Rip Jack Inn
Costa Rica: Guanacaste
Comfortable rooms, suites or bungalows offered just 5 steps from the beach and super-consistent surf break with many extras, activities and excursions possible.
LowPressure's Stormrider Surf Guide says
The Surf: Playa Grande - Guanacaste
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
Playa Grande, as the name indicates, is a huge, long beach and has one of the most consistent waves in Central America. It’s a fast, barreling beach break with off-shore winds most of the year. The surf breaks best at high tide, as do most of the breaks in the area.
Other breaks in the area that are easily accessible
is one of the most popular surf spots in Costa Rica. It’s a slightly easier wave and located just across a river mouth from Grande. You can paddle across from the south end of the beach or drive in about 25 minutes.
is just south of Tamarindo, and accessed by a long walk or a thirty minute drive. It has a river mouth break, as well as sever
has beach, river mouth, and reef. breaks, and is approximately 45 minutes south of Grande.
is a famous right reef break with fast hollow barrels. This break is for the more experienced surfer. There are several other breaks going south.
Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point
are world-famous surf spots usually accessed by boat. There are several options in boats, from simple to luxurious, with varying price levels.