Tamarindo Beach
Tamarindo Beach
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  • Happiness283722
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lot's to see and do on Tamarindo Beach
    Beautiful beach. Access to plenty of food, drinks and live music. Be aware that there are a lot of peddlers on the beach. Every few minutes someone is stopping to ask if you wish to buy their stuff. This extends to the restaurants etc.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • toniamoore618
    San Mateo, California14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Beach (not nice for the horses)
    I stayed about a 10-minute walk from this beach (at Mother Earth Vegan Hotel) and enjoyed hanging out, just lying in the sand and reading as well as swimming in the perfect- temperature ocean (not a single moment of feeling chilled as you walk into the water!) — no large, scary waves at this beach, which suits me. It’s not the most gorgeous of the beaches (Avellana and Flamingo may be prettier) but it’s still totally nice, and I wasn’t bothered even once by anyone trying to sell something. You can get an inexpensive massage on the beach but the massage therapists let you come to them. There are some fun bars right on the beach with DJs and cocktails. Please, please don’t ride the poor, skinny, exhausted horses hired out to lug tourists up and down the beach. Horses don’t enjoy this even a little, especially saddled up in hot weather with a bit (horses have lots of nerve endings in their mouths — the reason the bit works is because it’s painful). Many of the horses look decrepit and I even saw a couple who weren’t walking well yet were still being used/abused this way. I understand some people may have this as their way to make a living but they are not taking good care of the horses. I tried to talk kindly to one man about one of his horses who was almost limping but he wouldn’t hear it.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2023
  • williamracing
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool beach town!
    Had a great time here in Tamarindo, I recommend it for everyone! I stayed at a hotel called the Surf Ranch, and it was just a few feet in front of the beach, I would walk it every morning, very peaceful, especially at 6am, but then fills up throughout the day. Good surf spots too and plenty of places you can rent surf boards from.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Beth
    Kansas City, Missouri48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Lively, Americanized
    Easily one of my favorite beaches in Costa Rica. The sunsets are like a religion here and the ocean is calm but also perfect for beginner surfers. There’s tons of dining options, happy hours, music, and shopping. It’s definitely more “Americanized” but there are places you can find with a more traditional and authentic experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Dynamicjohn
    Tampa, Florida320 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great waves, annoying vendors.
    It's the slow season, but it's still a busy beach. We love just watching the waves, but the vendors selling crap can be very annoying. Also you have the people asking you to pay for parking. Don't make eye contact and your good.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • joshua l
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tamarindo tour guide
    My family and I used Herson Segura for a private driver and tour guide and I have to say he was a true professional, and really made our trip one of the greatest trips ever, without him there is no way our trip would’ve been as productive and incredibly fun as it was!! Not only was he very experienced, knowledgeable and efficient , he was very comfortable in our group, this guy is aces!!! What’s app # +506 8990 8115 or instagram Herson segura 03
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
  • guerrero1920
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pura vida!
    Now we're talkn!! I had a blast on this beach and I didn't have to lift a finger, everything came to me on my rented beach chair 10.000 collones. I had such an amazing time, food, booze, fresh coconut juice in it's shell for 1,000 collones!! Beer was 1,500 collones. Empanadas were 1,000 collones. Everything was cheap, there's vendors walkn around all day but they're not pushy and you can juss sit back and enjoy. Get there early for parking as it fills up around noon, also the tide is low in the early AM but it's high around 3pm leaving lil beach left. Avoid the touristy restaurants, eat local!! Good beach for surfing, there's board rentals across the street and lessons offered on the beach.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • M Selma K
    Chattanooga, Tennessee8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for Family Fun in the Sun
    Nice beach, easy waves during the late morning for beginners and friendly locals. Lots of good options for food, surf lessons, boogie board rentals and tours. This is a tourist town making it expensive, particularly for Costa Rica. This is a safe and family friendly area - great for vacation. Though, if you want a quiet beach, this isn’t it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Santiago Z
    Buenos Aires, Argentina165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome beach in the pacific side of Costa Rica
    Amazing beach in the pacific coast of Costa Rica! You can get a nice place with umbrella and chairs for us$20. You can order beer, and a lot of different drinks. Food offer is not the best. You can purchase a surf class; this beach is very friendly for surf begginers! You can park in the street if you come early (before 10 am), if´s not, there´s private parking. Sunsets are really beautiful!!!!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 February 2024
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Prairie
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Whoever said this is the most beautiful beach in the world has never left Tamarindo. This is no golden sand beach. It is a muddy, hard packed dumpy beach. That being said it is good for beginner surfers. Great prices on lessons and board rentals.
Written 15 February 2024
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Santiago Z
Buenos Aires, Argentina165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing beach in the pacific coast of Costa Rica! You can get a nice place with umbrella and chairs for us$20. You can order beer, and a lot of different drinks. Food offer is not the best. You can purchase a surf class; this beach is very friendly for surf begginers! You can park in the street if you come early (before 10 am), if´s not, there´s private parking. Sunsets are really beautiful!!!!
Written 10 February 2024
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kaptainc
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Nice beach! However beware of the scammers selling beach drinks - we had a bad experience with the sellers who have menus with the picture of drinks in pineapples - they changed the price and pretended the seller who quoted the lower price to us didn't work for them. When we complained at the stall there were several workers and bystanders who were clearly aware of this scam and uncomfortable with it.

