Van: some comments from tripadvisorBericht
There are several interesting comments about Tamarindo like this:
“Definitely Tamarindo !! Been to both and just returned from almost a month long stay in Tamarindo..Great little town where you can rest/relax if you want to or go out and enjoy the beach/restaurants/shops too. I was NEVER bored and loved the town. I rented a condo which was right in the middle of everything. Never a long walk anywhere. I enjoyed the Happy Hours and the late night activities(Sharky’s/Pacifico)..Sat on the beach a lot of the days and just relaxed.”
“Personally I love Tamarindo. There is a different feel completely to it than Xxxxx, It’s got the surfer feel, the amazing restaurants and boutiques for shopping feel to it, budget to luxury lodging options. Plus, the beach town itself is more fun!
When people say over development, they mean for Costa Rica standards. It is nothing at all compared to the US overdevelopment and in my opinion, I really like to have everything accessible to me and still have the place preserved in it’s natural beauty.”
Also, Tamarindo is close to Playa Grande and many sweet beach towns.”
“If you are choosing between Tamarindo and Xxxxx, it’s an easy choice for me. I would definitely recommend Tamarindo.
Tamarindo can be a bit busy, but it is still a very laid back surf town with an international feel. It has great restaurants and boutique lodging choices, as well as a nice beach. My favorite beach is Playa Langosta, next door to Tamarindo. It is quiet and very scenic. The sunsets are amazing!”
“My husband and I were in both Tamarindo and Xxxxx this summer and we would return to Tamarindo in a heartbeat. Great people, good food, easy to get around, beautiful nature and fun nightlife kept us happily occupied in Tamarindo for about 6 weeks. Basically the difference we observed is Tamarindo to us seemed a more adult/couples orientated place while Xxxxx seemed to have a lot more family vacationers with younger children. Xxxxx had less to offer for dining and nightlife and felt more isolated from the rest of the country. Tamarindo works as a pretty good base to explore out of.”
The online travel forum we have taken these comments from was Tripadvisor.