Barcelo Tambor Beach

Costa Rica-Tambor/Mal Pais

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5 Nights with Air from $709 All-Inclusive
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4.1 out of 5
"Pictures don't do the resort justice. Barcelo was absolutely beautiful. Staff was friendly. Room was clean with a great view. Food was good but need more variety on buffet." – Madhatter203
5 out of 7 (71%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews

Room Information

This all-inclusive resort boasts 402 rooms each with a terrace or balcony and views of the sea or the gardens. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, a full bathroom with hair dryer, mini-bar, satellite TV, safety deposit box, telephone, and room service.

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What's to Love

This resort is an ecological paradise, boasting its own nature reserve with monkeys and raccoons. And the volcanic sands of the beach are gorgeous.


What We'd Change

This is not the easiest hotel to reach. However, your reward is the chance to experience some of Costa Rica's famous, unspoiled beauty.


Why You Should Go

When you stay at this Barcelo Tambor Beach, you get all inclusive comforts, and yet you're at an ecological wonderland, far from the civilized world!

Available Amenities

  • Car Rental Available
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Beach
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Pool
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Roll-Away Bed (on request)
  • Room Service ($)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Aerobics
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Parking
  • Archery
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Shuffleboard
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars/Lounges
  • Darts
  • Bocce Ball
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Theater
  • Library
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Spa Services ($)
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • Wireless Internet Access ($)
  • Tour Desk
  • Watersports Center ($)
  • Beauty Salon ($)
  • Scuba Diving

Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Medical Facilities
  • Museum(s)
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping

Map of Local Area

Costa Rica is an exhilarating land of luxuriant rainforests and mighty volcanoes, of natural hot springs and shimmering oceans, of colonial charm and captivating nightlife. The ultimate delight of Costa Rica is its people.

Barcelo Tambor Beach

Tambor Paquera Puntarenas

+011 506 2683 0303

Hotel Description

Barcelo Tambor Beach: Discover an Ecological Paradise

Explore pristine beaches and discover unspoiled rainforests at the southern tip of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, when you stay at the all inclusive Barcelo Tambor Beach Hotel. Located at the edge of secluded Bahia Ballena, this all inclusive resort stands virtually alone in an ecological paradise! And with a small airport next door, you're only 40 minutes from San Jose.

Awarded the Blue Flag for maintaining clean and safe beaches, the hotel takes pride in the chocolate-colored, volcanic sands of Playa Tambor. The 3.7-mile crescent beach is a tranquil setting for a stroll along the gentle waters of Ballena Bay, named for whales that once frequented the area. If you don't want sand between your toes, you can enjoy the freshwater swimming pools for adults and children or the Jacuzzi.

Make sure you order a steak for dinner at the a la carte El Rancho restaurant at least once. And buffet meals at El Tucan are amazing. At breakfast, for example, you can enjoy all the fresh papaya, pineapple and watermelon you want. Or you can treat yourself to smoked salmon, as well as eggs, omelets and other standard fare. Think there's no nightlife in the jungle? El Rancho transforms itself at 11pm into a disco that'll have you shakin' your booty 'til the wee hours of the morning.

For a unique perspective on this environmental wonderland, paddle a kayak into the heart of the bay. The water is almost always calm, enhancing your serenity. If you've always been intrigued by windsurfing, then the still waters offer you the perfect chance to learn. When you want to stay dry, grab a bow and arrows to practice your archery skills or challenge the kids to a game of croquet.

You've undoubtedly come to the Nicoya Peninsula to experience the wildlife firsthand. Fortunately, Barcelo Tambor Beach Hotel is quite close to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, the first among Costa Rica's national parks. Curu National Refuge, a private reserve, is also near the resort.

This hotel is All-Inclusive.
Features include:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner at El Tucan Buffet
  • Dinner at El Rancho or Las Olas a la carte restaurants
  • Dining is limited to one dinner, per guest, per three-night stay
  • Unlimited local beverages
  • Day and night entertainment program for children and adults
  • Children's play area and Mini Club
  • Towels for beach and swimming pool, sun beds and solarium
  • Taxes and gratuities


This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details.

El Tucan
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10am; Lunch - daily, 11am-3pm; Dinner - daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Buffet restaurant.

Name: El Rancho
Type: International
Hours: Daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Offering a la carte dining. Reservations are required.

Las Olas
Type: International
Hours: Daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Offering a la carte dining.

Name: El Palenque
Type: Snack Bar
Hours: Daily, 12:30pm-11pm
Description: Snack bar.

Type: Japanese
Hours: Daily, 7pm-10pm
Description: Offering a la carte dining.

All hours are subject to change.


El Ron Ron
Poolside bar. Daily, 10am-6pm.

El Cocobolo
Lobby Bar. Daily, 5pm-midnight.

El Rancho Disco
Daily, 11pm-3am.

Barcelo Tambor Beach also has a theater, providing live music and entertainment.


Barcelo Tambor Beach, located on Playa Tambor - Bahia Ballena, is a jewel on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The volcanic sands and gentle swell of the sea, reflecting the brilliant blue sky, make this a perfect place for sunbathing, water sports, or simply strolling along the 3.7 mile beach.

The hotel was awarded the Blue Flag, which certifies that the nearby beaches are safe and clean.


Barcelo Tambor Beach has an adult and a children's swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.



  • Windsurfing
  • Boogie board
  • Kayaks
  • Banana boat
  • Jet ski
  • Water skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling


  • Three flood-lit tennis courts
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Table tennis
  • Fitness center
  • Aerobics
  • Billiards
  • Darts
  • Shuffleboard
  • Archery
  • Croquet
  • Bocce ball
  • Shuffle board

Los Delfines Golf and Country Club is next door to Barcelo Tambor Resort. The 18-hole course is less than a 5-minute drive away.


Internet is available at the resort for an additional charge.


The resort's spa offers a variety of services, including:

  • Hair Salon
  • Massages
  • Body Treatments
  • Facial Treatments


Wedding packages are available. Please contact the resort for details.


Barcelo Tambor Beach offers a kid's club with daily activities for children. Daily, 9am-5pm.


Barcelo Tambor Beach is about five hours from the Costa Rican capital city, San Jose by ground and about 30 minutes by air. For regional domestic flights within Costa Rica, please contact Sansa Regional Air. Overnight stays may be required in San Jose.
When booking a return flight, please be aware that the resort is a 3.5-hour ride from the hotel, and a 1.5-hour ferry ride that does not start operating until 5:30am; therefore, do not schedule yourself on an early morning flight, as we will not be able to accommodate you.

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 2pm. Check-out: noon.

Minimum Stay
A 5-night minimum stay is required for travel Dec 24, 2016-Jan 1, 2017 and Apr 9-Apr 15, 2017.

Departure Fees
Please be advised that there is a $29 USD per person departure fee due and payable upon leaving Costa Rica. Fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Costa Rican government. It is possible that this fee is included in the cost of your airline ticket. Please consult the airline on which you are traveling to verify.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports and loud music.

All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.

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