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Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

For years, Playa Tamarindo was a remote, sleepy little fishing village with a surfing problem.

Now, while the town still has plenty of fishermen, it’s not so sleepy anymore. Tamarindo has grown up into a surf town known around the world—and a top-choice vacation destination. Located on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, just 45 minutes from Liberia International Airport, Tamarindo is now easier to access than ever, which has resulted in a welcome mix of global travelers. But even with its increased popularity, Tamarindo’s colorful little surf town charm is still its biggest appeal.

A visit to Playa Tamarindo is a must-do while in Costa Rica, if for no other reason than to enjoy one of our memorable sunsets. For those who want to take a longer break from exploring the rain forests, or make Tamarindo your main Costa Rican location, there’s a wide variety accommodations to choose from. While surfers on a budget usually prefer the low-cost hostel options, the more sophisticated travelers might prefer the all-inclusive resorts, quaint Bed and Breakfasts or exquisite beachfront home rentals. Tamarindo has something for everyone - all within walking distance to town…and the ocean.

While relaxing on the beach is the perfect way to spend a day, or even a week, there are many other things to do in Tamarindo. Take a leisurely stroll around town to browse the vibrant shops and trendy boutiques for everything from whimsical souvenirs to exquisite one-of-a-kind jewelry. Or, if food is one of your passions, there’s no shortage of Tamarindo eateries to try. While casual beachfront dining is always a hit (which is where you’ll most likely be serenaded by a strolling Mariachi band), the dozens of restaurants tucked throughout town are certainly worth discovering. From tasty local dishes to exotic gourmet, chefs from around the world proudly prepare amazing meals that would keep a New York foodie coming back for more.

For those of you who are looking for a little more activity, Tamarindo has plenty to keep you busy—and, of course, surf lessons are at the top of the list! The plethora of surf shops in town all offer classes with experienced instructors who will help you learn, have fun and hit the waves safely. Just step into a shop to sign up and you’ll most likely be toting a board down the beach in minutes.

If you want to add even more action to your Costa Rican experience, it’s easy to arrange zipline/canopy tours, ATV rentals, horseback riding, charter fishing, white water rafting and day trips to rainforests and volcanoes. Just visit one of the many tour companies in town or book through your hotel. And, of course, NO trip to Tamarindo is complete without a sailing adventure on the Blue Dolphin!

So what are you waiting for? Get busy planning your trip to Costa Rica and visit our Tours page to schedule your day on board the Blue Dolphin or contact us to plan a memorable private charter.

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