While still a small beach community, Tamarindo has grown - and so has the town's infrastucture. No longer a town just for hard-core surfers, Tamarindo now has many conveniences and activities for families. 

Don't forget to leave time for you and you're mate for romancing. Tamarindo is known for having great restaurants and nightlife. If you have kids there is even a professional babysitting service. So, now there is no excuse for not getting out and enjoying the town!

The highlite of Tamarindo is of course its beautiful beach. Families spend hours relaxing in the sun by the ocean and many go even further and take their first surfing lesson here. The waves and conditions are perfect for those looking to have their first surfing experience and according to Trip Advisor, the best instructors can be found at Kelly's Surf Shop.

If you would like to learn Spanish, Spanish Abroad offers instruction for the entire family along with accommodation arrangements.  

Of course the beaches will provide hours of fun for all ages, but the beauty of Costa Rica's jungles are equally entertaining. Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja gives tourists a firsthand look at the ecosystem of this region. But aside from that, the park is home to gorgeous waterfalls, hot springs, and even a volcano! The park is an all-day excursion and great place to picnic or horseback ride.

In addition to the national park, there are a couple of private adventure parks adjacent to Rincon de la Vieja. A full day of adventure can be had at  Buena Vista Lodge or Hacienda Guachipelin. Great fun for the whole family or group with horseback riding, mud baths, hot springs, canopy tour, and either the river tubing or waterslide depending on which park you choose. 

Another favorite out of this area is the Palo Verde National Park where nature lovers will enjoy a river cruise down the Tempisque River and be enthralled by the crocodiles, monkeys, birds and more. On the way back, be sure to stop by the indigenous town of Guaitil where you can see how they make the ever popular ceramics and have the absolute best selection for purchase.

These adventures and more can be purchase through your hotel tour desk, through agencies dotting the streets as well as Xplore Costa Rica, at the Subway Mall in Tamarindo. 

The other national park in this region is the Parque Nacional Marino las Baulas which is a safehaven for leatherback turtles. The best time to see these turtles is from the end of October through January.

Although many hotels cater to couples, TripAdvisor guests found the following hotels, good for families: