Tamarindo has all the amenities of a Costa Rican beach town: surf, sand and sun, sun, sun. But it offers much more to many more. It is the ideal place for honeymoons and weddings, couples, singles and families, and it's wonderfully suited to eco-adventures. Tamarindo offers first class sport fishing, sailing, surfing, golfing, ATV tours, turtle watching, diving, horseback riding, canopy tours, jungle boat rides, beauty spa, art galleries, gift shops and more. A multi-cultural community, Tamarindo boats several bakeries, an outdoors vegetable market and more than 40 restaurants. Whether you like to eat Vegetarian, 'Tipico' Costa Rican, Italian or Sea Food, it is all here. Accommodations are available for every budget, from luxurious beach-front hotel to hostels.
The sun shines just about 365 days per year, and the temperature is pleasantly warm year round. In the rainy season, from May through October, you can expect a brief shower in the late afternoon, making the beach sparkle, and allowing for extraordinary sunsets, click here for average temperatures, hours of sunshine, precipitation as well as a 5 day weather forecast.
The beach is a three and a half kilometer stretch of white sand and warm blue water. Tamarindo is surrounded by National Parks to its north and south, and mountains with breathtaking views to its east. Nature is abundant, Leatherback Turtles lay their eggs in the northern part of the bay, Howler Monkeys are heard and seen swinging on branches throughout Tamarindo. In some restaurants giant Iguanas will come up to your table expecting table scraps. In the late afternoons you can hear the parakeets screeching in the trees, preparing to settle down for the night.
LIVING IN TAMARINDO
Living in Costa Rica takes a spirit of adventure, a good sense of humor and lots of patience. Most people see themselves lying all day in a hammock by the sea plucking bananas off the trees and going for frequent dips in the crystal clear waters. While all that is highly attainable it is not what your days will solely consist off. Red tape is a big part of life in Costa Rica. A simple thing like renewing a drivers license can take all day, and expect at least an hour long line at the bank. Today usually means tomorrow and tomorrow may not be this week. Violent crime is low, but don't ever leave your belongings unattended. If you think you can handle all this with a smile then Costa Rica may just be the place for you. After all, it boasts a 94% literacy rate, has friendly people, an exquisite nature, a warm climate year round and is labeled the 'Happiest Place on Earth'.
Tamarindo Beach is one of Costa Rica's most popular beaches for foreign residents. Its dry tropical climate, white beaches and surrounding national park is a big draw. Tamarindo has been experiencing a growth spurt for the last few years, and even with the economic downturn construction and real estate is booming. Its growing tourist industry provides plenty of opportunities for new businesses. No one knows exactly how many residents live here, but it's for sure almost everyone knows each other. Tamarindo is one of the most multi cultural communities in Costa Rica, and you will hear many different languages being spoken. Although you will find many conveniences in Tamarindo such as hardware stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, etc. for serious medical issues or official business you will need to head to the capital of San Jose. It is about a 4 hour drive, or 45 minute flight to San Jose.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Tamarindo is cheaper than in North America and Europe but not by a wide margin. If you come to Tamarindo planning to live off a very small budget this may not be the right town for you. Tamarindo is part of the Gold Coast, a top tourist destination and therefore not cheap. However out-of-country income is not taxed and Costa Rica income taxes and property taxes are low.
Before you sell everything you own and move your whole family down, plan at least one extended visit. It might be that you cannot stand the red tape, or maybe you love Costa Rica but find it too warm in Tamarindo. Living here is not for everyone; the laid back life that seemed so appealing in your home country, might just seem too excruciatingly slow once you are here. Talk to other residents and find out how they like life in Tamarindo. Research your options for schooling, obtaining residency and work permits. Be well educated and confident in your decision, only then will you be able to live the 'Pura Vida' life.
Tamarindo Book Shop - Books on living in Costa Rica
ARCR - Association of Residents of Costa Rica
Tico Times - Weekly English newspaper
AM Costa Rica - Daily digital English newspaper