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Tamarindo, Costa Rica, is a very popular beach destination for tourists located on the northern Pacific shore. The town offers many tours and activities as well as lazy beach days soaking up the warm sun. The town is also quite famous for its surf and surfer culture. Tamarindo is very developed and touristy to the point that in the downtown, you can easily forget that you are in Costa Rica. For an authentic Costa Rican experience, rent a bicycle, car, or motorbike for the day and ride into some of the smaller, less developed towns and soak up some culture.
The hostels in Tamarindo vary from party/resort-style hostels to family-friendly, home-style accommodation. Tamarindo hostels are mainly centrally located and within walking distance to amenities, banks and ATMs, restaurants and bars, the beach and the downtown strip. Due to the high amount of visitors, it is recommended to do some research and book accommodation before arriving.
Tamarindo can be difficult to reach without splurging on an expensive shuttle from a tour company. The roads on the Nicoya peninsula can be very slow (especially in the rainy season) and the buses can be few and far between. Without a car, you may want to spend more money on a shuttle to save time and stress.
Tamarindo, is an ideal destination for those seeking a breathtaking beach, fancy dining, and world-famous Costa Rican wildlife without losing too many of the comforts and luxuries of home in the developed world.
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Hostel La Botella de Leche
"La Botella de Leche is a very chill hostel. You'll find its residents lazing back in the hammocks, chairs or porch swings whenever they are not surfing. The Location The hostel is about two minutes from the main street and the one of the bus stops at which the San Jose-bound buses stop. You'll reach the beach after about five minutes, as well. The location is perfect -- far enough from the downtown that you don't hear the karaoke until...
Pura Vida Hostel
"Very good - I have stayed in this place twice since I came to Costa Rica and I have to say I really like it. Good management, free coffee, high speed internet connection, and a really sweet dog called Makai. It has a big area with hammocks where you can chill, read some books, and meet people. It's clean and well organized and has a good atmosphere. I can really recommend this place for everyone." … "… Surf boards and luggage...
Blue Trailz Hostel
"The best hostel in Tamarindo - Came alone and intended to stay just one night, ended up staying 7 days. met loads of cool people. staff was super friendly. Hostel was clean and nice. Close to the beach and all the party in Tamarindo. Would go back in a sec. Blue Trailz rules!" … "… as part of our surf or surf/yoga camps. Blue Trailz offers: *AC in every room *Hot and cold showers *Free WIFI *Night guard *Laundry service...
Pura Vida MINI Hostel - Tamarindo
"Don't stay here - Don't stay here. This place is trying to confuse you to go to this minihostel instead of the real Pura Vida Hostel which has been around a long time." … "… for past 5 years. And we have 2 additional properties under our management as well, Pura Vida MINI Hostel in Manuel Antonio and Pura Vida MINI hostel in St.Teresa We offer clean private rooms with AC and some with safes, dorm rooms with AC (from 9PM –...
Tamarindo Hostel Resort
"… Hostel Resort is undoubtedly the best in Tamarindo, for its beautiful rooms, for their cheap prices, and all the attractions that this hostel offers. You can use the kitchen to cook for yourself. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 24 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 20:00 . Check out before 12:00 . The reception of...
Higher Ground Hostel
"We have great facilities with 4 dorms and 3 private rooms with private bathrooms. All rooms have air conditioning - even the dorms! Lockers big enough for a back pack are provided in all rooms and all showers have hot water! We offer free wifI and cable TV, a lovely common area with views overlooking the town owing to our 3rd floor position. Furthermore upstairs on the 4th floor is the bar and restaurant area!!" … "… or No...
Coral Reef Surf Hostel
"… Grill and Longboards BBQ, we're adjacent to a food court and two grocery stores. Our newly renovated property has been outfitted to ensure your comfort:All rooms are provided with bedsheets and linen, safety lockers and air conditioning Frutheremore, there is: - a shared kitchen - a common ground where you can hang out with other guests, watch television, chill in the hammocks or a skate the skate ramp in the backyard....
Blue Trailz Hostel & Surfcamp
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La Oveja Negra Hostel
"EVERYONE SHOULD COME HERE!!! - I stayed at La Oveja for one week and had a fantastic time. The owners were really helpful in offering suggestions on what to do and where to go. I was able to book surf lessons right at the reception desk as well as organize a snorkle tour, both are offered by the owners at a great price. The atmosphere was laid back but fun with travelers from all over the world -- most of them were surfers but some were here...
Tamarindo Backpackers Hostel
"… watching tours and many other exciting tours. We are a brand new hostel, part of the Costa Rican Hostel Network. Our hostel is the only one in town 100% owned and operated by Costa Ricans. Stay with us and discover the real pura vida lifestyle. Hostel Conditions: -No children under 14 years in the dorms. -Front Desk hours 7:00 am untill 10:00 pm -Quiet hours after 11pm -Check in until 2pm. Check out 11am -Reservation will not...
