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Rental cars are readily available in Tamarindo and at both international airports, Liberia and San Jose. They will pick you up directly at the airport. When returning your car at another location, expect an additional charge. Reservations are suggested.
There have been many questions about Car Rental contracts in the Costa Rica and Tamarindo Forums, especially about what insurance is required by law. Here is a link to a detailed explaination about the Costa Rica car rental insurance policies.
For those that don't want the responsibility of driving in a strange country, taxis are also abundant. Beware though, that the only legal taxis are RED with a yellow triangle on the side. All others are illegal and are probably not insured or safety inspected on a regular basis.
If the Transit Police stop the "pirate" taxi, you and your luggage will be left on the side of the road. Tamarindo has several legal taxis that must have a "Maria" or meter although set rates are usually better than the maria. At this writing the rate to or from the airport in Liberia is $80-$85. Official taxis from the airport are now charging $100 to Tamarindo area.
While there are plenty of rental car and taxis in Tamarindo, there is nothing wrong with walking or renting a bicycle; they're popularity increases every year. The terrain is flat and the distance from end-to-end is only 1.5 miles.