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Tamarindo Beach
Once the site of a quiet fishing village, Tamarindo Beach has become one of Costa Rica's most popular stretches of golden sand. Surfers travel from across the globe to ride Tamarindo's waves, but you don’t need to be a pro to hang 10 here. There are spots nearby that are calm enough for first-time wave riders to learn.
 
The Basics
This beach has become one of the most developed on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Some visitors say the beach town has lost its authentic charm, while others enjoy the modern restaurants, nightlife, and creature comforts. Regardless, the mile-long, crescent-shaped beach offers plenty of space to sunbathe; the shallow, calm waters make for good swimming conditions; and sailing, kayaking, fishing, and surfing are all popular activities. All-terrain vehicle tours and sailing cruises are also available.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Surfers take note: Waves are said to be best close to the estuary.
  • There are many facilities and lodging options in the town of Tamarindo, or you can head across the river to Playa Grande for a more quiet atmosphere.
  • Parking can be difficult to find and parking guards will sometimes charge a fee.
 
How to Get There
Located on Costa Rica's northern Pacific Coast, Tamarindo Beach is five hours from San José by car and only an hour from the international airport in Liberia. There are also two public bus routes to Tamarindo from San José and Liberia, as well as shared shuttle options from both cities.
 
When to Get There
Although the temperature is always mild, high season is November through April when days are warm and sunny. This is also nesting season for leatherback and green sea turtles in nearby Playa Grande, where observation tours are available. The summer months of June through September often see torrential amounts of rain.
 
Nearby Barra Honda Caves
Located inside Barra Honda National Park, a 1.5-hour drive from Tamarindo, these well-preserved limestone caves feature stalactites, stalagmites, and other calcareous formations. They are a big draw for eco-tourists and climbers, but keep in mind, you’ll need to be outfitted with the appropriate climbing gear and be accompanied by a guide to explore the caves.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Snorkeling in Catalina Islands

Jump into the water with our expert guides who take you around the rocky facades of the Catalina Islands in search of sharks, rays, all kind of fish and if you are lucky manta rays. It does include 2 snokeling tours in the catalina island area.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Ziplines

Full-Day Adventure Tour: Canopy Horseback Ride, Water Slide and Natural Hot Springs from Playa Flamingo

Combine high-adrenaline activities with a relaxing natural spa retreat on this great-value full-day adventure tour from Playa Flamingo. Kick things off with a thrilling zip-line canopy tour and make like Tarzan as you swing through the treetops before splashing down a 1200-foot (366-meter) water-slide. After lunch (included), saddle up for a horseback ride along sandy beaches or scenic jungle trails. Finally, unwind with a soak in natural hot springs and a therapeutic volcanic mud bath.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV TOUR / UTV Side X Side Tour Mountain & Beach From Tamarindo Beach

Explore Tamarindo’s beaches and dry forest on an off-road ATV tour with river crossings, mountain views, and stunning tropical scenery. Learn to maneuver your vehicle, then follow your guide along a rugged circuit. Take in the sights and sounds of the Costa Rican forest, watch for birds and monkeys as you steer beneath coastal trees, and ride the back roads and byways of Costa Rica's Gold Coast.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Sailing Trips

Afternoon Sailing Catamaran Tour

Set sail from Tamarindo in time to catch the sunset on this afternoon sailing tour. Snack and grab a drink from the open bar while admiring views of the Guanacaste coast, or go for an adventure using included kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkel equipment. As a bonus, this eco-conscious boat is low emission and serves all of its food and beverages in reusable materials—no single-use plastic on board.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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ATV Beach and Mountain Tour

ATV beach and Mountain tours, starting at playa Brasilto and getting to know north from this beautiful town, going around Flamingo, Brasilto and Potrero beach, also along the trip you will be able to I see wildlife  like howler monkeys and iguanas, beautiful sightseeing of the beach from viewpoints, this is a tour recommended for all ages.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trips

Beach Tour From RIU Guanacaste-Palace and Playa Hermosa Beach Guanacaste

Take a drive down the Pacific Coast and visit incredible beaches on this full-day, guided beach tour with snorkelling included. Stroll the powdery sand of Flamingo Beach and walk on the billions of seashells that make up Conchal Beach. Swim and enjoy some local food (own expense) and return to snorkelling in the crystal blue waters or take a surfing lesson instead (additional cost).
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

