As a popular surfer destination, Tamarindo has a sometimes raging nightlife. The all-around best bar, maybe in all of Guanacaste, is Cata (; tel. 8529-4250), in the terrace space above Nogui’s. It serves up agave spirits, from Mexican tequilas and mezcals, to agave distillates from Ecuador and Venezuela. Original cocktails from renowned bartender and co-owner Liz Furlong are also offered, alongside light snacks.

Other happening bars in town are El Garito ★★ (tel. 2653-2017) located about a block inland, on the road leading toward Playa Langosta, and Aqua (tel. 8934-2896), a discoteque on the main road through town. We also like the Crazy Monkey Bar at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas (tel. 2653-0114), Pacifico Bar (tel. 8705-4762) near the rotunda, and thebar at the Selina hotel. For  a rocking sports bar can head to Sharky's ★★ (tel. 8918-4968) a little up the road that heads to Playa Langosta.

The best casino in town is at the Barceló Playa Langosta (tel. 2653-0363) resort down in Playa Langosta.

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