Occidental Tamarindo

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The Occidental Tamarindo is situated in Tamarindo in northwest Costa Rica, near the city center. It stands on a stunning beach and is surrounded by exceptional natural beauty. This small and personal resort with only 198 rooms is located on Tamarindo Bay, and is next to the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas.

This all-inclusive resort offers a peaceful getaway with all the conveniences of the village nearby. Families and couples will also enjoy a host of exciting on-site amenities at this alluring hidden gem that is off the beaten path, in addition to the natural surroundings and safe, clean beaches. With the all-inclusive program, enjoy buffet dining (a la carte dining once per week), a snack bar, and unlimited domestic drinks. Take part in activities around the pool, non-motorized watersports, and live entertainment. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the buffet restaurant, while the snack bar provides poolside food, and the Lobby bar offers cocktails.

Air-conditioned rooms are in pretty Caribbean-style blocks with a king-size bed or two double beds, full bathroom, in-room safe and balcony or patio. The resort has earned the highest CST rating of 5 for Sustainable Tourism, awarded by the Institute of Tourism and the Hospitality and Tourism Industry of Costa Rica.

Relax and enjoy your free time at the spa, or work out at the gym. This hotel is in the ideal location for surfing or kayaking enthusiasts, who will enjoy the quality of the water. Come enjoy this unique spot for sports and nature lovers!

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Located just outside the charming Costa Rican village of Tamarindo.

Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 2     
There is a main pool and a separate pool for children.
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
The Occidental Tamarindo is surrounded by a rich, natural landscape of exceptional beauty. This 5-building complex offers 198 air-conditioned rooms divided between 2 and 3-story units. Resort features include unlimited domestic drinks, buffet restaurant, swimming pool and jacuzzi, gym, non-motorized water sports, a beauty parlor, mini-club, and room service $ from 7:00am-9:00pm. Beach: The hotel is situated on a secluded stretch of beachfront, with an adjacent lagoon that leads into a waterway. Check-in: 3:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm
Total Rooms: 198
Year Opened: 1999 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
No Spring Breakers. 1 dinner at the a la carte restaurant included per week. Additional available at an extra charge.
These spacious suites offer a large living room with a sofa, large windows and a balccony with a spectacular sea view, and a large Jacuzzi. King size bed. Split between two floors.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Modern suites with spectacular sea views. Rooms are split between two floors. King size bed and living room with sofa. Jacuzzi. Balcony.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Spacious and comfortable room with oceanfront view from private balcony or terrace. One king or two double beds.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Spacious and comfortable room with a private balcony or terrace. One king bed or two double beds.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Room Safe
Occidental Tamarindo features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 3 Restaurants at Occidental Tamarindo:
Bahia Buffet - Buffet style restaurant offering different themed nights. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Oceano - Fabulous international cuisine with seafood specialties (including lobster). Choose between an indoor setting with gentle background music, or on the balcony opposite the amphitheater. Reservations required.
Las Baulas - A large variety of snacks in front of the swimming pool. Enjoy live music and different activities brought to you by the entertainment staff. Open 10:00am-6:00pm.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Entertainment Center for children and adults: Beach Volleyball, Mini Soccer, Dance Lessons, Excursions.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Amphitheater, Dance Area, Small stage area by the poolside for nightly entertainment, Big Screen Karaoke.
There is a Mini-club offering activities designed especially for children, and a game room for children.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
Game Room
Babysitting Fee: $
Advance Notice for Babysitting: 24 hours

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
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Occidental Tamarindo
Alyshea C,
Sun Jun 17 19:17:19 EDT 2018
I enjoyed my stay with Occidental Tamarindo. The location is quite close to the town, just a 5 minute taxi ride. The reception is very quick with scheduling a taxi when you need one. The cost is $5 one way, but it beats walking 20 minutes. The staff at occidental are very friendly and will make your stay enjoyable. Shout out to Jaquin, Damian, Jeannette, and Carlos. The food at the buffet is good, serves your typical costa rican food. They also have a chef standing at the corner of the buffet who make omelets for breakfast and grills various meats for lunch/dinner. He is sort of hidden, so look out for him. There is one other restaurant on site that is only open Thursday-Saturday and you must make a reservation at least a day ahead. I do wish they had more fine dining restaurants, but overall the experience was great. The resort is right on the beach and not overly crowded. Alcoholic drinks are decent, just find the right bartender to hook you up, a tip helps. :) They are also willing to make drinks that are not on their drink menu as long as they have the ingredients. They have zumba in the morning, dance classes in the afternoon, and a show in the evening around 9pm. There is a dance club as well. Beach volleyball was one of our favorite activities to do. Once again you will enjoy this resort for many reasons, but the staff made it the best.

It was fine.
13bigD, New York City, New York
Mon Jun 11 15:46:30 EDT 2018
We enjoyed the trip, but it didn’t feel like what we expect from an “all-inclusive”. Staff were wonderful and helpful and courteous. Bathroom was never properly cleaned. Buffet food was subpar; restaurant food was excellent.

All Inclusive-Not!!
robynamorebvp, Weaverville, California
Mon Jun 11 13:55:50 EDT 2018
The hotel was nice but we were told that there were 3 restaurants and there was not. there is a buffet that was horrible and the same every day. A snack bar that I would not even attempt to eat at and the 3rd restaraunt that is only open friday and saturday and the food was awful. The bar was only open from 6 to midnight and no alcohol in the room. And you could only use the internet in the lobby. I would not recommend this place to anyone!!!

Just Okay
Rachel H,
Mon Jun 11 12:27:10 EDT 2018
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and were not impressed. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. We would not stay again. The resort grounds were very pretty and the staff did a great job of keeping it clean. The staff was also always friendly. However, I have been to other all-inclusives which were much better. Occidental only included one buffet restaurant in the all-inclusive package which was just ok; quality of what you would expect from a buffet. They were 40 minutes late checking us into our room after we were already exhausted from a full day of travel. The Wi-Fi did not work in our room and it barely worked in the lobby. We had to request coffee pods for the in-room coffee machine each and every day, they never supplied them. They also advertise a mini-bar in-room; however, it is simply coke, water, and fruit juice; no alcohol. They do not provide washcloths and after cleaning our room one day, the housekeeper took all our towels and never provided new ones - we had to ask the front desk twice to get them. Finally, the bars ran out of tequila on Monday and did not get it back until Thursday. We ended up spending a lot of time in downtown Tamarindo which was a 20-30 minute walk or $5 shuttle ride from the resort.

Great location
Rusrice, New Braunfels, Texas
Sun Jun 10 18:31:54 EDT 2018
Our family of five (3 young adult children) enjoyed this all inclusive resort. It is on the beach but has a great pool too. The food was good and accommodations were very comfortable. Any issues that arose were always handled quickly and efficiently. The staff impressed us the most with their friendliness and willingness to help make our stay enjoyable.

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