Lifestyle and Culture
Tamarindo is surrounded by natural beauty, with beaches on the western side, and forested areas on the eastern side. The town and surrounding area are home to a variety of flora and fauna, and many can be seen at the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge located along Tamarindo Bay. Animals here include ospreys, howler monkeys, herons, kingfishers, coatimundis, lizards, tropical birds, and crocodiles, while some notable plant species include acacia, mahogany, Guanacaste, Tamarindo, and carob. Another natural area worth checking out is Las Baulas National Marine Park, which has beautiful beach areas, forests, and sea turtle habitats.
The Petit Casino Diria, located in the heart of Tamarindo, features blackjack tables, poker tables, no limit Texas hold’em tables, slot machines, and electronic roulette. The lively atmosphere provides non-stop entertainment. The town centre also has numerous shops that sell surfing and diving equipment, clothing, souvenirs, gifts, home décor items, and health and beauty products. The Revive Wellness Center offers a variety of services, including personal training, fitness facilities, yoga classes, massages, facials, reiki, tarot card readings, cosmetic surgery procedures, meditation, nutrition services, and life coaching.
The Agua Rica Diving Center offers boat trips for snorkeling and scuba diving, with dives ranging from 50 to 70 feet with mild to moderate currents. Certified multilingual staff take groups of up to six people out and instruct them throughout the adventure. Equipment rental is available, and the centre also provides various scuba and snorkeling lessons for people of all ages. Most excursions last between two and five hours, and customers can choose from a number of sites. Sailing tours are also available. Species that can be seen on excursions include sharks, rays, crabs, eels, and various schools of fish (such as snapper and jacks).