Costa Rica Surf Adventures :: SURF Images

Costa Rica Surf Adventures :: SURF

In the Tamarindo area, Playa Grande is a beachbreak that is best on a higher tide and a south swell.  El Estero (aka Tamarindo Rivermouth) is a rivermouth and like all rivermouths, the shape and quality of the wave depends on how much sand flows during rains, and how it settles. Tamarindo Beachbreak is in the middle of town so it’s easily accessible, which can be good or bad. Pico Pequeno is a right reef in the middle of town that can be a quality wave on a southwest swell and a rising tide. But again, it’s easily accessible to everyone from rank beginners to the ranking locals, so it gets a little over social.

Between Tamarindo and Nosara, Playa Langosta is a stretch of consistent beachbreak with an estuary that can fire when the sand settles right. About 10 K by boat and 20 K by road south of Tamarindo, Playa Avellanes is a beautiful crescent beach with a left reef at one end a right reef at the other and an estuary in the middle. Playa Negra is farther south, a right reef that is one of the hollower waves in this part of Costa Rica. Ostional is a beach that is sometimes closed due to turtle mating season, but when the turtles are away, surfers can play in hollow, pitching A-frame beachbreaks. Marbella is another string of hollow beachbreak closer to Nosara.

At Nosara Beach, Olga’s is a right reef at Playa Pelada, but when most people talk about surfing Nosara, they are talking Playa Guiones, which is five kilometers of beachbreak to the south of Nosara. This beachbreak ranges from perfect for beginners to Black Diamond when the swell is big.

From Tamarindo to Nosara, those are just some of the options available by land and sea. With Costa Rica Surf Adventures you might not have to go more than a couple miles from your condo/hotel, but there is always the option to take that modern planga up to Ollie’s Reef and Witch’s Rock, and explore dozens of hard to get to nooks and crannies in between.