Family Vacation in Tamarindo Costa Rica, RPM Vacation Rentals

Family Vacation to Tamarindo Costa Rica

Family Vacation in Tamarindo Costa Rica, RPM Vacation Rentals
Enjoying a great family vacation sailing in Tamarindo bay

Taking a family vacation in Tamarindo, Costa Rica is a great opportunity to build memories and traditions that will last a lifetime. We often receive questions about activities and questions about renting condos for young families who want to vacation in Costa Rica. We have traveled down here on vacation many times before making the permanent move to Tamarindo and here is some of the secrets we have found to make it a great family vacation in Tamarindo Costa Rica.

  1. Get off on the right foot by reserving a private shuttle/taxi from the airport to your vacation rental (~$85). After a long day of traveling, renting a car and trying to navigate the street signs can be an exhausting and tiresome experience. Costa Rica does not have street signs or addresses. There are signs to popular beaches like Tamarindo but why risk getting lost on your first day? There are plenty of places and recommendations to rent a car in Tamarindo.
  2. Rent a condo or home rather than a hotel. With prices that are comparable to hotels, you can find the perfect condo or home for your family allowing you the freedom to eat at home, find a private space, and have a spot for the kids to play/sleep while the parents relax.
  3. Plan a couple excursions. Tamarindo offers so much to do for the entire family. The most popular family outings are Zip Lining through the forest, taking an afternoon sailing and snorkeling cruise across Tamarindo bay to a private beach, and horseback riding through the hills of Guanacaste.
  4. Enjoy long lunches and dinners at many of our great restaurants. The secret to enjoying some great family time on vacation is enjoying a great meal and spending time talking and laughing about the day. There is not fast food in Costa Rica so a little planning goes a long way especially with small children. Plan on it taking about a half an hour to get your food after you have been seated. If your kids are used to eating at 6pm then make sure you are getting to the restaurant around 5:15 to 5:30.
  5. Wear sunscreen. Tamarindo, Costa Rica is near the equator. You will burn so don’t forget the sunscreen throughout the day. Drag the kids out of the ocean/pool every couple hours to lather them up!
  6. Try surfing/boogie boarding. What a great and relatively inexpensive way to spend some quality time with your children. Tamarindo beach offers sand beaches and usually gentle waves. Get them to ride the breaking waves and watch their faces light up!
  7. Rest – You are vacation as well so make sure you get some rest time as well to recharge your batteries.
  8. Take walks around town and on the beach. We have all sorts of wildlife around town including howler monkeys hanging out in the trees. (Try by Kahiki Restaurant or Capitain Suizo). Iguanas and parakeets are all over the place as well.
  9. Be safe – Tamarindo is a tourist town and just like any tourist town, we unfortunately have petty theft. So don’t take the iphone to the beach and stick in your shoe while you are in the water!
  10. Embrace the PURA VIDA! Pure Vida means pure life and we hope that your entire family will experience Pura Vida on your vacation. Come to Costa Rica to relax and rejuvenate the whole family!
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Great Stay

5star rating
January 25, 2018
We enjoyed it very much!!

Courtyard #5

5star rating
March 25, 2019
The proporty was lovely. We had everything we needed for a comfortable 8 day stay. RPM staff was on top of every need from booking until we left.

Tamarindo experience

4star rating
February 17, 2019
Beautiful condo with nice layout, only draw back we’re intolerable beds that we’re extremely hard and uncomfortable. Location of pool and beach were spectacular. It made the vacation.

Home is where the ?? is ….. #603 !!

5star rating
February 25, 2015
In simple terms #603 felt a bit like "home" after our 5 day visit and look forward to our return. All was fab and the location ; pool and patio view provided for an extra special stay.

Amazing Location and a Spectacular Condo

5star rating
June 12, 2013
My wife and I have visited both Langosta and Tamarindo for years and have stayed at many different properties in that time. I can safely say that there are very few places better than Horizontes del Mar. Its quite, secure, and the condo is spaciou...

