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If your definition of a great vacation includes going out every night to meet new people and have fun, stay with us as we have for you our Tamarindo, Costa Rica Nightlife guide.


Located just 20 minutes from your amazing vacation rental property in Conchal, Tamarindo is a surf and touristic town.

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This small but very active “city” is one of the most visited spots in Costa Rica.  No matter if you are not a surfer, a visit to Tamarindo is a must when staying in Guanacaste and is one of the best Costa Rica nightlife spots.

Hundreds of restaurants, bars, shops and all services you could need from banks to spas can be found in Tamarindo. Its extensive and beautiful beach is the soul of the town.

People from all nationalities give life to this jewel of the Pacific, being the perfect scenario to have fun and meet new people during your next visit to Costa Rica.


Costa Rica Nightlife – What to do

There is a place for everyone in Tamarindo, the Costa Rica nightlife is diverse but in general good music and good drinks can always be found.

No matter if you will be visiting over the weekend or during weekdays you will always find a special and a place to go!

Costa Rica Nightlife El Mercadito Tamarindo

Image courtesy of El Mercadito Tamarindo

If your definition of a night out includes just a nice dinner followed by some drinks, in a place with a nice ambiance, our recommendation is to visit El Mercadito.  Healthy organic food, hamburgers, Asian Fusion, Vegetarian and Vegan, Latin American cuisine and much more can be enjoyed at this breezy space.  At the center of El Mercadito, the Medusa Bar offers a great variety of cocktails and drinks.  And, as if that were not enough, the shops with artisan products and local design are great to buy a souvenir or gift.

For those who are seeking a more active Costa Rica nightlife, out top three choices are:

Image courtesy of Sharky’s Tamarindo

Sharky’s:  This sports bar offers a packed itinerary of specials and events.  Look for their $4 daily cocktails specials: Margarita Mondays, Craft Beer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sangria Saturdays and more.  The Beer Pong tournaments are really fun and Karaoke Tuesdays are very popular.  Watch all games and matches here, NFL, Hockey, Soccer, NCAA, Boxing and more!

Pacifico Bar: Located in the main circle of Tamarindo, this bar is another great Costa Rica nightlife option to make new friends or just have fun.  Reggae Nights on Thursdays and Wild Nights on Saturdays are great.  Guest DJs set the ambiance often and live Latin bands are also invited to challenge your moves.

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El Garito:  This is your place if electronic music is your style.  The resident DJ is really good and special guest DJ´s will definitely set the tone.  A great place to meet locals as well as tourists.


Things to consider

Our concierge will be happy to make more suggestions depending on your special needs and preferences.

To have a great night out we always recommend following some basic safety guides:

  • Do not drive and drink. Roads can be dark, bumpy and without any demarcation, so it can be even more dangerous if your 5 senses are not sharp.
  • Do not abuse with your alcohol consumption. Is not only unhealthy, it can also get you in trouble.  As in all parts of the world, there are unscrupulous people who could abuse you if you are drunk.
  • Do not go out with your passport, your driver´s license will be enough to prove that you are of legal age and thus be able to enter the bars.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash, credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
  • Take the same precautions you take at home. Costa Rica is a safe country, but common sense can always be helpful.


Costa Rica nightlife is very active and fun, and we hope you can enjoy it on your next visit.  Contact us and we can help you plan your perfect vacation!