The (Almost) Complete Guide to Company Groups & Corporate Retreats in Costa Rica

corporate retreat at Casa Puros Dieces

Corporate retreats in Costa Rica are paradise. Just think! Your group could be here. Yes, right here.

Ahh, corporate retreats in Costa Rica – the dream of many! And for good reason, of course: Costa Rica is not only a beautiful dream destination, but it’s full of fun, adventure, and thrills. Of everything you need to relax and reward your employees, while building in a bit of group bonding and team-building.

It’s a match made in heaven.

Your Corporate Retreat in Tamarindo: The When

Playa Naranjo Witchs Rock

The sun is shining and the weather is fine!

Costa Rican weather is warm and at least partly sunny, year-round, so we’ll start there: Tamarindo averages 75-95º F (23-35º C) and gets a consistent 12-13 hours of sunlight, year-round. The sun comes up around 5:30 and sets just after 6, almost every day.

Additionally, there are two basic seasons: dry season (December-April) and wet season (a.k.a. green season, May-November). If you’d like to know more, check out our guide to Costa Rican weather.

So obviously, the specific when is up to your group’s schedule but you should know there are four distinct retreat seasons in Costa Rica – and each has its advantages (and disadvantages). Bottom line: If you have flexibility in your corporate retreat schedule, then you may want to time your stay according to Costa Rica’s travel seasons, whether you’re aiming for the best weather, the best price, or a combination of the two:

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6 Brag-Worthy Fish You Could Catch While Sportfishing Tamarindo

sportfishing Tamarindo for roosterfish

Rooster fish are hard-fighting (and make for a great photo op!)

When it comes to sportfishing Tamarindo, there’s a lot of thrill. Not only do many local boats practice hook retrieval – a true test of skill and mettle, as well as ocean stewardship – but the fish that populate our waters are what angling dreams are made of: sailfish and marlin, rooster fish and mahi-mahi – sun, sea, and hours of hard fighting are in your future. It’s no wonder this is one of the most popular things to do in Tamarindo.

In what promises to be the first of a few posts about sportfishing Tamarindo, here are six of the most oft-caught, most brag-worthy specimens you can hope to catch off our Pacific coastline:

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7 Costa Rican Fruits to Try at the Farmer’s Market

Costa Rica fruit to try

Some of our favorite Costa Rican fruits are exotic, delicious, and colorful!

We’ve touched on a few local foods we think everyone must try while in town, but we thought the last item on our list – Costa Rican fruits, oh glorious fruit! – deserved a bit of extra mention. Because our fruit is on a whole. other. level. It’s spectacular.

Star Apple (Caimito)

Peak Season: Late January through April

Caimito or star apple

Caimito is named for its telltale star | Photo by Forest and Kim Starr

Purple on the outside and white on the inside, caimito is one of our favorite seasonal Costa Rican fruits. Earning its name from its apple-sized exterior and, once cut, star-shaped fruit, this sweet treat features a milky, sweet and creamy flesh: thanks to a high water content, this fruit has a satisfying consistency similar to soft-serve ice cream. As for flavor, it’s almost impossible to describe: a little bit mangosteen, a little bit persimmon, a little bit apple and alllllll delicious!

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Tamarindo Day Trip: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving the Catalina Islands

manta ray underwater

Costa Rica’s Catalinas Islands are one of the world’s top sights to spot giant manta rays

Every year, divers from around the world make their pilgrimage to Costa Rica’s Catalinas Islands – a haven for a spectacular variety of marine life, including giant manta rays with jaw-dropping wingspans up to 20 feet.

Indeed, the Catalina Islands are a special place. A sprinkling of 20 rocking islands, this scuba paradise invites divers and snorkelers to mask up, jump in, and break through the sparkling surface of an indigo Pacific. To dive into these warm and clear-watered depths, in search of devil manta rays, humpback whales, white-tipped reef sharks, angel fish, orcas, spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and so much more.

To discover “the Cats” and their incredible secrets. To explore one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after dive sites. To experience just a hint of what lies beneath the surface of this eco-paradise. And, what lies above.

The Catalinas Islands: At a Glance

Location: 2 to 15 miles offshore (west) of Flamingo

Altitude: Sea Level

In addition to its neighbor, the Bat Islands (Las Islas Murciélagos), the Cats are considered one of the top scuba-diving spots in Costa Rica. We’re talking warm waters that teem with life – life that easy to see, thanks to clear visibility up to 75 feet. And, since this scattering of 20 “islands” – some are more like rocks – are located directly off the shores of Tamarindo, we’re perfectly located to all your underwater diving dreams.

Indeed, whether you’re a casual snorkelers or die-hard diver, if you’re in Costa Rica, you cannot miss the Catalina Islands. But, you’ve already found your way to this article, so we’re guessing you already know that.

And with that, off we go. Here’s everything you need to know about the Catalinas Islands.

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Planning A Corporate Retreat in Costa Rica: Why Tamarindo (+ 3 Incredible Venues)

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Talk about an incentive: Plan your next corporate retreat in Costa Rica!

What better way to thank your employees for a job well done – for outstanding performance, superior leadership, and everything else they do to go above and beyond – than with a corporate retreat in Costa Rica?

This is the out-of-the-box incentive, whether it’s a well-earned corporate getaway, an annual meeting, intimate tête-à-têtes, or management/leadership retreats. There’s sun. There’s sand. And there are endless opportunities for bonding: surfing and snorkeling, ziplines and sunset sails, volcano hikes and hot springs soaks.

And so, we’re going to kick off our Guide to Corporate Retreats in Costa Rica with this post. But, we promise – there’s so much more to come!

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Looking for Great Tamarindo Meeting Space? Try Pangas!

Pangas Beach Club for Tamarindo meeting venues

It’s easy to see why Pandas Beach Club is one of our top choices for Tamarindo meeting venues

Located at the northern end of Tamarindo and cozied up to the estuary, the beachfront Pangas Beach Club frames a picture-perfect Tamarindo meeting space: timelessly elegant and yet also beach-casual, and serving up some of the freshest-from-the-sea gourmet dishes.

All told, it’s no surprise that Pangas is a perennial favorite for group meetings, corporate events, and all those other business-casual moments more suited to putting your feet up, than buttoning up. Yes, obviously, we love it here.

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