Tamarindo is a small beach community that draws beach lovers, scuba divers, nature lovers, fisherman, and of course, surfers. Tamarindo lies between two wildlife national parks and consists
of one main road upon which lie the variety of hotels, cabinas and restaurants that have arisen due to increased tourism in the area.
First time visitors to Costa Rica tend to fall in love with
this tropical paradise, although many return visitors opt for quieter destinations such as Playa Grande or Nosara.
Local activities include: sport fishing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset
sail cruises, horseback riding, 4x4 ATV and Jet ski tours, kayaking and lots more. Tamarindo is one of the best surf destinations as it is a great place to use as base to explore a wide variety
of surf breaks within a short distance. Breaks within walking distance include the river mouth, Langosta, Pico Pequeno (to name a few) and within a short drive you can surf Grande, Avellanes,
Negra and a boat trip away from Witches Rock and Ollie's Point.
Playa Avellanes / Playa Negra
Playa Avellanes and Playa Negra are two famous surfing beaches, excellent surfing and for those looking for a remote vacation experience, these are the ideal destination. There are comfortable & affordable
accommodations here within walking distance to the surf however the only services offered other than those found in nearby Tamarindo, are those at the hotel. This is an ideal location for surfers
looking for a more relaxing, remote surfing vacation with less nightlife and more, dawn patrol sessions. Although most travelers opt to stay in Tamarindo and make the drive to these breaks, if
you choose to stay at these locations for your surf vacation, the best way to enjoy these breaks is to stay at the respective hotel in front of the break (see list below).
- Sunsets at the Monkey Bar at the Tamarindo Vista Villas. Simply a fun place to watch the surf and sun go down.
- Sunsets and drinks at the Bar La Palma located on the beach in Tamarindo just south of the Century 21 Office.
- Day trip to Playa Flamingo
- Golf at Hotel Hacienda Pinilla or Paradisus Playa Conchal
A list of ALL Adventure Tours in Tamarindo >
Deep Sea Fishing
You definitely will not want to miss the opportunity to fish in some of the world's best fishing waters. Catch mahi mahi, sailfish, tuna in an exciting and unforgettable day
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
All day Adventure Tour to the active volcano Rincon de la Vieja. Mount horses and take a nature trail down to the famous hot springs and mud pots, created
by active volcanic activity underground.. In the afternoon there is an option of experiencing the exhilarating canopy tour over the treetops of the jungle or going on a nature hike into the surrounding
jungles of the volcano. This area is abundant with wildlife and exotic tropical birds, especially toucans.
Kayak Estuary Tour
If you enjoy nature, our kayak tours makes exploring Tamarindo's estuaries easy. This tour will take you meandering through the slow estuary waters shaded by the extensive
mangroves. Spotting birds, iguanas and crocodiles basking on the sun-drenched riverbanks are just a few of the highlights!
Boat trip to Witches Rock/Ollie's Point
Experience the dreams of your endless summer! In order to get the best surfing in the area we leave from Tamarindo Beach on a small boat headed towards
the Potrero Beach. The boat is leaving early in the morning from Tamarindo Beach for the best surfing around here, Witches Rock, Ollie's Point and other secret spots. Left and right, tubes,
the perfect waves. We have water and fruits on board an on the way back, we try to catch some fish for dinner. A must for everybody who came for surfing.
In the waters of Tamarindo you will find many species and marine life such as: giant manta rays, stingrays, barracudas, sharks, sea turtles and a variety of tropical fish!.
We can offer you any types of Certification, from the Open Water to Dive-Master. Our tip, try a night dive where you can appreciate the beauties of shining plankton, an unforgettable experience.
Well priced, excellent local dishes, especially the fish and their famous desserts (banana pies, chocolate pie!). Located on the beach at the end of town in Tamarindo.
Excellent cuisine offering a new menu every day with steak, fish and chicken specials. Very unique dishes with excellent chef. Moderate prices ($10-$15 per person). Located on the
road to Langosta on the left hand side behind the Deli, across from the mini – market.
Located right on the beach in the heart of Tamarindo offers a variety of fresh seafood dishes as well as other international cuisine. Excellent reviews!
Shark Bite Deli
Good option for lunch offering fresh deli sandwiches including chicken, steaks, fresh meats, cheeses and salads. Try the chicken philly!
Excellent wood oven pizzas, fresh pastas, local dishes; great atmosphere under a large "rancho".
Hearty tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Great option for lunch after an early morning session. Located on the road to Langosta.
Local restaurant located next to the Economy Rent a Car
office offering local dishes (gallo pinto, casados, and more)
at a very cheap price. DO NOT expect the best service… be
patient as all good things come to those who wait!
Dragonfly Bar & Grill
eclectic menu ranging from sushi to chili rubbed pork chops,
fresh fishes, and juicy steaks. Located 100 meters behind
elegant but casual dining in Langosta·
located next to Economy Rent a Car, this restaurant has been completely renovated and the food is excellent. Fresh fishes, steaks, pastas with nightly specials including
--- Playa Avellanes, Playa Negra ---
Located at Hotel Pablo Picasso, offering a large menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything from gallo pinto, casados, burgers as big as your head, fish tacos and more.
Great place to hang out at night as well.
Hotel Playa Negra
Beachfront dining offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with an international menu. From the restaurant, you will have outstanding views of the point in Playa Negra.
Places to Avoid
Avoid trying to enter the center of Tamarindo on a Friday night between 5 – 7. Due to increased traffic, this becomes a parking lot!
About Avellanes and Negra: Avoid parking at the beach with any valuables in the car. The remoteness which makes this area so attractive, also makes it an easy target for petty theft while you
are in the water!