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7 Kid-Friendly Activities In Tamarindo

May 31, 2017 by calmac

When you think of Costa Rica, many people may automatically think of two types of visitors: retired expats and partying singles.

But Tamarindo is a wonderful spot filled with all sorts of people – including families. Whether you are bringing the kids on a weeklong trip of a lifetime, or considering moving to this Central American town, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities in Tamarindo.


It is no secret that Tamarindo is known as a surfer’s paradise. One thing you will notice quickly is many of the surfers – even some of the best surfers – are kids! Local instructors will give them age-appropriate lessons. And countless surf shops offer boards and wet suits in a wide variety of children’s sizes.

Boogie Boarding

If surfing feels a little too ambitious for the little ones, or if you want to try something new, boogie boarding lets the kids play in the waves all day long. Many of the surf shops will let you do a cheap daily rental.

Mini Golf

Image Source for featured image: Bolas Locas
Tucked away in Tamarindo is a mini golf course – a spot equally fun for the adults as it is for kids. Bolas Locas is an 18-hole course ranging in difficulty. The course is simple enough that even little kids can participate, but challenging enough that mom and dad have fun too.

Catamaran Tours

The daily catamaran tours from Tamarindo can be a fun adventure for the kids – especially older kids. With complimentary drinks (soda for your child; mojitos for you) and lunch, time for swimming in the ocean, plenty of good music, and the opportunity to spot sea life, the whole family can have a blast.

Black Stallion

Located right outside of the main hub of Tamarindo, Black Stallion Eco Park and Estates is one of the best places to have an adventure day. Start off with a zip-line adventure, move on to horseback riding through the park, and finish up with a delicious homemade feast for dinner.

Estuary Boat Ride

Estuary Boat Ride in Costa Rica

On the north side of Tamarindo’s beach there is an estuary. At any time of the day, you can often find locals who will take you on a boat tour of the estuary to spot out wildlife. This can be an inexpensive way for the whole family to get into a shaded boat and take pictures of the area’s vast biodiversity.

Feria (Saturday Farmer’s Market)

When local venders set up their goods for Saturday’s weekly farmers market, you will see many families trickle in throughout the morning. You will often find venders offering snacks or small meals the kids can enjoy. And there are plenty of interesting stalls filled with food, clothing, and jewelry.

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