FAQ TRAVEL : COSTA RICA

 

Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica?

Tourist visas are required for certain nationalities, please check ​here​.

Travelers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States, and Venezuela do not need tourist visas. However this may change, please check ​here for the latest information.

Travelers may visit Costa Rica for up to 90 days and must have a valid passport and return ticket to exit the country ready to be presented when entering the country. It is recommended that passports should be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date in Costa Rica.

 

What airport should I fly into?

Liberia International Airport (LIR) is approximately 75 minutes driving from Tamarindo, and San José International Airport (SJO), San José’s primary international airport, is between 4-5 hours driving from Tamarindo.

Both airports are served by international airlines including Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Air Panama, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Copa, Delta, Iberia, JetBlue, Latam, Lufthansa, KLM, Sansa, Southwest, United, Westjet, and more.

Local carriers Nature Air and Sansa also offer flights between San José and Tamarindo Airport (TNO).

 

How do I get to Tamarindo from Liberia or San José?

Air (from San José)​: Local carriers Nature Air and Sansa offer flights between San José (SJO) and Tamarindo Airport (TNO). The flight time is approximately 50 minutes. Chartered Cessna flights are also available from San José (SJO) to Tamarindo Airport (TNO).

Car Rental​: There are several car rental companies in Costa Rica offering automatic and manual transmission, 4WD is recommended as some roads are unpaved. Travelers must have a valid driver’s license from their home country and their passport to rent a vehicle. It is recommended to fill your vehicle’s car tank when possible at gas stations as some areas are very rural and gas stations spread apart, and remember if your rental is diesel or gasoline!

Bus (from Liberia)*​: La Pampa bus transportation offers transport between Liberia and Tamarindo and takes about 2.5 hours and costs approximately $5USD (2900 CRC) roundtrip and leave from Liberia bus terminal.

From Liberia to Tamarindo: Buses depart at 3:55am, 5:15am, 8:10am, 10am, 10:10am, 11:10am, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 4:10pm and 6:10pm.

From Tamarindo to Liberia: Buses depart at 3:30am, 4:30am, 5:45am, 7:30am, 9am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 4:15pm, 5pm, and 6:30pm.

Bus (from San José)*: Empresa Alfaro offers bus transportation between Tamarindo and San José and takes about 6.5 hours and costs approximately $10USD (5000 CRC) roundtrip and leave from Alfaro Terminal.

From San José to Tamarindo: Buses depart at 11am and 3:30pm from Calle 14/16, Avenida 3.

From Tamarindo to San José: Buses depart at 3:30am, 5:30am, and 12:30pm.

*Information and schedule subject to change.

Private Van/Shuttle​: Gray Line and Interbus offer private van/shuttles to over 40 destinations in Costa Rica.

Shared shuttles from Liberia to Tamarindo typically cost around $20USD per person one-way, minimum 2 people from LIR airport. Private transfers for 1-4 people cost around $90USD one-way.

 

CURRENCY

What is the local currency in Costa Rica?

The local currency in Costa Rica is ​Costa Rican Colones (CRC / ​₡)​. Credit cards are accepted in most locations and US dollars are commonly used in Costa Rica, it is recommended to bring smaller bills ($20USD or less). Once in Costa Rica, for best exchange rates visit a local bank (​Banco Nacional, BCR, etc.).

Euros (EUR) and Canadian dollars (CAD) are not accepted in Costa Rica and can only be exchanged for CRC or USD at San ​José or Liberia airport exchanges.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Where Should I Stay?

There are many types of accommodation options available in Tamarindo and the surrounding area including Airbnb, hotels, beach houses, condos, and hostels.

Please see the suggested list below.

Please note: The BPM Festival is not directly affiliated with any of the properties listed below.

Balcones del Pacifico7
Best Western
Cabinas Las Olas
Cabinas Marelos
Cabinas Zullymar
Casa Aura
Casa Leona
Casa Monacita
Casa Monacita-los palinos
Casa Moncita
Casa Sueca
Coral Reef
Corona Dem Mar
El Mono Loco
Flory Bambu Glamping
Gardenia Tamarindo
Hotel Arco Iris
Hotel Cala Luna
Hotel Capitan Suizo
Hotel Centarana
Hotel Flores
Hotel La Laguna del Cocodrillo
Hotel Luna Llena
Hotel Nahua
Hotel Pasatiempo
Hotel Pueblo Dorado
Hotel Rip Jack Inn
Hotel Sueno Del Mar
Hotel Tamarindo Dreams
Villas In the Shake
La Palupa
La Ramona
Les Roches Rouges
Los Mangos
Luamey Boutique
Mar Rey
Mundo Milo Ecolodge
Nahua
Occidental Tamarindo
Playa Potreto Apartments
Pura Vida
Pura Vida Mini Hostels
Quinta Esencia
Seis Playas Hotel
Selina Tama
Sirena – Serena
Sugars Monkey
Sunset
Tama Backpackers
Tamarindo Bay
Tamarindo Diria
Tamarindo Hosteles Resort
Tamarindo inn
Tamarindo Sunshine
Tamarindo Village Hotel
Tee-k Lounge
Ten North
The Beach House
The Coast Beach Front
Tuanis By Tama
Vida Aventura
Villa Amarilla
Villa Nautilus
Villas Macanda
Villas Panchimalco
Wyndham Tamarindo

