Surf Vacation in Costa Rica? Plan the Ultimate Trip, From Beginner to Advanced

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Planning the ultimate surf vacation in Costa Rica is an exciting prospect! As you eagerly anticipate the thrill of riding the waves, you may find yourself already dreaming about those invigorating morning rides, that special surfboard wax, and even those revitalizing afternoon naps you’ll enjoy on your vacation.

However, a slight challenge then presents itself – you’re not entirely certain about the details. Where to go, when to go, where to stay – it’s all a bit uncertain. Because the best surf beaches in Costa Rica are legendary, and whether you’re a beginner just getting the hang of popping up or an advanced surfer seeking the next exhilarating challenge, one thing is certain: you’ll soon be surfing in Costa Rica. That alone is exhilarating, and this guide is here to fill in the blanks.

From the best surf breaks (from brand-new beginner to absolutely epic), the top surf destinations, and even where to stay, here’s your guide to planning the ultimate surf vacation in Costa Rica:

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Top-10 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica in 2024

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As you embark on planning your upcoming travels, we present a compelling case for why your journeys in 2024 should lead you to Costa Rica. ¡Pura vida! Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Costa Rica – plus a few hand-selected Costa Rica holiday rentals to fuel your wanderlust.

Reason #1: There are Hundreds of Beaches to Explore

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Top 10 reasons to visit Costa Rica in 2024? Try top one. Nestled between the Pacific and the Atlantic/Caribbean, Costa Rica boasts over 300 stunningly diverse beaches, making it a beach lover’s paradise.

Renowned for their beauty and variety, Costa Rica’s beaches consistently earn accolades as some of the world’s best beaches. Recently, Playa Conchal, north of Tamarindo, was crowned the world’s best beach by Big 7 Travel, citing ecological responsibility, social media popularity, and editorial opinion as contributing factors. With recognition like this, our exquisite beaches represent one of the most beautiful, eye-catching reasons to visit Costa Rica in 2024.

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How to Select the Perfect Vacation Rental Company & Tamarindo Home Rentals

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As you navigate the vast selection of vacation homes available, the sheer magnitude can be overwhelming. Even more so, if you’re attempting to evaluate the best rentals Costa Rica. With thousands of possibilities and numerous companies vying for attention, you’re faced with a myriad of choices but ultimately tasked with one crucial decision.

To simplify this process, here’s a comprehensive list of considerations to guide you in evaluating your options and ensuring the best choice for your upcoming vacation.

How to Choose the Right Vacation Rental Company

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Nestled along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, where pristine beaches meet unparalleled amenities, the Tamarindo is home to some of the best rentals Costa Rica. The key is in finding the best one for you.

So, what does this mean, and what should you anticipate from your vacation rental company? Here’s what you need to know and can expect from your Tamarindo vacation experience:

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Villas in Tamarindo: Amenities, Elite Services & Our Newest Rentals

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Pictured: Compass House, one  of our newest Costa Rica Guanacaste vacation rentals

Discovering something new holds a unique charm – that rare exhilaration of being among the first to witness a mesmerizing vista, or to submerge yourself in the cool embrace of a private pool, or to revel in the premier upgrades and elite services at our Costa Rica Guanacaste vacation rentals.

And so, we thought we’d give you an easy way to grab hold of this uncommon luxury – the opportunity to be one of the first VRT guests to stay at our newest rentals. These homes are not just new to us; they are extraordinary in every sense. Be it the bubbles of a hot tub and fired-up pizza ovens or the endless horizon of infinity pools and panoramic ocean views, these new villas in Tamarindo offer fresh luxuries awaiting your indulgence.

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Bang For Your Buck: Tamarindo Villa Rentals Packed with Amenities

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Luxury amenities at our villas in Tamarindo, Costa Rica extend to these ocean views, infinity-edge pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor living, and much more (Pictured: Casa Puros Dieces)

When you want to splash out on next-level luxuries, our coastal town is an excellent choice: Over the years, we have grown to accommodate contemporary condos, oceanside mansions, and truly luxurious villas for rent in Tamarindo, Costa Rica and that pack in the amenities.

Often these vacation homes offer not just bang for your buck, but greater value, when compared to renting multiple hotel rooms, as well as the luxury of your own private resort. And if you’re wondering just what kind of amenities a “private resort” offers, then have a look…

Top-Tier Amenities at Our Villas for Rent in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Top-tier amenities: ✅ Ocean views, ✅ infinity pool, ✅ outdoor living, and ✅ incredible sunsets (Pictured: Compass House)

Over the years, we’ve learned that luxury is not a static concept: It’s about what you value most. With that said, a home’s amenities and styling can and will add to your experience. Prioritize what matters most to you!

Here are a few of our guests’ favorite in-home amenities, which we are proud to offer at many of our villas for rent in Tamarindo, Costa Rica:

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Our Favorite Day Tours From Tamarindo – Off The Beaten Path

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There’s something special about getting a little off the beaten path, isn’t there? (In fact, it’s probably one of our favorite Tamarindo things to do, if we can class it that way.)

