Lucky Seven: 7 of the Best Beaches in Tamarindo

girl doing yoga on Tamarindo beach

Tamarindo’s beaches are incredibly scenic, especially at sunset!

Tamarindo is a beach town on Costa Rica’s north Pacific – the world-famous Gold Coast, best known for its white-sand beaches and spectacularly azure Pacific waters. The question is, when you’re surrounded by all this beachy beauty, where should you go? What are the best beaches in Tamarindo?

The good news: There are several. Seven, in fact. Seven beaches where you can spend your time surfing or swimming, sunbathing or sandcastle-building. Spend your time doing whatever you please, however you please. Welcome to Tamarindo!

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Turtle Watching 101: Costa Rica Turtle Nesting – Where to Go & When

leatherback turtle in Costa Rica

An endangered leatherback sea turtle crawls toward the sea at Playa Grande on the Northwest coast of Costa Rica. Leatherback hatchling survival is closely tied to temperatures within the nest and a new study indicates that rising average temperatures over the course of the century could reduce hatching success by as much as 60 percent.

The official log may record about two million visitors to Costa Rica every year, but that number doesn’t include the additional tens of thousands of sea turtles that grace our beaches. Indeed – Costa Rica turtle nesting is a Big Deal here on the Rich Coast.

Year after year, five species of sea turtles – olive ridleys, leatherbacks, loggerheads, hawksbills, and green sea turtles – come to shore every year. These gentle sea giants, which are classified as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species, lay hundreds of thousands of eggs on Costa Rican beaches. Weeks later, their tiny hatchlings emerge from sandy nests, to make their way to the sea.

Whether you’re a fierce animal lover, a wildlife conservationist, or just your average tourist, sea turtle nesting is a must for your To Do list. The sight itself, not to mention the environmental significance, are not only incredible to witness but also deeply moving – something everyone should see for themselves, at least once.

Costa Rica turtle nesting happens year-round on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, although your chances of spotting turtles increase during the green season months of May through November. So, where and when should you book a turtle tour? We have all the info you need.

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5 Tamarindo Surf Spots for Beginners

Tamarindo beginner surfing

Tamarindo offers plenty of surf spots, even for brand-new beginners

Tamarindo may be known for many things, but great surf is arguably our greatest claim to fame. And with good reason: We’re smack dab in the center of Guanacaste’s famed Gold Coast beaches, where pumping surf and huge breaks have inspired die-hard surfers for decades. But, what about Tamarindo beginner surfing spots – namely, are there any?

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