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Barcelo Tambor Beach

Costa Rica-Tambor/Mal Pais

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5 Nights with Air from $709 All-Inclusive
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Explore pristine beaches and discover unspoiled rainforests at the southern tip of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, when ... More

Customer Rating 6 Reviews
Value
 
4.6
Service
 
4.1
Beaches & Pools
 
3.9
Dining Options
 
3.9
Room Comfort
 
4.1
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
Customer Rating
Value
 
4.6
Service
 
4.1
Beaches & Pools
 
3.9
Dining Options
 
3.9
Room Comfort
 
4.1
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.
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June 10, 2016
Amazing.

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.


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Walland, TN
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 25, 2014
Great vacation, excellent service, delicious food.

The hotel was recently remodeled because of an earthquake in the area and it is in great shape. The beds are big and comfortable. The staff is amazingly pleasing. The food was amazing with variety and great taste. This was our 2nd trip to Barcelo Playa Tambor and we are glad we went back. The only complain is that the ONLY smoking area in the whole premises is out at the beach which in my opinion is very extreme being that this is an open layout hotel. They should have smoking areas throughout like most places do. I highly recommend the hotel, the area and Costa Rica in general. At the hotel, look for Edwin, Oscar, Vinicio and Alfonso which will make your trip even more memorable.


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Overall Rating: 4
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
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From: Hollywood Beach, Fl
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

December 3, 2013
Great location and service

Pros - remote quiet beach, long for walks, soft black sand; very clean everywhere; great service; all you can possibly need in pools, beach, sports, etc.; rooms - well stocked/spacious/comfortable/view/balcony/complementary room drinks Cons - poor English skills in staff; entertainment catered only for Spanish speaking; very busy with locals (although they all stayed in pool which was nice for us on beach :-)) Best experiences - waterfall visit, west coast sunsets, offroading Tips - if not afraid of offroading, best way to experience area is by 4*4 or ATV; most tours can be accomplished by yourself and non commercial experiences with obviously certain exceptions such as sea fishing and zip lining.

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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Salisbury, MD
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

August 15, 2010
Pass on this one

Overall, I would not return to Barcelo Tambor. We didn't have any major problems, there was just nothing particularly nice about this resort. The food was nothing to brag about (but it was an all-inclusive so let's be honest, they are never that great) nor were the rooms particularly nice or comfortable. The pool was pretty nice, but on the weekends completely overcrowded with locals and kids. You can't really lay out on the beach, its very rocky (which I realize is not the hotel's fault). Entertainment options are pretty limited. Overall, we had a good time because we are not the type of people to complain alot and we made the best of it. I would not return to this resort but we absolutely plan to return to Costa Rica. It is so beautiful and the people are so nice! I really don't want this review to discourage people from going to Costa Rica, just perhaps choose another resort.


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Overall Rating: 3
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From: Cincinnati, OH
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

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.

Room Details

Superior Room
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

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

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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


DINING

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.

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

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

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

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

El Rancho Disco
Daily, 11pm-3am.

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



BEACH

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.



POOLS

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

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

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

Land

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

Golf
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

Internet is available at the resort for an additional charge.



SPA SERVICES

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

  • Hair Salon
  • Massages
  • Body Treatments
  • Facial Treatments


WEDDING/HONEYMOON

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

CHILD CARE

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
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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