Because, while we love hitting the beach, paddling into the surf, and restaurant-hopping all of Tamarindo’s downtown pleasures, venturing a little further afield gives us something to look forward to. It’s exciting. It’s exhilarating. And, given the right circumstances, it’s definitely something for the bucket list.

So, we thought we’d highlight a few of the best things to do in Tamarindo – and outside of Tamarindo, more accurately. From waterfalls and volcanoes to wildlife and white waters, here are some of our top recommendations for getting off the beaten path around Tamarindo:

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Experience a Costa Rica Luxury Vacation with Elite Services + Concierge

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Some people like to say you can’t have everything. At Vacation Rentals Tamarindo, we like to say you can – especially when it comes to your Costa Rica luxury vacation! Welcome to convenience with privacy, to luxury that’s affordable, and to gorgeous coastline within your reach.

Over the years, we’ve learned that true luxury is not only about amenities and inclusions but also about quality of service. So, we’ve cultivated all those luxury features, villa amenities, and important details, while making sure to pair them with the highest standards of service and an authentic dedication to you, our guests.

Together, this combination has grown into our new Elite Service level, our highest tier of luxury services. We are pleased to introduce…

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Travel on a Budget: 6 Tips to Save on Your Tamarindo Vacation

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At its best, traveling on a budget is an exhilarating challenge: a chance to explore the world a little longer, enjoy a little more, and squeeze in a little more authenticity. And if that sounds like your kind of Tamarindo, Costa Rica vacation, then we’re here to help you identify a few great ways to pinch your colones, discover Costa Rica, and choose the best things to do in Tamarindo for you.

Tip #1: Cook at “Home”

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Pictured: The kitchen at Ibis Condo #1

By far, one of the easiest ways to travel on a budget is to cook some of your own meals, rather than ordering in or dining at a restaurant. And that’s where your vacation home’s kitchen comes in clutch.

That said, let’s not forget that this is still a Tamarindo, Costa Rica vacation – and no one’s saying that food prep is among the best things to do in Tamarindo! We recommend preparing most of your breakfasts, as there’s a certain level of relaxation already built in to waking up late and preparing a lazy breakfast or brunch at home. Beyond that, go easy for lunch with easy-prep options, like sandwiches, pasta salad, fresh fruits, and other dishes you can prep in an instant.

Dinner is a great time to splurge on either a meal out or a meal in: You can find some incredible catch-of-the-day options, if you love seafood, as well as plenty of local and imported goods at our local grocery stores. Be sure to choose something that feels a little special; again, you’re on vacation! And vacation is a great time for special.

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Last-Minute Summer Plans? Yes, Please! Things to Do + Tamarindo Villas for Rent

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Last-minute plans can be the best plans. From dreaming to doing, you can plan and then experience within a few short weeks! But to get from here to there, you’ll have to decide on the best things to do in Tamarindo and find Tamarindo villas for rent with last-minute availability.

Luckily, you’ve found this article and we have your answers!

Best Things to Do in Tamarindo This Summer

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Rainy season is also sunset season!

Costa Rica is one of the world’s favorite destinations, thanks in large part to our vast biodiversity, gorgeous beaches, startling ecosystems, and wide range of activities and attractions. Here are a few of what we consider the best things to do in Tamarindo this summer:

Explore Our National Parks

Costa Rica is renowned for its rich biodiversity and stunning natural landscapes. And there’s no better way to explore what makes us famous than on a visit to national parks, including Las Baulas National Marine Park (nesting leatherback sea turtles), Palo Verde National Park (incredible birdwatching & wildlife), Santa Rosa National Park (Costa Rican heritage & history), and Rincón de la Vieja National Park (active volcano attractions).

These parks offer opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and discovering unique ecosystems. Our in-house, expert concierge can help recommend the right tour, day trip, or hike for your preferences and activity level! Get in touch.

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Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste Packing List: What (and What NOT) to Bring

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Wondering what to pack for Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste? Add a sense of wonder to your list!

Packing for Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste is like packing for almost any other warm destination – except when it’s not. Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about what people think they need to pack vs. what they really need while they’re here.

Thankfully, there’s a lot of overlap. And, if you forget something, you can likely find a passable substitute in Costa Rica. But it may be hard to find. It may be expensive. And who wants to spend hours of their vacation hunting down hiking shoes, anyway?

And so, for all you clever, resourceful planners and packers out there, we’ve pulled together our list of what travelers most often forget to pack – and a few things you should remove from your suitcase, stat!

What to Bring: The What-Not-to-Forget List

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For the sake of this post, we’ll skip over all the but-of-course! basics, like shirts and underwear and your passport. Instead, we’ve tried to pinpoint a few must-pack inclusions that you may not know you’ll need for your trip to Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste.

Because you may have remembered to pack only a few credit cards (and to notify your bank that you’ll be traveling. You may have rolled up some extra socks to account for fording rivers on your hikes. And you may have already packed your zip-on, zip-off pants/shorts. But have you remembered the following?

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