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Tamarindo has an increible live music scene, all you need to know is where to look! Whether you like acoustic, flamanco, salsa, regae, or full ensembles, you’ll find something that you love. Here is 9 bar/restaraunts with killer live music, and which days of the week you’ll find it.
Pangas Beach Club: Pangas is one of the nicest dinner spots in town, so don’t be afraid to don some fancier attire. Generally on weekneds is when they bring in live music, of a wide variety of genres.
Dragonfly Bar and Grill: Every Saturday from 7-9pm, Dragonfly plays live music, from vocalasts to full ensembles to special guests musicians. If you’re curious what’s playing tonight, check out their website (hyperlink above).
El Coconut: Live performances at this sleek, beautifully decorated restaraunt occur every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Think Latin lounge, saxaphone, soul, and vocalists.
Crazy Monkey: Friday nights, Crazy Monkey is the only place to be. On one side, live salsa and dance music plays, with Latin dancing on an open dance floor. If you’re looking for regaetone, head to the other side for a more club atmosphere and a DJ. Bonus: open bar from 9 to 11 on Fridays!
The Monkey-LaLa: Located in the Hotel Pasatiempo, their restaraunt, covered with a gorgeous thatched roof, is a favorite live music and open-mic spot in Tamarindo. Live music happens at 7:30-9:30 every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The stage is open, so anyone can hop on stage and perform with the musicians.
El Vaquero: This brewpub, also connected to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp and Volcano Brewing, has live music every Saturday and Sunday night. Outdoor seating and a great view of surfers, bring your whole family for great food and beer.
Vulcano Restaraunt: At this cool restaraunt, you can find great local musicians of every type. Said to have some of the best craft beer in Costa Rica, make sure to grab one as you enjoy some incredible tunes.
Pacifico Bar: Pacifico, the most famous dance club in Tamarindo, has live reggae bands every Thursday, and often live music other nights of the week too. For great dancing and a Carribean vibe, check this one out.
If you’re traveling to Costa Rica, you probably already know about Costa Rica’s reputation for sustainability and eco-friendliness. In case you didn’t, Costa Rica was ranked by the World Energy Council as the 2nd most environmentally sustainable country in the world. Coming here is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what it means to Be Green, or use your own sustainable practices.
Being a tourist makes it a little tricky sometimes to find the greenest practices and reduce your waste. Tamarindo, though, offers tons of EcoTourism, organic foods, and low energy transportation. Here are a few of the best ways to Be Green in Tamarindo.
Shop Organic: Pimienta Verde is an organic grocery store located in the heart of Tamarindo, that partners with local farms to bring fresh fruits and veggies in every day of the week. They also offer baked goods, as well as gluten free options. Eating organic is important for green tourism, because it ensures reduction of pesticide use, chemical runoff, and crop diversity!
Rent a bike: Exercise, zero carbon emissions, a cheap and intimate way to explore the city–what more can you ask for in transportation! Tamarindo is a small, relatively flat town, so biking is the perfect way to get around. Check out Kelly’s Surf Shop for bike rentals.
Reusable water bottle: It is shocking how many little plastic bottles of water you can go through in a day at the beach, without even thinking as you throw them away. Instead, bring a reusable water bottle, saving money and losts of plastic waste! Pro tip–get an insulated bottle, such as Swell or HydroFlask, to keep your water cool all day on the beach.
Do you have any other tips on how to be a good Eco Tourist? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Day 1 :
For your first day in Tamarindo you would like to go to the beach and enjoy those beautiful pacific waves. We recommend you to go surfing, you can rent a board at Kelly’s Surf Shop or learn how to surf in just one lesson! Surfing has never been easier! For the evening, head to town and succumb to the culinary delights of Costa Rica.
Day 2 :
There is one experience to absolutely do while in Guanacaste: Visit the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Experience the Guachipelin Combo Adventure which includes ziplining, river tubing, tarzan swing, horseback riding, hot springs, volcano mud bath, and (the best part) a buffet lunch ! It will be one of the greatest experiences of your stay, and an amazing memory to tell your friends !
Day 3 :
Now you’ve been to the beach and into the jungle. For your last day, how about some diving and snorkeling to experience the ocean ? If you feel courageous you can enroll in diving certification courses, or if you feel a little bit lazy, you can go on a snorkeling trip at the Catalina Islands. A trip you will remember for your whole life !
3 markets in Tamarindo for you to check during your holiday.
Thursday Night market
Weekly organised, the market sells delicious food from French pastries, Italian dishes to vegan pies and homemade cupcakes. You can also buy handmade jewelry. The atmosphere in the market is really cozy and family friendly. On a plus side, this market is located almost next to the hotel. You can visit on the way before going to dinner or after sunset when you are heading back to he hotel from the beach.
Saturday Feria Farmers market
From 8am to 11am weekly, this market has many stalls to sell food and different handicrafts from decorations to jewelry. Great little snacks and fruit and also vegan pastry. The market is the perfect place to find some cute souvenirs and gifts to bring home to your family and friends.
Tamarindo Street Food Fiesta
Organized only once in a month, every first Saturday of the month, this little street food market is full of flavors from around the world. Try the tasty wraps, Italian pastries or the deliciously sweet cake from Argentina. All the prices are affordable, so you can try many delights during the same night. There is chill live music playing to get the relaxing vibes.
Are you a surfer seeking for the waves in Costa Rica? Or your dream of learning how to surf? We have the answers for you!
Whether you are seeking for adventures and new experiences on your holiday in Tamarindo or you surf or have always wanted to try surfing, visit Kelly’s!
Kelly’s Surf Shop offers surf lessons for the beginners and advanced surfers and also different surf trips to the best surf spots around Guanacaste, such as Playa Negra, Witch’s Rock and Nosara. All the instructors are experienced surfers and certified lifeguards, so you are certainly in safe hands. Through Kelly’s you can also book tours from snorkeling and diving to ATV tours and sunset sailing and even a day trip to Nicaragua! For the adventurous mind there is a variety of tours from zip lining and river rafting to tours in different national parks. Basically whatever your feel up to!
Kelly’s is located right on the main road close to the waves of Playa Tamarindo. The shop is a great place to hang out and has great vibes and relaxing feeling. It feels like your second home as soon as you step in. The staff in Kelly’s is very knowledgeable and always ready to help you to organize tours and lessons for you.
We also have good news for the guests staying at Sirena Serena: you get 50% off when renting boards, kayaks and bikes in Kelly’s and discounted prices for surf lessons. You can book all the tours and lessons directly from the hotel, and we will organize them for you!