Posted on 12/11/2020

It's [Almost] a New Year - Time to Travel to Costa Rica in 2021

Have you ever been quite so excited – hopeful, even – about turning the calendar page to a new year? Because, while 2020 has been challenging the world around, vaccine roll-outs are now underway and 2021 shows promise of better times to come. We have our fingers and toes crossed! Here in Tamarindo, we're happy to report that life has mostly returned to normal. Or, our new normal, at least: COVID protocols are comfortably in place: We're masked, transparent barriers are erected at grocery stores, and disinfection is standard everywhere. And, at Stay in Tamarindo, we've prepared our vacation home for safe, sanitized travel. (Read more about our COVID-safe protocols.) Here, you have the freedom to simply be with family and friends. Travel to Costa Rica and you can play on the beach, swim in the ocean, and soak in the sun. You can hike into solitary dry forest, explore backroads via ATV, and snorkel with only the fish as company. You can get outside. You can enjoy your vacation. You can be content – joyful, even! Because, we've all missed those feelings of anticipation, of pure delight, of elation. Now is the time to feel them again, as you begin planning a trip to Costa Rica.

Travel to Costa Rica: 3 Can't-Miss Outdoor Activities

As you ready to travel again, you'll be looking to things to do while staying safe. And in that, the experts agree: The best and safest recreation is outdoors, often in the water. Luckily, Costa Rica has plenty of water and our outdoors – well, they're pretty spectacular. Especially this time of year! Tamarindo has now transitioned into the dry season: The days are sunny, the temperature warm, and the breeze soft. It's one of the most beautiful and pleasant times of the year! So, get outdoors. Feel the sun on your face. And explore, discover, and adventure, as you only can in Costa Rica.

Private Catamaran Tours

The sun on your face. The wind in your hair. Dolphins breeching just off the port bow. This is the promise of a private catamaran tour – a morning, afternoon, or entire day on the Pacific. Spend your hours making memories with your family or travel bubble, as you snorkel, swim, sunbathe, and beachcomb to your heart's content. Our private charters ferry you to a secluded beach, where you'll probably be ones for as far as the eye can see. Here, jump off the deck and into warm ocean waters. Grab your snorkel gear and seek out octopuses, sand sharks, and tropical fish. Walk the beach. Stretch out on the catamaran deck and hammocks. While you relax, the crew – following strict COVID protocols – will prepare a light lunch: fresh fare, gourmet eats, chilled cocktails, and cold beer. If you've scheduled an afternoon trip, you'll sail home as the sun sets and the sky lights on fire. It's a good life.

All-Day Adventure Combo

Prefer to keep your feet on solid ground? No problem. You can still pack plenty of excitement, adrenaline, and sightseeing into your travel to Costa Rica. A perennial traveler favorite and low-intensity adventure, our full-day adventure combo promises soft adventure, natural beauty, and the kind of unique experience you can't find elsewhere. It all begins on the lush, rainforested slopes of Rincón del a Vieja Volcano. On a clear day, the view stretches so far you can even spot sister volcanic cones in Nicaragua! This is a day dedicated to horseback riding and zip-liningwaterfalls and hot springs, wildlife-watching and mud-bathing. For an incredible adrenaline rush and a forever memory, take to the 400-meter waterslide that's built into the mountainside and is powered by an actual mountain stream. And, don't worry, your trip includes a traditional Costa Rican lunch to fuel your day's explorations.

Tamarindo Sport Fishing Trips

When you're planning a trip to Costa Rica, you read a lot about sport fishing. And when you read about sport fishing, you hear a lot about Tamarindo. Because, this is inarguably one of the best spots, in a country of incredible fishing spots. Experience the full width and breadth of Tamarindo's fishing options on a half-day, 3/4-day, or full-day fishing excursion. These on-shore fishing experiences take you out to local reefs about several miles off the coast, where you can fish for hours (typically, 4 to 8 hours, depending on your excursion) and hook red snapper, rooster fish, white mackerel, mahi-mahi, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, jacks, sailfish, and many others. Stay secluded in your bubble with a private charter and choose your own sport fishing adventure!

Safe Travel to Costa Rica: Stay in a Private Home

When it comes to your safety, we take your health very seriously. And, to minimize your contact with travelers outside your bubble, the best thing you can do, in addition to booking private tours, is to stay in a private vacation home. Here, it's just you, your family or friends, and the luxury of Costa Rica's best vacation homes.

