Tamarindo is a beach town in the Province of Guanacaste, on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is also a district located in the Santa Cruz canton, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Tamarindo is the largest and most developed beach town in the Guanacaste province and the district has a population of approximately 6,500 as of 2011. The other towns forming the district other than Tamarindo are Villarreal, Santa Rosa, Garita Nueva, Hernández and San José de Pinilla. Surfing and eco-tourism are the main attractions of the area.
The closest international airport to Tamarindo is the Liberia International Airport (Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport). The average driving time between the Liberia international airport and Tamarindo is approximately 1 hour.
Quality restaurants and cozy lounge bars line the beach from where you can enjoy a good meal, have a cold drink in good company and be blessed every evening with the most magnificent sunset.
Playa Tamarindo is a crescent shaped, 3km long sandy beach right in town, offering high quality waves. Playa Tamarindo was made world famous by a popular surf movie from 1966 called “Endless Summer”, which included scenes filmed in Tamarindo, showcasing its world class surf breaks. Since then, surfers from all over the world have traveled to this beautiful town to enjoy the pura vida lifestyle and surf its awesome waves. Tamarindo beach has two principal surf breaks for intermediate and advanced surfers: Pico Pequeño, a rocky point to the right of the Hotel Tamarindo Diriá and the river mouth break called El Estero, located across from Cabinas Tsunami. The beach also offers many smaller beach breaks that are ideal for those wanting to learn how to surf.
Some of the most popular activities in Tamarindo are: ATV Tours, Estuary Safari, Horseback Riding, Zip Line & Canopy Tours, White Water Rafting class or Tubing, Turtle Nesting Tours, Scuba Diving, Kayak Tours, Snorkeling, Sport Fishing and Sailing.