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Barcelo Tambor Beach

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Located on the palm-lined beach of Tambor, this tropical all-inclusive is surrounded by 2,000 hectares of lush green hillsides and picturesque streams. The hotel is a pristine paradise, ideal for nature lovers seeking tranquility and for golfers, who enjoy daily golf at the golf course next door. Unique facilities include an aquagym, outdoor fitness centre, sports tournaments, on-site casino and disco, and a kids' mini-eco tour park filled with exotic birds, lizards and monkeys.

Location: Beachfront, After landing in San Jose International airport you will take a 30 min commuter flight (fee) or a 3.5 hr ferry/land transfer to Playa Tambor. Based on Ferry operation, transfer may only include 4.5 hr land transfer.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Michelle L :
Amazing beach

This all inclusive resort provides a very good experience for your money. The best dinner we had was at the steakhouse restaurant. The Japanese restaurant is nothing special. The salad bar could vary way more than what it was. The buffet lacked a chef grilling during lunch and dinner. There was only one night that a chef was grilling meat. One day no red wine available. The flavour of the food was very good. You have to pay extra for premium alcohol.The beach is one of the best we've walked. Very wide and very long. A great work out! The resort has kayaks and boogie boards for water fun. Not sure why they don't have small catamarans as the wind is absolutely perfect for such recreation. Not much good for snorkeling. The wildlife is abundant and we saw mackaws, monkeys, racoon, anteater, numerous iguana, crocodile, deer and lots of other tropical birds. The room was standard and the bed was okay. Beach towels were available all the time which was nice. Pool was kept clean and lots of available loungers. Free wifi would have been nice. The evening shows are not very exciting. Front staff were very helpful and friendly. Overall a good week and worth a visit.

  • John V :
white sand

We stayed at this resort in 2013. We would come back. the wildlife alone was simply amazing. There are many opportunities for fantastic excursions as well. The surroundings are amazing! We enjoyed the a la carte restaurants. We loved the interaction with locals and staff. We were very thankful to tripcentral in helping us book this vacation!

  • Victor H :
Japanese restaurant

We ate at this restaurant three times and each time Edwin and his staff made our experience wonderful excellent food very friendly people Vic Hoey from high river AB . The grounds at the resort were beautiful and most of the staff tried very hard to communicate with us but had very limited English knowledge. The night shows were devoid of English so could not understand anything Vic

  • dianauoft : Toronto, ON
Beautiful resort

Spent a week at this resort, from feb 9-15. Was told that kids went back to school on feb 6th, so luckily we didn't get a lot of locals at the hotel except for the weekend. Apparently this hotel is popular and visited by a lot of Costa Ricans from all over the country. Americans like to go to the Liberia region. Therefore, the daily evening entertainment is all done in Spanish, with no English translation. Pretty much every evening they had karaoke night ... I guess it's their favorite form of entertainment there! Only twice did they have a half hour "show" with dancing and singing. Their singing ended after 11pm and was so loud we could hear it all the way to villa 6 and couldn't sleep till it was all over.At around 6am the birds and monkeys woke up and made very loud noises ... our natural wake up alarm :)The food was ok, not a huge selection, but varied with every meal. My friend who is a vegan only ate rice, beans and some veggies every meal, every day. The country grows avocados but they hardly ever served it. He had to keep asking the chef for some fresh avocado. They only had pure cow milk, no soy or vanilla or nut milks. The buffet place did not make pure fruit juices or smoothies.The beach was very nice, clean, no seaweed, lots of chairs to sit on, many trees and palm trees for shade, and very wide, especially at low tide. Huge difference between high and low tide! Really nice swimming waves all the time! And the water temperature was great too, you could stay in the water for hours. I highly recommend water shoes, as this beach is rocky so walking on those pebbles is quite hard on the feet if you're not used to it.The resort itself is absolutely gorgeous, you feel like you're in paradise. Great, well taken care of gardens, with beautiful vegetation. From our room we could still see the ocean in the distance, even though it was not facing the ocean side.The room was clean, spacious, with two double beds, and the tv had more than just one English Channel.There were lots of things to do at the hotel, from golfing, to mini golf, tennis, ping pong, beach volleyball, aqua gym, dancing, gym, trampoline, rock climbing, a kids pool, etc. Just no seadoos or Catamarans.Overall I'd say the staff need to learn more English. We had asked one of the he waiters if they have avocado and he brought a bowl of ice cream!All in all it was a great resort and we enjoyed it.

  • SRE59 : Barrie, Canada

The hotel was very good. Unofrtunately we did not realize that December and January is the equivalent of our summer holidays so I would have to say they were under staffed. Nino the waiter is exceptional and he made the holiday for us. The El Rancho was fantastic. The beach is excellent for walking and the waves are great playing in. It is very much a kids resort.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks from 11am-11pm
  • 3 a la carte dinners/week (1 reservation at each restaurant)
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks from 10am-1am
  • House wine w/meals
  • In-room mini-bar stocked w/water & soft drinks
  • Non-motorized watersports must be reserved:
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Boogie boards
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Archery
  • Gym
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
  • Free entrance to the Eco-Park
  • 402 rooms in six 2-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 3 a la carte restaurants: International, Japanese and seafood, dress code & reservations required
  • 3 bars including Snack bar
  • Disco
  • Casino
  • 2 pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Ecological park
  • 3 tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Gift shop
  • Currency exchange
  • Tour desk
  • Ecological park
  • Beauty salon
  • Massage service (fee)
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Medical service (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 4 persons
Kids Deals - Kids pricing available, please inquire.

For the Kids - Kids 2-12 can enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' Club. Babysitting service available (fee).

Honeymooners - Receive a romantic dinner for 2 in the a la carte restaurant (based on availability), a bottle of wine, fruit plate, and continental breakfast served in the room. Valid within 30 days of wedding. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate upon check-in.

Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Barcelo Tambor Beach
    San Jose,Costa Rica

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Barcelo Tambor Beach
Playa Tambor, Tambor 771-1150 Costa Rica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.