Tamarindo is a town located on the Nicoya Peninsula in the province of Guanacaste, on the North Pacific coast of Guanacaste. It is famous for its long miles of perfect beach break with beautiful spots which tend to please all types of surfers, from lifelong experts to first timers alike. Playa Tamarindo is a relatively long beach which has some excellent waves near the mouth of its estuary. It’s warm water combined with its proximity to the rest of town does without doubt make surfing in Tamarindo not only convenient but a must have experience, from Playa Langosta, Playa Grande, Pico to the River Mouth, the town has superb weather and miles and miles of perfect waves.
Centrally locates on the Pacific coast, it does allow visitors a quick travel to other well known and famous reef break such as Witches rock and Ollie’s Point. With lots of tourist flocking the town, it does offer users a surf town aura that’s combined with all the necessary amenities of nightlife such as restaurants and hotels as well as surfing schools for beginners.
Tamarindo is by far one of the most interesting and accommodating towns in the entire Costa Rica, it does have the diversity of the ocean, jungle and wildlife view all combined into one, as a matter of fact apart from surfing, another main attraction is eco-tourism.
As earlier mentioned, the great thing about surfing and vacationing in Tamarindo is the huge variety of breaks and beaches which are located within walking distance of each other. Some of the great spots such as Pico Pequeno, Capitan Suizo’s Casitas, Pico Grande and Rivermouth all offer some great waves throughout the day and make Tamarindo a top surfing destination in Costa Rica. For Advanced surfers, Tamarindo has two main breaks; the excellent El Estero, a Rivermouth break across Cabinas Tsunami and Pico Pequeno, a really rocky point that’s in front of the Hotel Tamarindo Diria. The Rivermouth is not for the inexperienced surfer but is a good place to check out for consistent flow of right beach break, just like most breaks in the town, it does work best with the mid-high tide. For those trying it out, beware of the small cluster rocks as well as the rip current by the Rivermouth.
On the other hand, Pico Pequeno is on the left of the Rivermouth, in a small cluster of rocks in front of where all the main surfing shops are located, it does have a lava finger reef which does provide a right that proves quite mushy to barreling. It is also quite popular with locals and can thus be a bit crowded.
For learners, Capitan Suizo is a great place to start; this is especially so when the regular break in town is too large. It does provide beginners with a nice and mellow spot to learn the basics of surfing since it does not have rocks or reef which can be quite challenging for a beginner.