What We Love

  • Hang with the family at the unique onsite amphitheater and enjoy different shows every night.
  • The activity schedule is filled each day with energizing aerobics classes, dance classes & more.
  • The ocean waters are calm enough for kayaking, windsurfing and swimming. 

Things to Know

  • The resort is located on the southern tip of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. It's an ecological paradise.
  • Barcelo Tambor is approximately 10 minutes away from Tambor airport. 
  • Onsite activities are perfectly suited for adults and families alike.
Beautiful rainforests will be the backdrop at this resort stunner. Located on the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, guests at Barcelo Tambor can lounge on the secluded Bahia Ballena. Golden sands, gentle waves and plenty of adventurous opportunities await you!

This resort is all-inclusive meaning a stress-free getaway: drinks, food and activities are all included in the price of your vacay! It’s a gem that you and your family will love exploring, especially with so many on-site activities at the nearby Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve and Curu National Refuge. Make sure to bring your camera and maybe your binoculars – Costa Rica is an ecological paradise. When it’s time to retreat back to your room, relax on the balcony or terrace and take in the beautiful ocean or garden views.

No matter how you want to spend your vacation, Barcelo Tambor provides your ideal paradise. 


Liberia, Costa Rica Airport (LIR) : 111 miles
San Jose, Costa Rica Airport (SJO) : 90 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1992
Last Renovation: 2002
Accessible rooms: 2
All rooms non-smoking: 402
Floors: 2
Total rooms: 402


Resort Details


Various restaurants and bars serve delicious cuisines.
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Room service, daily housekeeping, a spa, exercise gym and more are available.
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Guests have direct access to the beach along with tennis, nearby golf, water sports and more.
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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
Advisory *Important Note* Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 5069 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    don't reserve…

    Terrible experience, a corporate manager Victor Rangel, who ended up stealing from us technically, exaggerated lines for drinks in the restaurants - bars, pool with a horrible smell, bad animation, cockroaches at reception, general manager who does not like to serve customers to talk of some problem, poor food quality... not recommended...

    May 17, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice Beach Resort

    This hotel could not be located in a nicer area. Spent 3 nights here on a Caravan tour. There were pluses and minus of the hotel The room was a bit dated I had some kind of red stain, rust? in the bathroom and some things needed work. They were working all throughout the hotel during the time we were there. I spent little time in the room, so it wasn't a huge deal. Our rooms were quite a way away from the disco, so the noise was very faint from it at night The staff were excellent and very nice. I think the Caravan groups were the only English-speaking guests so sometimes there was a bit of a language issue, but everyone had a smile and was very helpful. I thought the food was excellent especially the breakfasts which were the best of my 2 1/2 weeks in Costa Rica. Very nice variety at the buffets and we had an excellent final night dinner at the steakhouse. The grounds are beautiful You can see a nice sunset in the morning. As a plus for me most people hung out by the pool, so I got the beach almost all to myself very few people out there and only a handful in the water. They have a bird sanctuary on property so you can walk thru and check them out. There are also other scarlet macaws in the area and early in the morning there were large numbers of Howler Monkeys.

    May 16, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Superb location, Nice pool , friendly staff, but outdated administrate policies.

    We had an excellent stay at this hotel, Nice pools amazing surroundings and beach. Also nice to be in a hotel with a large representation of locals to better get a sense of local culture. Rooms were all clean, spacious, but sometimes felt a bit "outdated" (e.g. a bit noisy mechanical Airco)- not so much of an issue, as all the comfort was still there, with excellent beds. We had a suite consisting of 3 rooms (2 bedrooms and a "living room" ) - all very clean, spacious and with a daily refilled mini-bar. It was a bit crowded in the week-end, but during the week it was relaxed and excellent service. I felt that the quality of drinks and food were possibly a bit less in these crowded days. There is this policy used in this resort where at check-in the physical credit-card needs to be presented that was used with the booking. As we all live in a digital ERA I forgot my physical card (as I hardly use it any more, and accidentally forgot it at home) - even though I could present and pay with the original digital card, and had all the IDs on me. Now the full costs were charged again on my wife's credit card, and I need to wait for weeks for re-imbursement of the origina payment at booking. It looks like this policy is unnecessary administrative bureaucracy and outdated in this digital ERA. No other hotel or car rental had issues with presenting a different or digital card. Overall we had a great time here, and I still can recommend it with the above considered.

    May 14, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    3 Night Family Get-A-Way

    Our granddaughter was visiting from the US and we planned this trip to allow her some beach time. The property, accommodations and the staff are amazing as it has always been with our past stays. However, the internet service was extremely undependable and was inoperative throughout our entire stay. We never had internet in our room and we were Premium Level. We tried several times to work from the Premium Lounge. Unfortunately, their connection wasn't much better. Luckily we were able to use our phones for important issues. Having no internet was definitely a problem since much of our work is done on line. Apparently, this had been an issue for several days prior to our arrival. The food was served buffet and fair quality. However, booking a premium lever stay we enjoyed breakfast & lunch in the premium lounge and dinners in the Steak & Japanese restaurants which provided a upper scaled dining experience. The drinks are unlimited and flow freely, The Staff are friendly and accommodating. The pool and beach are great. For the price you can't beat it for an affordable beach get-a-way.

    May 05, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    I'm in CR as I write this and can NOT wait to leave! Absolutely horrible. Do NOT go to this place. Unless you like bugs in your room, toilets that don't flush, no washcloths, nothing to do, nowhere to go, etc - - and the staff could care less - - they already have our money! I don't leave reviews, EVER. But this place is the WORST. We have traveled the world and have never been treated to such a JOKE. Waste of money and vacation. Do. NOT. Go.

    Apr 30, 2024