A world-class destination for surfers, adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts, Tamarindo features a seemingly endless list of outdoor excursions and eco-tours, sure to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset. How do you whittle down such a selection of adrenaline-pumping tours for your upcoming beach vacation? Here’s our vote for the best activities in the area!
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#1 Sunset catamaran tour
Especially recommended if you’re enjoying a romantic escape with your loved one or are on your honeymoon! Explore Guanacaste’s picturesque bays on a handsome sailing catamaran as your host serves up gourmet appetizers and you mingle with guests. Cold beer, wine and a champagne toast are offered on these sunset tours, which depart daily in Tamarindo. Keep an eye out for breaching whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
#2 Take a surf lesson from a pro
Known for its stellar waves and warm waters, Tamarindo is a veritable legend among surfers and was one of the first Costa Rica beach towns early visitors frequented when they wanted to hang ten. One-on-one lessons and surf camps cater to every skill level, and often feature day trips to neighboring hot spots like Playa Avellanas (aka Little Hawaii), Playa Grande and Langosta. Both short and long boards are available for rent, so you can have some fun after you’ve mastered the basics.
#3 Horseback riding on the beach
Imagine galloping next to the waves, the wind whipping through your hair as your trusty mount reaches top speed. Horseback riding is a major part of Costa Rican culture, and there’s no better way to experience its joys than in the hands of experienced professionals, who have well-trained horses suited for absolute beginners through seasoned riders.
#4 Go fishing for tuna, marlin and sailfish
Charter a well-equipped boat for an unforgettable day of Tamarindo sportfishing in the warm Pacific Ocean, where a typical day raises several mahi mahi, wahoo and 120 pound + sailfish. The bite is on year-round, though January through April marks the prime season for hooking striped marlin and sailfish (strictly catch and release). Trust experienced captains and their professional crew as they help you land the fish of a lifetime!
#5 Snorkeling & diving at the Catalina Islands
No matter if you’re a complete novice or PADI certified diver, Tamarindo-area dive shops offer exciting snorkeling and SCUBA tours for all ages and abilities. Believe it or not, the green season months of May through October are actually ideal for underwater explorations to the Catalina Islands – a scenic archipelago just 25 minutes offshore. Book a half or full-day tour, which includes bilingual guides, a tropical lunch and plenty of opportunities for dolphin watching.