Written by cacoates on 16 Mar, 2005
The currency is colones, but feel free to use your US dollars down there.
Don't worry about Internet access in Tamarindo. There are four computers in the main hotel area alone. The cost is generally 350 colones (about $.75 US) for 10 minutes. They also…Read More
The currency is colones, but feel free to use your US dollars down there.
Don't worry about Internet access in Tamarindo. There are four computers in the main hotel area alone. The cost is generally 350 colones (about $.75 US) for 10 minutes. They also are equipped with printers and phone cards for calling internationally.
More dining suggestions:
My favorite place for dinner was La Caracola, which is at the end of the circle, on the left (to the left of Mambo Bar). It is owned by an Argentine woman, and the atmosphere is lively, and the food is delicious and inexpensive. A chicken burrito was $6, and their guacamole appetizer was out of this world.
Nogui's is a great place for typical Costa Rican food (meat/fish, beans, rice, salad) and to see the sunset. Watch out--their margaritas are really strong!
For a nicer, more expensive meal, you have to go to El Jarden del Eden. Their restaurant is next to their pool and is under a large, thatched-roof hut. They have lots of pasta/fish combos and lots of lobster specialities. Their young bartender's specialty is caipirihnas and pina coladas. Both are phenomenal and much cheaper than at El Diria.
Lazy Waves and Pachanga were also good choices and a bit smaller. No matter where you go, though, just be prepared for dinners to take at least two hours. It is just a slower pace in Tamarindo.
For a really cheap ($3, or 1,500 colones), foot-long Cuban sandwich, go to Tropicali, which is along the main road in a small shopping strip. If there is a crowd in there, it may take up to 30 minutes, but it is soooo good.
The view from Copacobana is good, but our dinner there wasn't anything to rave about. It took a really long time, and the tuna was overcooked.
Written by LISADHARMA on 13 Jun, 2003
Our journey began flying on standby out of LAX, (my friend works for the airlines and I was fortunate enough to fly on a buddy pass). We were able to hook up 1st class seats on our flight, but were warned a large group had…Read More
Our journey began flying on standby out of LAX, (my friend works for the airlines and I was fortunate enough to fly on a buddy pass). We were able to hook up 1st class seats on our flight, but were warned a large group had booked on our layover in Guatamala City and we may be kicked off. Very scary!!! Neither of us speak any Spanish and we had not researched any accommodations in Guatamala! Luckily, we made it through and landed in Costa Rica the following morning.
A porter took our bags to the Sansa Airlines "terminal" where we hopped on a 12 seater plane to Tamarindo. The terminal was a tin looking warehouse where we were duped out of 7000 colones apiece ($18) for an "overweight fee" on our luggage, which the porter pocketed as he walked over to the cash register. The flight was only mildly scary and beautiful as we flew 50 minutes over the Costa Rican coastline. We landed on a dirt runway with fencing that we learned was fairly recent to keep out the cows that occasionally wandered on preventing planes from landing.
Our accommodations were wonderful (see accommodations entry) and we immediately set out to see the town. Dirt roads, tropical climate, tons of surfers travelling the coast line, and little shops make up the town. I wish I could give you street names, but in Tamarindo everything is judged by what is close by . . . we were located near the bank and supermercado.
We found a great place to eat at the end of the circle on the main road; Nogia . . . a small eatery that served the best avocado and tomato sandwiches on warm rolls (625 colones).
Nogia is situated right on the beach where we saw dry lightening on most nights . . . but suprisingly no rain the entire five-day trip. We partied at Mambos (mostly a tourist trap with overpriced drinks), but had a good enough time to end up on the beach night swimming. Unfortunately, our judgement was impaired and we ended up getting about $40 and my ID stolen out of the extra clothes we had sitting on the beach. We learned later that anything left on Tamarindo beaches unattended became someone elses property. Thank goodness our passports and additional money were in the safe at the condo!!!
Rock Planet also became a favorite haunt for us. The bartender (an American) introduced us to the local drink "Guaro" . . . fermented sugar cane which tastes oddly similar to rubbing alcohol . . . yuck!!! Mixed with Fanta and orange juice it wasn't so bad though. He told us about a great RAVE held at "Why Not" . . . an escort club by day . . . so I don't suggest just stopping by.
