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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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Catamaran Sunset Cruise of Tamarindo Beach

Catamaran Sunset Cruise of Tamarindo Beach

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$101.29
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ATV Tour Mountain & Beach From Tamarindo Beach

ATV Tour Mountain & Beach From Tamarindo Beach

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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 and watch for birds and monkeys as you steer beneath coastal trees. Upgrade your tour to include other activities such as snorkeling, driving a UTV, ziplining, or even exploring other areas by ATV.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.50
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Tamarindo Sailing Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling

Tamarindo Sailing Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.31
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Canopy Tour In Tamarindo Beach

Canopy Tour In Tamarindo Beach

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Fly through the canopy of a rare tropical dry forest on this 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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71.80
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Marlin del Rey Catamaran Snorkel Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

Marlin del Rey Catamaran Snorkel Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

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This Tamarindo sunset cruise includes snorkeling and kayaking equipment for you to get out and enjoy the water, plus a premium top-shelf open bar and lunch. Basically, it has everything you need to guarantee a fun afternoon out on the water. End your tour with a picture-perfect sunset over the ocean.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$101.54
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Ti Marouba Catamaran Snorkeling Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

Ti Marouba Catamaran Snorkeling Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

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Sail into the sunset on this Tamarindo catamaran cruise aboard a comfortable 40-foot (12 meter) deck. Swim and snorkel as you enjoy the last rays of the afternoon at Playa Huevo—there’s a good chance you won’t see anyone else at the under-the-radar location—and then head back to Tamarindo while watching the sunset. Plus, an open bar means your cup is never empty.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.31
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US$92.31
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Sunset Sailing Tour on Ti Marouba catamaran Tamarindo

Sunset Sailing Tour on Ti Marouba catamaran Tamarindo

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.00
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Sunset Catamaran Tour with Open Bar at Flamingo Beach

Sunset Catamaran Tour with Open Bar at Flamingo Beach

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$96.42
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Costa Rica Beach and Rainforest 8-Day Adventure Package

Costa Rica Beach and Rainforest 8-Day Adventure Package

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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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US$1,525.65
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Sky Walk Tour with Hanging Bridges and Nature Preserve

Sky Walk Tour with Hanging Bridges and Nature Preserve

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$179.49
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US$179.49
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Afternoon Sailing Tour in Guanacaste

Afternoon Sailing Tour in Guanacaste

Experience the laid-back bliss of Costa Rica's ‘pura vida,’ or good life, on an afternoon sailing cruise from Guanacaste. Lounge on the boat’s sundeck with a drink in hand as you glide past the bays and beaches of the tropical coastline, and splash into the clear Pacific waters during a swimming and snorkeling break among coral gardens. Stellar sunset views cap off the relaxing half-day adventure.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.00
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Palo verde Boat Tour from Playa Flamingo

Palo verde Boat Tour from Playa Flamingo

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.21
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Hiking and Tubing at Rincon de la Vieja from Guanacaste Area

Hiking and Tubing at Rincon de la Vieja from Guanacaste Area

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$123.08
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Buena vista Mega Combo Tour at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano from Tamarindo Beach

Buena vista Mega Combo Tour at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano from Tamarindo Beach

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Explore the forested foothills of Rincon de la Vieja volcano with a full day combination tour from Tamarindo, and swing, slide and ride through the park’s scenic landscape. Get a bird’s-eye view of the forest floor as you travel from treetop to treetop on a canopy tour, then launch down a 1,200-foot (400-mt) water slide. Pause for lunch before riding a horse to a natural spa, and spend the rest of your day rolling in mineral-rich volcanic mud and enjoying a series of steaming thermal pools.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$139.00
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Buena vista Mega combo Tour From Playa Flamingo

Buena vista Mega combo Tour From Playa Flamingo

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$138.47
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Tamarindo river guided kayak mangrove & environment watching tour in Guanacaste

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$101.54
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UTV Buggy 4x4 Secluded Beach Tour from Tamarindo

UTV Buggy 4x4 Secluded Beach Tour from Tamarindo

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Getting to the popular Playa Conchal is made all the more fun with this off-road UTV tour from Tamarindo. Drive your own off-road vehicle down the rugged Guanacaste coast to reach Playa Conchal, and spend time snorkeling in the famously clear waters once you arrive. Return to Tamarindo on a different off-road path for a 2-for-1 off-road experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$140.00
per group
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US$140.00
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Kayak and Snorkel Tour from Flamingo Beach

Kayak and Snorkel Tour from Flamingo Beach

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.76
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Zip Line and ATV Adventure

Zip Line and ATV Adventure

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$138.47
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ATV Tour at Tamarindo

ATV Tour at Tamarindo

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If you’re looking to escape the crowds in Tamarindo, look no further than this fun-filled ATV tour. An ATV allows you to get off the beaten track— ride through small towns, into the jungle, and even across rivers during the rainy season. As you ride, look for wildlife like monkeys and birds that call the area home.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$76.93
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Tamarindo ATV Mountain Tour

Tamarindo ATV Mountain Tour

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Explore the forest around Tamarindo on an ATV during this tour. Suitable for novices and experienced drivers, this tour goes off-roading to search for local wildlife and flora. Plus, all equipment and instruction is provided.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$76.93
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Adventure Rafting Class III and IV in Tenorio River from Playa Tamarindo

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

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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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US$145.65
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Tamarindo Stand Up Paddleboarding with Snorkeling at Captain Island

Tamarindo Stand Up Paddleboarding with Snorkeling at Captain Island

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Skip the boat tours and make your own way to a Tamarindo snorkeling spot on this guided stand-up paddleboard tour on Tamarindo Bay. No experience is necessary to enjoy this trip—all instruction and equipment is included to ensure success. Once you reach Captain Island, slip on your snorkel gear and enjoy free time looking for wildlife like fish, stingrays, and octopi before paddling back to Tamarindo.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.42
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Tamarindo Kayaking Tour with Snorkeling at Captain Island

Tamarindo Kayaking Tour with Snorkeling at Captain Island

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Kayak over to Isla Capitan to reach an excellent snorkeling spot on this half-day tour from Playa Tamarindo. Start with a brief kayak lesson, then set off with your guide for the paddle to Captain Island. There you can go snorkeling where you might spot marine life such as colorful fish, stingrays, and octopus. Choose to ride in a single or double kayak with use of snorkeling gear included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.94
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