Hotel Overview

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!


San Jose, Costa Rica - Juan Santamaria International (SJO)
Liberia, Costa Rica - Liberia (LIR) : 60 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1999
Accessible rooms: 4
All rooms non-smoking: 198
Floors: 1
Total rooms: 198

Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
Advisory *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies: Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy:
A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information:
Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating Based on 3509 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice rooms. Good AC. Lousy food

    Pros: rooms are clean and spacious, AC works very well and the showers are large. The pool is very relaxing and the spa is wonderful. Cons: The front desk does not tell room service anything. We made reservations for the à la carte restaurant at the buffet but they were lost for both days we were there. À la carte restaurant is as bad as the buffet. The buffet food was very oily and not very good. Breakfast is the same every day. The food was bland. It took us two days to get more towels and the front desk never fixed the shower that was broken.Not all of the staff speak English which is not what they claim on the website.

    Aug 11, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    All inclusive not so impresive

    so we booked this trip to Costa Rica and wanted a really nice place to stay with all the amenity's and found this place on line. I feel we paid a handsome sum of money to be sure we would have some top class accommodations. Now I will tell you the staff was great but now the bad part. The drinks are included if you drink only well drinks and you want to drink from a juice glass. Same with the beer Juice glass. The food was pretty good but the one free dinner at the hotels exclusive restaurant is a joke. Don't bother you have a choice of two things can not mix the vegies and the meat dishes. Tells me they are prepackaged and reheated. The disco tech is a joke! Some good stuff the pool is nice and the grounds are very pretty, buildings need maintenance bad. We had to ask for towels every day, Sheets were never changed, how do I know there was a stain and it never went away. we met some of the most amazing people there that was our saving grace. they will be our friends forever. P.S be carful of hat the vendors at the beach are selling. like anywhere you do not get what is promised. exception the palm frond hat guy he is legit. It was our 25 year anniversary so they kinda blew it to get a great review.

    Aug 06, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Best All-Inclusive We've Been to in Costa Rica

    The current low-season rate ($65/person/night) is a great bargain. So, don't expect top-quality drinks, and be warned that WiFi is NOT included. Outside of those details, no complaints. Cleanliness is obviously a priority, and the rooms are comfortable enough.

    Aug 06, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful Resort But Poorly Managed

    This is a beautiful resort on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and very convenient to the town of Tamarindo. However the resort needs to be managed better. The pool is a great size but the decking and pool furniture needed to be cleaned. Our room was a good size but the ceiling had mildew/mold growing on it near the air conditioner. The snack bar/daily drink bar near the pool was often understaffed and there was 10-15 people in line at any given time. Food in snack bar and in the restaurant was average and very little variety. Fresh Food and Fresh Bread was very good. The people that worked at the resort were very nice and very helpful. However I do believe the resort could receive much better reviews if the resort management put forth effort to ensure the property was cleaner and the food choices were a bit better.

    Aug 03, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Tasteless food & poor service. Soccer all day on all tvs Bell hop was great. An approved date change with Barceló led to a 6 month recovery process for unauthorized billing. Miserable sub-par experience that continued for months. Manager is terrible and unapologetic for his incompetence. His unauthorized CC billing took 6 months to resolve...

    Aug 02, 2019
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