The Complete Guide to Semana Santa – Easter Week in Costa Rica

Tamarindo surfer during Easter Week in Costa Rica

Visiting for Easter Week in Costa Rica? Here’s what you need to know. And trust us – there’s a lot you should know. (For example, make your reservations NOW. Really.)

So, you’re in Tamarindo for Easter Week, known locally as Semana Santa, or Holy Week. Otherwise known as, one of the most popular times to travel. The weather is great, the sun is warm, the landscapes are greening up, and the beaches are packed. Welcome to Easter Week in Costa Rica.

You’ve heard a lot about Costa Rica. You’ve spent months (or even years) dreaming about your trip. And now, it’s on – you’re headed to Costa Rica for Holy Week! Maybe it’s because your kids are on Spring Break. Perhaps you’re interested in Latin American Easter traditions (more on that, later). Or, it could simply be that this is one of the most beautiful (and festive) times of year.

Whatever the reason, you’re going to have a great trip. And, this guide will help. Because, while Easter Week in Costa Rica is special, it’s also one of the busiest times of year. With a little bit of planning (and very advanced reservations – trust us!), you’ll enjoy a much better, more relaxing getaway. And with that, off we go!

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One-of-a-Kind Oceanfront Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo: Part 2

Flamingo Blu oceanfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo

Where sky meets sea, where sea meets infinity pool, where you meet your dreams: 5 striking oceanfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo (Pictured: Flamingo Blu)

Last month, promised you a list of the best oceanfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo – and we delivered. Well, partially. We shared the first part of our list, which highlighted 5 beachfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo, with some help from Playa Langosta, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Potrero – the “greater Tamarindo” area, as we know it.

Today, we’re bringing you the grand finale – grand, not in the sense of overshadowing our first list, but grand in its true meaning: luxury, oceanfront estates, grand in both size and style. Because, these homes are truly something more: Perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime wedding, event or celebration, they promise more than the space you need; these vacation homes deliver on the luxury experience.

Oceanfront infinity pools. Full-time staff. Bubbling Jacuzzis. Multiple master suites. Gourmet kitchens. High design. And oh, those views. These homes represent the apex of oceanfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo: the nexus of upscale living, exclusive location, and dreams made reality. And we are so excited to share them!

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Property of the Month: Vista Salinas

Tamarindo vacation rental-Vista Salinas sunset

Welcome to Vista Salinas and its world of walled glass and Guanacaste panoramas.

A wall of windows and living panoramas, poolside elegance and beach-chic décor, Playa Grande and Tamarindo Bay views, and an ocean-view infinity pool – this is Vista Salinas, an ode to inviting simplicity and one of our newest Tamarindo vacation rentals.

From this spectacular home, you overlook an entire panorama of Guanacaste: a distant sea, rolling hills and, from every room, acountryside dappled with trees and savannah. It’s a striking and very distinct landscape, and a perfect welcome to this wild and wonderful slice of Costa Rica.

Enjoy these vistas from every room of Vista Salinas and, even better, from your sun-splashed indoor living area and private infinity pool. This is paradise, in all its 180º splendor.

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Spotlight on: Tamarindo Day Tours to Make the Most When Time is Short (Part 1)

Tamarindo day tour to Monteverde cloud forest

Welcome to a world very different from our own. Swap sand for epiphytes and sun for misty cloud forest in Monteverde, a favorite Tamarindo day tour!

You’ve made it. You’re in Costa Rica. You’ve arrived at Tamarindo. The sun is shining. The waves are crashing. Your feet are buried in sand. There’s probably a cold drink in your hand. Life feels pretty perfect.

And then, you overhear someone talking about that trip they took yesterday. You know – the one to the volcanic hot springs or the tropical cloud forest, to the roaring river or to hike on once-active lava flows, to an incredible waterfall or a birding paradise. And suddenly, the sun doesn’t feel so warm and the sand isn’t quite as pleasing.

FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a very real thing when you’re on vacation. After all, when you’ve traveled all the way to Costa Rica, you want to pack it all in. You want to see and experience all (or, at least most!) of this spectacular country. We get it. And, we’re here to help. Because, the last thing we want is for you to miss out. Don’t miss out. Do it all – or, all that you want – with these time-saving Tamarindo day tours. (Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!)

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Spotlight on: A Tamarindo Mangrove Tour

Tamarindo mangrove tour

Come with us on an adventure of watery proportions! A Tamarindo mangrove tour promises a special morning or afternoon.

You came for the beaches but you’re now enthralled with the wildlife. After all, how often can your toes be in the warm sand, while a howler monkey hoots above or a prehistoric-looking ctenosaur scurries into its next sunny spot? This is Tamarindo, this is the glory of our natural wonderland, and this is the primary draw to a Tamarindo mangrove tour.

