Located adjacent to Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay), Tambor is a relaxed vibrant hub for the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. The only airport in the area is located in Tambor, with several flights daily from San Jose that bring visitors out onto the peninsula to enjoy the world class tourism available any day of the year.
- Tambor is famous for the horseshoe bay, the Bahia Ballena, where the gigantic whales come ashore in the dry season.
- You will readily spot the scarlet macaw here, and there is a breeding program launched here for the proliferation of this species.
For the tourist that wishes to boast that they’ve really seen the best of Costa Rica, they would have to boast a visit to Tambor and Costa Rica’s largest all-inclusive luxury resort just a stone’s throw outside of the tiny town, and would have to have traveled offshore for the world class diving and deep sea fishing, golfed on the historic courses on the peninsula, and dined on fresh lobsters while watching a spectacular sunset on the hills above the bay.
The resort provides a healthy employment source for the area, and the tiny town of Tambor itself maintains a thriving village atmosphere. Calm Pacific waters, friendly people, and sprawling coral sand beaches are dotted with an abundance of tour operators and restaurants that recieve visitors year around who come for the beautiful surroundings, the world class fishing, the snorkeling and scuba diving, and the marine migration seasons.
The valley of Tambor lies cradled by lush hills of green forest that are part of the biological corridor of Costa Rica, with the Curu Wildlife Reserve to the north, and the Islas Tortugas just offshore and available by a short boat ride. The beaches of Tambor are absolutely sprawling, with gentle surf, providing a vast open playground for families arriving together, sufficient for volleyball, soccer, sand castle competitions, or horseback riding. Just a kilometer south of Tambor lies a fishing dock where fresh catches are available daily, or scenic boat tours of the area can be arranged.
How to get to Tambor:
Air: During the high season months of December-April, Costa Rica’s regional airlines offer daily trips to Tambor from several major tourist destinations including San Jose, Arenal, Drake Bay, Manuel Antonio, and Tamarindo. Schedules are pared down during the green season, but there are still regular flights to/from Tambor.
Bus + Ferry: From San Jose to Cobano (stops in Tambor)
Car: From San Jose, take the new Caldera Highway west to Puntarenas. Catch the ferry to Naranjo or Paquera, then follow signs leading southwest to Playa Tambor. The trip will take about two hours from Naranjo and one hour from Paquera.
The beaches are covered with volcanic sands, and several palm and almond trees span the area.
Make sure to take a look at the two mountains surrounding the bay called “Los Dos Largartos” (Two Alligators).