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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo, home to a population of around 6,500 people (many of whom reside here part-time during the peak season), is located on the western coast of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province. The town is located near the communities of Playa Mansita, Playa Ventanas, Matapalo, and La Garita Nueva, and covers 123.53 square kilometres.

There is a large population of ex-pats here, many of whom enjoy the outdoor recreation and laidback lifestyle that Tamarindo has to offer. Surfing and other water sports are popular activities, and the beaches are an important tourist draw. While English is spoken in Tamarindo, Spanish is the language mostly used by the locals.

The weather here is often warm and dry, though there is a rainy season from May to October, which still often has sunny periods. The closest highway (Highway 155) is located east of the town, making Tamarindo feel somewhat off the beaten path compared to other communities in this area, though there are plenty of amenities in the community to ensure residents are comfortable.

Getting around the town on foot tends to be easy, and for longer trips there are buses and taxis available. Travelling to Tamarindo often involves flying into the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia.


Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Country: Costa Rica

  • Province: Guanacaste

  • Population: 6,375

  • Area: 123.5 km²


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).


Entertainment and Tourism

Much like the other coastal communities of the province of Guanacaste, Tamarindo’s economy relies mostly on tourism. There are numerous resorts, hotels, bed and breakfast operations, and other forms of accommodation, as well as shops, restaurants, spas, tour outfitters, and other service providers catering to tourists.Ex-pats often work at or own local businesses, or work remotely for their own companies or ones located elsewhere. There is also a large ex-pat population that consists of retirees.

Real estate and development are also important industries here, and tie in with the tourism industry. Demand for commercial and residential space continues to increase, driving up real estate business and construction projects. Fishing, which was once one of the main sources of income here, is still part of the economy, though is a smaller contributor now. Agricultural areas can also be found outside of the community, where cattle are raised and various produce is grown. Like the national unemployment rate, Tamarindo’s rate tends to be around 8%.

Entertainment and Tourism

Districts & Neighborhoods

The northern section of Tamarindo includes residential areas, restaurants and cafes, service providers, shops, parks, churches, schools, accommodations, a small airport, a veterinary hospital, a pharmacy, an auto-repair shop, a post office, and a national park.

Tamarindo’s central section is home to numerous accommodations, restaurants and bars, a pharmacy, tourist attractions, residential areas, beach areas, shops, a casino, tour outfitters, service providers, a recreation centre, parks, a yoga studio, a mini golf course, and a fitness centre.

A wellness centre, restaurants and bars, accommodations, residential areas, beach areas, tour outfitters, shops, service providers, and a tourist information centre can all be found in the southern section of the town.


Real Estate Market

Tamarindo has real estate options throughout its various areas, though most of these are located close to the water. Townhouses and condos are common in the community and many are in newly constructed buildings. Prices range from around $150,000 to millions of dollars, depending on size, location, amenities, and design.

Many condos offer fantastic views of the ocean and include access to a shared pool area. Most single-family homes in the area tend to start at around $300,000 and go up from there, with many offering private pools and yards. Single-family homes and multi-family buildings are often located in gated communities, which offer residents peace of mind and a higher sense of security.

Commercial real estate includes investment properties purchased to rent out, as well as space used for services such as shops, spas, and restaurants. Vacant land varies in price depending on location, designated use (commercial or residential), size, and quality.

Real Estate Market


There aren’t many schools in the town itself, but the ones that can be found here include Tide Academy, Colegio de Villarreal, and Escuela de Villarreal. There is also a language school here, called Wayra Spanish Institute. Other options in nearby communities include Educarte, Guanacaste Waldorf School, Escuela Santa Rosa, Liceo de Villarreal, and Escuela El Llanito.

There are no post-secondary institutions in Tamarindo, so residents must travel to nearby communities for options such as Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Sede Liberia, Ulicori Sede Santa Cruz Guanacaste, and Universidad Latina.

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