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All reviews private beach golf cart short drive flamenco beach an extra bed snorkeling spot crowded beach great snorkeling right roosters and chickens easy access water heater coffee pot buy groceries tiny island small kitchen carlos rosario perfect place to stay
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

If you love snorkeling and don't mind living simply, this place is for you. The apartments have a view of the sea and the islands beyond. This is an underwater nature preserve where you can see a gorgeous garden of coral, tropical fish, octopus, stingray, turtles and crabs. You can choose from the rocky beach, private to the property, with a shelter and toilets or the sandy beach nearby.
The noisy roosters described in other reports have been removed for the most part. You can still hear some in the distance by the sandy beach. The is indeed not much hot water, but the small apartments are fine enough if you are not looking for luxury, just nature. A fabulous excursion is to Flamenco Beach parking lot, where you can take the hike over the mountain to a section of Tamarindo beach that has beautiful coral gardens and lovely sand. Or continue on the trail to Carlos Rosario beach, which has very large dramatic coral, although a bit farther of a swim out to reach the reef.

Room Tip: Upper rooms have better views of the bay, but all rooms have views. Wifi is spotty.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank paula a
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

We found our stay very private, and enjoyed our very simple little dwelling up on the hill overlooking the bay. The apartment was almost too sparse (paper towels? kleenex? a couple kitchen items like salt and pepper or cooking oil would be so nice). The bed had a plastic undercover I found uncomfortable However... We loved the access to a beach for snorkeling that was very satisfying once we figured out how to get past the rocks and corral and get into the water. The privacy (we were alone in a three apartment building) I hope someone fixes the road to the Estates soon. It is both comical and a bit dangerous riding a golf cart up the hills to get to the estates and to Tamarindo Bay. We managed, but it was desperately in need of road repair! You have to have a good neck to take all the bumps!

Room Tip: The 300 building has a great view.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Saljean
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

For 2 weeks in Jan. my husband and I shared the commanding view of the hills of Luis Pena Nature Preserve and smaller surrounding islands inhabited by turtles, rays and fish, from the red-tiled deck of our practical- but- plain cottage in the acacia woods. Except for the visiting hens and chicks, thrushes , mourning doves and iguanas it was very quiet up here--even with 2 adjoining cottages. After a steep half-mile Jeep drive up a very rutted road past a security gate we carried luggage and groceries up 25 steps to the cottage.(There are lower cottages as well, 12 in all) . While the affable managers, Gail and Dennis Johnson make every to support your comfort, Tamarindo Estates provides like many of rental apartments on Culebra, basic amenities which could do with a bit of upgrading. Our cottage had an extra bed and a futon but standard double bed. Most items are provided except for extras for the beach like coolers, beach chairs,and similar equipment would need to be rented or purchased. Many renters expect to find at least sugar and salt and some other disposables like charcoal for the grill available but that was not the case at Tamarindo Estates. We were well-cooled by the combination of a./c. and ceiling fans and occasional island breezes but at this time there was little or no hot water. The scarcity of supplies reflects Culebra as a whole:everything must be brought in by ferry from the mainland expensively.

A short walk brings you to a secluded strip of pebbly shore: Tamarindo Beach- where you can snorkel if you wear water-shoes and are sure-footed at high tide.
There, green turtles,rays, and even an occasional octopus may be observed. Otherwise read or see what the bay has washed up from the chaises and picnic tables.

One of the world class beaches, Flamenco, is a short drive down the hill where you can body surf and lounge under the palms or buy local foods from kiosks there.
This small island has two roads leading to several gorgeous beaches as well as many choices for meals Tamarindo Estates easily accesses those.

It was a beautiful, restful experience to get away from winter for a bit.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank riva r
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

This is not a "hidden gem." I was able to snatch the last of the 12 cottages in early September for our New Year's stay. The place is popular for two good reasons: proximity to the Flamenco beach and excellent snorkeling from the private beach that belongs to Tamarindo Estates. Beach house is a nice amenity.
I would not call the accommodations "rustic" or "basic," either. A decent size cottage house with a patio and a grill. A/C, hot water, good kitchen.
Yes, great views from the patio.
It is about 3 minutes walk to the beach where you can snorkel. We saw excursion boats and kayaks parked at the buoys, which means that people paid to get there to snorkel. A sandy beach is about 7 minutes walk from the property, if that. You can rent a kayak and snorkeling gear from one of the companies on sandy beach and paddle to Grand Tamarindo beach or, if you are experienced you can go across the bay to Pena reserve. The experience will come handy since there are currents to consider.
A couple that manages the place are very nice people. We bought fish from them, "today's catch" and it was wonderful to cook the fish fresh from the ocean.
WiFi may be a problem. It works unpredictable hours when it does. T-Mobile has no reception in this area.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
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3  Thank Dmitri K
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

The view from our cottage porch was incredible! The most beautiful scenery and sunsets imaginable (you think you are in Tahiti). This is a gated property with several cottages high on a hilltop. There is a beach-house on the private shore with picnic tables, lounge chairs and bathroom facilities for guests only. The best part is that there is great snorkeling right there. The coral reefs are right in front. Do not step in the water barefoot, as there are many sea urchins. You need water shoes. There are many fish and coral to see while snorkeling. I heard there are also many sea turtles, however, I did not see them, as I was in the wrong area. I only have 2 complaints. The road leading into Tamarind Bay is the worst road I ever drove on. I rented a golf cart, but even if I had a jeep, this road has very deep potholes. You need to drive very slowly and carefully the last half mile to the property. I did not want to drive this road at night, so we bought food at a grocery store and ate our dinners in (which actually is a great idea as you have the best views from your porch). The other complaint is the shower (it is either cold or extremely hot, no in-between). Also Flamenco Beach is only a 10 minute drive away.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Manuel B
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