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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.

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  • dianelorraineb : Athens, Georgia
Barcelo Tambor tropical retreat

If you are looking for a holiday retreat that still embodies the unspoiled beauty of Costa Rica, as well as low-key luxury and comfort with good service, try the Barcelo on Tambor Beach in Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. In comparison with mega-resorts that offer a huge variety of restaurants, amenities and activities, etc., this is a small resort but it boasts many features of the best of the Barcelo hotel/resort chain. We have stayed here many times in the last decade and every time we are nourished by the tranquil tropical gardens and flowers, the restful colonial style suites and rooms, the reasonably good food and service, the relatively small number of guests, and the secluded bay with some waves and beach almond trees providing shade. The resort was renovated in recent years and unfortunately some of the changes were disappointing: they removed the lovely tropical print bedspreads that made the rooms so "exotic"; all of the buildings were repainted in red with white trim while they used to each be different soft tropical shades, the seafood restaurant on the beach closed and a bland Japanese restaurant was opened, the little casino was closed and replaced with a children's game area, and part of the pool was modified to be a kiddy pool with fountain. Direct trails to a "Parque Naturelle" were closed too, cutting off one of the resort's unique features. Dining options are limited to the main buffet, the pool snack bar, the Japanese restaurant, and the beachfront El Rancho Steakhouse (by reservation if you stay several nights). Tambor is rather secluded, so don't look for shopping outside the hotel, or a town immediately outside the gate. Getting to Tambor requires flying to Liberia and then taking a long (interesting) drive plus the ferry across the Gulf; or flying to San Jose, driving a long way, or taking the regional Sansa Air hop to the little airstrip adjacent to the resort. This is an interesting resort as it attracts Americans and some Europeans, and also (mostly) Costa Ricans. The changes in recent years have been in the direction of making it a much more couples, and family- and children-focused resort. But we still love the gardens and the bird life. Every day around 4 pm you can set your watch to it: flocks of free, wild scarlet macaws fly into the large trees at the resort. There is a macaw breeding and release program adjacent to the resort and many of the birds one sees were bred and released from the facility. You can also see brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, tiger herons, sanderlings, magnificent frigate birds, green parakeets, and bananaquits here. If you love bird life and tropical environments, and you are not looking for noisy nightlife and large crowds, sample the "pura vida" still available at Tambor.

  • Yanil Z :
Family celebration

We left home early in the morning to take the Ferry to Paquera, then drove to the hotel, to find a very beautiful place, very delicious food, nice snacks and great outdoor activities. I saw some of the bad reviews the hotel had, mostly related to the employees, I can honestly say they are all very friendly!The room was good, enough to accommodate a family of 4.Lots of things to do.

  • Bailey P : Ventura, California
Nothing special

It's decent if you want to lay by the pool. The beach in front of the resort isn't one you'll want to swim at. The food was average, nothing special. There's not much to do near the hotel besides golf. I went to escape from the city and relax and it was perfect for that, but I wouldn't go for any other reason.

  • Erwann H : Paris, France
All inclusive with Spanish rums

Fist day at the barcelo Beautiful place but Very surprised to be in Costa Rica and to have to pay for a Costarian rumFor all inclusive alcool they serve Spanish rumYou have to pay more for costarican rum

  • Terry S :
Low class local hangout hotel with terrible food.

We were expecting something really nice based on the reviews and fotos.Te property itself is pretty nice, half the staff are very pleasant, the other half are rather mean and vulgar. Like jekal and hyde depending on the hour.The main guests there are locals (lower middle income) who probably get really cheap rates and kind of trashy. Trashy, meaning the leave trash everywhere.The food for lunch and dinner is a Re-hash of the same. The locals don't use the serving utensils for the buffete and like to dig right in with their fingers and if they don't like it, they drop it half eaten back into the serving trays. Disgusting is the proper word and witnessed it on several ocasiones.The snack area and hamburgers are the awesome and the only redeeming quality for food.The blackish sand beach and pool areas are nicely kept and security is tight to keep the non paying locals from invading.I would say if it weren't for the terrible and unsanitary food and the low class locals this place has potential.To sum it up. If you could get it for $50-70 a night per person and have dinner outside the property It would be worth it and probably about what the locals paid.Otherwise, I would move on to better resort. At $140 a night, it's a terrible deal. And charging $12 for a few hours of 1mb Wifi is rediculous.

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.