This small surfer town in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica is the epitome of the Pura Vida lifestyle. Tamarindo is a fishing village that attracts backpackers, surfers and those looking to get out on the beach; it also boasts one of the worlds best sunsets. The town has been booming in the last few years due to the kindness of the locals along with the natural beauty of the area. Check out the recommendations below to have an authentic and amazing day in Tamarindo.

Breakfast at Nogui’s Restaurant

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Nogui’s is a great place to grab a coffee while watching the sunrise. The restaurant has tasty banana macadamian pancakes and an awesome breakfast sandwich. Not only is the food good, the view is even better. You can even start your beach day immediately after breakfast.

Price: $9-$15 per entree

Take a surf lesson

Tamarindo is known for its awesome surf. You can’t walk the beach without seeing surfers take on the waves in epic fashion. There are many surf shops that offer lessons and they take you out on the main beach break where waves are usually calmer, for beginners. Not all waves are created equal, so guides will know how to set you up for success in the water. Pico Pequeno is the area of Tamarindo where the competitor surfers hang out, you can try to join them or go watch!

Price: $30 for 90 minutes

Check out the Black Stallion Zipline Adventure

In Costa Rica, the collection of forests and wildlife is known as  the canopy and the best way to experience it is getting harnessed onto a zip line. Black Stallion offers an excursion where you horseback ride through the area, zip line down the canopy and eat an authentic Costa Rican BBQ meal. The internet raves about the popularity and quality of Black Stallion’s adventure.

Price: $55-$75

Grab Mixed Drinks at El Be

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El Be has tree swings, lounge beds and chairs, hammocks and regular tables; it’s an amazing beach side spot with great drinks. Happy hour is everyday from 4-7 PM; mojitos and local beers, Imperial and Pilsen, are half off.

Price: $3-$10 per drink

Take a Catamaran Sunset Tour

Titled the ‘booze cruise’ throughout the area, the catamaran ride offers unlimited alcohol, lunch and time to swim and snorkel. You also get to enjoy a boat ride and the most beautiful sunset. Don’t be scared away by the title of booze cruise, experiences are typically calm.

Price: $90

Dinner at La Baula

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La Baula is a pizzeria that offers local Costa Rican styled food. The restaurant is open air and gives way to the beach. It is the perfect place to grab a quality dinner in an amazing atmosphere.

Price: $14-$28 per entree

Go out on the town

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Tamarindo has an exciting night life. Various nights of the week are given different themes, from reggae to disco night, the local bars take on the life of the theme. Along with the atmosphere, the Costa Ricans are the friendliest, most welcoming people. Be sure to make friends and interact with the local culture.

Price: $6-$10 per drink

Stay at Casa Monacita Hotel

Casa Monacita is located up a hill, so the views are majestic. The hotel has a private pool and patio deck for lounging. Former visitors recommend preparing for the hike up the hill when you return to the hotel. But the view is worth it and the hotel encompasses all the Pura Vida vibes.

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