The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information
See » Surfing Tamarindo Description and map of surf spots in the Tamarindo area.
The salt water mangroves of the Rio Matapalo and Rio San Francisco belong to the » Las Baulas National Park. The thickets shelter many species of water birds, crabs and mollusks. On a tour by boat or kayak you meander up narrow channels through the serene mangrove marsh and see birds, monkeys and maybe a crocodile basking on a sand bank. Early hours are best to see wildlife.
Sail off into the Pacific ocean in the afternoon and return to Tamarindo by sunset. Sometimes dolphins, turtles and even whales can be watched during from the boat. You can plunge into the water and snorkel. Cocktails and food are served while you enjoy the view to the bay of Tamarindo from the ocean side.
In Tamarindo you can do reef and shoreline fishing, or take a short boat ride for deep bluewater fishing off the continental shelf for hauling in marlin and sailfish. Other common fish you can catch are giant tuna, roosterfish and wahoo. The best season is mid April to August but fishing is also good for the whole rest of the year. For a memorable dinner at night you can have your catch cooked in one of Tamarindo's restaurants .
Snorkeling is most outstanding in the crystal clear waters in front of Playa Conchal, north of Tamarindo. The sea bottom here is made up of white coral sand so that the water has a gorgeous turquoise color. If you are lucky you spot a sea turtle or manta ray.
For a land-bound adventure hire an ATV (quad) to explore the beaches north and south of Tamarindo. Guided tours are available as well. A popular day jaunt leads through the countryside to Playa Avellanas with a stopover for lunch.
Tamarindo has two world-class golf courses nearby. North of Tamarindo is the course of the resort Paradisus Conchal and south of Tamarindo, behind Playa Avellanas is the championship golf course of Hacienda Pinilla. Designed by Mike Young the 18-hole course of Hacienda Pinilla has a spectacular layout meandering along the Pacific cliff. Golfers describe it as the most beautiful and well maintained golf course of Costa Rica.
A pro tennis court is available near the center of Tamarindo: at the Tamarindo Tennis Club you can rent court time and equipment for playing on two lighted outdoor courts open from 7am to 9pm.