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Barcelo Tambor - All-Inclusive

Costa Rica-Tambor/Mal Pais

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5 Nights with Air from $589 All-Inclusive
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3.7 out of 5
"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..." – Bowie
6 out of 9 (67%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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June 4, 2018
Never again

The ride from the airport to the ferry and to our resort was way too long for us to get there. No one knows English at all, the food was not all that great. Every time I ate something I had to use the bathroom right away. Would not visit this resort again. It’s basically a resort for family with kids for vacation.

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From: New Jersey
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

April 2, 2017
Barcelo Tambor Costa Rica, All Inclusive

This was our second trip to Barcelo Tambor, the first 6 years ago. There is no other pool like this one. It's awesome. Unfortunately they close it at 7pm, but it is still beautiful and never ending. The resort is very well kept, everything cleaned daily, grounds manicured. The view from the resort and beach are beautiful but the beach is rocky and corse. Not a beach you would lay on or walk barefoot on. The buildings are well maintained and very clean but they are old and sparse. If you want a luxurious room this is not your resort. If you want a place to rest and sleep after a day of exploring and enjoying the pool the room works. The food at the Japanese restaurant and the Steak House are good, not great. Reservations for both begin at 8 am the day of and go very quickly. The buffet and snack bar are clean and fresh but the food is marginal and repetitive. Drinks are local brands, top shelf is additional per drink. When you fly in to San Jose the resort is a 5 hour drive from the airport or a flight on a small local airline (prop planes), both at an additional cost to you. Barcelo Tambor has become a family, kid friendly, kid focused resort. Different from our last visit. It was more adult focused. Most evening entertainment now is for small children. The small casino has become a game room. Unless you are in your room or off the resort in the evening there is no escaping the performances for the children. Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful and well worth the trip. Those who live there are friendly and accommodating.

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From: Georga, USA
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 10, 2016

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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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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From: Hollywood Beach, Fl
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 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
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Superior Room Ocean Front
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What's to Love

All-inclusive resort in a picturesque setting located on the Pacific shores. It's dreamtastic.

The resort was awarded the Blue Flag - certifies that the beaches are safe and clean.

Two splish-splashing pools connected by a waterfall.

Hanging with the fam at the amphitheater - different shows every night.

The activity schedule is filled each day with energizing aerobics classes, dance classes & more.


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

Located on the southern tip of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. It's an ecological paradise.

The ocean waters are calm enough for kayaking, windsurfing, and swimming. Take the plunge.

The resort is close to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve - the first among Costa Rica's national parks.

Friendly staff and a beautiful resort that will wow you the moment you step into paradise.

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 - All-Inclusive

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Hotel Description

Barcelo Tambor - All-Inclusive: Costa Rica's All-inclusive Gem

Unspoiled rainforests will be the backdrop for this resort stunner. Located on the southern tip of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, you'll be lounging on the secluded Bahia Ballena, with golden sands, gentle waves and lots of adventurous opps waiting for you to dive into. It's an all-inclusive gem that both you and the fam will love exploring, especially with so many on-site activities, and the nearby Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and Curu National Refuge. Make sure you bring your camera and maybe your binoculars - Costa Rica an ecological paradise. You'll want plenty of snaps to show off to your friends.


You can nosh on a varied menu that includes delicious Japanese cuisine, steaks grilled to perfection, and an array of international favs. The snack bar by the pool also features fresh, seasonal fruit. Deliciousness.

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.


Nothing more refreshing than sipping cocktails somewhere new and exotic, and here, you'll find a variety of tasty drinks. All are included. All day. Everyday. Cheers.

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

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

El Rancho Disco
Daily, 11pm-3am.

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


The golden sands and lush vegetation surrounding the secluded Bahia Bellena make this tropical oasis captivating. And, just a few steps away is the bright blue pool, a cozy spot to spend some much needed downtime. Time to chillax.



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


Barcelo Tambor - All-Inclusive 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.

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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6 days, 5 nights
Travel Dates 9/18 - 12/23
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