Last Updated: 17.10.2023

Tamarindo, Costa Rica is a breath-taking beach town nestled along the Pacific Coast, in the north-western area of the Guanacaste Province. With its stunning beaches, national parks, and endless outdoor activities, Tamarindo is a popular destination for travellers seeking adventure and relaxation.

Is it easy to get to Tamarindo?

Tamarindo is located about 90 minutes from the Liberia International Airport and boasts of beautiful beaches like Playa Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, and Playa Grande. These beaches cater to experienced and beginner surfers alike. The waters are ideal with great waves.

For those looking to explore beyond the beach, Tamarindo offers a variety of day trips and tours. From horseback riding tours through the lush rainforest to boat tours along the coastline and water sports, there is no shortage of adventures. Visitors can also discover the area’s abundant wildlife at Monkey Park, witness the impressive Manta Rays at Witch’s Rock, or take a snorkelling tour to spot reef sharks.

After a day of exploration, you still will be left with a long list of things to do in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. The town has a vibrant night life with its bustling night market and various dining options. Indulge in delicious Costa Rican food at local restaurants like Antichi Sapori Tamarindo or head out for some sport fishing in Tamarindo Bay.

With its stunning sunsets, beautiful beaches and endless outdoor activities, Tamarindo is a true paradise for travellers seeking a memorable beach town experience in Costa Rica. 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 Known For?

This beach town in Guanacaste has many things to offer for all travellers: be it exploring the town, hiking in National Parks, swimming in waterfalls, or snorkelling in the ocean. Here are 10 things to do in Tamarindo, Costa Rica:

  1. Surf or relax at a beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
  2. Shop at the small boutiques in the area.
  3. Enjoy delicious local cuisine at the many restaurants in Tamarindo.
  4. Get a taste of Tamarindo’s vibrant nightlife.
  5. Witness the natural beauty by visiting the various National Parks here.
  6. Go sea turtle watching.
  7. Hike to the Llanos de Cortez waterfalls.
  8. Have fun with outdoor water activities.
  9. Experience horse-back riding.
  10. Hike up a volcano to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

1. Surf or relax at beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

The beaches in Costa Rica especially the one in Tamarindo is 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, there are plenty of opportunities to engage in water sports. Within walking distance of Tamarindo are : Playa Langosta (awesome surf spot with reef and beach breaks), Playa Grande (endless beach with pristine nature), and Playa Ventana. If you are not a surfer yet, this can be the place where you can learn to surf as there are many surf camps in Tamarindo for beginner surfers.

Other than surfing there are other water sports one can indulge in including kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing. You can participate in these activities if you are not yet ready to learn to surf.

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, jewellery, and souvenirs are abundant.

3. Enjoy local produce and cuisine 

Restaurants in this beach town 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. Sample 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 many other national parks in this gorgeous beach town. 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. Other popular Costa Rican national parks include Rincon de la Vieja National Park and the Las Baulas National Park, both of which are located in the Guanacaste province. The Marino las Baulas National Park is also a great option

6. Go sea turtle watching!

For even more wildlife viewing, go sea turtle watching at Marino las Baulas National Marine Park. Located in Playa Grande in Costa Rica, you can see the endangered leatherback sea turtles. You can rent a car to get to Marino las Baulas National Park

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7. Swim at the Llanos de Cortez waterfalls

Llanos de Cortez waterfall is also close to town, a place you must go to when visiting Tamarindo. Many surf camps organize a small trip to these waterfalls as a part of their package. Explore the jungle, swim under waterfalls, jump off cliffs, show us how much energy you have left.

8. Have fun with water sports and other activities

For water enthusiasts, Tamarindo offers water sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, and activities like 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

Enjoy the beauty of Tamarindo through a horseback riding tour. There are several tours available which takes guests horseback riding through the jungle and one one of the Tamarindo beaches.

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.

Some other popular spots in and around Tamarindo, Costa Rico include Catalina Islands, Playa Langosta, and Playa Avellanas among the others.

Ready to Catch the Waves in Tamarindo?

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