is a beautiful coastal town that is found in the Santa Cruz canton within the province of Guanacaste. It is specifically located on the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica
's northern Pacific coast. It is a small area that has a moderately low population but has attracted huge tourist crowds in the recent past because of its location, among other factors.
The city enjoys proximity to popular towns, including Santa Rosa, San Jose de Pinilla, Garita Nueva, Villarreal, and Hernandez. These being popular travel destinations, have enabled Tamarindo to match up to them and resulted in an upsurge in tourist numbers in the recent past.
Tamarindo is home to beautiful beaches like the famous Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. These beaches are known for their eco-friendly natural surroundings besides being the hot spots for numerous water activities like surfing. The iconic Playa Grande is adorned with beautiful white sand shores and warm blue waters. Visitors take to enjoying the sights of the exotic leatherback turtles among other marine animals within the magnificent Las Baulas National Marine Park.
Within the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge, numerous wild animals are considered near-extinct. Visitors enjoy the sights of the beautiful howler monkeys and crocodiles that are being preserved and protected therein.
During the peak tourist periods, the beaches become extremely busy as people take to swimming, diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among many other fun water activities before basking in the warm sun. The many parks and gardens around Tamarindo also offer more theme fun involving the whole family. Picnicking, strolling, and photography are common activities then.
Tamarindo experiences a tropical climate that is classified as Aw under the Köppen climatic classification. The main characteristics are warm, humid, and rainy summers and warm, pleasant, and moderately dry winters.
There are two main seasons in Tamarindo's weather, encompassing a rainy season beginning in May
and lasting through mid-November
, and a dry season from December
. The wettest month of the year is October
when the rai gauge collects up to 300mm (11.8") in precipitation across almost nineteen and a half rainy days. The season is hazardous as possible thunderstorms and lightning are experienced. Flooding is possible in the lowly areas, too, and significant damage is noted.
The dry season is more humid but tolerable. The driest month is February
, registering well less than 20mm (0.8") in precipitation. The season offers an excellent time to tour the city.
The best time to visit Tamarindo is between December and April, during the moderately dry period. The temperature is mostly warm and pleasant throughout, and there is minimal difference between the highest and lowest reading. Apart from having moderately dry days to allow for an excellent tour of the city, some events and festivals take place around the time, and they are instrumental in attracting tourists from both local and international regions. The rainy season, between May and November, brings a torrential downpour that may impact the daily activities and hinder any outdoor ventures, and visitors are advised accordingly.
Between October and March
, Tamarindo experiences the main nesting period for the exotic leatherback turtles, and this causes more traffic to the Playa Grande Beach, their significant spot. In April, the city holds a three-day fair dubbed the Robert August
Surf and Turf Event. It is mainly a fundraising occasion that is done via intriguing golf tournaments and surfing competitions and other games.