Tambor is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica and encompasses much of the region’s natural beauty. Nestled in an open volcanic valley and surrounded by forested hills, Tambor looks out to the Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay) where the surf is calm and the translucent water is gleaming with marine wildlife. The resort sits south of the Curu Wildlife Reserve and Tortuga Island and is rich with a bountiful variety of birds, monkeys and other wildlife.


Direct flights operate daily from San José to Tambor on both Sansa Airlines and Nature Air. The short hop takes less than 30 minutes and we provide shuttle service to and from the airport.

From San José, the new highway to Puntarenas takes about 90 minutes to two hours. From there, you can choose to catch a ferry to either Paquera or Naranjo. The Paquera ferry takes about 75 minutes but you might have to wait for it in Puntarenas. The current website schedule can be viewed here. We recommend departing from Paquera since it is closer to Tambor and the road is paved. The road from Naranjo to Paquera is dirt and gravel.

Transportes Cobano operates two daily buses from San José to Cóbano, stopping in Tambor. Including the ferry ride, the trip takes about four hours.

Plan For Your Journey

Prepare to Travel

Do I need a passport or a visa to travel to Costa Rica?
All Canadian, US and EU citizens who travel to Costa Rica for tourism and pleasure purposes need a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If it is not, you should get your passport renewed before you come to Tambor. A visa is not required.

Is there a departure tax when leaving Costa Rica?
When you leave Costa Rica, you will have to pay a departure tax of $29 USD. It must be paid at Juan Santamaria International Airport before going through airport security. The tax is payable in either colones, U.S. dollars, or with Visa/Mastercard.

Staying In San Jose?

We encourage you to plan a night or two in San Jose when traveling to Tambor. There are so many things to do, and really great places to stay. Stop rushing, get out, and explore Costa Rica on your way to to the resort.