Extend your stay in Costa Rica with a few nights of R&R in the Pacific coast town of Tamarindo. Once a little-known fishing village, Tamarindo was discovered by surfers in the late 1980s and has steadily garnered a reputation as one of the best beach destinations in Costa Rica. Located in the Guanacaste Province, known for its good weather and predictable sunshine, Tamarindo has a great mix of facilities and retains an authentic laid-back atmosphere.
The big draw is a long expanse of beach, with a curved bay backed by palm trees, cafes and restaurants. The surfer-friendly waves are strong, with swimmers mostly sticking to the shallows. Facing west, the sunsets in Tamarindo are dramatic. There are plenty of excursions that can be organised locally or you can simply sit back and enjoy the beach life – a real contrast to the other areas you have visited in Costa Rica.
We have hand-picked a selection of properties in Tamarindo and transport options to suit all budgets and group sizes – all that’s left for you to decide is how long you want to go for. We’ll do the rest.
Please speak to your sales representative for up-to-date prices.
Capitan Suizo Hotel: This beachfront boutique hotel occupies a privileged location to the south of the bay, with rooms surrounded by tropical gardens. Expect thoughtfully designed accommodation, excellent dining options, wonderful service and a friendly team. Just away from the main town, it has a lovely pool area and private loungers on the beach. Superior room.
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel: Consistently ranked among the top hotels in Costa Rica, this luxurious retreat is just a short walk from Playa Langosta beach, which is around the headland from the main beach. Elegant accommodation and surroundings with every need catered for, this is pure R&R. Deluxe room.
Tamarindo Diria Hotel: Right in the middle of the beach, this is one of the original hotels in Tamarindo and has a spectacular palm tree-lined view from the pool/dining areas. It is split into different zones, with most rooms away from the beachfront. Standard room/tropicana poolview.
Wyndham Esplendor Hotel: One of the best infinity pools we’ve seen with extensive views across Tamarindo bay thanks to its hillside location above Tamarindo. It has elegant rooms and facilities but is a fair walk from the beach and Tamarindo town; however, there is a free shuttle transfer provided at set times. Ocean-view room.
Arco Iris Hotel: A great value option, with comfortable rooms surrounded by tropical gardens. It has a tranquil location set back from the street, around 1,640ft (500m) from the beach. Bungalow room.
Pasatiempo Hotel: An intimate property with real character and comfortable rooms. We think this is a hidden gem and is our preferred choice if you are looking for great value and don’t mind being a five-minute walk to the beach. There are great restaurants and shops nearby. Standard room or deluxe room.
How to reach Tamarindo
There are two options to reach Tamarindo from San Jose, depending on your budget and how much time you have:
Private transfer:If you prefer to travel in your own vehicle or need transfers timed perfectly with your international flights, we recommend a private transfer. You can either take this as a round trip or just one leg. The journey takes approximately four hours. Private transfers seat up to six people, each way.
Flight: If you are short of time, take an internal flight from San Jose to Tamarindo airstrip. During high season (December to April), there are usually four flights a day in each direction. Outside of high season, there are usually two flights in each direction. Flights usually take under one hour. With this service, we will also arrange a vehicle transfer between your Tamarindo hotel and the airstrip. Luggage weight and size restrictions apply (30lbs/13kg, 45in/114cm).
There is also the option to arrange your return flights from Liberia airport, around 90 minutes from Tamarindo, with a private transfer to Tamarindo. Please speak to your sales representative to discuss this option.
We recommend visiting Tamarindo for at least three nights. Please speak to your sales representative for more details, to check hotel availability or to make a reservation. You may need additional hotel nights in San Jose depending on the end date of your trip and your flight schedule. Also note that some hotels in Tamarindo are not available in September.