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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Manzanillo

Costa Rica, Caribbean

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 9° 38.106' N
Longitude: 82° 38.267' W

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Drive all the way to Gandoca National Park in Manzanillo. Park your car and follow the trial up the park for 1.5km. The trail will end and you will have to hike through the jungle next to the beach. You will know when you are there. You will see a perfect wave peeling.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive all the way to Gandoca National Park in Manzanillo. Park your car and follow the trial up the park for 1.5km. The trail will end and you will have to hike through the jungle next to the beach. You will know when you are there. You will see a perfect wave peeling.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive all the way to Gandoca National Park in Manzanillo. Park your car and follow the trial up the park for 1.5km. The trail will end and you will have to hike through the jungle next to the beach. You will know when you are there. You will see a perfect wave peeling.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive all the way to Gandoca National Park in Manzanillo. Park your car and follow the trial up the park for 1.5km. The trail will end and you will have to hike through the jungle next to the beach. You will know when you are there. You will see a perfect wave peeling.

DistanceDay trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Ask some of the locals in puerto viejo on how to paddle in. There are some channels that you can take. My advise is to wear booties. The reef is razor sharp.

English (Translate this text in English): Ask some of the locals in puerto viejo on how to paddle in. There are some channels that you can take. My advise is to wear booties. The reef is razor sharp.

English (Translate this text in English): Ask some of the locals in puerto viejo on how to paddle in. There are some channels that you can take. My advise is to wear booties. The reef is razor sharp.

English (Translate this text in English): Ask some of the locals in puerto viejo on how to paddle in. There are some channels that you can take. My advise is to wear booties. The reef is razor sharp.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere in this spot is magical. The water is crystal clear and you can see colorful fish swimming under you. The jungle is very dense and is right on the beach. THe feeling of isolation is exciting and intriguing. THis is one of the most beautiful areas in CR.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere in this spot is magical. The water is crystal clear and you can see colorful fish swimming under you. The jungle is very dense and is right on the beach. THe feeling of isolation is exciting and intriguing. THis is one of the most beautiful areas in CR.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere in this spot is magical. The water is crystal clear and you can see colorful fish swimming under you. The jungle is very dense and is right on the beach. THe feeling of isolation is exciting and intriguing. THis is one of the most beautiful areas in CR.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere in this spot is magical. The water is crystal clear and you can see colorful fish swimming under you. The jungle is very dense and is right on the beach. THe feeling of isolation is exciting and intriguing. THis is one of the most beautiful areas in CR.

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By bob davis , 18-10-2009

had a great time - stayed in puerto viejo in January for a bit, salsa was pumping and dudes were getting jacked, tons of broken and buckled boards comming in. heard about this spot (manzanillo) and decided to try to find it. definatley a cool hike to get in here, the wave is really nothing special though. kind of a short ride, really only good for about 2 turns, there is some nasty coral / rocky razor sharp reef on the inside that sticks up in areas. bootys are a good idea here unless you want to just do 1 turn then pull out. again there is nothing really spectacular abou this wave, it does have some power though and you can get moving pretty fast on it but again pretty short wave that closes out over some razor sharp coral / rocky reef. we surfed for a couple hours that day, some local kids had the place wired and seemed to find the better waves really easily, they were cool though and we all had fun. there is another right point about 1/2 mile or so up the beach from this place that we could see peeling in the distance but it is kind of a gnarly jungle walk to get up there and we heard that there are crocks up in that area so we didnt venture up. Info on that spot would be cool.

By BHN , 10-11-2006

Wonders don't worry with those freaks - I surfed with local guys in April and I can say you got it going on. What a cool place. We caught Salsa at 6 to 8. and when it dropped we went to the flat rock of Manza. It was a cool hike and we caught some tasty waves. Some locals showed up about 3 minutes after we paddled out. They ripped it up for about an hour then it turned off and on the beach we was rappin with these cats and they were totally cool. We surfed with em at Salsa the day before. Then we went to the Pacific cause thats where the waves were coming up and guess who showed up? Them same cats. All I can say is believe what you want but we had a most excellent time in Costa and followed the waves with no hassles.

By Anonymous , 08-09-2006

I wonder!!!!!?? - IM a local, and it really bothers you to see people saying things like this,!tHere are some crackheads, like 10 of them and everyone knows who they are, its like 800 people town so there cant be that many! But what i really wonder is, do this people come from pleaces without crack issues i doubt it!!! Say some good things about Salsa Puerto and Manzanillo, like our food rules, our people is friendly and IRIE, our food is awesome!!! as a matter fact dont F^%^%$### come here we dont need no more A-hole talk shit surfers like you guys.About the Rapes, Ill give u a tip, if you are a half naked gringa and want to take a walk on the beach with one of this 10 crackos, DONT COME HERE...

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