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Latitude: 10° 13.684' N
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Playa Avellanas is about 10km south of Tamarindo - although its more like 20km by dirt-roads.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Avellona is an alternative to Playa Negra - being a less radical spot. The beach is a typical long sandy Guanacaste sandy cresent. At the southern end (in front of the parking) is a small rock platform which produces some OK lefts at mid to high tide. The main spot on the beach is the 'rivermouth' - which is not much more than a depression in the sand at the Northern End. A small rocky area here holds sand and produces a quality peak, with the right being the longer ride. The waves pick up fast on the 'reef' - but this is not in the same league as Playa Negra. Many people rate this as a better break than the more easily accessible Tamarindo rivermouth.
Yet another beautiful beach - slightly less easy to get to (you need a car) - and a 5min walk down the beach - but a fun wave when the swell is not closing it out, and when other better known spots are crowded.
Worth going and visiting - also fun as there are at least three different breaks on this beach (including the beach break itself). A new and relaxingly designed beach front bar makes for a cool hangout : good batidos, juices and pizzas - if not the cheapest place around its still worth it.
Lastly, watch out for a local 400kg pig which likes to hang out in the shallow surf- loosing your fins on a pig would be a sad end to a days surfing.
By Jimmy , 24-08-2009
Avellanas and Lola - Surfed good waves here in june '09. Parking attendant guy was awesome. Sad to say Lola the pig passed away in late May '09.
By Laura Crowell , 24-06-2008
Christi Betinsoli, my long lost bestfriend - Christi, it's Laura Crowell from Los Gatos High School. I've been trying to find you for the last 20 years!! Oh my god, poker and a reastaurant in Costa Rica. So cool!!! I miss you and think of you often send me a message when ypu can, k?
By Joe , 12-02-2008
LoLa's - Christie -
Can you give me some info or perhaps take a couple pic of the chairs at the restaurant? I would like to try and make a couple for my pool. Your place is amazing and we had a blast this past week.
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