Kayaking at Tamarindo Estuary

Mangroves that grow in the Estuary
Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse nations on the planet, and there are few better places to experience an abundance of its wildlife than this estuary. Located adjacent to the Tamarindo town, between Tamarindo Beach and Playa Grande, this is where the Tamarindo River meets the Pacific.

The estuary itself takes up about 1,200 acres, and all of it is teeming with wildlife. As you kayak through the estuary, you'll find that the banks of mangroves get tighter and tighter till you can't go on any further.  It is in these narrow channels that you will spot the most animals. 

During your kayaking trip, you'll likely be able to spot many different animals including flying fish, iguanas, crocodiles, sharks, monkeys, and of course a number exotic avian species like egrets and motmots.  Yes, you read right, crocs.  But don't worry, there is no danger to you in your vessel unless you are planning on swimming with them or feeding them.

Tours that Include Kayaking at Tamarindo Estuary

Costa Rica's dramatic Western coastline
Map of Discover Costa Rica's Nature and Beaches - 9 Days
Discover Costa Rica's Nature and Beaches - 9 Days

Some 25% of the total area of Costa Rica is protected. You'll see evidence of this in the country's many national parks and reserves—the goal being to ensure that Costa Rica's natural wonders and delicate eco-systems remain viable for years to come. This is great for visitors such as yourself, who can luxuriate in Costa Rica's natural beauty on this immersive 9-day itinerary.

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Pacific Coast Adventure - 12 Days
Map of Costa Rica Volcanoes & Pacific Coast Adventure - 12 Days
Costa Rica Volcanoes & Pacific Coast Adventure - 12 Days

Combine a beach holiday and jungle adventure in one self-drive vacation. Arrive in Liberia and head to Tenorio National Park, where you'll hike along the electric blue waters of the Río Celeste. Next up is Arenal Volcano National Park, a hotbed of adventure activities. After a waterfall trek and whitewater rafting excursion, drive to Monteverde for a zip-line tour of the cloud forest canopy and a guided wildlife night hike. Finally, it's off to the beaches of Sámara and Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula for surfing and relaxation.

Costa Rica's dramatic Western coastline
Map of Discover Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tamarindo - 12 Days
Discover Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tamarindo - 12 Days

Costa Rica prioritizes the protection of its abundant (and delicate) biodiversity, and national parks and reserves make up nearly a quarter of the country's land. This makes it a fabulous spot for travelers keen on experiencing outdoor activities and spotting wildlife. This immersive 12-day trip includes a guided nature hike in coastal Manuel Antonio National Park, birdwatching and zip-lining in the Monteverde Could Forest Reserve, and aquatic fun in the estuaries of Tamarindo.