5 of the Best Family Vacation Rentals in Tamarindo

Casa de Luz in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Search for your perfect family vacation rental in Tamarindo (Pictured: Casa de Luz)

Planning a family vacation to Tamarindo, Costa Rica? Then, you’re probably searching for the perfect accommodations. And that’s where these five family vacation rentals in Tamarindo might come in handy!

So, why a vacation rental instead of a hotel? There are many reasons, but the three big ones are space, amenities, and economy: in short, your budget stretches much further, and buys more square-footage and extras (ex. a private pool, Jacuzzis, secluded decks, gourmet kitchens, and more) for the same – or less – than the cost of a ho-hum hotel room.

And, with that, five of our favorite family vacation rentals in Tamarindo:

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Destination Wedding in Tamarindo: Guest Guide

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Congratulations! You’re a (very) lucky Tamarindo wedding guest.

So, you’ve been invited to a destination wedding in Tamarindo – congratulations! We promise, it’s going to be a memorable trip. Tamarindo (and its surrounds) is one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations, thanks in large part to our beautiful beaches, adventurous activities, and spectacular sunsets.

You’ve heard plenty about Costa Rica, you’ve probably dreamed of visiting (or already have), and now your invitation has finally arrived – you’re invited to a destination wedding in Tamarindo. Go ahead, you can squeal. This is something to get excited about! #TamarindoDestinationWedding #BestWeddingEver

After you get over your initial excitement, you probably start to wonder: Where is Tamarindo, exactly? What’s the weather going to be like? Where will you stay? How much should you budget?

One thing you already know, though: this wedding-vacation is going to be epic.

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Liberia Airport Guide: What You Need to Know About LIR

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Welcome to Costa Rica! (And our Liberia airport guide.)

If you’re planning a Tamarindo vacation, chances are you’ll be flying into the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, a.k.a. the Liberia International Airport. And that means you’re in need of a primer – a Liberia airport guide, so to speak.

Happy to help.

The Liberia International Airport – few refer to it as the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, although that is the official name! –  is located just west of the city of Liberia, the capital city of Guanacaste province. And, at just a 75-90 minute drive, it’s the closest international airport to Tamarindo.

Official Name: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport

Nickname: Liberia International Airport

Airport Code: LIR (IATA) or MRLB (ICAO)

Location: Liberia, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Can’t-Miss: 7 of the Best Tamarindo Activities

sport fishing is one of the best Tamarindo activities

Sport fishing is, without a doubt, one of the best Tamarindo activities

Are you afraid that, after all your meticulous research and hunt for the best Tamarindo activities and attractions, you’ll miss out on that one, irreplaceable, life-changing, can’t-miss experience? You know the one – the thing that you’d finally remember at the eleventh hour, when there was no time left, and then forever regret that you had missed?

Yeah, we’ve all been there. Luckily, you’ve found your way here. We know the best Tamarindo activities out there. And we’re happy to share. So, with that, our top 7 can’t-miss activities in Tamarindo – one for each day of your stay!

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Costa Rica Itinerary: Tamarindo Family Vacation

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Tamarindo is an excellent choice for your family vacation

If you’re traveling to Costa Rica with kids in tow, chances are someone has recommended a Tamarindo family vacation.

After all, we’re one of the most well-equipped towns in Costa Rica, with a wide selection of restaurants, tours, and attractions. And then, there are our incredible Tamarindo vacation rentals, which run the gamut from oceanview 2-bedrooms for small families to palatial 8-bedroom luxury villas, with every conceivable amenity to fuel memorable family reunions. Tamarindo is that perfect blend of services, amenities and natural beauty.

To help you plan your trip, we’ve pulled together a Tamarindo family vacation itinerary: some of our favorite family-friendly activities and experiences in the area. Make some memories!

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Destination Overview: Playa Langosta Travel Guide

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Sunset at Playa Langosta. Can you imagine yourself here?

This Gold Coast paradise is close to all the action (namely, Tamarindo) and yet just far enough off the beaten path – that perfect combination to yield seclusion and tranquility, but with all the conveniences of a larger town. Our Playa Langosta travel guide gets your planning started.

This usually sleepy, always awe-inspiring beach town defines the best of both worlds: spectacularly beautiful and at times wild – breaching whales and feisty monkeys, nesting sea turtles and epic sunsets – and yet just minutes to some of the finest dining, nightlife, and attractions in all of Costa Rica. Indeed, Playa Langosta is a prime choice for quiet getaways, family reunions, destination weddings, relaxing retreats, and everything in between.

