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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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 Herradura

Costa Rica, Pacific South

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 Access

Access by boat or a difficult 40min walk

English (Translate this text in English): Access by boat or a difficult 40min walk

English (Translate this text in English): Access by boat or a difficult 40min walk

English (Translate this text in English): Access by boat or a difficult 40min walk

DistanceTake a car

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name La Isla(the island)

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

PowerFun

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

Go to Playa Herradura and ask the locals where you take the boat to Playa Escondida.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Playa Herradura and ask the locals where you take the boat to Playa Escondida.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Playa Herradura and ask the locals where you take the boat to Playa Escondida.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Playa Herradura and ask the locals where you take the boat to Playa Escondida.

Atmosphere

was a secret spot for a long time... and the difficulty of access keeps it reasonably quiet.

English (Translate this text in English): was a secret spot for a long time... and the difficulty of access keeps it reasonably quiet.

English (Translate this text in English): was a secret spot for a long time... and the difficulty of access keeps it reasonably quiet.

English (Translate this text in English): was a secret spot for a long time... and the difficulty of access keeps it reasonably quiet.

General

paradise

English (Translate this text in English): paradise

English (Translate this text in English): paradise

English (Translate this text in English): paradise

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By local cr , 12-12-2004

great wave - to bad the pic you shoe there is from escondida, but with a good south swell can get really good.

By anonymous , 15-08-2004

don't walk to this spot - if you come to this spot, don't walk to the break have a boat take you out there. if you don't then you will have to take a long walk over rocks. if you don't have a boat take you, then you will have to paddle in and during high tide it isn't all that fun. plus you will turn a 30 min walk into a 2 min boat ride. the boats are inexpensive and much more convenient.

By Choncho grigo , 18-07-2003

Horseshoe Island - Take's a really big swell and the right angle to show it's full potential,rare but when it does go in style and rent a boat ride w/one of the local ticos inside the bay.Buena suerte

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