Tamarindo – Surf, Fishing, Beaches

Great for honeymoons and families and those that like a an upbeat beach town

Available Adventures: Sport Fishing, Horse Riding, Surfing, Snorkeling, Sailing, ATVs, Diving, Golf and more….

In Tamarindo, the sand is bleached white, the beach goes on and on, and the surf is world famous. While some may say that the rapid commercial development of the coast and the new arrival of a multitude of hotels, restaurants, bars and discos have altered the quiet, laid-back attitude earlier tourists became enamored with, Tamarindo has grown into one of Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations. However, it has not lost its charm. Brown pelicans still perch on the piers where fishing boats are moored and wild beaches remain nearby.

Surfing Tips for Tamarindo


Tamarindo is a perfect town to learn to surf or to polish your skills. Playa Tamarindo is the most popular beach with constant, reliable swell. When the conditions are right, scores of surfers flock there. If you seek tranquility, head north to Playa Grande, just across the Río Matapalo. The beach is set in a pristine natural environment, frequented almost exclusively by surfers and is largely undeveloped. To avoid the crowds of surfers and find a quiet spot to swim, your best option is to walk or drive south of Tamarindo, toward or beyond Punta Langosta. The waters are calmer and don’t attract as many surfers.

Things to Do

couple-tamarindoBesides surfing and swimming, a wide range of activities is offered in Tamarindo by hotels and private outfitters. Expand your horizons on your Costa Rica trip by planning mountain biking excursions, four-wheeling tours, golfing, sunset and day cruises, horseback riding in the hills and forests surrounding the town, tennis or watersports such as sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling. Sportfishing is also popular, and marlin and sailfish abound a short 20-minute boat ride from the shore.

tamarindo-divingFor those looking to reconnect with nature, giant leatherback turtle nesting tours are available on Playa Grande during the nesting season from October through mid-February. Giant leatherback turtles lay their eggs at night on the beach, which is entirely off-limits without a guide after sundown. These turtles are the largest in the world, reaching up to three meters and weighing up to 900 kg! Between Playa Grande and Playa Tamarindo, at the estuary of the Río Matapalo, lies the Tamarindo Wild Life Natural Shelter, a large expanse of wetlands, mangrove and forests. You can rent a canoe or join a tour to explore its waterways where crocodiles lie low. The occasional ocelot or deer can also be seen under cover of the trees.

The main advantage of Tamarindo’s development is the large number of hotels, restaurants, bars, and spas to choose from. An enjoyable trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica can be planned on any budget and is certain to provide long lasting memories.