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“A beautiful, wide, picturesque beach. Hard to find anything like it.”
Review of Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach
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$68.80*
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ATV Mountain and Beach Tour from Tamarindo
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$90.00*
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise from Tamarindo
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$55.00*
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2 Hour Surf Lessons at Tamarindo Beach
Ranked #4 of 61 things to do in Tamarindo
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

The intermingling of the fine tan sand with the black, volcanic sand made fantastic patterns in the sand, if you look down and notice them. Plus there are some unique cone-shaped shells in abundance in front of the Daria that are great mementos. And the assortment of tan, bikini-clad girls and physically tuned surfer dudes . . . plus the other assortment of tourists thinking they sitll have bodies that look good in brief bathing suits make for great people watching. Oh yeah, and of course watching the surfers. And do get a coconut water for $2. One of the healthiest drinks you can drink.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Had a great time. People were helpful and friendly and the bar we found made a mango margarita to die for. Loved it.

Thank Lise M
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Tamarindo is a beach town, with an emphasis on surfing and partying. I'm a little old for both, so I was worried I wouldn't really enjoy my three days there. But there are some very nice restaurants (Seasons by Schlomy, Bamboo Sushi Club) and activities that make a visit worthwhile. We enjoyed a sunset catamaran sail (with some snorkeling and a nice taco dinner), an estuary boat tour, and night time turtle watch. We arranged all of these through Blue Water Properties, and they did a good job. The beach is lovely, although the waves didn't seem big enough to justify Tamarindo as a surfing destination. A fair amount of wildlife: birds, monkeys, iguanas.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

They do indeed call it "Tamagringo", but I find this term a bit misleadng, because the place does have character. In fact, it has its own wacky personality. There is a big international crowd, lots of tourists from South America, Europe, Russia, lots of Sanskrit tatoos, piercings, and dreadlocks, and even a few cows grazing at night by the neon lights of the mini-mall. Just a few steps away from the main road, you'll find many tiny hotels, juice bars, and local eateries.

The "must-eats", in my opinion, are "Falafel Bar" (the falafel is awesome, there are many delicious side salads, and the owners are a delight), "La Esquina" (really high-quality pizza and pasta, with a play area for children), and "La Baula" (also excellent pizza, beautiful layout, and a play area for children there, too). (Disclaimer: I'm a vegetarian.)

There is Latin dancing (salsa, merengue, cumbia - great band!) at the Beach Club on Tuesdays, and club music and reggae on Wednesdays and Thursdays (and probably Fridays) at a place in "downtown" Tamarindo, whose name I unfortunately don't recall. There is also live music in a couple of places, and random sightings of fire-twirling acrobats.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

A long, long beach with gorgeous sunsets, hawkers selling everything and a community with a single paved road (the rest are a rock and dirt) - this is Tamarindo, which the Ticos (the locals) call "TamarGringo" because of all the foreigners who flock here.
There is a taxi stand just down from the large white condominium building and just up from there across from the skate park there is a super market. Don't go to the one around the corner, their prices are way too high.
Beach chairs and umbrellas rent for $12 to $15 depending on location.
Most locations are within walking distance but for some a car might be handy but it will be a bumpy drive.
Great place to relax and enjoy a book or two or three.. on the beach, be sure to order a granizado (shaved ice, flavoring, cherry powder and condensed milk) for about $2.
You'll need to be a little vigilant on the beach with your stuff - there are some enterprising young (kids) thieves that are looking for an opportunity to steal stuff. Just be mindful.
Be sure to find a bar for happy hour so that you'll be out of the air a dusk when the skeeters start swarming around. As the temp drops they disappear and there are happy hours all over the place down here.
Sports nut? Check out Sharkey's - huge TV's and projections and decent beers.
Don't expect Cabo,more like Rosarito about fifteen years ago with a few more amenities.
Enjoy!

Thank Marty D
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