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Tamarindo Beach Tours

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Tamarindo Beach
Once the site of a quiet fishing village, Tamarindo Beach has become one of Costa Rica's most popular stretches of golden sand. Surfers travel from across the globe to ride Tamarindo's waves, but you don’t need to be a pro to hang 10 here. There are spots nearby that are calm enough for first-time wave riders to learn.
 
The Basics
This beach has become one of the most developed on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Some visitors say the beach town has lost its authentic charm, while others enjoy the modern restaurants, nightlife, and creature comforts. Regardless, the mile-long, crescent-shaped beach offers plenty of space to sunbathe; the shallow, calm waters make for good swimming conditions; and sailing, kayaking, fishing, and surfing are all popular activities. All-terrain vehicle tours and sailing cruises are also available.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Surfers take note: Waves are said to be best close to the estuary.
  • There are many facilities and lodging options in the town of Tamarindo, or you can head across the river to Playa Grande for a more quiet atmosphere.
  • Parking can be difficult to find and parking guards will sometimes charge a fee.
 
How to Get There
Located on Costa Rica's northern Pacific Coast, Tamarindo Beach is five hours from San José by car and only an hour from the international airport in Liberia. There are also two public bus routes to Tamarindo from San José and Liberia, as well as shared shuttle options from both cities.
 
When to Get There
Although the temperature is always mild, high season is November through April when days are warm and sunny. This is also nesting season for leatherback and green sea turtles in nearby Playa Grande, where observation tours are available. The summer months of June through September often see torrential amounts of rain.
 
Nearby Barra Honda Caves
Located inside Barra Honda National Park, a 1.5-hour drive from Tamarindo, these well-preserved limestone caves feature stalactites, stalagmites, and other calcareous formations. They are a big draw for eco-tourists and climbers, but keep in mind, you’ll need to be outfitted with the appropriate climbing gear and be accompanied by a guide to explore the caves.
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55 Tours and Activities to Experience Tamarindo Beach

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ATV Tour Mountain & Beach From Tamarindo -Flamingo Beach

ATV Tour Mountain & Beach From Tamarindo -Flamingo Beach

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Explore Tamarindo’s beaches and dry forest on an off-road ATV tour with river crossings, mountain views, and stunning tropical scenery. Learn to maneuver your vehicle, then follow your guide along a rugged circuit. Take in the sights and sounds of the Costa Rican forest and watch for birds and monkeys as you steer beneath coastal trees. Upgrade your tour to include other activities such as snorkeling, driving a UTV, ziplining, or even exploring other areas by ATV.
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  • 2 hours
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise of Tamarindo Beach

Catamaran Sunset Cruise of Tamarindo Beach

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Kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and unobscured views of the Guanacaste coast make this perfectly timed sunset catamaran cruise a must when in Tamarindo—and the open bar certainly doesn't hurt. End your day with sea, surf, and sunshine out on the ocean before coming closer to shore in time for a panoramic view of the sunset.
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  • 5 hours
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Buena vista Mega Combo Tour at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano from Tamarindo Beach

Buena vista Mega Combo Tour at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano from Tamarindo Beach

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Explore the forested foothills of Rincon de la Vieja volcano with a full day combination tour from Tamarindo, and swing, slide and ride through the park’s scenic landscape. Get a bird’s-eye view of the forest floor as you travel from treetop to treetop on a canopy tour, then launch down a 1,200-foot (400-mt) water slide. Pause for lunch before riding a horse to a natural spa, and spend the rest of your day rolling in mineral-rich volcanic mud and enjoying a series of steaming thermal pools.
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  • 10 hours
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$139.00
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Canopy Tour In Tamarindo Beach

Canopy Tour In Tamarindo Beach

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Fly through the canopy of a rare tropical dry forest on this ziplining excursion from the Tamarindo area. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of monkeys, lizards, and more as you traverse the treetops on a kid-friendly morning outing. Choose between 'Easy' or 'Adventure canopy tours to suit your level of skill.
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  • 3 hours
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Costa Rica Adventure Package Beach and Rainforest 8 Days

Costa Rica Adventure Package Beach and Rainforest 8 Days

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Partake on a Costa Rican adventure on this 8-day tour from Liberia International Airport (LIR). From an ATV tour through white-sand beaches to river tubing down the Colorado River, get ready for days packed with action. You’ll also get to go on a horseback ride, zipline through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and rappel down huge waterfalls. Plus hike through rainforests, enjoy free time, and relax at Rio Negro Hot Springs.
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  • 8 days
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Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja

Volcano Hike, Waterfall Swim & Hot Springs Combo on Rincon de la Vieja

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Immerse yourself in the wild volcanic landscapes of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park on this full-day trekking tour. Set out on a moderate 3-hour hike through the jungle and keep a lookout for Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, Toucans, and Coatis along the way. Pass hissing fumaroles, volcanic craters, and bubbling mud pools, then cool off with a swim beneath the Oropendola Waterfall. After re-fuelling with a delicious lunch of Costa Rican cuisine, enjoy a soothing soak in the hot springs and volcanic mud baths of Rio Negro.
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  • 10 hours
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$125.00
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Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour

Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour

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Get an up-close look at Costa Rica's hidden natural wonders on this Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes waterfall tour from Tamarindo. Follow an expert local guide through breathtaking scenery, rugged trails, and truly beautiful attractions. This is the perfect way to explore outside the city and see what makes Costa Rica a top attraction for nature lovers.
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  • 12 hours
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Marlin del Rey Catamaran Snorkel Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

Marlin del Rey Catamaran Snorkel Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo

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This Tamarindo sunset cruise includes snorkeling and kayaking equipment for you to get out and enjoy the water, plus a premium top-shelf open bar and lunch. Basically, it has everything you need to guarantee a fun afternoon out on the water. End your tour with a picture-perfect sunset over the ocean.
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  • 5 hours
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Kayak and Snorkel Tour from Flamingo Beach

Kayak and Snorkel Tour from Flamingo Beach

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Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast on this 4-hour kayaking and snorkelling adventure. Hop on-board a single or double kayak and paddle your way past sandy beaches and lush rainforest. After stopping to catch your breath on a nearby island, dive in to swim and snorkel among colourful coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. Best of all: with full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all abilities and children over 10 years old.
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  • 2 hours
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Sunset Sailing Tour on Ti Marouba catamaran Tamarindo

Sunset Sailing Tour on Ti Marouba catamaran Tamarindo

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Set sail from Tamarindo in time to catch the sunset on this afternoon sailing tour. Snack and grab a drink from the open bar while admiring views of the Guanacaste coast, or go for an adventure using included kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkel equipment. As a bonus, this eco-conscious boat is low emission and serves all of its food and beverages in reusable materials—no single-use plastic on board.
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  • 5 hours
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Sunset Catamaran Tour with Open Bar at Flamingo Beach

Sunset Catamaran Tour with Open Bar at Flamingo Beach

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Set sail for a relaxing afternoon of tropical breezes, cool cocktails, and an unforgettable sunset on this catamaran cruise from Flamingo Beach. Sit back and catch some rays on a boat equipped with trampolines, a freshwater shower, and other plush amenities, and unwind with free-flowing drinks from an open bar. Add an element of adventure with a snorkeling stop to explore Costa Rica's colorful marine life.
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  • 4 hours
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8-Day All-Inclusive Surf Camp in Tamarindo

8-Day All-Inclusive Surf Camp in Tamarindo

Tamarindo is as famous for its beauty and nightlife as it is for its surf break. Surfers of all experience levels can travel and take to the waves on this all-inclusive, 8-day surf camp in Tamarindo; learn to pop-up, turn, and ride waves with ease while enjoying pura vida lifestyle in Costa Rica. This tour includes three surf trips, nine surf lessons, a tour of Rincon de la Vieja volcano, a snorkeling trip, and all equipment and accommodations.
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  • 8 days
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Adventure Rafting Class III and IV in Tenorio River from Playa Tamarindo

Adventure Rafting Class III and IV in Tenorio River from Playa Tamarindo

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Get your adrenaline pumping on a whitewater rafting trip down the Tenorio River, located in a red-rock canyon in the Guanacaste mountain range. Depart from Tamarindo for a day trip to Costa Rica’s nearby forests, including lunch.
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  • 9 hours
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Horseback Riding Jungle and Beach in Playa Flamingo

Horseback Riding Jungle and Beach in Playa Flamingo

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Saddle up for a thrilling 2-hour horseback riding adventure from Playa Flamingo and soak up the scenery from the back of a beautiful horse! Look out for Howler monkeys, iguanas, magpie blue jay and parakeets as you amble along rainforest trails or let loose with a gallop along the beach. Best of all: there are a range of horses and trails suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced riders.
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  • 2 hours
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ATV Tour at Tamarindo

ATV Tour at Tamarindo

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If you’re looking to escape the crowds in Tamarindo, look no further than this fun-filled ATV tour. An ATV allows you to get off the beaten track— ride through small towns, into the jungle, and even across rivers during the rainy season. As you ride, look for wildlife like monkeys and birds that call the area home.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Albatros Tamarindo Sailing Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling

