Top Choice Cafe in Playa Tamarindo

Cafe Tico

Walk in. Take a deep breath. Smell the magic brewing? On the wall it says, 'good days start with coffee.' Sip it on the shady patio while snacking on a homemade pastry. Pura vida.
Sports Bar in Playa Tamarindo


If you want to catch the big game, look no further than Sharky's. Besides nine screens showing sports, there are burgers, wings and lots of beer. There's a nightly lineup of fun and games, including karaoke night on…
Bar in Playa Tamarindo

El Be!

Formerly Le Beach Club, this place has changed languages (and added an exclamation point!) but the cool vibe remains the same. Lounge on beach beds or hammocks and listen to the DJ's sounds. Happy hour (4pm to 7pm) …
Beer Garden in Playa Tamarindo

Volcano Brewing Company

Beer on the beach is never a bad thing, and when it's Tico home brew, even better. The 10 varieties of cerveza are a bit pricey, but consider the location. Just stare into the Pacific over your plastic cup of Gato M…
Club in Playa Tamarindo

Aqua Disco

Aqua Disco is a proper nightclub with a thumping dance floor and a breezy deck that's critical for the cool-down. Come early for free drinks (with a small cover charge). Come really early for two-for-one cocktails a…
Bar in Playa Tamarindo


An old standby for snacks and drinks, this surf camp offers filling breakfasts, famously huge (and aptly named) nachos and cold beers. Note the emphasis on quantity. (If you want craft beers, go down the block to Vo…
Bar in Playa Tamarindo

Pacífico Bar

This place thinks it's a dance club, but it's really more of a tropical dive bar, with occasional live bands and DJs. And that's OK. Better in fact. Come for reggae music and fun times.