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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Tamarindo, COSTA_RICA

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Where to Retire in Tamarindo and Home Prices

There has been a fair amount of developer building in this area. Tamarindo real estate communities such as the Tamarindo Preserve, Diria and La Perla appeal to the luxury buyer. There are also  complete luxury resorts such as the Marriott and Reserva Conchai. If you search on real estate for sale in Tamarindo you will find a wide range of condos and homes for sale, starting in the $40s for very small units. Luxury 2 and 3 bedroom units with views are widely available in the $200's and higher.

What Is Special about Tamarindo

Ecotourism and surfing, along with beautiful beaches. Costa Rica is a stable county both politically and economically. The bird watching and nature viewing are extraordinary. There are laws protecting against excessive development and encouraging protection of the environment.

What Is Not Special about Tamarindo

The beaches in the area are generally clean and recent efforts by the government and local business organizations are proving themselves. Unfortunately, the area has become a boon to developers who have cut corners and not installed proper infrastructure including black water treatment.

Climate and Physical Environment

It is warm in this Central American country year round. The rainy season is usually Sept through November. The climate is slighter cooler at altitude.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a tourist destination there are many restaurants to choose from. Nature viewing is the high culture here.


Other than petty crime it is not a problem. Many expats live in gated communities or buildings for security and peace of mind.

Medical Facilities

There are some local facilities for routine and emergency care, but for more serious matters one will have to travel to a major city.


Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste is the most accessible location along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica with an airstrip. Scheduled daily bus service to and from San José, as well as surrounding communities, is available. There is also a paved highway from San José. The average time from San Jose to Tamarindo is 5 to 6 hours depending on traffic.

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