Yes, it’s high time we shared with you the secret of this floating boat ride, set amidst the Tamarindo National Wildife Refuge and Las Baulas National Park. Yes, it’s time we let you in on the adventure just minutes from town and a paddle away – in on the estuary, the mangroves, and the entirely different habitat (with its often hereto-unseen residents) that wait to welcome you.

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15 Reasons You’d Hate Your Costa Rica Destination Wedding

bride and groom celebrating a destination wedding in Costa Rica

Planning a Costa Rica destination wedding? Then, let us stop you right there: the Costa Rican promise is not all it’s cracked up to be. We’re serving up the hard truth.

So, you’ve been seduced by the promise of a crashing sea and soft sand, tropical flowers and a wedding on the beach. You’re convinced that a Costa Rica destination wedding will deliver on the moment, the setting, the venue… the whole picture you’ve always hoped.

Well, stop right there. We’re here to tell you that a wedding in Costa Rica could be more nightmare fare than dream-worthy destination. From drop-dead ugly scenery to completely unimaginative venues, Costa Rica is a study in the unimpressive: exotic wildlife and vivid sunsets, bucket-list things to do and more than enough variety to please all your guests.

To make it worse, Costa Rica makes it way too easy to get married here. There are essentially no hoops to jump through, no bureaucracy to make you scream in frustration. Our wedding planners are too good and there’s so much to do, you could fill five honeymoons.

Welcome to an embarrassment of resources and of settings, of special moments and of ease. It’s everything you never wanted your wedding to be, right? There are lifelong memories to be made here and, as we all know, a wedding is not the time to make memories. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Property of the Month: Puesta del Sol

sunset at Puesta del Sol

Named for its beautiful sunsets, Puesta del Sol is the Costa Rica house rental of an adventure-lover’s dreams

Have you ever had that dream where you’re flying? Not in a plane, but really flying – your arms spread, your hair wild, your body alive with the delight and exhilaration of it all?

Puesta del Sol feels a bit – okay, a lot – like that.

Set atop a hilltop overlooking Tamarindo, on a privileged point offering 300-degree panoramic views, this is a home built to amaze.

As the ocean breeze whips up towards your perch, as the Pacific Ocean unfolds at your feet, as the birds swoop almost close enough to touch, you will finally – finally! – achieve that dream: Here, you feel like you’re floating. Here, you feel like you’re flying, high above the earth and sea, in a paradise all your own.

Welcome to Puesta del Sol.

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5 One-of-a-Kind Beachfront Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo: Part 1

Tamarindo honeymoon spot

You are here: At one of the most unique beachfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo. (Pictured: Casa Tranquila, #3 on our list.)

There’s something about a beachfront vacation that feels so very different from a beach vacation, isn’t there? Perhaps it’s the luxury of walking out your door and right onto the beach. It could be the sunsets – an everyday blaze of light and color, seemingly all your own. It could be the sea breezes, the passing sailboats, the perfect views…

The truth is, it’s probably all of this, and more. Because, we each derive a little something different from our beach vacations. But, undoubtedly, there’s something special to all of us, about vacations of the oceanfront variety.

And that’s why we’ve rounded up the first five of our favorite beachfront vacation rentals in Tamarindo: from cozy to palatial, from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy, these homes represent some of the most exclusive, most spectacular, and most one-of-a-kind real estate in Tamarindo and its surrounds:

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Sunset in Tamarindo: The Views You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

Tamarindo bar-restaurants offer excellent sunset views

There’s nothing quite like a Tamarindo sunset, and that’s why we know there’s nothing quite like our Tamarindo sunset tours. Don’t miss ’em!

Once upon a time, there was a Costa Rican sunset…

Okay, okay – that’s a corny opening line. But, the thing is, a Costa Rican sunset really can be spectacular enough to warrant its own story. Sometimes, the sun descends slowly, smearing an entire paint palette across the sky. Other times, it disappears before it even hits the horizon – a blazing orb of mystery.

And almost every night, the Tamarindo sunset sets our world and emotions on fire. It is a sight to see, over and over and over again.

With our love of tropical sundowns, it’s no surprise that we highly recommend Tamarindo sunset tours: adventure and relaxation, nature-watching and ocean activity, all in combination with a beautiful and fiery bow.

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Property of the Month: Flamingo Blu

oceanview Flamingo Beach vacation rental-min

Oceanfront Flamingo Blu is a work of art, built in the round

A work of art, built completely in the round. A walkway, punctuated by streaming sun and startling views. A mountain breeze, sweeping from ocean to hillside. A single television, to inspire mindfulness and repose.

Welcome to beachfront Flamingo Blu, set on a hillside, exquisite in detail, and curved in beauty – a unique vacation rental on Flamingo Beach.

Flamingo Blu is a distinctive 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home overlooking the silky sands of Playa Flamingo. Built in the round, circling an interior courtyard, and radiating out from a central core, the home’s architecture is rivaled only by its matchless location and unrivaled views. This is the home you seek in paradise: luxury and harmony, illumination and flow.

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