Tips For Getting The Best Tamarindo Costa Rica Vacation Rentals
Pt. 7: Getting Around the Tamarindo Area
So far in our blog series “Tips for Tamarindo Vacation Rentals” we have given advice on the best ways to find your perfect property, choosing a location, what you might get in each price range, as well as covered what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do. In this installment, we give you pointers on how to get around Tamarindo by providing an overview of the general area and giving you the best ways to get from point A to point B.
Tamarindo, A Small Town with a Big Presence
While we Tamarindeños sometimes think that our town is bigger than it actually is, we know that Tamarindo deserves its reputation for a world-class international destination. Very seldom will you find a small town with such a wide range of cultures, contrasts, and things to see and do in so small an area. Tamarindo proper is only two square miles, so getting around isn’t too difficult. There are a variety of ways to get around, whether you’re walking, biking, riding, or driving. Here we’ll give you the ins and outs of traveling around Tamarindo and the surrounding areas.
Many visitors to Tamarindo simply walk to get around town. In an earlier blog, we talked about Tamarindo vacation rental locations and their proximities to the various attractions, and we covered how there are many rental options central to town. Take this into account when choosing a spot if you don’t want to rent a car or spend money on taxis and buses because given the right location you can basically walk anywhere in town in 15 minutes or less with most centrally located rentals. Generally, it will be about 5 minutes or less to the beach and Tamarindo center. Keep in mind that while Tamarindo’s infrastructure has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, some sidewalks are uneven, or non-existent and there are still mostly dirt roads outside of the town center, so watch your step and wear comfortable footwear if you plan to do your trekking on foot.
Bikes are a great way to get around town and are an affordable way to see the area. Some rental units have bikes that you can use, so ask your rental agent about this option if you plan to bike, if not, there are several shops that offer bike rentals for about $15-$20 a day. They generally rent beach cruiser type bikes, but there are some basic mountain bike options as well. You can get around the Tamarindo and Playa Langosta area in 10 minutes or less generally.
Motorcycles, Scooters, and Quads!
You can rent all three of these in town for around $35-$50 dollars a day depending on the vehicle. This is a great way to see more of the outlying areas around town and beyond. There are also off-road quad tours offered by several agencies. If you are an experienced motorcycle rider then you know the drill when it comes to road safety, but use a bit more caution on the roads here as driving habits can be a bit erratic given the mix of unfamiliar tourists and sometimes inattentive or overly aggressive local drivers. That said, motorcycles, scooters, and quads offer fun, freedom, and mobility at an affordable price and are a great way to see the Tamarindo area.
Of course, having a car is the ultimate freedom when you are on vacation and is probably one of the best ways to do all of the things on your agenda. While the roads in the area are improving greatly with fresh pavement being laid down as we write this, there are still many bumpy dirt roads in between the fresh blacktop, and generally, even the dirt roads are reasonably well maintained. As far as driving goes, the same advice applies to cars as with motos, be cautious and attentive. There are a handful of internationally known car rental agencies located in Tamarindo that offer a good selection of vehicles from around $60 dollars a day and up depending on your needs. Booking ahead is recommended especially in busier times of the year from December through April.
Taxis and Buses
Taxi service is widely available in the area and hailing a cab may involve nothing more than standing or walking by the side of the road. You will hear choruses of “taxi, taxi” from the many cab drivers soliciting fares. Most “taxistas” are reasonable and safe, but we recommend talking to your rental agent because many times they have trusted cabbies they work with who will arrive on time and offer reasonable rates. Always negotiate your fare ahead of time; Tamarindo taxis don’t have fare meters, instead, they offer flat rates depending on where you are going. Generally to get from one side of Tamarindo to the other should cost nothing more than $4. Public buses run throughout the day and into the night until around 9 PM and can be a great way to get around town affordably, but you need to be familiar with the schedules and often times if you are going a short distance in town you will be better off walking. If you want to go outside of town the bus can be a great option, again ask your rental agent and they can get you a schedule if you plan to travel outside of Tamarindo by bus.
Regardless of how you choose to see the Tamarindo area, there will be tons to see. The great thing about this little slice of paradise is that you have options. So whether you choose to hoof it, or ride in style, you will be sure to have a great time during your visit as long as you follow the Pura Vida spirit and let the journey be the destination!
HPV Tamarindo House Rentals is located in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Horizon Pacific offers vacation rentals, property management, long-term rentals, as well as a complete concierge service. Providing you with a local contact during your stay, Horizon Pacific is a company you can trust, with the experience you need.