What’s Tamarindo like?
From a small fishing village to now a booming tourist center, Tamarindo has become one of the most visited surf towns in the country. Well known for great waves, stunning sunsets and some of the best eats in Costa Rica, it’s a destination popular for backpackers and families alike to experience all what Costa Rica has to offer.
The main draw here as you might have guessed is the beach, Playa Tamarindo, with its long golden arc stretching along the Pacific and verdant green mountains in the background. Sometimes such gems are remote but not in Tamarindo. Here, hotels, bars, restaurants, stores, and tour companies are just a short saunter from your beach towel. Pair this with its proximity to an international airport in Liberia and you can see why Tamarindo draws a crowd.
Although development has created a resort town with many amenities, it is far from a city. Even so, a handful of mid-rise hotels and condominiums do make a visual impact along the shoreline, with smaller one- or two-story shops and restaurants sandwiched in between.
There’s one main road that brings you into town and along the beach, Route 152. This is where many of the beachside restaurants, hotels, and surf shops can be found. From there, one major dirt road forks off leading to other side roads, residential developments, and businesses. Everything is within a short walk or bicycle ride. Staying on the main road heading south, you’ll find Langosta, a sort of suburb of Tamarindo made up of even more condominiums, resorts, and hotels, and where we will be staying at Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas.
Despite the huge increase of development the past few years, the town has still preserved the natural beauty and the surrounding wonders. Visitors from all over the world fall in love with Tamarindo and all that it offers.
Where Do I Fly Into?
The two international airports in Costa Rica are: Liberia International Airport (LIR) and San Jose International Airport (SJO). Both airports have frequent flights to and from all over the United States and Canada.
We recommend flying into Liberia, which has been recently expanded with increased numbers of flights from the US and Canada. Liberia has become a destination of many non-stop flights from several US cities (Chicago, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Houston).
It is only a 1-hour drive to Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas in Tamarindo/Playa Langosta, Costa Rica from Liberia. We will assist in providing shuttle service for you. It would be helpful to arrive in Liberia mid-day (between 12-2pm) if possible so we keep the shuttles grouped together.
Then how do I get to Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas?
For all group shuttle services you will need to make advanced reservations and we can help you with that.
Cala Luna group shuttles run on arrival and departure days ONLY several times during the day from/to Liberia. It is a 1- hour drive. The cost is $XX per person each way, payable in cash when you arrive at Cala Luna reception. As soon as you know your flight itinerary, please email it to email@example.com.
According to the arrival times of all major airlines we have grouped the shuttle pick ups between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. for flights arriving at midday and early afternoon, and between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for all flights arriving in the evening. This means that if you have reserved a seat on a group shuttle, and your flight is arriving in any of these two mentioned time periods, a Cala Luna group shuttle will be waiting for you outside of the Arrivals terminal.
Individual transfer is also available for guests, who are not arriving or departing on Saturdays or those who wish to travel more privately. We will gladly arrange for your pick up by Cala Luna’s trusted drivers. To book a private driver, please let us know.
What Do I Pack?
There are no weight limitations outside of your airlines’ specifications, which is usually 50lbs of check-in.*
However, consider packing light since we will be in warm weather. Maybe pack a light sweater for the cool, ocean breezy nights. Also, pack a “white outfit” for our Salsa Night! Some props are available in Cala Luna’s yoga pavilion, but we encourage you to bring your own mat, blocks & strap. If you want to bring your own mat, my favorite mat bag is the Yopa Mat Backpack. It holds your mat and more and you carry it like a backpack. Very convenient.
If you plan on doing excursions, please bring proper shoes (Vibrams, Tevas, hiking shoes) and clothing.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST:
- Passport. Before you go please make a copy of your passport which you will need to carry with you when leaving the center.
- Mat (If you prefer to use your own)
- Notebook or Journal
- Any special medications/treatments you may need
- Casual clothes
- White clothing (for Salsa Night)
- Yoga clothing
- A couple of footwear options
- Bathing Suits
- Chargers for phone, camera, and computer
- Water bottle
- Lightweight backpack (for hiking)
- Natural bug repellant
- Toiletries that are earth friendly biodegradable
WHAT NOT TO PACK:
- Fancy clothes
- Lots of shoes: The only shoes you will need in Costa Rica are flip flops and a good pair of walking/water shoes if you want to do any hiking. Don’t bother bringing high heels.
- Expensive Jewelry
- Too much technology!