Travel Budget for Tamarindo

Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica

How much does it cost to travel to Tamarindo?

How much money will you need in Tamarindo? ₡51,066 ($89) is the average daily price for traveling in Tamarindo. The average price of food for one day is ₡13,715 ($24). The average price of a hotel for a couple is ₡36,572 ($64). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    51,066
  • One Week Per person
    357,459
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    714,919
  • One Month Per person
    1,531,968
  • One Week For a couple
    714,919
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    1,429,837
  • One Month For a couple
    3,063,937
How expensive is Tamarindo?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    18,286
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    13,715
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    36,572
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    3,114
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    3,200
Last Updated: Feb 3, 2017
Tamarindo flights, hotels, and rental cars
Tamarindo On a Budget
Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica
Tamarindo is a small beach town in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast. This town is usually sought out by surfers, fishers, couples, and families. There are delicious restaurants, beautiful beaches, and friendly Tico's and Tica's (local Costa Rican nicknames) everywhere.
Sights
The first thing you'll want to see in Tamarindo is the beach. It's about three kilometers long and is backed by some of Costa Rica's National Parks. The water is unbelievably warm and clear, with white sand on the beach. You will most likely see (or at least hear) the famous Howler Monkeys in the trees that line the beach. These monkeys are all over the country, and can be aggressive so don't get to close to them! You could possibly even see some sea turtles; they have been known to lay their eggs in the northern part of the shore.

There is a saltwater estuary in Tamarindo within the wildlife refuge. You can take a tour along the canals and hopefully spot some ospreys and herons, or maybe even the crocodiles that live in the area.
Neighborhoods
Tamarindo is part of the province of Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica. Tamarindo is the largest town in the region, but there are a couple other large towns in the province. Liberia is one of them, and it is the regional administrative and economic capital. There is a large international airport there bringing many foreigners into Costa Rica. Another area in the Guanacaste region is Rincon de la Vieja National Park. There you can hike atop a volcano and swim amongst beautiful waterfalls in the national park. A famous beach in the region is called Playa Conchal, where there is a luxurious resort on the shore of the crystal clear water and white sand beaches. You can also camp on this beach if the large resorts aren't your preference.

Activities
Tamarindo is known for fishing, surfing, snorkeling, diving, zip lining, and much more. You can also just sit back and relax on the beach with a good book if that is what an ideal vacation sounds like to you. For amazing tours of Tamarindo and the Guanacaste region as a whole, Native's Way Guanacaste is a great company to check out. They can take you on tours of the National Parks, zip lining, surfing, paddle boarding, and transportation to get you to all of these places.

Surfing is a very popular activity in Tamarindo. You can get lessons and rent gear at multiple different places on the beach, however, for beginners, remember that this beach is known for surfing so the water can get over crowded at times. Scuba diving and snorkeling are great activities while in Tamarindo. There is actually a beach about 20 minutes outside the town that offers a great place for both of these activities called Hacienda Pinilla. Go Fish Costa Rica is a great company that can take you out fishing; they are located on Tamarindo Beach. For those looking to really relax while in Tamarindo, Yoga Massage Therapy is a must do. This company pairs massage therapy with yoga to heal and relax you in a whole new way. They are located in Plaza Conchal.
Food and Dining
You can find traditional Costa Rican food (rice, beans, plantains, etc.), great places for seafood, and even a German bakery in the town of Tamarindo. There are many places that serve extremely fresh seafood and produce as well. A couple restaurants to visit are Longboards BBQ, which has American music and sports playing at the restaurant. Le Petit Café serves everything from home baked goods to Jamaican jerk chicken. Pipos Dogs are arguably the best hot dogs in town, and they are open very late. Tamarindo has incredible fresh fruit as well, including papaya, pineapple, mango, and bananas, so make sure that you try it.
Transportation
The closest international airport is in Liberia, which is about 45 minutes outside of Tamarindo. From Liberia, you can take a taxi, shuttle, or bus into town. If you are coming from San Jose, you can take a bus for $12 but just know that it takes about 7 hours. Renting a car is also an option; there are several agencies for rental cars in the larger cities. Costa Rica is fairly easy to drive around for international travelers, however, at night, it can be a bit dangerous as the roads are very dark and have lots of potholes. Once in the town, you can basically get everywhere on foot. It isn't too big of a place, and you'll want to walk around so that you can stop at surf shops or at nice areas of the beach. You can also rent scooters if you aren't up for walking. As always, you can hail a taxi if you'd like. There are beach info kiosks all around that can offer information on getting a taxi or renting a scooter.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
logo

Plan Your Trip!

Budget Your Trip lets you plan and track your travel expenses.
Sign Up to organize your spending by category and location with graphs, maps, charts, and tables.

Search for Travel Costs