Explore stunning local beaches before you trek into the mountains during this 2 ½ hour adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, birds and other wildlife. You’ll also get to observe how Costa Ricans live at a Pura Vida pace in the small towns of Hatillo, El Trapiche and Guatemala.
Canopy Zip Line Tour
Experience Costa Rica as the birds do, soaring through the tree-tops! Suspended from a cable in your safety harness, you will glide from mountain top to tree top. Just outside of Tamarindo, there are many tours to choose from.
All aboard for an unforgettable adventure! Choose from a variety of catamaran tour companies for your next day at sea. Guests can enjoy sailing, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, a walk on the beach, and a sunset, depending on which company and tour you choose. During the right time of year it is not uncommon to see dolphins, rays, sea turtles, colorful reef fish, and possibly a whale.
Golfers rejoice! If you don’t mind having local wildlife as your spectators, make your way to Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort. Just 15 minutes from the town center of Tamarindo you’ll find an impressive golf course that is open to the public. The 7,200-yard, par 72 course offers breathtaking ocean views and many challenging holes, such as the par 4 ninth hole. Go and see for yourself!
Just 10 to 20 minutes from Tamarindo beach takes you to Black Stallion Hills or Painted Pony Guest Ranch where an experienced bi-lingual guide will lead you through pristine pastures, mountains and streams which host a variety of local wildlife.
If the weather is fair, you and a partner can paddle from Tamarindo beach to the near-by Isla Capitan in a 2-seater kayak. Don’t forget the snorkel gear. While you are there, observe the colorful tropical fish swimming among the coral reefs.
Las Baulas National Marine Park
If you happen to be in Tamarindo during Turtle nesting season (November to April, approximately) don’t miss your chance to see las baulas, the leatherback sea turtles! To the north and south of Tamarindo beach you will find the boundaries of the National Marine Park. This important park is dedicated to protecting Costa Rica’s largest nesting colony of leatherback turtles. You can take a guided tour with a bi-lingual guide, but in an effort to make a minimum impact, only a limited number of visitors is allowed.
What better place to get some mud on your tires than the jungles of Costa Rica? Rent a bike and helmet and enjoy one of three different tours. Tours range from 1.5 hours/11 miles for riders of any ability to 4 hours/28 miles for experienced riders. Hungry for more? Riders of all levels can take a day tour through the Guanacaste area too. Still not enough? Check out the five day journey down the Nicoya coastline from Santa Cruz to Malpais and farther still.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Once you’ve finished playing in the waves, come and check out what’s below them. You will be delighted with what you discover in the waters around Tamarindo. PADI Certified dive companies can host your next diving or snorkeling expedition. If you are not yet certified to dive, there are affordable 4-5 day certification course to get you in the water and experiencing it all.
Tamarindo Beach is one of the best places in Costa Rica for offshore and inshore fishing. Visitors can expect to encounter a variety of species including sailfish, marlin, tuna, dorado (mahi), roosterfish, snapper, amberjack, grouper, and mackerel, to name a few. There is also a wide variety of boats and their respective crewmembers to choose from. Boat sizes range between 22’ and 38’ and can accommodate between 4 and 7 people, so regardless of your budget and group size there is something here for everyone.
Surfing Lessons & Board Rentals
Welcome to a world-renown surf town! Whether you are new to surfing or an old friend of the sport, Tamarindo is a superb destination for all skill levels. Knowledgeable surf instructors will provide beginners with safety and technique tips along with the required equipment. If you are serious about surfing and want to learn more, you can attend one of Tamarindo’s Surf Camps. For those of you with surfing know-how who want to dive right in, fiberglass and epoxy surf boards are available for rent from a variety of local shops.
For you tennis players who want to stay on top of your game, you must visit Tamarindo’s courts. Tennis courts are open to the public from 7:30am to 9pm, daily. Equipment is provided. Reserve the court in advance if you like. If you are new to the game and would like to learn, high quality coaching and lessons are offered for kids and adults.
Out of the waves, into the rapids. If you’d like a taste of Costa Rican whitewater, Rio Corobici and Rio Tenorio won’t disappoint you. A 2 hour drive from Tamarindo will take you to either location. Rio Corobici is a milder river of class I and II rapids for those who prefer a gentler ride, or for those with less experience. Rio Tenorio is more fast-paced. It has class III and IV rapids, and, for the real thrill seekers, a 12 foot class V drop. Not for the faint of heart!