 

NEAREST FOREIGN REPRESENTATION

Embassy of Argentina in San José
Curridabat, Plaza del Sol, 700m south and 25m east, 4th, house on the left 1963 – 1000 San José, Costa Rica | +506 2234 6520 | ​Website

Embassy of Australia in San ​José
Centro Corporativo Plaza Roble Edificio El Patio, 3rd Floor, Escazu San José, Costa Rica | +506 2201 8700

Embassy of Brazil in San ​José
Paseo Colon, Edificio Torre, Mercedes 6o. Piso 10132-1000 San José, Costa Rica | +506 2295-6875

Embassy of Canada in San José

La Sabana Executive Business Centre, Building No. 5, 3rd Floor behind the Contraloría General de la República P.O. Box 351-1007 San José Costa Rica | +506 2242 4400 | ​Website

Embassy of Chile in San José
Los Yoses, del Automercado 225 metros al Sur, San José, Costa Rica | +506 2224 1547 | ​Website

Consulate of Colombia in San José
De Taco Bell San Pedro, 350 metros Oeste. Casa gris con rejas negras. | +506 2283 6871 | ​Website

Embassy of France in San José
From the Mitsubishi distributor – 200m to the south and 25m to the west – Curridabat, San José | +506 234 41 67 | ​Website

Embassy of Germany in San José
Edificio Torre La Sabana, 8° piso, 300 meters west from ICE, Sabana Norte P.O Box 4017-1000, San José, Costa Rica | +506 290 90 91 | ​Website

Embassy of Italy in San José
5a entrada Barrio Los Yoses Ap.do Postal 1729-1000, San José, Costa Rica | +506 224 6574 | ​Website

Embassy of Mexico in San José
Avenida 7ma. No. 1371 75 m, este Casa Amarilla Apartado Postal 10107 1000 San José, Costa Rica | +506 2257 0633 | ​Website

Embassy of the Netherlands in San José
Oficentro Ejecutivo La Sabana (behind Contraloria) Third Building, Third Floor Apartado 10,285 1000, San José, Costa Rica | +506 296 1490 | ​Website

Embassy of Portugal in San José
Calle 16 Av.15 17 Barrio Mexico | +506 2221 4092

Embassy of Spain in San José
Calle 32 (entre Paseo Colón y Avenida Segunda) San José, Costa Rica | +506 222 1933

Embassy of the United Kingdom in San José
Edificio Centro Colón Paseo Colón and Streets 38 and 40, San José, Costa Rica | +506 2258-2025 | Website

Embassy of the United States in San José
Calle 120 Via 104 Pavas, San ​José​, Costa Rica | +506 2519 2000 | ​Website

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Emergencies: Dial 911
Ambulance: Dial 128
Report a Fire: Dial 118

 

HOSPITAL + PHARMACY

Where is the nearest pharmacy?

There are several pharmacies in Tamarindo along Calle Central.

Farmacia Fischel: Calle Central, Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste | +506 2653 0210
Farmacia Pacifico: Calle Central, Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste | +506 2653 0711
Farmacia Tamarindo: Calle Central, Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste | +506 2653 0210 | ​Website

 

Where is the nearest medical services/hospital?

Tamarindo​: Pacific Emergencies, a private health clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm. Walk-in visits typically cost $60 USD. Bilingual emergency medical staff are available 24/7 on call. To call: +506 2653 2001, for emergencies +506 8378 8265.

Villareal​: The closest public health clinic is the EBAIS, located 15 minutes driving from Tamarindo and offers free or low walk-in visits. For emergencies: +506 2653 0736.

Liberia​: Clinica Biblica (+506 2667 0892) and San Rafael Arcangel Medical Center (+506 2666 1717) are two private hospitals in Liberia with the addition of Liberia Public Hospital (+506 2666 0011).