Tamarindo// Costa Rica

There is no shame in doing the touristy thing occasionally on vacation. Tamarindo, or "Tamagringo,"  is a little piece of paradise built on tourism due to its great surf, party culture, and long stretch of golden sand lined with palm trees and surrounded by lush tropical mountain ranges. I expected the town to be  built up more like a city. But Tamarindo is still a charming, little beach oasis with one main strip lined with surf shops, outdoor bars and great food. Everyone seems to know each other, locals and expats alike, creating a welcoming community and convincing a gringo like me that I should never leave. 

How I did CR with a big group of friends:

Getting there: Fly into Liberia (NOT San Jose). My flight from Nashville was just over $400. Arrange transportation for the hour-long ride to Tamarindo. Sit back and enjoy the tropical countryside. 

Stay: There are so many amazing hostel options as well as beautiful hotels. However, we rented out Casa Bali which slept all 18 of us comfortably. Most accommodations are walking distance to the water and main strip. 

View from the infinity pool, Casa Bali

Eat and Drink: 

  • Nogui's is a beachfront restaurant and bar where I spent most of my afternoons eating fish tacos and drinking mudslides
  • Pangas Beach Club for a nicer evening out
  • Dance your face off while drinking Imperial Lights with other travelers at Sharky's or Pacifico Bar

Activities: There are endless tours and activities you can book while you are down there. Locals have made it easy to fit every adventure into your vacation.

  • We took a catamaran sunset cruise and went snorkeling off an island (this was my favorite part of the trip!). You will board the catamaran right from Playa Tamarindo. No travel necessary. 
  • Zip line through the mountains of Santa Cruz with Hacienda El Roble
  • Take surf lessons :)