Surf the Best Waves in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for having amazing waves, and we’ll take you to them! The water is always in the 80s and the wind blows predominantly offshore. There are plenty of surf spots without crowds.

Travel in style in our new air-conditioned Toyota vans and custom-built surf boats with Yamaha 115hp outboard motors. We have the most experienced drivers, captains and guides. All of our instructors and guides speak fluent English and Spanish. We keep our surf tour sizes small and comfortable.

  • No Spanish? No problem. All of our instructors and guides speak fluent English and Spanish.
  • No rental car needed! Surf Tamarindo with all of the best waves located directly in front of our surf camp. WRSC provides airport shuttles, all surf tours are by van and boat, Tamarindo is small and fully walkable.
  • We know the tides, the local wind patterns, and the local surfers. We know the surf spots, when they break, and when they’ll be best.

Playa Tamarindo

Beginner to Advanced Surf Break

There are multiple waves in Tamarindo catering to all skill levels, making Tamarindo one of the most versatile surf spots on the Guanacaste peninsula.

Directly in front of Witch’s Rock Surf Camp to the north is the Tamarindo rivermouth. This is the premier spot when its breaking and can be one of the best waves in the area on a northwest swell with long, perfect, low tide, right-hand barrels.

Just south of the rivermouth is the Tamarindo beachbreak, a series of gentle peaks that break on mid to high tide. This stretch of beach, directly in front of Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, is the perfect beach to learn how to surf.

Further to the south are a series of lava rock outcroppings with various waves that break best on a mid to high tide.

Tamarindo is perfect for all types of boards and styles, but when there is significant swell, the conditions are best for intermediate to advanced surfers.

Playa Avellanas

Beginner to Advanced Surf Break

Moving south is the remote beach of Avellanas. Only a 25 minute car ride or 15 minutes on the boat from Tamarindo, Avellanas is a local favorite due to its close proximity and variety of waves. Directly in front of the main parking lot and next to Lola’s restaurant (named after the pig who can be seen wallowing in the tide) is a quality left-hand wave that has been compared to Indonesia on strong south swells. Looking to the north, a giant Willow tree can be seen growing out of the sand which marks the next peak, a fun A-frame that comes to life on both southwest and northwest swells. Another 200 meters to the north will bring you to the Avellanas river mouth which can produce some long rides and big barrels on a sizable swell. A shallow rock on the outside forms a peak that peels all the way to the inside where advanced surfers can test their barrel riding skills. Finally, on the other side of the river mouth to the north is Little Hawaii, a rock/reef break that can handle waves up to 20 feet! The wave breaks almost a quarter mile out and is the only surfable peak when the swell is really pumping.

Marbella

Advanced Surf Break

This beautiful black sand beach is located 30km south of Tamarindo and is one of the best beach breaks in Costa Rica. There are no signs to Marbella so if you do not have specific directions from a local, it is almost impossible to find. About 1 hour in a car or 40 minutes on the boat, Marbella is known for its picturesque waves and perfect left and right barrels. A rock/reef formation about 500 meters offshore crosses up the incoming swell and creates powerful A-frame peaks up and down the beach with some of the heaviest lips in the country. Marbella works with any tide on both northwest and southwest swells and is reserved for advanced surfers.

Playa Ostional

Intermediate to Advanced Surf Break

Located to the south of Marbella, Ostional is one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. From Tamarindo, Ostional is about 1 and a half hours to the south in a car or a little more than 1 hour in boat. Travelers from around the world come to see thousands of turtles on the beach AND surf the amazing waves.Ostional is a powerful left and right beachbreak that can offer long tubing waves and rippable faces for intermediate to advanced surfers when the swell is on. Best surfed on the incoming tide

Great day for getting barreled at Playa Ostional, Costa Rica

Playa Guiones

Beginner to Advanced Surf Break

Located in the laid back town of Nosara just to the south of Ostional, Playa Guiones is a consistent left and right beach break for surfers of all abilities. 2 hours to the South of Tamarindo, Guiones offers long, workable, forgiving waves that can provide all surfers with a memorable experience. The flat bottom creates long sloping waves that allow for turns, airs, and even barrels on the right swell. Due to its location on the coast, Guiones picks up north and south swells and works well on all tides making it perfect for a full-day trip.

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