Advanced surfers will love our guided Tamarindo Surf Trips. Explore local areas with native guides who will stay with you and help you really enjoy yourself in the Costa Rican waves.
Tamarindo surfing offers something for everybody. That’s why so many people choose Tamarindo surf trips. Right out front of our hotel, the beach’s relatively flat, sandy bottom produces an extremely gentle, slow wave, which is why most Tamarindo surf lessons are offered there.
The river mouth, also known as the estuary, is a more challenging ride, with its rights peeling on the south side and lefts peeling on the north side.
Just across the river mouth is Casitas, a faster left that generally breaks at mid to high tide.
Overall, if you do choose to come on a Tamarindo surf trip, you will have a plethora of different breaks right out front of the hotel.
Tamarindo Surfing Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
If you come to Costa Rica for a surfing vacation, chances are that you’ve heard about Witch’s Rock. As one of the most recognized surf breaks in the world, images of the picturesque waves breaking in front of the iconic boulder in the middle of the sea scatter thousands of surfing publications. Located in the Santa Rosa National Park, it is possible to drive there, but it is a long and arduous drive followed by a half an hour hike. Surfers who want a Witch’s Rock Surf Trip, generally get there by boat (we will charter one for you). Witches Rock offers a great day off from surfing in Tamarindo.
Witch’s Rock surfing features very strong offshore winds from December to March. Surfers will love the fast, hollow, long rights, and lefts at incoming high tide during Witch’s Rock surfing.
Witches Rock Surfing Skill Level: Advanced
Ollie’s Point has always been the red-headed stepchild of Costa Rica’s surfing breaks, as it always seems to be left in the shadow of Witch’s Rock. Also known as Portrero Grande, an Ollie’s Point Surf Trip is a good complimentary thing to do on your boat trip to Witch’s Rock since the break is only accessible by boat and the wave works well at mid- to low tide.
Ollie’s Point surfing produces a very fast and hollow wave, the same right point waves that were featured in the film “Endless Summer II” starring Robert August and Wingnut.
Local trivia: the spot is named alter U.S. Military General Oliver North, since Ollie’s Point is close to the area used to smuggle weapons to the Sandanistas in Nicaragua in the ‘80s.
Ollie’s Point Surfing Skill Level: Intermediate To Advanced
Playa Grande is the name of the entire beach located to the north of the Tamarindo Estuary. The main break can be reached in a 25 minute drive or a 30-minute walk across the estuary and north along the beach. The principle Playa Grande surfing break produces an A-frame wave that tubes regularly in chest to head-high surf. The rest of the beach provides peaky but fun beach breaks.
Plan a Playa Grande surf trip when it’s breaking best—3 hours before high tide and a couple hours after.
Playa Grande Surfing Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Avellanas is a surfer’s paradise. Not only is the spot gorgeous, but the location—a mere 25 minutes south of the surf in Tamarindo—offers something for everybody with an Avellanas surf trip.
Right in front of the parking lot is an outside reef that works best during an incoming low tide. Next is a long stretch of beach breaks going left and right, producing hollow barrels on head high and larger swells. On smaller swells, the waves on the beach breaks are perfect for beginners.
At the north end of the beach, the river mouth produces a reef break over its rocky bottom during a low, incoming tide. Past the estuary, Little Hawaii, named for obvious reasons, produces a fast, hollow waves for veteran surfers.
Avellanas Surfing Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Playa Negra Surf Trips
Playa Negra, located just 5 minutes south of Avellanas, is considered one of the best surfing breaks in Costa Rica. A Playa Negra surf trip is recommended for the most experienced of surfers.
Surfers will find a quality right-hand reef break that is great for both barrels and maneuvers. The waves for Playa Negra are very fast.
Playa Negra Surfing Skill Level: Advanced
Marbella Surf Trips
South of Playa Negra, located between Playa Manzanillo and Playa Ostional, a Marbella surf trip is absolutely essential for hotshots and veterans looking for great waves. The waves break on a sandy, rock bottom and are fast and powerful, working best at mid- to high tide. Marbella surfing is generally working when other places are not due to its frequent offshore winds.