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Tamarindo

4.4
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves. Different areas of the town's main beach offer breaks of varying difficulty, making a Tamarindo vacation suitable for surfers of all levels, from beginner to expert. Fishing is another popular thing to do in Tamarindo--the town makes the most of its location near a saltwater estuary. As you plan your Tamarindo holiday, keep in mind that conditions for big-wave surfing are at their best in November and December. Plan your trip to Tamarindo and other Costa Rica destinations using our handy Costa Rica trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Tamarindo

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Beach
Tamarindo Beach
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Ranch
Pura Aventura El Guapote
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Tamarindo

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Playa Flamingo
4.8
Duration: 5 hours
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Beach
Playa Conchal Playa Conchal
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Playa Flamingo
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Samara Beach Playa Samara
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Tamarindo

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Shark Diving
Shark Diving
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6
Duration: 5h 30 min
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Spa
Spas
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Tamarindo

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Urban Eclectic Jewelry
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Dolores Shop
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Superior Sk8 Surf Style
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Secret Spot VIP Tours
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Adventure in Tamarindo

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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Zipline
Zipline
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Tamarindo

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
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Shark Diving
Seahorse Diving Tamarindo Huacas
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
SiSiSi Transfers & Tours Costa Rica
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates Santa Cruz
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa Avellana Playa Avellanas
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Shark Diving
Shark Diving Playas del Coco
4.7
Duration: 3 hours

Places to visit with Tamarindo

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