Formerly named the Barcelo Langosta Resort, the Occidental Tamarindo Resort is the only all-inclusive resort in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Located in the Langosta neighborhood, the hotel offers easy access to the beaches and town of Tamarindo, which are only a few minutes drive or a 20-minute walk away. The beach in front of the hotel is scenic but not swimmer-friendly, so we'd recommend going to town for swimming and surfing or taking advantage of the resort's freeform swimming pool. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, snack bar, buffet-style restaurant and bar, a la carte restaurant (reservations required and not included in the all-inclusive plan). The hotel also offers a fitness center, spa and beauty salon, souvenir shop, jewelry shop, tennis courts, resort activities, conference room, and internet connection (for a fee). Please note that the all-inclusive plan includes buffet meals, snacks, and domestic beverages at the bar. Top shelf or imported drinks and beverages are not included in the all-inclusive package but are available for a fee. In addition, internet is not included but available for a fee.
A few minute drive from the resort will lead you to the beaches and fun of Tamarindo. The bustling streets are lined with souvenir shops and restaurants. Bars serving local beers and tropical drinks play Latino music into the night. The gorgeous beaches offer swimming in some areas and surfing in others.
The Tamarindo area offers plenty of activities such as ATV and Canopy Combo, Barra Honda Cave Spelunking, Buena Vista Mega Combo Adventure that combines several adventurous tours, Canopy Monkey Jungle, Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling, and Hacienda Pinilla's Golf course. Doing the Coastal Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour is time well spent and an excellent way to observe tropical islands, marine life, and the beautiful Pacific coastline. After paddling along and taking in the scenery, you will stop to snorkel above rock or coral formations and observe the fascinating marine life below. Frequently spotted species on this trip include dolphins, sea turtles and various tropical fish species, making this a highlight for many. Sports and nature lovers will enjoy the workout and the natural beauty that the Coastal Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour offers.
Of course, just hanging out at the resort can be fun or relaxing. The Occidental Tamarindo has a large swimming pool and lounge area for relaxation. The tennis courts and fitness facilities are open during regular hours so that you won't fall behind on your workout. Resort activities such as aerobics, beach volleyball, dance classes, archery, and darts are rotated throughout the week. The resort offers an entertainment program for kids and adults on a rotating schedule (not available every day). Also, there is a children's playground. Note that water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, and other rentals or activities are NOT included in the all-inclusive plan.
For an additional fee, the resort offers a variety of spa services. The menu includes massages, facials, manicures and pedicures by professional therapists.
The Occidental has two restaurants, the Langosta Main Restaurant and the El Oceano Restaurant as well as two bars, the La Tortuga Lobby Bar and the Las Baulas Snack Bar. The Langosta Main Restaurant is open during specified hours for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving buffet style food. The El Oceano Restaurant offers a la carte dinner dining but requires reservations (reservations are often difficult to obtain, and food and drink are NOT included in the all-inclusive plan) and a three-night minimum stay at the resort to be eligible. The La Tortuga Lobby Bar is open daily from 17:00 - midnight. The Las Baulas Snack Bar is open from 10:00 to 19:00. Times are subject to change at the resort's discretion.
The 198 rooms at the Occidental Tamarindo Resort are spacious and well-equipped. All offer air-conditioning, cable TV, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, safe deposit box, bathrobe and slippers, hairdryer, and either a balcony or terrace. The Superior Rooms are the smallest at 32 square meters and come with either a king or two double beds. The Duplex Suites are larger at 66 square meters, split between two floors. These rooms have a hot tub and ocean views from the balcony or terrace. The Master Suite Duplex is spread over two levels with 99 square meters of space, ocean and mangrove views, as well as a hot tub.