public and private schools, K-12, and some that are preparatory for the U.S. university system, catering to the growing population of U.S. families living abroad here. A number of local churches as well provide services for a wide variety of faiths.
There is much more Tamarindo information to found in our blog pages including information on buying real estate here, tips for vacation rentals, tips on tropical foods and cooking in the tropics, and much, much more.