Costa Rica has been a fairly new favorite for travelers, as the nation offers up excellence in tourism and hospitality. Add some gnarly waves and Tamarindo is the idyllic place to land for a surfer’s vacation in Costa Rica. Its roots are as a sleepy fishing town that’s quickly grown into one of the most popular places in Guanacaste.

Tamarindo is a picturesque region that serves as a gateway to beaches, plains and mountains. Its climate is ideal for a variety of topography to co-exist including deciduous forests, sugarcane fields, lagoons and its well-known pristine beaches.

Tamarindo a Surfer’s Paradise

Tamarindo has lots to offer, but if you are a surfer, the waves are calling to you. It’s recommended for good surfers who know their way around the waves, as currents are strong sometimes. For the more serious surfers looking for exciting breaks, visit the river mouth.

For beginners and wannabe surfers who want to try out a board, there are areas of the beach where you can take lessons and be relatively safe. Stick with the southern tip of the beach for good swimming, where the water stays plenty calm.

Family Fun Activities in Tamarindo

It goes beyond having great breaks, to offering a lot of beach activities that have great appeal. The immediate vicinity offers a great variety of landscapes from beaches to the nearby forest, which is dry. Scuba diving and horseback riding are two other popular activities in Tamarindo.

Numerous Accommodation Options

Likewise, you have your choice of massive commercial resorts and quieter, more private and smaller accommodations thanks to a cottage industry of more organically Costa Rican places. The Sueño de Mar, for instance, features the signature lush greenery of nearby forests, along with less trodden beaches, along with the local wildlife of monkeys and turtles.

If you are into wildlife, you may also want to make a visit or stay at Playa Grande or Playa Langosta where the leatherback turtles go to lay their eggs in season. Of course, you are in control, and if you prefer, make JW Marriott Guanacaste yours for your stay. The resort sits atop 4,000 acres and has everything you could want, including creature comforts of home and the reliable services of a commercial chain.

The Westin’s Playa Conchal is surrounded by lots of tropical forest — 2,000 acres to be sure. It has a top beach, with superb white sand. The Westin resort even boasts an 18-hole golf course and something of every vacationer’s dream: an all-inclusive resort. It is the largest of its kind in Costa Rico, and carries a name — Westin — that is sure to please with a resort that appeals to all senses, such as comfortable beds, clean linens, appealing and fresh decor, luxurious bathroom amenities, excellent views, and gastronomic delights at the many eateries within its walls.

Upscale Luxury

For a more upscale and unique feel stay at the Cala Luna Hotel and at the adjoining Villas, which are on the northwestern shore of Tamarindo. For even more luxury stay at the Garden of Eden, Jardin del Eden, in Spanish, which sits on the north Pacific coast of the nation in Guanacaste. The benefit of this location is its proximity to the international airport and the town of Liberia within a short drive.

Hotel Esplendor sits upon a very well-groomed section beach with easy access to most of the attractions of Tamarindo. Hotel Capitan Suizo is another favorite, which is environmentally friendly, and occupies the northern portion of the Pacific Coastal town.

Tamarindo has a great deal to offer locals, friends from neighboring countries, as well as international jet setters. It is a hot spot for surfers looking to catch some great waves. The rest of the family can enjoy scuba, watching wildlife, and exploring local forests.

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