Tamarindo

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Tamarindo showing shopping and street scenes

This former fishing village has developed into a popular destination for vacationers seeking surf breaks, a lively nightlife and coastal scenery.

Tamarindo is the most lively and developed part of the picturesque Guanacaste province. Rolling surf breaks, miles of beaches and an array of restaurants and nightclubs make the town a hit among surfers, families and partygoers. Spend relaxing days at the beach and visit a stunning marine park to discover mangrove swamps and giant turtles.

Walk along the 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) stretch of white sand on the beach. Take your board out on the rough ocean waves and hit the world-renowned surf. The city’s nickname is Tamagringo, in a playful reference to the “gringo” revelers and surfers who visit from overseas. Pico Pequeño and El Estero are two acclaimed surfing spots in the area.

Go on a daytrip to Las Baulas National Marine Park to see the gigantic endangered turtles that come ashore. Learn about the plight of the magnificent creatures in the site’s museum. Explore the mangrove swamps to see monkeys and other wildlife.

There are many activities in the area for families. Take the kids to Bolas Locas Mini Golf to play rounds on a creative course with volcano holes, tidal wave spirals and rocky mazes. Take in gorgeous beach views while riding a horse from the Painted Pony Guest Ranch. Visit the church, where locals hold mass and musical concerts in English.

Dine at one of the restaurants in the heart of the town and enjoy local delicacies, such as pork skins or shrimp and onions. There are also many bistros serving international cuisine. Dance at a salsa club or enjoy drinks at a sports bar until the early hours of the morning.

Fly to Liberia International Airport and take the 41.9-mile (67.5-kilometer) journey southwest to Tamarindo by taxi or airport shuttle. It is easy to get around the small beach town on foot or by taxis.

The lively vibe in the built-up town of Tamarindo offers a fun-filled contrast to the serene destinations in Guanacaste.

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Wyndham Tamarindo
3.5 out of 5
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The price is CA $130 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tamarindo Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Langosta and Tamarindo Church. Grande Beach and ...
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Occidental Tamarindo - All Inclusive
Occidental Tamarindo - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Playa Langosta, Tamarindo, Guanacaste
The price is CA $195 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo property is within a 15-minute walk of Playa Langosta and Tamarindo Beach. Grande Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.
3.8/5 Good! (796 reviews)
"Great food and service!"

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Occidental Tamarindo - All Inclusive
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Guanacaste
The price is CA $213 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Tamarindo Beach and Grande Beach. Playa Langosta and Tamarindo Church are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (983 reviews)
"Excelent location, with a wonderful Ocean View. Very good restaurant ."

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort
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Beautiful Condo at Langosta Beach Club!
Beautiful Condo at Langosta Beach Club!
Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Located in the heart of Tamarindo, this romantic condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Tamarindo Beach and Playa Langosta. Grande Beach is 1.2 mi (2 km) ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"Jungle-beach fusion, ,amenities, beautiful, cozy and well equipped condo."

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2021

Beautiful Condo at Langosta Beach Club!
La Buena Vida 2 Amazing
La Buena Vida 2 Amazing
3.5 out of 5
contiguo a Hertz renta Car Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Provincia de Guanacaste
Located in the heart of Tamarindo, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tamarindo Beach, Grande Beach, and Playa Langosta. Tamarindo Church is 3 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Really great location, walking distance from the beach and the main part of Tamarindo, right next to grocery stores and farmers market. Nice, spacious place with a big kitchen, gated. Very friendly and helpful hosts. Highly recommend this property! Absolutely loved our stay and we hope we get to ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 29, 2019

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Two Story, 5 Bedroom Penthouse On Tamarindo Beach- New
Two Story, 5 Bedroom Penthouse On Tamarindo Beach- New
Tamarindo, Guanacaste
This family-friendly Tamarindo vacation home is located on the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Tamarindo Beach and Grande Beach. Tamarindo Church and Playa ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Great place to stay!
"Awesome place to stay. Beautiful views, very spacious and clean. You won't regret staying here!"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2021

Two Story, 5 Bedroom Penthouse On Tamarindo Beach- New
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