Tamarindo is a quiet town, which has all the necessary structure to receive tourists with all kinds of expectations, whether traveling with friends, honeymoon or family holidays, this area has surf and fashion shops, art galleries, large supermarkets, banks, car rentals, beauty salons and tour operators, there are restaurants for all tastes, some specializing in gourmet, healthy, or typical Costa Rican food.
There are a large number of hotels in Tamarindo, for all tastes and budgets; there are from all-inclusive resorts, hotels, B & B to budget hostels and hostels for backpackers.
Tamarindo offers beautiful sunsets; but the fun does not end there, as in the area there are great variety of bars and discos open so you can have a drink and dance all night. In Tamarindo the weather is warm all year round, so remember to include in your luggage, shorts, t-shirts, a hat, a pair of jeans and in rainy season a thin long sleeve shirt is usually enough. The sun shines almost 365 days of the year, although in the rainy season (May to October), you can expect a brief rain mainly in the afternoon; It is important to keep in mind that Playa Tamarindo has strong currents and submerged rocks, so be careful when swimming.
Tamarindo offers many activities that will keep you occupied during all your most adventurous vacations, you can rent diving equipment and spend the day exploring the great variety of animal life that the sea has, so be prepared to see some incredible creatures; but if you do not want to have much contact under the sea water, there are activities like surfing, kayaking, sailing and sport fishing that you can practice here.
The Surf is very popular in Tamarindo, whether you want to practice it or just watch the surfers from the beach. This area is a good place for novice surfers; If you do not have the necessary experience, you can always sign up for some surf classes, here you will find many surf schools, Tamarindo will be an unforgettable place to learn the basics of surfing. If you are more experienced, you can sign up for personalized surf tour. You can also go horse riding, quad biking, rent a bike, rafting, hiking, golf and much more.
Perhaps Tamarindo’s greatest attraction is its proximity to the Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of dazzling protected forest, including abundant mangroves and estuaries. The Tamarindo Natural Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest nesting sites in the world for the leatherback turtle in conjunction with the Las Baulas National Park. In 1993, the Tamarindo estuary was declared World Wetland by the RAMSAR Convention; Here you can organize tours of fascinating animal and vegetable life. Near Tamarindo you can visit Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and Barra Honda National Park.