Tamarindo is a rapidly growing beach resort area and in the last three years has eclipsed all others on Costa Rica’s North Pacific Coast in the level of services, amenities, tourist attractions, accommodations and nightlife. The town of Tamarindo sits in the middle of a wide, arcing, beige sand beach.
A construction boom is continuing and will soon leave Tamarindo with 5 banks, 2 hardware stores, multiple restaurants, numerous accommodations, bars, discos, souvenir and surf shops, and small grocery stores. It’s a great destination for anyone that wants to do anything recreational in the ocean or simply enjoy the beach and the sun, by day, and then turn to a full evening of resort activities by night.
Both surfing and windsurfing are good, and there is a wildlife refuge and marine national park nearby. The beach is large enough that non surfers can still find quiet stretches. Parts of the beach have rip currents or barely submerged rocks, so make local inquiries before swimming. This beach has good access to public transportation and is bustling with small scale development. During the dry months, February’s winds can make the beach a bit gritty.
Tamarindo became known as a surf town after its beach was featured in the film, “Endless Summer II”. There are good waves at the river estuary north of town and at Playa Grande across the estuary.
There’s some surfing right off Playa Tamarindo, but the rocks make for limited space. Playa Langosta, a couple of kilometers south of Tamarindo, is a favorite uninhabited surfing beach. Sea kayaking is also good. About 6 km to 7 km farther south is Playa Avellanas.
Information for Surfers: Tamarindo has two main points: Pico Pequeno a rocky point in front of the Hotel Tamarindo Diria and the excellent river mouth break called El Estero.