Tamarindo's reputation for tropical white-sand beaches makes it an ideal spot for a romantic trip. Couples can enjoy relaxing on the beach and taking in the sunsets or combine their vacation with something more active, like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or learning how to surf. And to enhance your stay, opt for accommodation with perks like private hot tubs, spa treatments, outdoor showers, and beach views.

Staying in Tamarindo

Tamarindo is perfect for a romantic trip

Those planning a romantic trip or honeymoon in Costa Rica will probably enjoy staying in Tamarindo, a region known for its beautiful beaches. Some of the best things to do in Tamarindo include water sports like kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, swimming, and paddleboarding, so couples can easily combine romance with active excursions. You'll find plenty of accommodation options that enhance a romantic trip with perks like villas that have personal pools or Jacuzzis, private beach clubs, outdoor showers, and spa packages. 

Los Altos de Eros

Admire the Costa Rican views with your partner (photo courtesy of Los Altos de Eros)

As an adults-only hotel, Los Altos de Eros offers a quiet, romantic reprieve from the busy downtown area, set on a hilltop within the forest. This location puts you at a 30-minute drive from Tamarindo. However, the trade-off is undoubtedly the view and a tranquil retreat, which couples can enhance with the hotel's spa package and experiences like getting massages and relaxing in the Balinese soaking tub. 

The property also has several unique perks, like a yoga studio in its fitness center and a giant, stationary hammock to relax and read in with your partner. End each day watching the sunset over the coast from the infinity pool. 

This small, cozy property offers six rooms with queen beds and two suites with king beds, one detached and the other (the Eros Suite—great for honeymoons!) sitting above the hotel's lobby area. All feature warm, bright, and airy spaces with organic toiletries made in Costa Rica. You can also rent out the entire property—perfect for small weddings or the ultimate romantic escape. Learn more

Jardín del Eden Boutique Hotel

Lounge in comfort from your room's outdoor daybed (photo courtesy of Jardín del Eden Boutique Hotel)

Quiet in its location and as an adults-only property, Jardín del Eden Boutique Hotel is great for honeymoons, as it offers a half-board experience with breakfast and dinner. The menu rotates daily, but you can also stroll into town for meals taking a short walking path leading to the main road along the beach—just note that the return trek requires a bit of an uphill climb. A few romantic highlights include spa services and a private beach lounge with a plunge pool, umbrellas, and sun loungers.

Enjoy warm, bright, and airy rooms, most with balconies or terraces and all with king beds and modern, clean bathrooms. Generally, the standard options feel a little left behind, so you might want to upgrade to units that add more space and views. Honeymooners and couples might prefer to upgrade specifically for the outdoor Jacuzzi tubs and daybeds. Learn more

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Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel

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Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel is located directly on the southern side of Tamarindo Beach and just a 10-minute walk from downtown. Perfect for a romantic trip, you'll be surrounded by nature yet not far from the action. The grounds embrace the region flawlessly, with an oceanfront setting featuring gardens and forests. At low tide, the beach is excellent for swimming, and during high tide, it's ideal for trying your hand at surfing. 

If you're up for a more active trip, you'll also find kayaks, paddleboards, and boogie boards to rent, plus other perks like board games and books to borrow, dance lessons, and Spanish language classes. Couples and honeymooners might like relaxing in the open-air spa, which offers treatments like massages and facials with the sound of the sea breeze and lapping waves.

You have quite the choice regarding the property's 35 cozy rooms, set in six bungalows, six oceanfront units, 22 superior rooms, and a four-bedroom suite. Honeymooners might prefer the beachfront accommodations with views, though others are within the hotel's gardens. All units offer warm wooden tones, king beds, sofa beds, organic toiletries, and furnished outdoor spaces. Book a bungalow for a romantic outdoor shower. Learn more

Sueño del Mar Beachfront Hotel

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Sueño del Mar is a small, intimate property away from the bustle of Tamarindo and perfect for a romantic getaway. You'll stay in a more residential part of the city, surrounded by families, locally owned cafés, and ocean views. The hotel is in a cozy house, with each room featuring bright and colorful Costa Rican art. And as a bonus, the beach in front of the hotel is very private.

To maintain the relaxed Costa Rican atmosphere, Sueño del Mar has just seven units. Choose from rooms or casitas (cabin-like homes), all with authentic decor, like stucco walls, clay floors, and wooden ceilings. Couples will enjoy the outdoor showers, and some accommodations have kitchens for those who prefer to cook a meal together. 

The three-course breakfast is a definite highlight, changing daily and with unlimited coffee, tea, and juice. You can also request lunch and dinner service, but the property requires a minimum number of participants. Though the beach isn't great for swimming, the rocky shore makes it excellent for snorkeling during low tide, and you can borrow gear from the hotel. Learn more

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas

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Stay near the beach and tucked into the trees at Cala Luna Boutique Hotel, where you can enjoy the property's many perks, perfect for honeymooners and couples. Spend time with your partner at the two on-site eateries, outdoor pool, spa, and complimentary yoga and fitness classes. Cala Luna isn't an oceanfront property, but a short path takes you straight to the beach. Feel free to bring your beach chairs and towels (provided in the room) to the shore.

As a smaller boutique hotel, you'll find just 39 rooms at Cala Luna, all with a bright and airy vibe. You might want to book one of the units with a unique shower/hot tub combo, though all have private outdoor spaces and aromatherapy with organic toiletries. Choose from deluxe rooms with king or queen beds, and for more space, opt for one of the suites or multi-bedroom villas with private pools (great for honeymooners). 

To enhance the romance, you'll receive a complimentary drink if you decide to stay and watch the sunset at the property. And for an additional cost, enjoy a special meal with a farm-to-table experience at La Senda Farm, owned by the hotel. Learn more

Ocho Artisan Bungalows
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Stay in individual cabins or the beachfront villa at Ocho Artisan Bungalows, a small boutique hotel offering unique bohemian ambiance that bring you back to the old Tamarindo. For the ultimate honeymoon feeling, bungalows have draped ceilings with a yurt-like atmosphere and a mix of wood, stone, and metal decor. With the surrounding jungle and thatched roofing, it's easy to feel completely immersed in Costa Rican culture.

You'll find Ocho Artisan Bungalows right on the beach and just a few minutes walk from the center of Tamarindo. Despite this central location, the hotel feels hidden, with just seven cottages and a beachfront villa. As all units are spacious and independent, you won't share any walls with your neighbors. You'll have multiple beds, a complimentary minibar, furnished terraces, beach towels, and a kitchenette with all the cooking essentials. Book the villa for fun, romantic perks like an outdoor daybed and shower.

Guests can relax at the outdoor pool area with a fountain and sun loungers. Though open to the public and day guests, the bar, restaurant, and beach club are a nice addition if you're looking for fun and energetic evenings on the shore. Learn more