Our family of four, plus 2 friends for the kids, rented a condo in Playa Langosta, just a few miles south of Tamarindo. We spent most of our time surfing and eating.
There were so many activities to chose from. We had rented a car for the trip and were able to explore past Tamarindo, but seldom did so.
The restaurants were reasonably priced and the service was always pretty good. The teenagers enjoyed trying a few new dishes.
We did do a horseback riding tour where we rode on the beach.
We also went deep sea fishing, caught dinner for one night. Took surfing lessons.
Everyone was very friendly. Most importantly, we were never ever bored.