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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...
Tamarindo Backpackers Hostel
"… All this makes us your perfect choice for your vacation on Tamarindo Beach. Our bilingual staff would be more than happy to give you the best advice on what to do in the area. We can arrange surf lessons, board rentals, surfing trips to surroundings beaches, turtle-watching tours and many other exciting tours. Were a brand new hostel, part of the Costa Rica Hostel Network. Warning: Other places in town will tell you that they dont...
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." … "… hostel is a hybrid...
"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!" … "… Trailz for your stay in Tamarindo or as part of our surf or surf/yoga camps. Blue Trailz offers: *AC in every room *Hot and cold showers *Free...
The Beach House
"Excellent - I have been traveling for 1 year and beach house is by far the best hostel I have stayed at, if you are in the area of Tamarindo pull in there. what a cool place, good facilities including surfboard rentals, ping pong. These people went the extra mile in to ensure I had chillaxed no stress stay. They had a friggin crocodile in front of the house, was really cool." … "… trips, excursions into one of the many national...
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...
La Bruja Verde
"… 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 notice...
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...
Tamarindo Beach Cabinas
"… kitchen where you can cook your own meals. Or you can choose a cabina that has its own kitchen. We offer free Wi-Fi. We pride on our security and safety and each cabina has its own steel bars on doors and windows keeping them perfectly safe. Just bring your lock. You can reach out to us directly for the many different combinations of lodging. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24 hours advance notice. Only cash payment...
"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...
"… 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...
"… is a charming boutique hotel in Playa Tamarindo just 4 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 in a natural palm rancho, and a spa. 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
"… Bar and Restaurant areas so bring your own laptop and stay connected. Continental breakfast for 2 is included with all Chalet bookings and Meals are inexpensive and excellent. Tours like Zip lining, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Sunset Cruise Tours, Surfing and many more, can be arranged by our Hotel staff during your stay.**Guests must show current government-issued proof of identity at the time of check-in.Photo identification...
"150m nordeste del Hotel Pasatiempo" … "… of all kinds offered. You can go sailing at sunset, track crocodiles in the mangrove, enjoy surf classes, scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, 4x4 expeditions, canopy tours, bird watching and much much more. We will gladly help you to book your tours or find what you are looking for. If you prefer to stay on the premises, you can relax in the jacuzzi and enjoy the tropical garden....
"… 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,...
Jardin del Eden Hotel
"… views and gourmet dining, along with a fine combination of nature and luxury. In this enchanting small boutique hotel you will enjoy relaxation, adventure as well as water activities. The hotel itself is a unique experience: an irresistible touch of top notch class in the middle of lush tropical gardens, just a three minute walk from the ocean. Whether you are looking for an unforgettable honeymoon or planning a luxury vacation to...
"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...
Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas
"… blue Pacific and the incredible Costa Rican sunsets. On the property is a Hola! Rent a Car and Waves Costa Rica Surf Shop & Surf Camp. The latter is run by former Costa Rican national surf champion Andrea Diaz, and is the first Roxy/Quiksilver Surf Camp in Latin America. The shop provides everything a surfer needs from leashes to wax to bathing suits, while the surf camp provides everything from surf lessons to guided surf tours...
"Each unit has AC, ceiling fans, cable TV, private bath with hot water, safety box, fridge and coffee maker and is fully equipped and furnished with hand made solid wood carved pieces. Rooms for three people also have a private kitchenette. Wireless internet connection now available.Only 8 units surrounded by tropical landscaped grounds and a beautiful pool with waterfall provide a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Rates do not include taxes....
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