An ancient fishing village, is now one of the most developed tourist community of Costa Rica. It’s geographical and climatic conditions make the area ideal for surfing and other water sports with an average temperature of 32 °, the dry season, which runs from November to April is dry, sunny and warm with low humidity, the rest of the year there are always low rainfall with a pleasant climate. There is also the National Marine Park Las Baula, the Natural Refugio de Vida Silvestre Tamarindo and the long beaches of Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Langosta and Playa Avellana, which together constitute the area‘s most important for the turtle nesting.
There are all the facilities, modern supermarkets, banks, shopping centers, specialty shops, countless restaurants with cuisine from around the world, several hotels and an active night life with bars and club always open.
The local airport (only 3 minutes from the center) makes several daily connections with the capital with Nature Air or Sansa Regional.
Other places are also really nice to discover from Tamarindo as the ones you can see below:
Santa Teresa – Mal Pais
The village of Playa Santa Teresa is one of the most evocative of the south coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Famous spot for surfers from around the world, for the infinite and colorful sunsets from the beach, for small restaurants and hotels, as well as for large resort with all the luxuries and comforts.
Located at the extreme south of the Nicoya Peninsula and it is a small fishing village that borders on the south by the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve while to the north it merges with Santa Teresa where you can find shops and tourist infrastructures. While in recent years Santa Teresa has had a huge development, Mal Pais has retained its quiet atmosphere with natural areas intact.
The coast of Mal Pais is in many places rocky, with some bizarre volcanic formations that create the fascinating landscape alternating with small beaches of shells.
At the southern end of Mal Pais there is the small old fishing village that is also the basis for tours by boat around the the Nicoya Peninsula.
The maritime sanctuary of Cabo Blanco is a nursery for many aquatic species and from your boat you can watch dolphins, manta rays or whales. If you are into fishing, Malpais is a safe bet for a good catch as well as being for surfers and nature lovers. Along the main road, the parallel to the sea, you can find only a few small luxury villas and hotel accommodation, and a small shopping center and small groceries, if you want a place in a primitive state, Mal Pais offers a lifestyle detached from the chaos and bustle of modern life.
Arenal is one of the most visited national parks, famous for its Canopy Tour inside the virgin forest and for the suspended bridges over the huge trees. The village within the national park is very touristic, with restaurants, shops and hotels.
With its active volcano of 1,600 meters, is the preferred destination of most tourists, are excursions on its slopes on foot, horseback or quad, of course, incredible flora and fauna. From the slopes rise numerous waterways and spa where you can relax and admire the volcano view, in most of the hotels are the “Hot springs” pools fed by the warm waters of the volcano. A very relaxing place.
Numerous tours as a trip on the lake, canopy, waterfalls, shelters for butterflies, snakes, etc…
The Rio Celeste is located inside the Tenorio Volcano National Park, and the best thing to do is to walk through the jungle through the paths and wooden stairs to get to the observatory points or to get to the waterfall, or to the river itself. Its mysterious color is due to the presence of certain dissolved minerals particulars in its waters. The Rio Celeste is born from the encounter of two crystalline rivers, but then immediately changes color. Although this is only an optical, non-chemical phenomenon, the scenario is really quaint and unique.
Playa Ostional is a wonderful volcanic beach where thousands of turtles, before the rainy season, come to lay their precious eggs. Unique and rare natural showing.