Things to Do in Tamarindo

Situated to the north of the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste Province, the small town of Tamarindo is a place that lives and breathes its enviable environmental makeup. Warm, sunny, and on the coast, things to do in Tamarindo inevitably revolve around the beaches, of which there are many. Tamarindo attractions also make the most of the flora and fauna that thrive in this appealing part of Central America, while other activities in Tamarindo are the result of natural features that delight anyone who loves physical activities. When planning your trip to this coastal town, you'll find there is a wealth of things to do in Tamarindo.


Surfing is considered one of the main draws in terms of Tamarindo attractions. The majority of the beach breaks are perfect for learners, and surf schools and rental shops are available for those who need a helping hand. For experienced wave-riders, meanwhile, Pico Pequeno and El Estero, the mouth of the estuary, can produce waves that reach twelve feet high. The surf does change with the seasons, however, so it’s worth looking into when to go before booking your trip if surfing is high on your list of activities in Tamarindo.


Whether you like to fish from land or charter a boat for deep-sea fishing, the opportunities in Tamarindo are endless. Marlin, sailfish, and enormous tuna all swim the waters here, making for great sport fishing. Tamarindo’s many lagoons, meanwhile, provide for perfect secluded spots that are precious to many anglers. Snook and jack are the most common catches for those who like to stand on land and cast their lines.


The list of things to do in Tamarindo basically covers just about every outdoor activity known to man. The ocean provides opportunities for sailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing, along with the aforementioned surfing, while the estuary, which heads into the thick inland rain forest, makes for great kayaking and horseback riding. These activities in Tamarindo are well-supported by the local infrastructure, which provides numerous rentals and options for guided tours.

Eco Tours

Eco tours in Costa Rica are a burgeoning phenomenon, and Tamarindo attractions have not been slow to jump on the bandwagon. As usual, eco tours in Tamarindo cover a variety of different tours, from those that head off into the jungle for a live educational class, to those that aim to spot leatherback turtles as they go through their nesting process. Jungle safaris are also available, though they might not be strictly considered eco tours as they rely on heavy-set jeeps for transport.


With Tamarindo attractions such as water sports and animal watching revolving around the town’s beaches, it’s easy to forget that these are pristine examples of coastline and so are perfect for lazy days spent doing nothing at all. Tamarindo Beach itself is an ever-popular strip conveniently located adjacent to the town’s top accommodation and dining spots. Farther away, Playa Avellanas is a scenic beach popular among surfers, swimmers, and sunbathers.


For such a small place—the city has a population of about 2,000—the nightlife options in Tamarindo are surprisingly varied. And what better way could there be to end a day of beachside lounging than enjoying a meal and a couple of drinks in the area's amiable restaurants and sociable bars.

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