Zip Line and ATV Adventure

This is a great way to see the towns, beaches around the area, and get to know the real Costa Rica, during this activity you will be able to see wildlife like monkeys and iguanas, also the tour guide will be helping you to get the best pictures during the whole trip.Great way to spent some time away from the resort area and see the real country.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Day Cruises

Tamarindo Snorkel & Sunset Cruise with Lunch

Set sail on the big blue Pacific with this deluxe catamaran cruise from Tamarindo or Playa del Coco. Sunbathe on the spacious deck and stop to swim, snorkel, or paddle board in the warm tropical waters. Enjoy lunch freshly prepared onboard by an attentive crew, and stay hydrated with unlimited drinks from an open bar. Cruise back into port just as the sun is setting for a memorable end to a another day in paradise.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Costa Rica Surf Camp

Costa Rica is considered one of the world’s best surf locations. Not just because of the famous spots like Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point, but because it gained its reputation from the myriad of hidden breaks that can be discovered by the intrepid surf adventurer that enjoy Costa Rica Surf Camp. Costa Rica Vacations is owned and operated by people who just happen to enjoy the sport of surfing. Therefore, we are proud to offer a 7-day adventure for 2 people that allows you to explore the best and most fun breaks on the Pacific coast.These include Langosta, Avellanas, Negra, Grande, and of course, the must-surf Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point. Our affiliated surf company, Salty Sols will take care of all your daily tours with an experienced guide named Eric Atkinson.Each day you will visit a new spot to try out your wave riding skills. You will enjoy a real Costa Rica surf camp.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayak and Snorkel Tour from Flamingo Beach

Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast on this 4-hour kayaking and snorkelling adventure. Hop on-board a single or double kayak and paddle your way past sandy beaches and lush rainforest. After stopping to catch your breath on a nearby island, dive in to swim and snorkel among colourful coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. Best of all: with full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all abilities and children over 10 years old.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Tamarindo river guided kayak mangrove & environment watching tour in Guanacaste

We pick you up at hotels on Tamarindo beach. The guided tour by an expert in flora and fauna, will make your tour even more pleasant by clarifying the different species of mangroves.En Tamarindo gran cantidad de belleza natural. Para los amantes de la naturaleza y aquellos a quienes les gusta hacer kayak. Explore el rico río de Tamarindo a través de los ojos de nuestro experto en observación de aves y guíe nuestra guía de kayak. Rodeado por la jungla, este río está lleno de vida silvestre y aves que vienen a anidar y pescan, incluyendo garzas, anhingas, garzas, martines pescadores, manglares, espátulas y quizás incluso algunos cocodrilos. Luego recorra los túneles de manglares tan anchos como su bote, disfrutando de los exquisitos sonidos de la selva.Es una aventura de kayak activa y accesible para todos, y haremos todo lo posible para asegurarnos de que tenga una experiencia exitosa en el agua.Incluye transporte, agua de pipa, piña y sandía.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Hiking and Tubing at Rincon de la Vieja from Guanacaste Area

Leave the beach behind to experience the best of Rincon de la Vieja National Park on this dual hiking and tubing adventure from the Guanacaste area. Walk down the Las Pailas Trail with a guide to see bubbling geothermal activity and wildlife like howler monkeys and iguanas, and then change into your swimsuit for a tubing trip down the Rio Negro.  This tour includes all transportation, activities, and meals as per itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

Costa Rica Beach and Rainforest 8-Day Adventure Package

Partake on a Costa Rican adventure on this 8-day tour from Liberia International Airport (LIR). From an ATV tour through white-sand beaches to river tubing down the Colorado River, get ready for days packed with action. You’ll also get to go on a horseback ride, zipline through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and rappel down huge waterfalls. Plus hike through rainforests, enjoy free time, and relax at Rio Negro Hot Springs.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Day Trips

