Fodor's Expert Review Tambor Tropical

From Tambor main street, turn left at beach, Tambor, Puntarenas, 60105, Costa Rica

Centered on the scenic sweep of placid Bahía Tambor with its warm, shallow water, intimate Tambor Tropical offers "beds with a view" in spacious suites, along with sportfishing, horseback riding, bird-watching, and just lolling in a hammock by the pretty, blue-tile pool. Attractive two-story houses, with up-and-down suites equipped with kitchens, are entirely built and furnished with varnished, tropical hardwoods: floors, ceilings, walls, and even toilet seats. Large front windows provide panoramas of the sea and surrounding gardens—slightly pricier second-floor rooms have the best views—and platform beds really do enable sunrise views. Most rooms have air-conditioning, but sea breezes and ceiling fans keep rooms cool. Carefully prepared meals are served poolside or in the thatch-covered dining room during the rainy months. Paddleboards and kayaks get you out onto the water, and bird-watchers can comb nearby trails with a guide, in search of about 175 species. The spacious new reception area also serves as an art gallery and a boutique for local artisans.


  • spacious suites
  • tranquil, beautiful setting
  • easy access


  • no air-conditioning in two suites
  • no kids under 16
  • Continental, not full breakfast, included


On the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: -2683–0011 | 866-890–2537-in U.S.


12 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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