Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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The coastline in Tamarindo
The coastline in Tamarindo
Tamarindo district
Tamarindo district location in Costa Rica
Tamarindo district location in Costa Rica
Tamarindo district location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 10°17′32″N 85°47′53″W / 10.2923417°N 85.798175°W / 10.2923417; -85.798175Coordinates: 10°17′32″N 85°47′53″W / 10.2923417°N 85.798175°W / 10.2923417; -85.798175
Country Costa Rica
CantonSanta Cruz
Creation27 November 1995
 • Total125.86 km2 (48.59 sq mi)
27 m (89 ft)
 • Total6,375
 • Density51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Postal code
View of Tamarindo Beach.

Tamarindo is a district of the Santa Cruz canton, in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, located on the Nicoya Peninsula.[1][2] The town of Tamarindo is the largest developed beach town in Guanacaste. Main attractions in the area are surfing and eco-tourism.


Tamarindo was created on 27 November 1995 by Decreto Ejecutivo (English: Executive Order) 24820-G.[2]


Tamarindo has an area of 125.86 square kilometres (48.59 sq mi)[3] and an elevation of 27 metres (89 ft).[1]


Besides Tamarindo, towns in the district include Villarreal, Santa Rosa, Garita Nueva, Hernández and San José de Pinilla.[4]


The nearby town of Villareal has a both a public elementary school and a public high school, two full size soccer fields, multiple restaurants, two large stores, multiple hardware stores, a police station, a church, several car repair shops and a gas station.


Just east of the centre of Tamarindo, there is a three-way intersection. To the left is the road that leads to the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, and also a secondary exit from Tamarindo. To the right is the road that leads to Langosta.



Playa Tamarindo is a long, rocky beach with excellent waves near the mouth of the estuary. Currents can be strong, especially on a falling tide. Tamarindo has two main breaks for advanced surfers: Pico Pequeño, a rocky point to the right of the Hotel Tamarindo Diriá, and the excellent river mouth break across from Cabinas Tsunami called El Estero. The biggest waves can reach a height of up to 12 feet, although this is a rare occurrence and is only seen during June, July and August.

The beaches in the area are generally clean and recent efforts by the government and local business organizations are proving themselves. While the beach has not regained its Blue Flag Status,[5] in September 2008 it did get a clean bill of health from the Costa Rican government. The town is trying to regain its Blue Flag Status.[6]


Tamarindo is known for world-class fishing tourism, and a variety of captains and charters services are available. Costa Rica requires a fishing license from the INCOPESCA (Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura), the government agency that manages, regulates and promotes fisheries and aquaculture.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos[8]
Centro Centroamericano de Población[9]

According to the 2011 census, Tamarindo had a population of 6,375.[10]


Road transportation[edit]

The district is covered by the following road routes:


Tamarindo is the most accessible location along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica with an airstrip.

Liberia International Airport is the closest international airport to Tamarindo, about an hour away.

Public transportation[edit]

There is a scheduled daily bus service to and from San José, as well as a paved highway to San José with driving time of 3.5 to 6 hours depending on traffic.


Panoramic view of Las Baulas National Marine Park and Playa Grande, located 2 km from downtown Tamarindo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Declara oficial para efectos administrativos, la aprobación de la División Territorial Administrativa de la República N°41548-MGP". Sistema Costarricense de Información Jurídica (in Spanish). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b División Territorial Administrativa de la República de Costa Rica (PDF) (in Spanish). Editorial Digital de la Imprenta Nacional. 8 March 2017. ISBN 978-9977-58-477-5.
  3. ^ "Área en kilómetros cuadrados, según provincia, cantón y distrito administrativo". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Tamarindo". Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  5. ^ "Home". blueflag.org.
  6. ^ Tamarindo News
  7. ^ "Reseña Histórica de INCOPESCA". Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura (in Spanish). 2022-10-15. Retrieved 2022-10-15.
  8. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos" (in Spanish).
  9. ^ "Sistema de Consulta de a Bases de Datos Estadísticas". Centro Centroamericano de Población (in Spanish).
  10. ^ "Censo. 2011. Población total por zona y sexo, según provincia, cantón y distrito". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020.

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