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Best Nightlife Spots in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife attracts many locals and tourists with its amazing beach clubs, surf camps, and interesting pubs so you definitely have to include into your travel plans at least one night out in this area of Guanacaste.

Tamarindo Beach or Playa Tamarindo is famous all over the world because of its beautiful white sand beach and amazing waves perfect for surfing and other watersports.

Good food, great cocktails, and the wide variety of bars and pubs might make you want to get out from your hotel and taste Costa Rica nightlife Tamarindo.

There might not be the most active and vibrant nightlife in the world but Tamarindo beach offer a wide range of options when speaking about how and where to spend your evening.

Before starting the party, we strongly recommend you to have dinner in one of the many restaurants in the town where the food is delicious.

Start with an appetizer of local calamari rings and continue with a delicious tuna steak or a classic filet mignon and mashed potatoes and end with a tasty crepe as a desert.

After that head to a bar located right in the center of the town or go to a beautiful beach bar located close to the sea, as there are many interesting ways to have fun and dance.

The best time of the week to party and dance are Friday nights and Saturday nights when tourists and Costa Ricans dance and have fun till morning.

Most probably you are new in town and don’t have any clue about where to go and what to do to have some fun and meet new people.

This article will tell you not just which are the best places to go to have fun but also when to go to maximize your experience.

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Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife

Tamarindo nightlife Costa Rica

Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife

In Tamarindo you will find:

  • sports bars like Sharky’s Sports Bar or Bar Jolly Rodgers
  • beach restaurants bars like Pangas Beach Club, Nogui’s restaurant or Volcano Brewing Co
  • night dance clubs out of which I would name Crazy Monkey, Pacifico Bar, El Garito or The Roof

Now let me tell you a few words about the best places to go from each of the categories listed above:

1. Pangas Beach Club

Costa Rica clubs Tamarindo beach list is opened by Pangas Beach Club, a beautiful open air place located on the northern part of the town, right before the estuary.

Pangas is famous for its good music, positive atmosphere with many shows that are put in scenes usually during weekend nights.

2. Crazy Monkey bar

Tamarindo’s Crazy Monkey bar is the first choice among youngsters and those who consider themselves young enough to party hard the whole night.

It is the best place to go on Friday nights for good food, a varied drink menu, lots of great music and a huge dance floor where you can show your talent.

Tamarindo Costa Rica Nightlife bar

Tamarindo nightlife Costa Rica Nightlife bar

This crazy bar with a hot atmosphere hosts many live concerts, usually salsa or other Latin music bands, and is considered to have one of the best dance floors in the region.

3. The Roof

Located on the fourth floor of a building, The Roof becomes fast a very popular location among tourists and Costa Ricans because of its interesting view and unique location.

It is one of the best places from Tamarindo beach town to watch the ocean and the sunset views and one of the best places to go and have fun.

Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife Club

Tamarindo nightlife Costa Rica club party

They have many shows that change quite often so that you don’t get bored easily, not to mention the happy hours, great music played by famous DJs and simple but relaxing sports nights.

If you plan to go here for sunset you’d better call and make a reservation and we strongly advise you to follow them on Facebook for the latest shows and events.

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4. Vulcano

Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife scene is completed with Vulcano, once known as Portofino a great bar with good music, tasty food, and a wide selection of drinks.

Order a cold beer from the crafted beer menu as here you will find the best beer and delicious food while enjoying the live music and some amazing time with your friends.

This is one of the favorite bars from Tamarindo among musicians because of the great sound system so live music with vocalists or just solo guitar is something very common for this place.

5. Sharky’s Sport Bar

Sharky’s Sport Bar is one of the best places to go if you are looking for special offers and night events packed together.

Try their daily cocktail offer or the Craft Beer on Tuesdays and Thursdays or the Sangria night on Saturday.

You can have a lot of fun on Karaoke night from Tuesdays or just sit and watch the sports game of your favorite team.

You will most probably like the North American typical atmosphere from a sports bar with good food, lots of TV screens where to watch all the relevant transmissions from the whole world and a lot of good beer.

6. El Garito

Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife list continues with El Garito, a great place to go if you are a fan of electronic music.
You will find here very good DJs and a lot of special guests that will mix some very interesting songs.

Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife

Costa Rica Tamarindo nightlife

This is the best place to go if you want to talk with locals and make new friends while having fun in this part of Costa Rica.

7. El Coconut

El Coconut is definitely one of the best restaurants from the area located right across the street from the famous Witch’s Rock Surf Camp.

This restaurant stands out with its beautiful and unique design with handmade wood furniture and copper frame not to mention the great live music usually on weekend nights.


Where to sleep to be close to Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife

1. Tamarindo Diria Costa Rica located close to the town center and to the beach, this 5-star hotel features 5 restaurants, 4 bars, and a casino where you to enjoy your evenings while at Tamarindo Diria Hotel.

2. The Coast Beachfront Hotel Costa Rica located 5 minutes’ walk from the town center, right on the beach with apartments with a fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful outdoor pool

3. Jardin Del Eden Boutique Hotel Costa Rica is an adults-only hotel located 2 minutes from downtown and the beach, featuring beautiful rooms with a garden or ocean view as well as a private beach and many on-site restaurants.


Not just the beautiful beaches and the amazing sceneries should make you consider visiting Guanacaste, one of the most scenic regions of Costa Rica.

Tamarindo Costa Rica nightlife is also another factor that might take into consideration when planning a trip to this tiny but magnificent country.

As you could read in this article there are plenty of options to choose from when planning a night out on Playa Tamarindo.

And before ending this article there is something more I want you to tell: act decent, don’t drink too much, and never take too much cash with you as you can pay with credit and debit cards almost everywhere.

If you follow these simple rules everything will be fine and you don’t have to worry about anything, just go out and have fun as you deserve it.


Logistical tips and tricks for your trip

Book your accommodation
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Don't forget travel insurance
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When we go for longer trips around the world we get Globelink Insurance as it offers a good cover for an affordable price.

Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected costs caused by medical events like illness, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.

We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.

Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.

We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.

Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.

We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.

Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.

Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.