Tamarindo is an incredibly bio diverse area where leatherback turtles come to shore to nest, many species of shore birds and iguana are common place and howler monkeys call home. This popular beach town boasts world class surfing and gained immense popularity with the surf movie, Endless Summer. Perhaps it’s greatest appeal is it’s close proximity to the Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge. Boasting 1,000 acres of protected forests with abundant mangroves and estuaries.
As long time Tamarindo wedding planners, this once quaint surfing and fishing village has remained one of our all-time favorite wedding locations for many reasons. Tamarindo has retained its laid back vibe yet has developed enough to provide all types of services and easy accessibility to wedding groups. Tamarindo’s extensive development has elements of foreign culture from modernist cafés to chic restaurants saturated into the Tico culture, making for an appealing combination of both worlds. Tamarindo is conveniently located just 1 hour south of the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia.
Things To Do In Tamarindo
Black Stallion Ranch
33 acres of Eco park with options for horseback riding, ziplining, canopy & monkey tree walks, and ATV in pristine Guanacaste nature within a 10 minute drive from Tamarindo. 3 mountain tops with 360 ocean views with breathtaking look out points. Private jungle with howler monkeys, birds, and iguanas. Amazing BBQ to complete experience also an option. Inquire for special group rates. Black Stallion Hills
Surfing & Lessons
If you have ever wanted to surf before, Tamarindo Beach is the place to do it! Warm water, light currents, and no rocks are just a few of the reasons Tamarindo is ranked in the top 10 for best places to learn how to surf in the world. Several different options for surf lessons as well as board rentals are readily available and can be booked upon arrival.
Las Baulas National Marine Park
Las Baulas in Playa Grande is considered to be one of the most important nesting sites in the entire world for the Baulas or Leatherback Turtle. Covering a range of terrain on the Guanacaste coast, each year between October and March, hundreds of leatherbacks come ashore to lay their eggs. Take a guided evening tour from Playa Tamarindo to Playa Grande. Turtle nesting
Tamarindo Mangrove Tour
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge protects a large estuary, mangrove forest and tropical dry forest in an area covering almost 440 hectares. In the mangrove swamp there are six known species of mangroves. The animal life in this wetland is quite diverse and abundant. This mangrove is included on the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance. A small boat takes you to the narrow canals observing on both sides at the same time. You will be able to observe up close, rare and abundant wildlife – including dozens of bird species and two species of monkeys, and an American crocodile – while learning about the unique ecosystem of the mangrove forest. Inquire for group rates.
Antares Sailing Adventure
Soak in the beauty of Tamarindo on this ½ day sailing, snorkeling and dolphin watching on-board a Sparkman and Stevens 80’ Schooner, built in 1947. Spacious open deck with large bean bag seating or seating available under covered area. Live music and gourmet chef , open bar and lunch included. See the Antares. Up to 20 people $1,700. Each additional person is $70 Inquire about individual rates.
Luxury Spa Day ~ Los Altos de Eros
Sitting atop a mountain in the middle of the jungle, the small Luxury boutique hotel and spa, Los Altos de Eros awaits you. Spend the day being pampered with spa services ranging from Indonesian soaking tubs to volcanic-mud body wraps. Inquire with Maxwell Weddings in Costa Rica about couple or group rates.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Half-day dive trips to Catalinas Islands where the waters are teaming with marine life as well local diving in the National Marine Park in Tamarindo where endangered sea turtles can frequently be spotted are two options for scuba diving excursions based in Tamarindo. Scuba diving lessons and snorkeling tours are also available.
Costa Rica has rich marine life and world class fishing all year round. You can catch Sailfish, Marlin, Roosterfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellow Fin Tuna, Grouper, Wahoo, Snapper & Amberjack. Inquire for group rates.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Located a short 2-hour drive from Tamarindo, this volcanic national park is comprised of 9 contiguous craters. The park is filled with natural wonders with pristine tropical forests, waterfalls, and hot springs and extends over six life zones and has a huge amount of biodiversity. Multiple outfitter options available depending on your level of adventure. Rincon
La Senda Labyrinth
Believed to be the largest labyrinth in the world, La Senda Labyrinth is a short 20 minute drive from Tamarindo. Set in the middle of the dry tropical forest, walking the 1.7 miles of labyrinth accompanied by the songs of colorful tropical birds or the sound of howler monkeys in the nearby trees is an unforgettably profound experience. Option for gourmet dinner under the stars, featuring ingredients organically grown and harvested on the farm available. Experience the magic of La Senda
Using a combination of our creativity and our attention to detail, we work personally with each client to design a wedding that reflects your personal style. Maxwell Weddings in Costa Rica will create the wedding you’ve been dreaming of.
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-Rachel and Sandy
I have been sitting here thinking about how to write this letter to you for the last couple of days… I don’t even know where to begin or how to thank you enough. I want to thank you so much for everything you have done! My wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect than it was.