Tamarindo Costa Rica

Tamarindo Costa Rica

Tamarindo is one of my favorite destinations in Costa Rica, and It seems like I’m not the only one who is in love with this place since this beach town in Guanacaste It’s one of the most popular destinations among travelers.

Beautiful beaches, great surf, lively nightlife, and when it comes to accommodations, there’s a wide variety of options available, from “Pura Vida” hostels to luxury resorts. 

This beach town also has plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from, offering everything from traditional Costa Rican cuisine to international dishes.

I believe that one of the main draws of Tamarindo is its beautiful beaches. 

Tamarindo Beach is the most popular and is great for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing.

There are also several other nearby beaches to check out, like Playa Langosta and Playa Grande.

If you’re into catching waves, Tamarindo is the spot for you. It has a bunch of different breaks that are perfect for both newbies and pro surfers. 

Plus, there are a ton of surf schools in town that can hook you up with lessons and gear.

But Tamarindo isn’t just a beach, it’s got a whole lot of other cool stuff to do too.

You can go on a hike and see all kinds of wild animals like monkeys, iguanas, and birds. Or you can take a boat tour to spot dolphins, whales, and sea turtles.

And if that’s not enough, you can also go horseback riding, zip-lining, or take an ATV tour.

Believe me, when I tell you, there’s something for everyone in Tamarindo!

if you’re looking for a good time at night, Tamarindo’s got you covered. 

There are several bars and clubs around, and you can usually find some live music happening somewhere in town.

Regardless if you want to chill on the beach or have an adrenaline-packed vacation, this beach town is a Costa Rica destination you must add to your travel itinerary.

Just keep in mind that Tamarindo can get pretty busy and touristy during the peak months (December to April).

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How to get to Tamarindo

From the SJO International Airport:

Getting to Tamarindo from SJO Juan Santamaria international Airport

There are different ways you can get to Tamarindo from the SJO International Airport:

By Bus:

The cheapest way to get to Tamarindo is with the Bus Company Alfaro bus.

The Alfaro Bus terminal is located at the Coca Cola bus station in San Jose. The exact location is the intersection of Avenida 3 and Calles 14/16.

The bus station is about 30 minutes away from the airport by car/taxi.

It departs every day at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, it will stop at a restaurant (typical Costa Rican food) for about 30 minutes and you can stretch your legs or use the bathroom.

Getting a Car Rental:

You can have a SUV or Compact vehicle waiting for you right at the SJO International Airport and drive directly to Tamarindo or stop werever and whenever you want, to get your quote go to Costa Rica Car Rental

Booking a Private or Shared Transfer from the SJO International Airport to Tamarindo:

Relax with a one way or round-trip transfer from the Juan Santa Maria SJO International Airport to Tamarindo using a private or shared transfer.
Some Companies I can recommend are:

  1. The Baqueano: Private Transportation from SJO Airport to Tamarindo for groups up to 15 Passengers
  2. Playa Grande Shuttle and Tours: Up to 5 passengers.
  3. AyE Tour Travels Costa Rica: Up to 4 passengers.
  4. Costa Rica Shuttle Group: Up to 5 passengers.

From Liberia International Airport (LIR):

By Bus:

The cheapest way to get from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo is by taking the Transportes La Pampa Bus, wich leaves from the Bus Station in Liberia every 4 hours, starting at 5:00 am, and it takes around 1h 30m.
To get there take a taxi to the bus station, make sure you tell them to take you to Transportes La Pampa (or just La Pampas) Terminal.

Renting a Car to get to Tamarindo:

You can book a compact or SUV vehicle for your trip to Tamarindo and have it waiting for you right a the LIR airport, you can quote online at Liberia Car Rental.

Private Transportation and Shuttle Services from Liberia Airport to Tamarindo:

Booking a transfer from the LIR International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste to Tamarindo is easy, and is one of the most confortable ways to get to Tamarindo.

Some of the companies I recommend are:

  1. Wanna Ride Costa Rica: Up to 6 passengers
  2. 506 Transfers and Tours: Up to 4 passengers.
  3. LIR to Tamarindo Transportation: Groups up to 10 Passengers.
  4. Shared Shuttle from LIR Airport to Tamarindo: Up to 15 Passengers.

Tamarindo Safety Tips

Is Tamarindo Costa Rica a safe place

Ticos (Costaricans) are generous people that will go out of their way to help you, and in general Tamarindo is a safe place, you just need to take certain precautions while traveling as you would anywhere in the world.

 Just have a general sense of awareness in your surroundings and you’ll be fine!

  1. Don’t carry a lot of money on you. This shouldn’t be much of a problem as ATMs are easy to find in most areas of Tamarindo and credit cards are widely accepted. If you decide to carry cash keep it in a money belt, neck wallet, or a secure place in a bag with a zipper.
  2. Keep your passport in a safe place like a hotel safe. Photocopy the first page of your passport (with your name, photo, etc.) and the page with your stamp allowing entry into Costa Rica, and carry that with you instead.
  3. Never hang a purse or bag on the back of your chair at a restaurant.
  4. If you’re traveling with a laptop, tablet, phone, etc. keep it locked in the hotel safe when you’re not using it.. As a precaution, you can install tracking software.
  1. Keep any valuables you have on you or in a small bag at your seat. Buses have an overhead compartment that is fine to use for most things, but you wouldn’t want to keep anything valuable up there as someone could easily grab the bag and then exit the bus.
  2. Avoid people trying to “help” you at the bus station.
  1. Legal taxis are red and have a triangle as a stamp on the doors. Legal taxi has a meter or “maria” which should be turned on when you enter the taxi, but keep in mind, that taxi drivers in Tamarindo don’t use the meters in their cars, so set the price before you even get in the car. NEVER get into a cab, tell them where you are going, and expect to get a fair rate upon arrival. Remember, almost all taxis are negotiable, so if they give you a high price, don’t be afraid to offer them a lower one, there are plenty of other taxis that will take you where you want to go.
  • For the most part, you don’t have to worry about crime at hotels. If you’re staying in an area that has problems with theft, the hotel will most likely have a guard on duty.

  • Even with security measures, it is always good to be vigilant and keep your belongings locked in the hotel safe.

  • Vacation rentals present a unique problem. They usually don’t have the same level of security, and thieves often know which houses are vacation rentals. They also know that tourists don’t always take the necessary precautions.

  • If you are concerned about crime in the area you’ll be visiting, pick a vacation rental that has security measures in place. A guard, security system, gate, deadbolt, safe, etc. all go a long way towards keeping a property secure. Even when you are home, don’t leave valuables in sight from windows and especially within arm’s reach of screened windows since they can be easily torn or cut.

  • Whenever you leave or are sleeping, always be sure to lock the house’s windows and doors.

One of the most common crimes that occurs in Costa Rica is bags being stolen from the beach.  Never leave your bag unattended while you swim, as thieves are often not far away, and will grab your bag then run off on a nearby beach trail. If you’re traveling with more than one person, take turns swimming and be sure that someone stays up on the sand with the bags. One way to avoid this problem altogether is not to bring anything valuable with you. If you only have a towel, sunscreen, and flip-flops, there is nothing of value for anyone to take.

Here are some cool safety gadgets you can get on Amazon:

Keep Safe Portable Lock Box
Master Lock 5900D Personal Safe
Waterproof Pouch Set with Waist

If you’re planning to go to the bars and clubs at night, stay in a group. Take a cab home or drive yourself, don’t walk, and specially avoid the beach at night.