This is a wave that breaks off the river mouth on the north end of Tamarindo; it is a fast moving wave on low tide, a little slower on high tide. Access: By land. Tide: Low and up coming. Swells: Northwest and North. Bottom: Sandy. Feet: 1 to 5. Season: December to March. Stars: 3.

GPS Latitude 10.302270, Longitude -85.833754


It is 280 kilometers south of San Jose, 30 Km. from Santa Cruz and 67 Km. from Liberia Airport. Instead of going north from Huacas to Brasilito and Flamingo, you turn south; you will be able to take a completely paved road that leads to Tamarindo. Economically, commercial fishing and tourism are both very important, even though you can see more surfers on the streets than local fishermen. Tamarindo is an active fishing town, with a wide beach of white sand and an estuary leading from the Marine National Park. It is located in Tamarindo Bay, framed by the San Francisco Point and Rio Matapalo Estuary. Because of its surge and the windy conditions, this beach is a favorite for surfers and windsurfers. The Capitan Island can be seen at approximately 700 meters from the beach. It is a big rock covered with vegetation. Caution is necessary when swimming here, for there are certain points in the sea which have very strong currents. We recommend asking locals about the appropriate sectors where it is safer to swim.

How to get Here?


The best route to follow to get to Tamarindo is from Belen to Huacas, 12 kilometers south (Villarreal way) continuing south. This route is via tarmac roads. Another possibility is to drive 17 kilometers down the road that connects Santa Cruz with 27 de Abril. From this point continue on for 19 kilometers, along a non paved road up to Villarreal and then continue for 4 Km up to Tamarindo.


The landing field in Tamarindo is located 2.5 kilometers from the north side of the town.

Sansa Servicio Nacional S.A Ph + (506) 2221-9414, fax (506) 2255-2176. Administration Ph + (506) 2248-1124, Tamarindo Ph + (506) 2653-0012/ (506) 2653-0357, fax (506) 2653-0001. Airport Ph + (506) 2442-7472.   E-mail:

Natureair Ph + (506) 299-6000.  E-mail: E-mail: –Free Call (USA/Canada): 800 235 9272 – Airport Tobias Bolaños, San José Costa Rica.


The office of Alfaro Buses. From San Jose, Ph + (506) 2258-4716/ Ph + (506) 2222-2666. These buses leave from 14th Street, between 3 and 5 avenues, every single day at 03:30 p.m. The direct trip from Tamarindo to San Jose leaves at 05:45 p.m., with a special departure on Sundays, at 12 noon. There are many buses that travel daily to Santa Cruz that also go to Tamarindo. From here buses leave at 06:00 a.m., 07:00 a.m., 09:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 04:00 p.m. The trips to Liberia leave at 08:40 a.m. and 04:30 p.m.



Costa Rica Vacations Toll-Free: 1-800-906-4278, Local: 1-800-906-4 CRV. E-mail: Costa Rica Vacations is a surfer-owned travel agency that specializes in custom vacations. Based in one of the best surf towns in Costa Rica–Tamarindo, on the Pacific Northwest side of the country–Costa Rica Vacations has operated for over 20 years, catering to the special travel needs of the surfer who travels, alone, with friends, or with the family. The team at Costa Rica Vacations are highly skilled local travel experts are not only ICT (Costa Rica Tourism Institute) certified, but they have also extensively traveled the country–from the volcanoes, to the forests, to those all-important surf breaks at the countries many beaches.

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Go AdventuresTamarindo Ph (506) 8425-4181. E-mail: We are a hard-working tour company based in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Established in 2010, we hit the ground running with our direct approach to find success. With a large list of activities, VIP service and teamwork, we offer our clients the full package!  We look forward to meet you to find or build the perfect tour for you! Hiking Rincon De La Vieja, Waterfalls and Spa, Safari Boat Tour, Coffee Tour, Rio Celeste, Barra Honda Caves, ATV, Horseback Riding, Sunset Catamaran, Fishing, Surf Lessons, Zip-line, Surf Trip by boat.

