Tamarindo Caters to Surfers, Nature Lovers
Once upon a time, Tamarindo was just a sleepy village known to few outside the surfing and nature worlds. Then, in 1994, its breathtaking waves were featured in the surfer movie, “Endless Summer II.” The town hasn’t been the same since then.
Located on the northwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Tamarindo today is a surfer’s paradise offering miles of coastline and azure blue water. Its easy accessibility makes it perfect for both short and long holiday breaks. Tamarindo is a 50-minute drive from the major regional airport at Liberia; it also has a small airport with daily flights from San Jose, the country’s capital.
Tamarindo has more to offer than just fantastic surfing. It has miles of beach just waiting to be walked on and surfside cafes where you can view incredible sunsets while sipping an espresso. Excellent sport-fishing, with record catches of marlin and tuna, is available beyond the waves. Landlubbers will delight in the area’s nature offerings as they spot a wide variety of marine life. Nearby is National Park Las Baulas, which is one of the few places in the world where Giant Leatherback Turtles lay their eggs.
The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Besides surfing and fishing, Tamarindo is a great place to snorkel, water ski and wind surf. Non-water activities include golf and 10 miles of nature trails for hiking. When the sun goes down, the neon lights go on. Enjoy dining at casual or gourmet restaurants and then dance the night away at a salsa bar.
However you spend your days (and nights) in Tamarindo, it’s for certain you won’t be bored.