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Tamarindo is perhaps Costa Rica's most cosmopolitan beach. Few places have so much entertainment by day: scenery, sunbathing, snorkeling, surfing, shopping, and a lively nightlife. Although the town is not nearly as crowded as other Pacific coast beaches like Jacó, tourists make their presence abundantly clear. Here you'll find more resort-hoppers than backpackers and just as many Thai restaurants and French bakeries as sodas. The crowd on the beach is composed of people from all walks of life: Local families on vacation, retired gringos, surfers from the north and south, and backpackers seeking a break from their diet of rice and beans. Socialites can find plenty of people to schmooze with, and those preferring peace can wander out to the rocky points at either end of the beach and take in a stunning sunset, reflected on the endless silvery waters. If standard after-hours activities don't suit your taste, take advantage of fantastic natural splendors, like watching a leatherback turtle lay her eggs at nearby Parque Nacional Las Baulas. Tamarindo is a good place to think about Costa Rica's many contradictions, but also an easy place to forget about them. The waves on Tamarindo are softer and smaller than most of the other beaches in Costa Rica, which makes it an ideal place for beginners surfers. If you are looking for stronger waves, go north to Playa Granda, or south to Playa Negra.


Tamarindo Tips

Tamarindo is more expensive than most of the other beach towns in Costa Rica, and during the dry season it is hard to find cheap accommodation without reserving it in advance.

About 10 kilometers north of Tamarindo, there is a beach named Playa Conchal, which is one of the most beautiful and unique beaches in Costa Rica. Conchal is so beautiful because its white sand is made of small fractions of shells (Conchal is the Spanish word for shell). There are no waves at Playa Conochal, and the water is very deep just 2 meters from the sand, which makes it one of the best swimming spots in Costa Rica. There are also a few nice cheap cabins in Playa Brasilito, 300 meters from Playa Conchal, so if you found Tamarindo to be too crowded, that could be a great alternative.


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Tamarindo beach hotels and cabins

Hotel Pueblo Dorado
Price range: from $30.00-$50.00

Location: Near Tamarindo airport

Description: Small and friendly.

Phone: 222-5741


El Jardin Del Eden

Price range:  $67.00-$105.00

Location: On Slope Above Tamarindo Beach

Description: air condition, ceiling fans, private bath, hot water, refrigerator, bar, safe deposit box, and an enticing view of the ocean and its magnificent tropical sunset.

Phone: 653-0137

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Cala Luna Hotel & Villas

location:  The hotel rooms are so close to the beach that you can hear the waves.

Prices: from $132.00-$184.00

Description: All the rooms have patio terrace, a/c, fans, fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, satellite TV, telephone and private safe.

Phone: 653-0214

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