Living in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Last updated on August 9, 2023

Hey there folks, today I’m gonna give you the lowdown on living the pura vida lifestyle in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

Sure, it’s not the most secluded, deserted beach you’ve ever laid your eyes on, but there’s a reason why Tamarindo has become one of the most popular retirement destinations for North Americans in Central America – and I’m here to give you the rundown.

You see, modern Nicoyans have some strong roots to the indigenous Chorotega, and their traditions have enabled them to remain relatively stress-free. And believe me, the pura vida lifestyle people rave about after visiting Tamarindo is the real deal.

Daily sightings of howler monkeys and a variety of lizards might sound like something you’d only see in a National Geographic special, but in Tamarindo, it’s just another day in paradise. Between the monkeys and the plethora of tropical birds found here, chances are you’ll be waking up to the tune of a different type of alarm clock.

One of the best parts of living in Tamarindo is the fact that you can pretty much get anywhere in town within 10 to 15 minutes on foot. And if you need to take a taxi for any reason, it will usually cost between $3 and $5. Public bus fare to get you to surrounding cities is also relatively low. For example, you can hop on a bus to Santa Cruz (the local municipality center) for just $1.30, and a bus ride to Liberia will only cost you $2.50.

Now, let’s talk about housing. The closer you want to live to the beach and town, the more you’re likely to pay. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of affordable options available. North American-style three-bedroom homes or condos five to ten minutes from the beach around Tamarindo can be had for $275,000; two-bedrooms from around $200,000. If you want to be in the center of town or in the hills with sweeping ocean views, expect to pay more.

And don’t forget about the plethora of vacation rentals available. This means you can easily visit for a month or two to try out living in Tamarindo before you make a permanent move.

When it comes to medical care, Tamarindo might not have the same level of services as some less seasonal communities. But there are doctors and dentists in town, and a few minutes’ drive further inland. For treatment of serious conditions, you’ll need to head to Liberia. But let’s be honest, with all the natural beauty and adventure Tamarindo has to offer, you’ll be feeling pretty darn healthy.

So there you have it folks, the pura vida lifestyle is waiting for you in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Whether you want to learn to surf, hike, fish, lounge on the beach, or just catch up on your reading list, you can do it all while soaking up some of the most extraordinary Pacific coast sunsets you’ll ever see.