Playa Langosta Overview:

Location: About 1.5 miles (2.5 kms) south of Tamarindo

Average Temperature: 75-95º F (23-35º C)

Landscape: Tropical ocean, dry and wet forest, and savannah landscapes (inland)

Closest Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) – about 75 minutes

Top Activities: Surfing, SUP, Catamaran Sailing, Turtle Nesting, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving, Wildlife & Nature Tours, Sports Fishing, Swimming, and Golf

Top Attractions: Beaches, Surfing, Las Baulas Marine Park (turtle watching), Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge & the Catalina Islands (scuba & snorkeling)

Great for: Families & Family Reunions, Couples & Honeymooners, Destination Weddings, Surfers, Nature Lovers

We Recommend: Spending at least a day doing almost nothing at all. Swim in the sea. Walk over ocean rocks. Take a dip in the pool. Dig your toes into the sand. Build a sand castle.

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Weather in Costa Rica: A Month-by-Month Guide

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Weather in Costa Rica hack: If you’re traveling during the rainy season, choose the Tamarindo area, one of the sunniest spots in the country

The country may be smaller than the state of West Virginia, but the weather in Costa Rica goes big. Sure, we’re a tropical nation. Of course, we don’t have snow. And yes, our seasons are often simplified down to “dry season” and “rainy season,” but Costa Rican weather is a lot more interesting than that.

We’re close to the equator, which means we get 12+ hours of sunshine all year long: the sun rises and sets at the same time every day (around 5:45 a.m. and 5:45-6:30 p.m., year-round). We’re in the northern hemisphere but there’s no winter here; in fact, Costa Ricans typically refer to northern winter (December-March) as “summer” since this is the sunniest time of year, not to mention local schools’ “summer” break.

There’s plenty of diversity to the weather in Costa Rica, too. For most of the country, December-April marks the “dry” season; but in the Caribbean and Arenal, the seasons are flipped. Sticking to generalities, Guanacaste province (home to Tamarindo) is the driest in the country; this means we have drier rainy seasons, making Tamarindo a great choice for the best weather during May-November travel.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the weather in Costa Rica, month by month:

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4 After-Christmas & New Year’s Traditions in Costa Rica

Tamarindo on New Year’s Eve brings fire dancers onto the beach!

Costa Rica’s holiday season is unabashedly festive: color, lights, fireworks, and food abound! Happily – and as you may have already noticed, if you’re visiting this season – the celebrations don’t end on December 25; they continue, and continue, and continue, well past New Year’s and straight into January! You don’t want to miss a Costa Rica new years event!

Here’s the rundown of what to expect (and seek out), if you’re visiting Costa Rica and Tamarindo over the holidays:

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Costa Rica Beach Weddings: The How, The Where & The When

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Costa Rica beach weddings can be everything you dream

There is something irresistible about the promise of a wedding on the beach: the warm sun, the soft sand, the tropical flowers, the harmonies of crashing waves… Indeed, Costa Rica beach weddings are the stuff dreams are made of.

So, congratulations! You’ve made it this far. You’re in love. You’re probably engaged. (Congrats, again!) And you’re finally researching your dream wedding. On the beach, in Costa Rica. It’s a wonderful dream.

We’re here to stoke your excitement and fuel your plans. And to make every step of your wedding planning just a bit easier. We’ve hosted many weddings (and wedding parties) in our villas over the years. We’ve worked with many area wedding service providers, from photographers to caterers. And, we’ve welcomed thousands of travelers to Costa Rica. We understand what you and your guests need and want.

Starting with the most basic of all considerations – the legalities of getting married here – and moving on to the where of Costa Rica beach weddings. So, let’s get started!

(Tip: Don’t forget to check out our entire Tamarindo Wedding Guide series, for all the dreaming, planning, and details you need!)

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7 Picture-Perfect Spots to Hold Your Wedding Ceremony in Tamarindo

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Picture-perfect, indeed: Casa de Luz is one of our favorite area wedding venues.

What’s the most stressful part of planning a destination wedding? Picking the venue, most likely! Because, while you may have chosen your where, now you’re narrowing down the where of your where: what Tamarindo wedding venue is best suited to your personalities?

It really comes down to your wedding style: Do you want to exchange your “I dos” with your toes in the sand, or do you prefer a more formal space for your ceremony? Would you like to host your ceremony and reception in the same space, or are you willing to caravan between your ceremony venue and reception locale?

It all comes down to you and your future spouse: What do you dream? While you narrow that down, here are a few ideas to get you started:

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