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Tamarindo for Digital Nomads

sunset over the ocean in Costa Rica

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The Basics:

Closest Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport /Liberia Airport (LIR)

Currency: USD/ Costa Rican Colon (plural: colones; sign: ₡; code: CRC)

Languages: Spanish/English

Current Entry Requirements

Where To Stay:

Hotel in The Shade

Built with digital nomads in mind, there are over 15 rooms for singles or couples, that have working spaces inside (with AC) or outside when the weather is in your favor. The hotel owners are dedicated to ensuring strong wifi where I was able to work as a Product Manager, constantly sharing my screen on Zoom.  If you plan on staying for a month or longer, ask about the 3 rooms with an outdoor kitchen.  

If you are not staying at the hotel, there is a co-working space with 8 desks that can be rented out by day, week or month. A cafe on site has brunch menu items, smoothies, and coffee (of course!). 

It’s a 5-minute walk to the grocery store, the beach, and all that downtown Tamarindo has to offer, without the noise, so you’ll be able to sleep soundly every night.

Hotel in the Shade Tamarindo CR

Tamarindo Eating/Drinking Guide:

PICO Bistro

My favourite beach front cafe and restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Super strong wifi which makes this a great place to work from when you need to… you may even share a table with another digital nomad. Coffee is delicious and food has an assortment of options including items for vegetarians. 

Jardin Tamarindo

Open for a late lunch and dinner, the jardin is filled with food trucks and picnic tables to enjoy a variety of foods for backpacker friendly prices. Options for meat eaters, vegetarians and a whole stand dedicated to tasty vegan dishes! 

Wifi is okay but not a place I would recommend working from as there is little to no shade and no place to plug in. 

Try out your balance on the shared balance board, or play giant Jenga while you wait for your food to arrive. 

El Mercadito

Open for lunch and dinner, the Mercadito has lots of options including poke, comida tipica, Italian, sushi, Argentian, ceviche, crepes, arepas, and tacos. Grab a drink in a boat turned bar and enjoy the DJ vibes. Wifi is unreliable so don’t plan to work from here. 

Breaking Bread 

The only cafe open before you head out to your early morning dive, their coffee and fresh-baked bread is to die for. I would strongly recommend ordering the shakshuka.

Wifi is strong, but a lack of plug makes this a hard place to work for more than an hr or two. 

Little Lucha

Did someone say tacos and margaritas? Little Lucha was my go to place for tacos. They have specials on Tuesdays, so book early if you want to go. Otherwise, I’d recommend avoiding the rush and paying full price the other days of the week because you won’t be disappointed. 

Farmers Market 

Every Saturday morning, the Tamarindo Farmers market is in full swing. Find your weekly organic, locally farmed vegetables and fruits. Pick up some Jamu from Palma Pop… it will quench your thirst and rehydrate you on those sunny hot Costa Rican days. Many other vendors are there each week, selling clothing, handmade art, and other goods. 

Activities:

SURF

If you are in Tamarindo, it’s the perfect spot to learn to surf! There are a number of surf shops along the main road. My favourite surf shop in Tamarindo was Banana Surf Shop. I bought a board from them because I stayed for 4 months, but they have daily, weekly, and monthly rates for long and short boards.

For the more advanced surfers, check out Playa Langosta, Playa Grande, or schedule a boat to take you out to Witches Rock.

three girls standing on beach with their longboards smiling at camera

SPIN / AERIAL YOGA

Located on the 3rd floor of Plaza Tamarindo (same as Nordico Coffee), you will find White Lotus, a newly opened gym focused on spin & aerial yoga! If you want to feel like you are back in your city’s Soul Cycle, this place is for you.

For the schedule and pricing of classes, go to their website: White Lotus Transformation

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