Information about Tamarindo beach

With its pristine beaches, crystal clear blue waters, superb natural surroundings, and near perfect weather, it is no wonder that Tamarindo is among the most popular vacation destinations in Costa Rica.

How to arrive in TAMARINDO?

Costa Rica has two international airports; Daniel Oduber Intenational Airport, in Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste, which is just 62 km away from Tamarindo and Juan Santamaria International Airport, in Alajuela, close to San José, with a distance of approximately 300 km to Tamarindo.

You can arrive in Tamarindo from Liberia airport or San José (Alajuela airport):

--- OPTION 1: Arriving from International Airport Daniel Oduber, in Liberia, to Playa Tamarindo, Villareal and Santa Rosa: The airport is 62 Km away from Tamarindo, 55 Km from Santa Rosa and 57 Km from Villareal. There are two options to get to Tamarindo. First, you can take a taxi, which costs approximately USD 60.00 - 70.00. Second, we can make the reservation with Tamarindo Shuttle Bus for USD 40.00 if you are the only passenger or USD 20.00 if there is at least another passenger using the same service. Both taxi and the Tamarindo Shuttle Bus can bring you to any place in Tamarindo or to Santa Rosa / Villareal where the host families live. The travel time is less than 1 hour.

--- OPTION 2: Traveling from San José to Tamarindo: You can arrive by plane or bus:

By Plane:
SANSA, a domestic branch of TACA Group, flies from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport to Playa Tamarindo, between 3 and 5 times a day. SANSA offers a free transfer from their terminal to the office in San José and from San José to their terminal, at the International Airport.

Nature Air flies from Tobias Bolaños Airport in Pavas, San José, only few minutes from the city center. There is a bus service from the airport to the center of San José.

Students can purchase the ticket with SANSA or Nature Air on-line on their web sites or
At the airport, in Playa Tamarindo, you can take a taxi for about USD 5.00 to get to Santa Rosa, Villareal or Playa Tamarindo. Please do not forget to keep your lodging information handy in order to tell the driver the address.

By public bus
The ALFARO bus company offers daily service from San José to Playa Tamarindo at 11:30 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. for approximately USD 10.00. The ALFARO bus station is at Barrio Coca Cola, on calle 14, between avenida 3 - 5.

The bus ride to Santa Rosa, Villa Real and Playa Tamarindo takes approximately 6 hours. As this is a public service, we cannot make a reservation; therefore the student must purchase the ticket personally as early as possible. Students with a homestay reservation should inform the bus driver to drop them off at the bus stop in Villareal or Santa Rosa. For students that lodge at one of the student houses, they need to get off at the last bus stop, which is in the center of Tamarindo. At the bus stop in Villareal or Santa Rosa, you will be picked up by a member of your host family. If you stay at a student house, please come to the school first in order to make the check-in. Since the reception of the school is open on Sunday only from 10.00 am - 04.00 pm, students that stay at one of the student houses should take the 08.30 am bus in order to get on time to Playa Tamarindo. There is no problem for students to take the afternoon bus, if they stay with a host family.

By private bus
Interbus is a private bus company that offers direct service to Tamarindo. This bus ride takes about 4 ½ hours to reach Tamarindo. Interbus offers daily service at a charge of US $ 50. The buses are air conditioned and comfortable. The departure time is at 7:40 am or at 02.30 pm from Hotel "Mesón del Angel", and it arrives in Playa Tamarindo approximately at 1 pm respectively at around 06.30 pm. Since the reception of the school is open on Sunday only from 10.00 am - 04.00 pm, students that stay at one of our student houses should take the 07.40 am bus in order to get on time to Playa Tamarindo. There is no problem for students to take the afternoon bus, if they stay with a host family.

Important: Students that travel with Interbus and stay at one of the student houses should come directly to the school in order to check in. Students staying with host families in Santa Rosa or Villarreal can get off the bus at the Casa de Madera in the center of Villareal where a member of their host family will wait for them.


Tamarindo is a town and distrito located on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Ricain the Province of Guanacaste. The district has a population of 3,525, although the town itself is about 500. But it can swell to 5,000 people or more during the tourist season and during special holidays. The main attractions are surfing and eco-tourism.

Playa Tamarindo is a long beach, with excellent waves near the mouth of the estuary. Currents can be strong, especially on a falling tide. Tamarindo has two main breaks for advanced surfers: Pico Pequeño a rocky point and the excellent river mouth break across from Cabinas Tsunami called El Estero. The rest of the beach breaks are perfect for learning. The biggest waves can get up to 12 feet, although only during November and December.

Playa Grande beach is also where the Leatherback Turtle comes to lay its eggs. The leatherbacks take over the beach from November to April, digging their nests up to one meter deep, lay their eggs and cover the pit with sand, and return once again to the sea. After 60 to 90 days, the hatchlings emerge and immediately make their way to the water.

There are other eco-friendly activities including watching turtles during their nesting season at night, diving, snorkeling, body surfing, zip-lining, estuary trips, horseback riding and fishing. During the December to April period when the water turbidity is low, fishing may be done from the shore.

Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste is the most accessible location along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica with an airstrip. Scheduled daily bus service to and from San José, as well as surrounding communities, is available. There is also a paved highway from San José. The average time from San Jose to Tamarindo is 5 to 6 hours depending on traffic.

Tamarindo has all the amenities of a Costa Rican beach town: surf, sand and sun, sun, sun. But it offers much more to many more. Tamarindo offers first class sport fishing, sailing, surfing, golfing, ATV tours, turtle watching, diving, horseback riding, canopy tours, jungle boat rides, beauty spa, an art gallery and crafts and pottery stores. A multi-cultural community, Tamarindo boats several bakeries, an outdoors vegetable market and more than 40 restaurants. Whether you like to eat Vegetarian, 'Tipico' Costa Rican, Italian or Sea Food, it is all here.

The sun shines just about 365 days per year, and the temperature is pleasantly warm year round. In the rainy season, from May through October, you can expect a brief shower in the late afternoon, making the beach sparkle, and allowing for extraordinary sunsets, click here for average temperatures, hours of sunshine, precipitation as well as a 5 day weather forecast.

The beach is a three and a half kilometer stretch of white sand and warm blue water. Tamarindo is surrounded by National Parks to its north and south, and mountains with breathtaking views to its east. Nature is abundant, Leatherback Turtles lay their eggs in the northern part of the bay. Howler Monkeys are heard and seen swinging on branches throughout Tamarindo. In some restaurants giant Iguanas will come up to your table expecting table scraps. In the late afternoons you can hear the parakeets screeching in the trees, preparing to settle down for the night.

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