There are many tour operators who pick up visitors in vans to take them on wildlife boat excursions, hikes to volcanoes, zip lines, or any of the many other tourist activities. Here is a group of vans waiting for their guests across from the Barcelo Resort, which is one block down the beach from our Langosta beach condo.
Visitors who are coming to Langosta or Tamarindo to rent one of our condos will sometimes ask if they need a car. The answer is no, as tour operators will pick up tourists and provide door-to-door service for their tour activities, as shown in this photo.
Most everything for tourists in Tamarindo is in walking distance from well located condos and resorts, except the church and the Garden Plaza shopping center with the large supermarket. Having a car will make it easier to drive to the supermarket on the outskirts of town, although there are taxis, and the shopping center has a shuttle bus. Also, there are convenience food markets located in easy walking distance to most parts of town. There are several car rental agencies in Tamarindo, so it is possible to rent a car for only part of one's stay.
By the way, take a look at the size of the leaves to the left of the van in the photo above. I will show another photo tomorrow.