Welcome to Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This town is about midway along the Pacific Guanacaste Coast, and is very popular as it’s known for its surfing and tourism draw.

The Busy Area

We start out walk at the south of of Calle Central, where there’s a roundabout and the Welcome to Tamarindo sign. This area is very busy for both tourists and locals, as it allows for direct access to the busiest part of the beach.

Along the beach, you’ll find lots of restaurants with an amazing view. You can expect to pay a bit more for the food and view but it’s well worth it. Alternatively you can bring your own food and have a picnic on the beach. There are horse tours on the beach as well, with a makeshift horse stall at this location on Calle Central.

We’ll walk back to the north along Calle Central, and find many shops for tourist goods, but also several high end clothing/unique items shops. There’s a wide array of restaurants along the street which are an easy distance from the beach to check out during a day in the water.

Walking further, we’ll see Calle Cardinal, which will take you further from the beach towards more hotels. The video should give you an idea of how long the walk will be to the beach.


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Back To The Beach

Let’s head back along a path to the sand! We’ll check out Tamarindo Daria, a hotel with a large grassed area facing the beach. It looks like a great place to relax and enjoy the water without being on the sand – if that floats your boat.

We’re going to head back to Calle Central at about Banana Surf Club. Around this area there’s a lot of surf shops where you can buy/rent boards or get surfing lessons. You’ll also find the Sunrise Condos Tamarindo in this area.

Making our final turn back to the beach at the highly reviewed restaurant Agua | Salada, which looks very nice and is directly adjacent to a very well manicured path. At the end of this path there’s a nice fitness construct with some makeshift weights and a kids playground. There’s also two volleyball nets with well maintained sand.

On this part of the beach it’s very busy beach especially on this Friday afternoon. If you look farther to the north you can see Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas which also are known for white sand and surfing. We had stopped in Playa Grande and saw that the waves are much bigger and the beach much less busy.

Travelling in Costa Rica is much easier when you know some conversational Spanish. Many locals will understand English, but it will ease your experience by knowing some basic Spanish in advance. You'll be able to ask better questions and understand signs/shop owners. I recommend using Rosetta Stone before you even leave for your trip, and when you arrive you can refine your conversational skills.

Tourism In Demand

Tamarindo is an amazing little town that’s very busy, but sure to impress. It would be a great location to book your stay in and journey out from to some of the smaller beaches or inland destinations.

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