Things To Do In Costa Rica, Pt. 3

Great Things to do in Costa Rica: a 10 part series

Tamarindo surfing

Part Three: Tamarindo Surfing

In part one of this ten part series of things to do in Costa Rica, we discussed zip lining and the different types of tour packages and companies operating in the Tamarindo area. In part two, we explored some of the many restaurants and dining experiences found throughout Tamarindo. In part three we will discuss the surfing scene of Tamarindo and the abundant surf breaks suitable for surfers of all skill levels.

For years Tamarindo has been known as the “surfers’ mecca” of Costa Rica. Its reputation as the most well-known surf destination has continued over the years thanks to the easy access of a wide variety of breaks suitable for surfers of all skill levels. Whether you’re traveling to Tamarindo as a seasoned surfer, or just thinking about taking some lessons and getting started on this trip, Tamarindo is an excellent location for enjoying some great waves.

Tamarindo offers surfers a wide variety of breaks, including the river mouth in town, the more challenging break at Langosta, the world famous Playa Negra break, just south of Tamarindo, and reef breaks such as Witches Rock and Ollie’s Point, which can only be accessed by boat. Tamarindo is a great central location to explore the most surf spots in the shortest amount of time. Playa Grande and Playa Avellanes are also just a short drive away, giving surfers lots of different locations to choose from.

The warm weather, warm water, consistent swells and off-shore winds provide good surfing conditions throughout the year, so even if you aren’t going to Tamarindo to surf, expect to see lots of long and short boards dotting the horizon year round. Many travelers bring their own boards to Tamarindo, but if you forgot yours at home, or don’t have one yet, there are plenty of surf board rental shops to help you out. For those brand new to surfing, surf lessons are a great way to get acquainted with the popular sport. Tamarindo Surf School offers group and private lessons for $45 or $65, respectively. Surf lessons last 1 ½ to 2 hours depending on the group size and Tamarindo Surf School guarantees you’ll stand up by the end of your first lesson, or your lesson is free. For surfers looking to really improve their skills and get a lot of practice in, 3 day lessons and 4 day surf trips are available. You can also check out Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, which provides accommodations as well as surf lessons and packages. Witch’s Rock Surf Camp has been around for 12 years and the instructors are fluent in both English and Spanish. Over 70,000 students have learned to surf at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, and you can too.

Along the beach and the waterfront, you’ll find other surfers offering rentals and lessons, so if you’re looking to learn, you won’t have a problem finding a willing and able teacher in Tamarindo. Even if you weren’t thinking about learning to surf on your vacation, you might find yourself intrigued once you see all the surfers catching waves, having fun, and looking cool with their boards. Explore the possibility of learning to surf while you’re in Tamarindo and see if it’s for you. You just might leave Costa Rica with a new hobby and passion, or, if surfing already is your passion, you’ll fall more in love with surfing after spending some time in Tamarindo and go home with some great stories to tell.


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