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About Tamarindo Costa Rica

Information about Tamarindo, Costa Rica, . Community & Neighborhood, Education, Health & Human Services Home & Property.


Tamarindo is a town and distrito located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Province of Guanacaste. The district has a population of 3,525, although the town itself is about 2000. But it can swell to 6,000 people or more during the tourist season and during special holidays. The main attractions are surfingand 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. Tamarindo has two main breaks for advanced surfers: Pico Pequeño a rocky point in front of the Hotel Tamarindo Diriá and the excellent river mouth break across from Cabinas Tsunami called El Estero. The rest of the beach breaks are perfect for learning. The biggest waves can get up to 12 feet, although only during November and December.

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. After 60 to 90 days, the hatchlings emerge and immediately make their way to the water.

There are other eco-friendly activities including watching turtles during their nesting season at night, diving, snorkeling, body surfing, zip-lining, estuary trips, horseback riding and fishing. During the December to April period when the water turbidity is low, fishing may be done from the shore.

Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste is the most accessible location along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica with an airstrip. Scheduled daily bus service to and from San José, as well as surrounding communities, is available. There is also a paved highway from San José. The average time from San Jose to Tamarindo is 5 to 6 hours depending on traffic.


The Costa Rican Education System

Since 1948, Costa Rica has been one of the few countries without a military, and is probably the most significant nation without an army after Japan. The expenditures the nation used to have for arms and their standing army was redirected towards, amongst others, education. This is one of the reasons why today, Costa Rica boasts the most advanced and highest quality education system in the region.

Education is generally free in Costa Rica, and every citizen is obligated to receive education by law. Thus, Costa Rica has a literacy rate of 96%, one of the highest of all Latin American countries. In a recent report issued by the United Nations, the Costa Rican education system was ranked highest in Latin America.

Educational Standards in Costa Rica

Primary education is compulsive between the ages of 6 and 13, and is attended by most every child in the country. Secondary education leaves pupils two choices of specification: academic (5 years) and technical (6 years) schools. Both types of institution enable students to acquire high school diplomas, which qualify them for tertiary education at Universities.

The Ministry of Education introduced programs to guarantee widespread knowledge in computer sciences and English as a second language (ESL) to keep the Costa Rican youth and workforce on par with international standards. ESL in particular is a main focus. The Ministry hopes to get 25% of high school graduates to C1 level of skill (‘competent user’), and all others to at least basic levels of comprehension in the years to come.

Schooling for Expat Kids

The nation is also home to a variety of private schools of different cultural backgrounds, including the US, UK, France, Germany and Israel, amongst others. Expat children will feel right at home at these bilingual schools and remain in touch with their native culture. Expats moving to Costa Rica with their teenage kids could also simply enroll their offspring in the local high schools, as the quality of education in Costa Rica is exceptionally high for the region.

The Costa Rican education system provides the country with a steady stream of new, highly skilled future professionals and is one of the main pillars of the nation’s social and economic stability and prosperity. All this educational excellence unfortunately comes at a price for expats. As we have mentioned in our article on working in Costa Rica, your chances of employment in the country are slim to none if you do not possess special skills that are not available or rare domestically. Only specifically trained professionals or company heads have a real shot at legally working in Costa Rica.

Private schools in Tamarindo

Educarte | Primera entrada a La Garita, sobre carretera Villarreal- Huacas, a mano izquierda, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  2653 8847

2653 8847

LA PAZ COMMUNITY SCHOOL | 500 Metros Sur de la Ferreteria | Flamingo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. +(506) 2654-4532 | +(506) 8350-9102 |

+(506) 2654-6087 |

Country Day  | General Information: | Admissions: +(506)-2654-5042 (from the U.S., dial 011 first)


Tamarindo has the best health services of any beach town on the northwestern coast of Costa Rica.  Tamarindo has an ambulance service, several Costa Rica certified doctors and dentists, and 4 pharmacies. On a regular basis, the clinics have visiting specialists for such things as skin disorders, physcology, etc. Tamarindo also has it’s own small airport that has been a lifesaver for those in more serious trouble. Compared to other beach towns, Tamarindo has far more health services.


Just outside Tamarindo, and hour’s drive away are the regional medical clinics in Liberia and Nicoya. The big hospitals are in the capital in San Jose which is a 5-hour drive, but only 45-minutes from the Tamarindo Airport. They are famous for providing world-class care at a fraction of the cost of the USA.


All in all, Tamarindo is a healty place to visit and live. Confirmation is that more families than ever have move to Tamarindo and the town has been enjoying a “baby boom” among locals during the past few years.


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