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Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas Call 1-800-536-3241/ Ph + 506 2653-0114.  The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas is an iconic hotel, perfectly located right in front of the epic Tamarindo Estuary left. With great ocean views, a complete tour desk, a surf school, free beach equipment, free high speed internet, secure parking, a legendary swim-up bar, a delicious restaurant, along with and a variety of other amenities, this is the perfect hotel for your surf vacation. It provides a fun, safe, and clean place to rest your eyes after a long day of shredding!

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Hostel La Botella de Leche Ph + 506 2653-0189. Ph Cell: + 506 8442-1023 E-mail: First Hostel in Tamarindo, established in 2001. Dorm beds and private rooms. All rooms have AC and private bathroom. Yoga Studio, Pool, Reception open 24/7, Parking, Open Kitchen, Lockers, Solar Panels, Free coffee, First hostel in TripAdvisor for the past 3 years, Surf Instructor on site, Board Rack. Manuel Fontana Owner.

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Hotel Laguna del Cocodrilo Ph  + 506  2653-0255 E-mail: Located on the beach, surrounded by a tropical garden. Direct access to the beach. 8 rooms – 1 apartment + 1 studio with full kitchen – 2 junior suites, Wi-fi in all romos, French bakery and restaurant, Private parking, Night guard, 5 mn walk from the center, shops, restaurants and bars.

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Hotel Luna Llena (506) 2653-0082. E-mail: Our accommodations, decorated in charming Italian style, circle the lush tropical garden around our pool. Wooden boardwalks lead you through the palms and vivacious flowers to this central area where you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in our Cafeteria. Later in the day breakfast is replaced by a menu of delicious healthy snacks and a full bar where you can indulge yourself while you float in the cool water or bask in the hot sun. A free wireless internet connection is available throughout the premises and our gift shop also is available for our guests… Hotel Luna Llena offers 2 different kind of accommodations. Our unique round bungalows are ideal for families or groups of 4-5 people. They’re also perfect for special moments like honeymoons…The bungalows are fully furnished 2-story units equipped with hot water, air conditioning, cable TV and full kitchen. The upstair room features 2 single beds, A/C, TV and is surrounded by 18 windows and ceiling fans. Each unit has its own safe for your valuables. We also offer spacious hotel-style rooms with the same Italian décor as the bungalows. All of the rooms are air conditioned and are equipped with Queen Size bed with orthopedic matress, hot water, cable TV and a safety box for your valuables. A friendly housekeeping and maintenance staff is on duty to make sure that your stay is comfortable and our security guard keeps vigil while you sleep.

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Walter’s Place Bar & Restaurant Ph + 506 2653-0023. Opening; 7:00 am – 10:00 pm everey day. Location; contiguo a la Rotonda de Tamarindo. Specialty in seafood, drinks, pasta, cocktails, typical food, beer, wines, breakfast.

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Costa Rica Surf Club Ph + 506 2653-0130 E-mail: Surf Shop and Surf Lessons, Tshirts, Surfboards Rent and more!. Roca Bruja surf trips . Main street at Sunrise Comercial Center. COSTA RICA SURF CLUB is a ISA recognized school and it means that we operate to the very highest instructional and safety standards of any World Top Surf Schools. Since a few years ago we develop COSTA RICA SURF CAMP based on our Costa Rica Surf School experience in Tamarindo Beach, designed for everyone – from surfers of all abilities, to the traveler searching for more than a vacation package, based in a beautiful location surrounded by tropical gardens steps away from downtown noise and our two Surf Shops in PLAYA TAMARINDO.

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Sol Naciente Surf School WhatsApp + 506 8335-8263 Owner Maikel Rodríguez (local surf instructor with more than 25 years of experience) E-mail: Adress: Tamarindo Beach main street in front of Sunrise condominiums, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We offer surf lessons, Kayak adventure tours, Stand up Paddle Boards (SUP) tours, snorkeling tours. We also have surfboards (any size), bodyboards, SUP and snorkeling equipment for rent. Our surf instructors are ISA certified they have great energy and good vibes. PD: if you don’t surf a wave the lesson is free!!!

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