Surfing at Witches Rock Tamarindo. Photo by Donald Farris.
In part 1 of this series, Tamarindo, Costa Rica: Surfing, I discussed the schools where you can learn or perfect your surfing.
Tamarindo is a great location as a base for a surfing vacation. There are several great surfing locations within walking distance, many within a short drive and a few special ones that you can reach only by boat.
Playa Tamarindo itself is a very popular place for beginning surfers to learn to surf.
Advanced surfers may wish to explore these special places located within walking distance:
Rivermouth – offers a right beach break with hollow waves for advanced surfers. Best condition at mid tide.
Pico Pequeño – located south of river mouth this reef breaks right. Best condition at mid tide.
Playa Langosta – located south of Playa Tamarindo. This is a beautiful but rocky beach. Exposed beach break with hollow peaks. Best conditions occur at mid-high tide with offshore flow. At low tide, explore the sea life in the calm pools made by the rocks.
Breaks within a short drive:
Playa Grande – located north of Tamarindo offers an exposed beach break with hollow peaks. Best condition at mid- high tide. Playa Grande is also home to Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, the nesting ground of the Leatherback and Ridley Turtles.
Playa Avellanes – located south of Tamarindo. Offers beach break waves. This is a great family beach with a white sand that stretches for miles.
Playa Negra – Located south of Tamarindo. Offers on of the few point breaks in Guanacaste. The break is perfectly formed, but short.
Access only by boat:
Witches Rock – Located north of Tamarindo. Very isolated beach with a stunning rock backdrop. Offers a beach break with both right and left waves.
Ollie’s Point – Named for U.S. Military Lt. Col. Oliver North. This location was made featured in the movie “The Endless Summer II.” It offers a right point with fast, hollow waves. Best conditions at outgoing to mid low tide.
I want to share with you some of the wide variety of accommodations that are available in the area from Costa Rica Bedfinder. Each week I will select a few of my favorite places to stay with you. Here are some of my favorites in the Tamarindo beach area:
6-bedroom 2-level luxury ocean view penthouse condo