The 10 Best Things To Do in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Last Updated: 02 November 2018
Located in Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste, Tamarindo is a bustling tourist town that lures surfers and sunbathers alike.
There are plenty of natural sights and outdoor attractions for tourists beyond surfing. Add Tamarindo’s proximity to Liberia International Airport and you can see why the town is the local hot spot.
What is Tamarindo in Costa Rica known for?
This beach town in Guanacaste has many things to offer for all travelers: be it exploring the town, hiking in National Parks, swimming in waterfalls, or snorkeling in the ocean. We’ve selected a number of our favorite adventures for you to enjoy.
1. Surf or relax at Tamarindo beach
The beach itself of course the main attraction here. With its long golden arc stretching between the Pacific Ocean and the lush green mountains in the background. Within walking distance of Tamarindo are also: Playa Langosta (awesome surf spot with reef and beach breaks), Playa Grande (endless beach with pristine nature), and Playa Ventana.
2. Go for a shopping tour through the small local boutiques
Tamarindo has plenty of street art as well as a weekly outdoor art exhibit at the famous market on Thursday nights where street food, live music, and vendors selling handmade goods, jewelry, and souvenirs are abundant.
3. Taste some delicious food in one of the many restaurants in the area
Restaurants here offer local and international cuisine for every budget. Enjoy locally roasted coffee beans from “Tamarindo Coffee Roasters”. Get some tropical fruits and veggies from the Farmers’ Market, or choose a catch to throw on the grill from the fish markets.
4. Enjoy Tamarindo’s vibrant nightlife
In Tamarindo, there is always something going on after the sunset. Clubs here host live music events almost every night of the week, and also, as far as nightlife goes, the vibes are relaxed and the drinks affordable. You’ll hardly find a place that makes living for the sunset with cocktails in hand and salsa music so easy. Pura Vida! For late-night entertainment, the salsa clubs, Latin bars, and cocktail lounges will be expecting you! Just don’t forget you go surfing in the morning.
5. Visit one of the many National parks in the country
There are 3 easily accessible National Parks for hiking in the area – Diria, Barra Honda, and Palo Verde – where you can explore the jungle at your leisure.
6. Go Turtle watching
For even more wildlife viewing, go turtle watching at Las Baulas National Marine Park.
7. Swim in a waterfall
Llanos de Cortez waterfalls are close to town and we’ll take you there on Sundays for our camp trip. Explore the jungle, swim under waterfalls, jump off cliffs, show us how much energy you have left.
8. Have fun with Outdoor Water Activities
For water enthusiasts, Tamarindo offers scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing trips. Also, on the outskirts of Tamarindo there are various outdoor adventures – be it zip lining, aerial parks, off-roading, or jungle tours. You’ll be plenty tired by dinner time.
9. Go horseback riding
Should you be interested in horseback riding on the beach, just let us know and we’ll get you all geared up and on horseback!
10. Hike a volcano
Lastly, Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a two-hour drive from Tamarindo. It’s where you can hike a volcano followed by a dip in natural hot springs amidst the lush jungle. We will be more than happy to organize the trip for you from camp. In this case, you don’t have to do the drive on your own.
Tired yet? No? COSTA RICA
Then come spend a week with us, enjoy Pura Vida and outdoor adventures at its best!
Don’t hesitate to ask us questions or have us book a local trip for you while at camp. We love sharing our appreciation for this piece of paradise with our guests!VISIT OUR SURFCAMP