Costa Rica Nicoya Peninsula

The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information


Tours and Activities in Tambor Costa Rica

Beach Combing

Panica River in Tambor
The Panica River in Tambor

From the pier at the southern end of Tambor you can hike around the tip of the bay. A trail alternates between the beach and a path behind the rocks. After 4 km along a long expanse of lonesome beach you reach El Chorro on Cocalitos Beach, a waterfall tumbling down into the ocean which has formed a large rocky pool where you can bathe.

For a beach walk north of Tambor you must wait for low tide as you have to wade through the Rio Panica. You can also venture up the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery and abundant bird life of a jungle river.

At the very northern end of the bay of Tambor you can make a beach walk from the small hamlet of Pochote.

Activities in Tambor
Snorkeling at Tortuga Islands

Horseback Riding

On a guided tour on horseback you can ride to viewpoints in the hills of Tambor from where you can gaze down to the islands in the gulf and look as far as to Montezuma. Other tours go to the upper Panica river to a gorgeous waterfall with a large natural swimming pool.

Snorkeling and Diving

You shouldn't miss a tour to the Tortuga Islands. With its immaculate white sand beaches and tall arching coconut palms, Tortuga is everything imagined in a tropical island. The Tortuga Islands provide the best diving and snorkeling in all of southern Nicoya Peninsula. Plunge into the turquoise clear water and admire swarms of colorful fish and the underwater fauna. You can also hike to a view point or just loll on the beach and drink fresh coconut water.


Close to Tambor are two 9-hole golf courses: one is north of the village at the Los Delfines Resort, the other one south of Tambor at the Tango Mar Resort.

Fishing in Tambor
Catching shrimps across from the pier

Sport Fishing

Fishing buffs enjoy world class sport fishing in Tambor. Professional operators take you to the best fishing sites in the Pacific ocean or in the Gulf of Nicoya. You can haul in game fish like marlin, sailfish, giant tuna, roosterfish and wahoo. On a lower budget you can go on a fishing tour with a panga, a small traditional fishing boat.

For yachters the bay of Tambor offers safe anchorage and at the restaurant near the pier you can fill up on water and gas. Tambor can be a good alternative for sailors who wish to escape the extravagance and hustle of the big marinas in Costa Rica.