Hotel Overview

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An additional $200 in resort discounts per stay, a bottle of rum or tequila or wine in-room, an exclusive cocktail party with the GM once per week, and a room closest to the beach (based on availability; only available in select room categories).

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 3615 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Better Than I Was Expecting

    Just returned from a 5 day stay. I was concerned about the resort after reading many of the reviews ... Summary - better than I was expecting, good value for the money, would stay here again Pluses - nice beach, friendly staff, helpfulness of staff, quantity of food, availability of food & drinks almost all the time, $5 taxi ride into Tamarindo, felt safe at resort & in Tamarindo, resort ran activities from dart games to beach volleyball, nice/pretty resort grounds Needs Help - rooms are a bit outdated, quality of food could be better, maid forgot to lock sliders to patio after cleaning room/patio twice Misc - some remodeling being on tiles around pool currently, many of staff do not speak much english, but it wasn't a problem

    Nov 17, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing resort

    What an amazing resort, everything was perfect, I loved my room, very comfortable, spacious and beautiful decoration. All the staff are so kind, I really enjoy my dance lesson there! I’m vegetarian, and I love the food too! I definitely come back soon! Pura vida!

    Nov 14, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    " Not Worth The Price "

    We stayed at Occidental Tamarindo AI , this was not worth the price. For an "all inclusive " resort it left much to be desired. Superior ocean front room, a joke--if you squatted and squinted you could see the surf thru the trees - which were growing in front of all the ocean facing rooms, which were on state land & could not be cut. The bar was not stocked, only one of beer, pop, water etc. had to ask each time we were lucky enough to see the the fellow to bring enough for two people. The food at the buffet restaurant was ok, mostly. The second "good" restaurant was at the far end of the property and was a looong walk for my husband so we never were able to eat there. The spa was also at the far end and I will say that the two massages that I had there were among the best. Very few of the staff spoke any English, most none at all. Michele at the front desk was most helpful. The sliding door going out to the balcony did not slide, we had to tug & pull as the track was filthy--and the outside handle was broken off so you could never shut the door - AC running in the room. Our safe never operated properly, complained several times & finally it was replaced. The shower head was unusable as half of the water came out like a fire hose. One week-end the resort was RENTED OUT for a graduation party--I could go on but suffice it to say this was our worst stay at an - ha ha ha - all inclusive. By the way this was the second room that we stayed in as the first was not acceptable.

    Nov 12, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Surfs up great stay!

    Our first time to Costa Rica will return, many locals vacation there, that was enjoyable. I do need to brush up on my Spanish however most guest and staff spoke English to accommodate. Ocean was clear and warm , we enjoyed watching the surfers early morning and evening.

    Nov 11, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    This is not a 4 star resort

    I read reviews all the time and i'm often amazed at how many people complain about things. That being said "here i go" first the good. The grounds of the resort & the beach are great. If you like to explore you can walk out to the beach and follow a river into undeveloped jungle/woods. Now for the bad. This is not a 4 star resort or a 3 1/2..maybe a 2 1/2 to 3. A 4 star all inclusive resort does not charge $12.00 a day for wifi. Parking is terrible and you have to do it yourself & park on the road. during the day the only bar open is the pool bar and it is only well drinks served in a 9 1/2 ounce water cup... beer & wine served in this too. The only meal we could eat at the resort is breakfast & that is because they had an omelette station. lunch & dinner buffet is not worth being free. We drove into tamarindo to eat lunch & dinner. Non motorized sports like kayaks are available, but only on a guided tour? i dont want a guided tour I would want to take out the kayak. The room was nice size but very moldy smelling & mold on bathroom door that i cleaned with a wet wash cloth. my advice to management would be "if you are going to tout yourself as a 4 star resort then include wifi, fix your buffet for both lunch & dinner, use international liqour, & increase parking. If anyone reading this is not bothered by any of my complaints then you will enjoy Occindental Tamarindo.

    Nov 08, 2019
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