If you only think about visiting Tamarindo in the dry season, you’re doing it wrong!
The dry months from December to April are spectacular (can’t really argue with months of blue skies), but the rainy months are actually some of our favorite down here. Really. We’ve been saying it for years; south-swell season, lush green foliage everywhere, uncrowded waves, great mellow vibe in town… And here’s the kicker, when we say “rainy” we’re not talking about Seattle weather folks. Our rainiest months, September and October, are defined by sunny mornings with afternoon and evening thundershowers. And not every day. We’ve just been through yet another week of fantastic weather, with only a few showers here and there.
This year we decided to do whatever it took to convince everyone that September and October are two of the best months in Guanacaste. The important part of that sentence is “in Guanacaste”. Because further to our south in Costa Rica, it’s raining cats and dogs right now. So the reputation of September and October as soggy washouts isn’t entirely undeserved, it just doesn’t generally apply to the little micro-climate we enjoy in Guanacaste, which gets less rain than the rest of the country.
Why is it less rainy? A confluence of prevailing wind patterns dictated by the proximity of Lake Nicaragua to our north combined with the unique orographic upflow of the Rincon Volcano to our…Aw Hell! We aren’t Climate Scientists, that whole previous sentence could be complete B.S. for all we know (but it sounded good at first, didn’t it?). After almost 11 years of living and surfing right here, we know that it rains less than other parts of the country, and the surf is great.
So we tried a bold (maybe a little crazy) promotional experiment this year: Free Room Fall. If you booked a one-week surf package with us this year in Sep-Oct, the ROOM IS FREE. Well that did the trick! We’ve been busier than ever this fall, with most weeks sold out, and even some weeks with overflow to other hotels. Now there are a lot more of you in on our little “secret”: Fall rocks in Guanacaste!
As you can see from the above photos, and going through the last few weeks of surf reports, if you’re not considering Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in the Fall…you’re doing it wrong!