Safari Surf School
Costa Rica: Golfo de Nicoya
High standard surf camp surrounded by nature with a range of accommodation choices and the option to custom build your trip - exactly as you want it
LowPressure's Stormrider Surf Guide says
With nearly a 180° swell window, the northern province of Guanacaste is very consistent with long-distance Pacific swells arriving from the S/SE around to the NW. The area around Tamarindo is best during the dry season (Dec-Apr) when clean, offshore conditions, sunshine and easy access make it a veritable tropical paradise. This is the nicest time to travel but you certainly won’t be alone as Tamarindo has grown into a popular destination for all kinds of tourists from surfers to nature lovers looking to explore the national parks and spot some exotic wildlife. May-Oct is the testing wet season, but this is a surf-rich time when perfect SW groundswell, provides bigger waves, albeit with a bit of afternoon onshore breeze.
Volcanic black sand, squeaky white sand and craggy reef can all be found in Guanacaste, including the well-documented wonder-walls like Potrero Grande, Roca Bruja and the peaks of Tamarindo, while off the map along the southern coast of the province lies plenty of less frequented beachbreak at Buena Vista, Samara, Carrillo and most notably Camaronal, where any sniff of S swell will hit the river-fed banks. Carrillo has some sizeable, offshore reefs and local surf operators provide boat trips for the journeymen, while beginners have an easy wave in the protected bay. Far more hectic are the SW-facing beaches of Bejuco, San Miguel and Coyote where empty peaks stretch for miles, but there may be some surfers hoping to score the reefs out on Coyote Point, which offer lefts in S winds and rights when its northerly.
Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide website.
Condition descriptions provided by the Operator
How's the surf, you ask? Well some of the most consistent surf can be found year-round between the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula to Playa Grande in the North. This stretch of shoreline focuses all possible swell directions and has enough break variety to satisfy any surfer at any skill level. Let's put it this way, there are few unsurfable days here. The biggest waves are during the Wet season (Southern Hemisphere swells). They average 4-10 feet. In the Dry season, 3-8 feet is the norm. The stretch of beach that Safari Surf School uses for their instructions is perfect for all levels of surfing-from beginning to advanced.