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Tamarindo area is one of the World Class Fishing, Surfing and Exotic Vacation Destinations in the World.

CNBC of New York visited the area in April/06 and on it’s aired program “On The Money” proclaimed the area as the “fastest growing community in the World”.

We are located in the Coastal Community of Tamarindo of the Guanacaste Province, on the north-west coast of Costa Rica, with all the beauty of the Pacific Ocean for your delight.

From calm waters with great swimming, to the finest sand beaches with magnificent panoramas, Tamarindo shores are now receiving international recognition. Generous palm trees rise up from the beaches providing shade to sunbathers.

How to get here?
  • 45 minute flight from Juan Santamaria International Airport (San Jose – Airport code:SJO)
  • 45 minute drive from International Liberia Airport (Liberia – Airport code:LIR)
  • 4 hour drive from the capital of San Jose

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Local Information:

The village of Tamarindo has grown the past few years into a small modern center with an expanding range of services and amenities such as medical, police department, telephone, fax, direct TV, cable and internet access.

The waters of Tamarindo offer some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world for sailfish, marlin, swordfish, tuna, snapper and dozens of other species.

Tamarindo is the largest community on the Gold Coast with dozens of restaurants, hotels, shops, rental car agencies, tour companies and even has its own air strip.

Medical and health services in Costa Rica are generally rated as excellent. Both the government and private companies offer reasonably priced, comprehensive medical and hospital insurance programs. Every pharmacy by law must have a doctor on staff to examine patients at no cost.

Inland, in the highlands of the continental divide, Arenal Volcano during eruption puts on a spectacular fireworks display, especially at night, and is only one of several active volcanoes in Guanacaste.

Services

Tamarindo boasts an amazing selection of fine international and typical Costa Rican restaurants. Tamarindo has a French bakery, as well as restaurants catering to health-conscious and vegetarian patrons. You will never tire of sampling the wonderful variations of uniquely prepared specialties featuring the abundant supply of fresh local seafood, fruits and vegetables.

Tamarindo also has numerous malls, grocery stores, fresh produce and fruit juice stands, an ice factory, a variety of souvenir and clothing shops, an art gallery, medical clinic, pharmacies, hardware stores, service banks with ATM machines, real estate offices, laundromats and internet cafes. Our area now has a new school, Country Day School which is just a 15 minute drive from Tamarindo.

Water Sports

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Tamarindo Bay has become a mecca for surfers and blue water sport fishermen. Our sport fishing fleet of talented and conservation oriented captains are the pioneers of the Pacific coast. Their record catches of marlin, sailfish, giant tuna and other species have become legendary. Whether you want deep bluewater fishing, or reef or shoreline fishing, our fleet can accommodate you. Surf casting and handlining in front of your hotel for snook and jack are also popular. Any way you do it you can be sure to have your fresh catch cooked up for you at one of the friendly beachfront restaurants.

Warm water surfing is enjoyed year ’round and families find this area offers opportunities for surfers of all skill levels to enjoy the great waves that bless this part of the coast. Tamarindo was the first stop on an epic worldwide surf journey in the popular movie Endless Summer II.

Visitors also have access to SCUBA diving, snorkeling trips, beach cruises, water skiing, jet skiing, catamarans, ocean and river kayaking, wind surfing, sailing cruises and horseback riding. Bicycles, beach gear, surfboards, boogie boards and equipment of all types are available for rental from specialty stores.

Golfing

Two 18-hole championship golf courses are nearby, one was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, and the other, Royal Country Club was designed by Ron Garl who is the president of the Golf Architects Association and was voted golf course designer of the year for 1997. Hacienda Pinilla is the latest golf course in our area, offering spectacular views of the ocean.

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Transportation/Airlines:

  • Nature Air Flights Costa Rica, Nature Air offers domestic flights in Costa Rica, as well as flights to the neighboring countries of Nicaragua and Panama.
  • Tamarindo Shuttle Local shuttle bus service with affordable rates from Liberia and San Jose airports to many beach towns in Guanacaste.
  • Xplore Costa Rica – Tamarindo Beach Tours, Activities Transfers

Hotels/Hostels:

Restaurants:

  • Wok & Roll – Asian fusion restaurant and oyster bar
  • La Bodega – One of the best organic breakfast and lunch menu in town.
  • Kahiki Restaurant – Sport & Tapas Bar. Open for Breakfast
  • Tico To Go – Tamarindo’s number one restaurant delivery service.
  • Nogui’s Restaurant – Beachfront Dining & Sunset Happy Hour
  • Shrimp Hole – Tamarindo’s casual seafood bar and restaurant serving delicious, sustainably sourced, Costa Rican shrimp.

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Car Rentals:

  • Alamo – Offers fantastic daily rates
  • Hertz Rent-a-Car – Use your Hertz points during your stay in Tamarindo.
  • Adobe Rent-a-Car – Located in the center of town, Adobe offers competitive rates for visitors who want their own transportation.

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Surf Shops/Board Shapers:

  • Che Boards – Makers of top quality custom surfboards.

Dental services:

  • Dental Tourism – Tamarindo Dental Center – General dentistry and emergency services
  • Pacific Smile – This dentist gets fantastic reviews

Miscellaneous:

Tamarindo’s Climate

Tamarindo’s climate has two seasons, dry and rainy. The dry season, from November through April, is dry, hot and sunny. The humidity is very low and comfortable.

The rainy season begins in late April or early May and continues through October. A typical day is sunny or partly cloudy until late afternoon or evening, when showers build inland and move offshore, often producing spectacular sunsets. Everything is green and lush during this time of year. Although there are no hurricanes here, a hurricane or tropical depression in the Atlantic or Caribbean often means rain for Tamarindo. Temperatures in Tamarindo range between 80 and 100 degrees F. year ’round.

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