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Tamarindo Area, Costa Rica

Tamarindo is one of the most developed resort areas in Costa Rica. The town caters to a surfing crowd as well as family vacationers who love the warm water and perfect weather. Driving from Monteverde to Tamarindo is not very long drive. It last about 4 hours. Tamarindo is popular with surfers, who ply the break right here or use the town as a jumping-off place for playas Grande, Langosta, Avellanas, and Negra. Tamarindo is a small fishing village in Costa Rica that foreign interests are trying to develop. Small coastal towns that are untouched by the rush and crush of the concrete jungle are ideal places to visit.


Tamarindo, located on the Pacific Coast, has much to offer besides its crystal clear ocean, exquisite nature and stunning sunsets. Go surfing, fishing, visit a spa, rent a car, stay at a friendly bed and breakfast, luxurious hotel, the options are endless. If you want Pizza Hut and TCBY, Tamarindo can offer these options in addition to up-scale local restaurants. The same is true for all Costa Rica fishing trips for not only marlin but sailfish, wahoo, and all the popular sportfish in the waters off Tamarindo and Papagayo Costa Rica. But to catch these magnificent creatures you need a Captain and crew that are experienced and work well together.

The excellent surf and abundant flora and fauna are still there, however much has changed, and Tamarindo is a secret no more. So many additional features are available which can truly provide travelers a phenomenal, unforgettable vacation.

Kari and I at Tamarindo beach after our surfing lessons collecting seashells

However, the real attraction of Tamarindo is its central location between the world famous break of Playa Negra (south) and Witches Rock (north). Logistically, Tamarindo provides the easiest place to explore the most surf in the shortest time. If you decide to drive, Tamarindo is about 5 hours away from San Jose and the bus service is also very accessible. Named for the tamarind trees that fringe the beach, Tamarindo is the most accessible location on the northern Pacific coast. There is a airstrip that is served seven days a week by local carriers, including Nature Air and Sansa, and frequent bus service or private transfer service from San Jose for those that do not mind the five or six hour trip.

langosta y tamarindo, estero de san francisco.1

So tamarindo is just groovy with us. There’s even monkeys on the trees off the road into town! Tamarindo is a great places to visit on your Costa Rican surf vacation. Check out the video to get a glimpse of what Tamarindo Costa Rica is like. Tamarindo is the most accessible beach area along the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, located in the Province of Guanacaste 10 degrees 18 minutes North and 85 degrees 49 minutes West. Tamarindo has an airstrip serviced 7 days a week from San Jose and Liberia.

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