Want to find the sweet spot between a peaceful resort-style stay and an action-packed vacation? Pura Vida House at Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort is the answer! Found within the resort community of Hacienda Pinilla, Pura Vida House is perfectly positioned for your Costa Rica vacation. With access to all of the resort features, including three miles of shoreline and the Beach Club, it is still close to all the action in Tamarindo Beach and the surrounding area.

Our luxury accommodations feature six bedrooms that sleep up to 12, en suite bathrooms with tropical outdoor showers, vaulted ceilings, and a private pool with an outdoor entertainment area. As our guest, you will also have access to our 24/7 concierge service, including our local knowledge and off-the-beaten-path places. Here’s your ultimate guide to the best things to do in and around Tamarindo Beach.

Surfing at Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach is renowned as a surfing haven, attracting wave riders from around the globe. The beach’s consistent waves cater to both beginners and seasoned surfers. For novices, there are numerous surf schools where you can learn the basics and catch your first wave. Experienced surfers will find the larger swells at Playa Grande, just a short paddle away, perfect for a thrilling ride. The warm waters and friendly locals make Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica an ideal spot to hone your surfing skills.

Exploring Las Baulas National Marine Park

Adjacent to Tamarindo Beach is the Las Baulas National Marine Park, a sanctuary for the endangered leatherback turtles. This park offers guided tours that allow you to witness the incredible sight of turtles nesting on the beach. The best time to visit is between October and March when the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The park also features mangrove estuaries, which you can explore by kayak, providing a serene escape into nature.

Diving and Snorkeling Adventures

The crystal-clear waters of Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica are perfect for diving and snorkeling. The nearby Catalina Islands are a hotspot for divers, offering the chance to see a variety of marine life, including manta rays, sharks, and vibrant coral reefs. Snorkeling tours are available for those who prefer to stay closer to the surface, with opportunities to see colorful fish and underwater landscapes just a short boat ride from Tamarindo Beach.

Sport Fishing Excursions

For fishing enthusiasts, Tamarindo Beach is a paradise. The waters off the coast are teeming with fish, making it one of the best places for sport fishing in Costa Rica. Charter a fishing boat and head out to sea to catch marlin, sailfish, and mahi-mahi. The experienced guides will ensure you have a memorable and successful fishing adventure, whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-timer. Boats docked at the Marina Flamingo in nearby Playa Flamingo make boarding a breeze!

Horseback Riding on the Beach

There’s nothing quite like exploring the coastline on horseback. Several tours offer guided horseback riding excursions along the beaches and through the lush forests surrounding Tamarindo Beach. This is a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of the area, with opportunities to spot wildlife and take in breathtaking ocean views.

Discover all the things to do in and around Hacienda Pinilla and Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica.

Zip-lining Through the Canopy

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, zip-lining through the tropical canopy is a must-do activity. The nearby Diamante Eco Adventure Park offers an exhilarating zip-line tour that takes you through the lush forest canopy, providing stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The Superman line, in particular, is a favorite, allowing you to soar like a bird over the treetops. Canopy Hacienda El Roble provides another thrilling zip-lining experience. Located in the tropical dry forest near Tamarindo, Hacienda El Roble’s zip-line tours feature multiple lines that traverse the canopy, offering breathtaking scenery and perhaps even spotting local wildlife along the way.

Enjoying the Vibrant Nightlife

Tamarindo Beach is not just about daytime adventures – it also boasts a lively nightlife scene. From beachfront bars to dance clubs, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy live music, dance the night away, or simply relax with a cocktail as you watch the sunset over the ocean. The friendly atmosphere and diverse entertainment options make Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica an exciting place to be after dark.

Exploring Local Cuisine

No visit to Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica is complete without indulging in the local cuisine. The area is known for its fresh seafood and traditional Costa Rican dishes. Head to one of the many beachfront restaurants for a delicious meal with a view. Don’t miss trying the ceviche, a local favorite made with fresh fish, lime, and cilantro. Some of our favorite beach-front restaurants in Tamarindo are La PalapaNogui’s, and Pangas.

Yoga and Wellness Retreats

If relaxation and rejuvenation are what you seek, Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica has several yoga and wellness retreats. Join a yoga class on the beach at sunrise or sunset, and let the sound of the waves enhance your practice. Many resorts and wellness centers offer spa treatments, meditation sessions, and holistic health workshops, providing a perfect way to unwind and reconnect with yourself. If a private yoga session is more your thing, we can set that up at the villa. There are weekly yoga classes at the Beach Club as well.

Visiting Nearby Beaches

While Tamarindo Beach itself is spectacular, the surrounding area is dotted with other beautiful beaches worth exploring. Playa Conchal, with its unique crushed-shell sand, offers excellent snorkeling opportunities and was recently voted the most beautiful beach in the world. It is located just a 45-minute drive from Pura Vida House and is a great way to spend a day. Make lunch reservations at Zona Azul at the W Hotel for easy access to Conchal Beach. After lunch, you are just steps away from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! Avellenas, Langosta, and Mansita are beautiful beaches near Tamarindo Beach as well. As a guest of Pura Vida House in the resort community of Hacienda Pinilla, you will have easy access to these three beaches.

Wildlife and Nature Tours

Costa Rica is renowned for its biodiversity, and Tamarindo Beach is no exception. Several tours offer the chance to explore the local flora and fauna. Take a guided hike through the nearby forests to spot monkeys, iguanas, and a variety of bird species. Estuary tours in the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge provide the opportunity to see crocodiles and exotic birds in their natural habitat. These tours are perfect for nature lovers and provide a deeper understanding of the region’s rich ecosystem.

Shopping for Local Crafts

For those who enjoy shopping, Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica has a variety of boutiques and markets where you can find unique souvenirs and local crafts. From handmade jewelry to bikinis, these items make perfect gifts and mementos of your trip. Don’t forget to visit the Tamarindo Market, held every Saturday, where local artisans sell their wares, and you can enjoy live music and delicious food.

Book Your Stay Near Tamarindo Beach

Staying at Pura Vida House in Hacienda Pinilla provides the perfect base for exploring all that Tamarindo Beach has to offer. Whether you’re catching waves, exploring nature, or simply soaking up the sun, a visit to Pura Vida House promises an unforgettable vacation.

Please contact us with any questions you have about our all-inclusive vacation rentals in Costa Rica. We are available at (614) 600-1904 or info@thepuravidahouse.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Blog by: Jennifer LaCharite – Costa Consultants, International