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Enjoy sand, sea, and surf from Tamarindo vacation rentals

Long, white-sand beaches, ocean swells that welcome both novice and seasoned surfers, and a laid-back vibe all draw countless visitors to the small town of Tamarindo in Guancanaste, Costa Rica. Watersports abound here, from surfing and kayaking to sport-fishing and scuba diving. Landlubbers can tee off at golf courses, look for leatherback sea turtles at Las Baulas National Park, and dance the night away in the clubs and bars at Tamarindo Circle. Whether you're a solo traveller or visiting with family and friends, you'll find a wide selection of Tamarindo vacation rentals including condos, houses, and villas.


Prior to becoming an international surfing destination in the 1970s, Tamarindo was a sleepy fishing village without electricity or running water. Hotels, shops, and restaurants now stand where visiting surfers once camped in their vehicles. Today, history buffs can go on a 2-hour road trip from their Tamarindo vacation rentals to visit the La Casona museum in Santa Rosa National Park. Originally a 17th-century farmstead, the museum showcases exhibits about the region's storied past. Or visit the village of Guaitil, about an hour's drive to the southeast, to learn the pre-Columbian art of pottery-making from the locals, using the same raw materials, tools, and techniques that their Chorotega ancestors used.


Activities and attractions in and around Tamarindo

Do you want to discover attractions to see while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Tamarindo for its surfing, camping and boating. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that Tamarindo has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Monkey Park (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)
  • Papagayo Golf and Country Club (19.6 mi / 31.5 km)
  • Haras del Mar Equestrian Center (19.6 mi / 31.5 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Tamarindo

Travelers speak highly of Tamarindo for its surfing. If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, April, May, March and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 83°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Tamarindo

Tamarindo is famous for its breathtaking sunsets, beautiful ocean views and wildlife. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Tamarindo. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Conchal Beach (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Flamingo Beach (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)
  • Coco Beach (20.2 mi / 32.5 km)
  • Tamarindo Beach (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Grande Beach (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Ventanas Beach (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Tamarindo

The nearest airport is in Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.), located 29.2 mi (47 km) from the city center.

How to get around

Getting around town from Tamarindo vacation rentals

Tamarindo is a small town that can easily be explored on foot. But if you don't feel like walking, you can rent bikes or motorcycles to get to get around faster. If you plan on renting or bringing a car, keep in mind that despite being a major travel destination, Tamarindo still has narrow streets, as well as limited and pricey parking. Cab fares are usually based on taxi meters, though independently owned fleets tend to charge flat rates. Exploring nearby beaches and towns is a breeze with the public bus lines that are accessible in Tamarindo.

Food & drink 

Savour the local flavours in Tamarindo's foodie scene

In Tamarindo, you'll want to visit a soda. No, it isn't a place that specializes in soft drinks. Rather, sodas are small eateries where you can sample traditional Tico cuisine on the cheap. Try a big plate of Gallo Pinto, a dish with rice and beans, your choice of eggs, chicken or beef, and cheese. Casado is another traditional dish of gargantuan proportions. Like Gallo Pinto, it has rice and beans, plus a fried egg, plantain bananas, and your choice of meat. Or shop at downtown's markets for fresh seafood and try your hand at cooking shrimp or squid in your Tamarindo vacation rental.

Essential info

Key facts for your vacation rental stay in Tamarindo

Tamarindo is both a town and a district located in Santa Cruz, on the Northern Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica's Guanacaste province. Tamarindo measures 124 sq km, and forms part of Las Baulas National Park. It's home to roughly 6,300 people, though the local population skyrockets during the peak season from mid-November through mid-May. Spanish is the language spoken, and the Costa Rican colon is the currency. Tipping in restaurants is typically 10–15% of your bill, and gratuities to tour guides and taxi drivers are appreciated. Guanacaste is generally a safe region, but if you find yourself needing emergency assistance, dial 911.

How many vacation rentals are available around Tamarindo?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,473 house rentals around Tamarindo. From 493 Houses to 584 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Tamarindo is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Tamarindo?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tamarindo:

  • Junquillal: 54 vacation rentals
  • Playa Grande: 474 vacation rentals
  • Playa Guiones: 176 vacation rentals
  • Palm Beach Estates: 94 vacation rentals
  • Coco Sunset Hills: 212 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Tamarindo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Tamarindo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course: 1,518 home rentals
  • Casino Diria: 1,712 home rentals
  • Tamarindo Church: 1,995 home rentals
  • Canopy Vista Tamarindo: 1,909 home rentals
  • WAYRA Institute of Spanish: 1,656 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tamarindo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Tamarindo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 493 Houses in Tamarindo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Tamarindo include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 584 lodging choices
  • Villas: 247 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 32 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Tamarindo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,289 vacation homes with pool available in Tamarindo.

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