Activities

There is lots to see and do in Tamarindo and in Guanacaste province

WHAT TO DO

There is lots to see and do in Tamarindo and in Guanacaste province. A bast selection of professional tour operators will offer comfortable excursions to the region and other parts of Costa Rica that can complete your ideal vacation.

Some of the tours available; quaint pottery village of Guatil, white water rafting on the Corobici River, wetland sanctuary Palo Verde Nacional Park, and full day trips to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and Arenal Volcano to name a few.

Also within an easy driving distance from Tamarindo Beach you can experience the more adventurous soaring on a zip line through the tropical dry forest, a spectacular way to see the canopy, and spot wildlife.

Other local Guanacaste tour is horseback riding where you can tour over pastures, local villages and remote beaches at your leisure

The adrenaline will keep flowing when you would discover Guanacaste from above, using an ultra-light aircraft, a Gyro. The Gyro will even skim over the crests of waves in a maneuver called 'areal surfing'.

One of the most popular tours is to visit Las Baulas National Park, home to the endangered Giant Leatherback Turtle. From October to March guided night trips will take tourists to watch the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

The area is also well known for tennis, golf, fishing, scuba diving and other water sport activities.

Tamarindo is well known as the ultimate surf town. The iconic movie Endless Summer 2, put Tamarindo on the map as an international destination for surfing. Variety of professional instructors and well equipped shops are available through Tamarindo.

One of the most popular tours is to visit Las Baulas National Park, home to the endangered Giant Leatherback Turtle. From October to March guided night trips will take tourists to watch the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

The area is also well known for tennis, golf, fishing, scuba diving and other water sport activities.

Tamarindo is well known as the ultimate surf town. The iconic movie Endless Summer 2, put Tamarindo on the map as an international destination for surfing. Variety of professional instructors and well equipped shops are available through Tamarindo.

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WELLNESS

If all the snorkeling, surfing, zip lining, diving, sightseeing, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, eating and drinking has left you with a need to be pamper, you are in the right place. Gyms, Yoga centers, Aqua yoga and spas are available and affordable in the area. Wellness, weight watchers programs, detox and more are very popular also in the destination.

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SHOPPING

On Saturday mornings locals and tourists gather at the weekly farmers market. Besides the usual array of organic produce you will find a great variety of products such as homemade soaps, painted driftwood, handmade chocolate, preservative free yoghurts and cheese, gluten free pastries and more.

There is lots to see, buy and eat and it is a fun way to spend the morning. All along the main street of Tamarindo you will find lots and lots of boutiques and gift shops.

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TAMARINDO NIGHTLIFE

Tamarindo is a fun town and is reflected day and night. There is something to do always in Tamarindo, Italian, oriental, local and other cuisines can be delighted in many of the locals restaurants, being Seafood the most popular ones. Refreshing drinks can be zipped in local bars, clubs and lounges that also will offer dance with live music and DJs. Like any tourist destination, there is illegal drug use. Use caution, especially after drinking, and do not walk the streets late at night alone. Not all establishments take credit cards, and to avoid dealing with exchange rates, bring colones with you for payment.

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RESTAURANTS

The biggest upside of an eclectic and multi cultural community has to be the amazing variety of culinary options. Tamarindo does not only have a big variety but also a huge amount of restaurants, cafes, juice bars, delis, coffee shops, bakeries, etc. There is even a To Go service that will pick up from a restaurant and deliver it to your room. While in Tamarindo make sure to try the typical Costa Rican Casado, a dish made with rice, black beans, a protein such as meat, chicken, fish or egg, a salad, fried plantains and a picadillo (chopped vegetables). As black beans get better with age they are mixed with rice, bell peppers and onion the next morning and served with eggs, a tortilla and plantains for a delicious Gallo Pinto. Costa Rica is famous for its fresh fruits and licuados. A licuado is a fruit that is blended with either milk or water and sometimes a tad of sugar. Some favorites are Banano en Leche (bananas with milk), Papaya en Leche (papaya with milk) and Pina en Agua (pineapple with water).