Tamarindo and Langosta beach

at a Glance

Region: Guanacaste & The North Pacific
Closest Airports: Liberia International Airport (LIR)
Average Temperature: 75-92º F (23-36º C)

On average, the town of Tamarindo Costa Rica has a population of 500. However, during the busiest tourist weeks, the population can reach 5,000. Keeping intact its laid-back surf appeal, it’s easy to submerse yourself in this colorful beach town full of culture and fun. The beach is known worldwide as being among the best for surfing and active beach-goers. Combine this with the golden color sand, amazing sunsets, and upbeat ambiance, and then you realize Tamarindo is perfect for travelers of all walks of life.

Being only 45 minutes from Liberia airport and having a wide variety of activities also make Tamarindo a convenient vacation destination. Just north of the beach is the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge. It consists of many mangroves and is home to howler monkeys, tropical birds, and crocodiles. Also, very popular from November through April is the nesting of the leather-back and green sea turtles in nearby Playa Grande. If you choose to visit Tamarindo, you will be in the mix of all that is going on but also can get out and explore the natural side of Costa Rica with ease.

The beach is one of many bays lining the Pacific Coast. To the south, you have Playa Langosta and to the North Playa Grande. Langosta is rocky, and Grande is perfect to catch big waves and surf and part of the Leather-back Turtle National  Park.  In between is Tamarindo—a nice mix of the two.

Activities & Things to Do

  • Surfing and Stand-up Paddle boarding
  • Zip-lining
  • Kayaking
  • ATV
  • Horseback riding
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Deep sea fishing

Ideal For

  • Families
  • Couples
  • Adventure Seekers
  • Nature Lovers
  • Surfers
  • Relaxation

Attractions & Places to See

  • Playa Grande nesting for Leather-back turtles
  • Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge
  • Guanacaste National Park
  • Rincón de la Vieja
  • Barra Honda Caves 
  • Tamarindo Waterfall
  • Palo Verde National Park
  • Rio Celeste

Day Trips

  • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and National Park
  • Palo Verde National Park
  • Rio Celeste
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Monteverde
  • Loma Larga Farm
  • Corobici  and Tenorio rivers