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Tambor Tropical Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ur Tambor - Puntarenas, Tambor, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Tambor
Boca Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Better than the photos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

If you're looking for a beautiful relaxing place, then this is the place. Really fantastic!

The hotel is easy to find, located on the bay of Tambor. There is a paved room to the place and can be reached within 3.5 hours of any major airport.

They rooms are large and clean. The beds are very comfortable. Each room has a small kitchen and living space. All rooms face bay.

The food was traditional costa Rican, but they also had American breakfast/ meals.

I really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere by the pool while watching humming birds fly quickly by.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Salem, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

My daughter and I stayed for a week at Tambor Tropical and it was the best trip ever! The resort was fantastic and the people were wonderfully helpful. We had a really great time and we will go back (plus tell every person we know how great the trip was). Tambor Tropical was magical! Great place doing great things!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

A wonderful, tropical, restful, and relaxing experience!

This was our first trip to Costa Rica & we were not quite sure what to expect. Of course, everyone knows someone who has been to the country and has stories, advice, warnings, etc. that they absolutely must share.

First recommendation: fly into San Jose & use regional airline SANSA to get you to Tambor. Upon arrival at San Jose, it seemed a little chaotic but you can wade through all the cabbies & tourists and get yourself (and your luggage) to SANSA's little terminal within walking distance & slightly southwest of the main terminal.

Second recommendation: be ready for a slightly rocky flight over to Tambor but the scenery is beautiful.

Third recommendation: don't expect too much of the Tambor airport. The SANSA employees there are willing/able to help you get transportation to your accommodations.

It was a short ride to the Tambor Tropical and the staff was extremely welcoming. English is spoken, however, you certainly will have the opportunity to brush up on your Spanish. The resort is small, private, and very quiet. They do not accommodate children under the age of 16. Even children over the age of 16 might not quite enjoy this place only because it is so peaceful, romantic, relaxed, and very low-key.

There are 16 units at the Tambor Tropical which are comfortable, spacious, and nicely appointed. Our room had a nice kitchen where, if we desired, we could make our own coffee, tea, toast, etc. Our room overlooked the pool. Everything is an extremely short distance to the outdoor dining and bar area. The beach is a short walk across the driveway & lawn and is safe, clean, and beautiful. We appreciated the fact that all of the guests there seemed to value the peacefulness and privacy. It was an incredibly relaxing and restful experience at Tambor Tropical.

Our room was attended to daily and was always spic & span upon our return. The bed was comfortable, air-conditioning was quiet & efficient. The room was nearly surrounded with windows which could all be opened to bring in the lovely tropical breezes. I will say, however, that we closed up the windows nightly due to the howler monkey noises nearby.

While the hotel is somewhat remote, there are excursions that can be arranged by the front office staff. Snorkeling, horseback riding, bird-watching, jungle walking tours, etc. We enjoyed a snorkeling excursion with Dive Academy Ballena Blanca S.A. Our guide & captain were wonderful! (More on that separately.)

Food at Tambor Tropical is delicious, fresh, and local. One could easily enjoy 3 fresh, tasty, healthy meals every day while there. The bar has cool tropical drinks & beers and friendly service. Each morning's breakfast included lovely, local, fresh, juicy fruits. Costa Rican coffee is delicious and it's easy to have more than a cup or two before you start your day.

Attire is definitely casual. Leave your formal-wear at home! Dinner attire can be casual and comfortable or simple resort-wear. No need to get fancy, overpack, or worry about ironing dressy stuff!

As mentioned, the staff at Tambor Tropical is welcoming and helpful. We, at our own doing, ran into a travel bump and the General Manager and front office staff were all extremely helpful in assisting us with travel corrections.

We would definitely return to & recommend Tambor Tropical. Whether for a honeymoon or romantic reconnection-vacation. It was thoroughly tropical, enjoyable, and wonderful.

Room Tip: Would definitely recommend a poolside room
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fredericton, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We can't wait to go back! We've just returned after a two week stay in the Tambor Bay area, (a week at Tambor Tropical) and this Beach Resort certainly went above and beyond our expectations. As with the other reviews this is indeed an amazing resort. Everything anyone could want in luxury accommodations, spotless with incredible pool side dinning and located with easy access to many 1/2 day or full day nature activities. Although the food is delicious and it is hard to dine elsewhere, there are several good restaurants within walking distance as well as a grocery store and Budget car Rental Agency. The wait staff are indeed friendly and accommodating and the onsite manager and office staff ensure that guests are well attended to. While we were there we participated in their Valentine Bird Count on the newly developed Tambor Nature Trail along the Panica River. We were "blown away" by the number of "life birds" (175 species on this trip) that we recorded not only on the trails but around the resort, in the back garden area as well, our pool count on just one afternoon totalled 22 species. Now if you are into all-inclusive, party scene this is probably not what you are looking for. On the other hand if you are into intimate and romantic this is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy both the people and beauty of costa Rica.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Georgia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Tambor Tropical lived up to everything I saw on their website. We stayed in an upper cabana and enjoyed our views of the bay. The pool below us was sparkling clean as was the entire resort. We enjoyed dining around the pool. The food was delicious and the Limon Daiquiri was very refreshing after an outing. The staff is so helpful and accommodating. Heidi set up all our outings including horseback riding, snorkeling, massage, and a bird walk with Nick who is on staff. What piqued my interest in this beautiful, small, quiet resort was the wildlife photos on the website. I was excited to know there was a staff member who was knowledgeable in birds of the area and I could walk the grounds with him as he pointed out different bird species. Tambor Tropical is a place to relax and enjoy all the beauty Costa Rica has to offer. I highly recommend this intimate spot!

Room Tip: The upper cabanas offer a view of the bay.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mahtomedi, MN
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We stayed at the Tambor Tropical for a few days and found our accommodations to be as beautiful as the web site pictures show. It is all wood with gleaming teak and with dark blue furnishings. We stayed in one of the upper cabanas and it was very large and comfortable, with a well-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, a veranda, and wonderful views. A big plus was a full grocery store within easy walking distance. The beach is dark sand and the water shallow and so not as nice as further down the Nicoya Peninsula, but the pool is great for sunning and swimming. We highly recommend this resort.

Room Tip: It's worth the extra money to get a room on the second floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went to Tambor Tropical as a part of our Costa Rica trip for 2 days. We were surprised by the size and amenities available in the room; A/C, Large Bed, Big Kitchen with a fridge and plush wooden flooring. The temperature of the swimming pool was just perfect and the bar well stocked! Although this hostel is perhaps not the best if you are looking to party or meet other travelers, it is perfect for a 'tranquilo' few days relaxing by the beach and soaking in the sun by relaxing on a beach lounger... Would definitely come ehre again if we were to ever go to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ur Tambor - Puntarenas, Tambor, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Tambor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tambor Tropical Beach Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tambor Tropical is an intimate boutique hotel on the Pacific Ocean that offers guests a private and luxurious vacation in the less traveled Playa Tambor on Costa Rica's beautiful Nicoya Peninsula. Relax in the comfort of one of our 12 spacious beachfront suites, swim in our gorgeous mosaic-tiled pool, indulge in massage treatments, enjoy the cuisine of our full-service restaurant, and explore the nearby jungle via many guided adventures. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Tambor Tropical Beach Hotel Playa Tambor
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