Welcome to Costa Rica’s favorite adventure vacation destination, Tamarindo! This big and vibrant beach town is conveniently located in Guanacaste Province on the northwest Pacific Coast.
Tamarindo’s biggest draw is its strong ocean swells making it a sought-after spot for international surfers. In a close second is its ecotourism. Visitors find just about every outdoor attraction Costa Rica has to offer in and around town.
In third place is Tamarindo’s fabulous dining and nightlife. Night clubs and open-air bars are scattered around town. Enjoying a sunset happy hour with friends is a daily ritual and a good way to mingle with the locals. Daily specials are offered at most hotels and restaurants with views of the radiant display.
Traditional Costa Rican celebrations and several art and music festivals are held throughout the year. Rodeos and horse parades are the highlights of the Christmas holiday season and delicious typical delicacies and local spirits are served from stands by the roadsides and under big festival tents on the outskirts of town.
Tamarindo boasts a great assortment of dining options. The result of its dynamic Tico and expat community and the handful of international chefs that call the vivacious town home. Their menus reflect global favorites, including Japanese, French, Mediterranean, Israeli, and traditional Costa Rican cuisine, among others.
All types of accommodations are available in town and in nearby Playa Langosta. Depending on your budget, you’ll find everything from backpacker hostels to sophisticated B&B’s and luxurious beachfront resorts.
Car rental, Tamarindo
The best way to experience Tamarindo is by renting a car.
Adobe Rent a Car is Costa Rica’s premier rental car company. We’re also a 100% Costa Rican-owned business with over thirty years in the industry. We know this country inside and out!
Our Adobe Tamarindo-Conchal office is located a few minutes from town. To get to the rental location, go from the Huacas Intersection and head 3 km through Flamingo to the Centro Comercial Paseo del Mar in Conchal.
We’re open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days a year. To speak with one of our professional on-site agents, call +(506) 2653-6262, WhatsApp +506 8494-5956, or email: email@example.com. To go directly to the Adobe Rent a Car Tamarindo reservations page, click here: Tamarindo reservations.
Getting to Tamarindo
Costa Rica has two international airports. The first and largest is the Juan Santamaria International Airport (airport code SJO). It is located near the Capital City, San José.
The second is the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (airport code LIR). It is centrally located in Liberia, the principal city of Guanacaste Province in the north.
You can get to Tamarindo from either of the two airports. The quickest and easiest route is from Liberia, which is only 1.5 hours from the airport gates on well-paved roads.
Car rental, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
It’s important to specify what type of vehicle you’d like when you make your reservation. Keep in mind that specific makes and models may be limited during the peak tourist season. Our Adobe agents will do their best to provide the car you want. But if your first choice is not available, we’ll find you the closest option to fit your travel needs.
December through February are the country’s busiest months. They also coincide with the dry season when road conditions are best. If possible, make your vehicle and travel arrangements ahead of time to ensure your vehicle’s availability.
Costa Rica is known for its rugged terrain and occasional poor road conditions. Factor in the possibility of encountering steep mountains and dirt roads. For these reasons, we recommend renting an SUV or 4WD if you plan on visiting several destinations during your travels.
The economic and powerful Suzuki Jimny 4WD is the most popular option for single travelers and couples. Next up is the roomy 4-person Hyundai Creta 2WD or the 4WD Mitsubishi ASX.
Customers who are looking for more room and comfort rave about the full-size Chevy Trailblazer SUV 5-seater. Nothing beats the vehicle’s power and durability. If you’re traveling with your extended family or a large group, check out our Hyundai H1 Minivans for up to 9 passengers.
At Adobe, we’ve got the vehicle to meet your travel and business needs!
Rent a car at the Liberia Airport
Do you want your vehicle immediately upon arrival? If so, our Adobe full-service rental facility is just minutes from the Liberia Airport. To speak with an office representative directly, call +(506) 2542-4890 or toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: Tel. 1-855-861-1250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give the Adobe agent your flight information when you make the reservation. This should include the airline name, departure city, and your arrival time. An Adobe representative will meet you at the airport exit for your complimentary shuttle transfer to the Adobe office.
Adobe, the best of Tamarindo car rental companies
At Adobe Rent a Car, we have the most extensive and youngest fleet of vehicles in all of Costa Rica. All of our cars are less than 24 months old and impeccably maintained. You won’t find a more reliable economy rent a car anywhere else!
Make sure to have your valid driver’s license and a major credit card handy when making your reservation. Drivers must be at least 23 years old to drive or rent an Adobe vehicle. Look here for more in-depth information on national and company requirements for renting a car in Costa Rica.
Things to do in Tamarindo
Nature enthusiasts come to see the plant, bird, and animal species inhabiting the mangrove swamps and coastal ecosystems unique to the region. The nearby Las Baulas National Park protects both marine and land territory, including Playa Grande, a vital nesting ground for giant Leatherback sea turtles.
Visitors can also explore the park’s four beaches: Playa Ventanas, a calm bay with clear waters suitable for swimming, the scenic Playa Langosta, Playa Carbon, and Playa Grande, where strong tides and large waves are favored among surfers.
The park also protects two vital estuaries: the Rio Matapalo and San Francisco River Estuary and the Tamarindo Estuary. The latter is the site of sea kayaking and boating tours into the watery mangroves to witness the vast number of seabirds, animals, and marine life living there, including frigates, crocodiles, caiman, and monkeys.
Turtle nesting tours are available between October and May. Those interested in experiencing the ancient arrival of giant leatherbacks must arrange ahead of time. Space is limited and carefully regulated by the Ministry of the Environment in an effort to protect the creatures from poachers and other intrusions.
A plethora of exciting adventure-tours are also available. Among the options are ATV excursions, canopy tours, zipline adventures, horseback riding, waterfall hikes, and day trips to the many national parks of the province.
Water sports galore
If surfing and adventure are on your radar, Tamarindo is your place.
The world-famous surf breaks at Witches Rock and Ollie’s Point are a quick boat ride or drive from Tamarindo. If you’re not ready for professional-level conditions, Tamarindo Beach and Playa Grande are great spots to hone your skills. Surf lessons and rentals can be arranged at several locations in Tamarindo.
A number of islands and coral reefs lie just offshore and can be visited by booking a kayak, snorkeling, or scuba diving tour. Marine species frequenting the Pacific waters and coral habitats include manta rays, pufferfish, sponges, sea turtles, anemones, and even sharks.
Sailing and catamaran excursions are fabulous ways to visit remote white sand beaches and reefs, as well as enjoy a dazzling Pacific sunset. Most tours include a meal, snacks, and beverages.
The recently renovated Flamingo Marina is a full-service outfit just a thirty-minute drive to the north. Inshore and offshore sports fishing for big game species can be booked from the marina’s several providers. Sailing or catamaran tours and boat, jet ski, surfboards, and SUP rentals are also available.
A visit to Guanacaste isn’t complete without spending at least a few days living it up in Tamarindo. Ask your Adobe Tamarindo agent for additional information about upcoming events and attractions.