It is 280 Km to the south of San José, 30 km from Santa Cruz and 67 km from the Liberia Airport. Instead of heading to the north from Huacas to Brasilito and Flamingo, head south via a paved road that is in good condition, and you will arrive at Tamarindo. Commercial fishing and tourism have the same economic importance in this area, although you will see more surfers on the streets than fishermen. Tamarindo is an active fishing village, with a wide white sandy beach and an estuary that meets with the Marino National Park. It is located in Tamarindo Bay, framed by the Punta de San Francisco and the estuary of the Rio Matapalo. Because of its surf and wind conditions, it is a beach that is liked by surfers as well as wind surfers. The scarce shade is made up of some coconut, tamarindos, robles and Sabana trees scattered along the beach. Some 700 meters off shore you will be able to make out picturesque Capitán Island, a craggy rock covered in vegetation. You need to take care when swimming as there are areas of the beach that have strong currents. We recommend that you ask locals about which is the best area to go swimming. There are three life guard posts. Tamarindo Beach is an excellent tourist hotspot as it is easy to get to by land or by plane. Here you can practice any sport and enjoy large ecological attractions, such as the nesting of the Baula Turtles (one of the largest in the world) in the Marino Las Baulas Park. Tamarindo, with its white sands, is one of the quietest and most fascinating of all of the beaches on the pacific coast. As well as its natural beauty Tamarindo offers accommodation, restaurants and hiring of nautical equipment, that also allow those who don’t surf to enjoy the beach environment and the nature reserves. Langosta Beach, 2 Km to the south, is very quiet and you will also find a river there, which is good for fishing and surfing.
On the roundabout, to the south of the village, there are CHIP telephones. In the area there are several Internet cafes that open everyday from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m priced at 2.50 US$ an hour.
Banco Nacional Ph (506) 2653-0366, Ph/fax (506) 2653-0016, only the owner of travelers checks can exchange them, if you are carrying out a transaction for friends or family the money can only be deposited, this also applies to any transactions with Visa and MasterCard credit cards. The bank opens from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m a 1:00 p.m.
Banco de San José Ph (506) 2653-1617. Is located in the Centro Comercial Plaza Conchal. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. It has an ATM machine, the bank can also forward cash, cash travelers checks, (but not Visa).
Banco de Costa Rica Ph (506) 2653-1852/ 2653-1853/ 2653-1854/ 2653-1855, Ph/fax (506) 2653-1856. Is located in the Centro Comercial Plaza Conchal. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m and Sunday from 8:00 a.m to 0:00 p.m. There is an automatic cashier, currency exchange, travel Ckecks.
How to arrive and leave.
The best way to get to Tamarindo is from Belén heading towards Huacas, 12 km to the south (via Villarreal), continue heading south, the road is asphalt. Another option is to drive 17 km on the asphalt road that joins Santa Cruz with 27 de Abril; from there you continue another 19 km towards the northeast, via a gravel road until you reach Villarreal and then on a paved road to Tamarindo.
The landing strip in Tamarindo is located some 2.5 km to the extreme south of the village. When you make a reservation at the hotel you can ask to be collected at the airport.
SANSA Ph (506) 2653-0012, Ph/fax (506) 2653-0001
Natureair Ph (506) 2299 6000. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com www.natureair.com – Free Call (USA/Canadá): 800 235 9272.
The office Empresa Alfaro, in Tamarindo, is located opposite Hotel Tamarindo Resort. From San José Ph (506) 258-4716/ 222-2666, the buses leave 14th Street, between 2nd and 5th Avenue, everyday 3:30 p.m. The direct service from Tamarindo to San José 5:45 a.m, with a special service on Sunday at 12:00 m.d. Several services from Santa Cruz to Tamarindo, departs 6:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m, 12:00 m.d and 4:00 p.m, the services run to Liberia at 8:40 a.m and 4:30 p.m.