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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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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Spring Break in Costa Rica on a Budget: Money-Saving Tips for Lodging, Activities & More

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If you’re planning your spring break in Costa Rica – and especially if you’re planning spring break 2023 – then it’s time to get moving. Spring is just around the corner and accommodations are filling up, activities are selling out, and travel is kicking into high gear.

No stress, though. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite tips for spring break on a budget: what to do (and what not to do), what free + low-cost activities to enjoy, and where to stay – yes, even if you’re looking for availability this year! So, let’s get started.

Budget Tip #1: Skip the Rental Car

There’s no other way to say it: Rental cars can be a major expense in Costa Rica. (Think: $100-$250+ per DAY, including insurance.) So, if you’re on a budget and don’t plan to travel up and down the coast every day, then you may want to skip this one in lieu of a few more budget-friendly alternatives.

So, what are those alternatives? We recommend starting with a combination of airport transportation, private drivers/taxis/Uber, public buses, bike rentals, and walking, depending on where you’re headed. Or, if you’re truly an independent, adventurous spirit with a need to feel the wind in your hair, ask our concierge, Cris, to find you an all-in rental car price to fit your budget. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you figure it all out!

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Top Budget-Friendly Things to Do in the Tamarindo, Guanacaste Area

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Tamarindo, Guanacaste is one of Costa Rica’s most visited towns. You wouldn’t be the first to wonder if it’s also affordable.

Turns out, it is! While there are certainly plenty of tours and experiences you could splash out on, there are also plenty of budget-friendly Tamarindo things to do. From surfing and beach-hopping to sea turtle nesting and partying, Tamarindo offers up a full menu of free and inexpensive sights, experiences, and things to do for budget travelers.

Here are a few of our favorites:


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It’s no secret that Tamarindo’s surf is epic, so it’s also no secret that this is a must-do activity while you’re in town.

What you may not know is that surfing can also be a budget activity in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, thanks to inexpensive board rentals: Offered up and down the beach for about $10-$20 a day, you can grab a board of your very own and catch the waves to your heart’s content. Be sure to check out these top beginner Tamarindo surf breaks and intermediate/advanced surf breaks.

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Guide to Our Top Tamarindo Restaurants & Happy Hours

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Food and drink are one of the greatest joys of travel: New flavors, new ingredients, and new takes on the flavors and ingredients you already know and love. And yet, it can be challenging to narrow down your options to the select few you’ll have time to sample while visiting. With that in mind, these Tamarindo restaurants and happy hours represent some of our favorites in and around town.

Tamarindo Restaurants

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Tamarindo is a veritable smorgasbord of world cuisines making your personal choice from among the best restaurants in Tamarindo all the more challenging. To get you started on your way to guaranteed deliciousness, here are a few of our favorites.

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