Tamarindo Costa Rica Tours and Activities
Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste is the most accessible location along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica with an airstrip serviced 7 days a week from San José by two airlines: SANSA and Nature Air provide several flights daily. Private charter services are available as well. Scheduled daily bus service to and from San José, as well as surrounding communities, is available by a variety of companies. There is also a paved highway from San José for those who wish to rent a car and drive the countryside (4-5 hrs. to Tamarindo).
The international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste is open to international flights from a variety of carriers. The airport is just a 45-minute drive from Tamarindo.
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. The two beaches are separated by a natural saltwater estuary, Estero Tamarindo. 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. Tours led by official guides are available to take visitors to see this incredible spectacle. Another very special tour is the jungle boat ride. Small groups are ferried on locally built skiffs deep into the mysterious mangrove forest, where a breathtaking diversity of birds, mammals, and reptiles can be seen.
Tamarindo Bay has become a mecca for surfers and blue water sport fishermen. Our sport fishing fleet of talented and conservation-oriented captains are the pioneers of the Pacific coast. Their record catches of marlin, sailfish, giant tuna and other species have become legendary. Whether you want deep bluewater fishing, or reef or shoreline fishing, our fleet can accommodate you. Surfcasting and handlining in front of your hotel for snook and jack are also popular. Any way you do it you can be sure to have your fresh catch cooked up for you at one of the friendly beachfront restaurants.
Warm water surfing is enjoyed year ’round and families find this area offers opportunities for surfers of all skill levels to enjoy the great waves that bless this part of the coast. Tamarindo was the first stop on an epic worldwide surf journey in the popular movie Endless Summer II.
Visitors also have access to SCUBA diving, snorkeling trips, beach cruises, water skiing, jet skiing, catamarans, ocean and river kayaking, windsurfing, sailing cruises, and horseback riding. Bicycles, beach gear, surfboards, boogie boards, and equipment of all types are available for rental from specialty stores.
Golfers can enjoy two championship courses locally, one at Paradisus Conchal and another at Hacienda Pinilla.
Tamarindo’s climate has two seasons, dry and rainy. The dry season, from November through April, is dry, hot, and sunny. The humidity is very low and comfortable.
The rainy season begins in late April or early May and continues through October. A typical day is sunny or partly cloudy until late afternoon or evening, when showers build inland and move offshore, often producing spectacular sunsets. Everything is green and lush during this time of year. Although there are no hurricanes here, a hurricane or tropical depression in the Atlantic or Caribbean often means rain for Tamarindo. Temperatures in Tamarindo range between 80 and 100 degrees F. year ’round.