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Tambor Tropical Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
Certificate of Excellence
Narara, NSW
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58 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Lovely hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

The rooms are large (incl. kitchen) and comfortable with attractive décor. The grounds add to the pleasant experience, I just enjoyed observing the birds and iguanas on site. This hotel fronts the beach and you will often see horses (even cattle) there.
My room was the closest to the bar, which is open to the public and can get a bit noisy. I was not particularly bothered by this, it was the low season and I think for 2 of my 3 day stay there, I was the only guest. I imagine though that it might be a different story in the high season. The plus was that I had a humming bird feeder just outside this room, loved just watching them.
Downside, no internet access in the room, had to step outside every time I wanted to use the Wi Fi.

Room Tip: Go for an upstairs room, you get the noise on the ground floor from above
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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perrysburg oh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Unfortunately we only stayed at this hotel for one night! Tambor Tropical is like it own little world on the Nicoya Peninsula. The guest houses are just beautiful, with lots of room, kitchen, etc. The grounds are also beautiful, you feel like you are out in the jungle, and then you can walk right to the ocean. There were horses on the beach when we got up at sunrise.

We had a very nice dinner that evening in a beautiful setting. We plan to visit again but stay longer!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mobile, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

We stayed at Tambor Tropical the week of June 1 and absolutely feel in love! in all of our travels by far the people at this hotel was some of the most helpful and friendly we have ever meet. The room was so clean. The views was unbelievable! and if you want to go fishing this is a great place to do it, there is a little fishing village where you can charter someone to take you out for very reasonable prices. We are planning another trip back, hopefully by the end of the year.

Room Tip: I would splurge for the top floor the view is so worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boca Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Midwesterner
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Tambor Tropical Beach Resort
Address: | 100m East and 75m North from local public school, on beachfront, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Tambor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Tambor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tambor Tropical Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tambor Tropical is an intimate boutique beach resort on Costa Rica's beautiful Nicoya Peninsula. Nestled on the on the bay, our resort offers guests a private and luxurious vacation in the less traveled Playa Tambor. Relax in the comfort of one of our 12 spacious beachfront suites, swim in our gorgeous mosaic-tiled pool, indulge in massage treatments, enjoy the cuisine of our full-service restaurant or explore the nearby jungle via many guided adventures. ... more   less 
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Tambor Tropical Beach Hotel Playa Tambor
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