Playa Tamarindo

Tamarindo Beach is located on Costa Rica's west coast on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the province of Guanacaste. Tamarindo is a beautiful tropical paradise well known for its natural beauty and excellent surfing. Many surf movies and documentaries have been filmed on Tamarindo Beach. Be sure to check out our special program for learning to surf while learning Spanish.

Nature is abundant in and around Tamarindo. You can find leather back turtles laying their eggs on the northern part of the bay and hear the howler monkeys echoing from the treetops.

This trendy town is the home of a multi-cultural community boasting around 5000 inhabitants that live here year round. You will find people from all over the world who have made Tamarindo their home or their favorite tourist destination.

Students can find most of the restaurants, hotels, tour operators, surf schools, supermarkets, and other major businesses on the main roads. Almost all are within walking distance from the school and the student houses.

The white sand beach and crystal clear water of Tamarindo Beach attract nature lovers, surfers, giant-turtle watchers and sun-seekers year round. For the active, sports of all kinds are available: kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, ATV, horseback riding, golf, tennis, yoga, hiking, canopy and mountain-biking.

Thanks to the warm weather conditions, Tamarindo attracts national and international tourists all year round. This growing town offers many amenities: art galleries, handmade crafts from all over the world and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes. Tamarindo's nightlife includes live concerts, discos, many bars, and a casino.


The summer months or dry season are from December to the beginning of May and during this time is always sunny. The winter or rainy season lasts from May to the beginning of July and from the end of August to the end of November. A typical day at this time of the year has beautiful fresh mornings with sunshine and a blue sky until approximately 4 pm. when it might begin to rain. Showers are no more than one to two hours a day in the evening or at night and it's not unusual to have a few days without rain. At the beginning of October, some strong Hurricanes from the Caribbean side might cause heavy rainfalls in our area that could last for a few days no more. From mid-July to the end of August we have a little summer called "El veranillo de San Juan". The rain stops, and it is summer again until the end of August.


Costa Rica's national costumes, music, food and even the national tree "the Guanacaste", all emanate from this region. The province of Guanacaste is located in the northern part of the country on the Nicoya Península. The coast is indented with bays, peninsulas, and warm sandy beaches that are some of the least visited, least accessible, and yet most beautiful in the country. National parks like Santa Rosa, Arenal National Park, Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Ostional, Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste, Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Reserva Biológica Lomas de Barbudal, Parque Nacional Barra Honda and Rincón de la Vieja are part of this province. No region of Costa Rica displays its cultural heritage, as does Guanacaste. The culture owes much to the blending of Spanish and Chorotega.

Guanacaste is famous for its spirit-filled typical fiestas with traditional corrida de Toros (bull riding), topes (the regions colorful horse parades in which the Guanacastecans show their meticulously groomed horses), and night dance parties with live music. The bands usually play Merengue, Cumbia, and Salsa. Our students often go to the many villages in the area to participate with the local people in celebrating their "Patron Saints Day". You could be part of the Costa Rican style rodeos and bull riding. This is an authentic experience to be in contact with the Guanacastecans and their rich culture and traditions. From December through May, there is a fiesta almost every weekend in a different town. After May the fiestas are not as frequent.

A common sight is the typical Campesino life around horses, cattle ranch and dark-skinned Sabaneros (cowboys), shaded by wide-brimmed hats and mounted on horses, with lassoes at their sides. For this reason, Guanacaste has been called Costa Rica's "Wild West".

Apart from this, Guanacaste has an International Airport in Liberia that is just 60 km away from Tamarindo. Many airlines offer direct flights from different cities in the USA. Liberia International Airport is expecting more flights from other countries in the near future.

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