This was our only negative experience in Costa Rica, we found Ticos to be otherwise friendly and honest and genuinely embodying Pura Vida.
Written 2 February 2024
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jamesmc16
Montreal, Canada156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Hola,
My review is on playa Tamarindo which is situated north of Punta San Francisco all the way to Tamarindo not playa Langosta south of Punta San Francisco.
Please see attached map.
Beach is excellent around the Punta San Francisco area as you get closer to Tamarindo it gets extremely busy, especially starting at the public park/ beach area.
Great waves lots of good surfing, fun to watch everyone having a great time.
Lots of great places to eat at on the beach.
We spent our time outside our resort which is located near Punta San Francisco.
Beach is clean and the government finally did something about the horses, they now have poop bags so not to poop on the beach which is dirty, smelly and not pleasant to look at while walking.
I do have bring to everyone’s attention, once again a woman got robbed in the afternoon, they literally torn the bag of her shoulder while she was walking the beach. Police arrived took a report. They got away with cash etc..
Not good for tourism!
Written 28 January 2024
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davethedrill
Hemel Hempstead, UK2,359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
An early morning walk along this beautiful beach is perfect
The sand is so easy to walk on
Many bars and restaurants around the beach
It ticks all the boxes
Written 20 January 2024
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M Selma K
Chattanooga, TN8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice beach, easy waves during the late morning for beginners and friendly locals. Lots of good options for food, surf lessons, boogie board rentals and tours. This is a tourist town making it expensive, particularly for Costa Rica. This is a safe and family friendly area - great for vacation. Though, if you want a quiet beach, this isn’t it.
Written 10 January 2024
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Gabriela
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I enjoyed looking at the waves, they were very pretty. We met some lovely Ticos that treated us to “Coco locos” which is about the best mixed I’ve had in forever. That was on the north side. Swimming is really rough, be careful. Tamarindo is not for swimming.

Down the alley by Sharky’s the beach was dirtier, vendors were obnoxious! The beach was narrow and I felt so sorry for the horses. It was wall-to-wall canopies, vendors, massagers, you name it. All prices 2X Austin.

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Written 5 December 2023
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KHK1964
Louisville, KY99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Really nice and relaxing on the beach in front of Witches Brew and Joe’s (both great spots)!!!

One umbrella and two chairs was a reasonable $25 (and well worth it) — but avoid the $45 pineapple drinks 🙄 sold on the beach by locals.
Written 28 November 2023
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Angie
Denver, Colorado, USA101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
My hotel was located on the quiet end of this beach and slightly out of town. This area was peaceful, nice and clean. I took daily walks all the way to the river. I was here in early November, so it wasn't insanely busy yet. Having traveled around Costa Rica bit, I'd say Tamarindo beach is just average. Not the prettiest beach or secluded in any way, but pleasant if you haven't seen the ocean for a while and I hadn't. It's a fun place to learn to surf, but I can see how it could easily become crowded and a total "scene" for all the tourists looking to party and strut their stuff.
There are vendors, but they aren't pushy. It helps to know a little Spanish and to kindly let them know you are not interested. A simple no gracias and a smile goes a long way. Sunsets were pretty spectacular and not to be missed. There are lots of happy dogs running down the beach, but owners don't always pick up after them. Watch where ya step!
Written 18 November 2023
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guerrero1920
78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Now we're talkn!! I had a blast on this beach and I didn't have to lift a finger, everything came to me on my rented beach chair 10.000 collones. I had such an amazing time, food, booze, fresh coconut juice in it's shell for 1,000 collones!! Beer was 1,500 collones. Empanadas were 1,000 collones. Everything was cheap, there's vendors walkn around all day but they're not pushy and you can juss sit back and enjoy. Get there early for parking as it fills up around noon, also the tide is low in the early AM but it's high around 3pm leaving lil beach left. Avoid the touristy restaurants, eat local!! Good beach for surfing, there's board rentals across the street and lessons offered on the beach.
Written 13 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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