Hostel Mamiri Costa Rica
"… hot water, ceiling fan and safety deposit box as well as 2 fully equipped apartments with kitchen, cable television and air conditioning.Our hostel has a friendly and laidback feel. The owners are originally from Argentina and have been living in Playa Tamarindo for over 6 years. They invite you to totally relax in our peaceful tropical garden setting filled with orchid. They are a friendly young family so this is not a party...
La Bruja Verde
"… So just for girls bedroom with air and the comfort of their private bathroom and seating for five. A room with a private bathroom, A / C, TV and a small refrigerator and a small terrace. We offer wireless internet, cable TV and DVD player, Bed linen, towels income, areas outside and inside, guest kitchen, book exchange, A / C in some rooms, travel agency, we have guard security Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h advance...
The Chocolate Hotel & Hostel
"Seems like a nice place - Stopped by in November of 2012. I couldn't stay since I already had a noncancelable reservation elsewhere, but probably would have. Seems nice and said to be under new ownership." … "… peace of mind and is testament to our incident free track record. While you are here, our bilingual staff will make you feel at home and immerse you in Costa Rican culture. Let our concierge recommend great...
Hotel Tamarindo Portofino
"… made with organic products. Playa Tamarindo is a great place to relax, to live in a tranquil place and in touch with nature and at the same time you can enjoy the fantastic nightlife. .You will feel very relxin these spacious, comfortable and bright rooms. Feel free to spend your holidays with your family, with your couple or friends in this spectacular hotel. The apartment has a fantastic view over the tropical garden is very...
"I stayed at FT's for a week. I switched to this place after staying at a another hostel 4 times as far from the beach where all my friend and I had was a bed and shared bathroom. We got a room with AC, our own bathroom, lockers for only $ 40. And it was clean, yeah! FT's was right on the beach and the costa rican staff was super nice. The food is AMAZING! We ate at least once a day here and it's a great meeting spot at night for travelers...
"… Microwave, A/C, Cable TV, private bathroom and wireless internet. 2 individual rooms for up to four guests, feature one double bed, one sofa bed, refrigerator, Microvawe, Dining Table for 4 persons, A/C, Cable TV, private bathroom and wireless internet. Two apartments for up to four guests, the apartments feature two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms each, stove, Microwave, A/C, refrigerator, Cable TV, wireless internet, dining table for 4...
"… rooms with fans in the ceiling and private rooms with A/C. Our property is huge so you have plenty space to relax, our kitchen is in an open space, you get nice breeze while you are cooking, we have picnic tables set up in the gardens and a grill right next to it so if you feel like having a BBQ is easy and beautiful. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be...
"… all the cooking equipment to enjoy some nights like feeling at home! We can also help you plan your vacation! Please note : Cancellation Policy : 3 days advance notice. Only Cash payment accepted on arrival. Check-in time : 13:00. Check-out time : 11:00. Breakfast included. Taxes included. The property is great for kids and handicapped accessible. Since we are located outside town, we recommend renting a car...
"Hotel Pasatiempo is a charming boutique hotel in Playa Tamarindo just 5 minutes walk to the beach in the quiet part of town. The freshly remodeled hotel features a central pool area with a natural stone and teak deck, a full service restaurant Monkey La-La in a natural palm rancho. The hotel is situated in a tropical garden beneath the shade of hardwood, palm and mango trees. All of the rooms feature high efficiency AC and hot water,...
El Sabanero Ecolodge
"… and some lodges are accessible for disabled people.From your exclusive lodge, the pathway will guide you past the Infiniti pool to the Palapa Rancho, were you can dine and enjoy the typical Costa Rican healthy breakfast or delicious midday lunch.The Menu offers a buffet dinner and barbeque style cowboy cooking. Using only fresh organic vegetables and fruit from the farm.The pool is a deluxe infinit mosaic design, with a spa attached...
"150m nordeste del Hotel Pasatiempo" … "… the rooms have private hot water bathroom, AC and ceiling fan. There are also equipped with mini refrigerator. Each looks onto a fitted out terrace. Some have Queen beds and others have single beds, all with orthopedic mattresses. The hotel is equipped with a common kitchen to accommodate you on the site to concoct you your own meals. Drinks can be buy directly in the hotel. The...
"… give you a tropical experience you will never forget. Enjoy our beautiful ocean views, palm tree garden, outdoor restaurant, and cooling sea breezes, all in an authentic Costa Rican village, centrally located between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Flamingo. In addition we offer free wireless internet service to all of our guests. We are a hotel. There are four types of rooms available. A room with one queen bed and ensuite bathroom,...
"Villas Macondo is a small, beautiful hotel in walking distance to the main attractions of Tamarindo. It is a good place to relax, make friends and enjoy the pura vida of Costa Rica. After a sunny day on the beach, dip in our refreshing pool or just have a siesta in your hammock.." … "By car: drive into Tamarindo, pass the Hotel Tamarindo Diria and turn left into the first little road you see, follow this road, after about 200 meter...
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