Exploring Beyond Las Catalinas: Tamarindo 

August 17, 2023

Welcome to "Exploring Beyond Las Catalinas," our new series. Together, we will explore the Las Catalinas region and its surrounding towns and destinations. Although there are plenty of things to do in Las Catalinas, a change of scenery is always enjoyable. The first stop on our discovery: The vibrant surf town of Tamarindo.  

A Scenic Drive to Tamarindo 

Tamarindo is a busy and bustling town located just a short drive away from Las Catalinas. The forty-five minute journey  offers a plethora of different sights, from breathtaking vistas, tropical dry forest landscapes, to picturesque tiny towns with fishing boats, churches, and soccer fields often called “pueblitos". As you wind through Guanacaste's charming roads, the anticipation of experiencing captivating Tamarindo grows with each passing mile.    


Things to Do in Tamarindo

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Once you reach Tamarindo, you'll discover a town that seamlessly weaves surf vibes, lively ambiance, and natural wonders into one. Whether you're a seeker of sun-soaked corners, a connoisseur of fine flavors, or an explorer in quest of adventure, Tamarindo offers a wide range of delightful experiences. 

  1. Learn to Catch Waves

Tamarindo is a world renowned surfer's paradise, thanks to the classic film, the Endless Summer. Just think of the bragging rights you'd earn if you say you learned here. Surfing in Tamarindo is an experience that will leave you both exhilarated and connected to the ocean's rhythm. 

  1. Partake in a Culinary Escapade

Tamarindo's culinary landscape is a testament to its diverse culture. Delight in a feast of fresh seafood caught steps away, juicy tropical fruits, and fusion dishes blending local flavors with international influences.  

  1. Explore Unique Shops

Tamarindo boasts an array of boutique shops and artisanal craftsmen that invite all to indulge in some retail therapy. From locally made jewelry and vibrant artwork, to trendy beachwear and handcrafted souvenirs, the town's shopping scene offers a myriad of treasures. The perfect souvenir is just waiting to be discovered. 

  1. Embrace Tamarindo’s Lively Spirit

Tamarindo is more than just natural beauty and thrilling activities. Tamarindo has a very active agenda of events and happenings. Partake in local markets, live music, and other social events that happen every week. Pick up a copy of a local newspaper, hop on the internet, or meander through the streets to discover for yourself.

  1. Indulge in Nature's Evening Performance

As the sun dips beneath the horizon, Tamarindo Beach becomes a canvas for an awe-inspiring sunset spectacle. Join fellow travelers and locals in witnessing the sky ablaze with hues of orange and pink. It's a moment that captures the very essence of Tamarindo's magic, bringing together people from all different walks of life. 


 Embark on Your Guanacaste Expedition 

Whether you're riding the waves, exploring unique shops, indulging in culinary delights, or making a run to Auto Mercado (a big local supermarket with a vast selection of imported goods), Tamarindo promises an experience to remember. As we conclude this first chapter of our series, we hope this blog post encouraged you to embark on your own adventures and explore what this beautiful country has to offer. 


Stay tuned for our next exploration as we continue to unveil the captivating surroundings of Las Catalinas in Guanacaste.