Tamarindo is the largest beach town in the Costa Rican state of Guanacaste, and it situated on the northwestern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. What started as a quaint fishing village has developed into a tourist’s paradise, and Tamarindo is especially popular with surfers, who come from far and wide to indulge in the massive swells that break along this scenic stretch of Pacific coastline. The town has something for everyone, whether you are looking to rest and relax on some of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches, catch a wave or party the night away with fellow backpackers and travelers. Tamarindo sometimes gets a reputation as a party town, but in truth it is easy to avoid this if you want to. The town’s development means that it also has a host of high-end shops and restaurants, art galleries and surf shops, as well as lots of eco-lodges and resorts, such is the area’s focus on sustainable tourism.