Just returned from week long Anniversary trip to Tamarindo! What a fabulous time! We stayed at the Tamarindo Diria and it was absolutely wonderful. The hotel is under remodeling but it did not affect our trip at all. The staff was extremely accomodating and friendly. Kudos to "Fast Eddie" and Jose at the bar, Pablo who was very helpful and made sure our anniversary was incredible, William who was a great waiter/server, and Favio who showed us around. The food at the hotel was wonderful and the Mojitos were even better. The room was beautiful and bed was comfy.
We only did one excursion through High Tide Surf Shop. We did the Southern ATV Surf Tour and it was awesome. If you aren't afraid of mud, book it w/ Rigo as your guide. He was phenomenal and the waves at Playa Negra were double over-head.
We rented a car to get back to Playa Negra and Avellanas to hit the surf again. If you aren't afraid of "Rally Racing" it is a blast. There are some rough spots and we hit a couple washed out roads, however the Ticos were great and showed us alternate routes. We went on a horseback ride up into the jungle... lots of Howler Monkeys.. don't go for more than an hour though.
Dining in Tamarindo -- We ate at several different spots. I will only list those that we recommend.
Noggis --- Fabulous Tilapia and Ceviche
Witches Rock Surf Camp -- Nachos as Big as your [--] - Awesome ( Make sure you say hi to Baby Otis!)
Monkey Bar --- Fantastic Quesadillas
Tropical Fruit ?? (Across from Witches) - Excellent/Cheap lunches.. can't go wrong
The Coconut Restaurant --- Our favorite spot! Went for our anniversary dinner. The service was outstanding. The owner made sure all was perfect. Food was out of this world. Don't miss out!
Lolas at Avellanas beach --- Incredible scene. Tables out on the beach. Great Avocado Salad and Margherita Pizza. Don't be surprised if an Iguana decides to pass by during lunch. Ask about "Peter Pan Possum", too cute pet of the owners. Warning only open from 11-3 Tues-Sat. Don't miss out on this one either. You will have to drive or take a tour there. Howler Monkeys galore.
Nightlife-- The town is small, so each night a different bar is having specials. We met several locals and they took us to some great places.
Jazz Bar Casino Bar --- See Cynthia, she is the best. Tell her Missy said hi!
Mambo Bar --- It was ok... got harassed..
Babylon --- excellent scene.... saw a Reggae Band : Mechatelyu, ended up going there twice. Great pizza there
Rey Del Sol --- Cool spot/ funky kinda retro atmosphere
Monkey Bar -- Great time... Watch out.. ya better like Jaiger
Witches Rock -- Laid back atmosphere... great happy hour 2 for 1
Diria Bar - Fun, great atmosphere, and excellent service. Eddie and Jose were great. If you are lucky you will get to see Scrappy who makes himself comfortable at the bar.
The only downfall of the trip was the blatent harrassment to buy drugs. Hanging out with locals deterred this however.
I have read several reviews which state the opposite of what I am saying. I find it funny that people complain about the roads, what do they expect? I was a little disappointed that the swim-up bar was closed, however it was our choice to travel during the low-season to avoid the crowds. I have also read complaints about the construction going on at the hotel. Hello, they are trying to make improvements for guests like you and me. Do people expect them to close down while this is being done?
I will close by saying... we will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Tamarindo Diria is the iconic beach hotel located in Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with its own personality perfect for an authentic Costa Rica vacation. Features direct access to the most famous costa rican white sand beach, front ocean view accommodations, 4 swimming pools, 5 restaurants, 5 bars, and much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Tamarindo
- Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach And Golf Resort
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