Tamarindo is a town on the north Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It like to refer to itself as the Noth Pacific Gold Coast. According to Wikipedia it is located in the Province of Guanacaste. The district has a population of 3,525, although the town itself is about 500. The main transport and commercial centre in the region is Nicoya, one of the oldest settlements in Costa Rica.There is a significant international expat population who come for the beaches, views, and Central American charm. But it can swell to 5,000 people or more during the tourist season and during special holidays. The main attractions are surfing and eco-tourism. Playa Tamarindo is a long beach, with excellent waves near the mouth of the estuary. Currents can be strong, especially on a falling tide. For more on retiring to this paradise see our Retirement Guide to Costa Rica.
Playa Grande beach is also where the Leatherback Turtle comes to lay its eggs. The leatherbacks take over the beach from November to April, digging their nests up to one meter deep, lay their eggs and cover the pit with sand, and return once again to the sea.