Costa Rica Family Vacation: Your [Almost] Complete Guide to Tamarindo with Kids

surfing in Tamarindo with kids

Tamarindo is an excellent choice for your Costa Rica family vacation

You’re enjoying a wonderful holiday season – by the way, happy holidays from the Stay in Tamarindo family! – and you’re loving your time together with your loved ones, whether you’re gathered with just your nearest and dearest or gathered with extended family and friends. And now, you’re thinking (and even talking) about that Costa Rican family vacation you have all always wanted to take.

Congratulations! Costa Rica is an excellent choice for your family vacation, and Tamarindo is the best choice of all. (Yes, we admit we’re a little biased.) But, consider this: spectacular beaches and even more beautiful sunsets, dense mangroves and sick surf, thrilling adventures and tranquil slices of beach – the perfect recipe to create one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations.

You’ve already heard a lot about Costa Rica. You’ve definitely dreamed of your someday visit. And now, you’re really starting to plan. Go ahead – you can do a little dance! A family vacation in Costa Rica is something to get excited about.

With visions of mangoes dancing in your head, your initial excitement and anticipation passed, inevitably your thoughts will begin to wander to some of the more practical matters: When should you plan your visit?What will the weather be like? Where should you visit and where will you stay? And then, importantly, how much should you budget?

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Tamarindo Overnight Trip: Explosive Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano is Costa Rica’s most famous volcano – and one of our favorite day trips (even better: overnight trips!) from Tamarindo.

On slopes where once flowed destructive red-hot lava, now grows an explosion of rainforest riches: soaring palms, dense foliage, and jewel-toned tropical blooms. And, lest you forget its origins, the occasional (yet tamer) belch from a mostly-sleeping-sometimes-rumbling active volcano.

Indeed, while a nightly lava show used to draw visitors to the region, today Arenal Volcano relies on much more than Mother Nature’s red-hot fireworks. This is a town dedicated to diversion, relaxation, and a full suite of adventure: soaring canopy ziplines, exhilarating waterfall rappelling, frothing white-water rafting, volcanic hot springs, shadowy cave spelunking, and so much more.

Oh, so very much more.

Because, this is Arenal Volcano. And this is one of our most popular overnight tours from Tamarindo. Trust us, it’s worth the drive.

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Property of the Month: La Perla 161

La Perla 161 property

Welcome to La Perla 161, a distinctive and exclusive Tamarindo vacation rental

When you close your eyes and see perfection, what does it look like?

In the tropics of Costa Rica, on the iconic coast of Guanacaste, we’d imagine it looks a lot like La Perla 161, a luxury condo rental with some of Tamarindo’s most spectacular ocean views. Sweeping from lush green hills to white-sand coastline and then out, into the sparkling blue Pacific, this is the kind of view you will contemplate for hours.

If you can pull your eyes (and heart) away from that view, then you’ll find La Perla 161 is just as stunning inside, with cool stone flooring, floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, minimalist lines, and sharp angles – save for the distinctive balcony, which curves like the coast to provide 280º of startling views.

And, did we mention? Christmas is still available at La Perla 161!

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Coming Soon: Ocaso Underground Music Festival

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This year’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival Tamarindo will take place January 2-7, 2019, in three picture-perfect (literally!) Tamarindo locales

What do you get, when you blend the great beats with tropical vibes, an awesome festival with Costa Rica’s best music? Answer: The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, a world-renowned music festival that grows bigger by the year.

Whereas Ocaso was once a one-venue, three-day kind of festival, it has fortuitously become a much bigger, much grander, and yet, still intimate kind of event: This year – well, technically nextyear, as the festival kicks off on January 2, 2019 – Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which is produced by Native Events, will span six days and six venues, with dozens of DJs, artists, and other musical events.

It’s about more than music, though: Ocaso promises to be a place where the world comes together and where spirits meld, together to celebrate the mystical energies of the Costa Rican forests, beaches, and mangroves.

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7 of the Best Dinners in Tamarindo

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Seafood lovers (and every other kind of foodie), you’re going to love our choices for the best dinners in Tamarindo, an eclectic foodie town at the heart of Costa Rica’s restaurant scene

A vacation in Tamarindo. A getaway to the Pacific. A trip with your feet buried in the sand.We’ve set the stage and now, you know what’s coming – an epic, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, you deserve an epic, unforgettable, and once-in-a-lifetime meal. Several of them, hopefully. You deserve the most delicious, the most memorable, and the best dinners in Tamarindo.

We are here to serve. We live here. We dine out often. And so, we have our favorites. We know. Because we’ve done the legwork (and the fork-work); we’ve ordered a few duds and had many more meals we’ll never, ever forget. Because we live here, on the Pacific. We live here, in Costa Rica. Here, where the freshest seafood, meets the freshest fruits and vegetables, meets some of the freshest takes on upscale beach cuisine.

And so, we bring you our choices for the best dinners in Tamarindo: seven incredible opportunities to make memories while you satiate your cravings for fresh-caught seafood and seared veggies, cold soups and rack of lamb, Argentinian barbecue and shrimp cocktail. We encourage you to try them all – especially anything that involves the Catch of the Day and/or signature tropical cocktails.