Albatros Tamarindo Sailing Sunset Cruise with Snorkeling

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An amazing sunset cruise from Tamarindo, you'll set sail for the afternoon on the Albatros, an 88 ft Gulet Schooner, the wooden “Rolls Royce” of the seas, with open bar, 5 gourmet courses, live music, snorkeling and swimming. The boat has so that you can get comfortable while servers bring you amazing food and drinks the entire afternoon until sunset.
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  • 5 hours
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Zipline and Hanging Bridges Combo Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Zipline and Hanging Bridges Combo Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Exchange the sun and surf for for a high-flying adventure in the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest on this full-day combo tour from Tamarindo. Fly through the forest canopy on a 15-cable zipline course featuring a gravity-defying Superman cable and a Tarzan swing, and slow down for a closer look at Monteverde's rich biodiversity while walking through the tree tops along a series of hanging bridges. In between adventures, replenish your energy with a typical Costa Rican lunch.
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  • 12 hours
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$135.00
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Buggy Tour Tamarindo

Buggy Tour Tamarindo

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When we say “buggy” picture a golf cart on steroids. Go off road to explore the rainforest around Tamarindo along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast with an experienced naturalist guide. Spot wildlife and learn about the area's rich natural history while bouncing along dirt trails in the comfort of a UTV (utility terrain vehicle). This adventure is perfect for all ages any time of year.
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  • 2 hours
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Tamarindo Stand Up Paddleboarding with Snorkeling at Captain Island

Tamarindo Stand Up Paddleboarding with Snorkeling at Captain Island

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Skip the boat tours and make your own way to a Tamarindo snorkeling spot on this guided stand-up paddleboard tour on Tamarindo Bay. No experience is necessary to enjoy this trip—all instruction and equipment is included to ensure success. Once you reach Captain Island, slip on your snorkel gear and enjoy free time looking for wildlife like fish, stingrays, and octopi before paddling back to Tamarindo.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tamarindo Kayaking Tour with Snorkeling at Captain Island

Tamarindo Kayaking Tour with Snorkeling at Captain Island

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Kayak over to Isla Capitan to reach an excellent snorkeling spot on this half-day tour from Playa Tamarindo. Start with a brief kayak lesson, then set off with your guide for the paddle to Captain Island. There you can go snorkeling where you might spot marine life such as colorful fish, stingrays, and octopus. Choose to ride in a single or double kayak with use of snorkeling gear included.
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UTV Buggy 4x4 Secluded Beach Tour from Tamarindo

UTV Buggy 4x4 Secluded Beach Tour from Tamarindo

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Getting to the popular Playa Conchal is made all the more fun with this off-road UTV tour from Tamarindo. Drive your own off-road vehicle down the rugged Guanacaste coast to reach Playa Conchal, and spend time snorkeling in the famously clear waters once you arrive. Return to Tamarindo on a different off-road path for a 2-for-1 off-road experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Mega Combo tour: Tubing,Canopy,Horseback ride & Hot Spring from Playa Flamingo

Mega Combo tour: Tubing,Canopy,Horseback ride & Hot Spring from Playa Flamingo

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Get the ultimate adrenaline fix with this action-filled combo tour and spend a full day exploring the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. First, take to the treetops for an exhilarating canopy tour, complete with high-speed zip-lines, a Tarzan Swing and a climbing wall, then float down the Rio Colorado on a tube. After lunch (included), saddle up to complete your adventure with a scenic horseback ride through the forest, then finish with a relaxing mud wrap and soak in the hot springs.
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  • 7 hours
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Guanacaste Life Style Tamarindo Beach

Guanacaste Life Style Tamarindo Beach

As part of your experience at our family farm, you will enjoy a traditional Guanacaste homemade meal cooked in a wood-burning stove in our rustic outdoor ranch area.. Morning program, Start with Typical Breakfast: it will be offered in our typical ranch, Gallo pinto, creole egg, farm curd, tortilla, coffee or juice plus fruits Manual milking: the milking demonstration will be given to practice with the tourists Oxcart ride: tour through the farm through emblematic trees where the farm has an approximate area of 100 hectares Horse riding: there will be a cattle drive where the tourist feels like a sabanero more of our farm, After a busy morning, you will be ready to experience a real Costa Rican typical lunch at the ranch: Typical Lunch: it will be offered in our typical ranch, Rice and beans, salad, farm curd, tortilla chicken or pork and natural juice. To end the tour, you take your
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  • 4 hours
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Full-Day Canyon Adventure Tour From Tamarindo Beach

Full-Day Canyon Adventure Tour From Tamarindo Beach

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Swing, ride, and paddle your way through Rincon de la Vieja’s volcanic foothills on a full-day trip from Tamarindo that combines four adventurous activities. Grab a harness to explore the treetops on a canopy tour, then cool off in the Río Colorado while navigating white water in a raft or inner tube. Visit a nearby ranch for a traditional Costa Rican lunch, ride a horse through a distinctive dry tropical forest, and finish your day with a soak in volcanic mud and steaming hot springs.
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  • 8 hours
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