Tamarindo Restaurant Guide: The Best Seafood in Town

best seafood in Tamarindo: lobster coconut salad

You could be here. Dining on lobster-coconut salad. And not just this, but all of the best seafood in Tamarindo!

When you vacation by the sea, you want to dine from the sea. And in Tamarindo, that’s easy. Too easy! Our small town offers dozens upon dozens of excellent restaurants, including many with menus that promise the Catch of the Day, shrimp everything, tropical lobster, and other delicious seafood dishes. Indeed, it’s hard to define the best seafood in Tamarindo.

So, what to choose? First things first: Try a little bit of everything. Try several of our local fishes, and add in some ceviche (Costa Rican-style, with plenty of lemon!), shrimp cocktail, and grilled lobster. At the very least. Because honestly, Tamarindo offers so many seafood options that you could breakfast, lunch, and dinner a different plate every day, and still go home having only tasted only a fraction of what the town has to offer.

With so many choices, you’re going to need a little bit of guidance. So, we’ve pulled together this list of our favorites: the best seafood in Tamarindo. Seven restaurants, dozens of dishes. So good, they’re un-rankable, so we’re going old school (as in, elementary school) and presenting our favorites in alphabetical order:

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Destination Family Reunion: Why Tamarindo Shines for Multigenerational Travel in Costa Rica

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There’s a reason (many, actually) why multigenerational travel to Costa Rica is so popular.

It’s a fast-paced world. There never seems to be enough time for everything we need to do, let alone what we want to do. And it’s precisely for this reason that multigenerational travel to Costa Rica is so popular: combine your vacation with a family reunion, and you not only check two items off your list ( ✔ family time and ✔ annual travel), but you have a great time, to boot.

What is Multi-Generational Travel?

Multigenerational travel is any trip that unites three or more generations – typically, grandparents, parents, and their children – in a family vacation. It’s a chance to make lasting memories, share new experiences, and see the world. It’s also a chance for grandchildren to know their grandparents. And, no surprise, multigenerational travel is extremely popular.

In fact, according to the AARP (PDF), in 2017 international multi-generational trips accounted for an estimated 24% of Generation X travel, 18% of Boomer travel, and 19% of Millennial travel. That’s a lot of trips. And many of them are to Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Travel Costs: The Accommodations Budget

Casa Orchidea luxury vacation rental

Honestly, why go hotel when this luxurious mansion (Casa Orchidea) could be yours starting at just $92 per room, per night?

For most visitors to Costa Rica, accommodations cost represents a huge chunk, if not the largest portion of the budget.

Bear in mind that Costa Rica’s travel network is highly developed – tourism is the #1 industry in the country – and that means standards are high. By and large, Costa Rica’s rooms are clean and comfortable. That said, because standards are so high, you’d also be hard-pressed to find a hostel bed for $10. Costa Rica accommodations costs are not bargain-basement, but you can still find a great deal.

We’ll jumpstart this post with a disclaimer: We’re biased. We believe that Costa Rica’s vacation rentals offer far greater value than hotels. But, we don’t expect you to believe that. At least, not right off the bat. We’re going to show you why. Then, you can make your own decision.

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Tamarindo: The Greatest Halloween Party in Costa Rica

Tamarindo Halloween

Are you ready for this level of epic? Welcome to Halloween in Tamarindo!

Packing for a visit to Tamarindo? If so, did you remember your wart, your witch’s hat, and your pointy buckled shoes? Because if you’re here for Halloween, you’re going to need them. And even so, you may still be underdressed. Because a Tamarindo Halloween is a serious affair.

For years, Halloween in Tamarindo has been a Big Deal. Arguably, the Biggest Deal of any town or city in Costa Rica.

We’re a go-big-or-go-home kind of Halloween haunt.

So, don’t go home. Go big! Because it’s going to be fun.

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Destination Overview: Tamarindo Travel Guide

Tamarindo travel guide

You are here: Paradise!

This Gold Coast mini-metropolis is one of Costa Rica’s hottest tourism hotspots, packed with everything from golden sand and cerulean sea, to incredible restaurants and hopping nightlife. Our Tamarindo travel guide gets your planning started on the right foot.

You will appreciate how well-equipped our beach town is, and you will love how spectacularly beautiful it is: epic sunsets and breaching whales, underwater worlds and nesting sea turtles. Undoubtedly, Tamarindo is a hotspot for family reunions, destination weddings, relaxing retreats, and everything in between.

