Tamarindo Beach Tours

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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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Antares Sailing Sunset Cruise

Experience the natural beauty of an epic sunset cruise from the coast of Tamarindo. Enjoy an open bar, a six-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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$85.00
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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.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$90.00
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Afternoon Sailing Catamaran Tour

The only catamaran tour that sails in Tamarindo. As long as there is wind we sail! Experienced crew.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$94.00
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Canopy Tour In Tamarindo Beach

Fly through the canopy of a rare tropical dry forest on this 3-hour ziplining excursion from the Tamarindo area. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of monkeys, lizards, and more as you traverse the treetops on a kid-friendly morning outing. Choose between 'Easy' or 'Adventure canopy tours to suit your level of skill.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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FunDive Catalina Islands (2 dives only for Certified divers)

TamaDive is focused on safety and personalized service. Don’t worry about anything; that's our job!We offer Scuba Diving for inexperienced water enthusiasts up to dive professionals. Take the time to enjoy it and allow yourself to soak in the beauty.​LEARN, EXPLORE and ENJOY with us.
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$55.00
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Tamarindo ATV Mountain Tour

Explore the forest around Tamarindo on an ATV during this 2-hour tour. Suitable for novices and experienced drivers, this tour goes off-roading to search for local wildlife and flora.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Discover Scuba Diving (2 Dives for people without certification)

​​There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time! It takes a little time getting used to it, but after a few minutes of breathing through a regulator most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving is not getting participants into the water, but getting them out when the program is over. Try this course when visit, and you will tell us and your friends back home: This was the best part of my holiday!
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
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US$170.00
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Semi Private Surf Lesson

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  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$150.00
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Group Surf Lessons for beginners

Surfing it one of the best experience to do en Tamarindo, we are doing lesson since 2007.Tamarondo beach offer all year long good waves, warm water, and sand bottom makings a safe place and easy to learn.Our instructors have the experience and the patience for you to spend an unforgettable timesurfing in costa ricapura vida
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$45.00
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PADI Open Water Diver Course

TamaDive is focused on safety and personalized service. Don’t worry about anything; that's our job!In this 3 days course you will learn the basics of diving. During the first day, you will watch some diving videos and practice basic diving skills in the pool with your instructor. On the second day, you will discover the wonderful underwater fauna of Costa Rica in 2 open water dives while applying everything learned in the first day. And, on the last day, you will do the last 2 dives and take the final exam, thus consolidating everything seen before.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
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US$580.00
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PRIVATE SURF LESSON

Blue Sky Adventures is a travel and tour company that loves turning each day into a new adventure – this is our passion, purpose and what we live for!Whether you want to surf or explore the nature and beauty of Costa Rica, our mission is simple; to inspire and help you create new experiences, full of fun and adventure and under idyllic blue skies!We love all that Costa Rica has to offer and we want you to leave having made new memories and having fallen in love with this beautiful country too. Pura Vida!
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Surf lesson

the 101 surf lesson is the best way to get into this amazing sport.The instructor will teach you everything you need in terms of water safety, surfing ethics and, of course, how to stop and surf the wave.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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30 MIN RENTAL JET SKI

Jet ski rental without a license is possible from 8 am to 4 pmAny rent without license is under the supervision of a monitor, a state graduate.A briefing on the safety and handling of your scooter will be done and HOP, go!You can rent a jet ski for an introductory period of 30 or 60 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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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 tour arround catalina island area.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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US$75.00
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