Sky Walk Tour with Hanging Bridges and Nature Preserve

Traverse the rainforest on a series of hanging bridges during a guided excursion from the Guanacaste coast to the Heliconia Rain Forest reserve in Costa Rica. See tropical flora and fauna in the wild, tour greenhouses and a butterfly garden, and sample farm-fresh coffee on this kid-friendly adventure.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Catamaran Cruises

Catamaran Sunset Cruise - Tamarindo Beach

Kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and unobscured views of the Guanacaste coast make this perfectly timed sunset catamaran cruise a must when in Tamarindo—and the open bar certainly doesn't hurt. End your day with sea, surf, and sunshine out on the ocean before coming closer to shore in time for a panoramic view of the sunset.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Tour Top Of The World Adventure

Zip over the rugged beach and mountain terrain of northern Costa Rica’s Pacific coast on this private half-day ATV tour from Playa Brasilito. Look for wildlife like monkeys and iguanas, experience local life in towns along the way, view the Pacific Ocean from the hills, and pass beaches such as Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, and Bahia de Los Pirates where you can opt to take a dip.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Other Water Sports

Discover Scuba Diving

Learn the basics of scuba diving with an introductory course on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Depart from Playa Flamingo or Tamarindo, then set out for the Catalina Islands with your scuba guide. Your course covers the essential skills of scuba diving, and you’ll do two dives where you view fish and other marine life. Your tour includes use of scuba equipment, and underwater photos and video.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours

White Water Rafting

Adventure Rafting Class III and IV in Tenorio River from Playa Tamarindo

Get your adrenaline pumping on a whitewater rafting trip down the Tenorio River, located in a red-rock canyon in the Guanacaste mountain range. Depart from Tamarindo for a day trip to Costa Rica’s nearby forests, including lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Hilltop Tamarindo Ziplining

No need to travel far from Tamarindo for a fun zipline experience through a forest canopy. This Tamarindo zipline tour is just a few minutes from downtown Tamarindo, so you can get in, zip around, and head back to the beach in time to watch the sunset.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Catamaran Cruises

Sunset Catamaran Tour with Open Bar at Flamingo Beach

Set sail for a relaxing afternoon of tropical breezes, cool cocktails, and an unforgettable sunset on this catamaran cruise from Flamingo Beach. Sit back and catch some rays on a boat equipped with trampolines, a freshwater shower, and other plush amenities, and unwind with free-flowing drinks from an open bar. Add an element of adventure with a snorkeling stop to explore Costa Rica's colorful marine life.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Sailing Trips

Antares Sailing Sunset Cruise

Experience the natural beauty of an epic sunset cruise from the coast of Tamarindo. Enjoy an open bar, a 6-course gourmet meal and a truly memorable afternoon aboard an 80-foot Schooner on this Antares sailing sunset cruise. Whether it's relaxing on deck with a drink in hand, or dancing to local music and snorkeling amid tropical fish, this afternoon on the water is sure to make memories.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Eco Tours

River Boat Cruise Tour from Playa Flamingo

Swap the glittering Pacific waters of Playa Flamingo for the wild waters of the Tempisque River on this half-day tour of the Palo Verde National Park. Hop on-board a riverboat for a 2-hour cruise through the scenic wetlands and sprawling dry forests of Palo Verde. Along the way, keep a lookout for native wildlife, from crocodiles and iguanas lazing on the riverbanks, to monkeys and colorful birds flitting through the treetops.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Surfing Lessons

2 Hour Surf Lessons at Tamarindo Beach

Give surfing a try with a beginner’s lesson in Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica's most popular surf spots. Learn basic moves like paddling, standing up, and balancing from the comfort of the beach before putting your new skills into practice out in the water. The no-pressure lesson is held at a location with gentle waves and shallow waters that are ideal for those just starting out.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Mountain and Beach Tour from Flamingo Beach

Zip along forest trails, splash through muddy streams and climb along the coastal cliffs on this adrenaline-fuelled quad biking tour from Flamingo Beach. Learn how to operate your ATV, then venture off-road on a thrilling 2-hour tour and discover the hidden landscapes of the Golden Coast. Follow your guide through the dry forest, looking out for howler monkeys, iguanas and birds along the way, then reach the coast and soak up incredible views over Tamarindo, Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo and Potrero beaches.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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