Many of the major multinational rental car companies have offices in Tamarindo, making it very easy to rent a car.
This is also one of the few places in Costa Rica with a number of people working as Uber drivers, so that's another way to get around, when you're going outside of the parameters of the town.
The town itself is very compact and you should be able to walk most places. Heck, it’s not even that far a walk from Playa Langosta. Still, a large fleet of taxis are usually cruising around town, or hanging out at principal intersections and meeting points. If you need to, you can contact Taxi Tamarindo (tel. 8918-3710; www.tamarindo-taxi.com).
If you need a ride to either the Tamarindo airstrip or Liberia international airport, contact EcoTravel (tel. 8657-9621), which also offers rides to either the Tamarindo airstrip or Liberia international airport, as does Tamarindo Transfers & Tours (www.tamarindoshuttle.com; tel. 2653-4444).
The road leading into town runs parallel to the beach and ends in a small cul-de-sac just past the Mar Rey Hotel. A major side road, a left turn just before the Mar Rey, leads farther on to Playa Langosta. To reach playas Avellanas, Negra, and Junquillal, you have to first head out of town and take the road toward Santa Cruz.
The local police can be reached at 2653-0283. A large Banco Nacional branch is located on the road southeast of the large, white Pacific Park condos, and a branch of the Banco de Costa Rica is in the Plaza Conchal mall. Several pharmacies are also in town.
Yo Quiero Hablar Español
If you want to try an intensive immersion program or just brush up on your rusty high school Spanish, check in with the folks at Wayra Instituto de Español (tel. 2653-0359; www.spanish-wayra.co.cr). This place is located up a side street from the dirt road that connects Tamarindo to Playa Langosta.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.