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Tambor Tropical Beach Resort
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

If you're looking for a beautiful relaxing place, then this is the place. Really fantastic!

The hotel is easy to find, located on the bay of Tambor. There is a paved room to the place and can be reached within 3.5 hours of any major airport.

They rooms are large and clean. The beds are very comfortable. Each room has a small kitchen and living space. All rooms face bay.

The food was traditional costa Rican, but they also had American breakfast/ meals.

I really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere by the pool while watching humming birds fly quickly by.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Dana506
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

My daughter and I stayed for a week at Tambor Tropical and it was the best trip ever! The resort was fantastic and the people were wonderfully helpful. We had a really great time and we will go back (plus tell every person we know how great the trip was). Tambor Tropical was magical! Great place doing great things!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank GinaJ388
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

A wonderful, tropical, restful, and relaxing experience!

This was our first trip to Costa Rica & we were not quite sure what to expect. Of course, everyone knows someone who has been to the country and has stories, advice, warnings, etc. that they absolutely must share.

First recommendation: fly into San Jose & use regional airline SANSA to get you to Tambor. Upon arrival at San Jose, it seemed a little chaotic but you can wade through all the cabbies & tourists and get yourself (and your luggage) to SANSA's little terminal within walking distance & slightly southwest of the main terminal.

Second recommendation: be ready for a slightly rocky flight over to Tambor but the scenery is beautiful.

Third recommendation: don't expect too much of the Tambor airport. The SANSA employees there are willing/able to help you get transportation to your accommodations.

It was a short ride to the Tambor Tropical and the staff was extremely welcoming. English is spoken, however, you certainly will have the opportunity to brush up on your Spanish. The resort is small, private, and very quiet. They do not accommodate children under the age of 16. Even children over the age of 16 might not quite enjoy this place only because it is so peaceful, romantic, relaxed, and very low-key.

There are 16 units at the Tambor Tropical which are comfortable, spacious, and nicely appointed. Our room had a nice kitchen where, if we desired, we could make our own coffee, tea, toast, etc. Our room overlooked the pool. Everything is an extremely short distance to the outdoor dining and bar area. The beach is a short walk across the driveway & lawn and is safe, clean, and beautiful. We appreciated the fact that all of the guests there seemed to value the peacefulness and privacy. It was an incredibly relaxing and restful experience at Tambor Tropical.

Our room was attended to daily and was always spic & span upon our return. The bed was comfortable, air-conditioning was quiet & efficient. The room was nearly surrounded with windows which could all be opened to bring in the lovely tropical breezes. I will say, however, that we closed up the windows nightly due to the howler monkey noises nearby.

While the hotel is somewhat remote, there are excursions that can be arranged by the front office staff. Snorkeling, horseback riding, bird-watching, jungle walking tours, etc. We enjoyed a snorkeling excursion with Dive Academy Ballena Blanca S.A. Our guide & captain were wonderful! (More on that separately.)

Food at Tambor Tropical is delicious, fresh, and local. One could easily enjoy 3 fresh, tasty, healthy meals every day while there. The bar has cool tropical drinks & beers and friendly service. Each morning's breakfast included lovely, local, fresh, juicy fruits. Costa Rican coffee is delicious and it's easy to have more than a cup or two before you start your day.

Attire is definitely casual. Leave your formal-wear at home! Dinner attire can be casual and comfortable or simple resort-wear. No need to get fancy, overpack, or worry about ironing dressy stuff!

As mentioned, the staff at Tambor Tropical is welcoming and helpful. We, at our own doing, ran into a travel bump and the General Manager and front office staff were all extremely helpful in assisting us with travel corrections.

We would definitely return to & recommend Tambor Tropical. Whether for a honeymoon or romantic reconnection-vacation. It was thoroughly tropical, enjoyable, and wonderful.

Room Tip: Would definitely recommend a poolside room
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

We can't wait to go back! We've just returned after a two week stay in the Tambor Bay area, (a week at Tambor Tropical) and this Beach Resort certainly went above and beyond our expectations. As with the other reviews this is indeed an amazing resort. Everything anyone could want in luxury accommodations, spotless with incredible pool side dinning and located with easy access to many 1/2 day or full day nature activities. Although the food is delicious and it is hard to dine elsewhere, there are several good restaurants within walking distance as well as a grocery store and Budget car Rental Agency. The wait staff are indeed friendly and accommodating and the onsite manager and office staff ensure that guests are well attended to. While we were there we participated in their Valentine Bird Count on the newly developed Tambor Nature Trail along the Panica River. We were "blown away" by the number of "life birds" (175 species on this trip) that we recorded not only on the trails but around the resort, in the back garden area as well, our pool count on just one afternoon totalled 22 species. Now if you are into all-inclusive, party scene this is probably not what you are looking for. On the other hand if you are into intimate and romantic this is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy both the people and beauty of costa Rica.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Deborah H
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Tambor Tropical lived up to everything I saw on their website. We stayed in an upper cabana and enjoyed our views of the bay. The pool below us was sparkling clean as was the entire resort. We enjoyed dining around the pool. The food was delicious and the Limon Daiquiri was very refreshing after an outing. The staff is so helpful and accommodating. Heidi set up all our outings including horseback riding, snorkeling, massage, and a bird walk with Nick who is on staff. What piqued my interest in this beautiful, small, quiet resort was the wildlife photos on the website. I was excited to know there was a staff member who was knowledgeable in birds of the area and I could walk the grounds with him as he pointed out different bird species. Tambor Tropical is a place to relax and enjoy all the beauty Costa Rica has to offer. I highly recommend this intimate spot!

Room Tip: The upper cabanas offer a view of the bay.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Camille S
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