Top 5 Things To Do In Tamarindo
Top 5 Things To Do In Tamarindo

Are you planning a trip to the beautiful Costa Rican coastal town of Tamarindo? Situated on the Pacific coastline in the Guanacaste province, Tamarindo offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and thrilling adventures. This beautiful township attracts both tourists and locals alike from miles around to enjoy its superb beach, artisan stores, fantastic restaurants and incredible nightlife. Whether you’re a nature lover, adrenaline junkie, or simply seeking relaxation, Tamarindo has a little something for everyone. In this article we discuss the top 5 things to do in Tamarindo during your visit.

Tamarindo Costa Rica
Aerial view of Tamarindo township and bay

Best Things To Do In Tamarindo

Here are our top 5 best things to do while staying in Tamarindo and the surrounding areas.

Tamarindo Surf Lessons
Tamarindo Surf Lessons

Surfing in Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo is a fantastic surfing hub which attracts surf lovers from near and far. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned surfer, you will be sure to enjoy the incredible waves that this beach has to offer. Best part of all is that you don’t even need to bring your own board – Tamarindo is full of great surf shops where renting a surf board is easy. No matter if you’re a solo surfer or wanting to catch some waves with a few friends, Tamarindo can be an ultimate surfers paradise. It’s also close to a number of other fantastic beaches to explore nearby, so be sure to check out the other surf spots along the Guanacaste coastline.

If you would like to book either a group or private surf lesson in Tamarindo, we offer some great surf packages on our website. Feel free to check them out!

Las Baulas National Marine Park
Las Baulas National Marine Park & Tamarindo Estuary

Exploring Las Baulas National Marine Park and Tamarindo Estuary

Situated close to Tamarindo to the north is Playa Grande, home to the Las Baulas National Marine Park. This area is rich in biodiversity and home to many species of native animals. From the Tamarindo River, you can take a boat tour up the estuary and mangroves to encounter all sorts of incredible inhabitants including crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, and more.  Las Baulas National Marine Park is also an important nesting sight for the endangered leatherback turtles. In fact, this remarkable area is the largest nesting colony of leatherback sea turtles along the entire pacific coastline of both North and South America. Tours are available to witness nesting turtles during the months of October to May. If you are lucky, you may just see the worlds largest sea turtles come to the shores to lay their eggs.

We offer tours exploring Tamarindo Estuary where you can see some of the rich biodiversity only a short distance from downtown Tamarindo. Be sure to check out our Tamarindo Estuary Boat Tour for more information.

Tamarindo sunset cruise
Tamarindo Sunset Sailing Cruise

Sunset Sailing Cruise

Tamarindo also offers some of the most magnificent sunsets throughout the pacific coast, and one of the best ways to enjoy a beautiful Costa Rican sunset is via a sunset sailing cruise. From Tamarindo beach, you will be transported to a large catamaran along with other adventure goers for a morning or afternoon trip to one of the secluded bays along the coastline. Here you can enjoy a delightful swim or snorkel in the warm waters of the pacific. Many sailing cruises also include a fantastic buffet style lunch as well as local fruit juices, beers and cocktails while you relax on deck and enjoy the tropical climate. If conditions are good, during your afternoon return trip you will be treated to a most spectacular sunset on board your catamaran and will be able to watch as the glowing sun touches the horizon and slowly dips away in a blaze of colors.

Sunset cruises are available all year round from a variety of operators. If you would like to book a sunset cruise, then be sure to check out our Tamarindo catamaran tour with lunch which departs daily.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Embark on a day trip to the stunning Rincon de la Vieja National Park, located north-east of Tamarindo just north of Liberia. One of Costa Rica’s most superb national parks, Rincon de la Vieja boasts valcanoes, hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, natural pools, and bubbling mud pots. As with many national parks in Costa Rica, Rincon de la Vieja is also rich in biodiversity and filled to the brim with native flora and fauna. During a hike you may be lucky enough to see Toucans, Monkeys, Coatis, Sloths, and much more. This national park also houses one of the most mesmerizing waterfalls in the country, the Oropendola Waterfall, along with a vast expanse of volcanic mud pools and natural hot springs where explorers can soak in the rejuvenating pools which are said to do wonders for the body and mind.

We offer full day tours from Tamarindo to Rincon de la Vieja National Park which includes a full two hour hike with stops at Oropendola Waterfall and the Rio Negro Hot Springs. Head to our dedicated tour page if you would like to learn more!

Downtown Tamarindo
Downtown Tamarindo

Explore Tamarindo’s Township

Tamarindo offers one of the best beach towns in Costa Rica, attracting tourists from all over the globe! Whether you want to try out some of the many restaurants and culinary delights of this vibrant town, or perhaps purchase souvenirs at one of the local artisan shops, Tamarindo has got you covered! Despite being such a bustling beach town, you will be pleased to know there near everything here is within walking distance so you will get to sample much of this towns excellent culture. As the sunsets on the pacific coast, things only get better with Tamarindo’s unbeatable nightlife. This town is home to some of the best bars, clubs and cultural activities in Guanacaste. Most nights you will be able to see spectacular fire dances which perform outside beach bars and restaurants. If you’re around during the weekdays, then make your way to the Tamarindo Night Market which goes from 6pm to 9pm every Thursday night. Here you can explore a number of street vendors selling goods to take back home or sample delicious street food from far and wide, all while enjoying local music and entertainment.


In conclusion, Tamarindo beckons tourists with its incredible blend of culture, adventure, relaxation, and rich natural beauty. Whether you’re catching waves on Tamarindo Beach, marveling at sea turtles in Las Baulas National Marine Park, hiking through volcanic landscapes in Rincon de la Vieja, or simply exploring the beautiful township and beach, you’re sure to create unforgettable memories in this tropical paradise. Plan your trip today and get ready to experience the very best of Tamarindo!

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