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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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 El Estero- Tamarindo

Costa Rica, Guanacaste

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 10° 18.415' N
Longitude: 85° 50.327' W

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 Access

easy to find, just in the center of Tamarindo

English (Translate this text in English): easy to find, just in the center of Tamarindo

English (Translate this text in English): easy to find, just in the center of Tamarindo

English (Translate this text in English): easy to find, just in the center of Tamarindo

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeRivermouth

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthWest, South

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Atmosphere

few locals, but a lot of american and european people!

English (Translate this text in English): few locals, but a lot of american and european people!

English (Translate this text in English): few locals, but a lot of american and european people!

English (Translate this text in English): few locals, but a lot of american and european people!

General

Good atmosphere, can be really funny when the swell is good

English (Translate this text in English): Good atmosphere, can be really funny when the swell is good

English (Translate this text in English): Good atmosphere, can be really funny when the swell is good

English (Translate this text in English): Good atmosphere, can be really funny when the swell is good

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DrC123 avatar
El Estero- Tamarindo
De DrC123
25 juil. 2011
HOT Tubes - Think Santa Barbara Sand Spits or mini Puerto Escondito. Read Tamarindo Tubes Trip
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El Estero- Tamarindo
De AyampeGuy
11 déc. 2006
- My Comments: Session Highlight: Comment on Swell, Waves and Wind: My Perfectible Points: Air Temperature: Water Temperature:
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El Estero- Tamarindo
De Nev
17 août 2005
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El Estero- Tamarindo
De Nev
16 août 2005
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El Estero- Tamarindo
De vino the mighty unicorn
9 juin 2003
fist real taste of some big ass breaks -
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Voyage : Costa Rica
De Nev
Du 29 juil. 2005 au 31 août 2005

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By ceholli , 02-02-2008

Tropicana - OK, Tamarindo is not a great surfing only destination. The waves are crowded and infested with agro locals and beginners with absolutely no idea how to surf. Exactly, what the surf 'schools' are teaching I have not an answer.

However, unlike a lot of Costa Rica there are food and hotel options. Albeit cheezey, some nightlife! We got stuck in Tamarindo for 4 days this year but we made the best of it. We swam across the rivermouth and surfed Playa Grande and stayed at the Tropicana.

The Tropicana was one of the 1st hotels in Tamarindo and we really enjoyed our stay there. The people who worked there along with owners were extremely helpful and approachable. The owners went more than the extra mile including fixing my shades. The rooms were clean, good size with great AC. The pool is huge with free Wi-Fi on the grounds.

Now, I don't dig the surf in Tamarindo but if I go back I will stay with Franco, his wife and the rest of the great crew at Tropicana.

By toady@hotmail.com , 01-10-2006

Water pollution - This spot is pretty much nothing more than a weak closed out backoff. The river mouth used to have a pretty decent wave there but that was years ago. The river mouth doesnt enter the ocean the same way and there is pure gutless dribble hear. And the water quality due to septic overflow and huge amounts of grading of the hillsides is disgusting. And all the constuction sites around here dump raw sewage into the rain run off and streets from the workers in their temporary housing. Diarea for sure, ear infections, throat, eyes the water is horrible. Walk down the beach to the north about as far as your legs will take you. The water seems a little cleaner..

By skipjack , 07-08-2006

4 laughs - If you are actually a decent surfer, a ripper ,then I would avoid this place unless you want to surf it on a lark for laughs. If you want to party your brains out this is the spot. Surfing wise this place is fickle throughout the seasons, I used to live here trust me. I have surfed all its little haunts on awesome days and bad days. The Truth is you are in for weak inconsistent surf most of the time. It is a total friggin' zoo out in the water, with the locals who for the most part surf well and don't like sharing with ignorant american surfers, the hordes of surfschools that take groups of 20+ to the beach with giant yellow and blue foam boards and bob around in the shore break and all the johnny come lately travelling surfers who mostly suck, drop in on everyone, flail about and then wipeout. If you really want your prized possession boards to get the shit dinged out of them this is the spot for you. If you are learning, fair enough it's a perfect spot then.

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