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Playa Tambor, Costa Rica Vacations

Our Opinion of Playa Tambor

Playa Tambor, on the southern tip of Nicoya Peninsula in Ballena Bay, is one of many beautiful spots that make this country such an exceptional and unique destination, with an endless range of exotic fauna and flora species to discover.

The volcanic sands and the gentle swell of the sea, constantly reflecting the splendid blue of the sky, make this the perfect place for sunbathing, outdoor activities or simply strolling barefoot along the six kilometer-long beach.

Playa Tambor is located inside the Bahia Ballena, which at the same time has Playa Pochote in its northeastern extreme. The volcanic history of the sand makes for a gray-colored beach which slopes gently into the bay.

You shouldn't miss a tour to the Tortuga Islands. With its immaculate white sand beaches and tall arching coconut palms they look like all you have ever expected of a tropical island. The Tortuga Islands provide the best diving and snorkeling of the whole southern Nicoya Peninsula. Plunge into the turquoise clear water and admire swarms of colorful fish and the underwater fauna. You can also hike to a sightseeing point or just loll on the beach and drink fresh coconut.

Things to know about Playa Tambor, Costa Rica Vacations

Activities & Sports
One of the best ways to explore more rural areas is on horseback. There are many excursions to choose from. Hiking and mountain biking trails are also plentiful in the many forest, parks and reserves. Rafting and kayaking trips can also be arranged through excursion companies.

Golfers can enjoy some of the best golf courses in Central America. Close to Tambor are two 9-hole golf courses: one is north of the village at the Los Delfines Resort, the other one south of Tambor at the Tango Mar Resort.

Looking for a calming activity? Then you should head to the Orosi Hot Springs. The two pools of beneficial water are know to relieving muscular pain and reduce stress.
Dining & Nightlife
Nightlife here remains a little quiet except on Thursdays. Tambor's biggest night of dancing happens on the beach of Bahia Ballena at the large warehouse structure called, Bailar. Some resort have discos or traveling to nearby towns can prove fruitful.
Although most vacationers will have most of there meals withing their resort, the small village of Tambor has several little restaurants. The town of Montezuma also offer many delicious eateries.
Being a smaller destination you will not find here large shopping malls. But a nice selection of local shops can be found in the town.

Languages: Spanish, some English.
Currency: The Colon. US dollars are widely accepted. ATM's are not easy to find and the Cirrus system is not compatible everywhere.
Climate: The temperature ranges between 18°C and 26°C.
Electricity: 110 V, 60 Hz.

Canadian citizens require a passport that is valid until 30 days after their scheduled return. For all other nationalities, consult your consulate or Costa Rican Tourist Board for details.
Note: Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in US dollars. This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight. The departure tax is $27.40 US per person (subject to change). Note only US Cash or equivalent Costa Rican Colon are accepted. makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.