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Once a delightful little 'surf' town, Tamarindo's popularity has created a demand for development and as such is nowadays somewhat of a sprawling mass of hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.

It is still growing and as such construction is prevalent throughout the town. However, location-wise it is the most easily accessible place to visit on the Nicoya Peninsula and the beach is superb — a three and a half kilometer stretch of fine sand and warm blue water.

Surf Shack, Tamarindo,Costa RicaNature is abundant — howler monkeys can often be seen and heard swinging on branches throughout the area. It's ideal if you are looking to be based in an upbeat, busy area and there are some fine hotel options.

Tamarindo Beach is part of a bay formed by a cape, Cabo Velas (velas is Spanish for sails, or sailfish). Playa Grande lies to the north of Tamarindo Beach inside the bay. South of Tamarindo Bay there is another beautiful estuary and beach, Playa Langosta. Both Playa Grande and Playa Langosta are protected nesting areas for the giant leatherback turtle, and are part of the Costa Rican national park system. These beaches are the major nesting areas worldwide for the turtles, which arrive from October to March to lay their eggs. Local tours led by official guides are available to take visitors to see this incredible spectacle.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Tamarindo

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Tamarindo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Tamarindo

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    Places near Tamarindo

    Accommodation choices for Tamarindo

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tamarindo. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Capitán Suizo, Tamarindo

      Capitán Suizo


      Small, peaceful and located on a lovely stretch of beach, Capitán Suizo offers excellent guest accommodation surrounded by wildlife-rich tropical gardens.

    • Entrance of Cala Luna, Tamarindo

      Cala Luna


      Cala Luna is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation in an oasis of calm, away from the center of Tamarindo.