Better than an All-Inclusive!

Michael Deegan
5star rating
November 27, 2022
Our family has typically only done "all inclusive" holidays leaving the details of transportation, tours etc up to the vacation operator. This was our first holiday that was not a "package", and we felt that the services offered by RPM (transport...

Incredible Experience in Tamarindo

5star rating
January 4, 2013
The Matapalo condo exceeded our families expectations ten fold. The location is right in the middle of Tamarindo which is a lively surf town. We rented Matapalo 602 and 603 for our extended family of 11 - 6 adults and 5 children (ages 6-14). Th...


5star rating
April 16, 2013
A beautiful spot, a beautiful home and a very relaxing vacation - highly recommended!

Bahia Langosta 32

5star rating
March 31, 2017
Great location, everything you need, and wonderful friendly atmosphere. The condo design is very nice but decor is somewhat dated; not an issue with me but this is not a granite and stainless steel interior.

Lovely Location

4star rating
December 29, 2014
Pristine condo in a great location. Wonderful ocean and pool views.

Perfect Villa

5star rating
December 13, 2020
Pipilacha was everything we hoped for and more. Perfect experience at an excellent location!

See What Our Guests Are Saying!

Bahia Langosta, Costa Rica

5star rating
January 17, 2013
The site is beautiful, the condo was immaculate and very well appointed. The only "surprise" was the distance to Tamarindo for groceries and errands - it was further than we anticipated, about 20-30 min. walk. Not a problem, but good to be aware of.

Vacaciones de Familia

5star rating
August 8, 2019
El lugar reúne todo lo idóneo para unas vacaciones, por lo que se recomienda.

Holiday Break!

4star rating
January 10, 2022
Great location and excellent Management Team.

Location location location

4star rating
March 17, 2017
This property was a great location for us as we didn't want to be downtown. There is a grocery store right across the street that has a very good selection and also a pizza restaurant and deli sandwich bar. A hotel with restaurant and gift shop ha...

Beautiful property and great location!

5star rating
May 24, 2021
Great property and location. Great amenities! Great space. TV remote wasn’t working properly but everything was amazing!

Las Mareas is our #1 Destination in Tamarindo!!

5star rating
January 3, 2017
This was our 3rd trip to Tamarindo - we were the first renters at las Mareas and waited too long to book our 2nd trip and ended up staying elsewhere in town. We made a point to book it earlier this trip and are very glad we did! Lola from RPM was...

Casa Colorada for the Canadian Care Bears!

5star rating
February 19, 2022
Casa Colorado proved the perfect location for our group of 6 mommas to have a much needed escape post COVID. We were able to relax immediately and stayed that way for the week (with the exception of a few close calls with critters)! The gated hom...

Great stay!

5star rating
April 23, 2019
We loved La Esquina #10. It was a family trip, so the jacuzzi was perfect for my parents and the pool perfect for the little ones. Overall it was a beautiful experience. The only inconvenience we had was that we had trouble leaving one of our cars...

Perfect tropical getaway

5star rating
February 14, 2022
We stayed here with family after a wedding.Great quiet location and easy to get to downtown Tamarindo. The rental company was responsive and helpful.

Perfect Stay

5star rating
September 15, 2021
Our experience with Casa Bendita was absolutely perfect. We had our entire extended family, including infants at the home and there were absolutely no issues. The management staff helped us to secure outings and chefs for every day without any h...

Casa Colorado Review

5star rating
January 13, 2020
Great stay for a family of 9 at Casa Colorado. The house was clean, great for kids ages 2-11 and adults and was convenient to town. Would definitely return!

Fantastic Condo and great location

5star rating
September 11, 2017
We enjoyed the condo and felt we had plenty of space. It was well furnished and supplied with all we needed. it was conveniently located to the nice beach, shops and restaurants. We'd definitely stay again!

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