Casa Catalina

Tamarindo | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Baths | Sleeps 16

There is nothing like your first experience at Casa Catalina: Standing on the terrace, dipping your toes into an infinity pool, and looking out at one of the most stunning sunsets of your life... it reflects from ocean to pool, filling the view and stirring your soul. Casa Catalina is a special place. Gather with your travel bubble in the home's common room – a spacious gourmet kitchen, dining area, and living room that open onto the Pacific-view pool terrace and BBQ area. Then, scatter into your separate spaces: three bedrooms and two independent apartments, making this home an excellent choice for extended families. The home's common area has a large kitchen/dining area/living room that opens through sets of sliding glass doors onto the ocean-view pool terrace.  Three bedrooms and two independent apartments make Casa Catalina an excellent choice for multiple families traveling together.

Casa Xanadu

Tamarindo | 4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | Sleeps 10

The views from Casa Xanadu unroll over two beaches, one national park, one wildlife estuary, and one mountain line. It all adds up to the kind of tropical paradise you'll never want to leave. Tropical dry forest, teeming with life, surrounds your home-away-from home. Here, from the privacy of your own infinity pool, you'll drink in epic sunsets and Pacific views, paired with natural encounters, including troupes of howler monkeys, flocks of parakeets, and clouds of colorful butterflies.

Crystal Sands 104

Langosta | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | Sleeps 12

Oceanfront vacations begin here, at Crystal Sands #104, a picture-perfect condo at scenic Playa Langosta. Welcome to the perfect spot for your busy family and surf enthusiasts: Walk out the door, directly on to the sand, and into the water! Spacious common areas host time together – a perfect time for making memories on the grill or in the gourmet kitchen, and enjoying a meal on the ocean-view terrace. When you're not laughing, cooking, and gathering, you'll find yourself booking surf lessons, fishing for dinner, and lounging at the resort pool.

El Chante

Tamarindo | 8 Bedrooms | 8 Baths | Sleeps 19

Large family or friend group? You'll appreciate the space, privacy, and luxuries of El Chante, a spectacular, eco-friendly vacation property comprised of nine separate bungalows, tucked away in lush hillside jungle. The home unfolds over spacious, ocean-view grounds and nine private bungalows – each, a home to itself with a bedroom (including one kids' bunk bungalow!), bathroom, and private porch. When you're not luxuriating in solitude, you'll gather in El Chante's common areas to enjoy a shared meal, lounge in open-air living areas, relaxing in the pool, and admiring the view. This is a place to make unforgettable memories with the ones you love most.

Casa Julietta

Langosta | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Baths | Sleeps 12

A paradise getaway with all the comforts of home, Casa Julietta is a centrally located, perfectly private home that delivers tranquility and seclusion, when you need it most. Conveniently located near Langosta Beach, restaurants, and all the necessities, this vacation home also offers the seclusion a home far from the crowds: A gate to afford privacy and security, and a selection of exclusive amenities, including a private pool with pool cabana, extensive common areas, and a cold tub to cool off after a sun-filled day in paradise.

Complimentary Concierge Services with Stay in Tamarindo

When you book a stay with Stay in Tamarindo, you're reserving more than just our Tamarindo vacation rentals; your booking also includes full travel concierge services. Our talented concierge, Cristina (aka Cris), is our wonderful, knowledgeable, and friendly in-house expert. She not only knows greater TamarindoPlaya LangostaHacienda PinillaPlaya Flamingo and Playa Junquillal like the back of her hand, but her job is to get to know you that well, too. Here's how it works: When you book, Cristina will get in touch. She'll send you our welcome packet, which includes an intro to many of the most popular Tamarindo activities, tours, and attractions. Have a look. Get a taste of what our region has to offer. Start building your must-do and would-like-to-do lists. Then, it's time to get personal. Because Cris is not your standard travel agent: she doesn't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Her job is to get to know you, and know you well, so she can build your custom Tamarindo vacation package and suggest activities, tours, and attractions tailored to your specific interests, activity levels, and wish lists. Our services also include Costa Rica COVID travel assistance: Have a question? A clarification? Need a suggestion? Or just a nudge in the right direction? We are happy to share everything we know – and we me sure we know all about Costa Rica's up-to-date travel requirements. Even better? Our concierge services are absolutely and always free for our guests. Relax, dream, and plan. We'll take care of the details.
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