On our third day we ventured the Congo Trail Canopy Tour . . . the funnest time I think I've ever had (see overview) . . .
And on our final day we took a kayaking trip out to El Capitan . . . a tiny island off of Tamarindo. Don't let the guide talk you into going high tide!!! It's hard to snorkel, and our little Argentinian guide almost toppled over, lost his shirt, and had to follow us in for safety. His comedic imitations of howler monkeys more than made up for it though.
All in all it was a great trip . . . we made it back to the States . . . almost getting booted in Guatamala again. The trip was very inexpensive, gifts are cheap, internet access was plentiful, excellent food (we had a lobster and steak dinner for $20 at El Jardin de Eden), and I would suggest it to anybody. Can't wait to go back!
Written by erickht on 07 May, 2010
Tamarindo Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. So many travel agents around the world suggest their guests to visit Tamarindo Beach. Sunny days, nice atmosphere, beautiful sunset, and great waves in the beaches make this beach as a…Read More
Tamarindo Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. So many travel agents around the world suggest their guests to visit Tamarindo Beach. Sunny days, nice atmosphere, beautiful sunset, and great waves in the beaches make this beach as a perfect holiday place.Special Offer at Jardin del Eden Hotel in Tamarindo Costa Rica:If you are looking to take 3-4 nights at the beach, considerer Jardin del Eden Hotel who offers 3 nights but just paying 2, or 4 nights just paying 3. This lovely Beach Hotel is only five minutes-walk from the beach, shops, restaurants and DiscoClubs. The hotel also offers one of the best Restaurants in Tamarindo Beach.Some of the key points to consider while you plan a trip to Tamarindo beach in Costa Rica:- Temperatures do not touch extremes here. On a summer it would be 35°C and during peak rainy time it dips to 26°C. So, climatic conditions make little difference, so any time is a good time to go. However, it's worth checking out the main Costa Rica holiday periods.- Tamarindo Beach can be superb value, particularly for moderate accommodation. It would be very economical if you can book in advance to get the best deal on a resort or a Hotel. Check Jardin del Eden Hotel Special Deal which offers values as free nights, spa massage discounts and others.- How about excellent food, if you are a gourmet and love trying out new food items, then Tamarindo Beach is the place to be. Seafood and dishes made out of rice are their specialties.- The local markets are full of shopping & gift items. The vendors here are usually honest and do not loot away your money since you are a foreigner. It is good to negotiate, but do not waste away your time in negotiating for small prices.For those who need to travel across continents and reach Tamarindo Beach, it is advisable to book Jardin del Eden Hotel online because during holiday seasons, you would not want to travel all the way and be stranded on roads unable to find a good accommodation. So, get online to plan your trip in advance as these Hotels have their own website. Or you are just a call away from booking special deals. Call or email Jardin del Eden Hotel directly and you have the booking done! Close
Written by KellySenn on 15 Mar, 2006
Tamarindo is one of the more developed beach destinations in Costa Rica, although by U.S. and Caribbean standards it would still be considered undeveloped. The town of Tamarindo is basically one long street along the beach filled with hotels, ranging from the luxurious El Diria…Read More
Tamarindo is one of the more developed beach destinations in Costa Rica, although by U.S. and Caribbean standards it would still be considered undeveloped. The town of Tamarindo is basically one long street along the beach filled with hotels, ranging from the luxurious El Diria to hostel-type lodgings with shared rooms. There are a number of great restaurants and bars right on the beach, one of our favorites being Copa Cabana, where you can sit on the beach and they will bring you lunch or drinks. Nightlife abounds with a different party at a bar every night, which it seems as if the whole village attends. Live music is a staple, with reggae bands at Babylon on Thursday nights attracting a mixed crowd of "spring breakers," locals, and surf bums.Surfing is the main attraction here, however, with surf shops seemingly on every block, offering group and private lessons or just a board rental for the day. Group lesson rates hover around $30 for 2 hours of instruction, while daily rates for a surf board are between $15 and $20. You'll meet a host of characters including friendly locals and expat surfers who have moved down here for good and are investing in the booming real estate market. Close