But, the real litmus test is, does it make your mouth water? Because that’s the common denominator here: We want your most memorable, most innovative, and all around best dinners in Tamarindo to be the meals that most excite you. The food that tempts you. Because, Tamarindo has it, whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian or a gluten-free celiac, a meat-loving barbecue fiend or a sea-faring foodie.

We hope the memory of these meals and these experiences are a kind of souvenir you’ll  cherish forever. And so, without further ado, seven of the best dinners in Tamarindo:

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How to Find (and Choose) the Perfect Costa Rica Wedding Planner

how to find a Costa Rica wedding planner

We highly recommend hiring a Costa Rica wedding planner. But, how to find the right one for you?

If you’re planning a wedding in Tamarindo, one of the most important first steps take? Finding, interviewing, and ultimately hiring a local, on-the-ground, right-here Costa Rica wedding planner.

For all those questions you have about your venue, for all the Costa Rica-specific details you don’t know, for all the Spanish-to-English communications you may require, for all the big picture and tiny detail items – a local wedding planner and/or wedding coordinator will make it easier (and actually doable) to plan, organize, and ultimately execute your absolute perfect day.

Because you should have a perfect, exactly-what-you’ve-always-dreamed kind of destination wedding. You’re in Costa Rica. This is paradise. And you’re finally, finally saying your I-dos.

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Property of the Month: Casa Lomas del Mar

Casa Lomas del Mar Tamarindo ocean-view vacation rental

Casa Lomas del Mar overlooks Playa Grande and Tamarindo ocean views

Have you ever stepped into a home where it felt like you were still outside? Casa Lomas del Mar is like that.

Indeed, Casa Lomas del Mar has that special something: Light-filled interiors, walls made of glass, and outdoor living spaces that blend indoor/outdoor life and living in a seamless and well-balanced ballet that feels absolutely, completely perfect. If your Costa Rican dream were embodied in a vacation home, it would be Casa Lomas del Mar.

And that is just one of many reasons why we love this very special home. A Tamarindo vacation rental dedicated to indoor and outdoor living, space for togetherness and space for privacy, sleek modernity and comforting curves, the recently updated Casa Lomas del Mar is our well-deserved Property of the Month.

Casa Lomas del Mar

Welcome to Casa Lomas del Mar, where the outdoors is welcomed in – indeed, where outside is in, inside is out, and where the lines between the two are constantly blurred. And we mean that in the best way possible.

With sleek, floor-to-ceiling windows, a color palette that mimics sand and sea, and bouquets of light that send sunbeams streaming inside, being inside at Casa Lomas del Mar is almost like being on the beach. Except, cooler – literally, thanks to full air-conditioning, throughout the home.

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Best Happy Hours in Tamarindo

Langosta Beach Club

Langosta Beach Club easily makes it onto our list of the best happy hours in Tamarindo

There’s nothing quite like winding down a Tamarindo day with a cold drink in your hand, the ocean at your feet, and the sand between your toes.

Well, nothing quite like it, except for that cold drink at half price. Because this is Tamarindo and we are all about happy hour. All the happy hours! Because salt-rimmed glasses, tropical fruit infusions, ice-cold microbrews, and lovely wines are the perfect accompaniment to an ocean view and kaleidoscopic sunset. Because 2×1 cocktails and $4 artisan pints and $5 glasses of wine are a deal that can’t quite be beat.

And now, without further ado, our choices for the best happy hours in Tamarindo:

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Tamarindo Halloween 2018: 9 Halloween Parties!

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Hold onto your [witch’s] hat! It’s a Tamarindo Halloween!

If you’re in Tamarindo for Halloween, you’ll be delighted to hear that our sandy little beach town goes BIG for the year’s spookiest holiday. We’re talking parties and prizes and all sorts of spooky décor, courtesy of the best Tamarindo Halloween parties.

From witchy drinks to live DJs, from breezy costumes to $1,000+ in prizes, Tamarindo is serving up all the creepy tunes, scary events, and spooky revelry you could want for your Halloween in Costa Rica celebration. Enjoy!

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Tamarindo Beach Receives its Hard-Earned Blue Flag

aerial view of Playa Avellanas

Picture yourself at Playa Avellanas, a Blue Flag beach within Hacienda Pinilla

As 2018 draws to a close – can you believe there’s only two months left in the year?! – we’re already beginning to think about our next year’s travels. And when we think travel, we think of dream destinations. And when we think of dream destinations, we think beaches. Beaches, glorious beaches. Soft sands and swaying palms. Warm waters and lazy afternoons. Swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and strolling. Ocean perfection!

Ok, back to reality. Because, when it comes to beaches, there are no better in Costa Rica than Blue Flag beaches.

You’ve probably heard the term before – “Blue Flag” Beaches – and maybe you’ve even seen the flag, but do you know what the flag represents? In a nutshell, a Blue Flag designation means sustainability. It represents eco-friendly policies. It stands for safety. And it demands a healthy beach and even healthier community. And it’s very, very hard to achieve.

And for all these definitions – for all these reasons – we are so proud to share with you that Tamarindo recently earned its very own Blue Flag. Congratulations to us!

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