Tamarindo is located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. This province is the driest area of Costa Rica and it’s in the northwest of the country. The climate here with its dry summers makes it a great destination for tanning, swimming, and surfing at the beach. The town itself is probably most known internationally from legendary surf movie Endless Summer 2 that made the town “the surf spot” in Costa Rican surfing.
While in Tamarindo you’ll have the 2-mile (3.2 km) beautiful sand beach running parallel with the main road of the town. The beach is great for just laying out your towel or renting a sun bed for the day. The water is always warm and the beach is great for beginner surfing. The beach walk is filled with cozy beach restaurants that offer a great variety of food and drinks and they get filled up during sunset when the whole town meets up at the beach. It’s a small town but it offers more of a nightlife than the surrounding beach towns. There are many bars to choose from and also a few clubs that stay open until late.
The selection of great restaurants is big and you can find typical Costa Rican food as well as international cuisine such as Asian, Italian, Israelian, Argentinian, and a lot more. In the center just two blocks from Tamarindo Diria you´ll find the food court. This is a great place to go if you want your food served quickly or if your group can´t decide on what to eat. This food court features 10 different restaurants sharing the same venue, and it’s a nice place to have dinner as the soothing music is being played.
Just a 10-minute walk from downtown you´ll arrive at Playa Langosta, a beautiful beach with great surf breaks. Even though you are not a surfer this place is definitely worth a visit as you can swim where the ocean connects with the river. Langosta itself has a few very nice restaurants and is a quiet area.
Another great spot close by is Playa Grande, which is the next close beach to Tamarindo. Playa Grande as well as Playa Langosta are beaches that are part of the Marino Las Baulas National Park. This national park is famous for its turtles and especially the Leatherback turtle that comes here to lay its eggs during the season. This itself is an impressive thing to watch in nature and is well worth a visit. You can access Playa Grande by road or take a small boat across the river from Tamarindo. Playa Grande is also a great spot for surfing, and the beautiful beach is great for tanning and swimming as well when the currents are not too strong.
The fishing is really good outside Tamarindo and you can go offshore for the big ones like sailfish, marlin, mahi-mahi, and yellowfin tuna. Inshore you can hook roosterfish, snapper, grouper, and jack. Contact us and we will set you up with the best captains and their boats depending what you want to fish!
- Inhabitants/size : 7500
- Province : Guanacaste