Tamarindo Overview:

Location: North-Pacific Costa Rica, aka The Gold Coast

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

Landscape: Lots of tropical ocean, dry and wet forest, and desert-like 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, Las Baulas Marine Park (turtle watching), Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge, Catalina Islands (scuba & snorkeling), Nightlife

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

We Recommend: Surfing is a Tamarindo must, even for beginners! Ask us about surf lessons or just rent a board on your own, and hop right on in. Everyone should tick Surf in Tamarindo off their bucket list!

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Tamarindo Nightlife: The Best Live Music in Town

Pangas hosts live music in Tamarindo

Though chill by most international standards, Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s most bustling beach towns. And in Costa Rica, that equates to great entertainment! Specifically, great food, craft beers & cocktails, dancing, and other Tamarindo after-hours amusements. Including live music in Tamarindo, our focus for today.

Local and visiting musicians flock to Tamarindo, where local bars, restaurants, and clubs host live music events almost every night of the week. From reggae Thursdays to acoustic Sundays, there’s always something – and often, many more than one something – happening in Tamarindo’s nightlife. Here’s our guide to some of the best live music in Tamarindo. In no particular order:

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How to Plan the Perfect Tamarindo Vacation – For Free!

Customize your Tamarindo vacation planning for the perfect trip

Tamarindo vacation planning, done right, looks almost as good as Conchal Beach

So, you’re planning your Tamarindo vacation… You’re scouring the Internet, googling this, that and the other thing. You’re [maybe] flipping through guidebooks. You’re [definitely] reading online activities & attractions reviews, which swing from too-good-to-be-true to one-star rants because someone saw a mosquito. In the tropics.

You’re now going a little crazy.

And, you’re wondering – is there a better way to plan your vacation?


There is, at least, one foolproof way to plan a “perfect” Tamarindo vacation – a trip that’s tailored to you and your wish list, whatever it may look like.

Her name is Cristina. And her services are 100% free. Yes, free!

(And, we promise – Cristina does NOT fit into the too-good-to-be-true category.)

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Tamarindo Packing List

Tamarindo packing list items

You are here. But, what did you forget?

Your bags aren’t packed and you’re not ready to go. In fact, you feel like you’re scrambling a bit: What do you need to pack for Costa Rica? Is there a specific Tamarindo packing list you should know about? (Yes! Hi there! Welcome!)

Do you need a raincoat? How much sunblock should you bring? Will your favorite insect repellent do the trick? Do you need any special shoes? And, even more importantly, what are you forgetting completely? Because you know there’s something. Definitely something. You just have no idea what.

Breathe. Packing for your Costa Rican vacation is pretty straightforward. We’re going to assume you already know the basics: shirts, shorts, pants (yep, a least a nicer pair for going out to dinner), travel toiletries, and a digital camera, to start. These essentials depend on you and your family.

So, let’s move on to the stuff you may not know you should bring (like a dry bag), or don’t know exactly what kind you should bring (waterproof sunblock, for sure!). From rain-resistant wildlife guides to floating camera straps, we’ve compiled our very own Tamarindo packing list, packed (please don’t hold our puns against us!) full of all the things you don’t want to forget and a few extras you might want to bring along on your trip to Costa Rica, depending on your travel style.

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7 of the Best Tamarindo Advanced Surfing Spots

Tamarindo Advanced Surfing Spots

Tamarindo surf can be monster!

Many guests come to Tamarindo for one reason: our incredible surf! More specifically, the Tamarindo advanced surfing spots world-renowned for their huge waves, big barrels, hard rights and lefts, and other serious challenges tailored to intermediate and experienced surfers.

The big question for skilled surfers is not so much where to go, but rather how to fit all the wheres into your stay. In and around Tamarindo, there are dozens of beaches, breaks, and frothy nooks and crannies that thrill while they challenge your skills (and help you build new ones).

So, what Tamarindo advanced surfing spots really, truly deserve a slot on your schedule? We have a few opinions. Seven, in fact. (Or eight, if you’re getting technical.) Surf’s up!


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How to Get to Tamarindo: 5 Options (and One Favorite!)

airport transportation - get to Tamarindo

Airport transportation is our favorite way to get to Tamarindo, in part because it minimizes arrival stress

You’ve bought your airline tickets. You’ve booked the perfect vacation rental in Tamarindo. You’ve started researching where to go and what to do.

And then it hits you: How are you going to get to Tamarindo from the airport?

No worries, we have you covered – all the myriad ways to get to Tamarindo, whether you’re flying into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) outside San José, or the conveniently located Daniel Odúber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia.

(Note: All schedules, routes, and costs are accurate as of late 2017, but are subject to change. Please email us or call 754-222-1884 us for up-to-date information.)

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